At a stone's throw from our nation's capitol, we're here in Fairfax, VA ready to kick off Fight Night 20. Check your fist pumps at the door, we're a long way from Jersey and the boys from BMS are here to take us deep. Go State!
Nick Catone and Jesse Forbes will get us going in just a moment. Hit refresh after every round and don’t forget to tune-in to Spike’s live broadcast at 9pm/8c.
Nick Catone vs. Jesse Forbes
Jesse gets Nick pinned against the fence and punishes him with knees inside. Nick breaks free. Lands cleanly on Forbes’ face and blood starts to run from his nose. Jesse throws a right hook and Nick scores on the counter. A well-executed front kick from Nick does little damage. The action slows a bit as the minutes burn away, but Forbes gets the better a few brief exchanges. Jesse catches a knee to the jimmies and needs a minute to walk it off. Nick comes back firing and as the 10 second marker sounds, Forbes grabs a leg to try and save the round.
The pace is notably slower now. Forbes is pressing most of the action but Catone is doing a nice job on the counter attack. Jesse gets a lock-up and goes for a takedown but Catone defends well and stays on his feet. Catone breaks free and releases a few legs kicks as the time runs out on the round.
Jesse is back in attack mode but he might be a little over-aggressive as he charges in and gets taken down. Nick is defending submission attempts from inside Forbes’ guard and for some reason the ref stands them up. Catone quickly gets another takedown. They’re back up. Catone lands a right hand counter on the chin of Forbes. Both men are beginning to look very tentative. Catone starts to pick it up, looking for more takedowns but Forbes has been able to stuff the last few in a row.
Nick Catone gets a unanimous decision.
Gerald Harris vs. John Salter
Gerald Harris goes down after a barrage from Salter but he’s OK. They’re locked up on the knees and Harris makes his way back to the feet. Not much to report here in the middle of the round. Harris throws a few single punches. Salter tries for a takedown but the Cleveland State wrestler isn’t letting that happen.
Harris attacks with combination and Salter answers with an uppercut that made Harris stop and think. Salter goes in for another takedown but gets stuffed again. A nasty cut open up on Salter’s nose and blood begins streaming down his face. After a very slow round, both men explode into flurries when the clock reaches ten seconds but to no avail. This will head in the final frame.
Gerald Harris finally puts together a nice combination but Salter ducks it and nearly gets his takedown. Harris hits a sweet switch and ends up on top, in the guard of Salter. Harris tries to back out and score on some long-range bombs but the ref has to stand it back up. Harris gets on top of Salter and from his half-guard he starts to hammer elbows and fists. Salter is in big trouble and the ref steps in to call the TKO for Harris at 3:24.
Kyle Bradley vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
A few light exchanges kick off round one and Bradley finally scores with a solid right, but Dos Anjos is right back with a painful combo. Just then, Bradley catches a kick directly in his balls. Back to the action, Dos Anjos scores a quick takedown and goes to work, landing elbows. Dos Anjos gets him backed up on the fence, but he recovers and brings it back to the feet. To close the round Dos Anjos lands an impressive front kick to the face and follows it up with a right that nearly sent Bradley to the canvas.
Bradley comes back with a purpose but Dos Anjos wants none of it and takes it back to the mat. From side control her locks up a kimura and cranks but Bradley fights it off. From the north-south he works for an armbar but a tough Bradley again fights it off and gets back to his feet. Both fighters start to throw wildly slopping bombs but Dos Anjos gets it under control and brings it to the ground. Dos Anjos is working the ground ‘n pound but he’s not doing enough damage to finish.
Dos Anjos gets another takedown straight to side control. Bradley recovers guard but does little to improve his situation and Dos Anjos quickly moves back to side control. Bradley gets free and after campaigning from his back to stay on the ground, Dos Anjos stands up. Dos Anjos gets a takedown.
Rafael Dos Anjos get the unanimous nod from the judges.
Mike Guymon vs. Rory MacDonald
Guymon comes firing out of the gates but Mac stuffs him and scores an early takedown. Guymon should be very comfortable to work his guard, but maybe over-confident lets Mac pass and they get back to the feet. Mac puts together a nice combo, topped off with a head kick. Guymon answers with a blow that stops Mac in his tracks and almost buckles his knees. Mac recovers and scores another takedown. Mac looks for a kimura, Guymon defends and Mac executes a beautiful transition to an armbar, locks it up and gets the tap, to win by submission.
Thiago Tavares vs. Nik Lentz
Randy Couture just walked by, earned himself some high-pitches screams and went straight backstage. He’s so old. Still so cool.
Nik gets Thiago to his knees and looks for a guillotine but it’s not there so he gives it up and stands. Goes right in for a takedown and gets it but Thiago is back on his feet quickly. Tavares lands a clean blow that rock Lentz and he locks up a tight standing guillotine. Lentz drops to the mat and it looks bad for a second but creates space and works his way out, back to the feet. Lentz walks straight into a jab.
Some solid exchanges keep things interesting but nothing too damaging has landed. Lentz scores a kick to the mid-section that might start to give Tavares problems. Both guys have a little blood around the mouth. Lentz catches one in the balls, for the third nut-stoppage of the night. He seems really bothered by it, but might just be looking for a minute to catch his breath. Tavares scroes a very slick takedown. Nik is very active from the guard and looks for an armbar but Tavares slips it and the bell rings.
Lentz is looking more confident now and really dictating the fight. Lentz catches another one in the nuts for glorious number four and he goes down hard. Tavares is deducted a point on the scorecard and Lentz is writhing in pain at the edge of the cage. After a long layoff, Lentz is ready for action but he is looking much more tentative now. He’s getting back into a rhythm now but he’s very tired. This is Tavares’ chance to steal the match. Lentz’s face is covered in blood and he’s staggering around the cage but he’s still standing.
After a long deliberation, the judges hand back a “Majority Draw,” means two judges scored it 28-28, due to the “nut shot rule” that lost Tavares a point and, basically, no one wins.
Rick Story vs. Jesse Lennox
Fast, stiff exchanges are the story as they feel each other out and loosen up. Lennox lands some body kicks. And story has a small cut near his ear. Slow round.
Story gets a takedown and goes to work inside Lennox’s guard but nothing comes of it and they stand up. Lennox is looking pretty battered now, with a scratch on his right eye. Some jabs go back and forth. A 1-2 combination from Story gets through. I think Lennox is bleeding from his nose now also. They both open up in the last seconds of the round but can’t do anything and this will head to a third.
Lennox gets a nice takedown. Story is immediately looking for a kimura but he can’t get it. Story gets his back, sort of, and Lexxon lefts him up and slams him back to the mat. Story finds the top position and moves to side control. He might be trying for Roy Nelson’s Kimbo killer, the crucifix, but Lennox defends it so he goes for another kimura, lets it slip and Lennox gets back to his feet. Story quickly gets another takedown. Lennox locks in a triangle choke but Story fights out of it and gets back to his feet.
Rick Story gets the decision.
Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva
Leben is a huge fan favorite with crowd here in Virginia and he goes right after it, getting a takedown early. He’s almost made it to mount, he gets full mount and does what he does best. Silva gives up his back, Leben throws a few more and looks for a rear naked choke. Silva is doing a nice job of defending the choke but Leben has a solid figure four on the body and it could just be a matter of time. With a seconds left, Silva breaks free and jumps to his feet, swinging. He wants to knockout but the bell sounds and he’ll have to fight another round.
Silva lands a few but Leben gets the trip for a takedown. Leben is in half-guard and has Silva’s back against the fence. Leben gets to full mount and Silva again gives up his back. Silva again manages to fight off the submission long enough for the bell to ring.
Silva is going for it, but Leben is always game for a slugfest. He pins Silva against the fenced and hits him with a few foot stomps that earn big cheers from the crowd. Leben goes on the attack now but Silva is there to answer. Silva tries for a takedown but Leben sprawls, spins behind and steals the TD. The final round ends and that has to be a decision for Leben. The crowd loves it.
The official decision comes back to confirm Leben as the unanimous winner.
That's all for the undercard. Tune in to Spike for the live broadcast of the main event at 9pm/8c and head over to the main card live blog to follow along.