It’s Fight Night and the streets will run red with steak sauce. I’m here in Oklahoma City and Nate Diaz is getting ready to take on Melvin Guillard to kick-off on long night of free fights with Fight Nigh 19 and then the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter immediately after, but first I’ll be bringing you the play-by-play of the undercard. Don’t forget to hit refresh after every round and enjoy.
We’re a couple minutes away from kicking off the first fight with Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss and in the meantime I’m enjoying the view. They’ve got me in a pretty badass seat about eight feet from the cage and about 11 feet from the ring girls:
Wow, and if that wasn't enough, I just got an up-close and personal chat with Bruce "The Buff" Buffer!
The fighters have made their way to the cage and and some classic Tool gets this crowd fired up.
Ryan Jensen Vs. Steve Steinbeiss
The action is a little slow to start, but Steinbeiss opens up with a hook that lands. He lets his hands go in a flurry and he’s got Jensen in trouble. Jensen wraps his arms around Steinbeiss and slams him to the mat, landing right in his guard. He’s working the Eddie Bravo rubber guard, but Jenson is solid on top. He gets to half guard briefly. Back to full guard and Jensen is able to posture up and create some space. He lays down a few blows and then reverses Steinbeiss. Immediate Jensen locks up a guillotine. It’s look tight, but he’s not tapping. The ref calls it anyway; the ref may have thought Steinbeiss was asleep. When Steinbeiss immediately protests the call, it’s obvious that he is, in fact, awake.
Dana white doin his thing, being the man:
Brock Larson Vs. Mike Pierce
Pierce is in for a takedown but Larson is fighting it, against the fence. He readjusts, lifts and slams Larson down, but Larson isn’t giving anything up he’s fighting back to his feet. Pierce is holding on tight. Peirce’s bear hug is broken and Larson moves to his side, but they’re still against the fence and mot much is happening. Larson looks to lock up a kimura but can’t. The crowd is asking for a stand-up. It might happen. Larson breaks free and he’s on his feet. He immediately opens up and chases Peirce to the other side of the Octagon. Pierce holds him off with some jabs and Larson opens up one more time to land a few shots as the bell rings.
Peirce gets Brock pinned up against the cage, but not much happening. Larson gets free, back in the middle of the ring, Pierce misses with a head kick, Brock answers with a left hook that lands on the chin. Pierce goes in for another takedown and he’s got Larson on his butt, pinned against the cage again but still can’t really find a dominant position. Larson looks to stand up and just gets slammed again. Still trying to stand, going for a switch, college wrestling style. He lands a few lefts to Pierce’s body. The ref seems to have no interest in standing this up, even though he probably should. Larson gets free, but Pierce has a solid right waiting for him. Larson goes to his back, Pierce tries to enter guard and Larson nearly locks up a triangle choke. Pierce slips it and Larson pulls guard, the bell rings.
Larson answers the bell charging and has Peirce on his heels. He lands a few good shots but then Pierce locks up a clinch against the fence. Pierce gets a clean takedown and Larson gets guard. I think he’s looking for another kimura. Larson tries to stand, gets slammed and pulls guard. Back to their feet, Larson is pinned against the fence again.
Larson should get a unanimous decision here, but I’m worries the judges might give Pierce too much credit for immobilizing Brock for so long.
The official decision comes back and the judges sided with Pierce. He gets the unanimous decision, but it sounds like the crowd is on my side.
Jeremy Stephens Vs. Justin Buchholz
Buchholz is making his way into the cage, he’s got The California Kid Urijah Faber in his corner. I almost smell the herbal goodness flowing from his long, golden locks.
Stephens is all over him to open the round. Buchholz might be in some trouble, but he tags Stephens with a NICE right and it slows him down. Buchholz is back in business and fires off some combos. Stephnes locks up a clinch and lands two knees that drop Buchholz. Buchholz is in trouble under a barrage of punches but he gets to his knees and makes his way back to his feet. Impressive. Stephens locks up again and lands a series of knees that again drop Buchholz. He’s all over him again and a nasty cut opens up over eye. The ref steps in and calls for the doctor. After a brief examination, the doc calls the fight. Buchholz is crushed and falls to his knees. The camera reveals a terrible gash on Buchholz’s forehead. It looks like an ax wound.
Check out my terrible photography of the finish:
CB Dollaway Vs. Jay Silva
Silva makes his way to the cage in sick Skelator mask. My new favorite fighter?
Silva has his hands real low, and CB fires a headkick , but it’s blocked. Silva fires a few body shots and CB goes for a leg, gets the takedown. He’s kind of in half guard mount thing and Silva gets to his knees. CB tries for a quarter nelson –you don’t see that very often- and Silva is up to his feet landing a right on CB’s jaw. CB seems loose and confident as Silva fires som lazy combos. CB sends off a pretty lazy body kick of his own then gets another takedown. He’s in full guard. CB backs out of guard and jumps back in to land a right. Silva kicks him off and they’re back to the feet. Silva charges, firing sloppy combos. CB catches a leg kick and scores another takedown as the bell right.
CB lands a hard kick that slaps Silva’s skin like a whip. The crowd cheers and CB grins. Silva doesn’t seem to like that and open up again. CB answers with a few of his own but Silva catches him clean across the chin and CB drops. He’s in trouble and lunges for Silva’s legs. He grabs on and Silva locks up a kimura and cranks it but CB muscles his way back to safety. And then reverses to take Silva’s back. He sinks in a rear naked choke but he can’t finish it. Silva is fighting it off and CB keeps readjusting but he can’t close the deal. He spent a lot of energy with that attempt and now looks to be taking a break. Silva complains to the ref but Silva does nothing to improve his position either. Silva finally turns and CB has the mount just as the 10-second marker sounds.
Round opens with fast and hard action. Silva is putting on the pressure and tags CB a few times. CB drops and again goes for a takedown. He gets it, Silva’s get guard and locks up another kimura but again CB fights it. Silva keeps cranking the kimura in the wrong direction. He needs to pull it across CB’s back, but he pushing towards his head. The ref stands them up, but CB is having trouble getting to his feet. He’s exhausted. Silva takes advantage and lets go of another barrage. He landsa flying knee to CB’s heads that puts him on the canvas. CB goes for the legs and gets another takedown. He has mount but he’s too tired to do anything with it. The bell rings and CB flops to his back.
The replay shows a reel of violence, CB mostly on the receiving end, but the judges give him the unanimous decision. In his post-fight interview, he admits he wasn’t feeling well last night and looks like he’s barely awake right now. Ryan Bader has to practically carry him out of the cage.
Chris Wilson Vs. Mike Pyle
Not much action in the opening minutes. A few one-off punches are thrown, some land. Mike Pyle gets a takedown and Chris Wilson uses a high guard. Pyle wants a fresh start so he stands and jumps back into guard. He’s in a better position now, but Wilson eventually regains the defensive offense of the high guard. They get back to the feet. Pretty slow round.
Pyle gets the takedown and Wilson again pulls guard. Pyle gets him up against the fence and starts grinding out some elbows and short shots. Wilson goes for a triangle but Pyle slips it. He almost landed in an arm bar but no dice. The ref stands them up, but they’re quickly back to the mat. Wilson almost locks up an arm choke, but I have a bad angle and can’t see. It might be Darse choke. Pyle breaks free and they back to the feet.
Wilson scores with a combo that sounds good against Pyle’s face but it didn’t look like it hurt very much. A Chris Wilson Superman punch grazes Pyles chin. Wilson goes for a takedown, and Pyle locks up a tight guillotine. Wilson taps.
Steve Cantwell Vs. Brian Stann
The light heavyweights bring some clear power to the table as they send off the first few punches, but not much is landing just yet. A left hook from Cantwell gets answered with a body kick from Stann. Stann stays low with a leg kick. Stann connects with a nice right hook. Cantwell has his mouth wide open, which is a good way to get a broken jaw. He lands a very nice right. Stann bleeding form the mouth now.
Cantwell peppers Stann with another combo that sounded good, but might not have actually been that good, then Stann gets hit in the jimmies and takes a breather. A left-right from Cantwell lands. Cantwell goes with a leg kick, then goes high, but whiffs. There are lots of very hard punches being thrown here but not much is landing. Stann goes for a takedown but is stuffed. Just as the 10-second marker goes off Cantwell goes for a takedown but he can’t get it.
More of the same in the final stanza. Cantwell lands a looping right. The crowd is starting to let them hear it now. It’s actually a pretty good display of boxing, but the crowd wants the knockout punch. Cantwell goes on the offensive a little bit. Stann trips and stumbles back to the fence, but Cantwell doesn’t take advantage. The bell rings and this is going to be a razor-close decision.
Okay we’re coming up on airtime on the East Coast for the main card. If you don’t want spoilers, you might want to tune out and come back at 8 local time. I’m signing off here, hit me up for the live blog of the main event next, then stay tuned for the season premiers of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights right after Fight Night. For the first time ever, we’ll be rolling out our original web series The Aftermath to go along with the show so hit us up with all your questions and we’ll answer them.