160 results - 25th May 2013
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160s main card had something for everyone
lightweights and heavyweights; kickboxing clinics
and submission showcases; fan favorites and underdog
wins; classic decisions and last-minute KOs. The only
thing it lacked, in retrospect, was a boring fight,
and in the process a heavyweight defended his belt
and two new contenders were minted.
Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Cain Velasquez heavyweight title defense against
Antonio Bigfoot Silva played out the same
way that their first meeting did: Velasquez via TKO
in the first. This go-round was even shorter and less
bloody than their UFC 146 meeting, if somehow less
started out in a low stance, shrugging off Velasquez
first attempt at a single-leg. Back on the feet, Velasquez
threw a few hands as Silva tried to find his opening,
defending yet another takedown attempt in the process.
Velasquez then dropped Silva with a short right, and
followed him to the mat with ruthless right hands
from Silvas back until Silva flattened out and
bout was ended at 1:21 a full minute and 15
seconds shorter than when the two first fought.
moves to 12-1 with the win, and is primed for a third
bout against former champion Junior dos Santos. Silva
slides to 18-5.
dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos went
toe-to-toe with knockout artist Mark Hunt for more
than 14 minutes, outpointing him and taking him down
before ending things with an unbelievable head kick
in the final minute.
one was mostly Hunt standing in the center with Cigano
circling and fighting long. By and large the only
action came via Hunts leg kicks and left hands,
while dos Santos landed a handful of rights. Oh, and
one of those right hands dropped Hunt, who fell completely
down, rolled over and then bounced up as if it were
nothing. A couple of flashy moves from each guy spiced
up the end of the round but both mens power
had the crowd breathless regardless.
bullied dos Santos against the fenced and winged his
best shots a few times in the second, but largely
dos Santos outclassed him, connecting on straights,
spinning attacks, and more of those merciless right
hands. Mid-way through the round, dos Santos easily
got one of the takedowns that MMA fans have long heard
about but had yet to see in the UFC. Hunt held him
in half-guard and tried to neutralize the elbows dos
Santos threw through. Dos Santos passed to side control
before the round ended, then punched Hunt once more
as they stood.
Santos used more footwork in the third, which was
perhaps as much strategy as it was the fact that Hunt
appeared too tired to do much besides slowly plod
forward, hoping to back dos Santos against the fence.
Hunts long, delayed journey from Australia and
his career-long with cardio were evident in the final
stanza as he worked to muster up the energy for one
kick or punch at a time. Hunt was wobbled by a left
and ate rights from dos Santos that seemed to do little
more than push the iron-jawed Aussie backward
that is, until the never-before-seen-from-a-heavyweight
spinning back kick from dos Santos that dropped Hunt
and the follow-up right on the ground that put him
out at 4:18.
win positions dos Santos to fight Cain Velasquez for
the title again, as his record moves to 16-2. Hunt
moves to 9-8, a win ratio that belies his recent success
in the Octagon, where he went on a four-fight win
streak before being stopped by dos Santos.
has a very dangerous standup game, but I trust my
hands so I used them," said dos Santos. "His
first punch he landed drew blood above my eye and
I was like Wow, he hits hard! When the
fans were booing I was thinking, 'Take it easy, thats
my strategy. I have to confuse him!'"
Junior's post-fight interview
Teixeira vs. James Te Huna
Light heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira continued
his brutal tear through the division, stopping fellow
slugger James Te Huna by submission in the first round.
came as a surprise to roughly no one that the two
light heavyweights came out slugging, going Rock Em
Sock Em Robots-style out of the gate. Te Huna
looked in particular for an uppercut and sprinkled
in a couple of kicks, which opened the way for Teixeira
to go for a leg pick. He succeeded on his second attempt,
then threw some elbows and worked hard to escape Te
Hunas half-guard before finally letting him
up. Crafty Teixeira stayed heavy on top with an over-under
hold as Te Huna got to his feet, then pulled guard
and got the arm-in guillotine tap at 2:38.
a win, his 19th in a row, practically ho-hum at this
point, Teixeira was still giddy after the win. Mike
Tyson was here, I cant believe it man!
said a starstruck Teixeira in his post-fight Octagon
interview. He was telling me yesterday at weigh-ins
I was going to be champ someday so it was amazing
getting a win in front of him. I used to watch him
as a kid late at night."
now stands at 21-2, including wins in all four of
his UFC bouts. Te Hunas digits drop to 18-6
in his first loss since facing Alexander Gustafsson
at UFC 127.
Teixeira's post-fight interview
Maynard vs. TJ Grant
In a lightweight contender bout between submission
artist TJ Grant and power wrestler Gray Maynard, the
two ground specialists slugged their way to a first-round
TKO, with Grant presumably earning the next shot against
current champion Benson Henderson.
and Grant squared off to begin, with Maynard occasionally
lobbing what could best be described as single, whizzing
haymakers from every direction. But then Grant took
his turn, wobbling Maynard with a right and following
him to the fence with more fists. Maynard escaped,
but was tagged next with right hand to the body, a
left and a right fist that dropped him against the
Octagon wall. Grant rushed with nonstop strikes, only
letting up to knee Maynard every time he stood, the
pressure sending him back to the mat two more times.
As Maynard covered up with no answer, the fight was
waved off at 2:07.
win is his fifth in a row, as he stays unbeaten at
lightweight with an overall record of 21-5. "I
knew if I left it all out there, the fans would love
it," said Grant, who's flown under the radar
for much of his 11-fight UFC career. "Gray is
not a guy I wanted to go to the ground with and I
saw he didnt move his feet too well so I knew
there were openings. I wasnt necessarily looking
for the knockout, I was just looking to connect to
the face. I felt good things would come from that.
Maynard drops to 12-2-1 (1 NC), with his only other
loss coming to Frankie Edgar in the third of their
lightweight title fights.
Grant's post-fight interview
Cerrone vs. KJ Noons
Lightweight Donald Cowboy Cerrone and
KJ Noons put on a true mixed-martial arts exhibition
for the fans at MGM Grand Garden Arena, with Cerrone
picking up the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27,
30-27 and 30-26.
lightweights launched leg kicks and they exchanged
immediately, signaling to the crowd that there would
be no feeling-out process on this main card opener.
Cerrone tossed off body kicks like they were confetti,
and when Noons fired back in kind, Cerrone caught
a kick and threw for a takedown, delivering a knee
as Noons stood. Cerrone made Noons come to him, and
Noons did the best he could, throwing left jabs and
right straights with bad intentions. Cerrone mixed
his attacks up, firing off a body-head-elbow-kick
combination late in the round that drew a nod of appreciation
from Noons. Cerrones kicks hit their marks,
be that the leg, body or head of Noons, and Cowboy
also charged with another big takedown before the
went forward immediately in the second, pushing the
takedown, getting a headlock and again kneeing Noons
on the way up. They traded freely with their fists,
both showing off their precision and nearly identical
reach. Noons hit a perfect left to Cerrones
jaw, but Cerrone reflexively moved forward with his
own punches and another knee to the head. Cerrone
was again wobbled, and as he shot for a takedown,
crashed into Noons oncoming knee. He recovered
in Noons guard, passed to a nearly perpendicular
half-guard and continued throwing big hooks, hammerfists
and backhands to Noons body and head as Noons
struggled to make space and escape.
crowd roared as the third round began louder
than this reporter has ever heard it in Las Vegas
or elsewhere and the two went back to business.
Noons held his hands down, leaving him open to strikes,
and as he goaded Cerrone forward, he instead was taken
down and ground and pounded from guard again. Cerrones
elbows bloodied Noons and his top control frustrated
him for the remainder of the fight, which ended with
Cerrone in side control.
gets back in the win column after his first knockout
loss, which came at the shin of Anthony Pettis in
January. His career total is now 20-5 (1 NC), including
7 wins in the UFC since coming over from the WEC in
2011. Strikeforce standout Noons drops to 10-6 in
his UFC debut.
Cerrone's post-fight interview (Credit: UFC)
class Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez Dec 29, 2012 1
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones Mar 19, 2011 5
Middleweight Anderson Silva Oct 14, 2006 10
Welterweight Georges St-Pierre Apr 19, 2008 8
Lightweight Benson Henderson Feb 26, 2012 3
Featherweight José Aldo Nov 20, 2010 4
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz Dec 16, 2010 2
Interim champion Jul 21, 2012 1
Flyweight Demetrious Johnson Sep 22, 2012 1