Following an early knockdown at the hands of Melvin Guillard in the UFC Fight Night 19 headliner, Nate Diaz took advantage of his first opportunity on the ground, forcing Guillard to tap to a guillotine choke in the second-round of the main event.
The finish capped off the Spike TV-televised card, which took place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Guillard dominated the opening round against Diaz with powerful standup, as he knocked The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner to the ground in the opening seconds of the bout but refused to follow him down to the canvas for a possible finish out of respect for his ground game. Diaz returned to his feet and recovered, but Guillard finished the round strong with more accurate and powerful striking.
Looking to continue his gameplan and keep the fight standing, Guillard kept the fight on the feet early in the second frame, but fell victim to one of Diaz’s well-known guillotines midway through the round and was forced to quickly tap to the choke.
Diaz improves to 11-4 in rebounding from back-to-back losses to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson, while the loss drops Guillard to 22-8-2, with all but one of his losses coming by way of submission, and snaps “The Young Assassin’s” three-fight winning streak.
In the UFN 19 co-headliner, Gray Maynard cemented his status as a lightweight contender and remained undefeated by edging Roger Huerta via split decision. Huerta, fighting for the first time in over a year in what was likely to be his final UFC fight for the indefinite future, didn’t go down easy in the final fight on his current UFC deal, as he traded shots with Maynard for much of the first two rounds. In the third, Maynard finally took the fight to the canvas where he secured the win with a near-fight-ending kimura. After the final horn sounded, the judges declared Maynard the winner by scores of 28-29, 30-27, and 30-27.
Maynard improves to 8-0 on his career with his sixth-straight UFC victory, while Huerta falls to 19-3-1 after dropping back-to-back fights to Kenny Florian and Maynard on his way out of the UFC.
In other main card action, former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit won his first UFC bout by taking a split decision over Jake Ellenberger in a tight battle, while Nate Quarry topped Tim Credeur by unanimous decision in an exciting slugfest that kicked off the night’s broadcast.
Brian Stann, Mike Pyle, CB Dollaway, Jeremy Stephens, Mike Pierce, and Ryan Jensen were victorious on the UFN 19 preliminary card, while a lightweight matchup between Phillipe Nover and Sam Stout was scratched from the event after Nover suffered a seizure backstage.
The official results for UFC Fight Night 19 were:
- Nate Diaz def. Melvin Guillard via submission (guillotine) — Round 2, 2:13
- Gray Maynard def. Roger Huerta via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Carlos Condit def. Jake Ellenberger via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Nate Quarry def. Tim Credeur via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
- Brian Stann def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Mike Pyle def. Chris Wilson via submission (guillotine) — Round 3, 2:15
- C.B. Dollaway def. Jay Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jeremy Stephens def. Justin Buchholz via TKO (cut) — Round 1, 3:32
- Mike Pierce def. Brock Larson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Jensen def. Steven Steinbeiss via submission (guillotine) — Round 1, 3:56
Pictured: Nate Diaz