by MMAWeekly.com LIVE
Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens go head to head in a lightweight showdown in the main event of UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday night.
Other bouts featured on the card include heavyweight Cain Velasquez as he tries to continue his rise through the ranks of the UFC against Hollander Denis Stojnic. Anthony Johnson and Luigi Fioravanti are expected to provide fireworks in their welterweight contest. And Mac Danzig and Josh Neer are both trying to get back on track in their lightweight bout.
The main card bouts will air on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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UFC Fight Night 17 Play-by-Play
-Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens
R1 – Stephens comes out throwing bombs, but Lauzon quickly takes the fight to the mat. Lauzon locks Stephens up, trying to sweep from his butterfly guard, but they work back up to the feet, Lauzon still clinched, Stephens’ back to the cage. Stephens lands a solid knee to the head. Lauzon drops down for a leglock, but doesn’t get it. They pop up and Lauzon immediately trips Stephens down and starts to work ground and pound from Stephens’ guard. Stephens tries to escape, but Lauzon moves to half guard, then full mount, swinging into an armbar attempt. Stephens stays calm and works his way out of the submission attempt and into Lauzon’s full guard. He then drops down some brutal haymakers that leave Lauzon wide-eyed, but still defending. Stephens picks Lauzon up and slams him to mat, finishing the round in Lauzon’s half-guard.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Stephens.
R2 – Stephens again opens swinging for the fences, this time landing a couple of shots before Lauzon takes him down. Following a scramble, Lauzon starts to work from Stephens’ half guard before passing to side control and starts dropping elbows. Lauzon moves to north-south, then to the other side, then up to full mount and starts striking. Stephens gives up his back. Lauzon sinks his hooks in, trying to set up a choke, but Stephens is quick in reversing into Lauzon’s full guard. Stephens scoots Lauzon up against the cage and starts mixing forearms and punches, opening a cut on Lauzon’s forehead. Lauzon though reverses to top position and side control, gains full mount again, then locks on an armbar for the tap. Tremendous grappling technique by Lauzon throughout to secure the win.
Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by Submission (Armbar) at 4:43, R2
-Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
R1 – Velasquez starts off proving his well-roundedness, shucking his championship wrestling background, instead going to work with his punches and kicks, quickly gaining the upper hand on Stojnic. Along the cage, Velasquez drives solid knees into the thighs of Stojnic. Separated briefly, they clinch and Velasquez throws knees from the Thai clinch then opens up with his boxing combinations, hurting Stojnic, then goes back to knees to the thighs and body. Stojnic looking a little wobbly on his feet fires back a single leg kick that lands, but Velasquez retorts with a nice combination of hands and knees, constantly shifting from body to head to legs. Velasquez rocks Stojnic with a straight right, Velasquez follows with several more combinations, but Stojnic is tough, staying on his feet, eating punches and several leg kicks.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Velasquez.
R2 – His first time seeing round two, Velasquez starts off with several kicks to the legs and then a poignant boxing combination. Stojnic rushes Velasquez, but gets put on his back for his efforts. Working from on his knees at Stojnic’s side, Velasquez shows more of his striking, dropping forearms down to the head. Stojnic turns to his stomach and Velasquez only turns up the heat with more punches. Stojnic turns again, returning to his back, and then back to his knees, but Velasquez continues his assault, Stojnic not offering much of anything by way of defense. Referee Jorge Ortiz steps in and calls a halt to the bout.
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (Strikes) at 2:34, R2
-Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
R1 – Danzig starts with a left high kick that lands, but gets caught with a right hand that knocks him back to the cage. The two are up against the fence, exchanging dirty boxing punches, before separating. They clinch again, Danzig back to the fence, Neer lands a couple good uppercuts. They separate then Danzig lands a good combination that hurts Neer a bit. Again they clinch, but Danzig starts to edge ahead with a nice combination to the head and body. Danzig lands an overhand right and a cut appears over the corner of Neer’s left eye, dribbling blood into his vision. Neer lands a couple good knees, but Danzig catches him coming in with a right hand, dropping Neer to the mat. Danzig starts to work ground and pound in Neer’s guard. Neer attempts a triangle and they scramble back to the feet where Neer hurts Danzig with his boxing and follows with a strong body kick. Close round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Neer.
R2 – Danzig shoots early, but Neer sprawls out and puts him on his back then starts some heavy forearms from Danzig’s guard. Danzig tries to defend, Neer stands up and passes to side and continues his heavy artillery. In a scramble, Neer takes Danzig’s back, but Danzig quickly reverses starts working from Neer’s half-guard with ground and pound. Neer gets his guard back and slows Danzig’s attack. Neer climbs his legs up and locks on a triangle choke. Danzig is forced to tap out.
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:36, R2
-Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
R1 – They use the first couple minutes to feel each other out, throwing a few leg kicks, but nothing too significant. Then Johnson starts to land some crushing leg kicks that seem to put Fioravanti a little more on guard. About three minutes into the round, Fioravanti shoots for the takedown, but ends up clinched on the fence where he accidentally knees Johnson to the groin. Johnson shakes it off then starts to use his reach advantage with his jab and drops Fioravanti twice with the straight right hand. Upon the second drop, he follows Fioravanti to the floor and overwhelms him with strikes. Referee Troy Waugh steps in and stops the punishment.
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO (Strikes) at 4:39, R1
UFC Fight Night 17 Results:
Main Card Bouts:
-Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by Submission (Armbar) at 4:43, R2
-Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (Strikes) at 2:34, R2
-Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:36, R2
-Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO (Strikes) at 4:39, R1
-Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:14, R2
-Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:03, R1
-Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:35, R1
-Matt Veach def. Matt Grice by TKO (Strikes) at 4:34, R1
-Nick Catone def. Derek Downey by Submission (Keylock) at 1:15, R2
-Matt Riddle def. Steve Bruno by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)