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The first preliminary fight is expected to begin at about 5:15 p.m. PT / 8:15 p.m. ET.
–Rashad Evans def. Michael Bisping by Split Decision, R3
–Thiago Silva def. Houston Alexander by TKO (Strikes) at 3:25, R1
–Karo Parisyan def. Ryo Chonan by Unanimous Decision, R3
–Ed Herman def. Joe Doerksen by KO (Punch) at 0:39, R3
–Frankie Edgar def. Spencer Fisher by Unanimous Decision, R3
–Thiago Alves def. Chris Lytle by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 5:00, R2
–Joe Lauzon def. Jason Reinhardt by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:14, R1
–Marcus Aurelio def. Luke Caudillo by TKO (Strikes) at 4:29, R1
–Akihiro Gono def. Tamdan McCrory by Submission (Armbar) at 3:19, R2
–Akihiro Gono vs. Tamdan McCrory
R1 – McCorory started out strong with his striking and Gono had no answer for his reach through the first half of the round. Gono finally took McCrory down and passed guard towards the end of the round, but was unable to do much else as McCrory defended well. MMAWeekly scores the first round 10-9 for McCrory. (McCrory 10-9)
R2 – Gono came out working leg kicks and then dropped McCrory with a big punch. He followed McCrory down and worked from guard and transitioned to mount. Following the mount, McCrory tried to roll out and Gono immediately grabbed his arm and secured a verbal submission from an armbar.
Akihiro Gono def. Tamdan McCrory by Submission (Armbar) at 3:19, R2
–Marcus Aurelio vs. Luke Caudillo
R1 – Aurelio dominated the fight. After a little bit of trading while standing, Aurelio performed an exciting Judo throw, but couldn’t capitalize. Back on their feet, Aurelio took Caudillo down once again, this time from the clinch. He immediately got to side mount and started throwing punches. He eventually trapped one of Caudillo’s arms and continued raining down blows, primarily hammerfists, until the referee stopped the bout.
Marcus Aurelio def. Luke Caudillo by TKO (Strikes) at 4:29, R1
–Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
R1 – Reinhardt came out swinging wild. Lauzon clinched and took him down, and moved to north-south position. Reinhardt then turned, giving up his back and Lauzon sunk in the rear naked choke for the win.
Joe Lauzon def. Jason Reinhardt by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:14, R1
–Thiago Alves vs. Chris Lytle
R1 – This was a back-and-forth round with both landing heavy shots. Alves took Lytle down early, doing some damage. And early in the round, Alves opened a cut over Lytle’s left eye. Later in the round, Lytle came back strong, starting to get the better of the striking. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alves. (Alves 10-9)
R2 – Another back-and-forth round, Lytle was a little busier with his hands, but Alves was landing huge leg kicks throughout that were hurting Lytle. But Lytle landed a nice front kick that put Alves on the mat. It was another close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alves. (Alves 20-18)
The crowd is none-too-happy as the fight is waved off after the second round due to the cut over Lytle’s left eye. Despite winning, Alves wasn’t real pleased either, saying they should have let the fight continue.
Thiago Alves def. Chris Lytle by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 5:00, R2
–Spencer Fisher vs. Frankie Edgar
R1 – Edgar scored a takedown early and landed in side control, but Fisher quickly put him into guard and then got back up to the feet. Edgar scored another quick takedown though and started ground and pounding from Fisher’s guard, landing some big forearms. Fisher was able to get back up momentarily, but slipped as he attempted a kick and Edgar immediately followed him down to continue his ground and pound antics to close out the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar. (Edgar 10-9)
R2 – Edgar starts off round two with a quick combination followed by another takedown and continued his ground and pound attack. Edgar stood and passed guard, but Fisher used the opportunity to get back to the feet, but Edgar again scored the takedown. Edgar remained very active with his ground and pound and near the end of the round got Fisher’s back for a brief time, but Fisher defended well. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar. (Edgar 20-18)
R3 – Again, Edgar starts off with a takedown and quickly moved to half guard and started attacking. Fisher gave up his back, but was able to get out and back to the feet. But yet again, Edgar puts Fisher down on his back. They scooted to the fence and Fisher worked his way up the cage and back to his feet, but he was unable to do anything and got taken down another time. Edgar continued his ground and pound attack to finish out the round again. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar. (Edgar 30-27)
Frankie Edgar def. Spencer Fisher by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), R3
–Joe Doerksen vs. Ed Herman
R1 – Doerksen started off aggressively, striking with Herman before they clinched on the fence. They tumbled to the mat with Doerksen on his back, but he worked his way back up to standing. Herman woke up suddenly with a nice barrage of punches and knees that drove Doerksen backwards and then drove him down to the mat once again. Doerksen had a cut under his left eyebrow at this point bout halfway through the round. Herman did a good job ground and pounding Doerksen and moved to side control and then to full mount before Doerksen scrambled and put him back into guard. The round closed out with Herman continuing his ground and pound attack. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman. (Herman 10-9)
R2 – The two execute a brief exchange, but they clinched and Herman scored a takedown and again started to ground and pound from Doerksen’s full guard. The referee stood them up about two minutes into the round. They clinch and Doerksen takes Herman down and transitions onto Herman’s back. Doerksen appeared very tired and Herman was able to turn out of the back control, but Doerksen then attempted a kneebar. Herman defended and worked his way to side control and started to drop strong punches to the head and knees to the body. Herman started to land some heavy shots from Doerksen’s guard and Doerksen locked on an armbar, but couldn’t finish it off before the round’s end. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman. (Herman 20-18)
R3 – The round opens with a brief exchange and then Herman landed a big left hook that dropped Doerksen. He followed him down and landed a big right hand, but the referee stepped in at that point to save Doerksen from any further punishment.
Ed Herman def. Joe Doerksen by KO (Punch) at 0:39, R3
–Karo Parisyan vs. Ryo Chonan
R1 – Parisyan caught a Chonan kick and quickly put the Japanese fighter on his back and started a ground and pound attack from half-guard. After a couple of minutes on the ground, the referee stood them back up. They traded a few blows, but Parisyan scooped Chonan up and dropped him down again and started more ground and pound. They worked back to their feet and started exchanging again. Parisyan took Chonan down again briefly, but they got back to their feet and ended the round in a clinch along the fence. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Parisyan. (Parisyan 10-9)
R2 – Parisyan ate a knee shooting for the takedown. Chonan edged ahead early with his striking, but didn’t do any significant damage. Parisyan started using his jab effectively about midway into the round, then caught another kick by Chonan and put him on his back again and resumed his ground and pound attack. Parisyan stood up in the guard and Chonan was able to get back to the feet, but not before Parisyan put him back on the mat. Parisyan closed out the round working his ground and pound from Chonan’s half-guard. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Parisyan. (Parisyan 20-18)
R3 – Parisyan accidentally caught Chonan in the groin with an attempted leg kick, but it didn’t have much effect. They quickly resumed action, without anything of much significance happening for the next couple of minutes, until Parisyan tripped Chonan to the ground and continued grounding and pounding. Chonan reversed position, but Parisyan quickly scrambled out and up to the feet. Appearing to tire, Parisyan started to utilize his jab again during the second half of the round, keeping Chonan at a distance for the remainder of the round, save for a couple of brief clinches. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Parisyan. (Parisyan 30-27)
Karo Parisyan def. Ryo Chonan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
–Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva
R1 – The fighters clinched early, but were separated by the referee. Alexander landed a brief flurry, they clinched and then Alexander took Silva down from the clinch with a guillotine choke on. Silva defended and quickly transitioned form guard to full mount and started dropping punching and landing forearms. Little more than three minutes into the round and Silva started unloading with punching combinations from the mount to finish the fight.
Thiago Silva def. Houston Alexander by TKO (Strikes) at 3:25, R1
–Rashad Evans vs. Michael Bisping
R1 – Evans immediately went for the takedown and eventually got it, but not without expending much effort. Bisping though got right back up as they remained in a clinch. Evans eventually scored another takedown about three minutes in, but they went back up. Evans then scored another takedown, but neither fighter was able to do much damage as the round came to a close. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Evans. (Evans 10-9)
R2 – Evans opened round two right away with a high profile slam of Bisping, then started to work from the Brit’s guard. Still not much damage accumulated by either fighter and the referee stood them up about two minutes into the round. Evans appeared a bit weary on the stand-up and Bisping started to land some punching combinations, leading with his jab. Evans landed a nice combination, but ate a knee on his ensuing shot for a takedown, and then took a follow-up kick. Evans again went for the takedown with less than a minute left, but Bisping defended well and landed a couple of punches after they separated. Close, close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bisping. (Even 19-19)
R3 – Bisping started off crisp with his boxing combinations, but Evans took him down early. Bisping switched position and got up, trying to take Evans down, but they ended up clinched on the fence. Separated and in the center of the ring, both fighters looked fairly weary, but Evans was the one to start landing his hands and then scored another takedown. Back on their feet, neither fighter scored much, but Bisping defended Evans’ final takedown attempts and the fight ended with another close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Evans. (Evans 29-28)
Rashad Evans def. Michael Bisping by Split Decision (29-28 Evans, 29-28 Bisping, 29-28 Evans), R3