TJ Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao via RD5 TKO to become the NEW UFC Bantamweight Champion, Daniel Cormier defeated Dan Henderson via RD3 submission, Robbie Lawler defeated Jake Ellenberger via RD3 TKO and more! Check out 411’s complete UFC 173 report for all the details!
Hello everyone, thank you for joining 411mania's live coverage of UFC 173. Unfortunately, I've got to start off with this.
You see, I'm Robert Winfree, and it's recently been brought to my attention that I have a seriously adverse impact on shows that I cover. Over the last few months I've covered several MMA events here, and well, they all kind of were let downs. Poor pacing, strings of bad fights, whatever the case might be, when I'm covering something it tends to be less than great. So, there's your warning, whatever power is cursing me and events I cover is more than likely going to strike tonight. You have been warned. Given the number of fights likely to go the distance, or the amount of downtime due to mismatches on tonight's card, you should check out some of the fine podcasts over on the Radulich in Broadcasting network, including the 411 Ground and Pound radio show which goes live ever Sunday at 8pm eastern time.
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Anyway, on with the coverage!
Mark Goldberg and Joe Rogan have their respective mics and welcome us all to the Fight Pass prelims. I imagine that's not a terribly large audience.
Welterweight Bout: Li Jingliang (170 lbs.) vs. David Michaud (171 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: No touch of the gloves. Li lands a couple of hard punches to start things off. Michaud moving forward early while Li tries to get loose. Hard leg kick from Li but he gets hit by Michaud on the counter. Li is finding Michaud's chin with his counter striking. Both men are engaging frequently. Li ducks under a punch, gets the body lock and takes the back from the standing position. Li pushes Michaud into the fence, Michaud grabs the double wrist lock and Li breaks away. Li half shoots but lands a couple of hooks on the break, gets the back standing again but can't get Michaud down and Li lets him go. They clinch up again, Michaud gets the body lock and slams Li to the mat. Li fights up, Michaud grabs the neck for a guillotine but Li counters into a takedown into side control. Li lands some punches, postures up, lands some leg kicks, then goes into the guard. Michaud tries to be offensive off of his back but the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Jingliang
ROUND TWO: Michaud was limping to the corner, he might have injured his foot or leg when Li took him down at the end of the round. Michaud resumes moving forward, Li still looking to counter punch. Li lands a punch as Michaud comes in, Michaud eats a couple of hard punches to the body before he shoots and Li defends the takedown. Li tags Michaud with a straight right, that punch has been landing almost every time he throws it. They clinch up and Michaud pushes Li into the fence. Michaud breaks away relatively quickly. Li now starting to work the jab. Li is hitting Michaud with a bunch of punches from the pocket as Michaud comes forward. Li lands the straight right again. They clinch up and trade some blows. Michaud shoots again, again Li defends and they clinch into the fence. Michaud uses the body lock to muscle Li to the ground, and he lands in side control. They scramble a bit on the ground, Michaud gets the back and has the choke. Li quickly defends the choke. Michaud just rides out the round from the back.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Michaud, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Li starts working the jab to start the third. Li working some leg kicks, he lands a few punches as Michaud tries a single leg. They wind up against the fence, Michaud working for a single leg, Li pushes him off. Michaud gets a single leg in the middle of the cage and has Li down. Li gets full guard. Michaud lands some elbows, an early punch looks to have opened Li up. Michaud lands some punches and passes to half guard. Li tries to sweep with a kimura, but gives up his back. Michaud can't get the hooks in and Li gets a takedown during a quick scramble. Li in half guard on top, nearly passes to full mount. Li lands a hard elbow, Michaud hip escapes into full guard. Li passes back into half guard and lands a couple of punches. Li lands a couple of hard left hands. Michaud pushes him up to his knees and grabs a guillotine. Li lands in half guard and pulls his head out, lands a couple of more punches. Li teeing off from the top position, he passes into side control, lands a couple of punches then stands up but the round ends before anything else can happen.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Li Jingliang via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
No interview for Jingliang, I'm guessing there isn't a translator, or they have a guy who speaks Mandarin when he speaks Cantonese, something like that.
Featherweight Bout: Aaron Phillips (145 lbs.) vs. Sam Sicilia (146 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Phillips fights southpaw, but he's got a karate background so he could switch stances. Hard body kick from Phillips. Sicilia wings a couple of hooks, they miss. Sicilia pushes close and lands a couple of punches, clinches up and lands a hard right hand. Another heavy liver kick from Phillips, and another one. Sicilia pushes close and lands a couple of right hands before clinching up. Sicilia has the body lock and drags Phillips to the mat. Phillips has the double wrist lock but Sicilia switches to the other side to counter it. Sicilia postures up and lands some heavy right hands. Phillips pushes him off and stands, Sicilia clinches him into the fence. Phillips reverses position and pushes off. Phillips tries a head kick, it lands but didn't have a ton of steam behind it. Phillips tries a spinning kick, it doesn't land. Another hard body kick from Phillips. Phillips lands a stepping knee to the liver and Sicilia drops to a knee. Phillips tries a guillotine but Sicilai defends relatively easily and is on top in full guard. Phillips lands an elbow from the bottom, then a couple of up kicks when Sicilia stands and tries to come down. Round ends with Sicilia on top.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Sicilia
ROUND TWO: Phillips comes out orthodox in the second round. Odd choice given how much success he had from southpaw. Phillips tries a switch kick to the body but Sicilia lands a right hand and gets a takedown into full guard. Phillips tries an armbar, Sicilai defends but Phillips reverses position and gets on top. They scramble, Phillips nearly has a choke but doesn't have the hooks in and Sicilia winds up on top. Sicilia transitions to the back, but he can't keep both hooks in and Phillips shakes him off and winds up in top position. Phillips on top in half guard. Phillips passes into full mount, Sicilia turns and gives up his back but Phillips can't secure the position so Sicilia spins into his guard. Phillips tries another armbar from full guard, doesn't secure it and Sicilia passes into side control. Sicilia tries to mount, gets the back but Phillips gets to all fours. Sicilia gets the hooks in and has the neck, Phillips defends and regains full guard. Sicilia stands and lands a punch, goes back down and the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Sicilia, 20-18 Sicilia overall
ROUND THREE: Phillips is back southpaw for round three. Sicilia lands an uppercut, he's moving forward and trying to land punches. Phillips lands a body kick but Sicilia pushes through it and gets a takedown. Phillips tries another armbar, Sicilia defends and lands in side control. Phillips hip escapes back to full guard. Sicilia starts landing some punches, postures, punches and passes into side control again. Phillips hip escapes into full guard. Phillips has his legs up again, Sicilia passes to side control. Phillips regains full guard, pushes his hips off but Sicilia wont give him any time to regain his feet. Phillips tries to push him off again, again Sicilia dives back on before Phillips can regain his feet. Phillips gets his feet under him but Sicilai keeps close and drags him back down. Phillips pushes Sicilia off and gets up, Phillips drops for a guillotine but Sicilia pulls his head out and has top position in full guard as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Sicilia, 30-27 Sicilia overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
Again no interview. The first round could have gone to Phillips, so no Clucky sighting yet.
Lightweight Bout: Vinc Pichel (155 lbs.) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves and we're going. Njokuani switching his stance a little, he pushes with a combination, it's blocked but he complains about being poked in the eye. Replay bears out the eye poke and Njokuani has time to try and recover. His eye is already swelling a little. Joe Rogan brings up the style of gloves used in PRIDE, which were curved. The doctor says the fight can continue and we're back. Njokuani switching his stance, Pichel is winking his left eye, which was hit flush with a right hand during Njokuani's combination. Pichel clinches up and gets a high crotch single, he fights for the takedown for a moment before getting it. Njokuani gets his back to the fence and tries to wall walk. Pichel tries to pull the legs out, Njokuani regains his feet but Pichel keeps the clinch. They trade some knees as Pichel keeps Njokuani pressed into the cage. Ref has seen enough inactivity and breaks them. Pichel pushes forward, eats a knee to the body on the way in, and clinches Njokuani against the fence. Pichel lands a knee to the groin and we get another timeout. Njokuani has five minutes to recover. Yeah, the replay shows that knee goes right into the cup. Njokuani is still able and willing, so the fight restarts again. Pichel with a leg kick but Njokuani lands a counter right. Pichel still trying to push forward. Pichel gets the clinch again and pushes Njokuani into the fence. Pichel working some short knees and punches, Njokuani spins and pushes him off. Njokuani lands a hard leg kick and left hook. They trade as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Pichel
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves. Pichel tries to push forward, Njokuani lands a one two combination. Pichel tries to clinch, Njokuani avoids it and lands a hard body kick. Njokuani lands a punch to the body as Pichel pushes forward, Pichel slips on a high kick attempt. Njokuani lands a counter uppercut as Pichel misses a hook. Pichel pushes into the clinch and has the body lock against the fence. Pichel hits a big suplex and has Njokuani down. Pichel lands a couple of hard right hands, Njokuani gets to his feet but Pichel suplexes him again. Again Njokuani regains his feet. Pichel tries another takedown, has Njokuani down again. Pichel has the back and lands a couple of hard lefts, Njokuani regains his feet again, Pichel still lands some knees. Njokuani gets some separation but Pichel shoots hard and has another double leg, right into side control. Pichel mounts Njokuani. Njokuani gives up his back and defends a choke attempt. Njokuani spins into him, they stand but Pichel again gets a takedown into half guard. Pichel lands a right hand and mounts again as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Pichel, 20-18 Pichel overall
ROUND THREE: Njokuani lands a short right hand, Pichel still pushing forward. Njokuani lands another uppercut and avoids a takedown. Pichel lands a leg kick, Njokuani can't land the counter right. Both men are visibly tired, Pichel is coasting through the last round and Njokuani doesn't have the energy to push for a finish. Straight left lands for Njokuani. Pichel grabs a single leg, and gets Njokuani down. Njokuani gets to his feet against the fence, Pichel keeps the clinch and throws some short knees. Pichel hits a throw and has the back of Njokuani. Njokuani has his feet under him again, Pichel keeps the clinch tight and works some knees. Pichel drags Njokuani down again. Pichel gets full mount. Njokuani gives up his back, Pichel has an arm triangle position, but gives it up. Pichel goes back to full mount. Njokuani again gives up his back and they end the round with another attempted suplex from Pichel.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Pichel, 30-27 Pichel overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
No interview. Three fights, three middling and unmemorable outings from all involved. What's going on tonight?
Oh right, voodoo curse.
That wraps up the Fight Pass fights, moving on to Fox Sports 1.
Lightweight Bout: Mitch Clarke (155 lbs.) vs. Al Iaquinta (155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Clark is a 3.5 to 1 underdog. Circling to start, both men looking to figure out the range. Iaquinta catches a leg kick and lands a right hook that has Clarke down. Clarke grabs a double wrist lock as Iaquinta gets to half guard, he bails on it. Iaquinta briefly passes to side control, Clarke regains half guard. Iaquinta lands a couple of right hands. Iaquinta lands another right. Clarke looks like he might try to get to his feet, Iaquinta threatens with a d'arce choke so Clarke goes back to his back. Clarke flips to all fours and tries a counter shot, Iaquinta defends and grabs the head, gets a takedown off of the possible choke and lands some lefts from top position as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Iaquinta
ROUND TWO: Circling from Iaquinta to start, Clarke tries to trip him but Iaquinta spins the takedown attempt and gets Clarke down. Iaquinta on top in side control, Clark grabs the neck, he's got a really tight d'arce that he grabbed in transition. Iaquinta doesn't tap, but he does go to sleep.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Mitch Clarke via technical submission, d'arce choke at :57 of Round 2
No interview, but a replay of the slick transition that got the d'arce choke. Really nice of Clark to catch that from the bottom like that.
Bantamweight Bout: Chico Camus (135 lbs.) vs. Chris Holdsworth (135 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Camus tags Holdsworth with a straight right in the first clash between them. Camus with a leg kick. Holdsworth trying to work the jab now. Camus lands another right hand. Holdsworth lands a left hook as they trade and wobbles Camus for a moment. Neither man has a good grip on the distance or timing just yet. Holdsworth starting to move his head away from the right hand from Camus. Holdsworth gets the clinch against the fence. Holdsworth gets the takedown off the body lock and lands in side control. Holdsworth goes to full mount. Camus hip escapes back into butterfly guard. Holdsworth passes to half guard. Holdsworth tries to pass to mount, Camus defends. Holdsworth lands a couple of right hands. Camus regains full guard, Holdsworth just misses a right hand as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Holdsworth
ROUND TWO: Camus eats a stepping knee to the body from Holdsworth. Camus lands the lead right hand, and a leg kick behind it. Holdsworth lands the stepping knee to the body again, then shoots. We wind up clinched against the fence, Holdsworth tries the body lock trip again. Camus defends the first time, not the second and Holdsworth is on top in side control again. Holdsworth slips into the mount and tries to isolate the arm. He goes for an arm triangle choke, but loses the grip and Camus gets to his feet. Holdsworth tries for a guillotine choke, Camus defends the choke but Holdsworth gets another takedown off of it and steps into mount. Holdsworth threatens to take the back, Camus gives up his back, Holdsworth gets the arm triangle position again from the mount. Holdsworth bails on the choke and lands a punch or two. Camus gives up the back again, Holdsworth with a body triangle and looking for the choke. Round ends with Holdsworth still trying for the choke.
ROUND THREE: Holdsworth misses a high kick. Camus misses a winging right hand. Camus is pushing forward and swinging for the finish. Camus lands a couple of punches that have Holdsworth's attention. Holdsworth grabs a double leg and gets Camus down into full guard. Holdsworth throws some elbows from top, most of them blocked. Holdsworth passes into half guard. Holdsworth passes into side control. Camus tries to regain guard, Holdsworth passes to the other side. Holdsworth moves to the back and looks to lock up the body triangle again. Holdsworth looks for the choke again. Camus pushes the arms over his head. Holdsworth has the arm triangle attempt again, he gets to the mount with it but Camus hip escapes into half guard and Holdsworth bails on the choke. Fight ends with Holdsworth in side control.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Chris Holdsworth via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Again no interview, I wonder why no one's getting mic time tonight.
Lightweight Bout: Katsunori Kikuno (155 lbs.) vs. Tony Ferguson (155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Kikuno has an odd stance, it's traditional martial arts stuff. Kikuno counters a couple of flurries from Ferguson, he's tagging him. Ferguson lands a couple of punches. Ferguson lands a couple of jabs, then a body kick. Ferguson lands a couple of left hands that have Kikuno backing up. Ferguson lands a couple of more punches and Kikuno is backing up. Kikuno tries a couple of lead rights, Ferguson lands some more punches. Kikuno lands a left hook, Ferguson clinches Kikuno into the fence and lands a left elbow as they break. Ferguson tries a rolling leg lock, it doesn't come close to being anything, but was fun to watch. Ferguson lands more jabs, a right behind it has Kikuno again moving away. Ferguson gets the back body lock, big slam and Ferguson tries to get the armbar from the back. He can't finish it but gets a d'arce choke as Kikuno tries to get top position. Ferguson bails on the choke and Kikuno stands and begins moving away. Ferguson lands a big right hand that finally finishes Kikuno off.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tony Ferguson via TKO at 4:06 of Round 1
We finally get an interview. Rogan is with Ferguson. Ferguson says he knew he had to keep pushing forward despite the early punches he ate. Ferguson says he was a little surprised that Kikuno was coming back at him with punches but that's his style of fight. Ferguson says he wasn't expecting the finish from the d'arce choke, but he was trying to slow him down and could feel his heart beat slowing down a little and he wanted to put his hands in his face. Ferguson then thanks everyone and says he loves them.
The first round finish club thanks Mr. Ferguson for his efforts. Because of the quick finish we move to the studio, where we find Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, and Rashad Evans.
Lightweight Bout: Francisco Trinaldo (155 lbs.) vs. Michael Chiesa (156 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves and we're going. Both men are southpaws. Lots of feinting early, both men trying to get the timing and distance down. Chiesa shoots, gets the clinch, they trade knees to the body but Trinaldo hurt Chiesa with his. Trinaldo sprawls on the next shot, hits an uppercut as they stand. Chiesa shoots again, Trinaldo fights but Chiesa does manage to drag him down. Chiesa has one of Trinaldo's hands trapped and lands some punches, uses it to get to full mount. Trinaldo eats some punches and elbows. Trinaldo tries to explode out of the mount, Chiesa sticks with him and begins landing a series of light to medium strength punches. Now elbows from Chiesa, a couple get through the guard from Trinaldo. Many are blocked but a couple get through. More elbows from Chiesa. Trinaldo tries to buck again, can't get Chiesa off of him but the clock is going to save him from more abuse.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Chiesa
ROUND TWO: Trinaldo comes out looking to jab, he tags Chiesa with a left as Chiesa misses a shot. Trinaldo slowly backing Chiesa towards the fence, lands a knee to the body as Chiesa moves away from the fence. Trinaldo lands a punch, he jumps for a guillotine when Chiesa goes for a takedown. The arm is in, Chiesa slowly breaks the grip of Trinaldo and pulls his head out. Chiesa on top in full guard. Trinaldo keeps his guard closed. Chiesa stands, Trinaldo tries to attack a leg, goes with a sweep attempt, Trinaldo attacks with a heel hook. Chiesa rolls and winds up on top in half guard. Trinaldo tries another sweep, this time Chiesa is solidly on top. Chiesa lands a bunch of really small elbows. Trinaldo finally gets towards his knees, Chiesa moves with him and forces Trinaldo back to the mat again. Chiesa on top again, still in half guard and landing short blows to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Chiesa, 20-18 Chiesa overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves to start the third. Trinaldo lands a glancing left hand. Trinaldo moving forward and trying to land a left over the top. They clinch up and trade knees, looks like one from Trinaldo went low. Chiesa doesn't want a lot of time and we barely get paused. Trinaldo goes back to stalking forward. Chiesa times a forward motion from Tinaldo and gets him down again. Trinaldo has full guard, Chiesa works some short blows. Trinaldo works his legs up and goes for an armbar. He's got the position, but Chiesa pulls out after a few moments of danger. Chiesa still on top and in full guard. Chiesa just lands some short blows from full guard as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Chiesa, 30-27 Chiesa overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (30-26x2, 30-27)
Yeah, round two could maybe be a 10-8. Chiesa is with Joe Rogan. Chiesa says he was hurt to the body in the first and second but found his strength. He says he wasn't surprised that he couldn't get a finish given how tough Trinaldo is and that he's going on vacation with Sam Sicilia next. He dedicates the win to his cousin who's fighting muscular dystrophy, then thanks Harley Davidson.
That's it for the prelims, we're moving on to the main card.
Lightweight Bout: James Krause (156 lbs.) vs. Jamie Varner (155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves to get us going. Leg kick from Krause, another one. Krause lands a jab and a right hand. Varner bulls forward and lands a left to the liver. Krause lands a front kick to the face and Varner is rocked. Krause tries to follow up, Varner looks like he might have slipped or still been wobbled and Krause is all over him. Something is wrong with Varner's left foot. Krause is trying to tee off, Varner shoots but Krause gets the neck and uses the possible guillotine to roll and get on top. Krause on top in half guard. Krause working short elbows from half guard. Varner counters a guillotine attempt and gets on top in side control. Varner lands a hard elbow, Krause stands and they trade some leather in close. Varner seems to have no control over his left foot. He can't move on it, he keeps falling over. The ref should at least pause this given the visible issues. Krause on top, Varner on all fours and Krause stands and makes Varner get up. Krause works a leg kick, they trade some heay punches but Varner's left foot gives out again. Varner turtles up on a single as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Krause
Varner never even stood up after the round ended, he said his ankle broke and there was no way he could continue.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – James Krause via injury TKO at 5:00 of Round 1
Krause is with Rogan. Rogan gets the crowd to applaud Varner for fighting the first round with a broken ankle. Krause thanks his trainers and training partners. He apologizes to the fans because they missed out on an even better fight than what they got. Krause says the low kick to the calf was what injured Varner's ankle and his camp worked on the really low kick to avoid being countered with a takedown. Krause says he doesn't know where this puts him as far as rankings would go, he just wants to keep fighting and getting better.
I'm calling out Varner's corner for not throwing in the towel. Your job is to look out for your fighter's health, if you see that he can't move his leg properly you should stop the fight. Also the referee, fighter safety is your first priority, you saw the guy couldn't move his foot and you didn't pause to get the doctor to check it? Shame on you.
Here's a still of the fight, your foot shouldn't move like that.
Bantamweight Bout: Francisco Rivera (135 lbs.) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves to start things off. Rivera tags Mizugaki with a left on the first exchange. Mizugaki lands a lead right. Mizugaki gives a half hearted shot, doesn't come close to hitting it. Both men being very cautious and patient. Mizugaki is starting to find a home for his lead right. Another one hurts Rivera, Mizugaki lands a left and another right and Rivera goes down. Mizugaki follows him down and tries to finish, but Rivera ties up the arms long enough to regain a bit of his senses. Mizugaki has half guard but is pacing himself. Rivera scrambles to his feet, Mizugaki keeps the clinch and has Rivera against the fence. Rivera gets a trip for a brief takedown but Mizugaki bounces back up. Mizugaki keeps the clinch and spins Rivera against the fence, then just misses a right hand ont he break. Rivera lands a heavy leg kick. Rivera tries for another takedown, they wind up clinched in the fence. Rivera jockeys and gets a takedown, Mizugaki gets up and wings a couple of punches as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Mizugaki
ROUND TWO: Mizugaki is finding a home for his left early in the second. Rivera tries a head kick, Mizugaki tries to take him down off of it but they wind up trading heavy leather. Rivera has landed a couple of hard shots. Rivera is finding the timing now. Mizugaki shoots but Rivera stuffs it and jumps for a guillotine. Rivera doesn't have guard. Mizugaki escapes and is on top in half guard. Rivera has his back to the fence but Mizugaki isn't letting him stand. Mizugaki transitions to the back and looks for the choke. Rivera has control of one hand so he's unlikely to be choked out in the immediate future. The round ends with Mizugaki looking for the choke.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Mizugaki, 20-18 Mizugaki overall
ROUND THREE: Mizugaki tries the right hand lead, but Rivera seems to have the timing down and avoids it. Mizugaki connects with a left. Mizugaki counters a leg kick with a straight right that drops Rivera. Mizugaki follows him and is on top in full guard. Mizugaki is trying to position Rivera, but not a lot is happening from either man. Rivera is asking the ref to stand them up. The ref waits another twenty seconds then stands them up. Both men are swinging in the pocket. Rivera is swinging for the fences, Mizugaki and Rivera both give an impression of RoadHouse to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Mizugaki, 30-27 Mizugaki overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
Mizugaki has won five in a row now. No interview for Mizugaki.
ROUND ONE: No touch of the gloves. Lawler tries a head kick, another. The second got through and Ellenberger felt it. Body kick from Lawler, he's landing hard kicks from his power side, which is the left as Lawler fights southpaw. Lawler tries a straight left as Ellenberger tries to circle. Ellenberger has thrown maybe two punches so far. Lawler throws another head kick, blocked by Ellenberger. They clinch and Lawler lands a knee to the body, then Ellenberger breaks away. Ellenberger is just not able to connect on any of his punches. Lalwer lands a stiff jab. Straight left from Lawler lands. Body punch lands for Ellenberger. Lawler tries the high kick again, but again it's blocked. Lawler just misses a front kick as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lawler
ROUND TWO: Lawler comes out aggressive, he gets Ellenberger against the fence and tries to tee off. Ellenberger shoots, stuffed and Lawler knees him in the body for his trouble. Lawler is stalking Ellenberger. Ellenberger shoots, gets the clinch from the back in the middle of the cage. They break and Ellenberger just misses a high kick as they break. Lawler lands a couple of straight lefts, Ellenberger is backing up and seems worried. Lawler keeps looking for power shots, Ellenberger shoots and gets the clinch from the back then drags Ellenberger down. Lawler spins out easily and knees the body of Ellenberger as Ellenberger was on his knees. Ellenberger is turtled up, Lawler has the front head lock position, then spins to the back, still trying to punch Ellenberger. Ellenberger regains his feet but eats a punch on the way. Ellenberger shoots again and this time gets the takedown into full guard. Lawler gets his legs under him and pushes Ellenberger up. They get back to standing, Lawler with a body kick and they clinch against the fence. They jockey for position as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lawler, 20-18 Lawler overall
ROUND THREE: Lawler lands a knee as Ellenberger misses a hook. Ellenberger lands a right hand, Lawler is wobbled and they both swing. Ellenberger shoots but Lawler stuffs it and knees Ellenberger's head a couple of times against the fence. Lawler lands a stiff jab. They clinch up and break without incident. Ellenberger may have hurt his hand, the way he's holding it and throwing it isn't a good indicator. Lawler stalking Ellenberger. Ellenberger hits a body kick, and a right hand. Not a whole lot on it. Lawler trying to pick his spots, lands another big left hand. Jab hit the eye of Ellenberger. Lawler hits a big knee to the head and Ellenberger crumples, a few punches later the fight is over.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Robbie Lawler via TKO at 3:06 of Round 3
Lawler is with Joe Rogan. Lawler says Ellenberger is a really good fighter, he wanted to remind people what he could do and says he's coming for the title. He says he wasn't going to cry after losing to Hendricks, he was going to beat people up and let everyone know he's coming after the title again.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Dan Henderson (199 lbs.) vs. Daniel Cormier (205 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Cormier tries a lead head kick that's blocked. Henderson with a leg kick. They clinch up and Cormier absolutely rag dolls Henderson to the mat. Cormier in side control. Henderson has both arms tied up, one with his arms the other with his legs, Cormier tries to slam out of it, then pulls his arms out. Cormier lands a couple of rights to the body and head. Henderson tries to grab a leg, Cormier uses it to get the mounted crucifix. Henderson pulls his arm out to avoid the bad position. Cormier moves into half guard. Cormier almost passes straight into mount. Cormier finally does pass into mount. Henderson hip escapes to half guard but Cormier hits him in the face with some short lefts. Cormier postures up and comes down into side control. Henderson moves to all fours and Cormier lands some punches, then easily drags Henderson down again. Cormier in north south, Henderson tries to grab a leg lock and Cormier stands up, Henderson follows him up and misses a right hand. Cormier misses an overhand right, then kind of lands a front kick to the face. Henderson gets the clinch, tries to get a takedown by Cormier remains balanced. They remain clinched as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Cormier
ROUND TWO: Henderson already breathing out of his mouth. Henderson pushes forward, his left has no sting he's just range finding and just misses a right hand. Cormier shoots a single leg and immediately gets Henderson down and lands in side control. Cormier tries for a straight armbar, Henderson defends and Cormier lands a couple of punches. Now an elbow from Cormier. Henderson moves to all fours, Cormier gets the back and resumes punching Henderson. Henderson tries again to get up, Cormier easily pushes him onto his back and lands in side control. Cormier moves to north south and might have been working towards an arm bar. Big body punch from Cormier as he moves back to side control. Another hard body shot from Cormier. Cormier into full mount, then half guard. Henderson just has nothing on the ground. Cormier lands an elbow and another body punch. Cormier easily passes to side control and works towards the mounted crucifix. Cormier now looking to land punches as Henderson gets to his knees again. Henderson tries to roll again, again Cormier sticks with him and is in side control. Cormier landing a steady stream of left hands now. Cormier into north south, then side control on the other side. Henderson on his knees and Cormier just punches him a few more times before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-8 Cormier, 20-17 Cormier overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves for round three. Cormier lands a right hand. Henderson is tired. Cormier front kicks Henderson in the face, lands a right hand, then shoots a single and heaves Henderson up in the air and slams him down. Cormier is looking like an absolute monster. Cormier in half guard on the ground landing some right hands. Cormier easily passes into full mount. Henderson hip escapes to half guard, Cormier passes back to full mount. Henderson gives up his back, Cormier moves out of back mount to side control from the back and begins punching Henderson again. Henderson rolls over, Cormier punches Henderson some more. Cormier is just beating Henderson in every area of the fight. Henderson tries to get a leg and get up, Cormier almost ignores the effort and keeps top position. Cormier just all over Henderson. Cormier takes the back and has the choke! Cormier has the full choke, and Henderson goes out!
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Daniel Cormier via technical submission, rear naked choke, at 3:53 of Round 3
Cormier calls out Jon Jones immediately with the mic. He says he's getting better and that Jones can't run forever. Cormier says he knows no one can wrestle him, if he wants to take down Jon Jones 100 times, he'll take down Jon Jones 100 times. Rogan says he can't wait to see Cormier fight for the title.
Rogan with Henderson now. He's going to set up the retirement announcement. Henderson says Cormier is a heavy guy and he got worn out. Henderson apologizes to the fans and appreciates their support. Henderson says this was the first time he actually felt like the smaller man in a fight. Henderson says he'll have to figure out his next move but that he's not done yet, he wants to continue to compete and that he'll continue to fight until he can't do so anymore.
You couldn't have finished that sooner Cormier? Why wait until the last 90 seconds of the fight?
Oh right, voodoo curse.
Bantamweight Title Bout: TJ Dillashaw (135 lbs.) vs. Renan Barao (135 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Dillashaw starts out southpaw but will likely be switching his stance a lot. Leg kick from Dillashaw. Barao just misses a head kick. Dillashaw misses a head kick. Dillashaw circling around the cage. Dillashaw misses a superman punch. Dillashaw catches Barao with an uppercut. Dillashaw lands a straigh left. Spinning back kick from Barao lands to the body, then Barao counters a kick with a straight right. Dillashaw looking to dart in and out and score, Barao being patient and trying to counter so far. Barao lands a leg kick. Dillashaw lands a HUGE overhand right! Barao goes down! Barao trying to tie him up on the ground, Barao grabs a leg but Dillashaw pulls it out. Barao trying to avoid punches, gives up his back and Dillashaw tries for the choke! Dillashaw tries for the choke but Barao escapes and regains his feet. Barao avoids a head kick as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw
ROUND TWO: Barao looks a little shaken still. Barao lands a left hook, hits a stepping knee to the body as well. Dillashaw misses a right hand. Barao lands a right hand. Leg kick from Barao. Dillashaw tries a head kick, Barao blocks it. They get into a quick wild exchange. Dillashaw shoots, Barao defends. Dillashaw grabs the neck in transition but Barao easily pushes him off. Inside leg kick from Barao, looks like it hit the groin. Dillashaw gets his time. Dillashaw seems more or less OK and we're back to fighting. Barao tags Dillashaw with a right off of a missed head kick. Dillashaw lands a right hand, Barao returns fire. Body kick from Barao. Inside leg kick from Barao, Barao hits a right hand as well. Barao catches Dillashaw with an uppercut and a combination behind it. Dillashaw digs a left to the body.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Barao 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Dillashaw moving a lot again, making Barao chase him. Barao lands a leg kick. Barao misses a high kick. Dillashaw with a body kick. Barao lands a right to counter a leg kick. Head kick from Dillashaw, and a one two combination behind it. Dillashaw is working Barao over so far this round. Dillashaw with a stiff jab, leg kick behind it. Another head kick from Dillashaw, partially blocked. Barao lands a jab. Jab for Dillashaw. Left hand lands for Dillashaw. Barao can't seem to find the target. Barao might have been poked in the eye, referee says to fight on and Dillashaw lands some punches into the clinch where they end the round.
ROUND FOUR: Dillashaw shoots, stuffed. Body kick from Barao. Head kick from Dillashaw. Barao just can't seem to connect with anything, Dillashaw is moving masterfully. Straight left from Dillashaw. Jab from Dillashaw. Barao lands a left, Dillashaw lads a full combination. Dillashaw is landing his left hand almost every time he throws it. They clinch against the fence. Dillashaw keeps Barao against the fence, working short knees to the thigh. Barao lands a left on the break. Barao slips off of a punch and Dillashaw gets on top in half guard. Barao regains full guard, Dillashaw rolls away from a kneebar attempt. Dillashaw in half guard, landing some elbows and punches as the round ends.
ROUND FIVE: Barao needs a finish. Touch of the gloves. Dillashaw lands a leg kick. Barao lands a hook to the body. Barao misses the spinning back kick, Dillashaw lands a knee to the body, and a straight right behind it. Dillashaw is just too fast, Barao can't catch him. Stiff jab from Dillashaw, and a head kick. Big combination, Barao is down! Herb Dean stops it!
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – and NEW UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw via TKO at 2:26 of Round 5
Rogan oversells this by saying that was the greatest performance he's ever seen in his entire life. Dillashaw says winning the title is the greatest thing in the world, all you have to do is believe in yourself. Dillashaw says the win is surprising, he thought Barao was the best in the world and that brought the best out of him. He thanks his home county in California. Dillashaw says he felt his striking was on point, he's an aggressive guy and wants to finish every fight, he never wants to have to go the distance every again. Dillashaw thanks the crowd again.
Rogan is with Barao. Barao congratulates Dillashaw but says he'll be back. Barao says his strategy was the same as always but Dillashaw had a better performance and reiterates he'll be back.
What did I ever do to live in a world where Team Alpha Male has a UFC title?
Right, voodoo curse.
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