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UFC Fight Night 20 Aftermath Notes: Preliminary Card Results, Bonuses + More


(Gray Maynard discusses his fight against Nate Diaz, and the prospects of a future title shot against BJ Penn. Props: Sherdog.)

Since we only got to see the four main card fights on last night’s UFC Fight Night 20 broadcast, here’s a recap of the prelims…

– Chris Leben def. Jay Silva via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Rick Story def. Jesse Lennox via split decision (30-27 x 2, 28-29. Due to a scoring error, the bout was initially declared a majority draw.)
Thiago Tavares and Nik Lentz fought to a majority draw (29-27 Lentz, 28-28 x 2. Tavares was deducted a point for low blows.)
Rory MacDonald def. Mike Guymon via submission (armbar), 4:27 of round 1
Rafael dos Anjos def. Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
– Gerald Harris def. John Salter via TKO (strikes), 3:24 of round 3
Nick Catone def. Jesse Forbes via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)

For scoring the night’s only stoppage via strikes, Gerald Harris pocketed a $30,000 Knockout of the Night bonus. Evan Dunham picked up the $30,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his horrible-looking armbar on Efrain Escudero (don’t worry, Effy’s fine). $30k Fight of the Night bumps went to Tom Lawlor and Aaron Simpson for their memorable three-round battle, which saw Simpson get battered half to death in the first round before edging out Lawlor in rounds two and three (according to two judges, at least).


— The Fairfax, Virginia crowd must have been shocked to see Chris Leben not stand and bang for three rounds, but use takedowns and ground-and-pound to secure a comfortable deicison against Jay Silva. "Every time I go out there I look for the knockout," Leben said later, "but the strategy was working so well and I needed this win so badly that I decided to stay with the ground game." Looks like a spot on the undercard was all Chris needed to find a sense of self-preservation.

— The broadcast cut out before Gray Maynard could do his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, but the live crowd got to hear Gray offer himself to BJ Penn and make a little jab at Kenny Florian: "I ain’t gonna make a cheesy speech about students and masters. If they want it, I’m here for him. UFC if you want me to do it, let’s fight."

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Hulk Smash- January 12, 2010 at 11:50 am
Lion - I gotta agree that GSP would likely be charged with, at least, manslaughter if Diaz moved up to 170 lbs and these two got it going.
What is Diaz thinking, moving up in weight class? He's gotta realize that BJ, who has nobody at all to challenge him at 155, got dismantled by GSP at 170.
So tell me Nate, what makes you think you can hang with Fitch/Koscheck/Thiago/GSP and so on if you can't beat Gray Maynard or Joe Stevenson?
Better lay off the chronic, since it's blocking your ability to perceive the same reality the rest of the UFC is living in.
I have to agree that Sanchez and Florian have got to meet up again in order to determine the bona fide #2. As an added bonus, loser has to face Clay Guida, then the loser of that one gets to smash Diaz and his ugly face into the turnbuckle.
frndlylion- January 12, 2010 at 11:11 am
Nate and his show boating got what he deserved. Weak ass punches and lack of take down ability does not make a top contender. With his attitude I doubt he will get any better. He needs to go to japan where they will setup some nice freak show fights for him that will pay well because he isnt ever going to be a threat to someone like BJ. Go to 170? Is he an idiot? (yes) GSP would literally destroy him!

Although I must admit, it would be just as much fun to see BJ pound Nates face in as it was watching him completely demolish Diego.

On a positive note, it was a pretty decent card except for some judging issues that we would ALL love to see something done about. I agree with the group here that the first round in the Lawlor/Simpson fight should have been a 10-8 first round. When you put a big beating on someone like that it needs to be rewarded big by the judges.

I would have liked to have seen the Lebon fight as well.
superflat- January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am
Fighting Diaz is like fighting a wet noodle -- he's not going to hurt you, but you're not going to look good. Thing is, Maynard wasn't helping himself with that one-dimensional striking. Just as BJ Penn is solidly the #1 lightweight, I feel Kenflo is looking increasingly like a solid #2 (though we need to see him against Sanchez at this point). Maynard would get picked apart by either.
nsiegel5- January 12, 2010 at 9:38 am
Im glad they have these blogs to tell me what happened when Maynard fights because every time I watch I just keep falling asleep
imakeutap- January 12, 2010 at 9:31 am
i think nate diaz needs a strength and conditioning program like gsp's or bj's
IH8lamas- January 12, 2010 at 9:23 am
"I really don't think I'm going to stay at 155lbs. I don't make enough money to have to drop this much weight so I'd like to fight at 170 and only go to 55's every once in awhile. You know if you look at his face compared to mine right now you'd think there was no way he beat me in a fight but I've never been too popular with the judges." -Nathan

ha, 170!? if anything he should drop to 145 and then he can actually win!
Zyz Zyx- January 12, 2010 at 8:41 am
Gray beat Diaz. You could see the frustration on Diaz's face by the 2nd. He just didn't know what to do. He couldn't control the fight, Gray's wrestling was just too good. Gray wasn't even letting Diaz get close to a solid takedown. He could always tell when Diaz was trying for it. Typical Diaz bros tactic: try to get your opponent mad and reckless, tire them out (even if it means letting them get in close and beat on you) and then tie them up on the ground. It works on a lot of guys, but Gray didn't fall for any of it. I could tell he was going to win about half way through the first. But BJ is still going to kill him.

I don't see anyone at LW who could give BJ a good fight at this point. The division has lots of good fighters, but only one that's dominant.
One Two- January 12, 2010 at 8:03 am
I'm with you rob BJ Penn? is that a joke he barely, barely beat diaz? no one wants to see another diego fight all over again BJ would embarass him.
robgd- January 12, 2010 at 7:48 am
Gray Maynard did nothing to win that fight. By the look of his face you would think he lost. Judging by how difficult of a time he had with Nate, he is nowhere near ready for BJ penn. I think Gray should have to fight Diego first, and with his current skills he'll get his ass kicked.
I think Lawlor punched himself out and that's why he wasn't able to finish the a-train while he had him rocked. That was too bad since a-train was so confident going in he was going to knock him out. It always seems like what looks like an obvious situation going in never happens. Gotta love MMA.
knucklesamitch- January 12, 2010 at 7:40 am
I'm so sick of the Diaz brothers...Nate couldn't punch worth a shit, he seemed more interested in holding hands with Maynard, yet, he'd throw some weak ass jab and throw his hands in the arm like he's some kind of bad ass....Give me a break.
nicey- January 12, 2010 at 7:37 am
lawlor got robbed, although he did have piss poor conditioning compared to simpson.

and look at maynards face. he did get pummeled more than ppl think apparently.
agentsmith- January 12, 2010 at 7:31 am
"Due to a scoring error..." Yeah, there were a couple of those last night. Tom Lawlor got straight-up fucking robbed.
Get Off Me- January 12, 2010 at 7:24 am
@Iron Fist
rolling with his bro.....ah yes.

Nate Diaz is not Nick Diaz as we all saw, the Diaz boxing style works best when moving forward giving the shots a little more power. Nick does this often, stalks opponents with boxing wearing them down for a finish. I saw Nate implement the boxing off of the back foot too often in this fight and while I did not see compubox stats I would say Nate landed more punches in the fight, but again did not put them together the right way. I think the fight was a draw, moreover it was a loss for both guys, Maynard ain't ready for BJ and Diaz broke his "exciting fight streak"(sotn or fotn in five previous bouts).
Evan Dunham had the best night in my books, he's tough and exciting to watch, can't wait to see who he get's next.
Iron Fist- January 12, 2010 at 7:07 am
Good god Nate Diaz! What the hell was that? I do not understand how a fighter will just keep trying the same ineffective techniques in the later rounds when they're clearly not working in the first two thirds of the fight. I was screaming high kick at the TV for the entire third round. With his height, long limbs, and Gray Maynard's hands at his sides, Nate could have dropped him with a good head kick. Nate looks like he needs some stronger coaching and mentoring. I don't think just rolling with his bro is gonna cut it anymore.
Clinch-Smash- January 12, 2010 at 7:07 am
LMAO judge judy
Yves Latrine- January 12, 2010 at 7:04 am
At this point I think motherfuckin Judge Judy could do a better job than the UFC judges, or maybe one of those sassy black judges on the CW.
El Famous Burrito- January 12, 2010 at 7:03 am
What was with guys not finishing off their opponents after rocking them hard?

Amir, Lawlor, Efrain, even Gray had Diaz wobbled, I think.
MMA42- January 12, 2010 at 6:56 am
Decent card. That Armbar looked painful as shit, so I blame Effy for not taping earlier. Though about Maynard, he sure as hell didn't look like he should go up against Penn. I'd take Edgar over him.
Defender- January 12, 2010 at 6:45 am
Geezus, so many fights came to decision :( Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a technical fight...but most of those certainly were not.

I have always had high hopes for Maynard...maybe it's because he just looks like what a fighter should. And while dude can clearly hit hard...he has anything but pinpoint accuracy.

I'd like to think Diaz could hit hard in the pocket...if he can get his lanky arms throwing some uppercuts. But yeah, just because the jab can be effective...doesn't mean you can just throw your arm out there at the same speed as you would put a book on a shelf.
shitwhistle- January 12, 2010 at 6:36 am
I can't be the only one who thinks that Nate Diaz couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag. I mean, those punches have absolutely nothing to them. Now my punches, on the other hand, are like freaking meteors. I train with one of those balloons with the rubber bands on them. Those things are tricky.
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