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411’s UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto Report 8.30.14
Posted by Robert Winfree on 08.31.2014

Greetings everyone, let's go ahead and get this out of the way...

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I'm your host for the evening, Robert Winfree, and unfortunately we've got possibly the most cursed card in UFC history on our hands tonight in UFC 177. The main event fell through yesterday, so instead of a moderately interesting fight between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao we've got Dillashaw fighting Joe Soto who was originally supposed to be on the Fight Pass prelims. We also lost an interesting prelim fight between Scott Jorgensen and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. I don't want to take all the credit for this card turning to crap, most of that goes to this guy.

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Stupid voodoo curse. You're more than likely going to need a little assistance getting through the evening, so check out some on demand audio including the latest episode of the 411 Ground and Pound Radio Show.

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But, this is MMA and that means while this looks less than stellar on paper the fights themselves could always turn out to be awesome. So let's everyone hope that the fights are the stuff of legend tonight, and keep an eye out for that devious chicken judge because he's the only one yet to screw with this card. Anyway, on with the coverage!

We start on Fox Sports 1, due to the mentioned canceled fights we're not hitting Fight Pass at all.

Lightweight Bout: Chris Wade 155.5 lbs. vs. Cain Carrizosa 155.5 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Both men come out firing early but they clinch and Wade hits a headlock throw and lands on top in side control. Carrizosa tries to scramble up, Wade transitions to a guillotine choke, bulldog variation, and a few seconds later Carrizosa is unconscious.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Chris Wade via technical submission, bulldog choke, at 1:12 of Round 1

Wade gets some mic time, says the fight felt great. He says he tried to stay calm and it worked out. Wade walks us through the decision to avoid taking the back and dropping for the choke, he says he wanted to put his opponent out.

The First Round Finish Club would like to thank Mr. Wade for getting this card going the right way, thank you sir.

Heavyweight Bout: Anthony Hamilton 255 lbs. vs. Ruan Potts 248 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves for the heavyweights. Potts misses a leg kick, then a high kick. They clinch and Hamilton immediately slams Potts to the mat from the clinch. Hamilton on top in side control, but Potts is able to hip escape and regain his feet. Potts lands a right hand as Hamilton clinches with him against the fence. Hamilton with a takedown, lands a couple of shots then stands back up and makes Potts stand back up. Hamilton lands an uppercut during an aborted clinch and they resume circling. Hamilton lands a kick to the head when Potts leans down, but Potts just eats it. Hamilton gets a takedown into half guard. Hamilton throws a few shots to the body then gets up and again makes Potts stand up. Hamilton ducks under a combination and takes Potts down again. Hamilton stands back up yet again and again forces Potts back up. This is odd strategy from Hamilton. They clinch up against the fence, then break away. Hamilton clinches up to end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Hamilton

ROUND TWO: Hamilton shoots quickly but they wind up clinched into the fence. Potts tries a throw but Hamilton had the body lock and he gets on top in full guard. Hamilton immediately stands up and makes Potts stand. This is baffling strategy. Potts lands a body kick at the end of a combination. Hamilton takes Potts down with ease and gets to half guard. A lot of nothing, after about a minute Hamilton throws some body shots to avoid being stood up. Hamilton gets some posture and puts some heat on those body shots now, Potts has a nasty welt on his rib cage. The ref now warns Potts that he might stop it. Potts responds with a bit of hip movement which gets the ref to back off. Hamilton resumes slamming body shots, and again the ref warns Potts, this time Potts doesn't do anything and the ref mercifully ends this.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Anthony Hamilton via TKO at 4:17 of Round 2

Hamilton on the mic now. Rogan asks about the takedown, stand up, repeat. Hamilton says he and Greg Jackson came up with that plan to show off his striking and to wear Potts down and eventually get the finish. We get a replay of a takedown in the first that had Potts landing on his head, then the body focused ground and pound, Hamilton says Greg Jackson was calling for the ground and pound to the body. Hamilton says he wasn't too surprised that Potts didn't put up more resistance on the ground because he knew how to control him. Statistics say Hamilton landed 67 body shots, impressive number.

Middleweight Bout: Derek Brunson 186 lbs. vs. Lorenz Larkin 186 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves, and Brunson fights southpaw. Brunson eats a couple of punches to get the clinch against the fence. Larkin fights out and circles away. Hard body kick from Larkin who then avoids a takedown from Brunson. Thrust kick to the body from Larkin, Brunson throws a combination, Larkin counters but they wind up clinched on the fence. Brunson has double underhooks, Larkin fights one of them off and is in the 50/50 position. Larkin fighting to avoid throws, Brunson lands a knee to the body. Brunson drops for a single leg, bails on it and lands a left hand then locks up a standing guillotine. Larkin drops to his back and is able to avoid the pressure and Brunson bails on the choke. Brunson lands ground and pound while Larkin tries to get up, Brunson drives him back to the mat. Brunson has the back, Larkin rolls and Brunson on top in half guard. Brunson gives up full guard but is trying to posture up and land elbows. Larkin goes to rubber guard, Brunson pulls his arm free and lands a hard left hand. The round ends with Brunson on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brunson

ROUND TWO: Larkin switches to orthodox to start the round. Both men missing kicks early, Larkin also misses a winging right hand. Larkin stuffs a shot from Brunson. Larkin just misses an uppercut. Heavy body kick from Larkin lands. Brunson shoots, it takes a moment or two but he gets an ankle pick and lands on top in side control. Larkin regains half guard, then hip escapes to full guard. Larkin moves himself to the fence and tries to wall walk, Brunson lands some short punches and takes the back while Larkin has a knee on the ground. Larkin stands up and breaks free. Heavy body shot and a combination from Larkin, Brunson gets the clinch and trips Larkin down again. Brunson on top in half guard. Brunson working some short punches and elbows. Round ends with Brunson on top again.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brunson, 20-18 Brunson overall

ROUND THREE: Larkin likely needs a finish, or to deliver some feed to Clucky. Heavy body kick from Larkin again. Larkin blocks a takedown attempt. Larkin lands a left hook but Brunson shoots, the second effort finishes it and Brunson lands in side control. Larkin gets half guard, Brunson is setting up an arm triangle choke, Larkin gets his arm free for a moment but Brunson gets it back in position. Larkin gets his arm free again, Brunson just starts throwing punches and elbows. Larkin attacks with a heel hook but Brunson escapes easily and retains top position. Brunson again tries to set up the arm triangle from half guard but that isn't working towards a finish. Brunson lands some short elbows from top and Herb Dean warns Brunson to stay busy. Brunson lands some short punches as Larkin uses the fence to get up but Brunson keeps things clinched up. Larkin lands an elbow on the break. Larkin wings some strikes to try and get the miracle finish but it doesn't land and time runs out.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brunson, 30-27 Brunson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Derek Brunson via unanimous decision (30-27x3)

No interview for Brunson, but Joe Rogan will have an interview with Renan Barao after the commercial break.

Rogan recaps the story of Barao being pulled from the fight and asks what went wrong. Barao, via his translator, says he feinted during the cut and hit his head then woke up in the hospital and remembers nothing. Barao says he was on weight given his normal circumstances and the issue was that he hit his head. Rogan asks how he can think he's fine if he's blacking out during a weight cut. Barao says this was the first time he's had trouble cutting weight and thinks he stood up too fast which led to the blackout, then says he normally cuts around ten kilos. Rogan asks about the medical dangers of cutting too much weight, Barao is sad he can't fight tonight and feels disappointed but he wants to get back in the cage and tear TJ Dillashaw's head off. Rogan asks about the game plan, Barao says his game plan was to be more aggressive then reiterates how sad he is and apologizes to the UFC and the fans but he wants to be back and better than ever.

That wraps up Fox Sports 1, onto the PPV proper.

Lightweight Bout: Yancy Medeiros 156 lbs. vs. Damon Jackson 155 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Medeiros lands a kick to the body early. Jackson trying to get the fight to the mat but Medeiros is avoiding him so far. Medeiros lands a right uppercut during an exchange. Jackson lands a couple of right hands moving forward and gets the clinch against the fence. They trade some knees to the body, Jackson with an elbow to the head. Medeiros avoiding being taken down, both men landing knees to the body. Medeiros lands a knee to the groin and Jackson will get up to five minutes to recover. Jackson recovers rather quickly and we're back to fighting. Medeiros misses a spinning back kick. Lead uppercut from Medeiros lands, then misses a wild follow up and Jackson gets the clinch on the fence. Jackson tries a trip, Medeiros remains on his feet. Jackson can't seem to find the right angle and Medeiros grabs a guillotine that forces Jackson to break the clinch. Medeiros lands a couple of hard left hands to the liver. Jackson misses a spinning kick. Medeiros misses a head kick and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Medeiros

ROUND TWO: Jackson comes out aggressive, lands a body kick but eats a left from Medeiros. Head kick from Jackson lands, Medeiros smiles and lands a combination to the body and head. Jackson dives on a single leg, Medeiros limp legs out. Medeiros lands a punch as Jackson shoots but Jackson gets the clinch along the fence. Medeiros grabs a guillotine, he snaps Jackson to the mat and gets it almost into a headlock position but the pressure is too much and Jackson taps and then goes out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Yancy Medeiros via submission, reverse guillotine, at 1:54 of Round 2

Medeiros gets an interview. Medeiros says he loves Hawaii, says happy birthday to his uncles. Medeiros says the Gracie camp in Stockton gave him his ground game and thanks them. Medeiros then says he loves his son and is coming home.

Lightweight Bout: Diego Ferreira 155.5 lbs. vs. Ramsey Nijem 156 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Nijem comes out punching and lands a couple in close quarters. Ferreira lands a hard left hook in a wild exchange and Nijem backs off a little. Nijem circling now. Leg kick from Nijem. Ferreira lands a couple of straight kicks to the body, Nijem lands a counter left hook. Nijem catches a kick, lands a glancing right hand and winds up in Ferreira's full guard. Nijem lands a couple of punches and Ferreira gets back to his feet and both men land some hard punches. Nijem tags Ferreira with a right hand. Ferreira misses a wheel kick. Nijem still circling patiently looking for openings. They engage in another wild exchange, Nijem ducks under it and gets a takedown. Ferreira immediately threatens with a sweep and Nijem gets back to his feet. Ferreira lands a left hook during an exchange that has Nijem wobbled. Ferreira gets close and clinches, he grabs an armbar and rolls with the kimura to the ground. Ferreira can't finish the armbar and Nijem lands a couple of hard punches on the ground. Nijem stands and Ferreira dives on a kneebar, uses it to sweep and Ferreira ends up on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira, the closing minute sealed it for him.

ROUND TWO: Nijem tries to jab, Ferreira isn't afraid to fire back. Ferreira lands a right hand to counter a thrust kick from Nijem and Nijem is hurt. Nijem is on his knees and Ferreira grabs the neck and jumps on a guillotine. Nijem survives and Ferreira bails on the choke before he burns his arms out. Nijem begins punching the head and body, then stands up and makes Ferreira join him on the feet. Ferreira lands another right hand to counter a rush from Nijem and Nijem drops to the mat. A few punches on the mat and this one is over.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Diego Ferreira via TKO at 1:53 of Round 2

Ferreira says he's been training his striking a lot and he's been training hard and it paid off. Ferreira again says he's been training hard and that one shot can change everything, and he knew in the second round he wasn't going to be slowed down anymore.

Women's bantamweight Bout: Shayna Baszler 135 lbs. vs. Bethe Correia 135.5 lbs.

ROUND ONE: No touch of the gloves. Baszler clinches quickly and gets Correia into the fence. Baszler pulls half guard to avoid Correia getting away from her. Baszler looking to sweep or attack a leg, decides to get full guard instead. Correia tries to posture up, Baszler tries to tie up with a triangle position, not quite the choke but she has some control and lands some elbows. Correia trying to get her arm free and out of danger, and she pulls out and forces Baszler to stand. Correia lands a jab, Baszler lands a right and they clinch against the fence again. Baszler pushes Correia against the fence and drops for a single leg. Correia defends the initial attempt but Baszler keeps her pressed into the fence. Correia lands a series of uppercuts in the clinch and Baszler dives for a leg but Correia sprawls and lands some punches but Baszler keeps ahold of the leg and pulls Correia to the mat. Baszler on top, passes to side control, Baszler nearly has a Japanese necktie, but time expires.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Baszler

ROUND TWO: Baszler lands a left hook, Correia responds with a body to head combination. Baszler ties up Correia and gets to the fence. Correia lands a knee to the body and a couple of uppercuts, then short elbows on the fence. Correia lands a flurry, she rocks Baszler and both ladies are going full blown Roadhouse. Correia is just teeing off on Baszler against the fence and the ref is warning Baszler to keep defending herself. Baszler is a glorified heavy bag right now and Correia is just practicing combinations until referee John McCarthy has seen enough and stops it.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Bethe Correia via TKO at 1:56 of Round 2

Correia thanks God and her family and says she wanted to send a message to Ronda Rousey. She says she wanted to finish her opponent and she wants to be the one to take the belt away from Ronda.

Lightweight Bout: Tony Ferguson 155.5 lbs. vs. Danny Castillo 156 lbs.

ROUND ONE: No touch of the gloves. Hard inside leg kick from Ferguson early. Outside leg kick from Ferguson as well, Castillo shoots and Ferguson stuffs it. Castillo wings a right that misses. Body kick from Ferguson. Another heavy kick from Ferguson, who covers up when Castillo tries to throw some punches. Ferguson lands another leg kick. Head kick from Castillo is blocked. Castillo tries a single leg, Ferguson escapes. Ferguson lands a right hand. Ferguson clips Castillo with a punch then grabs a d'arce choke standing and drops to his back to try and finish it. Castillo is in side control but Ferguson has the full d'arce locked in. Castillo seems OK but Ferguson isn't letting go of Castillo's neck. Castillo finally pulls his head out and Ferguson immediately hip escapes to full guard. Ferguson with an elbow off of his back, then closes the guard. Castillo lands a left hand, Ferguson throws some more elbows as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson

ROUND TWO: Ferguson starts off with some more leg kicks. Body kick from Ferguson, Castillo sneaks a left hand through the guard. Castillo shoots, sprawl by Ferguson who then trips Castillo the mat but Castillo is back up immediately. Ferguson pressing the action and landing leg kicks. Castillo gets a right hand through. Castillo shoots again, they clinch briefly and Castillo breaks away. Castillo gets a combination through, both men slip on kicks. Another hard leg kick from Ferguson, Castillo shoots, Ferguson rolls for a kneebar. Ferguson can't secure it and Castillo is on top in side control. Ferguson hip escapes to half guard. Ferguson uses the cage to sweep and gets the mount for a moment but Castillo slides out the back door. Ferguson thinks about a guillotine, then bails and elbows Castillo from full guard. Castillo is doing nothing from Ferguson's full guard. More elbows from Ferguson off of his back. Ferguson scrambles, tries to hit a switch but Castillo remains on top and Ferguson recovers full guard and throws more elbows from his back to end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson, 20-18 Ferguson overall

ROUND THREE: Ferguson lands a right hand to start, then a knee to counter a takedown from Castillo. Castillo lands a left hand, Ferguson misses a leg kick. Inside leg kick lands for Ferguson, who then tries a rolling leg lock. Castillo jumps on him but we're in an even position with Castillo looking for a single and Ferguson defending. Ferguson looking for a kimura, Ferguson gets the back with it but Castillo pulls out. Ferguson immediately gets to his feet and attacks the arm while Castillo looks for a takedown. Ferguson gets up, Castillo has the back standing and drags Ferguson to the mat. Ferguson immediately fights to his feet, Castillo tries a slam but Ferguson attacks a leg as soon as they hit the mat. Castillo gets on top and Ferguson gets half guard. Ferguson resumes throwing elbows from his back while Castillo holds him down. Ferguson gets full guard. Castillo is warned to get busy, he misses a couple of punches and passes to half guard. Castillo gets full mount during an attempted hip escape from Ferguson, Ferguson hip escapes to his knees. Castillo stays on Fergusons back, then transitions to an arm triangle choke with ten seconds left and Ferguson just gives the ref the thumbs up as the horn sounds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Castillo, 29-28 Ferguson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tony Ferguson via split decision (28-29, 29-28x2)

Ferguson gets some mic time. Ferguson thanks Castillo for the fight and says win or lose he was going to shake his hand and the two men shake. Ferguson says that if you're on top but not attacking or passing the judges see that. Ferguson thanks the crowd for booing him because it motivated him. Ferguson says he went for the d'arce in the first and tried to finish but Castillo defended very well.

Rogan with Danny Castillo now. Castillo asks Rogan who he thought won, Rogan dances around the question and says it was a close fight. Castillo thinks Ferguson didn't hit him with anything, then apologizes to Sacramento and Joe Silva. Castillo thinks being on your back means your losing and he controlled Ferguson, then he apologizes to his mother.

UFC Bantamweight Title Bout: Joe Soto 135 lbs. vs. Champion T.J. Dillashaw 135 lbs.

ROUND ONE: Soto waves off the touch of gloves before the round starts. Dillashaw moving early, Soto looks calm. Dillashaw feinting a lot, looking for openings. Leg kick by Dillashaw catches Soto off balance and he drops but is up immediately. Dillashaw with a body kick, Soto catches and tries a takedown but Dillashaw spins and gets his back. Dillashaw looking for the body lock, decides to go with hooks but Soto is back up. Dillashaw lands a right hand on the break. Soto ducks under a kick and thinks about a takedown but Dillashaw defends. Soto catches Dillashaw with a short right hand. Another right from Soto lands. Dillashaw backs off, seems like he wants to reset a little. Dillashaw still looking for openings. Inside leg kick from Dillashaw who slides away from the counter. High kick from Soto is blocked, Dillashaw tries a combination that's blocked. Clean left hook from Dillashaw, both men wing some punches in the pocket as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw

ROUND TWO: Dillashaw comes out aggressive and both men are throwing. Soto is landing his right hand, Dillashaw lands a knee to the head and a kick to the body. Soto is trying to get Dillashaw on the counter. Leg kick from Dillashaw, another behind it. Uppercut lands for Dillashaw, Soto avoids the follow up blows. Dillashaw tryinig to find the holes in Soto's guard. Soto lands a right hand, eats a knee on the return. Left to the head lands for Soto, Dillashaw throwing a higher volume of strikes. Quick right hand lands for Dillashaw. Soto isn't biting on many of Dillashaw's feints. Uppercut sneaks through the defense for Dillashaw. Soto blocks a combination, body kick from Dillashaw. Dillashaw shoots, stuffed easily but Dillashaw working his jab now. Most of his stuff is being blocked but he's throwing a lot of strikes. Soto lands a stiff jab, then tries to blitz Dillashaw at the end of the round but Dillashaw avoids most of it.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw, 20-18 Dillashaw overall

ROUND THREE: Leg kick from Dillashaw to start round three. Dillashaw pushes forward with a combination, it misses and Soto slides to the side. Body kick from Dillashaw, Soto can't get his punches to connect so far this round. Dillashaw throws a multi punch combination, Soto is blocking or avoiding most of these but Dillashaw is being very active. Inside leg kick from Dillashaw. Soto dives on a single leg attempt, Dillashaw defends but eats a right hand on the break. Body kick from Dillashaw. Soto trying to time Dillashaw's flurries. Dillashaw shoots a double, Soto is down and Dillashaw on top in full guard. Soto tries for an armbar, Dillashaw tries to get the back in the scramble but Soto is back up and lands a jab. Another hard body kick from Dillashaw. Dillashaw with another combination this time it lands to the body and a leg kick. Dillashaw lands a left hook and a combination but Soto lands a stiff right hand and Dillashaw backs off. Stiff jab from Soto. Hard left to the body from Soto, another one. Dillashaw's combinations are just being blocked by Soto at every turn.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Soto, 29-28 Dillashaw overall

ROUND FOUR: Touch of the gloves for round four. Uppercut lands for Dillashaw, Soto tries to shoot off of a high kick but Dillashaw regains his balance quickly. Dillashaw tries another high kick, Soto blocks. Inside leg kick from Dillashaw. Soto pushing forward this round, Dillashaw working the jab. Soto lands a jab, Dillashaw replies with four punches. Soto lands another jab. Dillashaw lands an uppercut, and a leg kick. Inside leg kick lands for Dillashaw, Soto's defense is impressive but his offensive output just isn't there. Dillashaw working high volume combinations, and a shot that gets Soto down. Soto closes the guard, tries to attack immediately but Dillashaw defends easily. Soto trying to tie Dillashaw up, Dillashaw gets some posture and lands a punch then tries to take the back but Soto scrambles to his feet. Soto circles and Dillashaw misses a kick as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw, 39-37 Dillashaw overall

ROUND FIVE: Soto shoots a single quickly, Dillashaw defends and we remain standing. Dillashaw tries a couple of high kicks, he pressures Soto against the fence and lands a couple of body shots. Soto misses a left hook. Dillashaw trying to apply pressure, lands a knee to the body when Soto reaches for a takedown. Dillashaw lands a left to the liver, then a high kick rocks Soto. Dillashaw lands a couple more punches but that kick finished this one.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – TJ Dillashaw via KO at 2:20 of Round 5

Dillashaw says the last 24 hours have been crazy, then puts over Joe Soto as a tough opponent. He thanks the crowd for coming out. He says Soto was going to be a good wrestler and he had to be mindful of the shots and he tried to put it on him but ate a couple of shots from Soto. Dillashaw has no opinion about a next opponent and mentions he wants a bit of a vacation but he'll fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him and he'll beat them. Dillashaw then thanks his sponsors.

Soto gets an interview, he gets a bit of a pop for taking the fight on short notice. Soto says the title shot was a dream come true and he's happy to be with the promotion. We get a small Soto chant, Soto says his dream of fighting for the title in the UFC came true. Soto says he wasn't tired, he trains for every worst case scenario including illness and injury so conditioning wasn't an issue. He shouts out a birthday to close the interview.

That's going to wrap this up, UFC 177 will be reviewed this Sunday at 8pm eastern on the 411 Ground and Pound radio show. If you want to call in and have your voice heard the number is (323) 657-0901. We'll also be previewing UFC Fight Night 50: Souza vs. Mousasi. Until then, be sure to keep checking out 411mania for all your pop culture needs.


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