“UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz” is officially jumping off inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Facebook will kick off tonight’s festivities by streaming four live preliminary bouts at 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT.
Fans simply have to “Like” the UFC’s Facebook page in order to watch the scraps for free. Spike TV will then broadcast a pair of prelims immediately following the stream at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Unfortunately the freebie fights end there, as fans will have to pay for the goods when the pay-per-view begins at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
A heavyweight shootout between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo will serve as the night’s co-main event, while welterweights BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will close the show.
(Facebook 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT)
Clifford Starks Defeated Dustin Jacoby via Unanimous Decision(30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Very little action to start the scrap, with Jacoby winning the brief exchanges. Starks answers with a right hand. After much jousting, Starks secures a takedown. Starks, 10-9.
2ndRound: Jacoby scores with a right to start the round. Another slow round, with Starks getting another late takedown. Decent action by Starks, but the ground-and-pound wasn’t anything of the devastating variety. Starks, 10-9.
3rdRound: Much of the same from both fighters to start the final stanza. However, this time Starks gets his takedown with three minutes to go. Uneventful way to start the evening. Starks, 10-9, 30-27 sweep.
Francis Carmont Defeated Chris Camozzi via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: A ton of hype surrounding Carmont, let’s see. He gets a takedown less than a minute in. Camozzi manages to get up and has Carmont pressed against the fence. Camozzi lands a knee to the midsection. Carmont trying hard for a single-leg, but Camozzi fends him off. Close round to call. Camozzi, 10-9.
2ndRound: Carmont tags him with a right while in the clinch. Camozzi has him pressed against the cage again. Carmont nails him with two knees to the midsection. He takes Camozzi’s back, picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Camozzi tries to get up and eats two big shots to the dome and drops. Carmont, 10-9.
3rdRound: Carmont comes out flinging haymakers, but nothing significant lands. He screams at Camozzi. While it might appear as though Carmont is dominating, this fight is still up for grabs. Carmont secures a takedown and stands over his opponent. He lets Camozzi up. Camozzi tries for a kimura as the horn sounds. Carmont, 10-9 and wins 29-28.
Ramsey Nijem Defeated Danny Downes via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
1stRound: Nijem comes out firing and tags Downes several times before planting him on the ground. He gets up for a brief moment, but Nijem leads him right back to the mat. Nijem takes his back and is attempting a rear-naked choke. Downes survives and the fight is back standing. Nijem is overwhelming him. Nijem, 10-9.
2ndRound: Nijem connects on a one-two. Actually, he’s tagging him with everything he throws. Nijem goes for a takedown, but Downes has him in an inverted triangle for a moment. Nijem gets free and puts his opponent on the ground. Nijem goes for anther rear-naked, but can’t finish. Nijem, 10-9.
3rdRound: Nijem gets him to the canvas and has four minutes to work. Downes gives up his back again and allows Nijem to practice more of his rear-naked chokes. No finish. Nijem, 10-9 and takes the scrap 30-27.
Brandon Vera Defeated Eliot Marshall via Unanimous Decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Vera comes out aggressive, unlike in his previous fights. Vera throwing a ton of leg kicks. He follows up with a knee and has Marshall pressed against the cage. Most exciting fight of the night thus far. Vera, 10-9.
2ndRound: Marshall comes out like a house on fire to start the second stanza. He has Vera clinched against the fence, but Vera is able to easily reverse. Vera takes him to the ground. Not much damage being inflicted, but he tags Marshall with a knee to the face as they get back to their feet. Vera, 10-9.
3rdRound: Don’t call it a comeback. Marshall drops Vera with two big shots and pounces. However, “The Truth” manages to survive the onslaught as they get back to their feet. Vera now has him press against the cage. It appears as though Vera has recovered. Marshall takes him down and gets his back. Vera trying to survive a rear-naked choke, but there’s still a minute remaining in the fight. Marshall transitions to an armbar to no avail. Marshall, 10-9, but Vera takes the fight 29-28.
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Bart Palaszewski Defeated Tyson Griffin via KO (Punches) 2:45 in the 1stRound
1stRound: After an extended feeling out period, Palaszewski made Griffin feel his wrath. After stunning Griffin with a left hook, he went in for the kill and unleashed a barrage of punches. Griffin drops like a sack of rocks and the fight is called.
Donald Cerrone Defeated Dennis Siver via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:22 in the 1stRound
This could be ‘Fight of the Night.’ They both come out firing and Cerrone rocks him with a head kick. Cerrone jumped on Siver, but it appears he has recovered. Siver now has him pressed against the fence. Cerrone drops him again with a right and locks in a rear-naked choke. Game. Set. Match, Cerrone.
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Hatsu Hioki Defeated George Roop via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Roop tags him with an overhand right to start things off. Roop kicks Hioki in the groin, time is called. Game on. They have been clinching against the fence for quite some time. Hioki trips him to the canvas. Roop scrambles free. Close round. Hioki, 10-9.
2ndRound: Roop comes with an early assault, but nothing significant lands. Roops connects on a couple of body shots and just misses with a head kick. Hioki trips him to the ground again and lands in side control. He slides to full-mount but hasn’t thrown any strikes. Roop tags him with an up-lick on his way to his feet. Hioki, 10-9.
3rdRound: Hioki gets put on his back for a split second. He has Roop pressed against the cage, now Roop reverses. The 1stRound was close, so this fight could be up for grabs. Roops takes him down and is doing just enough to maintain the position. Roop, 10-9, but Hioki wins the fight 29-28 (Maybe).
Scott Jorgensen Defeated Jeff Curran via Unanimous Decision(29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Jorgensen gets him to the ground in less than a minute. Not much of an attack by Jorgensen, but is doing just enough to keep top position. They get stood up, and Curran gets put right back down. Jorgensen, 10-9.
2ndRound: Much clinching against the fence until Jorgensen takes Curran to the mat again. Curran gets back up, and as Jorgensen goes for another takedown, he almost gets caught in a guillotine choke. After a brief exchange, Jorgensen secures another takedown. Jorgensen, 10-9.
3rdRound: After two straight rounds of wrestling, the bantamweights engage in a standup affair for most of the final round. Not much landing by either fighter, though. Jorgensen stuffs a shot and ends up in top position. Story of the fight. Jorgensen, 30-27.
Roy Nelson Defeated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via TKO (Punches) at 1:30 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Nelson definitely looks lighter than the last time we say him, but he only weighed in eight pounds less than at UFC 130. Nelson takes Cro Cop to the ground and lands in full-guard. Cro Cop gets to his feet and connects on a punch-kick combo. Nelson counters with a right of his own. Cro Cop lands a big uppercut. Nelson takes a close round , 10-9.
2ndRound: Nelson wobbles Cro Cop, but the Croatian answers back and temporarily stuns Nelson. CC unleashes a barrage of bombs, but Nelson does a good job of covering up to avoid significant damage. Nelson scores a takedown and moves to side control. Nelson has him caught in a crucifix and is punching Cro Cop countless times in the head. Nelson takes another close one, 10-9.
3rdRound:Cro Cop appears more winded. Nelson tags him with a right. Nelson drops Cro Cop and takes his back. He’s unloading haymakers and the fight is called. Did Nelson just retire Cro Cop?
Yup, Cro Cop just announced his retirement.
Cheick Kongo Defeated Matt Mitrione via Unanimous Decision(30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Crowd rains down boos, as the fighters dance for the first three minutes. Kongo has him clinched against the fence. A whole lot of nothin’ going on. Where’s the yellow card? Mitrione catches a kick and trips Kongo up. Kongo connected on a couple of strikes. Kongo, 10-9?
2ndRound: Mitrione comes out firing, but Kongo answers with leg kicks and two stiff jabs. Mitrione clocks him with a right of his own. Surprised Mitrione hasn’t tried to take this to the mat. A lot of back and forth, tough to determine a winner. Kongo, 10-9?
3rdRound: Kongo is on the attack and dumps Mitrione on the canvas. Mitrione works his way back to his feet. Kongo puts him on the mat again and lands in half-guard. Tough to see Kongo losing this one. I’m just glad it’s over because there has been a guy SCREAMING at the top of his lungs for Kongo right behind press row. All in French, but I understood almost everything he was saying. Kongo, 30-27.
Nick Diaz Defeated BJ Penn via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
1stRound: No touching of the gloves at the intro. Boxing match to start the contest. Penn takes him down for a second and gets his back. Penn punches Diaz from behind. Diaz works his way to his feet and has Penn clinched against the cage. Penn’s standup looks sharp in the early minutes. Diaz tags him with a long right hand. Penn, 10-9.
2ndRound: Penn throwing jabs and Diaz slaps them away. The “Diaz” is starting to come out in Diaz. They are standing right in front of each other trading shots. Diaz talking smack while blood drips from his right eye. Diaz is starting to land on a regular basis now. Penn starting to buckle and Diaz smells blood. Diaz is just peppering him with shots – head, body. Diaz, 10-9. Penn was lucky to get out of the round.
3rdRound: Diaz comes out firing, sensing he can get a finish. Diaz looks fresh, not so much for Penn. Diaz is throwing tons of shots, as expected, and is landing an extraordinary amount of them. Penn refuses to go down and punches back. Penn’s left eye is busted up. Great fight. Diaz, 10-9. The former Strikeforce champ rallies to win, 29-28.
Diaz says he thinks Georges St-Pierre isn’t really hurt and that he’s scared, homie.
Penn says that was his last fight. We shall see…