The preliminary bouts for the Octagon’s landmark “UFC on FOX” event are officially in the books. If you didn’t have a chance to catch the live stream, here’s a quick recap that will get you up to speed.
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Aaron Rosa Defeated Matt Lucas via Majority Decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
Aaron Rosa and Matt Lucas kicked off the afternoon’s undercard, as a slimmed down Rosa took an easy majority decision win. Although, one judge was apparently watching a completely different fight than everyone else and managed to come up with a 28-28 score.
Mike Pierce Defeated Paul Bradley via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Paul Bradley had the opportunity to avenge a 2009 loss to Mike Pierce in a welterweight clash. Unfortunately for former TUF competitor, he was unsuccessful in the uneventful bout.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres Defeated Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The first surprise of the night came from another TUF alum when Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres dominated veteran Cole Escovedo. Caceres was very controlled with his attack, while landing a myriad of strikes to earn himself his first Octagon victory.
Robert Peralta Defeated Mackens Semerzier via TKO (Punches) at 1:54 in the 3rdRound
A controversial clash provided the night’s first stoppage when Robbie Peralta and Mackens Semerzier had a meeting of the minds, literally. Unfortunately for Semerzier, he took the worst of a headbutt and Peralta pounced on his dazed opponent. “Big” John McCarthy missed the unfortunate shot and was forced to call it a night.
Darren Uyenoyama Defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Kid Yamamoto may leave the UFC without ever posting a win inside of the Octagon. The Japanese star came up short for the fourth time in his last five bouts. Darren Uyenoyama looked impressive controlling the kickboxer on the ground and almost had a submission in the 1stRound, but settled for a unanimous decision instead.
DaMarques Johnson (Pictured) Defeated Clay Harvison via TKO (Punch) at 1:34 in the 1stRound
An early contender for ‘Knockout of the Night’ came from DaMarques Johnson, who landed a big left uppercut that put Clay Harvison on his back.
Ricardo Lamas Defeated Cub Swanson via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2:16 in the 2ndRound
Featherweight Cub Swanson finally made his UFC debut and looked good early, but Ricardo Lamas survived the early onslaught and submitted Swanson with an arm triangle choke. With no submissions early, this could be the card’s ‘Submission of the Night.’
Dustin Poirier Defeated Pablo Garza via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 1:32 in the 2ndRound
Speaking of submissions, Dustin Poirier looked good both on his feet and on the ground. His only point of danger came when Pablo Garza nearly had a knee bar early on, but Poirier was able to survive and get the win by locking in a rarely-seen D’arce choke.
Ben Henderson Defeated Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
As many expected, the co-main event definitely lived up to the hype as Clay Guida and Ben Henderson put in enough work to earn themselves Fight of the Night honors. The 155-pounders showed their outstanding cardio in a 15-minute war, but Henderson did just enough to secure a title shot against lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.