CHARLOTTE, N.C. – “UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi” takes place tonight at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. Headlining the event is a lightweight bout featuring one of the division’s top contenders, Kenny Florian, going up against Japanese legend Takanori Gomi, who is making his UFC debut.
In the co-main event, “The Ultimate Fighter season 10″ winner and former IFL Heavyweight Champion, Roy Nelson, takes on the 23-year-old 6’11″ giant from Holland, Stefan Struve. This will be Nelson’s first bout since becoming “The Ultimate Fighter” by knocking out Brendan Schaub in the “TUF 10 Finale” back in December. Struve is riding a three-fight win streak in the UFC.
ProMMAnow.com will be providing live results and play-by-play commentary during tonight’s event. If you want to see who we think will win, check out the ProMMAnow.com “UFC Fight Night 21″ staff picks.
- Kenny Florian def. Takanori Gomi by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3 (2:52)
- Roy Nelson def. Stefan Struve by KO (punches) Rd 1 (:39)
- Jorge Rivera def. Nate Quarry by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (:29)
- Ross Pearson def. Dennis Siver by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (may not be televised)
- Andre Winner def. Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jacob Volkmann def. Ronys Torres by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
- Nik Lentz def. Rob Emerson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Gleison Tibau def. Caol Uno by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:13)
- Yushin Okami def. Lucio Linhares by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 2 (2:47)
- Gerald Harris def. Mario Miranda by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:49)
- Charlie Brenneman def. Jason High by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Round 1 – Silver with a leg kick. Right hand scores with a right, then a leg kick. Inside leg kick by Siver. These guys are swinging very fast. Very fast. Both guys are looking nice tight and crisp on their feet. Lots of exchanges going on but nothing too significant landing. Pearson lands a nice right. Big right by Pearson connects. Siver has a cut around his right eye that came from Pearson’s right hand. Siver ducks a shot then eats a kick right to the face. Fight goes to the ground, Pearson takes Siver’s back and has a body triangle locked on. Pearson has mount but Siver reverses and gets to his feet. He tags Pearson. Very fast-paced back and forth fight. Great way to start the night. ProMMAnow.com scores that round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Pearson. Siver looks to be a bit slower at this point because of his bulky muscles. Siver shoots but gets stuffed. Siver throws a high kick but it’s blocked. Flying knee rocks Siver. Pearson is beating him to the punch and using feints to throw Siver off. Siver gets a takedown, they scramble, Pearson ends up on top, then they stand up. 1:30 left in the round. Left jab scores for Pearson. Siver’s nose is bloody. Quick leg kick by Pearson. Nice right by the Brit. Leg kick from the Brit. ProMMAnow scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 3 – Huge leg kick scores for Pearson. Another huge leg kick by Pearson. Siver is trying to hit Pearson but rarely connects solid. Nice right by Pearson but Siver gets the takedown. He’s in Pearson’s full guard. Pearson gets up. Siver throws a knee on the way up. Enormous leg kick buckles Siver. Pearson throws Siver to the mat, gets side control, but Siver pops up. Spinning back kick by Siver misses. Siver gets a takedown but Pearson is right up. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Ross Pearson.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ross Pearson def. Dennis Siver by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Round 1 – Hello Chandella. Leg kick by Quarry. Leg kick by Quarry. And again. Leg kick byRivera. Rivera swings and Quarry fires back, then lands a leg kick. Big right hand by Rivera rocks the Rock. Leg kick by Quarry. And again. Rivera fires back with punches, scores with a right. Two right hands connect that drop Quarry, he recovers, gets to his feet and lands two elbows, then a leg kick. Rivera has been slowed momentarily. Big leg kick again by Quarry. Quarry is hurt from a punch. Rivera starts firing off, Quarry, drops down for a double but Rivera fires off numerous shots that rock the Rock. Rivera is trying to finish. He’s unloading with big shots. A Thai clinch with a knee. to the head. Quarry fades to the ground, just trying to cover up and Rivera keeps punching. For some reason the ref lets the fight continue although Quarry has all but tapped out. He got BROKE. Rivera’s punches have lightened up but he keeps pounding. Big round for “El Conquistador”. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Rivera.
Round 2 – A big right hand rocks Quarryand a left hook drops him. Rivera finishes him off. Quarry had not recovered mentally from the last round. Something got broke in him mentally. You could just see it. This is a huge win for Rivera who has now won three straight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jorge Rivera def. Nate Quarry by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (:29)
Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve
Round 1 – this is the fight I’m most looking forward to. Struve is so tall. Struve lands a leg kick, but Roy Nelson starts throwing bombs, and connects! Started with a huge overhand right that dropped Struve then finished him off on the ground with about ten big punches. I think Roy gets his power from his pretty curly hair. What makes this even more impressive to me, is I saw Stefan Struve get hit with so many bombs by Paul Buentello, and Buentello coud not put him away. And he got hit hard! And Buentello hits damn hard. Roy “Big Country” Nelson is a definite threat to anyone in the UFC’s heavyweight division. – Roy was asked if there was anyone he would like to challenge next. He said, “Jame Toney.” Nelson vs. Toney would by A-MAZING!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Roy Nelson def. Stefan Struve by KO (punches) Rd 1 (:39)
Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi
Round 1 – Oh shit! Gomi with a wide stance. gomi looks light on his feet. Still feeling out after a minute in. Both trying to get inside. Kenny lands a leg kick. Leg kick by Kenny and a right hook by Gomi. Left punch scores for Kenny. Right hand by Kenny.Gomi switching stances back and forth. Right jab by Kenny. Gomi landed nothing so far but eats a couple punches. Right hand by Gomi. Left, right by Kenny. Leg kick by Gomi. Gomi with his hands down. Jab after jab lands for Kenny, over and over. Gomi shoots, stuffed. Left, right by Gomi. Kenny fores back. Leg kick scores for Gomi. :15 seconds left in round. Wild high kick by Gomi. Right jab by Kenny. Fun fight! ProMMAnow.com scores first round 10-9 for Florian.
Round 2 – Right jab from Florian. Gomi switching stances, he eats a couple of jabs. Florian lands several jabs, winds up with a big right hand. Florian looking much more technical in his attack. Gomi still looks fresh though and still light on his feet. Body shot by Gomi. Gomi avoiding damage for the most part. Gomi with another body shot. Right jab by Gomi. Kenny still working the jab effectively. ProMMAnow scores round 2 10-9 for Florian.
Round 3 – Kenny shoots, clinch, Thai clinch from Kenny, Gomi shrugs him off, back to the center. Gomi still switching stances often. Huge left hand clips Kenny. It was the biggest punch of the fight. Kenny shoots, lifts Gomi up and puts him on his back. Kenny in Gomi’s guard. 3:00 left in the round. Kenny gets full mount. Gomi gives up his back and Florian is pounding, softening him up. Florian locks in the rear-naked choke and Gomi taps out. Whohohohoa! Way to go Ken-Flo! Probably the biggest win of Kenny’s career. I love Gomi. Hopefully he will come back stronger and better. Kenny “I finish fights” Florian does it again!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kenny Florian def. Takanori Gomi by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3 (2:52)