By Mike Sawyer @ToughTalkMMA ToughTalkMMA.com
Welcome to my live coverage of UFC 160: Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jeremy Stephens def. Estevan Payan by unanimous decision (30-26. 30-26, 30-27)
BRIAN BOWLES VS GEORGE ROOP
* Brian has been a pro since 2006. He has six wins by submission, three by knockout. He's the first fighter to KO Miguel Torres.
* George has four wins by submission, three by KO. This is his second bout at bantamweight. For whatever its worth, he was a former High School QB.
- Roop lands a nice front kick & a knee. He's so much bigger than Brian. George sure like to keep his hands low, and now is paying for it, as he catches a couple big shots to the chops. George lands a high kick. Brian drops him with a right hand and has him in a mounted guillotine. George escapes, but he's still mounted as the round ends. 10-9 Bowles
- George comes out jabbing. He should be throwing those front kicks. Oh well. Bowles looks tired to me. George just dropped him WITH A JAB and is teeing off on him. ITS OVER~!
George Roop def. Brian Bowles by TKO (strikes) at 1:43 of RD2
STEPHEN THOMPSON VS NAH-SHON BURRELL
* Stephen has a combined 57-0 kickboxing record, which includes over 40 KO's. Has trained with GSP, Rashad Evans & Keith Jardine. He's competed in the Chuck Norris Combat League. He's a five-time world champion kickboxer.
* Burrell has been a pro since 2010. This is his welterweight debut. He has six wins by KO, two by decision. He's the seventh youngest fighter on the UFC roster.
- Thompson comes out throwing a cute back kick. They clinch along the fence. Stephen throwing some nice body shots. Thompson gets a takedown, but not for long, as Burrell gets back up. Burrell landing some nice knees in the clinch. Both guys swinging. They clinch and the crowd is getting restless. Burrell eats a shot, but still comes forward. Thompson gets a takedown that lasted about two seconds.
- Boy is this a grinding round thus far. Holding each other up, landing knees to the body. Thompson has him up against the cage and lands a nice combo on the break. Uppercut lands by Burrell. Nah-Shon misses a flying knee and almost lands in the third row.
- Burrell comes out fast and lands a few shots. More clinching along the cage. Both guys landing some kicks, but both are tired. Thompson digs to the body. He is VERY tired now. Stumbling around the Octagon like he's been on a bender with Edinsanantonio. They go the distance. Lets see how the judges have it.
Stephen Thompson def Nah-Shon Burrell by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV vs ABEL TRUJILLO
* Khabib has been a pro since 2008 and he's on a 19 fight winning streak, finishing 10 of his last 11. He graduated from Financial Academy with honors. Abel is on a five-fight winning streak. He has five first-round finishes. He attended William Penn University, majoring in strength & conditioning. They had the altercation at the weigh-ins yesterday that pissed off Dana White and made Mike Tyson VERY excited. Let's do this~!
- Abel just misses a wild right. He presses forward & takes him down, but Khabib is looking for an armbar & now takes his back. Huge slam by Khabib. Nice scramble, Abel back on top, but lands in a tight triangle as the round ends. 10-9 Nurmagomedov
- Nurmagomedov presses forward, but gets hit with a shot that I think stunned him. He trips Abel down and has his back. Lands some nice hard knees. Abel back up, and down. Nurmagomedov has his back again and is controlling the action, out grappling Trujillo, who is getting rag dolled. 10-9 Nurmagomedov
- More of the same to start round 3. Abel has no answer for the ground work of the Russian. His corner is screaming "don't give up". I think it's too late, he checked out 5 minutes ago. This reminds me of the time I had this big-mouth drunk in the parking garage at....oh....forget about it. Back to the action. Another takedown. Just end this, will you? The round comes to an end. The only person happier than all of us that it ended is Abel Trujillo.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Abel Trujillo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
COLTON SMITH vs ROBERT WHITTAKER
* Colton has been a pro since 2009. Works as a Airborne Ranger Qualified Infantryman in the US Army. Robert has also been a pro since 2009 and has five wins by submission & five by KO. He has four first-round finishes.
- Robert is holding his right hand high & his left at his hip. He's looking to land that big uppercut. Colton with a right. Colton has reminded me that I have to spray tan after the event. The boy is white as a ghost. Good takedown defense by Robert thus far. Colton lands a nice right. Good scramble to end the round.
- Colton lands a shot, Whittaker lands a counter and then takes a knee to the balls. Body kick by Smith. Robert lands a big left hook. Again. Colton is busted up, and takes about 5 uppercuts to the teeth. Big round for Robert Whittaker.
- Whittaker comes out and lands two hard lefts and swarms him. He lands another shot and the ref jumps in and calls it. Suspect stoppage, but what wasn't was the fact that Smith was getting his ass kicked.
Robert Whittaker def. Colton Smith by TKO (strikes) at 0:41 of RD3
DENNIS BERMUDEZ vs MAX HOLLOWAY
* Dennis is on a three-fight winning streak. Max is the youngest fighter currently in the UFC and is also riding a three-fight winning streak.
- Bermudez lands a shot, follows up with a nice legkick. He gets a brief takedown, but Holloway is stuffing his attempts nicely. Holloway lands a BEAUTIFUL SPINNING BACK KICK to the face~! Bermudez survives. What a chin! Another spinning kick to the body and AGAIN! What a round for the confident Holloway.
- Dennis takes him down, but Max gets his back, and then lands another head kick. Holloway looks really good tonight. He lands a nice combo. Dennis lands a legkick that hurt Max. Dennis is trying, as he lands a powerful throw. Dennis on top as the round comes to an end.
- Dennis comes out firing and gets the takedown. Max back up and digs to the body. Another takedown by Dennis, but once again Max right back up. Dennis presses forward and gets yet again another takedown. He drops some vicious elbows that does damage. The round comes to an end. Good finish by Bermudez, but is it enough?
Dennis Bermudez def. Max Holloway by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
MIKE PYLE vs RICK STORY
* Pyle has been a pro since 1999 and has won six of his last seven fights. Fun Fact: He lost his pro debut to Rampage Jackson. Story has won eight of his last eleven fights. Five of his last seven fights have gone the distance. Fun Fact: He earned a degree in Health Education while attending the University of Southern Oregon.
- Story gets a quick takedown. Pyle busy from the bottom, trying to setup the armbar. Story gets out, but that should wake him up. Story blasts him on the way up. Story lands another hard shot. He drops Pyle with a big shot and is dropping bombs. Pyle to his credit is surviving (for now) as the round ends.
- Pyle lands a knee as they clinch along the cage. Story on top, but Pyle is looking for a Kimura from the bottom. Story is defending it. Not much action happening as the round comes to a close.
- Story connects with a left. Pyle tries to throw a knee and falls down. Front kick by Pyle. Pyle lands a elbow. Story has him up against the cage. Pyle misses with a knee. Mike lands a nice elbow. Rick is controlling the position along the cage. Pyle a knee. Pyle with a right hand. Story is bleeding bad, but gets a much needed takedown. Pyle working for a submission as the round comes to a close.
Mike Pyle def. Rick Story by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
DONALD CERRONE vs KJ NOONS
* Donald has been a pro since 2006. He went 6-3-1 in the WEC with his only losses coming in championship fights. He has thirteen wins by submission and has won 9 of his last 12 fights. Noons has been a pro since 2002. He has eight wins by KO, but has lost four of his last 5 bouts.
- Donald lands a knee. They stand and trade. Noons is cut under the right eye. Hard kicks by Cerrone. He takes KJ down and lands an uppercut off the scramble. Another hard legkick. Noons lands a nice jab. Cerrone with a nice headkick. Good round.
- Cerrone mixing it up pretty well. They both land shots. Cerrone continues to use angles & land. Donald looking to land the legtrip. Donald walking him down and lands a knee. Noons lands a couple shots, but he looks dead tired. He lands a spinning backfist, but Cowboy takes him down for his troubles. Donald lands a hammer fist and a knee to the body as the round ends.
- They exchange, and KJ lands a left. Donald takes him down. Noons is gassed. Lots of blood, now. Donald is controlling the position and controlling the round.
Donald Cerrone def. KJ Noons by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
GRAY MAYNARD vs T.J. GRANT
- Gray wrestled on the same Michigan State wrestling team as Rashad Evans. Most of his wins are by decision....as I pointed out in his GREATEST INTERVIEW EVER~! Grant has won 11 of his last 14 fights and is unbeaten at lightweight.
- Gray lands a nice uppercut. Grant calls him forward, and gets hit again. They exchange rights. Grant lands a shot and gets DROPPED and is getting destroyed. Combination connects....hell...everything is connecting. ITS OVER! WOW~!
T.J Grant def. Gray Maynard by TKO (strikes) at 2:07 of RD1
GLOVER TEIXEIRA vs JAMES TE HUNA
* Glover has been a pro since 2002. He's finished seven of his last eight fights. His last loss was back in 2005 against ED HERMAN. Te Huna has been a pro since 2003. He's won ten of his last eleven fights.
- Glover lands a big right hand and gets the takedown. This could be trouble for James. Glover sinks in a guillotine......goodnight its over! That was quick~!
Glover Teixeira def. James Te Huna by submission (guillotine) at 2:43 of RD1
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS vs MARK HUNT
* JDS Is coming off the loss to Cain Velasquez, but has won nine of his last ten fights. Received his BJJ Black belt by Yuri Carlton on December 8, 2012. After losing six straight fights, Mark Hunt is on a four-fight winning streak and is one of the better stories in 2013 in all of MMA. Will the #HuntForTheGold end here?
- Hunt lands a legkick out of the gate. Hunt with a jab. Junior drops him with a right! Hunt back up, but he's stunned, same shot he landed on Cain. JDS lands another shot. Junior is bleeding under the right eye. Junior lands another looping right. 10-9 JDS
- Hunt barely misses a huge right, JDS with another behind the ear. Hunt continues to turn away from that right and is getting clipped. Body shot by Hunt. Jab by JDS. Mark lands a big shot, but Junior takes him down. Crowd hates that. Junior dropping elbows and gets side control as the round ends. 10-9 JDS
- Hunt misses a HUGE right hand. They exchange jabs. Hunt lands a left hook. Junior may want to take him down again. Junior to the body. Junior lands another shot. Hunt bleeding badly from the ear. Junior rocks him with a left hook and Mark is hurt. JDS JUST LANDED A SPINNING WHEEL KICK TO THE HEAD and Mark Hunt is down & out!!!!! WOW!!!!!
Junior dos Santos def. Mark Hunt by KO (spinning wheel kick to head) at 4:18 of RD3
CAIN VELASQUEZ vs ANTONIO "BIGFOOT" SILVA
* Cain has been a pro since 2006. He's the first Mexican-American to win a major professional heavyweight title in MMA or Boxing. Nine of his eleven wins are by KO/TKO. The champ has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Arizona State University. Silva has been a pro since 2005. He has 14 wins by KO/TKO. Has a win over Fedor and has won five of his last seven bouts.
- Bigfoot sprawls from the first takedown attempt. Cain drops him with a right hand and JUST LIKE THAT ITS OVER~! Cain Saw Massacre Part 2~!
Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Silva by TKO (strikes) at 1:21 of RD1
That's a wrap. Thanks for following along. You can check out the Post-Fight Press Conference here. Goodnight~!