I reported all the dirty little details last night with play-by-play and live results of UFC 155. Watch the post fight presser in the video at the bottom of the page. Follow me personally on twitter @mmafreakout.
~Results from the prelims~
Cariaso vs Moraga: Moraga beats Cariaso via submission by guillotine choke in the third round.
Garcia vs Holloway: Holloway beats Garcia by split decision.
De Fries vs Duffee: Duffee beats De Fries by TKO strikes in the first round.
Johnson vs Jury: Jury beats Johnson by unanimous decision.
Guillard vs Varner: Varner beats Guillard by split decision.
Perez vs Bloodworth: Perez beats Bloodworth by TKO in the first round.
Pickett vs Wineland: Wineland beats Pickett by unanimous decision.
~Main Card Play-by-Play Results~
~Leben vs. Brunson~
Both fighters meet in the center. Brunson throws a head kick and a couple strikes pretty quickly. Missing with the strikes, he ends up clinching Leben and taking him down with apparent ease. Leben is searching for a triangle and then arm-bar but Brunson postures away from any danger. Brunson is sitting comfortable in Leben’s guard and Leben doesn’t seem too bothered on the bottom as the round reaches the middle point. Brunson takes side control and transitions to full mount. He finds the arm triangle but loses it fairly quickly. Brunson drops in to side control and begins dropping a couple solid elbows. Leben pulls him down and avoids any real damage. Brunson is shrugging off submission attempts while simply man handling Leben on the ground. As Leben tries to stand up off the cage, Brunson lands some good strikes. The round ends with them pushing off the cage and getting broken up before meeting in the center.
My predicition: 10-9 Brunson
Leben is hunting Brunson down in the opening minute and Brunson doesn’t take long to shoot for a take down. Leben holds off Brunson’s attack which rallies a cheer from the crowd. Brunson looks tired but is able to tackle Leben to the ground with a solid double leg take down. They stand back up and Brunson tries a standing guillotine but lets it go. Both men are dropping bombs and take a few shots. Halfway through the round Leben is walking Brunson down with strikes but Brunson is returning fire and looks dangerous even though he seems tired. Brunson forces Leben up to the cage with a strong double under hook but is unable to take him down and they push off the cage and meet in the center again. Another attempted take down and Leben stuffs it. They exchange some dirty boxing against the cage, bounce off, and the round ends.
Prediction: 10-9 Leben
The fighters dance around and toy at each other with strikes. Brunson shoots for a take down eventually and Leben shrugs him off. Shooting again, Brunson secures a takedown and pushes Leben up in to the cage in Leben’s guard. Leben manages to stand back up and he definitely looks tired as he stalks Brunson. Brunson starts teeing off on Leben’s face and Leben returns fire. Brunson shoots for a takedown and is denied. They are exchanging rather lazily out of shear fatigue as the fight enters the final two minutes. Brunson shoots again, and is denied. Both men are getting booed now. Leben looks slow, Brunson looks simply tired. Leben lands a couple promising left hands and then Brunson lands a takedown with less than a minute left in the fight. Brunson gets back up and they finish the fight with leben throwing wildly.
Prediction: 10-9 Brunson Overall: 29-27 Brunson
Official Decision: Brunson wins by unanimous decision
~Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher~
Both fighters look a lot more agile than the middle weights in the last fight as they run out and begin circling. Belcher throws a good leg kick. Okami throws some fasts strikes but doesn’t connect. Belcher throws a high kick and Yushin throws a jab in to Belcher’s chest and he falls to the ground but isn’t hurt at all. As Belcher pops back up, Okami pushes Belcher to the cage. They share an over under and Yushin has Belcher against the cage until Belcher lands a takedown and is then reversed by Okami. Belcher is holding Okami in a very tight guard and Okami is unable to land effective strikes. Pushing Belcher in to the cage, Okami is smothering Belcher and drops in to side control as the round winds down. They roll around a bit against the cage and the round ends with Okami on top.
Prediction: 10-9 Okami
Yushin takes the center of the cage immediately and is firing off strikes. Belcher is avoiding getting hit but takes a punch as Okami clinches him up against the cage, locks in under hooks, and takes him down. Belcher immediately reverses on the ground and the Okami reverses him as well. Okami has Belcher against the cage on the ground once again as he smothers his opponent. Belcher is struggling to get up but Okami is controlling him fairly dominantly. Okami drops in to side control and the referee stands them up oddly enough. Belcher lands a good combo but Okami seems fine. Okami once again presses Belcher up against the cage and begins searching for the takedown again. Belcher tries shifting off the cage and Okami takes his back and drags him to the ground. Okami smothers Belcher again against the cage as the round slips away. The ref stands both men up again with 20 seconds left in the second and both men square off a bit as the round ends.
Prediction: 10-9 Okami
They come out and exchange and Belcher drops Okami with a solid shot but Okami pops right back up and seems to be fine for the moment. Okami takes the center of the cage and eventually rushes in and clinches Belcher in to the cage. Okami drags Belcher to the ground but as they go down, Belcher transitions and winds up on top of Okami in his mount but Okami ends up scrambling and they stand up. Belcher locks a standing guillotine and Okami drops down in the choke but is able to pull his head out. Okami continues smothering Belcher in to the cage on the ground and secures full mount with a little over a minute left in the fight. Belcher is holding on to Okami’s head as Okami blindly throws ground n pound strikes. Okami is posturing and dropping punches as Belcher tries scrambling out of Okami’s mounted position but is unsuccessful. The fight ends with Okami on top.
Prediction: 10-9 Okami
Official Decision: Okami beats Belcher by unanimous decision
~Tim Boetsch vs. Constantino Philippou~
Both men come out, touch gloves and Tim hunts Consta down and clinches him up to the cage. Consta is fighting off Tim’s take-downs and after a minute is dragged down to the ground none the less. But he stands up fairly quickly and Tim maintains strong pressure against the cage. Consta is defending knees from Tim and is able to push off the cage. Both men meet in the center and Tim throws a couple strikes as Consta throws a couple himself. The round is half over and neither man has really threatened the other yet. Tim is applying good pressure but not landing anything extreme. Tim pushes Consta to the cage and they clinch up. Consta circles off the cage and Tim takes him down. Consta is holding Tim very tightly and the ref stands them up with 30 seconds left. Consta goes for a trip and misses but lands a solid strike but Tim seems ok. Tim tags Consta with an upkick as the round ends and the ref stops him from doing any damage as he rushes in but is stopped.
Prediction: 10-9 Boetsch
Both fighters come out and are mixing up strikes as Tim pushes Consta up against the cage. They struggle against the cage for a minute and push off back in to center of the cage. Tim is bleeding from an accidental head but. Tim shoots for a takedown but Consta stuffs it. They meet back in to the center again and Joe Rogan has been commenting on a potential injury accrued by Tim according to his corner in between rounds. Tim is still pushing the pace as Consta pokes him in the eye as he is trying to push Tim back. It looks deep and the ref stops the action and gives Tim time to recover. He says he’s ok and the fight begins again. Tim seems to struggle with seeing. They dance around a bit and Consta secures a take down off a failed attempt by Boetsch. Consta is posturing up a bit but is unable to land anything substantial yet. Now he’s landing a little more solidly as Tim struggles to fight him off or escape as the round ends.
Prediction: 10-9 Philippou
Tim is being told by his corner to secure take downs no matter what. The round starts and the fighters are dancing tentatively without much striking initially. Tim shoots for a take down and Consta stops it and reverses. He lands on top of Tim and deals out some strikes. Tim shoots again and his face is completely bloody as Consta reverses again. Consta stands up and backs away and the ref has to force Time to stand up. Tim shoots for two unsuccessful take downs again and is stuffed twice and on the second attempt, Consta is able to finish off a very tired and bloody Tim Boetsch with strikes.
Official Decision: Philippou beats Boetsch by TKO in the third.
~Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon~
They meet in the center and exchange a couple crisp combinations. Jim Miller rips an inside leg kick and fires a one two. Joe is able to cover up and fire back. Jim is firing as he catches joe and they push against the cage and Miller is able to circle back to the center of the cage. Jim starts pouring on a blistering amount of strikes and Joe responds with strikes of his own. Jim is firing body to head and Joe is still active and yet it seems Jim is winning a bit on the feet so far. Jim starts holding the back of Joe’s head as he hits him in the face with his other fist and they push up against the cage. Jim transitions to a standing arm triangle as Joe seems to wobble and the ref ends up stopping the fight momentarily cause Joe is bleeding everywhere. Once the fight starts again Jim starts firing strikes in to Joe’s face and Joe is fighting back regardless of the accrued damage. Jim eats a knee, Joe eats some more strikes. They both kick each other in the chest and simultaneously fall back ward and pop right back up. Joe is still moving forward and both men are in the center of the cage, bloody, and exchanging. Jim backs up Joe with strong strikes to the head and Joe is able to rally back with strikes of his own.
Prediction: 10-9 Miller
A standing ovation meets these two as the second round starts and Jim is pressuring Joe up against the cage with strikes almost immediately. Joe fires back and Jim shoots for a take down and gets Joe down with a solid double leg. Joe is attacking with submission attempts and Jim is trying to posture while throwing strikes. This fight is insanely bloody at this point. Jim is trying to secure an arm triangle and is able to pop a leg out as he searches for half guard but Joe has a leg trapped. The action has slowed a bit as the round goes down to 2 minutes remaining. Eventually Joe is able to reverse Jim on the ground and push Jim up in to the cage. The ref stops the fighters and instructs them not to move. He requests scissors and cuts some lose tape on Joe’s glove. When the fight continues, Joe tries standing and slamming Jim but sinks back in to his guard and they are scrambling for position as Joe stays on top and snatches a leg for a submission but Jim is able to get out and the round closes.
Prediction: 10-10 draw
Jim drops Joe with a kick and Joe pops back up. Jim and Joe exchange crisp combos and both cover up and seem to avoid damage. Joe drops from a miss timed strike and Jim kicks at his legs a bit but doesn’t go to the ground with him and the ref stands the fight up. They clinch up a bit and Jim hits him with a couple strikes. Joe keeps moving forward and Jim obliges with strong striking attacks. They are exchanging constantly and both are eating shots and returning fire. Jim lands a body shot and goes to the head, then a leg kick. Joe looks tired but is still moving through whatever Jim is throwing. Jim seems slow as well as one minute is left in the fight. The crowd is cheering as both men continue this insane pace and Joe drops for a heel hook and he has Jim in a deep submission hold. Jim is able to get out and Joe sinks in a deep choke and the round ends and the ref steps in. What an incredible fight.
Prediction: 10-9 Miller
Official Decision: Miller beats Lauzon by unanimous decision.
~Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez~
Cain comes out swinging and JDS is circling away and Cain takes down JDS and JDS is back up! This is a crazy pace already. Cain shoots for another take down and is denied. He’s throwing kicks and punches and JDS throws a hook and catches Cain but it doesn’t seem to have him hurt. JDS catches Cain again and Cain shoots for a takedown and is denied. Cain shoots for a take down again and is denied. JDS throws an uppercut. Cain shoots and doesn’t get it. They are swinging in the center of the cage now. Cain seems resolved to strike on the feet now. Half way through the round and Cain shoots for another take down and is unsuccessful. JDS looks tired as Cain is pushing the pace and clinches JDS against the cage. Cain is stalking JDS and has JDS against the cage and JDS is now eating shots and gets dropped! Cain starts dropping ground n pound and JDS is blocking shots a bit but needs to get up and is still taking shot as he stands up. But Cain takes him down and makes him pay with solid shots. More ground and pound as JDS tries getting up and is dragged down. The round ends with Cain on top.
Prediction: 10-8 Velasquez
JDS looks beat up and tired as they meet in the center of the cage. Both men throw fast and Cain takes JDS down. Cain is punishing JDS on the ground and JDS is trying to survive. JDS stands up and Cain takes him down again. Both men are tired but JDS is by far more gassed at this point. They stand back up and JDS is leaning against Cain and they push off and Cain stalks JDS down to the cage and grabs a leg and drags him to the ground. Cain keeps dealing out ground n pound and JDS gives up his back. JDS stands back up and they grapple along the cage. Cain lands an upper cut from the clinch and jDS stumbles and Cain is on top on the ground again. Cain is dealing out elbows and JDS scrambles and Cain sinks in an arm bar. JDS is holding tight and Cain loses the arm bar. They stand up and Cain is throwing heat as they clinch up against the cage. Cain is using dirty boxing and JDS is just trying to protect himself. He seems helpless as Joe Rogan puts it. Cain is teeing off but JDS is responding with a couple stirkes of his own against the cage as the round ends.
Prediction: 10-8 Velasquez
They come out and JDS throws an upper cut and it connects and Cain seems fine. Cain is swinging and then shoots for a take down and secures it rather easily. JDS is trying to defend shots as Cain pours the pressure on. Cain grabs a leg but can’t take JDS down. Both fighters seem very tired and the fight isn’t half over yet. Cain throws a jab and follows up with a right hand that lands flush and he pushes JDS against the cage. Cain shoots for a take down and JDS stops it. Cain is ripping body shots on JDS as JDS fires some shots back. JDS grabs Cain and throws a knee and Cain responds with pushing off and throwing strong strikes right in to JDS’s unprotected face. Somehow JDS doesn’t drop and both men clinch up again. Cain tries tossing JDS down and they both fall and pop back up. Cain throws a couple hooks that land and JDS fires back and Cain clinches up with him. They separate and meet in the center of the cage and finish out the round on their feet.
Prediction: 10-9 Velasquez
They meet in the center and Cain immediately throws strikes and pushes JDS to the cage. JDS is moving well though and Cain is being cautious and shoots for a take down but JDS stops it. They push up against the cage and maneuver off in to the center again. Cain is able to get JDS down but JDS pops back up. JDS lands a solid punch, Velasquez shoots for a single leg and is denied. JDS reverses and tries taking Cain down. Eventually Cain picks up JDS and drops him to the ground and manages to hold him there for a moment until JDS manages to climb back up to his feet. JDS is walking away with his hands down and Cain is hitting him with everything he’s got as JDS stumbles away yet fires a smart elbow and catches Cain. Cain clinches. They strike a bit again and clinch again. Both men are tired as Cain hits JDS against the cage with harmless shots and JDS holds on to Cain and avoids damage. The round ends with Cain and JDS exchanging and Cain pushes JDS in to the cage as the ref stops the fight at the bell.
Prediction: 10-9 Velasquez
JDS looks almost unrecognizable as they meet in the center and JDS touches gloves with Cain. Cain throws some strikes, clinches up and is unable to take JDS down at first and then wrestles him down a bit but JDS is able to stand back up. They dance around and JDS is limping a bit as Cain stalks him. JDS is still throwing heat though. Cain shoots for a single leg and is denied. Both men are vying for positioning in the clinch and they break up and Cain shoots for a take down and JDS stuffs it again. They swing and clinch and do the dance over again as the fight reaches the halfway point. Cain manages to pick JDS up, drops him and lands on top. He’s holding him down and starts dropping some ground and pound in to JDS’s face. JDS is trying to turn to get up and Cain takes his back. JDS manages to get back up with 1:30 left on the clock. Both men grapple against the cage and are extremely tired. Cain lands a head kick and JDS still won’t go down with 30 seconds left. They are against the cage with Cain pushing his weight on JDS and throwing strikes as the fight comes to an end.
Prediction: 10-8 Velasquez
Official Decision: Velasquez beats JDS by unanimous decision.
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