20 January 2012
UFC Lightweight Main Event
Jim Miller (21-3) SUB RD 1 (Rear Naked Choke) Melvin Guillard (40-11-3, 1 NC)
Time of Submission: 2:04 RD 1
Jim Miller has a knack for snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat and Friday night was no different. Despite being rocked and thoroughly out classed by the striking of Guillard, Miller never stopped pressing forward with the singular focus of taking the fight to the ground where his jiu-jitsu would shine. An ill-advised flying knee by Guillard, who may have been feeling his own hype in the fight, connected but Miller was able to muscle in for the take down where he quickly tried to get the submission. Guillard was able to escape out the back but Miller jumped and took his back where he was able to deftly slip in the rear naked choke that forced Guillard to reluctantly tap out.
UFC Welterweight Fight
Josh Neer (33-10-1) SUB RD 1 (Guillotine) Duane Ludwig (29-12)
Time of Submission: 3:04 RD 1
The beauty of a fight is when the unexpected happens. As Duane Ludwig was beating the living hell out of Josh Neer over the course of the opening round few that Neer would make it through the round. However, Neer dug in his heels and simply willed himself not to lose despite being peppered with a seemingly endless barrage of Ludwig strikes. With Neer being outclassed on his feet the veteran fighter took the fight to the ground where he caught Ludwig in a guillotine that put Ludwig out for the night.
UFC Bantamweight Fight
Mike Easton (12-1) MD Jared Papazian (14-7, 1 NC)
Scores: 29-28, 30-27, 29-29
Despite an exhausting, intensity filled, entrance the actual fight between Mike Easton and Jared Papazian was somewhat devoid on sustained action. Sure, there were brief bursts of exciting exchanges between the two but the majority of the fight boiled down to Papazian circling away from Easton with Easton simply following him, unable to cut off the Octagon. It was a bit tedious until the third round when both fighters decided to let it all hang out and spent the majority of the round standing on a dime and winging punches at one another. Despite some valiant heart by Papazian he was simply unable to overcome the aggression of Easton in dropping a decision.
UFC Heavyweight Fight
Pat Barry (7-4) KO RD 1 Christian Morecraft (7-3)
Official time of the Stoppage: 3:38 RD 1
There was a time when the old Pat Barry would have been easily tapped out by a fighter with the submission skills of Morecraft. Throughout their bout Morecraft tried in vain to put Barry in compromising situation after situation. Credit has to be given to Barry who has put in some considerable work in with the wrestlers at Brock Lesnar’s Death Clutch fighting team. The new and improved Barry was able to deftly defend the numerous submission attempts to rally back and clip Morecraft with a wicked left hook. The resulting ground and pound was brutal and spelled the end of Morecraft’s night in the Octagon.
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