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Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
Rd 1- Fighters feeling each other out early. Nice elbow by Mein. Soild left hook by Brown connects and he chases Mein across the cage and lands a few more shots. Gorgeous combo by Mein. Mein slips on a Brown counter. Brief stop to replace Mein’s mouthpiece. Huge right hook by Brown lands early. Massive shots land by both fighters. Insane battle so far. Left hook by Jordan. Wicked combo by Mein drops Brown and he tries for a front choke but Brown works out. Mein with solid GNP but Brown with a deep triangle attempt now but Mein survives somehow. Mein stands up and just lets Brown stand. Massive combo by Brown and he tiredly tries to put away Mein as the Round ends. Great back-and-forth round goes for Brown at the end 10-9.
Rd 2- Wicked attack by Brown and he shatters Mein’s nose. Brown takes him down and lands big shots on Mein. Huge punch to the face by Brown and some shots to the kidneys and “Big” John McCarthy calls the fight after Mein cannot fight back.
Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein via TKO (strikes) at 1:00 of Round 2
Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
Rd 1- Thomson with some legkicks on Diaz as he forces him to chase. Combo by Diaz misses. Nate is being forced to chase. Huge head kick by Thomson but Nate eats it. Open-handed slaps by Nate as he taunts Thomson. Another headkick by Thomson and Nate catches it briefly. Clinch by Nate after a solid punch lands. Beautiful duck-under by Thomson to a blistering series of rights. Thomson with another cracking right hand. Gorgeous inside trip with :30 left. Elbows by Nate from his back but some big shots by Thomson. Thomson lets him up as the round ends. Nate’s knee is swollen pretty badly in his corner. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Thomson.
Rd 2- Nate swarms forward with a combo early and Thomson clinches. Brief stop for a knee to the groin by Diaz. Wicked elbow by Thomson in the clinch. Big shots by both fighters on the exit. Nate with a takedown and tries to swarm as Thomson stands. Big elbows by Thomson. Nate is busted up but Thomson is slowing down now. Thomson with a clinch and knees by both fighters.Wicked head kick by Thomson and Nate Diaz is done after some wicked strikes.
Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 2
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir
Rd 1- Mir trying to land kicks to open the fight but Cormier easily evades. Big knee by Mir but Cormier with a clinch and nice strikes that are cracking Mir. DC with a front-headlock and a nice headkick and punches off the break. DC leveraging a greco-clinch against the cage. Big punches and knees to the body by DC. Huge elbow on the exit by DC. More strikes by DC and then he drives Mir to the cage in the clinch. Cormier slips on a kick and Mir tries to lock up a choke but can’t. Hard legkick by DC. Another legkick by DC and the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 DC.
Rd 2- Jumping kick by DC misses. Body-head combo by DC. DC with another solid clinch against the cage. Mir is trying to be active but Cormier backs it out. Big shot by Cormier and back to the clinch. Mir is cut pretty good by an elbow. Fighters break and again DC lands before clinching. Big uppercuts by DC on the inside. Massive uppercuts by DC but Mir lands on the exit. Brutal body shots by Cormier again. Break of the clinch by Herb Den with 0:20 left. MMAFrenzy has it 20-18 as the round ends.
Rd 3- Cormier and Mir are wiped off between rounds. Kicks by Mir and Cormier with a takedown attempt and scrambles back into the clinch. Nice right by Cormier. Big shots by Mir off the break though. Nice kicks by Mir but Dan with another clinch. Big right as Cormier took Mir’s back but gave it up to avoid a possible sub attempt by Mir. Knee to the thigh by Cormier but Dean separates them. Mir storm forward and clinches. Cormier immediately seizes control of it. Big punches by Cormier after he takes Mir down and lets him up. Mir with some knees in the clinch. More punches in the clinch by Cormier. Another big strike by Cormier and Dean separates him. Huge body kick by Cormier wit 0:10 left and the round ends with Mir trying to rush. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Cormier (30-27).
Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
UFC Lightweight Title Fight: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
Rd 1- “Big” McCarthy is our referee tonight. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Legkick by Bendo and Gilbert lands one of his own. Wicked straight right by Bendo staggers Melendez early. Hard kick by Bendo is caught and Gil catches it for a takedown. Bendo escapes but eats a knee on the exit. Another big kick by Bendo but Gil catches it again, flying knee attempt by Bendo and it allows him to escape and control the clinch. Gil with a left hook on the break but it’s blocked. A big chopping kick to the thigh by Bendo. Nice combo by Gil. Body kick by Bendo is caught again and Gil with a flying knee on the rush that is just barely illegal. Another kick to the thigh by Bendo and it’s caught again as the round ends. Tough round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Melendez.
Rd 2- Rights by Melendez to open the round. Combo by Bendo but Gil answers. Big knee by Bendo lands on Gil. Another knee to the body by Bendo. Gil shrugs off the clinch. Jab to the thigh by Bendo. Right by Bendo lands. Legkick by Bendo lands and a headkick barely misses. Big combo by Gil. Nice combos in the center of the Octagon. Bendo getting the better of the exchanges but it’s close. Better round for the champ, but it is still close. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Henderson (19-19).
Rd 3- Nice combo by Bendo to start the round but Gilbert with a nice counter at the end. Gil is pressuring now but not landing much so far. Huge legkick by Bendo drops Gil. Nice combo by Bendo. Nice rights by Gil. Bendo is faking the takedown and finally goes for it. Gil works up but eats some big knees to the body. Punche by both fighters on the exit. Bruising on Melendez’s leg is really showing. Bendo tries to duck a punch for a takedown but great D by Melendez stops it. Body shot by Bendo. Huge leg kick by Bendo drops both fighters. Bendo on top and lands some nice shots and both throw punches after the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Bendo (29-28).
Rd 4- Big body shot by Bendo. Big John warns both men for head butts. Inside legkick by Bendo. Gil shrugs off Bendo’s takedown attempt. Gil catches another kick but Bendo works out. Legkick by Bendo. Takedown stuffed by Gil but he eats some strikes on the way up. Combo by Bendo is answered by Gil but Bendo ducks away. Side kicks to the thigh by Bendo. Big leg kick by Bendo takes down Gil but Gil works up. Lazy left hook lands by Gil but he seems to be slowing here. More combos by Bendo. Nice right by Gil. Punches by Bendo. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Bendo (39-34).
Rd 5- Body kick by Bendo, Joe is pointing out a process on Gil’s shoulder. Bendo with a combo. Gil is swinging wildly now. Legkick by Bendo lands flush, another lead elbow follows it. Another big lead elbow by Bendo. Combo by Bendo lands. Outside legkick by Bendo. Melendez connects of a caught kick with 90-ticks left. Knee by Gil lands nicely. Big wild punches by both fighters miss. Jab by Gil with :11 left. Horn blows and the fight is over MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Melendez but the fight for Benson Henderson (48-47).
Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez via split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47)