Posted on: March 21, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:25 am
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
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
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
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
Here are the quickie undercard results for 'UFC Live' in Broomfield, Colo.:
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.
Posted on: March 21, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: March 21, 2010 11:08 am
Did I mention it's live?
UFC makes its debut on Versus tonight with UFC Live, from Broomfield, Colo. I'll be live-blogging the show beginning with quickie undercard results at about 8:45 p.m. ET. Check back for full round-by-round coverage.
Undercard (may not air on TV):
But now, they get to say there was a "pull-apart." Fight Hype 101.