Alright folks tonight is UFC Fight Night #26 coming to you on the brand new “FS1″ channel! Stay tuned to CagedInsider for your live results and play-by-play. Just refresh your page every few minutes to stay up to speed. Enjoy the fights everyone!
FS1 Main Card
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Chael Sonnen
Round 1: Great sportsmanship from both fighters, they touch gloves. Sonnen immediately hits a double. Shogun somehow reverses and wins up on top. The crowd goes wild. Chael doesn’t waste much time and he reverses to wind up in the top position. Sonnen landing some nice ground and pound. Sonnen rolling and landing some great punches from on top. Shogun rolling around looking for his time to escape, and he is up. Sonnen locks up a guillotine in the scramble, and Shogun is in pain. Chael cranks the choke and pulls guard. Shogun taps! They shake hands immediately and that is all there is to it. Chael wins via submission!
Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via submission at 4:47 of round 1
Alistair Overem vs Travis Browne
Round 1: Overeem looking small tonight. Browne not looking all that tall though. They open up and Overeem stalks forward and lands some nice hooks and then clinches. Browne looks for an outside headkick but it isnt even close. Overeem looking to land knees to the body. Overeem lands some hellacious knees, and Browne somehow withstands. Overeem swarming now with punches and Browne is having trouble staying on his feet. Overeem lands more and more knees to the body. Browne escapes, and the crowd cheers. Overeem looks tired. Browne looking for kicks from the outside. Browne lands a huge front kick ala Silva/Belfort, and it drops Overeem. Browne jumps in and lands a few massive hammerfists and that’s it. What a fight, what a comeback. Browne wins!
Travis Browne def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (front kick and punches) at 2:53 of round 2
Urijah Faber vs Iuri Alcantara
Round 1: Urijah backpedals and shoots for a takedown. Alcantara reverse and lands in the mount position. He stays there and lands nice punches and elbows, Urijah looking to survive. Alcantar has Urijah’s back. Urijah somehow reverses and lands on top, but Alcantara looks for a triangle. Faber escapes, and he is looking to retaliate. He lands some huge elbows and punches from the top, and Alcantara takes it. More elbows. Faber holds him down, and Alcantara is nicely blocking most of the elbows, but this was a brutal round on both ends. 10-9 Faber by a hair
Round 2: Both fighers rush to the center of the octagon. Urijah looks for headkick and Alcantara counters with a left hook. Alcantara looks for a takedown but Urijah reverses. Faber lands on top and he is aiming to stay there. Faber is so heavy on top, Alcantara is stuck in the same spot against the fence. Faber staying heavy on top. Not much action. Faber utilizing the top position. More elbows. Alcantara gets to his feet. Faber muscles him down. They clinch and Faber raises his hands after the round. 10-9 Faber
Round 3: Faber is showing superior control form the top position in this round. Alcantara can’t defend the takedown, and Faber looks to control from the top. ALcantara looks to threaten from time to time with a submission, but Faber controls throughout the fight. Nothing much to report for the third round. Faber controls and uses underhooks to keep Alcantara at bay. 10-9 Faber
Urijah Faber def Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision
Matt Brown vs Mike Pyle
Round 1: FOTN right here, I’m calling it before it happens. Pyle looks cool and calm , Brown looks determined. They touch gloves. Brown wades in with punches and head kicks, and Pyle gets clipped with a punch. Pyle falls to his back and eats a knee on the way down, and Brown lands a few punches that finish the job. Amazing win for Brown! That was awesome! Call me stupid because that lasted less than 30 seconds!
Matt Brown def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of round 1
Uriah Hall vs John Howard
Round 1: Hall immediately hits a takedown. Howard tying him up, but Hall is on top and looking for the position. Hall on top, the crowd boos. Hall allows the standup, and Howard hits a nice leg kick. Howard easily defending all of Hall’s wild kicks. Howard presses forward into the cage, and Hall reverses. They break and a leg kick spins Hall around. hall looks for a takedown, but Howard defends easily. Howard decides to shoot for a takedown, and they get stuck to the fence. Hall uses a knee to defend, and Howard lands another leg kick. Tough round to score. 10-9 Hall
Round 2: Howard uses nice leg kicks to back Hall up. Hall looks much bigger. Hall looks for a takedown, but Howard lock up a guillotine to stall. howard then bails on the guillotine and lands a nice combo on the break. Howard presses forward and Hall is stuck to the cage. The ref breaks them up, but I’m not sure why. Howard puts Hall against the cage again. Hall shows some amazing athleticism and is able to reverse the position and take Howard’s back. Howard escapes and he is all over Hall. Hall gets the takedown and he is pounding on Hall. The round ends and Howard helps hall up, good sportsmanship. 10-9 Howard
Round 3: They both casually make it to the center. Howard is more aggressive with his positioning, and Hall is more aggressive with his striking. Nothing landing that matters. Both fighters touching gloves very often. Joe Rogan said it best, this could add up to an indecisive decision. He may very well be right, because no one is jumping ahead and winning this round. Howard winds up on top for the end of the round and attempts a leaping superman punch from up top to end the round. 10-9 Howard
John Howard def. Uriah Hall via split decision
Joe Lauzon vs Michael Johnson
Round 1: They both jab. Johnson looking unafraid. Johnson throwing some nice combos, Lauzon showing good defense. Lauzon looking gunshy. Johnson looking good and showing great strikes. Joe septs in at the wrong time and Johnson puts him down with a left hook. Lauzon recovers nicely, Johnson wisely allows for some time. Johnson picking Lauzon apart, Lauzon looks lost. Another left hurts Lauzon, and he drops to his back. Johnson allows Lauzon to return to his feet, and then bombs on him until the bell. All Michael Johnson in round 1. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Johnson has Lauzon thinking. Lauzon can’t get a beat on him. Lauzon clinches. but Johnson escapes. Johnson lands from the outside, but Lauzon is looking to overcome. Johnson is landing some nice punches and Lauzon seems to be afraid to attempt a takedown or a punch. Johnson staying busy. Oddly, Lauzon not even looking for a takedown. And Johnson sees this and lands a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round. Securing the round surely for Johnson. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3: Lauzon is hardly attempting any offense in this round, Johnson is landing many punches an head kick combos. Lauzon won stop moving forward, but Lauzon has nothing for him. Johnson throwing huge uppercut and headkick combos, Lauzon simply scrambling away. Why isn’t Lauzon looking for a takedown? Johnson using his reach and hitting some nice straight lefts. lauzon is moving forward but offering nothing at all. Johnson lands another takedown with 10 seconds left in the round. This fight has been all Johnson. The crowd boos quietly for the ending of the fight, but why? 10-9 Johnson
Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision
Fs1 televised Prelims
Brad Pickett vs Michael McDonald
Round 1: Micheal McDonald showing excellent timing early on. He hits a lead leg body kick. He lands a few leg kicks. McDonald hurts Pickett with a few lightning fast right crosses, and Pickett is hurt. Pickett scampers away, but McDonald times everything he throws and hit some clean, crisp punches. I’ve never seen anything like McDonald before. Pickett gets hurt badly from straight punches and hits the canvas, and McDonald is all over him. The ref closely observes, but it isn’t time yet. Pickett rises from he ashes. McDonald showing some amazing punching combinations that are timed beautifully between Pickett’s hooks. What a round for McDonald. 10-9 McDonald
Round 2: Pickett admits to his corner that he is “waking up now” in between rounds. Pickett lands left hook early on that stuns McDonald. They exchange, and Pickett lands a nice takedown. He lands a few eblows. Pickett controls from the top for at least a few minutes. Out of nowhere, McDonalds throws up a triangle and locks it in tight. Pickett rolls and attempts to escape, but McDonald locks it in and gets the tap. McDonald is an animal, man. Pickett was tough and appeared to have the upper hand in the second, but McDonald tapped him easily.
Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) at 3:43 of round 2
Conor McGregor vs Max Holloway
Conor McGregor receives an insane reception from the Boston crowd. Everyone is the arena is behind this guy. They are cheering like mad as soon as the lights dim to indicate that he is about to enter the cage. That’s interesting.
Round 1: They touch gloves. Holloway tenderizing the lead leg early on. McGregor looking for some crazy kicks early, but Holloway is not impressed. McGregor pressing forward constantly and putting his hands up in the air as if say “what, bitch?!” Diaz-style. Holloway circling and having trouble mounting offense. McGregor with his hands down. More taunting from McGregor. Holloway kicks the legs, but he cannot land anything of consequence. McGregor looking for high kicks. McGregor actually attempting what is called a jumping rainbow kick towards the end of the round. A move made popular by Minowa. The round ends, and they slap hands. 10-9 McGregor
Round 2: McGregor talking to Holloway between rounds froma cross the cage before the round. Holloway a bit more aggressive this round and looking for leg kicks and a straight right. Not much going on. McGregor claps his hands for some reason. Holloway is looking for a straight right to the chin, but can’t seem to land it clean. A lead uppercut from McGregor lands clean. McGregor talking to Holloway, I’d give pretty penny to hear what they are saying. McGregor circles and picks Holloway apart until the round ends. 10-9 McGregor
Round 3: More of the same, McGregor circles on the outside and lands more shots. Oddly, McGregor winds up landing a takedown. Holloway looks lost. McGregor psses to mount quit easily, and then they play a game of escaping and passing back to mount over and over. Two minutes left. McGregor seems content to ride this decision out from the mount position. He lands a few elbows, and Holloway escapes somehow and looks for a headkick. McGregor uses his momentum against him and lands another takedown. McGregor rides the round out on top, and that’s the fight. 10-9 McGregor
Conor McGregor def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision
Mike Brown vs Steven Siler
Round 1: Mike Brown comes in aggressively with hooks, and Siler steps back and lands a clean uppercut that puts Brown on his ass. Siler jumps in and finishes the fight with big punches from the top. Huge win for Siler. Brown complains, but the stoppage was just fine.
Steven Siler def. Mike Brown via TKO (punches) at 0:50 of round 1
Diego Brandao vs Daniel Pineda
Round 1: Mario Yamasaki decides at the last second that he is not okay with the ankle wraps on Pineda. They tinker with them, and then here we go. An amazing exchange, Pineda lands a right hand which seems to wake Brandao up. Brandao throws a head kick that lands and then his trademark flying knee. Pineda is on ice, and Brandao lands a right hand. Brandao keeps landing a glancing headkick on the break. Pineda showing some serious heart, Wild Exchanges! Pineda lands a right hand of his own, and Brandao tries again for the flying knee. Pineda keeps pressing forward. More wild exchanges. What a round. Brandao lands a right hand again, and then hits a takedown. Hard to keep up with all this action. Pineda lands a nice right hand. I’m curious to see the strikes landed in this first round. Both fighters exchange all the way up until the bell. Rogan says “both fighters have slowed down” but I don’t agree at all. Crazy round. 10-9 Brandao
Round 2: Both fighters showing appeal before the round, clapping and shouting. Immediately they exchange, Pineda pressing forward with punches. Pineda seems to have his range down now, when he gets in close, Brandao can’t land those kicks. Brandao hits a takedown. Pineda active from his back, but good luck submitting Brandao. He attempts a triangle that scares Brandao away, so they wind up standing. Brandao lands a nice right hand, and Pineda appears hurt, but at the last second he attempts a spinning elbow. They both laugh. Brandao gets a takedown again, Pineda reverses into mount, and swarms him with elbows. Brandao looks very tired. So much action! Pineda landing punches like mad man from mount. Brandao finally escapes a scary moment and regains full guard. He looks tired though. 10-9 Pineda
Round 3: Brandao looks tired in between rounds, while Pineda looks refreshed. The crowd cheers like mad for the beginning of the third round. Brandao looks awfully tired, but he lands a nice takedown. Pineda escapes, and Brandao ducks under a right hand and hits another takedown. It looks like Brandao has found the solution to this third round. Pineda escapes and looks for a takedown of his own, but nothing doing. Brandao easily lands s takedown of his own. Amazing scramble from Pineda, and he is up. He throws some bombs and misses, and Brandao lands another takedown. Brandao stays still for too long, and Yamasaki stands them up. Pineda attempts a few wheel kicks, but Brandao circels away. Pineda looks for a takedown with just a few seconds left in the fight, and lands a nice right hand. 10-9 Brandao
Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision
Manvel Gamburyan vs Cole Miller
Round 1: Cole mean muggin’ as hard as he can before the first round. Manny immediately pressing forward. Cole looking for kicks. Manny looks for a right hook, but he doesn’t set it up and so Cole easily avoids. Cole Looks like he is a foot taller in there. Cole times a sweet right cross. Manny confused by the reach of Cole. Manny blasts forward with a takedown with a minute left in the round. A nice elbow by Manny. Cole pops up, but Manny is stuck to him. Manny shot down low, and Cole elbows the ears. The round ends, and very strangely Manny stays down holding the back of his head. It seems like he is hamming it up and claiming that Cole hit him in the back of the head. How odd, Never seen this before. Stitch the cutman comes in to help and you hear him say “the fuck happened?” He uses his entire minute just to hold the back of his head and “recover”. As soon as he makes it to his corner, its time for the second round. 10-9 Miller
Round 2: The doctor does a quick check on Manny, and he is cleared for the second round. Manny open up with some mean leg kicks. Manny pressing forward, and Cole lands a well-timed knee. Manny presses in for a takedown. They are stuck against the cage, but Cole won’t go down. He opens up with knees. Crazy scramble between the two while against the fence. Manny finally drags him down, and Manny is cut up on his bald head, and he is bleeding. Cole is back up, and he is landing more elbows. Manny takes him down, again, but Cole uses a butterfly guard to push Manny off of him and escape. They exchange in the center, but nothing lands. 10-9 Gamburyan
Round 3: Miller’s corner insisting that he needs this third round desperately, and I agree. They touch gloves, and both of them open with kicks. Wild exchanges, Manny landing that overhand behind the ear a few times, but Cole takes it like a champ. Manny landing some nice leg kicks. Cole lands a leaping knee to the body, and Manny counters with a takedown. Manny rides it out, and keeps Cole down. Smart strategy, he is winning the round. Cole trying deperately to escape, but Manny is controlling very well. The round ends, and both fighters embrace and raise each others’ hands. Great sportsmanship, competitive fight. 10-9 Gamburyan
Manvel Gamburyan def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision
Ovince St. Preux vs Cody Donovan
Round 1: Donovan gets in and out with a slick combo and St. Preux looks 2 steps behind. They clinch and Donovan lands series of punches from inside. St. Preux looks much, much slower. Donovan looks for a takedown, but St. Preux sees it coming and reverses, landing on top. St. Preux frees his wrists up and throws some huge bombs on Donovan, cracking the egg and hurting him. St. Preux with some more huge shots and Herb Dean jumps in to stop it. They show a replay of the takedown reversal and man, did it look nice.
Ovince St. Preux def. Cody Donovan via TKO (punches) at 2:07 of round 1
Ramsey Nijem vs James Vick
Round 1: Nijem wastes no time and wildly shoots in for an ugly single leg takedown. Vick actually falls backwards a few times, but uses the cage to stand again. Nijem is overextended, and Vick locks up a power guillotine. Nijem tries to roll out, but Vick flips him over and cranks it until Nijem cries out in pain and is forced to tap. What a submission!
James Vick def. Ramsey Nijem via submission (guillotine) at 0:59 of round 1