It’s been a long time coming. Tonight in Las Vegas, after sixteen-and-a-half years of promoting fights, the UFC is putting on its very first event headlined by two African-American competitors. It’s a historic moment that’s sure be the talk of MMA news and speaks volumes about the development of the sport in this country, as well as the shifting attitudes toward…oh, who the hell am I kidding, THERE’S GONNA BE SOME BLACK ON BLACK CRIME!!!!!
Tonight’s lineup features the grudge-iest of grudge matches between TUF 10 rival coaches Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans, in a fight that will most likely determine the UFC’s next light-heavyweight title contender. Also: Michael Bisping battles Dan Miller in the co-main, Todd Duffee gets his long-awaited second course, Lil’ Nog toys with late-replacement Jason Brilz, and Diego Sanchez returns to familiar welterweight haunts against tough British prospect John Hathaway. But first, Spike TV gives us a couple of guaranteed bangers in their Prelims broadcast. Round-by-round UFC 114 results will be piling up after the jump, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Hit refresh every few minutes for all the latest, and pass the wings, bitch, because it’s about to pop off…
And we’re live in Vegas. I’m not gonna post any spoilers (yet), but three of the four fights that already went down this evening ended in the first round. That’s a good sign. Time to go to work.
Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon
Lauzon is still just 22 years old. Four years ago, he became the youngest fighter to ever compete in the UFC — and he’s still looking for his first Octagon victory, after two failed attempts. It’s safe to say that this is probably his last chance.
Round 1: Lauzon misses a left hook. Leg kick Lauzon. And a body kick. Escudero counters Lauzon’s jab. Goldberg mentions Lauzon’s camp estrangement for the first time. Leg kick Escudero. Lauzon misses more punches and gets clocked with a counter right. Escudero clinches and pushes Lauzon against the fence. Escudero throws some savage knees to Lauzon’s dome. They separate, and Escudero works his counter-punches again. Body kick Lauzon. Some blood on Escudero’s face. Lauzon charges in wildly and gets tagged. They get into a slugging exchange, but back off. Escudero throws a kick that lands a little low, but Lauzon checks his cup and fights on. Leg kick Escudero. The round ends and the crowd boos the relative slowness. 10-9 Escudero.
Round 2: Escudero stalks forward, clocks Lauzon with a left then smells blood and whips some knees and punches into Lauzon from a clinch. He backs off when it looks like Lauzon won’t drop. Lauzon shoots and Escudero defends, getting an arm around Lauzon’s head. They separate. Lauzon with a leg kick. Escudero gives one back. Escudero stalks Lauzon down again and lands some shots against the cage. Escudero lands a sharp leg kick that wobbles Lauzon, who’s looking increasingly gassed. Lauzon flops after taking a punch, but Escudero doesn’t follow him down. Leg kick Escudero. Escudero works for a takedown at the end of the round, but doesn’t get it. Still he takes another round.
Round 3: Technical difficulties here, but basically Escudero controlled the round until Lauzon was kicked in the nuts twice with 15 seconds left. Escudero has a point deducted and goes out looking to take Lauzon’s head off. Lauzon actually shows some passion for the first time in the fight and brawls right back — Rogan invokes Garcia vs. Jung from the last WEC show – but it’s not enough to make a real difference. Escudero takes the decision; the scores are not announced. The fight looked like a sparring match between…old training partners. Hmm. Escudero never tried to take the fight to the ground and really beat the crap out of Luazon. But I dig his jumping knees from the clinch…
They show Cane vs. Diabate from earlier in the evening. Diabate knocks Cane out cold with a left-right combo after getting knocked on his ass earlier in the round.
Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Round 1: Sadolah jabs, Kim returns a leg kick. Kim shoots and dumps Sadollah on his ass. Kim working for an arm choke in half-guard. It doesn’t pan out so Kim tries to get some space and throw down some punches, but Sadollah locks down his arms and establishes full guard. Sadollah tries to roll out but Kim is on him like glue. It’s a grappling match, and Sadollah is losing it. Sadollah works to his feet and Kim jumps on his back. He works for a choke and then an armlock as the round ends. 10-9 Kim.
Round 2: It doesn’t take long before Kim puts Sadollah on the mat again. Kim gets in half guard. Sadollah slides out, stands and jacks a knee into Kim’s head, but Kim clinches and takes Sadollah again before he can get his momentum going. Kim is on top in half guard, but not doing much; Sadollah has him pretty well locked down. The crowd boos this one too. Kim gets Sadollah’s arm wrapped around his own head and slugs him with his free one. Kim scores mount. Amir rolls and round ends. 10-9 Kim, again.
Round 3: Amir gets off a leg kick before he’s taken down again. They struggle against the fence. Amir wants back up, but nothin’ doin’. Kim scrambles and tries to take Amir’s back, and Amir finally escapes. Kim shoots and fails for the first time. He’s tired. Sadollah throws a flying knee, and forces Kim to clinch. Amir charges forward with strikes, looking for a desperation knockout. They clinch to the bell. Should be an easy one for DHK.
Kim def. Sadollah via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3). Damn. Has Kim been training with Chael Sonnen? Not pretty, but he gets the job done. Okay, no more freebies…
Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
Sanchez does not do his "YES!" chant. A bad omen? Hathaway is three inches taller, and is as pale as a Twilight vampire. Sanchez is slightly doughy back at 170.
Round 1: Sanchez dashes forward with punches and cracks Hathaway with a straight, then bulls him into the cage. Hathaway sneaks in an elbow. Sanchez almost gets Hathaway down, but the Brit defends and escapes. Hathaway lands with a straight right, then a leg kick. And another. Sanchez shoots…directly into a knee from Hatahway. Sanchez wilts and Hathaway attacks with punches from the top. Hathway switches to elbows. More shots from Hathaway. Sanchez managing to hang on, but he’s getting wrecked. Hathaway dominates to the end of the round. Pretty damn close to a 10-8 for Hathaway.
Round 2: Hathaway throws a high kick. He connects with a left counter. Sanchez with a nice hook to Hathaway’s ear. Sanchez with a straight left. Sanchez scores the double-leg takedown. Hathaway wall walks to his feet. Sanchez puts an elbow into his head, but Hathaway punches his way off the femce. Leg kick Sanchez. Hathaway with a glancing right. And a right straight that lands flush. Hathaway with a slick 1-2. Sanchez, furious, charges forward with punches, and gets countered. There’s the horn. 10-9 Hathaway.
Round 3: Sanchez picking it up a little bit, finding his range and out-landing Hathaway. Hathaway stuffs a takedown and puts a knee into Sanchez’s face. They trade punches. Sanchez shoots again and Hathway makes him pay with knees again. Hard right from Hathaway. Sanchez gives it back. Hathaway with a jab-jab-kick. Hathaway clinches, takes Sanchez’s back and shoves Sanchez down, but he pops back up. Sanchez darts forward, and flies into the cage head-first when Hathaway dodges. One more punch from the Brit as an exclamation point, and the fight ends.
Hathaway def. Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 30-26). Hathaway just made his name off of Sanchez, who maybe should have stayed at lightweight…or just taken Hathaway (and his training) more seriously.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz
Round 1: Leg kick Nog. Nog springs forward with a knee to the body and moves out. Brilz tries for a takedown and gets nothing. Brilz catches a kick from Nog and takes him down. Brilz in half guard. Nogueira tries to stand, Brilz moves to his back, Nog flips back to the mat. Nog turns the tables, taking Brilz’s back in a scramble. They separate. Nog misses a left straight and Brilz clamps onto a leg. Nog escapes and tags Brilz at the bell. Close round. Brilz is already impressing me, just by surviving it.
Round 2: Nog tries to set up a guillotine when Brilz shoots. Brilz escapes, then sets up his own guillotine on Nog. It’s deep. Nog flips over to get out of it. Brilz re-establishes it and Nog is in deep trouble. Can Brilz really submit Lil’ Nog? Nog gets out briefly, but Brilz tries for it again. Nog escapes and gets to his feet, but he seems drained. Brilz with a knee to the body. Brilz is awkward on his feet, but he manages to get in a couple shots. Nog stuffs a takedown. Right hook from Brilz. Nog lands a left, but is countered with a punch combo and wobbles on his feet. Brilz should have jumped in for the kill, but lets Nog go and the round ends.
Round 3: Brilz with another takedown. Nog tries for the guillotine, and Brilz slips out. Nog moves to top and throws down some punches but Brilz escapes to his feet. He looks shaky now, gassed, Brilz charges for a single leg and drops to his knees when Nog stuffs it. Nog with a knee to the body. They return to the mat and Nog sets up an arm choke, but loses it. Brilz gets to his feet and takes a knee to the body. Jab from Nog. Brilz shoots and takes Nog to the mat. Nog winds up on Brilz’s back, then transitions to a Gary Goodridge-style crucifix. He starts throwing punches into Brilz’s head, but Brilz manages to escape. Nog gets on top and gets in an elbow as the round ends.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Jason Brilz via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28×29). Whoa. the crowd doesn’t like it. Personally, I’d give the first two frames to Brilz, and that seems to be the popular sentiment. Still, it’s a victory for Brilz just hanging in there with Nog on short notice. We’ll see him again. Brilz has no hard feelings and doesn’t say that he should have won the decision, just that he shouldn’t have left it up to the judges.
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
The difference in physique is just…astounding. Russow has more fat in his little finger than Duffee has on his entire body. No offense, buddy. Good luck on the fight.
Round 1: Duffee wants Russow’s head. He’s swingin the hammers, folks. Duffee with a jab, uppercut, and another punch that drops Russow, but he springs to his feet. Jab Duffee. Russow shoots for a single and Duffee throws him off. Duffee stalks Russow around the cage, landing with regularity. Nice uppercut from Duff. Body/head from Duffee. Russow shoots and fails. Duffee jacks more uppercuts. High kick from Duffee. And there’s the bell. Russow had absolutely nothing to offer.
Round 2: Duffee counters with a hard body shot when Russow whiffs. Another uppercut, and a pawing jab. Three more punches in quick succession. But is he starting to turn red, Pudzianowski-style? Duffee is not used to being in round 2. He switches stances for some reason. The action has slowed down. The crowd doesn’t like it. Duffee ducks under a punch and slugs Russow in the gut. Duffee stuffs a couple takedowns, lands a jab. The round ends. Duffee goes back to his corner and leans on the fence, exhausted.
Round 3: Russow charges in and gets tagged. He tries a takedown and gets rebuffed. Duffee opens up and smashes Russow with a few. Russow dashes forward and KNOCKS DUFFEE THE FUCK OUT???? Oh my God. It was a right straight, and one more on the way down, and Duffee is out cold.
Joe Rogan is beside himself, calling it the craziest thing he’s ever seen. Russow should be thrilled, but he can’t get over his own disappointment at how bad the fight was for him leading up to the KO. And just like that…Duffee’s hype was gone.
They show Guillard vs. Lowe from the prelims. Guillard crumples Lowe with a knee to the body, and bashes him in the head on the ground, and it’s over. Guillard is so thrilled that he’s put away this Octagon first-timer. "MY HOUSE!" he screams. Well, come on now. He calls out Joe Stevenson. That fight actually makes sense now. Poor Joe.
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller
Bisping gets poked in the eye by the vaseline-guy at the Harley-Davidson prep point. Bisping jerks back trying to draw a point-deduction from the ref, but it doesn’t come. My goodness this crowd hates him. Except for the six guys with the British flag in the cheap seats, of course. Bisping puts his head on Miller’s and shoves him during the faceoff.
Round 1: Miller jacks some punches, then kicks Bisping in the junk. Bisping collects himself and gets back to action. Bisping with a straight right. They trade shots. Bisping with a jab. Miller retruns it and lands a leg kick. Miller with a couple body shots. Bisping with a 1-2. Leg kick Miller. Bisping counters with a left. Right straight from Bisping. They box to the bell. Good round, but Bisping may have pushed the pace a little more. Mike Tyson and Snoop are in the crowd, and the fans stop hating Bisping for a moment to applaud them.
Round 2: Bisping with a nice 1-2 counter. Leg kick Miller. Miller pushes Bisping back with strikes. Bisping takes revenge with another right. Bisping lands a right straight, and a left hook. Bisping with a 1-2, just having his way with Miller now. Miller with an overhand right. Miller gets the last shot in during a brawling exchange in the center of the Octagon as the round ends. Miller’s face is looking hamburger-ish.
Round 3: They hug it out to begin the round. Bisping gets back to punching Miller’s face. Miller pushes forward. Bisping lands a right, and another. He jabs. Miller shoots and scores the takedown. Bisping scoots back to the fence and gets up. Another smooth 1-2 from Bisping. Body kick Miller. He tries for another takedown, but doesn’t get it this time. They go for broke in the round’s closing moments, but both men stay upright. Bisping should get the nod, and Miller is probably losing his job.
Michael Bisping def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28).
Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans
Did you know that Rashad has never lost a fight in which he’s scored a takedown. This is what passes for stats nowadays. During the highlight package, Rashad’s knockout of Chuck Liddell is conspicuously absent. Rashad crawls his way into the cage, as hated as Bisping. Rampage stops not once but twice during his walkout to do his wolf-howl thang, Man does he look pissed. And he’s also being sponsored by Twitter. Good for him.
Round 1: Rashad dashes in and tags Rampage with a right hand that sends him stumbling to the cage. They clinch. Rampage gets in two knees to the body. Rashad drops for a double, but Rampage sprawls. Another knee from Rampage. Herb Dean breaks ‘em. Rashad throws two quick punches and lands the double-leg. Slick as hell. He punches Rampage from the top, but Rampage gets to his feet. Knee from Rashad, and some dirty boxing. Rashad with an uppercut. Herb separates them again. Rashad starts dancing. Rashad tries to land one more takedown before the bell, but Rampage stuffs and punches him away. One round for Rashad…
Round 2: They clinch and trade body shots against the fence. Rashad with a knee to Rampage’s leg. Rampage punches Rashad off of him. Rashad gets the fight back to the fence after some sparring, and Herb breaks it up. Rampage whiffs the hook. Rashad is content to hang back and dodge Rampage’s punches. Rashad bulls Rampage into the fence once again. Rashad with a knee to the leg, and drops for a takedown. Rampage defends, but Rashad grabs onto his back. They clinch to the bell. 2-0 Rashad.
Round 3: Rampage jabs. He misses a right straight. Rashad botches a takedown and Rampage bashes him to the ground with punches. Rampage slugs from the top, and Rashad is in deep shit. There’s a pause to the onsalught. Rashad manages to get to his feet. Damn, son. Rashad tries a punch combo. Rashad shoots and puts Rampage on his back. Now it’s his turn to slam leather in Rampage’s face from the top. Rampage tries to struggle up and gets slammed down again. More punches from Rashad. Rampage stands and throws a knee into Rashad’s body. They break and trade punches to the last horn.
Rashad Evans def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decison (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
Rashad says he went numb for a bit in the third round when he was getting his ass kicked. He says he’d do it all over again if Rampage is down. "I guess ring rust is a factor," Rampage says. He does want a rematch.
Hate to tell y’all muhfuckas I told you so, but…anyway. Slow night, overall. It was an event that was more notable for its losses. Where do Diego Sanchez and Todd Duffee go from here? Does Rampage have the drive to keep fighting his way back up after such a demoralizing loss? We shall see, Potato Nation. Get some sleep, we’ll talk soon…
Oh yeah, the results of the two prelim fights we didn’t get to see:
- Ryan Jensen def. Jesse Forbes via submission (guillotine choke), 1:37 of round 1