It’s time for UFC Fight Night again. Yep, for a lot of us — the second time today!
This time, ZUFFA invades the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos, also known as UFC Fight Night 49.
The event includes a pairing of two of the world’s top lightweights: former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, and longtime contender Rafeal dos Anjos. A mix of familiar faces and promotional newcomers rounds out the undercard.
We’ll begin calling the main card action at 10 pm EST/7 pm PST. Please join us!
Preliminary card Results:
Flyweights: Wilson Reis defeated Joby Sanchez by decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweights: Ben Saunders defeated Chris Heatherly by submission (omoplata) at 2:18 of round one
Bantamweights: Matt Hobar defeated Aaron Phillips by decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweights: Beneil Dariush defeated Tony Martin by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:38 of round two
Welterweights: Neil Magny defeated Alex Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweights: Chas Skelly vs. Tom Niinimäki
The Finn, Niinimäki, is a -150 favorite. A Texas native & former state champion wrestler who trains under Marc Laimon, Skelly is less experienced — maybe he turns a corner here.
Round One: Skelly swinging hard to begin, Niinimäki slips about looking for short punches. Skelly in for a takedown, Niinimäki slips away — but Skelly works to the back, standing. They tumble to the mat. Niinimäki rolls on top, then works a guillotine in transition. Skelly slips out — and takes mount! Skelly works again to the back. His grappling is looking nice here. Skelly works for the rear choke — Niinimäki struggles, looks like the arm is on the chin, but they roll to the side and Niinimäki taps!
Brian Stann surmises that it was more a crank than a choke. Skelly confirms he was basically just crushing the jaw and not under the chin.
Chas Skelly defeats Tom Niinimäki by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 of round one.
Lightweights: James Vick vs. Valmir Lazaro
Vick is noted as the UFC’s tallest lightweight at 6’3.” He’s cornered by Lloyd Irvin, who is noted for a series of sex abuse scandals. Lazaro, not exactly short at 6’0″ is of Nova Uniao.
Round One: Both guys showing the leg kick to begin, Lazaro winging haymakers. Neither landing much of anything. Lazaro with a good check and an overhand. Vick with a solid knee, then a glancing high kick. Both guys winging punches with horrible form. Nice right by Vick, and Lazaro gets a quick body lock and the takedown. Vick with a sweep to elevate but can’t quite finish — Lazaro gets to his feet. Lazaro with another takedown but Vick right back up. Good right by Lazaro. Ugly punching throughout, I think Vick got slightly the better of it. 10-9 Vick.
Round Two: Lazaro stalking now, mixing punches and kicks. He’s still not landing much, but Vick is slowing a little and not landing much of anything. Leg kicks are accumulating for Lazaro. Right from Vick. Vick bleeding from the left eye. Big right from Vick wobbles Lazaro, who goes for the takedown. Right from Lazaro lands, but Vick answers. Not much defense but they’re trying. Lazaro with another takedown as time expires. Anybody’s round, I’ll go Lazaro 10-9.
Round Three: Vick with a hard right. Lazaro looks for takedown. Vick slips away, Lazaro lands a hand combo. Vick’s right keeps landing as they exchange. Vick cracks a high kick as Lazaro is in a deep crouch. Vick lands a front kick to the groin, and action is halted. Vick with a good knee to the chin. Lazaro catches a flying knee and gets a takedown. 10-9 Vick.
James Vick defeats Valmir Lazaro by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Catchweight (149 lbs): Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard
Two young guns — Holloway is 22, Collard is only 21. Hawaii’s “Blessed” Holloway is a -550 favorite.
Round One: Nice knee from Holloway, then a head kick. They exchange glancing hand combo’s. Southpaw Holloway eats a 1-2 and a leg kick. Collard catches a leg and lands some wild punches. Holloway with a takedown but backs away. Good round kick to the body from Collard. Collard throwing more but they’re landing at about the same clip. Spining back kick and 1-2 from Holloway. Big right from Holloway, going orthodox now. Big high kick looks like it rocks Collard. 10-9, Holloway.
Round Two: Holloway keeps some nice pressure on with his counter-punching. Big right lands, and then a flying knee. Kind of opening the kid up. Collard rushing in, gets Holloway stumbling to the mat but he regains his footing. In a clinch, Holloway scrambles to take the back, dragging Collard to the mat — but Collard slips away and regains his footing. Holloway with a good 1-2. Collard finishes a good takedown. Holloway gets triangle position but can’t quite finish, lands elbows to the head as the horn sounds. 10-9, Holloway.
Round Three: Collard moving forward throwing hands. Collard backs Holloway to the cage but can’t quite finish the takedown. Holloway with elbows to the head. Holloway gets takedown and gets Collard’s back, flattens him out with hooks. Punches to the head from the Hawaii boy… and more.. and more. Ref finally steps in!
Max Holloway defeats Clay Collard by TKO (punches) at 3:47 of round three.
Middleweights: Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites
Round One: Carmont taking center Octagon, looking for the jab. Leites initiates a clinch and backs him to the cage. Carmont shrugs him off. Carmont with a hard leg kick that send Leites to the mat. Carmont with a glancing inside leg kick. Nice 1-2 by Leites. Carmont slips a punch, looks for a takedown. Leites escapes against the cage, they take center Octagon again. Leites with glancing overhand, tries to follow with a takedown. Tepid standup action ends the round. 10-10.
Round Two: Leites comes out swinging — big overhand right lands and backs Carmont up. Leites lands a huge combo — right/uppercut! Carmont crumbles to the mat. It’s over!
Thales Leites defeats Francis Carmont by TKO (punches) at 0:20 of round two.
Welterweights: Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein
At 38, Pyle is 14 years the senior of “Young Gun” Mein. Canada’s Mein is a -250 favorite.
Round One: Mein taking center Octagon. Pyle looks for a low single takedown but Mein steps away. BOOM! Mein fakes a shot, lands a big left hook and Pyle falls flat. Several unnecessary punches follow on the mat, but Pyle was out already. Wow, what a statement from Mein.
Jordan Mein defeats Mike Pyle by knockout (punch) at 1:12 of round one.
Lightweights: Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Round One: Both guys firing the southpaw jab and looking for leg kicks. Nice body jab from Henderson, dos Anjos with a 1-2. Push kick from Henderson drops dos Anjos but he’s right back up. Body shot from dos Anjos, nice punching combo’s from dos Anjos. Flying knee from dos Anjos! Big left from dos Anjos drops Henderson! Dos Anjos follows up with punches on the ground and the ref steps in.
Henderson is visibly frustrated — he was still moving about looking to escape. But he was shaken for sure. Better too early than too late.
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Benson Henderson by TKO (punches) at 2:31 of round one.