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Walel Watson vs. Joseph Sandoval
Mario Yamasaki is the referee for the first fight of the night in the Nation’s Capitol. Watson begins the fight with a mix of high and low kicks. About 45 seconds into the fight, one of his kicks connect South of the Border, which leads to a brief stoppage in the action and a referee warning to Watson. After a brief break, the fight resumes, and Watson lands a kick which drops Sandoval. He quickly pops back up, but is immediately swarmed by “The Gazelle” who peppers him with punches. Sandoval backpedals but is caught again and dropped. Yamasaki has seen enough and stops the fight at the 1:17 mark. Sandoval seems to be upset with the stoppage but he wasn’t showing defense.
Winner: Walel “The Gazelle” Watson, TKO, 1:17, Rd 1.
Josh Neer vs. Keith Wisniewski
The midwestern UFC vets begin the fight with an exchange. Wisniewski attempting to use his Muay Thai, but Neer pushes him against the cage to break. Keith circles, and gives Neer a sharp elbow. Neer using the low kick, then connects with a right and short punches to the head and body. Wisniewski clinches and fires knees to the body. Wisniewski tags Neer with a left, but Neer presses forward with uppercuts. Wisniewski with the clinch, but gets cracked with short, sharp elbows. A strong left hook connects with Neer, doubling him over as the horn sounds. Between rounds, Neer is heard mentioning he thinks he broke his ribs.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Wisniewski
Neer lands a combo of rights and jabs. Wisniewski tries to clinch however is met with a flurry of short elbows. Wisniewski connects elbows and body punches, which don’t phase Neer. A few elbows connect again for “The Dentist” and he cuts Wisniewski’s face. The blood seems to be severe, so referee Dan Miragliotta calls time to have him checked. The ringside physician allows the fight to continue. After a brief break, Wisniewski attempts a single leg takedown unsuccessfully. Neer fires more elbows, and mixes in with right hands. The round coming to an end, and Wisniewski is in deep trouble. Neer sinks on a guillotine, but does not have enough time to complete it as the round ends, saving Wisniewski.
Between rounds, the ringside doctor calls a stop to the fight,due to cuts.
Winner: Josh Neer, TKO, 5:00, Rd. 2
Shane Roller vs. TJ Grant
Grant wins the theme of the night, using Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” The fight begins with the two circling. Roller looking for short jabs. Grant connects, dropping Roller and gains top position. Solid side control for Grant. The two scramble, but Grant gets the better. Roller twists, rolls and winds up on top. Roller looking for the guillotine, but loses it after Grant shows good defense. Roller looking for a one arm choke, but cannot finish. Grant scrambling at the midway point of the round. Grant winds up back on top, but Roller nearly locks in a choke. Upkick by Roller from the ground. Grant puts his knee on Roller’s stomach, throws some punches. Grant looking for the crucifix. He scores the underhook, tying up his elbow. In the final seconds of the round, Grant showing good control, and the round ends.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Grant
The two circle. Roller looking for the uppercut, but gets hit with an inside leg kick. He connects with a short jab. Roller pushes Grant against the cage, but Grant connects knees. Grant gets ahold of Roller’s neck, but it is too high. Uppercut by Grant, and Roller has swelling over his eye. Big heavy right hands thrown by both, and a good exchange. Roller looks for the guillotine. Nearly locks it in but Grant escapes. The fight hits the ground with Grant gaining top position. Roller grabbing a leg, looking to reverse. Grant with another crucifix, pinning Roller’s right arm. He loses the position and Roller winds up in top position. Grant attempts a triangle, but Roller shrugs it off. Roller spins out and goes for the guillotine again. Grant gets butterfly hooks and tries to spin. Grant twisting Roller’s legs in the final seconds of the round and turns it in to an armbar. It is in deep, and Roller is in trouble, however he is saved by the bell. Great grappling fight so far.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Grant
The two circle to begin the round. Grant with short jabs. Roller attempting a big left hook, but is telegraphing it. Roller’s left eye is swollen. Right hand connects for Grant, cutting Roller’s nose. Roller connects with an elbow. He shoots in and bullies Grant against the cage. Grant with nice takedown defense. Grant scores a guillotine. Roller pops free, however immediately Grant sinks a deep armbar. The submission attempt is sunk in. Roller not tapping and defending. Puzzlingly, referee Fernando Yamasaki stops the fight, awarding the submission win to Grant. Roller is extremely angry with the call and the crowd voices it’s dissatisfaction. Very questionable and suspect stoppage, as Roller never tapped or verbally submitted.
Winner: TJ Grant, Submission, Round 3, 2:12
Byron Bloodworth vs. Mike Easton
Crowd giving a huge reaction to hometown fighter Easton. The two circle, Easton misses a leg kick. Bloodworth keeping his distance, trying to figure out Easton’s footwork. Bloodworth lands an inside leg kick. He leads in with a jab, but misses the overhead right. Easton changes stance. Running switch kick for the North Carolina native Bloodworth. Easton continuing with the unorthodox stance and lands an inside leg kick of his own. Bloodworth locks in, tying Easton up against the cage. Easton reverses, and locks in. Knees to the thigh thrown by Easton. Bloodworth looking for an elbow. The two wind up back to the center of the cage. Spinning back kick lands for Easton. Easton with a quick knee to the rib cage. The two continue to circle. Bloodworth with a takedown attempt, Easton shows good sprawl. The two wind up, Easton lands with the leg kick and the round ends.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Easton.
Bloodworth leads off the round with a 1-3 that misses. Easton connects with a leg kick. He lands with another leg kick and presses forward. He connects again with the leg. Bloodworth with a pair of punches and a Superman punch. Bloodworth with a takedown attempt, but misses. Easton with an uppercut. Bloodworth hits a flying knee. Left hook and leg kick wobbles Bloodworth. He connects again, Bloodworth’s leg showing damage. The two circle, Bloodworth trying to switch stances to avoid more damage to his leg. Easton with a body shot, but it lands just south of the Mason Dixon line. Ref gives Bloodworth time to recover. Easton with a huge knot over his elbow. Fight resumes. Easton continues to press forward, and he pins Bloodworth against the cage. Bloodworth counters and turns Easton against the cage with under 20 seconds to go. Easton throws three knees to Bloodworth’s head, then a huge knee to his body, which crumbles him. He follows up with strikes to his downed opponent and the referee stops the fight, awarding the DC resident a technical knockout victory. Very impressive second round for “The Hulk.”
Winner: Mike Easton, TKO, Round 2, 4:52,
Michael Johnson vs. Paul Sass
Johnson comes out firing, throwing a knee. Sass immediately locks up and pushes Johnson up against the cage. Johnson wriggles free, firing a jab that connects. Sass with a straight right hand. Johnson with a nice knee, rocking Sass. He follows Sass with more strikes. Sass down, Johnson in top position firing punches. The two wind up back standing. Sass drops to the ground, Johnson follows. Sass grabbing and arm, no luck. Sass going for the leg and gets a heel hook.Sass locks it in, and adjusting. Johnson in deep trouble. Sass trying to lock the heel hook in deep. Sass cranks it, flattens his hips. Johnson cannot escape and he is forced to tap out. Impressive jiu jitsu display shown by Sass.
Winner: Paul Sass, Submission, Round 1, 3:00
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yves Edwards
Oliveira throws a high kick in the opening seconds of the fight. He throws several more rapid punches, but don’t connect. Oliveira bull rushes Edwards against the cage and mixes in foot stomps. Edwards is cut. He breaks from the cage and fires a few kicks. He fires a high kick which is blocked. Edwards hits a head kick. Oliveria responds with one of his own. The two circle, Oliveria rushes in with a pair of punches.Edwards begins to mix up the punches, and lands a crisp thigh kick at around the 2 minute mark. He connects with accuracy on two more leg kicks. Edwards hitting the mark with his leg strikes. Olivieria with some crisp jabs. Edwards with a three punch, kick combo that connects. He throws another jab, straight left combo. Oliveria with a takedown, Edwards blocks and throws a knee. Edwards rips an uppercut, Oliveira responds with a hook that buckles Edwards in the final seconds of the round.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Edwards
Oliveria begins the round catching Edwards with a left. Edwards continues to pick his shots however and connects on a pair of leg kicks. Oliveria with a combo. Oliveria connects, Yves hits him with a knee, the two scramble and the fight hits the ground. Edwards quickly winds up back on his feet. The two circle, Edwards rocks him, tagging him with a right hook. Oliveria drops to his knee, Edwards swarms in with a flurry. Oliveria is rocked, but gets back to his feet. Edwards drops him with a head kick, and immediately follows “Tractor” to the ground. He follows with a flurry, landing repeated unanswered shots. Mario Yamasaki giving leeway, but eventually he steps in and has seen enough, awarding the Texan with a technical knockout victory.
Winner: Yves Edwards, TKO, Round 2, 2:44
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
This is a rematch from UFC 115, where Wiman was awarded a victory in controversial fashion, when the referee stopped the fight in a submission attempt where Danzig didn’t appear to be in danger. Wiman begins the fight with an inside leg kick. The two tie up, with Danzig landing several punches and elbows. Danzig forces Wiman against the cage, who lands an elbow of his own. Danzig goes for a head kick, it backfires and he stumbles, with Wiman winding up in top position. Danzig looking to lock in a choke, but no luck. Wiman begins to stand, grabbing Danzig’s leg. Danzig with a guillotine, but Wiman slips by. Danzig throwing several more punches, and lands combos. Wiman with a leg kick. Danzig clinches, throwing a knee. Wiman fires an elbow. Head kick thrown by Wiman midway through the fight. Danzig blocks. Wiman pushes Danzig against the cage, however Mac immeddiately reverses. The two wind up in the center of the cage, with Danzig landing punches in mass. The two scramble, and wind up on the cage, with Danzig pinning him, firing body punches. Wiman with a huge knee which causes Mac to back up. Wiman charges after him, firing several big punches. Wiman backs him against the cage and hits another elbow. The two exchange in the final minute of the round. Wiman’s left leg is swollen, Danzig’s nose is bloodied. Danzig with a left hook to the body, Wiman tries a takedown. With about ten seconds left, Wiman pushes Danzig back against the cage and lands several quick punches to end the round. Very close, competitive first round.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Danzig
The two circle, Wiman lands a leg kick. Danzig lands a pair of quick shots, then backs Wiman against the cage and clinches. He lands a pair of uppercuts. Wiman wriggles away from the cage, then throws a leg kick and uppercut, then backs Danzig against the cage. The two free from the cage, Danzig fires some punches then scores the takedown. Danzig in side control. Wiman trying to pull guard, then attempts a triangle choke. He switches, and locks in a submission. Wiman twists his legs, Danzig in trouble, but manages to work his way through the submission. He drops several punches and maintains top position. Danzig continues to fire short punches. Wiman grabs an arm, and is attempting a kimura. He locks his legs around Mac’s but cannot finish. Danzig escapes. The two work to their feet. Danzig with a flurry of punches. He throws another uppercut, right hand combo. Wiman moves off the cage and fires a leg kick, then a straight right hand. With 45 seconds to go, Danzig again backs Wiman against the cage, however Wiman pushes off. Danzig lands several more shots to the body, Wiman fires an overhand that misses. Mac imposes himself, pushing Wiman against the cage and lands a few more punches. The two escape from the side of the cage and end the round swinging each missing their punches. Another very close round.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Wiman
Wiman comes out swinging, with a superman punch and head kick. Danzig with more rapid punches. Wiman backs Danzig against the cage and lands several scoring punches. Still against the cage, Wiman continues to score with elbows. Danzig reverse, the Wiman again turns him against the cage. He scores on elbows, but Danzig connects with a combo. The two move to the center, Danzig attempts a takedown. Wiman blocks, throws a missed punch, Danzig counters. Wiman throws a knee, elbow combo. Back against the cage, with Wiman landing a blizzard of shots. Wiman goes for a takedown, Danzig blocks and winds up in top position. Wiman’s nose is bloodied. Danzig locks hooks, and gets Wiman’s back. Wiman trying to get to his feet, but Danzig remains on. He’s got one hook in, but Wiman manages to slip free and winds up on top. Wiman looking for an arm with 90 seconds left. He releases it and drops several elbows. Danzig with a welt over his eye, and Wiman continues to maintain top position. Danzig with short peppering punches from the ground. Danzig works his way to his feet, but is still pinned against the cage. Wiman maintaining pace. He tries another takedown with under 20 seconds, Danzig blocks it. Danzig locks in guillotine with ten seconds left, and has it in deep. Wiman in trouble, however the round ends. Highly competitive fight, could go either way.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Wiman and the fight 29-28 Wiman.
Winner: The judges score the bout 29-28 across the board for the winner, Matt Wiman.
Anthony Johnson vs. Charlie Brenneman
The two circle in the early seconds of the fight. Johnson connects with a straight head kick. Brenneman briefly attempts a pair of takedowns, misses the first, Johnson blocks and sprawls with the second. Johnson pressing down on Brenneman’s head and firing punches to his ribs. Johnson continues to tee off and firing hammerfists. Johnson with a huge knee and another to Brenneman’s body. Johnson seems to be physically overpowering him. Johnson spins and winds up on Brenneman’s back. Johnson then takes the fight to the ground, putting Brenneman on his back, then goes to his half guard. Brenneman aiming for an arm triangle, but it’s loose. Brenneman then transitions, with a brief choke attempt. Johnson gets up. He fires a head kick, dropping Brenneman. Johnson hits him several more times. Brenneman back to his feet, Johnson fires another huge head kick, knocking Brenneman down again. Mario Yamasaki has seen enough and calls a stop to the fight. Brenneman is angry by the stoppage, as was Joe Rogan, but the call was the correct one in my view.
Winner: Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, TKO, Round 1, 2:49
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve
The two circle in the first 30 seconds, before Struve lands a body kick. The circling continues. Barry with a leg kick, then a second. He lands another on Struve’s thigh. Struve with a quick jab. Barry lands a quick punch, then hits another thigh kick, and an outside leg kick. High kick for Struve, which Barry blocks. The ref admonishes both for not pressing the action more. Struve with a running punch, then attempts a takedown, Barry quickly scrambles from. Another inside leg kick for Barry, and yet another. He seems to be dangling his jab. Struve with a body shot. Barry fires off an attempted head kick, which hits Struve in the ribs. Struve clinches and throws a knee, then a shin kick and body kick of his own. Barry misses with a body shot and overhand. Struve with a head kick. Under a minute to go, Struve gets hit inside again in a shin shot. The two continue to circle. Barry lands a good punch, backing Struve against the cage. Barry with another inside leg kick. Head kick thrown by Struve, then a knee. With under 10 seconds to go, Barry throws a flying knee but misses emphatically. Round ends.
Cage Junkies score the round 10-9 Barry
Struve fires a kick to start the round. Dan Mirgliotta informs them to pick up the pace. Barry with a pair of uppercuts, the most significant exchange of the fight. Struve with a head kick, then a leg kick. Barry lands on a head kick, which Struve counters with one of his own. Barry with a pair of leg kicks, then a combo. Struve fires off a chopping leg kick, but Barry checks. The two circle. Barry with a few punch attempts. Struve attempts to clinch, but Barry escapes. Barry with another inside leg kick. Struve with a knee, then drops for a standing D’Arce, to guillotine. He drops down to his back and is in Struve’s guard. Struve locks in a triangle. He hip scoots and locks it in deep. Barry stands up and powerbomb slams Struve to the mat hard. Struve uses the slam to his advantage, locking in a triangle choke and Barry is forced to submit, giving Struve the victory.
Winner: Stefan Struve, Submission, 3:22, Round 2
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson
Cruz moving quickly at the fight’s onset, landing a right leg kick. Johnson quickly moves in landing several punches. Johnson shoots in for a takedown, Cruz stuffs, Johnson pushes him against the cage. Cruz with a big throw, then winds up on top position. Cruz passes Johnson’s butterfly hook, and is in side control. Cruz with a foot locked into the cage, fires some knees, elbows and punches. Johnson with some punches from the bottom, but Cruz locks his him in, minimizing Johnson’s attack. Johnson with the butterfly guard, and fires some elbows. Cruz pushes up but is caught by a punch from Johnson. Mighty Mouse explodes and winds up back on his feet. Johnson pushing forward, throws a high kick. Cruz blocks and takes him to the ground. Johnson with the leg hook, but cannot lock it in. The two wind up on the feet, and Cruz with a left. Johnson shoots in and scores takedown, but Cruz immediately pops back up. Johnson pins Cruz against the cage, firing knees to the legs of Cruz. He follows some elbows, Cruz ducks under. He fires some elbows, Johnson with a head kick. Johnson with another shot. Johnson pushes against the cage, the two break and Johnson scores a knee. The two fire universal jabs. Johnson trying to get into Cruz’s zone. Highly competitive first round.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Johnson starts the round firing forward with a head kick, causing Cruz to back up. Cruz scores the takedown, pinning Johnson against the cage, pinning him. Johnson backs up, Cruz throws a knee. Johnson winds up pushing Cruz against the cage. Cruz with a knee, but Johnson continues to pressure. Johnson backs up, Cruz comes forward. Cruz fires a high kick, blocked by Johnson who connects with one of his own. Johnson shoots, Cruz blocks. Fight winds up against the cage, with Cruz in control. Cruz with a stinging knee to the body. He throws another, Johnson reverses and hits a whizzer. He presses Cruz against the cage. Johnson trying to hoist Cruz for a takedown, but the champ isn’t budging. Johnson looks for the knee, but Cruz avoids. Cruz with some short, timed jabs. Johnson fires forward with an uppercut. He fires several more, then hits a leg kick and scores an uppercut and throws a flying knee. Johnson with a high kick. Cruz backed against the cage, and breathing heavy. He throws a stiff jab. Johnson scores again with the head kick. Cruz throws a knee, but Johnson uses it to his advantage and fires in for a takedown. Cruz stuffs, and scores the takedown of his own. Johnson in the butterfly guard. Cruz pinning Johnson to the mat, finishes the round trying to keep Johnson from getting back to his feet to end the round.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Cruz
Johnson with quick jabs and leg kicks to start the round. Cruz with a straight ahead kick, Johnson fires with some offensive moves. Leg kick for Cruz, and a short jab. Johnson with a jab of his own. Johnson with a combo and follows with an inside jab. Cruz firing and pressing forward with short punches. Cruz shoots in for a takedown, Johnson shucks off, but Cruz scores his back. Cruz with a back suplex and gets Johnson to the ground. He locks a hook in, and has Johnson flattened out. Cruz locks a hook under Johnson’s chin. He puts his hands palm to palm and has it in deep. Johnson spins out, but Cruz locks it in again flatting him out with a neck crank Johnson continues to spin and manages to escape the sub attempts. GREAT sub defense for the challenger. Johnson moves forward firing several punches and connecting. Uppercut scores for the champ, as does a knee to the body. Cruz scores another takedown, and is in Johnson’s butterfly guard. Cruz pinning Johnson to the side, with under a minute to go. Johnson with some short punches to Cruz, and tries to kick off unsuccessfully. Cruz continuing to maintain top control. He tries to throw an elbow but gets nothing, Johnson ducks under, gets back to his feet and pins Cruz to the side of the cage Cruz with some knees, Johnson connects with a punch. The final ten seconds of the round, Johnson continues to press Cruz against the cage. Round ends. Cruz with the first clear cut won round of the fight.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Cruz.
Johnson fires two leg kicks to start the round. Johnson showing very good shifty footwork. Cruz twinning for a punch, but Johnson lands it. Cruz with a jab. Johnson fires a leg kick. Cruz ducking for a punch, but misses. Leg kick for the challenger. Cruz with a body kick. Johnson still pressing forward, connecting with several blows. Johnson moves the fight towards the cage. Cruz shoots in and scores the takedown. Cruz again controling the fight on the mat. The champ fires several punches to Johnson’s kidneys. Cruz takes full mount, and fires more body shots. Johnson with both hooks locked on Cruz’s back, but the champion maintains top control. Johnson switches to butterfly guard, Cruz keeps him pinned to the cage. Johnson scrambles, winds up back to his feet. He puts forth a flurry of punches. Johnson with several punches which connect. Cruz with an uppercut, then again pins Johnson against the cage and scores the takedown. Cruz in half guard and dominating in Octagon control. Johnson back up and throws some kicks and punches, which Cruz follows with uppercuts to close the round. Heading into the fifth and final round, Cruz seems to be in control.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Cruz
Cruz with the uppercut to start the round. Johnson with a leg kick, which goes over Cruz’s head. Cruz scores once more on the suplex takedown and winds up in side control. Cruz in half guard. Johnson pulls into full guard. Cruz continuing to remain on top. Johnson locks both legs around Cruz’s back, but cannot escape. Cruz presses Johnson, who winds up back against the cage, looking to wall walk. Johnson starts to get to his feet, but the champion pressures. Johnson to his feet finally, looking for strikes as he gets to his feet. He backs Cruz up, scores a kick and elbow. With 2 minutes left, a finish is needed for the challenger to win. Johnson pushes forward, and Cruz again scores on a judo takedown, Johnson gets up, but Cruz scores with it again for the third time in the fight. Johnson with looping punches. With the final minute in the fight upon him, Johnson fires forward with a punch, but Cruz scores the takedown again. Cruz looking for the neck. Johnson gives up his back trying to escape. Cruz loses both hooks, Johnson back to his feet. Johnson fires several punches which hurt Cruz, but he fires for yet another takedown and scores it with under ten seconds. Cruz rides out the remainder of the fight on top, and appears to have won the fight by decision.
Cage Junkies scores the round 10-9 Cruz and the fight 49-46 Cruz.
Winner: Judges score it 50-45, 49-46 and 50-45 for the winner for Dominick Cruz, who retains his UFC bantamweight title.
Another successful UFC event is in the books. Dominick Cruz defends his bantamweight title yet again, managing to overcome Demetrious Johnson’s frenzied speed. Stefan Struve lives to see another day, submitting Pat Barry, Anthony Johnson once again shows his explosiveness knocking out the red hot Charlie Brenneman and Matt Wiman defeats Mac Danzig clearly this time, without controversy.
In all, Washington, D.C. was treated to a great night of fights, as were we the fans. Enjoy what you read? Be sure to check out J. Yayo Hernandez’s current up-to-the-minute coverage of Bellator 52, which is currently ongoing and be sure to join us next Saturday for complete and comprehensive coverage of UFC 136 October 8.
CAGE JUNKIES UNOFFICIAL UFC LIVE 6 AWARDS:
Knockout of the Night: Mike Easton
Submission of the Night: Stefan Struve
Fight of the Night: Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig
Takedown of the Night: Pat Barry’s Powerbomb of Stefan Struve
Walk Out Theme of the Night: TJ Grant (Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”)