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UFC 156 FX Preliminary Recaps: Dunham, Woodley, Green, and Vallie-Flagg Victorious

Evan DunhamMMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC 156 rolls along with our coverage of the FX preliminary card. In the final prelim of the evening, Evan Dunham defeated Gleison Tibau in a close fight. In other action, Strikeforce reigned supreme as imports Tyron Woodley, Bobby Green. and Issac Vallie-Flagg all notched victories.

Dunham Edges Tibau

Evan Dunham managed to edge out a split decision victory over Gleison Tibau. Dunham overcame some early danger against the Brazilian to take over the fight late with his superior striking. Tibau had no answer for Dunham’s jab but was the better grappler early on before fatigue set in.

Woodley Annihilates Hieron

Veteran fighter Jay Hieron was unable to secure his elusive first UFC win again tonight as Strikeforce import Tyron Woodley destroyed the veteran. The former MIZZOU standout rushed Hieron and connected a vicious hook that sent Hieron tumbling to the canvas. Referee Herb Dean would try to let Hieron recover, but Woodley overwhelmed him with massive strikes to notch a victory in his UFC debut.

Green Overcomes Poor Officiating to Dispatch Volkmann

Strikeforce veteran Bobby Green made an impressive UFC debut by crushing Jacob Volkmann late. While Volkmann clearly controlled the first round with his superior grappling, Green never stopped fighting. In the second, Green reversed Volkmann and did some serious ground-and-pound damage versus Volkmann before referee Kim Winslow inexplicably stood the pair up. Volkmann would then score a takedown and take Green’s back to finish the round. Volkmann would again take Green’s back near the cage in the third. However, Green reversed position on the tiring Minnesota wrestler and took mount, from there it was all over as Green would eventually force Volkmann to submit.

Vallie-Flagg Wears Down Edwards in UFC Debut

Strikforce import Issac Vallie-Flagg won his UFC debut over UFC veteran Yves Edwards in tonight’s FX opener. While Edwards had his moments, Vallie-Flagg’s pace was relentless and wore down Edwards in the third round. The Team Jackson product seized control in the third by pressuring Edwards the majority of the round in all aspects of the game. The third round performance was enough to seal the round for Vallie-Flagg, as he picked up the split decision win.

Quick Results

  • Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
  • Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via knockout (punches) at 0:36 of Round 1
  • Bobby Green def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of Round 3
  • Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)


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