ANAHEIM, Calif. – The UFC makes their live network television debut tonight when Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos compete for the heavyweight championship of the world at “UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
In addition to the heavyweight title fight on FOX which starts at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT), the entire preliminary card will stream LIVE on Facebook starting at 4: 45 p.m. ET (1:45 p.m. PT).
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary throughout tonight’s event. Also, be sure to check out the ProMMAnow.com UFC on FOX staff picks to see our thoughts and predictions on tonight’s bouts.
UFC on FOX quick results:
MAIN CARD (FOX)
- Champ Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:04)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook and FOX.com)
- Ben Henderson def. Clay Guida by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza by submission (D’arce choke) Rd 2 (1:32)
- Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson by submission (arm triangle choke) Rd 2 (2:16)
- DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:34)
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Norifumi Yamamoto by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
- Robbie Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:54)
- Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Aaron Rosa def. Matt Lucas by majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
UFC on FOX play-by-play:
Mike Pierce vs. Paul Bradley
Round 1 – Pierce engages first and pushes Bradley to the cage. Bradley gets free and they square up. Nice left hook from Bradley. Nice leg kicks from both guys. Nice combo from Bradley. He shoots, stuffed, eats a knee to the body. They square back up. Pierce engages and Bradley turns him to the cage. They move back to the center, leg kick from Pierce. Nice right from Pierce catches Bradley on the jaw solid. Left counter from Bradley on the jaw. Big leg kick from Pierce. Pierce misses a combo. Bradley with a one two, connects. They clinch, right on the break from Pierce. Bradley scores with a Superman punch. Leg kick Pierce. Left hook from Bradley, shoots, they go down but Pierce gets right up. Bradley has a body lock from behind. Lands a left hook on the break. Left left right from Bradley. Pierce puts him to the cage, nice body shot. Knees to the body from both guys. Eventful round. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 Pierce.
Round 2 – One two from Bradley, Pierce with an inside leg kick, checked. Bradley punches, Pierce covers up. He lands a right and initiates the clinch. Knees from both, left from Bradley on the break. Clinch, knee from Pierce. Uppercut. Again. Left on the break. One two from Bradley, jab, blocked. Pierce shoots, stuffed. Left on the bread from Pierce. Jab from Bradley, blocked. Overhand right from Bradley smacks the top of the head. Jab from Pierce, left hook, clinch. Bradley pushes him back to the center, knees to the body from both guys. Another one from Bradley, again, Pierce with a knee to the body, body punches. They separate. Overhand right from Pierce, shoots, pushes Bradley to the cage. Bradley pushes off, Pierce with a one two on the break. Bradley cut on his forehead. Nice uppercut from Bradley. He shoots, Pierce uses a whizzer to keep it standing. They tie up in the center, Bradley backs out. Left from Pierce, Bradley counters with a couple short shots. Big leg kick from Pierce. Another active round and high pace. And another close round. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 Pierce.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Pierce, checked. They exchange several punches, clinch, knee from Bradley, they separate. Left hook Bradley, another one scores harder. Jab from Bradley, clinch. Pierce’s punches are losing power. Bradley shoots, stuffed. They struggle for position in the clinch, knees from both guys. Ref separates them. Nice right overhand from Pierce, clinch, knee from both guys. Another one from Pierce. Ref wants action. Knee from Bradley, body shots from Pierce as they jockey for position. Right from Pierce, leg kick. Right counter from Pierce. Bradley gets a takedown but is struggling to put Pierce flat on his back. Bradley hanging onto his legs but Pierce gets up to his feet. Left from Bradley followed by a left hook counter. With 10 seconds left they slug it out with Pierce landing a nice left and getting the better of the exchange. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Pierce and the fight 30-27 for Pierce. Each round was close though and would not be surprised if Bradley got it. It was by no means a blowout for either fighter, but a pretty fast paced bout with good amount of action.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
Round 1 – Front kick from Alex. Two more kicks. Alex with the jab, straight left and a body kick scores. Side kick. Double jab, leg kick. Alex dodges a leg kick. Left hook to the body from Alex. Left staright. Escovedo scores with a punch. Inside leg kick from Caceres. Cole returns one. Alex being more aggressive so far, scores with a spinning backfist, lands a nice left. Nice front kick, flying knee to the body scores. Cole ends up on his back and eats a couple shots after trying for a takedown. Switch kick from Alex scores to the head. Nice left punch to the thigh from Alex. One two head kick from Alex is blocked. Left body kick from Cole after blocking a combo. Leg kick from Alex. One two from Aelx, front kick knocks Cole back against the cage. Alex looking very comfortable on his feet. Leg kick from Cole. Alex gives him one back. Alex lands a low blow and Cole is mad and attacks but Alex gets the better of the exchange. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 Alex.
Round 2 – Body kick from Alex. One two from Alex backs Cole to the cage. Front kick scores. Nice right jab. Body kick from Cole. Knee to the body from Alex. One two head kick from Alex, nice body shot. Body and head shots land for Alex. Jumping side kick from Alex. Cole pulls guard, attacks the leg. Alex backs out, gets tripped, gets back up and lands a knee to the body on the break. Nice punch combo and a kick from Alex. Body shot from Alex. Nice right from Alex in the clinch. Cole goes for a standing triangle but falls to his back. Alex gets away. Left to the body. Alex is making this veteran look bad. Leg kick from Cole. Left punch from Alex. Body kick. Spinning backfist. Right jab from Alex, again. One two on the chin, front kick, one two, one two. He is scoring big time on Cole Escovedo. Elbow from Cole in the clinch. Front kick and a jab from Alex. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Alex.
Round 3 – Side kick from Alex scores big. He catches a kick and counters. Cole shoots, puts Alex on his back. Alex locks on a triangle, Cole slips out. Alex attacks the arm, has an armbar locked in. Cole trying to defend, takes his time. Alex turns it into an omoplata. Cole picks him up and escapes. Big knee from Escovedo on the break. Alex is back up, inside leg kick. Left hand. Jab. Cole looks very slow and tired. Right hand from Cole. Left from Alex. Leg kick. Cole looks like he’s stuck in the mud. Leg kick and a front kick from Alex. Under two minutes to go. Head kick scores from Alex on the end of a nice combo. Jab from Alex. Leg kick. That head kick was beautiful and Rogan missed it. Cole gets a takedown with under a minute to go. Cole takes Alex’s back. Alex escapes. They stand up and Cole is coming forward, eats a punch. Alex with a one two, lands a nice left and Cole looks very frustrated. He very well may have underestimated Alex. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Caceres and the fight 30-27 for Caceres.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Now go read our pre-fight interview with Alex Caceres.
Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta
Round 1 – Peralta takes a low blow. Time is called. Big leg kick from Semerzier. Clinch. He pushes Peralta to the cage. Knee to the body from Semerzier. Knee to the thigh. To the body. Again. They jockey for position. Semerzier picks him up with a high crotch but can’t get him down. They go back to the clinch. Peralta lands a left on the break. Counter right by Semerzier drops Peralta, he rolls a flip and gets right up. Semerzier pushes him to the cage. Knee to the body. Semerzier moving forward, leg kick inside. He catches a kick, puts Peralta on his back. Big right hand. He stands over Peralta, holding his legs. Body shot from Semerzier. Just misses a huge right to the jaw. Semerzier moves down into guard. Peralta punches off his back. Nice big right and left from Semerzier, kick to the thigh before Peralta gets up. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Semerzier.
Round 2 – They exchange punches. Big leg kick from Semerzier, Peralta drops him with a big right. Semerzier goes for a single. Peralta is free. Semerzier pushes him to the cage. He got hit hard! Elbow on the break from Peralta. Peralta swings big and misses. Leg kick from Peralta. Low kick from Semerzier, he’s warned. He misses a big head kick. They tie up, he pushes Peralta to the side. Body shot from Semerzier. Right hand from Peralta. Semerzier pushing forward. Side kick from Peralta. He blocks Semerzier’s high kick. Side kick Peralta. Right hook from Peralta. Underhooks from Semerzier, pushes Peralta to the cage. Knee to the body from Semerzier, again. Knee on the break from Peralta. Left counter from Semerzier, leg kick, again. Left hook from Peralta. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Peralta.
Round 3 – Leg kick inside from Semerzier. Peralta checks a leg kick. Inside leg kick from Semerzier, outside. Right to the body, side kick to the body from Peralta. Leg kicks from both guys. Body shot from Peralta. Big leg kick from Peralta. Peralta drops Semerzier with
a big counter right, he’s hurt badly. Semerzier tries to shoot and hang onto Peralta’s leg but Peralta keeps punching him until the ref stops it. The replay shows it was actually an unintentional head butt that initially put Semerzier down. Wow! Unfortunate.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Robbie Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:54)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Round 1 – The ref has a blonde mohawk, Larry Landless. Kid circling Darren. Beautiful shorts Kid is wearing. Darren shoots, shrugged off. Flashing a jab from Kid. Darren grabs a hold, pushed off. Kid shrugs him off again. Leg kick from Kid. They clinch, Kid pushes him to the cage. They trade knees, Kid throws him to the ground. Darren is back up. Kid uses a beautiful judo throw and lands inside Darren’s guard. Darren throws his legs up looking for something. Kid stands up and out. Big uppercut from Kid scores. Head kick, Darren catches it and puts Kid on his back. Darren gets on top, lands some punches. Kid using a butterfly guard, they scramble. Kid holding a single. Darren looking for his back, now has a body lock with his legs with 20 seconds left. Kid trying to defend but Darren locks on a rear naked choke, time runs out, very close. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Uyenoyama.
Round 2 – Darren misses a head kick then runs into a clean left hand that opens him up and drops him. He grabs a single and pushes Kid against the cage. He gets a double leg takedown, moves to half guard. Darren is dripping blood from top position. Kid tries to sweep. Darren gets mount, Kid gives up his back but Darren has the body lock once again just how they ended the last round. Kid is in a world of trouble right here. Darren’s nose is what’s leaking blood. Two and a half minutes to go. Darren lands a couple punches trying to soften Kid up. Kid defending well, he’s trying to spin, but the body lock is preventing it. Big body shots from Uyenoyama. Kid doesn’t like it. Under a minute to go. Kid is very frustrated. Darren landing some nice punches from the back, he turns it up with big punches. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Darren Uyenoyama.
Round 3 – Replay shows Darren pointing at the camera and punching Kid in the last round. Great comeback in that last round by Darren. Kid dancing around the outside. Leg kick, slips. They tie up and Darren pulls guard. Rubber guard. Body shots from Kid. Elbow from Darren. Crackhead control and Kid is stuck. Kid is locked up and can’t do anything, finally pulls out. Eats an upkick. Darren gets up at the direction of the ref. Big left from Kid. He blocks a head kick. He throws another big left. Scores with a left. Head kick from Darren, Kid walks through it. They tie up against the cage. Knee from Darren. Kid tries to toss him, again he tries. Kid pushes him to the cage with 45 seconds left. Ref wants action and separates them. Nice right hand from Kid, he blocks a head kick. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Kid and the fight 29-28 for Darren Uyenoyama.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Darren Uyenoyama def. Norifumi Yamamoto by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
DaMarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison
Round 1 – This should be a good fight. Leg kick from Clay. Left from Clay, body shot. Left hook from Johnson then another jab lands solid. Leg kick from Clay, counter right from Johnson. Leg kick from Clay. Johnson drops Clay with a big left hook, he throws his hands up in celebration then steps in and punches Clay with a big right that puts him limp and forces Herb Dean to step in.
OFFICIAL RESULT: DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:34)
Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas
Round 1 – Body kick from Swanson, big leg kick. He catches a kick and sweeps the back leg. Leg kick again. Greg Jackson in Cub’s corner. Body kick from Lamas, counter right from Cub. Leg kick from Cub. Inside this time. Punch, low kick to the groin from Cub gets Lamas time to recover. Lamas shoots, stuffed, but Lamas muscles him to his back. Lamas on top in half guard, drops some punches and elbows. Cub grabs a front headlock, regains full guard, cranks a guillotine, it’s tight, Lamas slams him, stands back up and Lamas survives. One hand head kick from Lamas is blocked. Cub lands a right hand and a head kick. Lamas shoots, stuffed. They roll to the ground and Cub is in side control. Moves to north south. Tea bagging. Scissors choke, lets it go, back to the feet. Lamas misses a head kick as Cub moves out of the way. Cub lands a right and Lamas lands a left after the bell. Greg Jackson is a happy man. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Swanson.
Round 2 – Lamas dodges a leg kick. Cub slips to the ground, he’s back up and lands a punch and a kick but gets wild and gets put on his back. Lamas inside full guard. Cub with mission control. Lamas postures up with some big punches and elbows, mostly blocked. Cub gets to his feet using the cage, well, gets to his knees. Lamas puts him back flat on his back. Lamas locks on an arm triangle, Lamas squirms and twists and tries to escape but it’s too late and taps his hand very rapidly before he goes unconscious. I think Cub just got to comfortable. He got sloppy. He was looking the best we’ve seen him in a long time but just got sloppy.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson by submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Rd 2 (2:16)
Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza
Round 1 – Leg kick from Garza as Poirier hunts, he throws a head kick and Garza blocks it. Poirier with a combo and Garza covers up. Big leg kick from Garza buckles the leg. Front kick from Garza, then a kick to the body that Poirier catches. Left counter from Poirier, sweeps the back leg. Body kick from Garza. Poirier counters with an uppercut. Garza catches a kick, throws Poirier on his back, they roll and Garza has his leg. Poirier escapes back to his feet. Garza lands a low blow. Ref restarts them. Poirier swarms with a combo, Garza ends up on his back with Poirier landing punches and elbows. Twenty five seconds to go. Garza throwing elbows off his back, throws his legs up. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Poirier.
Round 2 – Garza slips to his back after missing a spinning elbow. Poirier lets him up. Garza shoots, stuffed, Poirier on top in half guard and the crowd roars with boos at the pace I assume. Come on Anaheim, don’t you like the ground game? Poirier locks on a D’arce and Garza taps rather quickly. Garza gave that one away, just left his head there and let Poirier set it up.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza by submission (D’arce choke) Rd 2 (1:32)
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
Round 1 – This is a lightweight title eliminator. They touch gloves. Guida is bouncing. Oh snap. Guida flashing the jab. Crowd chants “Guida”. Leg kick Guida. Lands a right. Ben drops Clay with a shot, they both swing it out as Clay shoots, stuffed. Ben giving him some punches. Ben pushes him to the cage, they pummel for position. Clay drops levels for a single. Ben giving Clay some punches as Clay strives for the takedown. Knee from Ben. Clay still working. Ben gets underhooks. Ben pushing Clay to the fence. Knee from Ben. Right from Clay, again. Knee from Ben. Right from Clay, he shoots, Ben lands a right on the break. He just misses a big head kick. Swing and miss by Clay. Flying knee from Guida. He tags Ben with a big right rocks him and Ben shoots, stuffed. Guida looks for a guillotine but Ben is safe. Guida shoots, knee from Ben, head kick misses. Great round! Maybe round of the year. Too close to call almost. Both guys landed great shots. I can’t even call it. 10-10.
Round 2 – Knee to the body from Ben. Clay shoots, has a single. Ben is free, lands a knee. Puts Clay on his back. Ben on top in half guard. Jackson yells at Clay to get up. He gets to his knees. Ben pummels with right hands. Clay gets to one knee. He’s up. Ben shoots, Clay grabs his neck. Knee from Clay to the body. Ben gives one back. Knee from Clay, again. They jockey for position. Knee from Ben. Clay’s back to the cage. Ben with a big elbow, drops levels for a single. Clay catches a knee and puts Ben down. Jackson yells to take his back but Ben defends, gets to his feet. Clay with a body lock and underhooks. Knees to the thighs from Clay. Ben gets underhooks and prevents the takedown. Ben backs out and they both wipe the hair out of their eyes. I look away and I hear “spinning back fist” and see Clay flying through the air and lands on his back. Clay is up and goes for a guillotine. Ben is out, takes Clay’s back with 30 seconds left. Ben has a body triangle and is landing punches trying to soften Clay up. Clay is going to survive but loses the round. Clay gets up and runs to his corner. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 3 – Great freaking fight guys. Wish it was on FOX. Clay bouncing trying to get inside. Leg kick and nice right from Clay. Leg kick from Ben. Misses a front kick. Misses an axe kick. Knee to the body from Guida, they tie up and Ben pushes him to the cage. Knee from Guida, he drives all the way across the cage pushing Ben to the complete opposite wall and still he won’t go down. Ben drops levels pushing Clay to the cage. Under three minutes to go. Body shot from Clay. Knee from Ben. Clay misses a high kick as Ben ducks, he puts Clay on his back. Has side control. Under two minutes. Ben tries to get a crucifix. Clay is out and Ben scrambles and takes Clay’s back. He has a body triangle and has one of Guida’s arms trapped. Clay is out and up. They meet in the air and Guida lands on top and has Ben’s neck. He locks on a guillotine and pulls it tight from top position. Ben is about to slip out. Clay recovers position, dives for the guillotine, they scramble. And time is out. Oh my god, how can you pick a winner? PMN gives the last round to Guida 10-9 and the fight a draw. Fight of the year! What a beautiful fight! After so many years battling his heart out, it would be nice to see Guida get the title shot.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ben Henderson def. Clay Guida by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos
Well here we go folks, a fight that could change the future of MMA forever. The production is one of the thing all the hardcore fans are interested in seeing, in addition to the fight itself of course.This is weird. Dana White is sitting at a commentator’s desk as the show starts talking with another analyst we have never seen in the UFC before and White is talking about both heavyweights and why this was the fight to put on in the first show on FOX. Brock will join them next as they cut to a Bud Light commercial. — Just saw our first ad for the UFC 139 pay -per-view.
Round 1 – Here we go friends. How far will it go? Big John is appropriately refereeing. Cain with a leg kick to start. Nice right by Junior. Inside leg kick from Cain. Front kick from Junior, Cain shoots, stuffed. Leg kick from Cain. Left hook. Right from Cain, leg kick. Huge right hand from Junior catches Cain on the back of the head, he goes down. Junior finishes him off with punches and this fight is over. …. Friends… can I direct you over to the ProMMAnow.com staff picks for this card. Notice the pick, yours truly made. I must also point out my fellow staff writer Josh Cross also picked Junior to win this fight.
Now the question is what kind of impression will this short short fight leave on all the new viewers tuning into the UFC for the first time? Wouldn’t it be nice to have Guida vs. Henderson and the amazing war to show now? Well, let’s see how they fill the time before we judge.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:04)
Junior said afterward he was not 100% and was scared. You would never hear that from a lot of fighters especially in some other sports…. Cain says he will be back. Said his equilibrium was messed up and he waited too long to attack.