Live Blog: The Ultimate Finale Undercard
The undercard is about to kick off for The Ultimate Finale at The Palms in Las Vegas. The crowd is shuffling in, the bar tenders and warming up and Bruce Buffer just lit up the room with his smile. The first bout is scheduled for 6:45pm ET so follow all the action from the untelevised portion of the card right here and check back at 9pm ET play-by-play breakdown of the main event airing live on Spike.
The night will start off with a lightweight matchup between Mark Bocek and Joe Brammer, and a rumbling on the other side of the arena suggests that they’re starting to make their way to the Octagon to get this mofo off the ground.
Mark Bocek vs. Joe Brammer
Brammer send off a few kicks to start the round. Bocek lands a right and pins Brammer against the fence. Bocek shoots in for a double leg and gets the takedown. Brammer gets back to his feet but gives up his back and Bocek bear hugs him back to the mat. Mark still has his back and looks to lock in a rear naked choke. He slips in the legs and Brammer climbs back to his feet. From the piggyback, Bocek locks in the choke and Brammer taps.
A rough debut in the Octagon for "The South Side Strangler" as Mark Bocek turned in another nice display of grappling to improve to three straight wins in the UFC and he’ll look to start loving on to bigger and better things soon.
Next up Dennis "Superman" Hallman will take on John "Doomsday" Howard in the matchup that has comic fans worried that the end is nigh.
Dennis Hallman vs. John Howard
Hallman takes Doomsday to the mat and Howard has him in half guard. Hallman is looking for side control, but Howard is protecting himself nicely. Hallman gets enough distance to slice in an elbow. Howard recovers guard, but the ref stands them up. Doomsday lunges in with a left, he slips past Hallman and gets his back. Just as he’s about to pull the slam, Hallman rolls forward and looks for a leg lock. Howard defends and readjusts but Hallman sinks it in tighter. He kicks out of the lock and Hallman ends up on top, in Howard’s guard.
Hallman leads with a front kick, Howard grabs it and shoots in for a takedown but Hallman defends and ends up as the one on top. Hallman now has full side control, but he’s a little high and it looks like Howard is thinking about a roll. He’s still just thinking about it and there’s not much doing. As Hallman steps over the head, Howard turns and gives up his back. Howard continues to fight off the rear naked choke and Howard’s corner is trying to get a standup –not likely.
Looks like Howard has had enough of the grappling stuff and comes out swinging the third frame. Hallman wants none of that ands pulls guard. Howard gets right back up. They fight for control and Howard gets forced into a takedown and lands in Hallman’s guard. He’s looking to posture up and score from his first real dominant position all night but Hallman’s guard is too tight and he can’t find any room. Howard breaks free and frantically fires shot but Hallman again closes the distance and calms Howard’s attack. Howard manages a full mount. Hallman is desperately holding on but Howard is finally able to lands some shots. Hallman sweeps and gets inside Howard’s guard. With just about a minute left, it looks like this is going to be a win for good guys as Superman should walking away with a decisive win. With 20 seconds left, the referee stands them up. Knowing he needs a knockout, Howard dumps everything he has into the last 20 seconds and goes wild. Lands a left hook and turns out the lights on Hallman.
An incredible comeback for the rising star from Boston. Hallman is pissed and refuses to give his losing hand to referee for the official announcement from Buffer.
Joe Stevenson head over toward the press table, probably to thank me for keep this insightful and colorful account of the evening’s bout, but he must have gotten cold feet. At the last second he turned to take a seat next to the ring girls and compliment their hair.