This was the event after the “lost event” thanks to one half of the main event on this card. For those who don’t know Jon Joes was set to defend his title against Dan Henderson at UFC 151. But after Dan had to pull out due to an injury the door was left open for a replacement to fight Jones. From what was said by Dana White no one in the Light-Heavyweight division wanted to take on Jones on short notice. So the very vocal Chael Sonnen said he would come up from the Middleweight division to fight Jones, Jones refused. He said he could not take on Sonnen on short notice. Funny thing is that he agreed to take on Vitor Belfort at this event who like Cheal was coming up from Middleweight and was injured. But on a great note this event would also see the debut of a new title, the Flyweight belt which is at 125 pounds.
1.CUB SWANSON VS CHARLES OLIVEIRA-the first fight of the night on the main card was one that we were all waiting for. Both guys had been looking good so we knew this was going to be great. The fight starts out with Charles looking for and getting the take down. It would not take long though for Cub to get back up. From there Cub would land some great body shots on his way to knocking Oliveira out. It was a crazy KO as well as he walks back at first and then his legs give out. Nice win for Cub.
2.MATT HAMIL VS ROGER HOLLETT-Matt Hamil is the UFC’s only deaf fighter who had retired a year before only to return this night. This was another fight we were excited for since “The Hammer 2” was coming back after that year off. The first round was a bit of a feeling out process until Hamil got the take down and landed blow after blow on the ground. But to Roger’s credit he got back and started to land himself. The second round looked like the first along with Hamil getting the takedown. But Hamil was a bit slow in this round as it seemed he gassed a little bit after the first. The third round was all Hamil really after he reputedly took Hollett down, a UD win for the returning Hamil.
3.MICHAEL BISPING VS BRIAN STANN-when this fight was announced we could not wait to see Bisping get knocked out by the former Marine. So like the other two we were excited for this one. So the first round starts off with Bisping getting Stann against the cage since he did not want to feel Stann’s power. But once they get off the cage it becomes a bit more of a boxing match with Bisping attempting another take down and trip. From that point they both trade not only cup checks but exchanges. Stann mixed in some great leg kicks throughout and landed a big right hand towards the end, Stann in a close round one. The second round sees Bisping get a big takedown at the beginning only for Stann to end up on top. When they make it back to their feet and get off the cage Bisping seems to be landing more as his jab is on point. Towards the end he slams Stann down again to take the round. In the third Bisping keeps to what was working the in second. Working for takedowns and using crisp technique in his boxing. Stann turns it up in the end but not enough to win, UD win for Bisping.
4.[FLYWEIGHT TITLE]JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON-now it was time for the first ever Flyweight championship, history baby. The little guys always put on a show and never get tired so the action is always fast paced. The first round is very much what I just described with all kinds of foot work and quick shots at each other. It is a close round but I think Johnson landed just a little more and ended up on top in the last few seconds to take the round in my opinion. The second round is just as exciting with both guys moving in and out of range of each other. It is a close round with Joseph landing some shots at the end that may have won him the round. The third follows suit but even though he gets taken down for less than a second I think Johnson took the round. The next round takes things to an even higher level as Joseph lands a huge punch that drops Johnson. Afterwards Joseph gets so close to choking Johnson out only for Johnson to attack the leg and eventually getting back up. Johnson goes on to end up on top three times and finishes the round there giving him the round. It is insane how quick these guys are and their technique is just so good. In the final round Johnson gets some takedowns which seals the fight for him as he becomes the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion.
5.[LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE]JON JONES VS VITOR BELFORT-ah yes the fight everyone was waiting for. Everyone wanted the old school to reign supreme here as Vitor was moving up in weight to take on Jones. I cannot tell you how bad I was waiting for Vitor to knock Jones out. Now Belfort was fighting hurt here which played in to his performance since he could spring like he normally does. But anyway Jones comes out and gets the takedown early only for Vitor to almost pull off the big win as he locks in a deep armbar. The world stood still as that happened. To Jones’s credit he fought threw it. The rest of the round was all Jones as he was on top and even cut Vitor open with an elbow. The second round had Jones landing more often than Belfort and at one point Vitor pulls guard, very odd for him. Vitor gets hurt in the third from a front leg side kick and pulls guard once again late in the round, another round for Jones. Vitor comes out stronger at the beginning of the fourth only to end up on bottom on the ground. Once there Jones gets side control traps an arm and sinks in an Americana.
1.KYLE NOKE VS CHARLIE BRENNEMAN-the first fight ends in the first round as these two do battle. The fight ends as Charlie jumps in only to eat a big right hand that drops him. Once down Noke is all over him and the ref jumps in to call it. It may be a bit early depending on how you see it but that is a TKO victory for Noke at 45 seconds.
2.MITCH GAGNON VS WALEL WATSON-this like the first ends in the first and is a great finish for Mitch. He moves out of the way of a superman punch and lands a big left hook dropping Walel. From there he jumps all over him eventually taking his back and sinks in the rear naked choke getting the win.
3.SETH BACZYNSKI VS SIMEON THORESEN-good first round for these two as the go back and forth in a good fight that once again ends in the first. After an unintentional eye poke that Simeon eats he gets knocked out cold by a well placed left hook by Seth.
4.JIMY HETTES VS MARCUS BRIMAGE-great first round here in the first fight to make it to another round. These guys go at it just throwing power punches and bunches trying to end it. The second round is a big one for Hettes after they trade blows he gets it to the ground and almost ends it multiple times. The third round is a big one for Marcus as he just lands big shot after big shot. Add in the leg kicks he lands and the round was certainly his which gives him the 29-28 UD win.
5.SEAN PIERSON VS LANCE BENOIST-great first round here with Sean coming hard and dropping Lance early. But Benoist stays aware and keeps the fight going attempting armbars and umaplatas. The battle continues as Sean wobbles Benoist but the round ends with both still standing. The stand up battle continues into the second with both guys landing and being contested very little on the ground. The pace slows just a little in third but both guys trade turning it up at times with their hands. Towards the end Lance lands a big shot that stuns Sean but it is not enough as Pierson gets the UD.
6.TJ GRANT VS EVAN DUNHAM-excellent opening round in this fight with both guys daring the other to just keep coming full force and swinging. Great shots landed by both but no man falls. Towards the end Evan lands a takedown that may have won him the round. Another great stand up war in the second that even draws blood a big knee cuts Dunham open. They continue to trade blows landing big shots and working a quick pace until Evan scores another takedown. Another great round takes place in the third round with hands and kicks a plenty. Of course Evan gets another takedown towards the end that gives him the UD, or so we thought. When it went to the judges TJ Grant actually gets the UD for landing more I assume.
7.IGOR POKRAJAC VS VINNY MAGALHAES-this fight goes to the ground pretty early on as Vinny gets Igor down and eventually works to side control. From there he goes for the armbar but has to let it go eventually landing Igor on top. The second round makes its way to the ground again this time with Igor on top but Vinny tries to set up the triangle. He can’t really get it and switches to the armbar and flips him with it, from there Igor has to tap.
The second disc features the Countdown show, the weigh ins, promos and of course the behind the scenes.
The event after the "lost" event that would see Vitor belfort come up in weight to challenge Jon Jones for the Light-Heavyweight title. Also the first ever Flyweight title would be crowned here at this event.
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