Another entertaining preliminary card for tonight's UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche event tonight. The only dud on tonight's prelims was the heavyweight letdown between Brendan Schaub and Levar Johnson. Below is a quick breakdown and complete summary of results for tonights prelims.
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort
A great fight to kick off the evening with both fighters letting it all hang out early on with back and forth action which lasted through the whole fight. Burrell appeared to have the edge through all the rounds using his takedown defence and sharp striking to keep Yuri Villefort from using his slick BJJ skills to any advantage. Burrell wins by a solid unanimous decision victory.
Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley
A great performance tonight for Neil Magny and his awesome 81" reach, Magny used exactly that along with his smart submission defence and some good takedown defense to stifle Jon Manley's constant take down attempts. The takedown attempts were pretty much what failed Manly tonight spending way too mic h time trying to take Magny down rather than fight him. Manly was tenacious but tired and Magny took advantage of it in the 3rd were he used his excellent conditions to out work Manley, cruising to an unanimous decison victory.
Brock Jardine vs. Kenny Robertson
In a pretty quick fight, Brock Jardine and Kenny Robertson exchanged submission attempts until Roberston was able to manipulate Jardine's leg while he was trying to take Jardine's back from above, Robertson was able to lock in a quite original and unorthodox leg lock to force Jardine to tap which should win him the submission of the night bonus.
Caros Fodor vs. Sam Stout
Sam Stout welcomes UFC new comer and Strikeforce import Caros Fodor to the big show in what will be Fodor's biggest test so far in his career against thevery experienced and dangerous Stout. Stout came out quick showing a different approach than usual, Stout also showed that he wasn't going to just stand and strike anymore, wrestling and grappling Fodor pretty much controlling most of the fight while even attempting a few submissions along the way, Stout showed a real improved and unpredictable game tonight, the most surprising improvement was his apparent skill on the ground. A very impressive victory for Stout tonight.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice
This was a great fight and an early candidate for fight of the night. Grice displayed a huge leap in striking skills, taking it to Bermudez and stuffing his takedown attempts, Grice rocked Bermudez a few times throught the fight and had won what i felt were the first 2 rounds, Sadly for Grice Bermudez rocked him early in the 3rd round where he was able to lay a pretty harsh beating on Grice, Grice however was able to endure and was even able to respond a bit, he survived the onslaught and the 3rd round, but definitely lost the round. Even more sadly for the improved Grice, the judges gave the split decision to Bermudez. A well fought and exciting fight overall.
Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen
TUF winner Mike Chisea was unable to take Anton Kuivanen down in the first or defend his heavy strikes that he was throwing. It wasn't looking like it was going to be a good night for Chisea, but as we know in MMA, anything can happen, and it did, Chisea was able to take Kuivanaen down early in the second, controlling him and finally working a successful rear naked choke submission only two minutes into the second.
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
Brendan Schaub's back is against the wall in this fight, facing his 3rd loss in a row and a possible axing from the UFC roster if he loses to the heavy handed striker and Strikeforce veteran Levar Johnson. Schaub smarly took Johnson down almost immediately trying to work a submission on Johnson early, but Schaub left room to be punched by the heavy hands of Johnson even while Johnson was being choked with an anaconda choke. those shots were so hard it forced Schaub to abandon the attempt, Shaub takes the firsrt round . In the second a takedown attempt by Shaub was stuffed anfd Johnson stated to work his knees and dirty boxing against Schaub, but Schaub was able to get his 3rd takedown of the night again but this time Schaub looked a little tired, not really doing anything this time from above which forced a stand up from the ref. Schaub humped his way to winning a very boring second round. The third round was more of the same, with Schaub showing too much respect for Johnson's power, not wanting anything to do with standing with Johnson and going for take down after take down. Sadly this was pretty much a bust of a fight, Johnson wanted to fight, Schaub didn't, Schaub just played it safe. Johnson however needs to work on his takedown defence and standing up, it wasn't all Schaub's fault, but Johnson was very inactive on the ground, and seemed very tired from the second round on, and just to be fair Schaub was definitely gasping for air too, it was a sloppy and unentertaining fight to cap off a entertaining preliminary card.
Here are the full UFC 157 preliminary card results:
FX PRELIMINARY CARD:
- Brendan Schaub def. Lavar Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Chiesa def. Anton Kuivanen via submission (rear-naked choke) - R2, 2:29
- Dennis Bermudez def. Matt Grice via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Sam Stout def. Caros Fodor via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
FACEBOOK PRELIMINARY CARD:
- Kenny Robertson def. Brock Jardine via submission (kneebar) - R1, 2:57
- Neil Magny def. Jon Manley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Photo Credit: Esther Lin mmafighting.com
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