ProMMANow.com is on the scene here at the Target Center in Minneapolis for UFC on FX 5. Despite numerous last minute changes to the card, the main event between heavyweights Antonio Silva and Travis Browne looks to more than make up for any bumps in the road leading up to Friday night’s event.
You can catch all the prelims televised live on Fuel TV, with the main card set to follow directly after on FX. We here at ProMMANow.com will be providing live coverage right here from start to finish. Stay tuned for live results, play-by-play, and commentary throughout the night.
UFC on FX 5 quick results:
Main Card (FX)
- Antonio Silva def. Travis Browne via 1st round TKO
- Jake Ellenberger def. Jay Hieron via unanimous decision
- John Dodson def. Jussier Formiga via 2nd round TKO
- Justin Edwards def. Josh Neer via 1st round guillotine choke
Preliminary Card (Fuel TV)
- *Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards*
- Michael Johnson def. Danny Castillo via 2nd round KO
- Mike Pierce def. Aaron Simpson via 2nd round KO
- Marcus LeVesseur def. Carlo Prater via split decision
- Jacob Volkmann def. Shane Roller via 1st round rear naked choke
- Diego Nunes def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Phil Harris via 2nd round rear naked choke
UFC on FX 5 play-by-play:
Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Round 1: Uyenoyama goes for the early takedown, but it’s stuffed by Harris. Harris pins Uyenoyama against the cage and scored the snap takedown, but Uyenoyama jumps back to his feet. Another takedown by Harris, this time into the guard of Uyenoyama. Uyenoyama works a triangle and lands several elbows from the bottom. Harris escapes and backs out onto the feet; Uyenoyama follows, managing to get the best of the brief striking exchange to end the round. I give it to Uyenoyama 10-9.
Round 2: Uyenoyama again takes the fight to the ground early, works in strikes from the half guard of Harris. Harris works back into open guard; however, quickly finds himself defending an arm bar attempt. Uyenoyama takes Harris’ back, lands several more strikes while pressed against the cage. Uyenoyama is working in the rear naked choke. He’s got it under Harris’ chin, and it’s all over. Harris taps.
Bart Palaszeswki vs. Diego Nunes
Round 1: Nunes comes out swinging early and catches Palaszeswki on the chin with a hard straight right. Palaszeswki’s on the run! Hard knees in the clinch by Nunes. Palaszeswki continues to back up and Nunes shoots in for the takedown. Nunes fights for the single leg. Palaszeswki jumps guard and falls hard onto the canvas with Nunes in a guillotine. Nunes gets his head free; Palaszeswki switches and tries to work the triangle. Good defense by Nunes. He’s out and postures up in Palaszeswki’s guard, landing some hard elbows. Palaszeswki escapes back to the feet but gets rocked again with a hard straight right from Nunes. Palaszeswki get’s dropped but immediately gets Nunes in his guard. Nunes continues to work his ground and pound. Works for the back, and the round comes to a close. I give the round to Nunes 10-9
Round 2: More of the same from Nunes on the feet, catching Palaszeswki on the chin with another right, and following it up with a hard spinning backfist. Takedown Nunes, directly into the guard of Palaszeswki. Nunes takes Palaszeswki’s back easily, but is unable to get his hooks in and transitions back to the clinch on the feet. Palaszeswki separates and looks to be on the offensive but Nunes fires back with another series of hard right hands and leg kicks. Palaszeswki responds with a right leg kick of his own. Nunes connects with two more rights to Palaszeswki’s chin. Palaszeswki’s slips as Nunes works for the single leg but is able to get back to his feet as the round ends. Once again the round’s got to go to Nunes. 10-9
Round 3: Palaszeswki comes out swinging and gets the best of the early exchange tagging Nunes several times with hooks and high kicks. Nunes gets out of danger and goes back to working the leg kick. Palaszeswki again pressing forward with leg kicks. Nunes answers with a series of wild combinations, but nothing is landing for the Brazilian. Nunes again swinging wildly but unable to connect; Palaszeswki seems to still have a lot left in the tank though. Palaszeswki charges in again but gets caught with a hard hook on the chin. He’s down! Nunes is all over him raining blows from the top, but the round comes to an end before he can get the finish. If there were a round to give to Palaszeswki, this would be it, but the strong finish by Nunes should have been enough to earn him the unanimous decision.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Shane Roller
Pre-fight: Volkmann already ahead on the fan’s unofficial scorecards, as he walks out in a shirt that reads: “Volkmann for President”
Round 1: Volkmann presses forward with a series of high kicks. Volkmann shoots in for the takedown, but it’s easily stuffed by Roller. Another shot by Volkmann; he’s got Roller’s back. Volkmann’s got his hooks in and is landing strikes, as he attempts to open up the choke. Switches to the body triangle; he’s under Roller’s chin! the rear naked choke looks like a tight one! and that’s all she wrote! Roller taps.
Post-fight: Volkmann’s victory is announced to the hometown crowd amid chants of “Minnesota Wrestling!”. And the Gophers in the house continue to go crazy, as Volkmann leads them in a letter by letter spelling of their home state and promos his write-in presidential campaign.
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater (moved from Facebook prelims)
Pre-fight: Prater with an early edge in the “walk out music of the night” category with “Where is My Mind” by the Pixies.
Round 1: LeVesseur swings wildly and gets caught in the clinch quickly by Prater. Prater pushes him up against the cage, and lands a series of knees. Prater has the underhooks, and continues to work knees to the leg and body of LeVesseur. Prater sits back into butterfly guard, and the referee stands them up. Prater again works into the clinch and pulls guard. LeVesseur presses him against the cage and Prater works a loose guillotine. No real danger here. Prater lets his legs drop and returns to the standing clinch. LeVesseur reverses to put Pratter against the fence as they trade knees. LeVesseur working for the double leg, but Prater defends well, and the round comes to a close. 10-9 Pratter on the unofficial Gaetjens scorecard.
Round 2: The round opens and they’re quickly back to the clinch. Prater works for the muay thai clinch, and lands some quick knees to the body. They break, but immediately return to the tight clinch. More knees from the plum clinch by Prater. LeVesseur gets seperation and looks to trade on the feet, but once again Prater closes the distance and forces the over-under clinch. LeVesseur manages to get Prater against the fence, and scores the takedown, but he falls right into a Pratter guillotine. LeVesseur looks calm, but the choke is in pretty tight. And LeVesseur’s out and back up to his feet. After a brief exchange, LeVesseur comes in for another takedown and scores a double leg into side control. That’s the end of the round. LeVesseur takes this one on my card 10-9
Round 3: Leg kick by Prater. LeVesseur responds. LeVesseur goes for another takedown, but is stuffed and pushed up against the cage. LeVesseur reverses, pressing Prater against the fence, landing some blows from the clinch, and working again for the takedown. More knees from the clinch, as referee Rosenthal separates them. Prater lands a hard, head kick, but LeVesseur maintains his composure. Back into the clinch; Prater’s against the cage. LeVesseur works the single leg, but gets caught as Prater falls back into another guillotine. LeVesseur again frees his head and lands some strikes to the midsection. Prater pushes back up against the cage and works to control LeVesseur’s posture. Another harmless guillotine attempt by Prater as the round comes to an end. It’s a close one, but I think Prater takes it. And, I apparently think wrong.
Aaron Simpson vs. Mike Pierce (moved from Facebook prelims)
Round 1: Quickly into the clinch at the open of the round. Simpson gets tagged with two quick rights. Quick takedown, but they’re back to the standing clinch quickly. Knees to the body by Simpson. Simpson lands a high kick as they separate from the clinch in the center of the Octagon. Pierce gives chase, but Simpson lands a stiff shot, and Pierce gores in for the single leg. Pierce’s still eating shots from Simpson as he works for the takedown. Well defended by Simpson, as he lands a series of knees to the head, scores a powerful double leg, and takes the back of Pierce. Simpson flattens him out and works for the choke, but Pierce rolls to face him. Simpson into full mount, and the round ends. Gaetjens unofficial scorecard after one: 10-9 Simpson
Round 2: Simpson with a high leg kick to open the round. Follows up with a solid uppercut to the chin. He’s pressing forward and Pierce catches him as he’s coming in with his hands down! Pierce drops him with a right to the chin! Simpson is immediately wobbled! He’s down and it’s over! Huge comeback flash knockout win by Pierce.
Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo
Round 1: Johnson trying to find his range with a series of early jabs and leg kicks. Castillo responds with some shots to the body. Fairly even exchange by both fighters in the opening minute. Castillo tags him! Johnson drops and Castillo is all over him! Castillo immediately passes into the mount and looks to be working an arm triangle. He;s got the choke in pretty tight and slides off to the side to try and finish. Johnson’s able to free his arm and works back into half guard. Elbows and punches to the body from the top by Castillo. Castillo pushes him up against the cage and looks to pass, but Johnson does well to keep him postured down in half guard. More strikes from the top by Castillo as round number one ends. Unofficial Gaetjens scorecard gives it to Castillo 10-9
Round 2: Johnson opens up the second round on the offensive. Castillo with the double leg attempt, but it’s easily stufed by Johnson. More leg kicks from Johnson. Leg kick by Castillo, but Johnson counters with a huge left hand! Castillo is down, and Johnson is immediately on top of him for the finish. Devastating KO by Johnson. Castillo is very slow to get up after finding himself on the receiving end of at least four unanswered strikes to the head prior to the stoppage.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
Due to Stephens’ arrest this morning, it is unsure whether this bout will take place this evening. Multiple sources report Stephens is still in custody; however, UFC boss Dana White stated earlier in the afternoon that the fight would go on. We’ll keep you updated.
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
Round 1: Edwards opens with a leg kick and shoots the quick takedown. Neer stuffs it easily but gets backed up against the cage. Edwards reverses and jumps onto Neer for a standing guillotine. He’s got it deep! Neer goes to the ground, and he’s out cold! Edwards chokes him to sleep with the guillotine!
John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
Round 1: Both fighters come out with early jabs, getting a feel for each other and testing out range. A lot of quick twitch feints by both fighters, but neither has landed a significant strike in the opening minute and a half. Formiga connects with a quick one two combo. Dodson pushing forward, but not landing anything, a both fighters have taken a cautious approach to this one. Formiga shoots for the single leg, but Dodson quickly backs out. Another straight right for Formiga. Formiga shoots in again, but Dodson shakes him off. The boo birds have started to come out in force here at the Target Center, as Dodson manages to squeeze in one last offensive effort prior to the end of the round. It’s a close round, but I give the slight edge to Formiga’s counterpunching.
Round 2: More of the same in the opening minute of round two. More leg kicks from Dodson. Dodson’s throwing strikes in volume, but hitting nothing but air. Dodson finally connects with a left, but Formiga shakes it off, and the dance continues. Formiga attempts another takedown, but Dodson once again defends well. And Formiga get caught with a looping strike to the chin! Formiga is down and has turtled up. Johnson’s on top of him landing blows to his back! But Formiga is able to roll out and get back to his feet. Dodson again drops Formiga! He’s immediately on top of the Brazilian, letting off a rapid fire series of blows! and that’s it! Dodson explodes to life after a quiet opening round.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
Round1: Both fighters cautious early. Hierson moving forward, testing the water with jabs and leg kicks. Ellenberger now starting to let his hands fly, but neither fighter has come out the clear winner of these small exchanges. Ellenberger lands a solid hook, but Hieron backs out of the exchange. Headkick by Hieron is easily checked by Ellenberger. Hieron shoots the single leg, but ends up on his back. Hieron quickly escapes back to his feet though. Hieron continues to come forward with high kicks and an ambitious spinning backfist, but nothing seems to really be connecting for either side. The round comes to a close with Hieron coming out ever so slightly ahead on the unofficial Gaetjens scorecard.
Round 2: Ellenberger with the leg kick to open the round; he pushes forward with a combination but gets caught by Hieron on the counter. Hieron again tries to mix in the high kick, but is largely unsuccessful. Wild swing by Hieron; Ellenberger ducks under for the takedown. Hieron doing well to control Ellenberger’s posture in his closed guard. And Hieron pushes Ellenberger off; they’re back to their feet. Hieron’s face is bloodied, but he shows no signs of slowing down and continues to press forward with kicks and another spinning backfist. Hieron appears to be fidgeting with his nose and breathing heavily through his mouth. Looks like he make have caught one toward the end of the round. Yet again no clear cut winner on the feet, so the takedown may prove huge for Ellenberger.
Round 3: More kicks from Hieron early. One lands low however, and Ellenberger is given time. Hieron again misses a looping strike and is taken down, but quickly gets back up to the feet. Ellenberger with a solid leg kick. Hieron responds with a series of probing jabs. Hieron now spitting and drooling a lot; that nose is definitely a problem. Ellenberger shoots in for another takedown, but it’s stuffed. Ellenberger manages to back Hieron against the cage and land a couple strikes before Hieron checks away from the danger. Ellenberger pushes forward in the final ten, but the final bell rings before any damage can be done. This is going to be a very tough one to score. It’ll come down to leg kicks vs. takedowns… not that that’s ever happened before…
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Prefight: Travis Browne has just upset Prater at the last minute for walk out music of the night by playing a dubstep remix of Kanye West’s “Who Gon Stop Me” with enough bass to literally rattle the press table.
Round 1: Browne opens with some very aggressive striking. Lands a stiff right, and follows up with some wild kicks. Silva responds with a leg kick, but both men keeping their distance feeling each other out. Silva ets a big knee from Browne, but manages to press him up against the cage. Silva with a series of foot stomps and knees, but Browne is able to separate. More unpredicable kicks from Browne, and he follows up with another heavy right hand. Silva immediately counters and knocks Browne flat on his back! Browne’s hurt big time! Silva on top of him landing followup punches, and Herb Dean steps in to call an end to it!