(Travis plans to test Bigfoot’s chin tonight. Unfortunately, Bigfoot’s chin has already been tested by a team of doctors, and nobody can figure out what the hell is wrong with it. / Photo via CombatLifestyle. For more photos from this set, click here.)
Because you can never have enough heavyweight fights on basic cable, the UFC returns to FX this evening for a fun little card at the Target Center in Minneapolis. In the main event, one of the
ten seven greatest undefeated fighters in MMA, Travis Browne, looks for his fifth UFC victory against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who has been brutally stopped in his last two appearances. (Just keep repeating to yourself: He beat Fedor. He beat Fedor. He beat Fedor…) Plus: Jay Hieron tries to break his curse against Jake Ellenberger, while John Dodson and Jussier Formiga scrap for a flyweight title shot.
Fresh off his short-notice victory against the UFC 151 pay-per-view, Jim Genia is back again to liveblog tonight’s FX main card. Round-by-round results will be piling up after the jump beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and if you’ve heard any good jokes lately, please share them in the comments section.
Preliminary card results:
- Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens – Bout Scratched Due to Stephens Getting Arrested
- Michael Johnson def. Danny Castillo via KO (Punch) at 1:06, Round 2
- Jacob Volkmann def. Shane Roller via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:38, Round 1
- Diego Nunes def. Bart Palaszewski via Unanimous Decision
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Phil Harris via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:38, Round 2
- Marcus LeVesseur def. Carlo Prater via Split Decision
- Mike Pierce def. Aaron Simpson via KO (Punch) at :29, Round 2
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First up: Justin Edwards vs. Josh Neer
Edwards, who trains under Jorge Gurgel, has appeared in the Octagon three times but has yet to impress. Neer… man, that dude be crazy.
Round 1: Edwards comes out swinging punches and flinging raw aggression like it’s free. Neer counters by ducking his head and angling for a takedown – which plays right into a jumping arm-in guillotine that Edwards does not hesitate to slap on. Neer goes to the canvas and makes some motions like he’s going to defend, but soon he’s asleep, and Edwards has earned himself the sweet technical submission at :45 of Round 1. Okay, Edwards looks impressive now.
Justin Edwards def. Josh Neer via Technical Submission (Guillotine) at :45, Round 1
Up next: John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
The good news is that Dodson and Formiga are fighting for number one contender status for the flyweight title. The bad news is… ah, there is no bad news. This fight is going to rock.
Round 1: It took about a minute of dancing and circling before these two gentlemen began stepping in and swinging with bad intentions, with the American aiming crosses to the body and the Brazilian looking for a home for his counter right in the neighborhood of Dodson’s chin. But fast footwork prevented either from really nailing the other, so Formiga shot for a takedown around the three-minute mark that was easily stuffed. Another takedown was stuffed, and another, and the crowd began to boo at the lack of furious engagement.
Round 2: The dancing continued into the second, broken up by intermittent flashes of violence – including a winging overhand by Dodson 45 seconds in, and a lunging right by Formiga two minutes in. Thankfully, three minutes into the round, Dodson caught Formiga with left as the Brazilian was stepping forward, and for a few seconds, Dodson was the predator hunting its prey. Formiga, to his credit, managed to recover, but the end came soon after when the TUF winner blasted him in the gut and then dropped him with a left square in the chops. Formiga fell, rolled over, and was helpless against the subsequent barrage of fists, prompting the referee to jump in. The official time of the TKO was 4:35 of Round 2.
John Dodson def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (Punches) at 4:35, Round 2
Next: Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
Once upon a time, Ellenberger and Hieron fought in the IFL and Hieron came away with the decision. But time has presumably changed these men, with Ellenberger establishing himself as a top UFC competitor and Hieron becoming that poor dude who can never seem to get a UFC fight. All that changes now, though!
Round 1: Mindful of Ellenberger’s power and seemingly eager to catch his foe moving forward, Hieron spends the first couple minutes of the round firing off single strikes – jabs, crosses, high-kicks, and even a couple spinning back-kicks. But his patience erodes when a minute and a half is left, and he shoots for a single-leg that Ellenberger hops out of, and he nearly catches him with some hard counters of his own.
Round 2: The round opens with Hieron dinging Ellenberger with a counter, and soon after going for a takedown that is deftly avoided. A sudden change in tactics has Ellenberger nailing a takedown of his own, and for the following minute, he’s able to bang up Hieron and open up a cut near the Xtreme Couture fighter’s eye. Though bloodied, Hieron keeps his wits about him and manages to scramble back to his feet, and for the last two minutes of the period they dance the “I’m Afraid of You, You’re Afraid of Me” Waltz.
Round 3: Their wariness leads to more dancing in the third frame, although the action is halted briefly a minute in when Hieron kicks Ellenberger in the junk. After a restart, Ellenberger goes for a takedown that Hieron squirms out of. Does their mutual respect color how they fight throughout the rest of the bout? Sadly, it does, as Hieron maintains a steady output of single, long-range kicks and punches while Ellenberger waits for that one big opening that never seems to come. Hieron does fall in the final seconds of the fight, but it isn’t clear if it’s a slip or if Ellenberger has actually tagged him, and the bout goes to the judges. The winner? Ellenberger by unanimous decision, but yeah, it’s close.
Jake Ellenberger def. Jay Hieron via Unanimous Decision
Next, the main event: Travis Browne vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
It’s hard to place where exactly in the heavyweight division Browne and Silva belong, especially since Dana White declared that Stefan Struve’s win over some scrub somehow catapulted the dude to number five in the rankings (uh, what?). Regardless, big men fighting. Hooray!
Round 1: Browne comes out throwing colorful kicks, but Silva informs him with a right hand that he better check himself before he wrecks himself. They exchange more cautiously, and a minute and a half in the Brazilian comes in, eats a knee, but still manages to tie Browne up against the fence. After a few seconds Browne escapes, but it’s suddenly evident that something is wrong with his knee, and after almost a minute of him limping around, Bigfoot steps in with a huge right that drops Browne against the cage. The fists to the side of Browne’s head may or may not have been needed, but they happened anyway, and when referee Herb Dean jumped in, it’s official: Silva has won via TKO. The time of the stoppage was 3:27 of Round 1.
Antonio Silva def. Travis Browne via TKO (Punches) at 3:27, Round 1
Afterwards, an extremely happy Silva thanked the crowd for showing up, and spoke of how much he’d trained for the fight.
And that’s all, folks. Thanks for showing up.