Posted on: March 27, 2010 9:05 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2010 9:21 pm

UFC 111 live results: Almeida vs. Brown

Ricardo Almeida takes on Matt Brown in the welterweight division to kick things off.

Brown is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC, and he finished all three opponents. Almeida's looking for his third straight win here.

Round 1: Almeida forces Brown to the cage wall with a takedown attempt. Brown fights it, but eventually gets tripped down. Brown's on his backside and Almeida is trying to move him away from the cage. Brown uses the fence for leverage to get back to his feet. Brown throws a couple knees to the thigh. Almeida answers with a close-range left hook. More clinchwork before referee Dan Miragliotta separates them.

Almeida shoots for a single leg takedown. Almeida is fighting for it, but Brown's defense is solid. Almeida with a left elbow and a right fist, trying to soften Brown up to complete the takedown. Another short elbow to the jaw by Almeida. And another. Almeida with a three-punch combo before the buzzer. 10-9 Almeida by my scorecard.

Round 2: Almeida completes a double-leg takedown right away. Brown scoots back to the cage wall and uses it to get upright again. Brown reverses Almeida's back to the fence. These guys are technically sound, but Almeida's strategy doesn't make for an entertaining fight. A smattering of boos from the Jersey crowd before Miragliotta separates the clinch again.

Brown with an outside leg kick and gets tagged with a countering elbow. Almeida goes to the mat with him and takes mount, looking to finish. Brown scrambles to his knees as Almeida puts the hooks in and secures his back. Body triangle, rear naked choke, and it's all over. Brown taps out. Excellent technique by Almeida.

Winner: Ricardo Almeida
defeats Matt Brown via submission to a rear naked choke at 3:30 of Round 2.

Posted on: March 27, 2010 8:53 pm

UFC 111 live coverage: Undercard results

Here are the undercard results so far from UFC 111 in Newark, N.J.:

  • Rousimar Palhares def. Tomasz Drwal via submission to a heel hook at 45 seconds of Round 1. (185)
  • Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. (205)
  • Matt Riddle def. Greg Soto via DQ due to an illegal kick at 1:30 of Round 3. (170)

Seven fights remain, including the two title bouts. I'll have live round-by-round coverage of the remaining fights right here on this blog beginning at around 9 p.m. ET.

Refresh the main blog link for the latest fights (each will have a separate blog entry).

Posted on: March 26, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 4:41 pm

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy live coverage

One of the most dominant fighters in MMA -- and perhaps the single best pound-for-pound fighter in the world -- Georges St. Pierre returns to the Octagon on Saturday, defending his title against Dan "Outlaw" Hardy at UFC 111 in Newark, N.J. will have live round-by-round coverage and analysis of the fights, as they happen, on Saturday. Check back at this link for frequent updates on fight night.

Weigh-ins took place Friday afternoon in Jersey. Full UFC 111 card -- and official fighter weights -- below.

  • Georges St-Pierre (170) vs. Dan Hardy (170)
  • Frank Mir (265) vs. Shane Carwin (265)
  • Kurt Pellegrino (155) vs. Fabricio Camoes (155)
  • Jon Fitch (171) vs. Ben Saunders (169)
  • Jim Miller (155) vs. Mark Bocek (154)
  • Nate Diaz (171) vs. Rory Markham (177)*
  • Ricardo Almeida (170) vs. Matt Brown (170)
  • Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Tomasz Drwal (185)
  • Jared Hamman (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (206)
  • Matt Riddle (170) vs. Greg Soto (170)

Markham missed weight by a significant margin, but Diaz agreed to the fight anyway. It's now a catchweight bout.

Posted on: March 21, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:25 am

UFC live results: Vera vs. Jones (Light Hwt.)

The main event is up, as Jon Jones faces Brandon Vera at light heavyweight.

Jones -- a native of Endicott, N.Y. -- enters the arena to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." Vera has great Muay Thai, but Jones has a six inch reach advantage.

Round 1: Jones doesn't make eye contact during the staredown, but they do touch gloves.

Jones instantly ties up Vera and completes a leg-trip takedown. Jones works from Vera's full guard. He can't get anything started down there before Vera escapes to his feet. Vera sets up a leg kick with a light jab, but Jones catches the leg. Jones with a big takedown into Vera's full guard.

Jones fights to establish distance to throw strikes, but Vera's locking up his upper body. Jones lands a nice punch. Vera's controlling the wrist. Upkick to the jaw by Vera, but Jones' knee was down, so it's an illegal strike. Jones is ready to fight, so Herb Dean takes a point away from Vera and restarts the fight from the same position.

Jones trying to posture up and throw strikes but Vera's controlling both wrists. Jones needs to watch out for an armbar, because he's leaving his arms wide open here. Another upkick by Vera, but it hits the shoulder, so no foul.

Jones lands a big left hook to the jaw, and Vera is stunned. Jones throws a hard elbow to the eye socket and smashes him with a couple more punches before Dean waves it off. Very impressive win for Jones, who gives a shout out to Endicott as the camera zooms in.

Winner: Jon Jones
defeats Brandon Vera via TKO due to strikes at 3:19 of Round 1.

Posted on: March 21, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 10:22 pm

UFC live results: Dos Santos vs. Gonzaga (Hwt.)

Another heavyweight fight as the undefeated Junior Dos Santos takes on Gabriel Gonzaga.

If Gonzaga keeps this fight standing, he will likely become the second Gonzaga to lose big today (Syracuse in the house! ).

Round 1: Very few strikes to start, with both men showing tons of respect and caution. Gonzaga shoots for a takedown and Dos Santos escapes. Outside leg kick by Gonzaga. Gonzaga moves in with a punch, misses, but avoids a one-two counter combo. Gonzaga throws the right head kick that KO'ed Cro Cop, but Dos Santos blocks it. Dos Santos throws one as well, and misses.

They trade leg kicks. Gonzaga with an outside leg kick and Dos Santos grazes him with an overhand right. Gonzaga throws a left kick to the body and gets smashed with a left hook counterpunch.

Gonzaga goes down. Dos Santos goes Donkey Kong. And it's all over. Another first-round TKO for the still undefeated Junior Dos Santos.

Winner: Junior Dos Santos defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO due to strikes at 3:53 of Round 1.

Posted on: March 21, 2010 9:38 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 10:01 pm

UFC live results: Kongo vs. Buentello (Hwt.)

After a fairly lengthy delay for commercials and a few words with Shane Carwin to promote the PPV, we're ready for the next bout. Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello in a heavyweight clash, as Kongo needs to erase the stench of his loss to Frank Mir in December.

Round 1: Buentello very peppy to start, moving around a lot. Buentello unloads with a flurry and maybe connects with one shot before Kongo forces his back to the cage and completes a takedown. Buentello is fighting his way back to an upright position. Kongo takes him down again. Kongo may have taken Buentello's early fidgeting as an indication that Buentello wanted to swing for the fences early, and took him down to control the pace a bit. Kongo's generally not this type of fighter.

Not much happening aside from Kongo throwing minor strikes and holding Buentello down. Buentello's up. Kongo tries to take him down again and Buentello throws an uppercut at him, apparently injuring his pinky finger. There's a brief stoppage while the referee and a doctor try to assess the issue, but at one point Buentello is ready to fight again. It appears he popped his pinky back into place.

Kongo's more active now, throwing fists up the middle. Buentello answers with a pair of missed punches and Kongo takes him down again. Kongo with fists to the ribs. Referee Herb Dean stands them up with 15 seconds left in the round. Buentello misses a big right hand and falls down. Kongo lands a punch before the buzzer. 10-9 Kongo.

Round 2: Kongo goes back to the takedowns. He unloads with fists as Buentello's back is to the cage and Buentello answers with his own punches, for an entertaining exchange. Kongo completes the takedown and hammers away at the body. Buentello starts to get up and Kongo lands two knees -- one to the body (legal), one to the face (100 percent illegal).

Dean separates them as the crowd boos again. Buentello is informed by Dean that he needs to make a decision if he can fight (no five minutes to recover), and he says yes. Dean deducts one point from Kongo for the illegal knee to a downed opponent's face.

Kongo goes right back to the takedown and completes it. He throws more punishing knees to the body. Buentello tries to get up. Kongo starts throwing short punches to the head. Buentello rises to his feet and Kongo holds him in a front facelock, throwing knees to his head. Kongo with another errant knee to the face, but Dean correctly notices that Buentello dropped his knee when he saw the shot coming and tells Buentello he was "playing the game," so it's not Kongo's fault. Excellent refereeing.

Kongo with another takedown, but theye get stood up again. Kongo lands a right to the jaw, Buentello lands an uppercut, and the round's over. 9-9 draw by my score (I'd have called it 10-9 Kongo, but Dean deducted a point from Kongo, so it's a 9-9 draw).

Round 3: Kongo goes right back to the takedown and throws elbows to Buentello's ribs and thighs. Buentello eventually taps out. Weird finish, but Buentello apparently felt as though he'd had enough punishment.

Winner: Cheick Kongo
defeats Paul Buentello via submission due to strikes at 1:16 of Round 3.

Posted on: March 21, 2010 9:14 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 10:01 pm

UFC live results: Sakara vs. Irvin (Mwt.)

Up first is a middleweight bout pitting James "Sandman" Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara.

This is Irvin's first fight since his infamous one-minute KO loss to Anderson Silva in July 2008. Sakara has won his last two UFC fights (vs. Thales Leites and Joe Vedepo).

This one should be all-standup, unless one of them views the other's lack of submissions prowess as too much of a temptation and can't resist the urge to try their luck on the ground. Don't bet on that.

Round 1: Both guys stalking each other slowly. One-two combos from both guys, but nothing much landing. Sakara misses a spinning backfist. Sakara connects with a combo. Left hook by Sakara. Irvin counters with a leg kick. Sakara with a straight left to the gut. Nice right hand by Sakara connects with Irvin's jaw. Sakara mixing up his punches here, landing a left hook to the eye. Irvin starts complaining of an eye poke and the referee separates Sakara from Irvin.

Irvin says he got poked in the eye, but several replays show that it was clearly a punch to the eye socket, so if Irvin got poked, it wasn't by an extended finger, but possibly part of the glove or knuckle. Referee Josh Rosenthal notes that it was a punch rather than an errant eye poke (i.e., a legal blow), and therefore, if Irvin can't continue, Sakara wins the fight.

Doctors evaluate Irvin, and the fight is waved off. The crowd boos the decision, but there isn't much that can be done about stuff like this.

Winner: Alessio Sakara defeats James Irvin via TKO due to injury stoppage (eye) at 3:01 of Round 1.

Posted on: March 21, 2010 8:58 pm

UFC Live: undercard results

Here are the quickie undercard results for 'UFC Live' in Broomfield, Colo.:

  • Clay Guida defeated Shannon Gugerty via submission to an arm triangle at 3:40 of Round 2.
  • Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Eliot Marshall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Darren Elkins defeated Duane "Bang" Ludwig via TKO due to injury stoppage (left leg) at 44 seconds of Round 1.
  • John Howard defeated Daniel Roberts via KO due to a punch at 2:01 of Round 1.
  • Brendan Schaub defeated Chase Gormley via TKO due to strikes at 47 seconds of Round 1.
  • Mike Pierce defeated Julio Paulino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Jason Brilz defeated Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.

The injury to Ludwig was apparently quite graphic, as his leg got caught beneath him on a takedown and either snapped or dislocated.

For full details of the undercard bouts (along with the main card), check out Bleacher Report's Andrew Brining , who is at the show.

Back in a few minutes with full, live round-by-round analysis of the main card bouts.

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