The Ultimate Fighting Championship descended upon Indianapolis this week for UFC 119. The promotion’s debut in the Midwestern metropolis features former UFC champion Frank Mir versus former Pride champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the main event, as well as a light heavyweight contenders’ showdown between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bader.
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UFC 119 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
R1 – Brief exchanges to open, as Mir rushes in looking for a takedown. The fighters are exchanging shots against the cage, and CroCop throws an accidental low blow. Mir recovers and it’s back to action. Mir staying aggressive, moving forward with punches, but not landing much. CroCop fires a head kick but misses. Back in the clinch, Mir starts to work his dirty boxing. CroCop is able to slip out and it’s back to the stand-up. CroCop fires a nice leg kick, and Mir comes back with a short punch that lands flush before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Frank Mir
R2 – Mir pushes forward and CroCop is able to circle away, but neither fighter is landing anything effectively. Mir gets back in the clinch against the cage, but isn’t able to work CroCop to the mat. Referee Herb Dead separates the fighters, and after a few more exchanges, Mir pushes the action back against the cage again. The referee steps in again after a lull in action. The fighters stop to look at each other, as the crowd boos in disapproval.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Frank Mir
R3 – Slow moving in the final round as well, but CroCop is a little more aggressive, but still nothing landing solid. Mir gets the clinch again, presses the action against the cage, and it’s more of the same from the previous two rounds. Herb Dean separates them again, and it’s back to the center. Another quick exchange, and after a brief clinch, Mir connects with a huge knee that drops CroCop, knocking him completely out.
Frank Mir def. Mirko CroCop by knockout at 4:02, R3
R1 – Bader on the move early, looking to connect with his stand-up. Nogueira counter fighting, and doing a good job of keeping Bader away. Bader lands a nice takedown and opens up a flurry on the ground as Nogueira defends. Bader lands in Nogueira’s guard, and starts to work from the top. Bader hammering away with body shots, and keeping Nogueira pinned against the cage before standing back up. Nogueira catches Bader with a good punch that backs him up, but Bader is able to score another quick takedown before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Ryan Bader
R2 – Nogueira a little more aggressive to start round 2, moving forward and keeping Bader on his heels. Bader shoots for a takedown, but Nogueira shrugs it off. Nogueira goes for a kick, and Bader takes advantage, grabbing the leg and getting the takedown. Nogueira pushes Bader away, and they are back to the feet. Bader gets a nice toss on Nogueira, and comes in firing punches, but the Brazilian evades any serious damage.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Ryan Bader
R3 – The fighters exchange on the feet, and Bader gets a poke to the eye and the fight is paused briefly. Back in action, Bader connects with a solid body kick and then a right hand. Nogueira fires back with a right hook of his own that lands on Bader’s jaw. Nogueira keeps pushing forward, and it lands him in a takedown from Bader, but he works his way back to the feet in just moments. Bader connects with a nice left, and Nogeira fires back as well. With just over a minute to go, Bader gets another takedown, landing in half guard.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
R1 – Serra and Lytle are throwing down early, huge punches from both fighters. Big shots going back and forth, Lytle looking for a huge uppercut, but misses. Neither fighter has landed anything huge with just over a minute to go, but they are both swinging for the fences. Lytle lands a few nice shots with the round coming to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Chris Lytle
R2 – Lytle connects with a big shot to open the 2nd round, and rushes in to follow up, but Serra recovers nicely. Lytle lands a couple more clubbing shots with overhand punches landing on Serra’s head. Lytle keeps moving forward, hitting Serra, but the New Yorker fires back with some good shots of his own. Lytle connects and Serra backs off, and Lytle charges in for an attack. Serra survives, but Lytle is surging.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Chris Lytle
R3 – Same type of action in the final round, Lytle and Serra just lighting each other up on the feet. Serra ducking his head looking for body shots, and Lytle is head hunting. After a brief exchange, Lytle tags Serra with a nice right hand on the exit. Lytle connects with a good series of punches when they engage again.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Chris Lytle
Chris Lytle def. Matt Serra by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
R1 – Sherk using his boxing early, goes for a takedown and Dunham snatches a guillotine choke. It looks deep, but Sherk gets free and maintains top position. Dunham using a butterfly guard, looking for an elevator or a sweep, but Sherk stays busy and works into half guard instead. They work their way back up, but Sherk gets another big slam takedown to bring it back to the mat. Dunham locks up another guillotine choke, but Sherk gets out and this time Dunham tries to go for his back, but eventually Sherk reverses and ends up in his full guard. Sherk opens up a big cut on the side of Dunham’s face. The referee pauses the fight to check the cut. Dunham is good to go, and the round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Sean Sherk
R2 – Sherk goes for a takedown and gets caught in another guillotine from Dunham, and again he pops out. Back to the feet, Sherk again pushes for a takedown and scores with a single leg to get it back to the mat. Dunham works his way back to the feet and they start to trade. Dunham getting more aggressive, moving forward with punches and launches a head kick as well. Dunham fires a big knee that lands flush, but Sherk seems okay. Dunham closes the round with another quick combination.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Evan Dunham
R3 – Dunham hurts Sherk early, but he recovers well and pushes for the clinch against the cage looking for a takedown. Sherk keeps at it and gets Dunham down, but he’s back to his feet just as quick. Dunham firing short elbows from the clinch, and the fighters separate. Both fighters are starting to fire back at each other, but not much is landing and Sherk again goes for a takedown. Dunham resists, and back to exchanging before Dunham fires two big knees that connect. Sherk is okay but seems to be losing steam. Another big knee from Dunham and with seconds left the two lightweights start unloading on each other as the final bell sounds.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Evan Dunham
Sean Sherk def. Evan Dunham by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
R1 – Guillard swing huge to open the fight and gets clocked by Stephens instead, but bounces back to his feet quick. Guillard lunges forward and lands a nasty body shot, before a quick exchange. Stephens throws a leg kick and gets a punch right down the middle from Guillard for his trouble. Guillard connects again with a nice short right. Stephens swings big but misses, and Guillard shakes his head. Guillard lands a nice body kick, Stephens fires back one of his own, but Guillard catches it. A few more exchanges before the round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Melvin Guillard
R2 – Both fighters just throwing huge shots back and forth, but not much has landed. Guillard clips Stephens, and rushes forward, looking for a big knee, but Stephens defends well and moves back out. Guillard throws a low kick and tags Stephens below the belt, and the fight is paused. Stephens is okay, and they restart. Stephens and Guillard swing, and Stephens throws a big kick but this time he clips Guillard in the bad place. Guillard moving fast, lands a quick combination and then he’s out again.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Melvin Guillard
R3 – Guillard and Stephens firing randomly to open the round with the crowd in Indy starting to get a little restless with the lack of action. Guillard content to throw his jab, before landing a nice body kick. Stephens continues to move forward, but just can’t seem to find Guillard with any of his power shots. Guillard slips up and Stephen jumps forward with a big knee, but Guillard moves out of the way.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Jeremy Stephens
Melvin Guillard def. Jeremy Stephens by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
R1 – Dollaway goes for a kick, and Doerksen grabs the leg and looks for a takedown. Dollaway reverses and ends up grabbing a guillotine, and pulls guard. Doerksen appears to be okay, but still struggles to get out. Doerksen is able to roll away, but Dollaway isn’t letting go and after a brief scramble, Dollaway lands on top sinking the guillotine in even deeper, and Doerksen is forced to tap.
C.B. Dollaway def. Joe Doerksen by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:13, R1
R1 – Mitrione comes out firing right away, keeping Beltran on the defensive. Mitrione fires a head kick, and stays after Beltran, constantly moving forward. Beltran catches Mitrione coming in, rocking the big man, and he ends up landing a big double leg takedown. Mitrione staying busy from the bottom, looking for a triangle choke, but Beltran slips out and starts hammering from the top. Beltran continues to move and ends up in the north-south position. Beltran starts throwing shots again, and Mitrione moves, goes for a triangle again, but Beltran eludes and ends up in side control when the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Joey Beltran
R2 – Beltran shoots in early for a takedown, but Mitrione is able to slip away. Beltran wings a couple of big punches at Mitrione, but he comes back with a couple of his own. Mitrione tags Beltran and stuns him, he rushes forward, but Beltran recovers. Beltran then clips Mitrione with a big shot of his own, before clinching against the cage. Fight is paused to remove a piece of hanging tape from Beltran’s glove. Back against the cage, both fighters start to just unload on each other with punch after punch until Beltran moves in for a clinch. As they separate, Mitrione fires quick and tags Beltran again before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Matt Mitrione
R3 – Mitrione pushing forward again to start the third, winging big punches at Beltran’s head. Mitrione throws a nice body kick, before landing a nice overhand punch as well. Mitrione tags Beltran coming in with a stiff jab that backs him up again. Mitrione constantly moving forward as Beltran seems to be losing steam. Mitrione fires another head kick, looking for the finish. Beltran finally lunges forward and connects with a good combination, and then looks for a takedown before the fighters decide to blast each other with a few more punches before the final horn sounds.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Matt Mitrione
Matt Mitrione def. Joey Beltran by unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)
R1 – Tavares stalking Audinwood early, swinging big punches, and then shoots in for a nice takedown. Tavares landing some big shots from the top. Audinwood is able to work back to his feet for only a moment before Tavares elevates him and slams him down on the mat again. Tavares extremely active, throwing punches, hammer fists, and working to pass guard. Audinwood tries to stand up again, but Tavares snatches a guillotine choke, wraps him up and while still standing, Audinwood taps out.
Thiago Tavares def. Pat Audinwood by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:47, R1
R1 – Lowe and Lopez are somewhat cautious early, but firing a few punches back and forth. Lowe shoots for a takedown and Lopez throws heavy leather trying to tag him on the way in, but Lowe is able to get the fight to the mat. Lowe stands up and is unable to control Lopez’s legs, and he hops back up as well. Not much action on the feet again, but Lowe swoops in and grabs another quick takedown before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Waylon Lowe
R2 – Slow moving to start round 2. Lopez starts moving forward, but he’s obviously cautious about the takedown. Lowe shoots in looking for another takedown, but Lopez is able to back out this time and avoid. A few more exchanges on the feet, and Lowe grabs a single leg to take Lopez back down again. Working from side control, Lowe throws some knees to the body, and Lopez rolls to try and avoid damage. Lopez gets back to full guard, staying aggressive with punches and elbows from the bottom.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Waylon Lowe
R3 – Lopez comes out firing in the final round, and goes for a big knee to the body, but gets taken down instead. Lowe working from the top in half guard, throwing a few hammer fists trying to stay busy. Lopez grabs an arm from the bottom and works for a kimura, but Lowe wiggles out. Lowe working a little bit more now, throwing punches and he opens a massive cut on Lopez’s head. Herb Dean steps in to have the cut checked out, and the fight continues. Lopez fires a few strikes, but Lowe lands one more takedown before the fight ends.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Waylon Lowe
Waylon Lowe def. Steve Lopez by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
R1 – Trading early, Paulino tags Grant with a couple solid punches before the Canadian grabs him in a Muay Thai plum and looks for a knee. Grant eventually gets a front headlock, and drags Paulino to the mat and starts to work from the top. Grant continues to work and gets Paulino’s back, starting to work for a choke. Grant slips around and goes for an armbar, but Paulino works out and ends up on top, working from Grant’s guard before quickly being reversed. The fighters get back to the feet for a quick flurry and the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 T.J. Grant
R2 – Grant controls the round again, lands multiple takedowns and works for submissions, but doesn’t land anything. Paulino is hanging on, but not getting any kind of offense.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 T.J. Grant
R3 – Much the same in the 3rd round with Grant landing takedowns and working the submission game, almost landing a reverse triangle choke at one point, but Paulino was able to slip out. Grant just relentless on the ground, but can’t finish before the final horn
T.J. Grant def. Julio Paulino by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
R1 – Hunt aggressive early, gunning for McCorkle, and eventually the fight hits the mat. McCorkle works for a kimura from the bottom, and continues to crank the arm, until Hunt has no choice but to tap out.
Sean McCorkle def. Mark Hunt by submission (kimura/armbar) at 1:03, R1
UFC 119 RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View / 10 p.m. ET):
-Frank Mir def. Mirko CroCop by knockout at 4:02, R3
-Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Chris Lytle def. Matt Serra by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Sean Sherk def. Evan Dunham by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
-Melvin Guillard def. Jeremy Stephens by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV / 9 p.m. ET):
-C.B. Dollaway def. Joe Doerksen by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:13, R1
-Matt Mitrione def. Joey Beltran by unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised / 7 p.m. ET):
-Thiago Tavares def. Pat Audinwood by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:47, R1
-Waylon Lowe def. Steve Lopez by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
-T.J. Grant def. Julio Paulino by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Sean McCorkle def. Mark Hunt by submission (kimura/armbar) at 1:03, R1