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UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28 preliminary card recap

Preliminary card recap for UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. ET at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Edimilson Souza wins UFC debut against Felipe Arantes

Edimilson Souza looked as relaxed as one could be in a UFC debt, as he took care of UFC four-fight veteran Felipe Arantes.

Souza was the more aggressive striker, not to mention a calm competitor in his UFC debut with a flicking jab and odd looping hooks, to start the match, but Arantes eventually nailed a takedown to nullify his opponent’s attacks.  Both fighters are competent in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, therefore, neither could gain much of an advantage on the canvas.  However, once the round was ending, Arantes passed guard and was searching for a submission, but Souza defended properly and made it out of Round 1.

With an arsenal of strikes unloading and good head movement, Souza controlled the fight from a striking aspect in Round 2.  Arantes defended intelligently, but rarely got off any offensive attacks.  Souza stayed staking his foe as the round finalized, but never had Arantes in any possible fight-ending situations.

Arantes showcased his striking abilities in Round 3, keeping Souza at bay and throwing punches with bad intentions.  Souza eventually countered one of Arantes’ attacks and swarmed his opponent.  Souza was pelting Arantes with punches to the body and head, but “Sertanejo” stayed in the fight by taking his counterpart to the mat.  Arantes turned the flow of the match and stacked Souza against the cage, while blasting him with knees and punches to end the fight.

Souza appeared to not have any nervousness in his inaugural UFC bout, and the focus was present as he won his UFC debut and furthered his win streak to eight.

Arantes is back in the loss column after going 2-1 in his last three bouts.

Lucas Martins submitted Ramiro Hernandez via rear-naked choke

Lucas Martins wasted no time putting Ramiro Hernandez to sleep at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 29, as he secured the first finish of the evening.

Both combatants were content trading punches and kicks in a wild fashion to begin the match, and the tempo was at the highest the card at yet seen.  Around 40 seconds into Round 1, Martins dropped Hernandez with a punch and pounced on his opponent.  Hernandez did what he could to fight off Martins in a dazed stage, but “Mineiro” switched from a striking offence and took “Junior’s” back.  They toppled to the ground and Martins sunk in two deep hooks before choking Hernandez unconscious, forcing the referee to stop the contest at 1:10 of Round 1.

The victory is Martins’ first in the Octagon, after he lost to Edson Barboza at his UFC debut in January.

After entering the Octagon on a two-fight win streak, Hernandez’s UFC debut was spoiled by Martins.


Elias Silverio outlasted Joao Zeferino’s grappling to earn a unanimous decision victory

With good takedown defence in tow, Elias Silverio defeated Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28.

Zeferino pinned Silverio against the cage, grinding his opponent down until the referee split the two mixed martial artists up due to lack of action midway through the bout.  Within seconds, Zeferino had Silverio immobilized against the fence again.   There was a short exchange of strikes near the end of Round 1, and Zeferino hit Silverio with a head kick to finish the frame and leave a lasting image in the judges’ minds.

After a kick-punch combination from each combatant to start Round 2, Silverio planted Zeferino against the cage, but positions were reversed quickly.  Once Silverio escaped the grasp of Zeferino, he knocked “The Brazilian Samurai” to the mat and unleashed what ground and pound he could from his opponent’s guard.   Zeferino got the fight back to standing and, of course, held Silverio against the cage again.  The frame ended with a short flurry of ground and pound from Silverio, but Zeferino still controlled the majority of the round.

Silverio took down Zeferino to open the final frame, he let his fists drop on his opponent’s face, but when “The Brazilian Samurai” scrambled to get up he inadvertently landed an illegal kick to a downed opponent.  There was a short pause in the match, but things resumed and Zeferino appeared to have dumped most of his energy.  His ability to control Silverio was gone, and “Xuxu” stayed on his opponent’s back, unloading punches.  Once standing again, Silverio hit Zeferino with a series of punches and kicks, but was pressed up against the cage again by his opponent.

Silverio won the match via decision and remains undefeated at 9-0.  Meanwhile, Zeferino lost his second UFC bout in a row and is still winless in the Octagon.

Ivan Jorge displays impressive final round and earns decision victory against Keith Wisniewski

After starting off slow, Ivan Jorge rallied to finish the match strong and defeat Keith Wisniewski via decision.

Jorge used a limited amount of striking to initiate the match in an effort to take his opponent down, but Wisniewski defended all attempts from “Batman.”  Aside from a couple of standing neck crank attempts and two perfected placed knees to the head from Wisniewski, Round 1 did not off much action outside of takedown defense.

In the second stanza, Jorge latched on to Wisniewski’s back in a standing position against the cage and kept pressure high as he tried to take his opponent’s back.  After a lull in action for a few moments, referee Mario Yamasaki separated the fight.  The two contestants immediately returned to clinching without much offence.

The third round showed more clinch work, but each fighter was landing knees and punches to the body of their opponent.  About midway through the bout, Wisniewski absorbed a knee to his groin, but the fight ensued after just a few seconds.  Wisniewski grew tired as the match progress, and Jorge increased the intensity.  “Batman” damaged Wisniewski’s midsection with knees and wore him down with strong grappling.

Jorge went on to win a unanimous decision and extend his win streak to seven.

Wisniewski returned to the UFC on a six-fight win streak, but he has lost three consecutive bouts since being back in the Octagon.

Jorge’s six fight win streak

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Sean Spencer edges out split-decision victory against Yuri Villefort

The only match on the Facebook portion of the card was a 15-minute slugfest between Sean Spencer and Yuri Villefort

Villefort started the opening round throwing knees and leg kicks, while Spencer went upstairs and used his boxing to batter his opponent’s head.  Neither combatant got the better of each, but Spencer did drop Villefort momentarily with a punch early in the frame.  Villefort landed the sole takedown of the round, but Spencer managed to spring back to his feet immediately.

Round 2 began, and Villefort darted across the cage and achieved a double-leg takedown, but Spencer was back to his feet in a short time.  After exchanging on the feet for over a minute, Villefort attempted a second takedown but was denied.  Nearing the final minute of Round 2, Spencer began slightly limping and moving with less ease due to Villefort continuously landing leg kicks.   Villefort kept using a tipe kick to make distance between himself and Spencer, then would slam “Black Magic” in the legs and eventually dropped him with a leg kick.

After talking a verbal blasting from his corner ahead of the third round, Spencer came out aggressive, even throwing leg kicks of his own.  Spencer managed to turn the first half of the round into a brawl, but Villefort found his range and slowed the pace of the bout.  Spencer neglected all takedown attempts from an exhausted Villefort in the final round of the match, and beat up the Brazilian on their feet.  Spencer went on to win Round 3, and a split decision victory.

The victory marks Spencer’s first win in the Octagon, after losing his debut to Rafael Natal via arm-triangle choke at “UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson” in January.

Villefort is now 0-2 in the UFC after transferring to the promotion via Strikeforce.

Ivan Jorge replaces Marcelo Guimaraes, meets Keith Wisniewski at UFC Fight Night 28

Throwdown Lowdown: Matt Riddle vs. Chris Clements at UFC 149

UFC welterweight Matt Riddle poses at the UFC 149 weigh-ins. (Photo courtesy of

Welcome to the debut edition of MMADiehards’ “Throwdown Lowdown.” Each week, one of our writers breaks down the mechanics of a pro MMA match and shows fight fans what it all means. Today’s column examines a war between welterweights Matt Riddle and Chris Clements at UFC 149.

Who: Matt “Deep Waters” Riddle vs. Chris “The Menace” Clements

What: UFC welterweight bout

Where: UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta Canada

When: Last Saturday (Saturday, July 21)

Why: Clements entered the Octagon with two goals. First, “The Menace” wanted to make clear he belonged in the UFC following a lackluster split decision debut against Keith “The Polish Connection” Wisniewski at UFC 145 in Atlanta last April. Second, he wanted to court approval from his fellow Canucks. A Chatham, Ontario, Canada native, Clements wanted to improve his 11-4 record with a stunning win in front of an adoring hometown audience.

Riddle, for his part, entered the cage with a 6-3 record and a recurring problem with injuries. “The Ultimate Fighter” standout hoped to show the same potential he displayed on the show’s seventh season and earn a convincing win. Having won one of his last three, “Deep Waters” wanted to stay in the mix by starting a string of victories.

The good: Riddle rocked in this fight. Utilizing fluid level changing, he rushed Clements upstairs and downstairs with all the restraint of a tsunami. Relentlessly seeking takedowns, Riddle added twists, pivots and trips when more mundane varieties failed. It’s a strategy that worked, and “Deep Waters” planted Clements on the canvas at least five times.

Clements, meanwhile, did his best displaying superior striking. “The Menace” mixed unorthodox spinning strikes with crisp combos in an attempt at disorienting Riddle. Though it didn’t work, Clements also showed his ability improvising. Surprised by Riddle’s grappling game, he brought out a heavy sprawl and started stuffing more takedowns as the rounds wore on.

The bad: Clements clearly gave the lesser performance last Saturday night. Taken down on multiple occasions, he also lacked a ground game capable of scaring seasoned grapplers. Riddle roped Clements in with his wiry frame, controlling him completely and containing his escape attempts. When the two were on their feet, “The Menace” tried too hard on unusual strikes and left himself open to counterattack. Overall, it was a strategy that cost Clements victory.

That isn’t to say Riddle revealed a perfect performance. Dominating in most areas, Riddle’s striking still came up short. Though he used his reach to keep Clements at bay, the punches he threw were often timid and sloppy. “Deep Waters” made up for it with an airtight clinch and sharp knees, but at day’s end he’ll need more work before becoming a peak pugilist.

The ugly: Neither fighter made grave errors worth mentioning in their bout. Instead, that dishonor belongs to referee Josh Rosenthal. Riddle caught Clements with a booming body kick in round one, leaving “The Menace” winded. Rather than let the action continue, Rosenthal stopped it fearing an illegal groin strike. The poor call gave Clements a breather, and more importantly, may have helped him survive two more rounds.

The end result: Clements whipped out a desperate whirling backfist in round three. Riddle was ready for it, having watched him telegraph spinning strikes with his hip movement for the entire fight. Ducking low, Riddle caught Clements in an arm-triangle choke and threw a huge single-leg trip to bring him down. Once there, he hardened his grip on the hold and forced Clements to tap at 2:02 of round three.

What it all means: Clements left Calgary with an 11-5 record and an even tougher cross to bear. A recent UFC entrant, he’s won one of two and not convincingly at that. For his next fight, he’ll have to prove he’s major league material in dominating fashion.

In contrast, Riddle’s night couldn’t have gone much better. Now 7-3, his triumph last Saturday stabilized his record with a two-fight streak and counting. More importantly, the welterweight won in such convincing fashion he could call out other opponents with impunity. Riddle revealed he’d like to dance with “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy, and with his stock up, it’s possible he’ll get his wish in the near future.

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ in Washington D.C.

UFC 145 prelim recap: Decision after decision before Browne submits Griggs

Travis Browne flexes during the UFC 145 weigh-ins. (Photo courtesy of

The much-hyped UFC 145 event began with a stacked undercard of preliminary matches in Atlanta.

Venezuela’s Maximo Blanco fought Marcus Brimage in a featherweight match that opened the fight card. A tentative match, it saw each struggle to find their range before Blanco landed a knee in the second round and slowed the pace. By fight’s end, both men drew boos from the crowd and taunted one another only for Brimage to win a split decision.

Next was Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski to finish the Facebook bouts. The two had a great round where Wisniewski scored an early takedown and manhandled Clements on the mat only for the referee to stand the pair up inexplicably. From there, Clements caught Wiesniewski with a back kick to the liver and rocked him, only for the round to end before he could capitalize. In round two, Wisniewski shrugged off Clements’ striking before taking him down and seeking a rear naked choke. Clements threw mean elbows to survive the round, and the final period saw him rally with a knee that downed Wiesniewski even though he couldn’t finish his foe. Such killer instinct clinched Clements the split decision victory.

The FX prelims opened with Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero. The two fought a furious first round, with Escudero hunting for a heel hook only for Danzig to spin out and frustrate Escudero with some grappling. Round two was more tentative, with both fighters struggling for cage control and Escudero attempting a takedown that went nowhere as the horn buzzed. Danzig utilized the same strategy in the final tilt, smothering Escudero against the fence before claiming a unanimous decision win.

John Makdessi and Anthony Njokuani were next, starting their fight with a slow-boil of wary strikes before slowly ramping things up with more energy. Round two nearly mirrored one, the sole exception occurring when Njokuani caught a kick from Makdessi and briefly sent him stumbling. It was all static after that, Njokuani edging out Makdessi by utilizing his superior reach for a unanimous decision victory.

After this, Matt Brown clashed with Stephen Thompson by aggressively taking down the karate phenom as often as possible for ground and pound attempts. Thompson survived the onslaught, only to face more frantic takedowns in the next round. He returned the favor with clean, angled strikes, and by the time the second round closed both fighters were gassed. Brown relentlessly dogged Thompson after that, taking him to the ground and catching him in a crucifix hold to rain down elbows as the horn sounded. He thus won by unanimous decision and handed Thompson his first MMA loss.

Travis Browne and Chad Griggs close the prelims down, Browne immediately pulverizing Griggs with knees in the clinch before a takedown and locking in an arm triangle choke for the submission in round one. It was the only finish of the prelims, and a convincing one at that.

UFC 145: Keith Wisniewski faces the firing squad

UFC welterweight Keith "The Polish Connection" Wisniewski attends a weigh-in. (Photo courtesy of

It’s do-or-die time for Keith “The Polish Connection” Wisniewski (Twitter: @WisniewskiKeith) at UFC 145 on Saturday in Atlanta.

Sporting a 28-13-1 record, the 30-year-old welterweight has fought more fights than lived years of his life. Unfortunately for Wisniewski, it only takes two or more losses before the UFC cuts even career fighters from its roster. So come Saturday, he’ll lay his livelihood on the line given his previous fight against Josh “The Dentist” Neer ended in defeat last October.

“The UFC is the top competition,” Wisniewski told MMADiehards’ MMA Beatdown on April 10. “I think I’m on the chopping block with this fight. If you lose two or three in a row, you kind of have to expect getting sent back to the smaller shows and working your way back up. I obviously hope to win and plan to win, but if I lose, I hope they’ll have me back.”

Wisniewski’s loss against Neer was actually his second UFC stint, a bloody battle that ended with doctor stoppage at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson. He also came up short in his original debut, falling to Nick “The Goat” Thompson at 2005′s UFC 56 via unanimous decision. “The Polish Connection” claims that receiving a pink slip after that bout makes him hungrier for success during this go-round.

“I do think I’ve improved,” Wisniewski said of his storied career thus far. “I’m obviously happy to have made the run I have now. When I first broke into the UFC in 2004 I was the first guy to fight there out of our whole camp.”

Ironically, Wisniewski’s next opponent will make his first foray into the Octagon on Saturday. Chris “The Menace” Clements, a 10-4 welterweight prospect, aims at making a statement against his veteran foe. For Wisniewski, challenge accepted.

“Clements has heavy hands with lots of knuckles,” Wisniewski said. “He’s probably going to come at me throwing a lot of heavy leather. He’s definitely a tough puzzle to solve.”

Wisniewski’s storied career contains many chapters where he overcame such daunting challenges. There’s the time Steve “The Red Nose Pitbull” Berger broke his nose during a 2004 fight card, only for Wisniewski to return the favor and win by unanimous decision. Another time, Shinya Aoki dislocated Wisniewski’s elbow only for “The Polish Connection” to rebound with a victory four months later over Musail Allaudinov.

“I think I’ve been lucky with injuries,” Wisniewski reflected. “Fourteen years in this sport and I’ve only had one surgery and it wasn’t even that major of a surgery. I only fractured my wrist.”

Win or lose, Wisniewski said he’ll always enjoy the rush of competition. So when the cage door closes on Saturday, he’ll give Clements his all and hope for the best. It’s a decent run, he said, for a guy who started off fighting matches lacking time limits where moves like headbutts were legal.

“I think everyone has their ambitions and I hope to get rich in this sport, but I’ve definitely done it because I enjoy it,” Wisniewski said. “A lot of my early fights I was fighting for a few hundred people. Now even the local shows get thousands of people. It’s a whole different world.”

Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements set for UFC 145 in Montreal

UFC 145 add Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements