Brandon Vera Broken Nose
January 2, 2011 by staff
Following the draw shared Edgar retains the championship – but a recovery is already planned following the outcome of the fight.
Maynard (10-0-1 with one no-contest), who is back in 2008, Edgar returned his only career loss, tore out the champ with a big left hook. Edgar sent it tumbling back toward the cage as Maynard charged after him. He beaten with Edgar huge everywhere and there were many at ringside for shouting referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight.
Edgar managed to survive and has been a different fighter in the second. Edgar actually won the round, using his boxing and his movement to defeat Maynard and score points.
The fight was excruciatingly close the rest of the way, since neither man could maintain an advantage. It was primarily a boxing match, as everyone could stuff the removal of other attempts.
Anthony Pettis, the final WEC lightweight champion, was supposed to fight against the winner, but could be delayed for revenge.
Brian Stann asked the UFC to put him in a match with Chris Leben, and he showed his confidence was not misplaced. He knocked Leben at 3:37 in the first round, crushing the former star of “The Ultimate Fighter”, and forcing the referee Josh Rosenthal to stop the fight.
Stann, a former Marine Corps captain who spent the struggle of a former comrade who died in action in Afghanistan this week, started at the end of the struggle of average weight with a right hand that rocked Leben great. A champion of the former WEC light heavyweight Stann Leben followed around the cage, blows rained down, until he stopped Rosenthal.
The fight between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera Fight Night had potential but it ended up being taken to another competition like Silva Vera at every turn and held it there.
The most excitement came at the last minute when Silva was shot at Vera when they were on their knees along the cage. Vera left with a nose hurting.
That’s all he has won, even if, as he scored the Judges 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27 for Silva.
Dong Hyun Kim survived Nathan Diaz, winning 29-28 on all three judges’ cards in another competition faced. Kim Diaz took the three towers and strength allowed him to maintain control in a very tight fight.
The judges all gave Kim the first two rounds and gave the third Diaz.
Clay Guida opened the game pay-per-view card with perhaps his greatest victory, subjecting the former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi with a guillotine at 4:27 in the second.
Guida surrounded and remained at about 10 feet from hitting Gomi for most of the fight. But when they hit the ground, the implacable Guida quickly set up and tap the starter. Gomi quickly presented.
Jeremy Stephens knocked out Marcus Davis, landing a right hand on the chin that sent Davis flat on his back and out. Stephens added a powerful shot from the top before the referee Kim Winslow got to stop, 2:33 of the third.
Davis Stephens poorly in the first with a punch, but could not finish it. He paid for that when he was taken in the third. Both men were thrown at the same time, but Stephens came first and the fight was over in a flash.
Crispi Josh was supposed to fight Jose Aldo champion for the UFC lightweight title, but when Aldo had to withdraw due to injury, Crispi asked to be kept on the card anyway.
It proved to be a very wise decision.
Dustin replace Mr. Poirier was striking difference in the fight, as he battered Crispi around the cage with his hard, accurate punching. At the end of the second round, Crispi could barely get out of the earth.
Poirier won 30-27 on the boards of three judges.
Brad Tavares was rocked early by a punch Phil Baroni, but he managed to rally a veteran Phil Baroni knock out at 4:20 of the first round of their match average. Tavares got a kick that stunned Baroni, and then sent him back to the cage. Tavares torn Baroni with a right hand and landed a series of shootings in combination to referee Josh Rosenthal stopped it.
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