Middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares headline UFC Fight Night 22 on Wednesday night in Austin, Texas.
A lot has been made of the grappling games of both fighters, especially since Palhares is widely considered as one of the premier grapplers in mixed martial arts.
Marquardt, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu like Palhares, isn’t concerned. He says he has a healthy respect for the Brazilian’s ground game, but doesn’t fear him. Palhares, however, believes that if he can lure Marquardt to the mat, the fight is tailor made for him.
MMAWeekly.com will be bringing you full results and play-by-play of the main card for UFC Fight Night 22. The main card begins at approximately 8 p.m. ET and airs live on Spike TV, although it is tape delayed on the West Coast.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 22 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
NATE MARQUARDT VS. ROUSIMAR PALHARES
R1 – A touch of the gloves and the main event has begun. Marquardt with a leg kick and Palhares tries to grab it. Both fighters being careful in the opening minute. Palhares comes in with an uppercut. Marquardt tries to counter. Marquardt’s left hand is very low. He rushes in with a flurry. Palhares ducks and looks for a leg to grab on to. Palhares gets the fight to the ground. Palhares in side control. He goes for a leg and Marquardt escapes and lands big shots to the downed Palhares. Referee Herb Dean stops the fight. Marquardt wins by TKO.
Nate Marquardt def. Rousimar Palhares by TKO (strikes) at 3:28, R1
EFRAIN ESCUDERO VS. CHARLES OLIVEIRA
R1 – Oliveira comes out aggressive, misses with a high kick but lands a flying knee. Escudero clinches and presses him against the fence. They’re separated and Oliveira fires a high kick that’s blocked. Oliveira with a right hand and then he shoots for a takedown. Escudero defends it. After some clinch work, they separate. Pace slows with both guys dancing looking for an opening. Oliveira with a leg kick and Escudero tries to counter. Another leg kick by Oliveira. Oliveira goes for a single leg and Escudero bounces on one leg and lands punches. Escudero lands in Oliveira’s half guard as Oliveira pulls guard, but the Brazilian gets back to full guard. Escudero lands an elbow. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira.
R2 – Escudero has more pep in his step this round. He lands a combination as Oliveira misses with a big shot. Oliveira gets a takedown but Escudero has his back. Escudero gets up and they’re back standing. Oliveira lands a couple of leg kicks adn then a left hand. Oliveira applies a Thai clinch and lands a knee. Escudero clinches and they’re back to trading shots. Oliveira with a front kick. Oliveira dances. Escudero motions him to come in. He does with leg kicks. Oliveira goes for a flying knee that misses. Escudero ties him up and as the round ends they’re back to the center of the Octagon. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira.
R3 – Final round begins. Oliveira lands an inside leg kick off the mark and hits Escudero’s groin. The action resumes quickly. Uppercut by Oliveira and a counter right hand by Escudero. Escudero ties him up and lands a knee square on Oliveira’s cup. Oliveira clearly in a lot of pain takes a couple of minutes to recover. Escudero throws a kick to the body and Oliveira catches it, drives him into the fence and slams him. Oliveira takes his back standing and slaps on a rear naked choke forcing Escudero to tap out.
Charles Oliveira def. Efrain Escudero by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:25, R3
JIM MILLER VS. GLEISON TIBAU
R1 – Miler working leg kicks. Tibau comes in with a combination. Miller fires a leg kick that Tibau catches and gets the fight to the ground. Miller works his way back to his feet and lands a stiff right jab that rocks Tibau. Tibau ties Miller up. Tibau gets a double leg takedown but Miller quickly gets back up again. They break from the clinch and take the middle of the Octagon. After a brief exchange, Miller goes for a takedown but Tibau has none of it. With 90 second remaining they’re clinched along the cage. They separate and they stand toe-to-toe. Miller lands a right hand. Tibau fires back landing one of his own. Left hand by Tibau in the closing seconds. Close round. MMAWeekly.com scores it 10-9 for Tibau.
R2 – A touch of gloves and round 2 is underway. Miller with a big left hand that has Tibau fleeing on wobbly legs. Miller is all on him trying to finish the fight. Miller gets him down for a moment but Tibau back to his feet. Miller works for a single-leg and finally lets it go. Miller misses with a big left hook. Tibau ducks under a punch and gets a takedown. Miller works for a submission and Tibau stands up and lets Miller to his feet. Miller moving forward but not landing much with a minute on the clock. Tibau looks to be fully recovered and stalks Miller. Tibau with a double leg takedown. Tibau finishes the round in Miller’s guard. Another close round. MMAWeekly.com scores it 10-9 for Miller.
R3 – Final round begins and both fighters look fresh. Tibau with a double jab landing the second cleanly. Tibau countering well. Miller rushes in with a flurry and they tie up against the cage. Miller with a knee as they separate. Miller aggressive, moving forward and lands a left hook. Tibau looks for a kimura standing and Miller drives for a single leg takedown. They separate. Tibau attempts a takedown but Miller defends. With a minute on the clock it’s any body’s round. The referee separates them with :45 remaining. Miller shoots for a takedown, Tibau defends. Miller pressing forward. Tibau with a left hand. The fight ends with Tibau pressing Miller against the cage.
Jim Miller def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
ROSS PEARSON VS. COLE MILLER
R1 – Pearson begins with a leg kick. Miller using his reach to keep Pearson on the outside. Pearson gets inside and lands a right hand. Pearson rushes in with a flurry and Miller drops down for a single leg takedown and gets it. Pearson immediately back to his feet. They exchange along the fence and Miller tries to pull guard. He stands and presses Pearson with punches. Pearson with a left hand that gets through, and Miller goes back to using his jab. Pearson finding his range in the final 90 seconds. Close round to score. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
R2 – Pearson counters Miller’s jab with leg kicks. A hard right hand to the body of Miller and Miller shoots for a double leg. Pearson fends it off and they’re back standing. Miller with a flying knee that misses but follows up a straight right hand. Miller with a combination ending in a left hand that drops Pearson. Miller pounces on him and applies a rear naked choke forcing the end of the fight.
Cole Miller def. Ross Pearson by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:49, R2
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 22 RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Nate Marquardt def. Rousimar Palhares by TKO (strikes) at 3:28, R1
-Charles Oliveira def. Efrain Escudero by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:25, R3
-Jim Miller def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Cole Miller def. Ross Pearson by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:49, R2
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Yves Edwards def. John Gunderson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Kyle Kingsbury def. Jared Hamman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Dave Branch def. Tomasz Drwal by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Rich Attonito def. Rafael Natal by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3
-Anthony “T.J.” Waldburger def. David Mitchell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Brian Foster def. Forrest Petz by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R1
(Preliminary results courtesy of Heavy.com)