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UFC Fight Night 49 Results: Rafael dos Anjos Knocks Out Benson Henderson in the First Round


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It’s round two of today’s UFC double-header! Earlier this morning we got to see Michael Bisping batter Cung Le and Tyron Woodley knock out Dong Hyun Kim in just a minute.

But like with that card, tonight’s event only has a handful of fights worth spending money to live blog. Those fights are: 1. UFC Fight Night 49′s main event, Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Benson Henderson. 2. The co-main event, Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein and 3. Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites.

If you want to know the full results of the card, we’ll have them right here:

Preliminary Card

Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin submission (arm triangle) at 2:35 of round 1
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 of round one.
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Main Card

Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 of round 1
James Vick def. Walmir Lazaro via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Max Holloway def. Mirsad Bektic via TKO (punches) at 3:47 of round 3
Thales Leties def. Francis Carmont via TKO (punches) at 0:20 of round 2
Jordan Mein def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) at 1:12
Rafael dos Anjos def. Benson Henderson via KO (punch) at 2:31 of round 1

Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites

Round 1: Carmont lands a double jab to start off. Leites comes forward with a messy flurry and clinches. Leites struggles while working for a trip. Carmont blocks it with a wizzer. They separate and return to the cage. Leites charges with another messy combination. Carmont throws a huge right hand and misses big. Carmont lands a strong leg kick that floors Leites, who springs back to his feet. Leites hits nothing but air with a huge overhand right. Leites comes forward again and lands a left hook but misses with a follow-up right. Carmont attempts a 1-2 but misses on both. Carmont ducks under a Leites combination and nearly gets a double-leg. Instead of taking Leites down, he winds up pushing him against the fence. After a few seconds of wall-and-stall, they separate. Carmont wobbles Leites with another leg kick. Leites lands a left hand and then a weak overhand right a few seconds later. Leites clinches and both men wind up on the fence again. They separate again. See a pattern? Carmont lands another leg kick but can’t find a home for the follow-up overhand right.

Round 2: Leites FINALLY lands the big overhand right and it rocks Carmont. Leites unloads on Carmont with a TREMENDOUS flurry of follow-up punches that floors him. He’s out cold! This one is over.

Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein

Round 1: The first minute passes without much activity but then Mein lands a DEVASTATING hook that floors mike Pyle. Pyle curls up into the fetal position and the referee stops it. Wow.

Benson Henderson vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Round 1: After an ETERNITY of commercials and inane chatter from the UFC’s panel of experts, we’re up to the main event. Henderson fires off some jabs and misses. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Henderson lands his own. Dos Anjos throws a front kick and misses. Henderson lands a fast right hand but then eats a left. Henderson lands an uppercut. Dos Anjos returns with a body shot and then lands a right hand. Both fighters are showing tremendous hand speed. Henderson floors dos Anjos with a front-leg front kick. Dos Anjos gets up and lands a round kick to the body. Dos Anjos lands a flurry. He lands a a hook then a flying knee. Benson is stunned and goes for a takedown. Dos Anjos separates and then lands a HUGE hook that floors Benson. Big John McCarthy runs in to stop the fight. The crowd boos.

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