UFC On Versus – Diego Sanchez Vs. Martin Kampmann Play By Play

MMA on cable is good for the soul. I think this card snuck up on people because of it being on a Thursday. It’s pretty close to what you’d expect to a Fight Night card on Spike based on the caliber of fighters. It’s also the first card on Versus since WEC ended.

Smartly, they made the first fight an old WEC fight.

1. Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles

This fight showed me that Bowles deserves a rematch with Dominick Cruz. Page came out strong, but he was all over Page. He throws his right hand with ferocity. He was landing punches and kicks, rocked Page with an uppercut and then choked him out with a guillotine. It was an impressive victory.

Winner: Brian Bowles by way of 1st round submission

2. Todd Brown vs. Igor Pokrajac

Brown looked good early on with a strategic game plan of hitting and then clinching so he wouldn’t get hit. But a head kick by Pokrajac turned the fight around. A knee to the head against the cage at the end of the round dropped Brown and though he lasted the round, he couldn’t get up and the fight was stopped.

Winner: Igor Pokrajac by way of 1st round TKO

3. Chris Weidman vs. Alessio Sakara
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WEC 52 – Urijah Faber Vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Stephan Bonnar is with Todd Harris tonight for the second to last ever WEC card. They talk a little about the adjoining of the two brands. I’d expect the next show to be a bit more of a goodbye show.

Urijah Faber could use a nice win heading into UFC. He’s so marketable, but needs to win this fight. I’d love to see he and Miguel Torres face off and maybe even do a The Ultimate Fighter season as coaches.

1. Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

If you scored by takedowns, Page would win three to one. And if you scored by velocity of takedowns, Page would be winning handily too. He slammed Johnson down hard. On the last one, I thought Johnson may have injured his back, but he was ok. Page also got the mount after the first takedown.

Johnson shinned him right in the package. Even with the package shot, the round was all Johnson. He got two big takedowns and stayed on top of him most of the round. He was pretty active on top too. I have it tied at the end of two rounds.

The round started much like the second with Johnson all over Page. He started to set Page up for a submission and had a front face lock until he was able to get Page to sit back and held the guillotine from the top position. Page tapped.

Winner: Demetrious Johnson by way of third round submission

2. Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez

Benavidez pushed the pace and set the tone. It was almost comical watching the much shorter Benavidez walk down Fabiano. Fabiano landed a couple of body kicks that landed well, but Benavidez threw many more strikes and was in control.

Benavidez took advantage of a slip by Fabiano and started to leg kick him. He sunk in two different guillotines that looked tight, but Fabiano was able to get out both of them. Bonnar thought the fight was over twice. And then, all of a sudden, he sunk in another, this time without the arm in and Fabiano tapped out. That was excellent stuff by Benavidez.

Winner: Joseph Benavidez by way of 2nd round submission

3. Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Koch

This is Rivera’s first fight in the WEC and I guess technically, his last.
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WEC 39 – Leonard Garcia vs. Mike Brown Play By Play

Jens Pulver replaces Frank Mir on this show and joins Todd Harris.

Razor Rob McCullough opens the show against Marcus Hicks.

1. Marcus Hicks vs. Rob McCullough

They did absolutely nothing in the first round, but the second round was good. Hicks went for a guillotine and ended up on the bottom of some punches. McCullough was all over him with kicks, knees, and punches, and Hicks was just trying to survive. McCullough ended up with a cut on the side of his eye, but it was his round all the way.

To show how boring this third round has been, the referee threatened to stop the fight and call it a no contest if they didn’t pick it up. Terrible third round. I guess you have to give it to McCullough because of the second round.

Winner: Rob McCullough by way of majority decision.

The crowd hated it and it sounds like the judges did too.

2. Chris Mickle vs. Jose Aldo

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