Next up is Jake Rosholt vs. Chris "The Crippler" Leben at middleweight. Classic wrestler vs. striker showdown right here.
Round 1: Rosholt with an inside leg kick. Leben with a leg kick, and the crowd starts chanting his name. Rosholt looks to be trying to set up a takedown with these strikes but he's showing lots of respect to Leben's ability to clock him on the shot. They exchange more leg kicks. Rosholt lands a right to the jaw, and Leben takes Rosholt down. You read that right --I did not get the names reversed by accident. Leben's on top in Rosholt's guard. Leben with some ground and pound, landing a few punches before Rosholt escapes to his feet. Outside leg kick by Leben. Rosholt with a short left hook and they tie up. Rosholt takes Leben to the mat and tries to transition to his back. Leben is back to his feet. Another outside leg kick by Leben. Leben runs in with a looping left hand and an uppercut, putting Rosholt on his bicycle for a few seconds. The round ends, and I'd give it to Leben 10-9.
Round 2: Marc Laimon told Rosholt in his corner to keep the pressure on Leben. Rosholt lands a nice one-two combo and Leben answers with a big looping left hand, swinging from his hip as only Leben can. Rosholt goes down, partially because Leben caught him off balance. Leben works some ground and pound to the ribs from inside Rosholt's closed guard. Rosholt's not doing much, looking to get a standup from the ref. And he gets exactly that. Leben throws another left and misses. Let's see if Rosholt gets tentative now that he's been stung by that shot. Leben throws a head kick and a straight left, then clinches Rosholt against the cage. Foot stomps from the clinch by Leben. Rosholt gets free and explodes with a fist combination and a takedown. He can't accomplish much, and eventually Leben's back up. They exchange wild, sloppy punches as the round ends. 10-9 Leben again.
Round 3: Leben works leg kicks and Rosholt takes him down and moves into half guard. Rosholt gets to full mount and unloads some ground and pound. Leben gets back to half guard. Rosholt tries to take Leben's back as Leben scrambles. Leben turns away and Rosholt locks on a tight arm triangle. Leben won't tap out, so Rosholt chokes him out cold. Very impressive come-from-behind win by Rosholt.
Winner: Jake Rosholt defeats Chris Leben via submission to an arm triangle choke at 1:30 of Round 3.
Leben was up and walking around in pretty short order, so he's fine... albeit certainly disappointed that he let that one go when he was winning on points.