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Old 10-16-2008, 06:34 PM
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Default UFC 89: Preview and Predictions...By Jay Graziani

UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben
Saturday, October 18th, 9 PM ET/PT (tape delay) on SpikeTV
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England
Weigh-in: Friday, October 17th, 11 AM ET, live on UFC.com
Current odds from Bookmaker.com

Per Eklund (13-3-1) vs. Samy "The Dog" Schiavo (10-5-0)
Current Odds: Eklund -205; Schiavo +165


Eklund last fought in January when he lost to Sam Stout via decision in his first turn in the Octagon. Schiavo made his UFC debut at Fight Night 13, where he couldn't make it out of the first round against Clay Guida. This is an uninteresting fight where I'll lean towards the underdog at what seems like generous odds. Prediction: Schiavo, 2nd round TKO.

David Baron (16-2-0) vs. Jim Miller (11-1-0)
Current Odds: Baron +165; Miller -205


Both of these fighters are making their UFC debuts after finding success jumping between smaller promotions. Both are ground fighters, but I'll give a slight edge to Baron based on his more extensive experience against tougher opponents. Prediction: Baron, 1st round submission.

Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout (13-4-1) vs. Terry Etim (10-2-0)
Current Odds: Stout -300; Etim +240


Stout is now 2-3 in the UFC after a recent decision loss to Rich Clementi. Etim also fell at the hands of Clementi just a month later, giving him his second consecutive loss since beating Matt Grice in his UFC debut. Stout is the better puncher, but Etim will have the edge on the ground. Assuming he doesn't try to slug it out with Stout, Etim has a good shot of bringing home the upset with a submission win where Stout is most vulnerable. Prediction: Etim, 3rd round submission.

Jess "The Joker" Liaudin (12-10-0) vs. David Bielkheden (12-6-0)
Current Odds: Liaudin +110; Bielkheden -140


Liaudin is dealing with back-to-back losses, though the most recent was a split decision against Paul Taylor. He has since moved down in weight to take a shot at the lightweight division. Bielkheden was submitted by Diego Sanchez in his UFC debut, though he has great jiu-jitsu and will look to keep this fight on the ground and work for submissions. Liaudin will have trouble keeping this standing up where he has the advantage. Prediction: Bielkheden, 1st round submission.

Shane Carwin (9-0-0) vs. Neil "Old Skool" Wain (4-0-0)
Current Odds: Carwin -700; Wain +500


Carwin knocked out Christian Wellisch in under a minute to make a splash in his UFC debut. He has yet to see the second round in any of his professional fights, but faces Wain who has also finished all of his fights in the first round. Expect a frenetic pace and lots of hard hitting, but Carwin's size advantage gives him an overwhelming edge in what should be a quick fight. Nonetheless, I can't justify laying the heavy chalk here. Prediction: Carwin, 1st round TKO.

Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy (19-6-0) vs. Akihiro "The Japanese Sensation" Gono (28-12-7)
Current Odds: Hardy +285; Gono -355


Hardy is making his UFC debut, having cut his teeth in minor promotions including Cage Warriors, where he still holds a title. He has won 8 of his last 9 over the past two years, has good striking, and is more experienced than it might seem. Gono is a PRIDE veteran who submitted Tamdan McCrory in his UFC debut, though he hasn't fought since that win nearly a year ago. Gono holds a significant edge on the mat, but Hardy is worth a look in the underdog role with his KO potential. Prediction: Hardy, 2nd round TKO.

Paul "Tellys" Kelly (7-0-0) vs. Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis (14-4-0)
Current Odds: Kelly +235; Davis -295


Kelly decisioned Paul Taylor in January, his last turn in the Octagon as well as his UFC debut. Davis fought a hard battle with Mike Swick before falling in a decision loss, his first defeat since 2005's TUF 2 finale. Davis will have the edge in standup, though Kelly will not be afraid to trade punches. Kelly would prefer to work his ground-and-pound, and he has a good chance to pull off the upset if he can keep this one on the mat. While we haven't seen enough out of Kelly to get a good read on him, he's worth a lean at the long odds. Prediction: Kelly, by decision.

Paul "Relentless" Taylor (9-3-1) vs. Chris "Lights Out" Lytle (25-16-5)
Current Odds: Taylor +280; Lytle -350


Lytle took highly-regarded Josh Koscheck to a decision in his last fight despite losing, second loss in his last three fights. Taylor is reeling, losing two straight before struggling to a decision win over Jess Liaudin in his last outing. Lytle holds the experience edge and better ground game, though he has often underperformed in big fights. Taylor has struggled since entering the UFC, and this may be the last we see of him. Lytle's showing against Kos can't be downplayed, and he should be able to maneuver himself to a submission stoppage. Prediction: Lytle, 2nd round submission.

Rameau "The African Assassin" Sokoudjou (5-2-0) vs. Luiz "Banha" Cane (8-1-0)
Current Odds: Sokoudjou -120; Cane -110


Cane made quick work of Jason Lambert after being disqualified in his UFC debut against now-contender James Irvin. Sokoudjou is 1-1 in the UFC and, despite his shallow record, is considered by many to be a top 10 light heavyweight. While he has fought top contenders, his experience is still limited and his only real claim to fame is his upset of "Minotoro" Nogueira (who was a 16-to-1 favorite) back in the days of PRIDE. Sokoudjou has yet to earn the respect he's been given, but is priced much too short here. Prediction: Sokoudjou, 2nd round TKO.

Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine (13-4-1) vs. Brandon "The Truth" Vera (9-2-0)
Current Odds: Jardine +140; Vera -170


Both of these fighters are looking to reinvigorate their Light Heavyweight title aspirations after being derailed in recent bouts. Jardine has lost two of his last three, but can't be taken lightly with recent wins over Chick Liddell and current champ Forrest Griffin. Vera was once considered a top heavyweight contender, but came off back-to-back losses to look utterly unimpressive in a decision snoozefest over Reese Andy at light heavyweight. Look for this one to end early as Jardine pushes the pace en route to a knockout. Prediction: Jardine, 2nd round TKO.

Michael "The Count" Bisping (16-1-0) vs. Chris "The Crippler" Leben (18-4-0)
Current Odds: Bisping -200; Leben +180


Bisping is off two straight 1st round TKO wins since losing to current champ Rashad Evans and is moving down to middleweight. He entered the UFC with much hype and still has only one loss, though he struggled against Matt Hamill in a narrow decision victory. Bisping was originally slated to face Leben at UFC 85, but that bout was postponed due to Leben's arrest and incarceration for DUI. Leben is only 3-3 in his last 6, and has only a single fight in the last year. Bisping has been stymied by wrestlers, but Leben shouldn't pose that same threat and Bisping's size advantage will give him a decided edge in standup. Prediction: Bisping, 1st round TKO.

Picks (2008: 21-18 +2.30 units; Best Bets: 6-3, +1.15 units)
David Bielkheden-140
Rameau Sokoudjou -120
Keith Jardine +140 (Best Bet)
Michael Bisping -200 (Best Bet)


Opinions (2008: 26-24 +7.95 units)
Samy Schiavo +165
David Baron +165
Terry Etim +240
Neil Wain +500
Dan Hardy +285
Paul Kelly +235
Chris Lytle -350


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Old 10-16-2008, 09:17 PM
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i know my money is on Brandon VEra the last time i took jardine was in the vandy fight, eee that was nasty
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:54 PM
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You took Jardine over Wanderlei?

I do like Vera in this fight, my only concern is how he handles cutting the weight down to LHW again. His first drop down to LHW left his pretty drained and he was easy to tire.

Vera's a better striker than Jardine and if he has the energy I can see Brandon KO'ing Keith here.
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:53 PM
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-Sammy Schiavo vs. Per Eklund

R1 - Schiavo enters looking fired up. Eklund more relaxed. Schiavo comes in initially more aggressive and the two clinch on the fence. Schiavo slips after an overhand right. Another heavy overhand right drops Eklund hard. He picks up quickly and they clinch again. A takedown attempt ends with Eklund on his back attempting a triangle which Schiavo slips out of easily and then pulling rubber guard. Schiavo stands up out of the guard and after some low leg kicks from Eklund he punches his way back into his guard narrowly missing some upward heel kicks. Again Eklund tries for rubber guard. Schiavo pulls out narrowly avoiding more up kicks. Ekland stands up and the two keep distance. Schiavo rushes Eklund against the cage and the round ends. Eklund looks tired.

R2 - Schiavo opens with a heavy overhand right that doesn't connect and Eklund clinches him on the cage. An attempted take down ends with Scchiavo on the cage and this is soon reversed. The two stand in the middle of the cage with Schiavo throwing short punches. They clinch, Schiavo is controlling the pace. An overhand right from Schiavo connects and they clinch again. Sciavo throws a right high kick and a further clinch sees him on his knees. Eklund takes his back and rolls onto his own back working the rear naked choke. Eklund can't get both hooks in. He goes for a figure four and sinks the choke in deeper. Schiavo resists and is able to escape the choke. As he escapes Eklund attampts an arm bar but Schiavo bails out and ends up in top position in Eklund's guard. They finish the round with Schiavo throwing punches from Eklund's open guard.

R3 - After some circling, Eklund shoots cleanly and ends up in top position in Schivo's guard. Eklund works to full mount. As he goes for Schiavo's left arm, The Dog turns onto his front. A few short punches and a bleeding Eklund sinks in the rear naked choke leaving Schiavo with no choice but to tap with 1.47 on the clock
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:10 PM
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Dave Baron vs Jim Miller is up next.

Miller catches a kick and takes Baron down, getting to half mount in the process. Miller goes high and tries unsuccessfully for an Americana. Baron keep scissoring his right leg and keeps Miller from passing. Baron tries to reverse him and gets put first into a rear naked choke and then an arm triangle for his troubles. Miller lets go and goes for the choke again after Baron turns. Good submission defense by Baron so far. After a brief flurry on their feet, Miller has his back again and both hooks in. 30 seconds to go. Body triangle by Miller. He gets the choke with ten seconds to go, and that was the end of the round. Miller's round 10-9.

They stand to begin the second round and Miller gets a takedown. After they get back to their feet, Baron hits Miller with a big right and they trade guillotine attempts, unsuccessfully. Baron is back on his derrière with Miller in half guard. Miller just can't seem to get his foot free and pass. Now he has with 1:50 to go in the round. Miller tries to maneuver his way back into a choke but isn't getting it properly. Crowd is dead quiet. Baron is cut somehow. Now Miller is on his back going for a weird sort of triangle and then another head-and-arm choke, but this time from the guard. Round ends. Miller 10-9. Not the most exciting fight in the world so far.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:15 PM
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R3 - After cirlcing the two exchange low kicks and Miller catches Baron's leg for the takedown. Baron is marked up and bleeding which mush be affecting his aggression. On the ground Baron is on his side. Eventually he turns to his front. Miller has full mount and is sitting high. Miller is clearly trying to move his head away from the punches to avoid a cut stoppage as Miller's shots are very short and infrequent. Baron is defending his neck as they roll over again. Finally a blood stained Miller sinks a well deserved choke in, causing Baron to tap.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:39 PM
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Sam Stout vs Terry Etim is next.

Etim got a HUGE pop.

They trade kicks and punches early with Etim looking slightly better. Etim lands a nice low kick and a few counter-punches but Stout is bringing it as well. Stout punches wildly while Etim's striking is more precise. Big "Terry" chants. Etim slipped when getting jabbed and briefly went to the ground. Nothing major, though. Brutal high kick the head by Etim but Stout counters with a few stiff rights and a takedown. Round ends with Stout in Etim's guard and a huge ovation from the crowd. One of the more entertaining rounds I've seen recently, even though no major damage was done. Close - I'd say 10-9 Etim.

Second round starts with more of the same. Stout is in and out well and Etim is right where he needs to be on everything. Good bodyshots from Stout but Etim stays elusive (and in a good way). Etim's low kicks are starting to do damage. Stout keeps working his punch-punch-kick combinations but isn't finding Etim most of the time. Etim almost gets a takedown but eats a right to end the round. Just as close but I'd give this one to Stout 10-9.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:44 PM
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Big knee on a counter by Etim to start the round but it doesn't faze Stout. Another Etim takedown gets stuffed. Etim is starting to check Stout's low kicks. Stout is timing Etim's kicks well and catches them a lot. This has been a standup war so far and both guys are still going strong. Stout keeps working his combinations but only finds air. Etim is going back to low kicks. Not a lot is happening in this round and the crowd is cheering on its guy. Sam Stout finishes the round strong with haymakers. 10-9 Stout.

I have it 29-28 Stout.

Judges have it 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for Etim. Uh... ok. And no - Cecil Peoples isn't in the house.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:47 PM
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is this being shown live on ppv today?
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:01 PM
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German and Brit PPV..and tape delay in USA at 9est...

Imagine some moron book will still have this shtuff up at 9pm est...they always do...

David Bielkheden vs Jess "The Joker" Liaudin is next. Business is about to pick up.

Neither guy is really popular in Birmingham.

Bielkheden gets a takedown on Liaudin early. The Joker is backpedalling into the cage trying to use it to get back up, while the Swede fighting out of Brazil tries to pull him back into the center of the octagon. Liaudin eats a knee getting up and is taken back down. More knees - and I'm pretty sure at least half of those weren't legal. Referee Kevin Mullhall didn't care. Bielkheden gets another takedown and they trade submission attempts. Takedown number three for the Swede. Power punches by both men when they get back to their feet, and Bielkheden drops down to try a takedown. He ends up on his back with Liaudin in his guard. Liaudin hits a few punches from the guard and some elbows as well. Strong finish for the former Frenchman but it wasn't enough in my opinion to take it. 10-9 Bielkheden.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:08 PM
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German and Brit PPV..and tape delay in USA at 9est...
thanx for info, guess ill have to wait to watch
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:17 PM
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David Bielkheden vs Jess "The Joker" Liaudin is next. Business is about to pick up.

Neither guy is really popular in Birmingham.

Bielkheden gets a takedown on Liaudin early. The Joker is backpedalling into the cage trying to use it to get back up, while the Swede fighting out of Brazil tries to pull him back into the center of the octagon. Liaudin eats a knee getting up and is taken back down. More knees - and I'm pretty sure at least half of those weren't legal. Referee Kevin Mullhall didn't care. Bielkheden gets another takedown and they trade submission attempts. Takedown number three for the Swede. Power punches by both men when they get back to their feet, and Bielkheden drops down to try a takedown. He ends up on his back with Liaudin in his guard. Liaudin hits a few punches from the guard and some elbows as well. Strong finish for the former Frenchman but it wasn't enough in my opinion to take it. 10-9 Bielkheden.

Another big takedown from Bielkheden to start the round. Liaudin has a high guard briefly to control the Swede. Shoulder lock by Liaudin but Dave B. spins out. Liaudin is winded. And he is taken back down again. Armbar attempt by Liaudin from the guard but he eats a big punch that changes his mind. Liaudin is showing a great active guard at this point, trying elbows, shoulder locks and even a triangle. Bielkheden is back in Liaudin's half guard and the ref stands them up. Takedown by Bielkheden is reversed and Liaudin ends up on top. Good defense by Bielkheden with 30 seconds to go. Liaudin isn't connecting with much. And that's the end of the round. 10-9 Bielkheden but not by much.

Liaudin needs to do something big now if he doesn't want to drop another one. Bielkheden shoots and gets another takedown that Liaudin tried to prevent by grabbing the fence. Ref calls him on it. At least he knows THIS is illegal. Liaudin tries to work a high guard, presumably to get a triangle but he is cut bigtime and eating elbows and punches. David Bielkheden is going to town on him. Liaudin lets out a big scream and the ref briefly halts the action to check if he's alright. Apparently, he tried to motivate himself. Ref stands them up and the Swede goes right for another takedown. Liaudin is working for a Kimura and close to getting it with ten seconds remaining in the fight. 10-9 Bielkheden.

This should be an easy 30-27 decision for David Bielkheden.

And the official decision is 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for David Bielkheden.

Shane Carwin vs Neil Wain is next, and this is one I've been looking forward to for a long time.

They're running low on time already so the guys aren't even getting walk-ins.

Shane Carwin is not popular in Birmingham which comes as no surprise. I have a feeling they won't like the outcom of the fight.

Both guys are throwing bombs and Carwin wants no more of them. He shoots in low and gets a takedown. Side mount by Carwin, and the punishment begins. Wain is bleeding already. Full mount by Carwin. He is going Donkey Kong on Wain's head. And it's over. Referee stops the fight.

Official time: 1:31 minutes of the first round.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:35 PM
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Final prelim is coming up now with Dan Hardy vs Akihiro Gono.

Gono has a dance routine and entourage that would make Disco Inferno proud. This is getting over huge.

A guy looking just like the late Owen Hart just walked by. Just wow.

This is a stand-up battle early. Both guys are giving the other a lot of respect. Each scored with kicks and punches. This was a 10-10 round if I ever saw one. Excellent. But if I have to pick somebody, Hardy clinched it a few seconds before the end by doing a beautiful spinning mule kick to the liver. Gono tried something fancy as well but got countered.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:38 PM
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R2 - Hardy again has Gono on his back foot. Gono's temple has a noticable mouse on it. After eating a few punches, Gono attempts for a clinch and the two hit the ground briefly before Hardy stands him up. A liver kick from Gono is met with a right hand from Hardy. Gono throws a long left hook that connects. He attempts a superman punch to clinch but the separate back to the middle of the octagon. Again Gono clinches. Hardy is looking confident. Gono seems tired but unfazed by the stand up. He does not make much effort to take it to the ground despite the two earlier takedown attempts in the round. Gono slips a hook and narrowly misses a knee. He begins to show signs of fatigue. As the 10 second marker goes, he eats a hook and steps back. MMA Weekly scores the round 10-9 Hardy
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Hardy hit Gono with a couple of brutal strikes to the head 30 seconds in but couldn't capitalize. Gono gets the first takedown of the fight with four minutes remaining but can't do anything with it. Overhand right hits Hardy who retaliates with a flurry ending in an uppercut. Gono tried another takedown that was stuffed. Spinning liver kick by Gono and a flurry of punches by Hardy. Hardy eats a mighty left hook but also remains unstunned. Knee by hard. Hard right by Gono. And now Hardy lands a few bringing the fans to their feet. Gono ducks a couple of power punches right at the end. Another close round. 10-9 Gono.
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:39 PM
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I sort of like Luiz "Banha" Cane here as well.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:52 PM
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PLAY-BY-PLAY:

-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera

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-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane

R1 - Both men keep distance to begin with. Sokoudjou the first to connect with two low rights to his southpaw opponent's lead leg. Sokoudjou bullies Cane onto the cage. As they return to the centre, Sudo throws long uppercuts. In every exchange, Sokoudjou is coming off stronger, with punches connecting. He is changing level well and controlling the fight. Towards the middle of the round Sokoudjou is briefly backed onto the fence where he eats a big left kick which seems to have injured his already heavily strapped up right knee. Sokoudjou returns to using his hands. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou

R2 - The round begins with Sokoudjou backed onto the fence early. A sloppy kick from Cane lands stops the fight briefly. A jumping round house kick from Sokoudjou landed cleanly but left Cane unintimidated. Cane begins to dominate the fight and seems comfortable with his range now. Sokoudjou is standing very flat footed. Cane lands a nice flying knee which doesn't cause much damage but leaves Sokoudjou circling with his back to the fence. Finally Sokoudjou punches his way off the fence, soon to return. The pace of the fight slows before a flurry of punches drops Sokoudjou. Cane capitalises quickly with a series of punches to the downed fighter. After 7 or 8 punches connecting cleanly, the referee steps in to stop the fight. Cane wins by referee stoppage due to ground and pound at 4.15 R2

-Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle

R1 - Both men quickly engage throwing straight punches, and hooks. Taylor attempts a left high kick and they clinch on the fence. They separate and head to the centre of the cage again where once again they engage and re-clinch. Lytle hip-tosses Taylor who stands up again in the fence. The two exchange positions and finally separate. A short exchange of short punches sees them clinched with Taylor's back to the fence. Both men fire off short knees. Lytle backs off allowing the fight back to the centre but it is soon against the fence. Taylor throws a couple of nice uppercuts from the clinch. Taylor was slightly more effective but very hard to call. Lytle sits on a stool in his corner whilst Taylor stays on his feet. MMWeekly.com score the round

R2 - Both men are engaging from the start, firing off short, hard punches. They clinch on the fence and Lytle takes it the the ground, ending up in Taylor's half-guard. As Taylor looks to reverse, Lytle keeps position. Eventually Lytle once again allows the fight to return to it's feet. Taylor takes down Lytle and the two stand up with Taylor's back against the fence. Lytle is doing a good job of maintaing that position. Taylor stomps on Lytle's foot and as they dis-engage they return to trading short punches and now low right kicks. An accidental groin strike by Taylor stops the fight temporarily but the two touch gloves and re-clinch quickly. Lytle's position on the fence is soon reverse and back again. both men showing signs of fatigue. A close round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Lytle

R3 - Despite the fatigue, both come out aggressive. Lytle throws a series of hooks to the body and head taking him to the fence. Taylor begins to fire back leading to more stagnant clinch work. They return to the centre of the cage, throwing punches. A lovely inside left kick from Taylor surprises Lytle who seeks to clinch again. The referee stops the fight on the fence and restarts ity in the centre. Taylor lands a nice uppercut on Lytle who seeks a standing double on the fence which lands him in top position. Taylor is able to stand up, still clinched and they disengage.Lytle starts a flurry of punches and this is quickly countered in the last few seconds by a great combination of hooks and a solid uppercut to finish the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Taylor. Lytle wins by unanimous decision.

-Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly

R1 - Both men touch gloves and circle. Davis opens with two low kicks and Kelly looks to be happy to stand and trade with him. A small amount of blood drips from Kelly's early in the round. Neither man is seems to want to engage and this leads to some boos from the audience. Davies goes for a jab-shot on the fence and lands in Kelly's half guard. Kelly instinctively takes the neck for a guillotine but Davis moves to side control. Kelly pushes out and the two stand up in the middle of the cage. The round ends with a right high kick from Kelly that does little damage. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Davis

R2 - Both men circle, just out of range. Davis looking for single shots - jabs, overhands and low kicks whilst Kelly throws repeated cross-hook combinations. Finally Kelly charges in for a takedown. As he lands in guard, Davis reaches for the guillotine and Kelly taps at 2:16 R2.

-Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono
Gono enters the ring performing a crazy dance with him and his entourage all in curly wigs. The crowd love it but it is overshadowed by the response to the UK's Dan Hardy.

R1- The two touch gloves and clearly respect each other. Gono catches a low kick but lets it go. He eats an iside kick and trades an overhand right. Hardy sinks a nice one-two which he follows up with another right. He is clearly the aggressor, putting Gono on his back foot. A front kick puts Hardy on the ground bu he is allowed up. he responds with a sidekick onto the fence. The two are trading low and middle kicks. Hardy fakes a knee to superman punch and Gono clinches. Gono fires a right back whcich connects but he is fighting very much off his back foot. They reset to the centre of the cage. Gono's hands are noticably low. Both exchange spinning back kicks and the horn goes for the end of the round. Hardy the agressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Hardy.

R2 - Hardy again has Gono on his back foot. Gono's temple has a noticable mouse on it. After eating a few punches, Gono attempts for a clinch and the two hit the ground briefly before Hardy stands him up. A liver kick from Gono is met with a right hand from Hardy. Gono throws a long left hook that connects. He attempts a superman punch to clinch but the separate back to the middle of the Octagon. Again Gono clinches. Hardy is looking confident. Gono seems tired but unfazed by the stand up. He does not make much effort to take it to the ground despite the two earlier takedown attempts in the round. Gono slips a hook and narrowly misses a knee. He begins to show signs of fatigue. As the 10 second marker goes, he eats a hook and steps back. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Hardy

R3 - Gono opens with a nice left to the body followed by a low right but a confident Hardy responds with long punches on the fence. Both exchange hard rights that connect. Gono's mouse begins to bleed as he backs off onto the fence. Gono's combinations are still crisp when they connect. Hardy has a small cut by his right eye. Neither cuts are bleeding into the eye. An accidental low kick to Gono stops the fight temporarily. As they engage again, Hardy throws a knee and a short flurry of punches forcing Gono to clinch with doubl;e underhooks. They go to the ground and instantly up again, where Gono repeats the clinch. As Hardy is on one knee on the ground, Gono knees him illegally in the head and the referee cautions him. Hardy is rocked by the knee. As the fight starts again, Hardy eats a right hook that stuns him. But he rapidly gains composure and fires a series of punches back. As the round ends, a last ditch flying "move" ends up with Gono missing his target and landing on his back. He lays there exhausted whilst Hardy parades around with his hands up. MMAWeekly.com scores the fight 10-8 Hardy. The official decision is Hardy wins by split decision.


-Shane Carwin vs. Neil Wain

R1 - Both fighters come out swinging. They clinch on the fence and Carwin instigates a takedown, landing in side mount. He takes full mount and rains down blows on Wain. The referee steps in to rescue a bloody Neil Wain. Carwin wins by TKO 1.31 Rd 1.

-Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden

R1 - Liauden opens stong and Bielkheden cliches. A knee drops Bielkheden onto the mat and Liauden steps back to let him stand up. Bielkheden attemps a takedown and forces Liauden to be pinned with his back on the fence. Liauden climbs up the fence and Bielkheden takes his legs. As Liauden is on his knees, Bielk throws punches and kicks. Liauden rises and Bielkehind goes for a big take down on the fence. Liuaden works omoplata unsuccessfully. Bielkheden takes him down again and unloads shots as he stands up. Bielkheden goes for a single leg and winds up with Liauden in top position in his guard throwing short punches on the fence. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Bielkheden

R2 - Bielkheden opens with a slam on the fence. Liauden again opens guard looking for omoplata. Bielkheden turns into him. The two stand up and circle the centre of the cage. Bielkheden shoots in and lands in Liauden's guard. Liauden attemps a triangle leaving Bielkheden in half guard on top. Liauden is looking tired. The ref stands up the fighters for inactivity. Another takedown leaves Liauden in top position in Bielkheden's guard throwing short punches to the body. The round ends with Liauden the aggressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Liauden

R3 - Bielkheden shoots from the outset. Jess closes guard on him. Liauden is keeping Bielkheden's head low. An elbow opens a cut on Liuden who frantically opens guard with his foot on Bielkheden's hip. Liauden looks hurt from a big punch as he opens his guard. Bielkheden, still in a loose half guard turns to cross Liauden. The referee again stands them up. Bielkheden attempts a single leg taking Liauden to the fence. Liauden defends by reaching over the shoulder to a possible kimura as they fall to the ground. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Bielkheden. Bielkheden takes a unanimous decision.

-Sam Stout vs. Terry Etim

R1 - Both fighters are looking focussed. They exchange single low kicks and punches. The crowd is really behind Etim. Etim throws a nice jab on the back foot that connects. They both want to stand and trade. Etim slightly more agressive. Stout connects a nice left body hook then left hook to the head. Etim throws a nice high kick that connects and is nearly caught. The two remain in the centre of the cage. Good head movement from both. Etim is looking comfortable, working well on the back foot, coming into the pocket and back out. He is checking Stout's low kicks and replying with his own. A left from Stout drops Etim but he's up in a flash. Etim lands a clean Superman punch and then as he retreats with Stout throwing punches that aren't connecting effectively, he attempts a take down. The round is over with Etim looking more in control. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Etim

R2 - Etim is keeping distance nicely, forcing Stout to attack unsuccessfully. It looks like Stout is frustrated. Stout attempts a weak shot/standing double which becomes a short jab. Etim is using his range well and picking his shots. He seems more calculated than Stout although Stout doesn't look in danger at this stage. Etim is connecting with more, but Stout's shots appear slightly heavier when they do connect. This appears to be more due to Stout throwing way more shots. Etim attempts a take down at the 10 second marker. He moves to Stouts back and the round finishes. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Etim

R3 - Etim is still loking relaxed and Stout realises he needs a finish to win. Stout catches a right middle kick and throws a punch. Etim is firing nice jabs on the retreat before bringing the fight back to the centre of the cage. Etim has barely broken a sweat. Stout is looking for more combinations - hooks to the body and the head. The two trade heavily in the closing seconds of the round with Stout looking like the aggressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Stout. Terry Etim takes a unanimous decision.

-David Baron vs. Jim Miller

R1 - The two touch gloves. Miller opens with a low kick. Both kick each other at the same time, Miller catches and goes for the take down. Miller on top in half guard. Miller tries to get the leg out unsuccessfully. He takes Baron's left arm out and pins it to the mat at full extension. Baron resists and Miller stands out of guard before punching back into it. Miller tries to take Baron's back as he attempts to escape before he ends up in full mount. Baron turns on his face and Miller takes some back. Miller slips to side and then stands up. As they both stand up Miller jumps on Baron's back and the two hit the floor, with Miller having both hooks loosely in. He transitions to a figure four before attempting to get the arm across. The 10 second clapper goes and Baron rides out the clock. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Miller.

R2 - the two touch gloves and circle. Both throw punches and Miller instigates a take down. The two stand with Miller on the fence. Baron opens with some shots and Miller goes for a single leg. On the ground, Miller winds up on top in half guard. Again he stands out of the guard to throw a punch and falls back into half guard. Baron tries to control Miller's right arm but ends up turning to his side and ultimately onto his front. Baron is cut on what appears to be the forehead and he tries to roll out. Baron is bleeding heavily and winds up on top. Miller takes a high guard working for a triangle on the fence. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Miller

R3 - After cirlcing the two exchange low kicks and Miller catches Baron's leg for the takedown. Baron is marked up and bleeding which mush be affecting his aggression. On the ground Baron is on his side. Eventually he turns to his front. Miller has full mount and is sitting high. Miller is clearly trying to move his head away from the punches to avoid a cut stoppage as Miller's shots are very short and infrequent. Baron is defending his neck as they roll over again. Finally a blood stained Miller sinks a well deserved choke in, causing Baron to tap.


-Sammy Schiavo vs. Per Eklund

R1 - Schiavo enters looking fired up. Eklund more relaxed. Schiavo comes in initially more aggressive and the two clinch on the fence. Schiavo slips after an overhand right. Another heavy overhand right drops Eklund hard. He picks up quickly and they clinch again. A takedown attempt ends with Eklund on his back attempting a triangle which Schiavo slips out of easily and then pulling rubber guard. Schiavo stands up out of the guard and after some low leg kicks from Eklund he punches his way back into his guard narrowly missing some upward heel kicks. Again Eklund tries for rubber guard. Schiavo pulls out narrowly avoiding more up kicks. Ekland stands up and the two keep distance. Schiavo rushes Eklund against the cage and the round ends. Eklund looks tired.

R2 - Schiavo opens with a heavy overhand right that doesn't connect and Eklund clinches him on the cage. An attempted take down ends with Scchiavo on the cage and this is soon reversed. The two stand in the middle of the cage with Schiavo throwing short punches. They clinch, Schiavo is controlling the pace. An overhand right from Schiavo connects and they clinch again. Sciavo throws a right high kick and a further clinch sees him on his knees. Eklund takes his back and rolls onto his own back working the rear naked choke. Eklund can't get both hooks in. He goes for a figure four and sinks the choke in deeper. Schiavo resists and is able to escape the choke. As he escapes Eklund attampts an arm bar but Schiavo bails out and ends up in top position in Eklund's guard. They finish the round with Schiavo throwing punches from Eklund's open guard.

R3 - After some circling, Eklund shoots cleanly and ends up in top position in Schivo's guard. Eklund works to full mount. As he goes for Schiavo's left arm, The Dog turns onto his front. A few short punches and a bleeding Eklund sinks in the rear naked choke leaving Schiavo with no choice but to tap with 1.47 on the clock.


QUICK RESULTS:

Main Card Bouts:
-Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera
-Luiz Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by TKO (Ref Stoppage Due To Ground And Pound) 4.15 R2
-Chris Lytle def Paul Taylor by Uninimous Dec at 5.00, R3
-Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly by Submission (Guillotine) 2:16 R2

Preliminary Bouts:
-Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono by Split Dec at 5.00, R3
-Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain by TKO (Strikes) 1.31 R1
-David Bielkheden def Jess Liaden by Uninimous Dec at 5.00, R3
-Terry Etim def. Sam Stout by Unanimous Dec at 5.00, R3
-Jim Miller def. David Baron by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, R3
-Per Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:47, R3

Main card will air on Spike TV in the United States at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on same-day tape delay
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-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera

R1 - Jardine starts strong and goes for an early takedown landing in Vera's guard. Vera is looking for the Kimura but Jardine is defending which ties his free arm up. There is blood coming from a small cut in the top of Jardine's head. As Vera lets go, Jardine throws a few punches down. Vera keeps his guard closed and Jardine tight to him. The ref stands them up. and they clinch, Vera pushing Jardine to the cage. They disengage and Jardine looks to be the agressor again with a low right kick. Jardine is looking more busy and trying to push the fight though his low kicks are sloppy. An equally sloppy hook drops Vera. Jardine follows, standing over Vera at the 10 second marker, throwing wide hooks to his downed opponent. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Jardine.
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leben fight just started, updates? loved the dog.
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