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A badly bloodied Diego Sanchez scored a unanimous decision victory over Martin Kampmann on Thursday in the main event of UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky.
Sanchez (23-4) won by the score of 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards, getting the nod in the last two rounds after Kampmann dominated the first. The crowd booed the decision that put Kampmann (17-5) into a two-fight losing streak and knocked him well out of contention for a welterweight title shot.
For their battle, Sanchez and Kampmann each earned a $60,000 bonus for fight of the night. Brian Bowles won $40,000 for submission of the night against Damacio Page, while Shane Roller won $40,000 for knockout of the night by smashing Thiago Tavares with a monster right hand.
Sanchez’s face was swollen around the eyes by the end of the fight, with cuts abound – from the inside of his mouth to his eyelids. In his post-fight Octagon interview, there was an illusion of Sanchez crying tears of blood.
“I knew I caught him with some big shots, too,” Sanchez said. “We both got cut.”
In what was a close third round, Sanchez landed the only takedown of the fight to possibly seal the decision.
“That takedown scored me points,” said Sanchez, who dedicated the fight to his ailing son.
Kampmann thought he was robbed. Just looking at the two fighters, Sanchez was significantly worse for wear.
“Yes, I did, I thought I won the fight,” said Kampmann, who is from Denmark. “I think I won all three rounds. He caught me with some good shots, as well. He was throwing lots of flurries, but most of it wasn’t landing. I was hitting him with more clean shots.
“I think I broke my hand, too, my right hand. I couldn’t throw my right hand in the third round, but I think I won the fight.”
Mark Munoz made quick work of C.B. Dolloway in a middleweight matchup of former wrestling stars.
Munoz got the TKO 54 seconds into the fight. He hit Dolloway with a stiff right to the chin, and then used an uppercut that floored Dolloway. Munoz (10-2) jumped on the downed Dolloway, hit him twice and had referee Mario Yamasaki call off the fight.
“I just came here to put on a show for you guys,” Munoz said. “I was prepared to go three rounds with C.B. He’s a really good fighter.”
Dolloway (11-3) protested briefly after the stoppage, but his hands were not in front of his face when Munoz delivered his two ground strikes, prompting Yamasaki’s decision to call it. Dolloway had his three-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time since falling to Tom Lawlor at UFC 100 in July 2009.
A little over two weeks ago, Chris Weidman had lofty ideas for his MMA career. On Thursday, he took his biggest step yet in realizing them.
Weidman (5-0) made a successful UFC debut, scoring a unanimous decision victory against Alessio Sakara.
Weidman won 30-27 on the cards of all three judges in a fight that he took on just two weeks’ notice. The former collegiate wrestling star took down Sakara (15-8, 1 NC) at will, and opened a pair of gashes on his opponent’s forehead, leaving the bearded Italian heavily bloodied most of the final two rounds.
“Its the chance of a lifetime,” said Weidman, a middleweight who is coached by former welterweight champion Matt Serra and Ray Longo. “I needed to come out here and get a win so bad. I came in here to stop him 100 percent. I knew he was a veteran and was going to be relaxed in there.”
Sakara remained relaxed and was able to fight off Weidman’s ground attacks, only to get put back on the canvas quickly most of the time. He had his three-fight winning streak halted and lost for the first time since falling to Chris Leben at UFC 82, three years and two days ago. Sakara had been out of the Octagon since knocking out James Irvin on UFC on Versus 1 in March 2010.
Bowles looked like a champion in his first match in a nearly year, using a guillotine choke to put Page to sleep.
Bowles (9-1) sunk in the guillotine and put out Page (15-6) at 3:30 of the first round. Bowles won by the same move at the same time of the same round in their first meeting, exactly 31 months before.
Bowles had been out of action for 362 days since losing the WEC bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz, defaulting from that fight with a badly broken hand.
“I fought him before, he hits hard and I know he comes out aggressive,” Bowles said, noting that Page came out very aggressive. “I used my footwork last time and I did the same thing this time (to weather the storm).
(The guillotine) is my signature move, I hit it all the time in the gym. He was out for a second, I didn’t want to keep him out and hurt him.”
It should not take many more wins to get Bowles back into the talk for the 135-pound title in the UFC.
Page, like Bowles, was making his UFC debut. He fell to 2-3 in his last five fights since beating Scott Jorgensen.
Danny Castillo and Cyrille Diabate were the social networking winners, taking the fights that were streamed live via Facebook. Castillo scored a unanimous decision win over Joe Stevenson in a lightweight match, while Diabate dominated Steve Cantwell in a light heavyweight match.
Castillo (11-3) won his third straight fight, making a successful UFC debut after a being one of the mainstays of the WEC. He won 29-28 on two judges; scorecards and 30-27 on the other.
“(I was) tired (going into the third round),” Castillo said. “I felt like I was picking up some momentum. I fought a cautious fight, which is not like me. He’s a vet, I’m new, from the WEC, no one gives us respect. This is my time.”
Castillo has won three straight and six of his last eight fights, while Stevenson (31-13) lost his third in a row and for the fifth time in his last seven.
Diabate was in control of Cantwell from the start, winning with scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25. Diabate (17-7-1) struck Cantwell (7-4) at will and never got into trouble with him on the ground, where the former WEC 205-pound champion had his best shot to win.
“He wanted to stay standing up,” said Diabate, a Frenchman whose championship Muay Thai pedigree makes him a much sought-after trainer. “He did have a couple of takedown attempts, and I was able to stuff him. It was a good fight for me.”
Diabate, despite being in charge of the fight, was booed in the third round because he was unable to finish the game Cantwell, who was not much more than a slow-moving target by that point.
“When you’re in the UFC you have to improve on all your weak points, or else you’re out the door, straight way,” Diabate said. “I have been traveling too much. It got to my cardio. I promise next time I’ll be able to finish the fight.”
Diabate, a 37-year-old Pride veteran, improved to 2-1 in the UFC.
Cantwell has lost three straight, but was making his return to the Octagon for the first time since Sept. 2009 at UFC Fight Night 19, when he lost to Brian Stann.
Roller, Takeya Mizugaki, Dongi Yang, Rousimar Palhares and Igor Pokrajac were winners in the non-broadcast preliminary fights.
Roller scored a stunning knockout of Tavares at 1:28 of the second round to cap off the portion of the event that was broadcast neither through Facebook livestream nor on Versus. Roller (10-3) landed a straight right to floor Tavares (15-4-1) and end their fight immediately.
Roller has won five of his last six fights and made a successful transition from the WEC into the UFC. Tavares is 3-4-1 in his last eight fights after opening his career 12-0, including wins in his first two UFC fights.
Mizugaki (14-5-2) won a curiously scored split decision in a bantamweight match against Reuben Duran (7-3-1) in the UFC debut for both fighters. Mizugaki and Duran each had a judge score them the winner by 30-27, while the third judge gave it to Mizugaki, 29-28. Mizugaki has alternated wins and losses in going 4-3 in his last seven fights. Duran had won four in a row.
Yang (10-1) dominated Rob Kimmons (23-7) from the opening bell of their middleweight tilt and nearly finished him in the first round before finally getting the TKO via unanswered strikes with 13 seconds left in Round 2. Yang rebounded from a split-decision loss to Chris Camozzi at UFC 121 in October. Kimmons has lost two in a row, three out of four, and four out of six.
Palhares (12-3) got back into the win column with his trademark heel hook, hitting it on Dave Branch (8-2) at 1:44 of the second round of their middleweight match. Palhares rebounded from his knockout loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 22 in September and has won four of five, and his last three wins have been via heel hook. Branch had won two straight after being on the wrong end of Gerald Harris’ infamous knockout slam at UFC 116 in July.
Pokrajac (23-8), in the unique situation of opening a card after co-headlining the TUF 12 Finale in a loss to Stephan Bonnar, battered Todd Brown (15-3, 1 NC) with fists and a knee, and Brown was counted out of their light heavyweight match after the first round. Pokrajac had lost three of four, and the impressive win likely kept him in the UFC. Brown is now 0-2 in the UFC.