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UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — Main Card Results & Commentary


(Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi, showing about as much intensity as the average person does while ordering fast food at a drive-through. / Photo via Getty)

Welcome to CagePotato’s liveblog of UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — aka, the stunning conclusion of #FridayNightWars. Tonight on FOX Sports 1, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi battle for the chance to get “pretty damn close” to a middleweight title shot, while Lean ‘n’ Mean Alistair Overeem trades bombs with fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell. Also: Matt Mitrione takes on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis, and lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon meets Michael Chiesa in a battle of skinny grapplers. Plus, there’s a guy on the prelims who fought 13 days ago. Crazy!

In the immortal words of Jeff Monson: “You like watching people get f*cked for free?” Then follow us after the jump for round-by-round results from the UFC Fight Night 50 main card, which our dear friend Ryan Harkness will be compiling after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET, along with his usual charming commentary. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and follow us on twitter for even more hijinx. Thanks for being here.

MAIN CARD RESULTS
Ronaldo Souza def. Gegard Mousasi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:30 of round 3
Ben Rothwell def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of round 1
Matt Mitrione def. Derrick Lewis via KO at 0:41 of round 1
Joe Lauzon def. Michael Chiesa via TKO (cut) at 2:14 of round 2

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
John Moraga def. Justin Scoggins via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:47 of round 2
Al Iaquinta def. Rodrigo Damm via TKO (strikes) at 2:41 of round 3
Rafael Natal def. Chris Camozzi via decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Beal def. Tateki Matsuda via decision (unanimous) (29-28 x 2, 30-27)
Chas Skelly def. Sean Soriano via decision (unanimous) (30-27 x 3)

10:00PM We’re kicking this bitch off in style with Batboy Joe Lauzon vs The Bearded 1 Michael Chiesa. But if you’re like me, you’re hoping the UFC’s prediliction for spertsdesk garbage will keep things from kicking off until Patricio Pitbull kicks Pat Curran’s head off over on Spike TV. The joys of #FridayNightWars. Keep your peepers peeled, though. The second Bruce Buffer says it’s time, I’m gonna be right here live blogging. Just for you, baby.

Joe Lauzon vs Michael Chiesa

ROUND 1

It was no secret that Joe Lauzon’s best chance to beat Michael Chiesa was on the ground, and that’s how Joe fought through the first, struggling to take Chiesa down and keep him down. The result was a lot of Chiesa drawing Joe’s shots back into the cage and then outmuscling the smaller J-Lau against the fence. In the end it was Michael Chiesa who took Joe down and got his back. But after some creative monkey leg action from Joe to prevent hooks from sinking in, he pulled a slick reversal and got on top of Chiesa. Chiesa gave up his back but then pushed himself against the cage so Lauzon had no room to do anything but fish for a RNC. But since this isn’t a white belt class at your local jiu jitsu school, that shit didn’t fly.

Michael Chiesa escaped and they ended up on their feet throwing donnybrooks. Lauzon pushed forward throwing a bunch of not quite effective or accurate strikes; Chiesa’s return volley: much more hitty and damagey, finishing up with a big knee. Dangerous stuff but Lauzon seems unhurt as the round ends.

ROUND 2
They come out swinging again and Chiesa throws a big knee that Lauzon catches and uses to dump him with. They scramble back to their feet and go full rock em sock em robots. Joe throws big uppercuts and takes a page out of the Chiesa playbook with knees. Chiesa returns fire and then catches Lauzon on the way in for a takedown with a flush kick up his entire upper body. All thoughts of grappling biz go out the window as they go back to swinging for the fences. Joe nails Chiesa right in the liver and then clinches up for some sick knees, one of which opens up a little vagina right above Chiesa’s eye. Herb Dean stops the fight, and the dumbass Connecticut doctor actually stops things even though you probably couldn’t fit more than two fingers in the gash. Chiesa is angry – the 15 second delay is used to great effect as Chiesa declares this is ____ and what the ____ I can’t beleive you ____ the ___ fight you ____.

WINNER: Joe Lauzon via Doctor’s Stoppage (Cut) 2:14 R2

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

ROUND 1

The two meet in the center of the cage. Mitrione is keeping Lewis at a distance, attacking with leaping punches and kicks to keep out of range. But the next time he jumps in, Lewis steps in as well. They crash together like fat hairless bears, but it is Mitrione’s fist which is perfectly positioned to catch Derrick Lewis on the jaw, and he’s thrown back against the cage and onto the canvas. Lewis struggles to get back to his knees and the ref gives him an extra second or three to attempt a Kongo style comeback. But Mitrione ain’t letting it happen. He keeps the pressure on and lands another shot which planks Lewis facedown on the mat. Fin.

WINNER: Matt Mitrione via KO at 0:41 of round 1

Ben Rothwell vs Alistair Overeem

ROUND 1

The two meet in the middle and Ben Rothwell channels Lyoto Machida, sticking his hands out into the air. Alistair Overeem responds by hitting him with an overhand right to the temple, and Ben’s Machida impression becomes a smidge more tentative. Overeem tenderizes Rothwell’s body with knees, and then follows up with punches to the head. And he’s mixing in oblique kicks to boot because yeah, I hear he’s been training with Jone Jones or some such silliness.

But because this is an Overeem fight, of course Rothewell catches him with a shot that staggers him. They clinch and stagger to the cage and Alistair holds on until he regains his faculties. They seperate and return to the center of the cage.

Overeem returns to his kicks down low, strikes up high routine. Unfortunately for him, Rothwell has figured it out and blasts Alistair with a right to the temple that drops him. Overeem ends up on all fours like a kindergarden kid checking out a bug in the grass. Rothwell dumps his gut onto Alistair’s back and starts hammering away at an unresponsive Overeem until the ref steps in.

And it’s official: Alistair Overeem is back to being the guy who can’t quite get it done that he was in PRIDE.

WINNER: Ben Rothwell via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of round 1

Jacare Souza vs Gegard Mousasi

ROUND 1

Mousasi southpaw stances it up and paws forward at Jacare. Jacare looks as intense as Gegard does laid back, and uses his striking to get inside for a takedown attempt. They end up against the cage and Jacare grabs Mousasi around the waist, but the Mous nullifies the takedown attempt and deflects trip attempts.

They stalemate against the cage and trade charlie horse knees. Jacare positions for a throw but Mousasi pushes Souza’s head up violently. Jacare ducks down for a takedown and eats a few elbows to the head before finally bending Gegard back far enough that they both tumble to the canvas, with Jacare on top.

Jacare goes to work. He slips to half guard. Mousasi returns to full guard and then sets up a triangle which Mousasi slips out of. The Mous catches Jacare with some glancing upkicks while Souza is up. Jacare drops down into side control for two seconds before ending up back in half guard. Jacare gets Gegard’s arm into kimura. Mousasi buries his hand in his crotch and wraps his legs around his arm to keep the sub from paying off. The round ends.

ROUND 2

Mousasi goes back to his laid back boxing stance, throwing out old timey jabs to keep Jacare at a distance. Jacare, unimpressed, manages to crack Mousasi with a shot and then drives forward with some dangerous looking hooks. He knocks Mousasi off kilter and follows up with a leaping front kick before clinching against the cage and going back to the takedown biz. And the takedown biz is a good biz indeed.

They struggle but Jacare lifts Mousasi’s feet off the ground and drops them down to the canvas in half guard. Mousasi is throwing pitter patter shots to Jacare’s head but Jacare ain’t care and just keeps working on slowly maneuving back into kimura position. Mousasi scoots back to the fence but Jacare grabs a heel and twists him away from the cage. They split and scramble. Mousasi fires up another kick but Jacare dodges and lands a hammerfist before regaining top position.

Jacare stands up and avoids upkicks before dropping into side control. Mousasi works to get halfguard back but Souza uses his misattention to grab that kimura again with 45 seconds left. There’s no crotch burying business this time. Mousasi’s arm is out to the side and Jacare just needs to lift Gegard’s body up a bit to get the kimura into tap position. Alas, once again the clock runs out and Mousasi survives.

ROUND 3

Souza is actually winning the striking exchanges now. Mousasi is missing while Jacare is landing. Gegard is still using his arms down boxing stance, picking his shots. Jacare smashes him with a brawler’s hook, rough houses him against the cage and then dumps him to the mat. Jacare gets his traditional half guard position, Mousasi gives up his back but uses to to get back up.

Mousasi still has both hands down, throwing single jabs. They’re landing but the volume ain’t enough to get anything done. Jacare pushes Mousasi against the fence and drags him back down. Mousasi blatantly holds onto the fence and then slides off onto his back. Jacare is starting to play a loose top game, no longer afraid of upkicks and mixing in some ground and pound with his BJJ positioning. Mousasi sits up against the fence and leaves his neck exposed. Jacare hops up onto it, traps Mousasi’s arm with his leg, and lays back into a textbook guillotine that forces Gegard to tap. “YEEEAAAAAARRRRRGH!” Jacare screams, which prompts the ref to pull them apart. And thus, the Dreamcatcher is no match for the Alligator.

WINNER: Jacare Souza via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:30 of round 3

So that’s that, folks. The first #FridayNightWars is in the books, and I’d like to declare the winner to be … US, THE MMA FAN! For a night of sophisticated and nuanced JUST BLEED ACTION! So for CagePotato, my name is Ryan Harkness and you can netsex me via twitter or tumblr or myfreecams (just kidding … or am I?). Until next time, taters.

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