UFC Fight Night 20 lived up to its hype as the event took place at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. January 11th 2010. Headline fight of the night was a lightweight title contention battle that took place between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. Here are your results:
MAIN CARD RESULTS
- Gray Maynard def. Nate Diaz via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Evan Dunham def. Efrain Escudero via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 1:59
- Aaron Simpson def. Tom Lawlor via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Amir Sadollah def. Brad Blackburn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
- Chris Leben def. Jay Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Rick Story def. Jesse Lennox via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
- Thiago Tavares vs. Nick Lentz declared majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-27)
- Rory MacDonald def. Mike “Joker” Guymon via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:27
- Rafael dos Anjos def. Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gerald Harris def. John Salter via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:24
- Nick Catone def. Jesse Forbes via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Maynard vs. Diaz
Maynard and Diaz put on a war as Maynard dictated the fight standing with his superior wrestling, stuffing every take down attempt by Diaz. Though Maynard was able to squeak out the split decision, some analyst felt that Diaz landed more in the striking department which technically should have gave him the win. As we saw in Alves vs. Evans fight, wrestling helps in the cards.
Evan Dunham vs. Efrain Escudero
Efrain Escudero came out with great striking in the first round, dazing Dunham and sending him to the canvas early. Dunham was able to survive the first round- getting Escudero to his guard, impressively while being rocked really bad. 2nd and 3rd round proved that Dunham had a lot of heart, taking a brutal beating, and then turning the tables finishing Escudero in a nasty armbar. Escudero left the cage quickly as Rogan commentated that the arm must have been broken from that nasty armbar. Later X-rays showed that it was not broken.
Other big highlights of the night were Amir Sadollah’s impressive domination over Drad Blackburn as he pulled off a unanimous decision and (unaired) Chris Lebens climb back up the latter destruction of Jay Silva.