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The opening bouts are scheduled to start at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. This being the promotion’s live debut on the Versus network, the telecast portion of the event starts at 6pm PT / 9pm ET.
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– Mike French vs Jeff Bedard
Round 1 – Bedard took French down in the first minute and secured an arm triangle, but French reversed to top position fighting his way out of the choke. French worked his way around to Bedard’s back, but after a scramble the two came up and back down with Bedard on top in half guard. They finished the round with Bedard on top, but unable to make anything happen.
Round 2 – Bedard took control early in the second getting the fight to the ground, but French quickly reversed to side control. French eventually landed a guillotine, but Bedard defend and reversed to full mount. French defended nicely while Bedard moved off to the side and around to north-south position putting on a front choke and then switching to a guillotine. French escaped back to his feet and then took Bedard down to tend the round.
Round 3 – Bedard took French down once again to start off the third and quickly moved to half-guard implementing his ground and pound game. His back against the fence, French attempted a kimura, but Bedard escaped that continued to look for an opening while French worked his full guard. From standing, Bedard eventually passed guard to full mount, but French somehow managed to get his full guard back as the round came to a close.
Jeff Bedard def. Mike French by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Charlie Valencia vs Brian Bowles
Round 1 – Both fighters came out swinging for the fences. Valencia backed Bowles to the cage and they went to the mat, Bowles on top before Valencia reversed and found himself in an armbar, which he powered his way out of. Bowles attempted to get back up, landing in a guillotine choke, but he deftly escaped. With Valencia standing in his guard, Bowles attempted some fruitless upkicks. The two worked back to their feet where Bowles dropped Valencia with a combination, but Valencia quickly regained his senses and threw Bowles to the floor. After a scramble, Bowles wound up in Valencia’s guard and started his ground and pound as the closed.
Round 2 – Bowles went for the Thai clinch early, but suffered a Valencia uppercut and hook for his trouble. Backed against the cage, Valencia took a shot to the groin causing a break in the action. Going for a flying knee on the restart, Valencia got dropped by Bowles punch combo and ended up on the bottom with his half-guard intact. Bowles worked his ground and pound, Valencia gave up his back and Bowles locked on a rear naked choke ending the fight by tapout.
Brian Bowles def. Charlie Valencia by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:50, Round 2
– Cub Swanson vs Micah Miller
Round 1 – Swanson rushed to take Miller down and landed in a gogoplata attempt before escaping back to his feet. Swanson continually leaped in from standing to drop some heavy hands on Miller before the fight came back to the feet with the two exchanging some hard punches. Swanson again took Miller down, but ended up getting reversed in a scramble and going for a guillotine attempt. Back up to the feet the two exchanged heavy fire again in a flurry of hands, knees and kicks. They hit the ground and came back up once again, clinching against the cage with Miller landing a leg trip to end the round.
Round 2 – The two clinched for the first minute before Miller jumped to guard working for a submission. Swanson fought out to standing and started to drop big bombs again, but Miller defended nicely attacking Swanson’s legs, looking for a submission. Up and on their feet again, Swanson rushed Miller and pulled him down with Miller landing in Swanson’s guard. In a great exchange on the ground Swanson and Miller reversed positions, each attempting various submissions before Swanson again went to his feet and dropping heavy hands from standing in Miller’s guard.
Round 3 – Miller opened round 3 with a nice combination of punches that backed Swanson up before they clinched on the fence, trading knees. Getting Swanson to the ground, Miller worked from Swanson’s guard. In a scramble, Miller attained full back mount on Swanson working for a choke before Swanson slickly reversed to a side mount position dropping forearms on Miller. Back standing in Miller’s guard, Swanson started a more aggressive ground and pound attack, dropping several hard shots. Miller then pulled him down and reversed into Swanson’s guard. Back to their feet, Swanson unloaded with combinations on Miller, bloodying his face and stunning him, but Miller dropped to take Swanson down and finished the fight on the mat. Amazing, action-packed fight. A solid effort from both fighters and a strong reason why the lighter weight classes are emerging in popularity.
Cub Swanson def. Micah Miller by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– John Alessio vs Alex Serdyukov
Round 1 – Both fighters looking to trade shots, but Alessio took the early lead. Serdyukov then went for the takedown, but Alessio landed a guillotine choke for an early tapout.
John Alessio def. Alex Serdyukov by Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1
– Brock Larson vs Kevin Knabjian
Round 1 – Larson dropped Knabjian immediately with a huge left hand, bull rushed him and as the two stood back up, Larson floored him again with a knee and finished him off with punches.
Brock Larson def. Kevin Knabjian by TKO (Strikes) at 0:27, Round 1
MAIN CARD LIVE ON VERSUS:
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
– Craig Zellner vs Brian Stann
Round 1 – Zellner shot in right away, but ate a few knees from the clinch for his efforts. The two then exchanged some heavy hands, but Stann looked to stun Zeller. Again trading blows, Zellner shot again with Stann ending up in his guard as Zellner went backwards onto the canvas. Stann started his ground and pound game as Zellner was trying to find an opening somewhere. Returning the fight to their feet, Zellner stunned Stann with a heavy shot before Stann this time took the fight down. The fight went back to standing with each landing several shots, but as they hit the mat again, Stann caught Zellner with some heavy ground and pound as the round was closing out, finishing him when the referee stopped the fight.
Brian Stann def. Craig Zellner by TKO (Strikes) at 4:57, Round 1
– Alex Karalexis vs Josh Smith
Round 1 – Karalexis and Smith exchanged several times early on with Karalexis landing the heaving blows, but Smith was able to get a nice takedown before they came back up to a clinch. Karalexis then secured a takedown of his own, with Smith backed up against the cage, but couldn’t keep him there. Back on their feet, the two battled for position along the cage before separating. Smith missed with a spinning backfist and Karalexis made him pay with a huge right hand and a big slam. In Smith’s guard, Karalexis started his ground and pound game, landing a few heavy shots, but eating some up-kicks as well as the round came to a close.
Round 2 – Smith started off round 2 landing a nice flying right hand that made Karalexis wince as his left eye was already swollen shut from punishment in the first round. Karalexis forced the fight to the ground again, ground and pounding from Smith’s guard. Smith went for the triangle, but Karalexis picked him up, carried him across the cage to his corner and slammed Smith to the floor. Karalexis attained a sort of side mount position and started dropping heavy hands on Smith’s face and grinding his forearm across his jaw. After scrambling to side control, Karalexis steadily worked on Smith as the round ended.
Round 3 – His eye swollen shut and standing out on his face, Karalexis manned Smith to the mat to work ground and pound, but found himself in a leg-lock attempt. Karalexis fought out of it and fell into Smith’s guard, again attempting to ground and pound Smith, but looking a little tired as Smith continually held tight trying to contain any punishment Karalexis could dish out. Towards the end of the third, Karalexis was deducted a point for landing a foot stomp to the body of Smith.
Alexis Karalexis def. Josh Smith by Majority Decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
– Mark Hominick vs Rani Yahya
Round 1 – Yahya was desperately seeking a takedown from the moment the bell rang, but ate a couple of shots on the way in. Though he obviously wanted no part of Hominick’s stand-up, Yahya’s perseverance paid off as he secured Hominick’s back, sunk in the rear naked choke, and earned the win.
Rani Yahya def. Mark Hominick by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:19, Round 1
WEC FETHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
– Urijah Faber vs Chance Farrar
Round 1 – Faber landed a huge right hand early. Farrar later scooped Faber for a sort of back body drop type of slam, but ended up in a side choke. The two exchanged position on the ground, Farrar getting side control with Faber on all fours. Faber then picked up Farrar and dropped him to the floor. The two continued to grapple, both being excellent wrestlers, before Faber took Farrar’s back with the rear naked choke locked on for the victory, further establishing his domination in the WEC’s featherweight division.
Urijah Faber def. Chance Farrar by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, Round 1