JOHN ALBERT VS. ERIK PEREZ
Round 1 – Referee Kim Winslow in the cage for the evening’s first fight, a bantamweight matchup. Perez opens with a low kick, and Albert pushes in quickly to move into a clinch. Perez pulls off the cage and free, landing a right hand and kick to the body on the restart. Albert answers with his own flurry, including a knee to the body that lands with authority. Albert moves into a single-leg and scrambles to the back when Perez turns. He’s too high, but he latches on to an arm as he slips off and to his back. Perez looks comfortable, but Albert adjusts his legs and locks up a triangle choke. Halfway into the round, and Albert is getting advice from his cornerman, Dennis Hallman. Perez is trapped, but he appears OK and lands a few heavy hammerfists. Albert refuses to let go of the triangle, even as Perez pounds away with punches from the top that are causing visible damage on his opponent’s face. Final minute, and Albert rolls to an armbar. Perez pulls free and incredibly shifts to his own armbar. It’s a face-down armbar, and Winslow calls the fight. Albert’s hand hit the mat once as he tried to escape, but there was no tap. Albert contends he didn’t tap, but the fight is over. Controversial start to the night. Erik Perez def. John Albert via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:18.
JEREMY LARSEN VS. JOE PROCTOR
Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean in the cage for the evening’s first FUEL TV-broadcast contest. Instant clash of traded jabs. Proctor has the center and looks willing to trade for now. Larsen slips a punch and clinches before pulling away. Proctor winging heavy leather in the early going. Larsen tags the body with a left hand, but Proctor is firing over the top with rights. Pace settles a bit, and Larsen lands another flurry to the body. Larsen flurries again, but as he gets close, Proctor clinches up and fires a knee to the head that lands flush. Larsen crashes to the floor, and Proctor comes in with hammerfists before Dean steps in. Larsen tries to stand but staggers down, justifying the stop. Joe Proctor def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 1, 1:59.
CRISTIANO MARCELLO VS. SAM SICILIA
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognoni oversees this lightweight matchup. Sicilia with his hands low and looking to unleash. Marcello trying to stay away from the early power. Sicilia continues to fire early power shots. Marcello drops for a takedown, but Sicilia pulls free. Marcello lands his own combination, but Sicilia is unfazed and continues to press. Marcello kicks the leg, but he’s playing with fire early. Sicilia leaps in with a lead hook. Sicilia lands a right to the body, followed by a kick. He’s stalking as the aggressor right now. Marcello slips on a kick, and Sicilia stands over him briefly before letting him return to his feet. Sicilia misses a few power shots, and Marcello drops down to the floor, inviting him in, but Sicilia stays away. Marcello holding his own in the standup game, but Sicilia seems to have the power advantage. Sicilia winging power hooks at every opportunity, but Marcello staying away. Round ends on the feet. Marcello struggling to get the action to the floor, and MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Sicilia, 10-9.
Round 2 – Sicilia opens again with power hooks. Marcello charges forward after landing a kick and tries to dive in on a leg. He can’t earn a takedown, and Sicilia lands a few hammerfists before pulling free and resetting. Pace picks up, and Marcello walks into a right hand. Still, he fires back, and he tags Sicilia in return. Great flurry brings the crowd to its feet. Marcello doing damage, and Sicilia looks to be tiring quickly. Sloppy work inside from both, but the entertainment value is high. Sicilia leaps in with a left. Marcello is rocked and in trouble. Sicilia sees it and swarms with a knee to the body and a flurry of hooks. Marcello hits the floor, and Sicilia pounces with powerful right hands that land flush to the head. Tognoni watching as Marcello absorbs more damage, and he finally steps in to call the fight. Brutal finish. Sam Sicilia def. Cristiano Marcello via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:53.
MYLES JURY VS. CHRIS SAUNDERS
Round 1 – Referee Kim Winslow in the cage for this contest. The taller Jury opens with a push kick, looking to use range to his advantage. Saunders whiffs on a few early kicks, but he looks comfortable to open. Left hand scores for Saunders. Jury trying to keep his distance, and he nearly catches a Saunders kick but lets go and returns to the striking game. Saunders inadvertently pokes the eye and receives a warning. On the restart, it’s Jury again working from distance, and he scores with a crisp right hand. A second follows shortly after. Jury flies in with a knee. Saunders avoids and looks for a takedown, but he gets caught in a guillotine choke. Jury falls to his back, and Saunders is in trouble. The right arm is trapped in the hold, and he’s struggling to pull free. Saunders can’t escape, and he’s forced to tap. Myles Jury def. Chris Saunders via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:03.
DARON CRUICKSHANK VS. CHRIS TICKLE
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti oversees the evening’s final prelim. Cruickshank wastes no time moving forward, looking to engage. He dives in for a takedown, and Tickle grabs a guillotine on the right side and tries to squeeze it. Cruickshank looks comfortable, even in the tight hold, and after a few tense moments, he pulls his head free and takes top position. Tickle squirms free underneath and regains his feet, but Cruickshank nails an inside trip and brings the fight back to the floor. Tickle lands a big upkick on the floor, but Cruickshank is kneeling, so Mazzagatti deducts a point. Tickle fires off on the restart, landing two punches before pressing into a clinch and looking for a takedown. Cruickshank counters with another inside trip and brings the fight down again, settling into Tickle’s guard. Cruickshank postures and lands a heavy right hand and a few crushing elbows. Final minute. Cruickshank stays heavy on top and rides out the round, scoring points with short strikes. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Cruickshank, 10-8 with the penalty.
Round 2 – Cruickshank misses an early spinning kick, and Tickle comes back with crisp punches up the middle. Cruickshank kicks the leg, but Tickle pushes forward and wraps the neck, looking to roll for an anaconda choke. Cruickshank rolls through it and takes top position yet again. Tickle scrambles underneath and tries to circle out to the back, but Cruickshank is alert and stays on top, eventually settling into guard. Not much there, and Mazzagatti stands them up. Lead kick from Cruickshank lands on the restart, before a right hand from Tickle floors him. Tickle settles on top. Cruickshank holds tight to prevent his opponent from landing any serious blows. Tickle looks again to lock in a choke from the top position. It’s not there, but he remains on top until the bell. MMAjunkie.com likes Tickle on the late knockdown and control, 10-9.
Round 3 – Slapping leg kicks to open the third. Tickle short on a high kick and then absorbs a kick to the cup but carries on. Tickle pushes in with pressure and scores a takedown, moving immediately to side control. He looks to pressure from the top, and when Cruickshank rolls, Tickle tries to take the back. He’s too high and not firm, and Cruickshank escapes out, sweeping to top. Less than three minutes, and that could be a key moment if Tickle is unable to escape. Cruickshank works with short punches from the top. Tickle works to his butt and leans against the cage. Cruickshank tries to pull him away, but Tickle stands. He doesn’t stay there long, as Cruickshank again scores a trip and this time moves immediately to mount. Tickle isn’t giving up, and he looks to sweep, but he finds himself defending a guillotine in the final minute. Cruickshank sweeps again to the top in the closing seconds, securing the fight at the bell. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Cruickshank, awarding him the fight 29-27. Daron Cruickshank def. Chris Tickle via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
JUSTIN LAWRENCE VS. JOHN COFER
Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean oversees this lightweight fight, which kicks off the FX-broadcast main card. Lawrence kicks the body, but Cofer drives through it and takes the action to the floor. Lawrence turns for an armbar. Cofer feels it and pulls away, allowing Lawrence to stand. He then catches a kick and drives Cofer to the ground but pulls back to his feet and backs away. Lawrence looks confident on the feet, but he walks into a left hand from his southpaw opponent. Cofer lands and uppercut, and Lawrence answers back with a big overhand. Lead left scores for Lawrence. Cofer clinches and answers with knees before pulling away. Halfway mark. Underdog Cofer staying in the fight and scoring his share of strikes. Lawrence lands a clean two-punch combination. Left hook scores again just after, and it hurts Cofer. Lawrence landing the better punches right now, and he mixes in kicks and knees in the closing seconds, as well. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Lawrence, 10-9.
Round 2 – Cofer looks busy again to open, but he’s walking into Lawrence’s strikes. Cofer eats a high kick. He tries to shoot in, but Lawrence shucks him off and stays on his feet. Cofer struggling to get earnest takedown attempts, and while he’s not afraid to return fire in the pocket, he’s taking the worst of the exchanges. Halfway mark. Cofer does score a nice kick to the body, but he’s being picked apart by Lawrence’s pinpoint strikes. Cofer looking for anything, switching stances and landing a left hand. He’s still scoring in patches, and a knee scores up the middle. Lawrence gets a little too comfortable and fires off a spinning back kick. Cofer moves into it and catches his opponent, slamming his opponent to the floor in a powerful suplex. Cofer looks to secure the back, but Lawrence feels an opening and slips free, standing and then punching his way into his opponent’s guard, where the round ends. MMAjunkie.com sees it again for Lawrence, 10-9.
Round 3 – Cofer showing he’s still dangerous, and he opens with a kick to the body. Lawrence still happy to trade, and he finishes a one-two with a snapping right high kick. It’s on the button, and Cofer is out. Walk-off knockout, and you can go ahead and start spending that “Knockout of the Night” bonus now. Justin Lawrence def. John Cofer via knockout (kick) – Round 3, 0:19.
MAX HOLLOWAY VS. PAT SCHILLING
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognoni oversees this featherweight matchup. Schilling opens with a few jabs before Holloway snaps off a high kick. Schilling shoots in on a single-leg and drives the action to the fence. He tries to elevate the taller Holloway, but the fight stays upright. Schilling unable to score the takedown, and Holloway backs away to reset. Holloway firing long jabs and mixing in low kicks to finish. Schilling looks for a takedown and then tries to roll into a kneebar. It’s not there, but it’s creative work. Holloway keeping his range and using his length. Schilling sneaks in a spinning backfist. Holloway shakes it off and continues to rattle off combinations. Holloway remaining aware of his positioning, returning to the center of the cage after each combination. Schilling dives for another takedown, but he’s unable to score with it. Holloway lands with a kick and fires a flying knee. It allows Schilling to clinch, and he rolls to a kneebar in the closing seconds, but the round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Holloway, 10-9.
Round 2 – Holloway opens with an overhand right. He comes back with another. Schilling pushes again into the clinch, but he simply can’t get the fight to the floor. Holloway pulls away and lands another crisp right to the chin. Holloway stalking, and he rocks Schilling. He falls to the floor, but Holloway backs away and won’t give chase. Holloway is picking apart his opponent. Schilling hits the deck again, and he doesn’t want to feet up when Holloway backs away. Schilling dives for a leg, but he is done. Holloway backs away, and this fight really should be over. Schilling refuses to get to his feet with any sense of urgency. Holloway in complete control, but he’s also afraid to overcommit and finish the fight. Schilling is ripe for the taking, but Holloway corner instructing him not to chase. Schilling lands a spinning backfist, and Holloway answers with a flurry of nasty blows. A knee comes in as Schilling is on he floor, and Holloway looks to strike a little after the bell. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Holloway, 10-8.
Round 3 – Schilling tells his corner between rounds that his right shoulder is hurt, perhaps explaining some of his lack of mobility. Holloway comfortable picking him apart from the outside with shots to the head and body. Schilling surviving on heart, but he looks tired, hurt and unable to turn the tide of this fight. Holloway’s jab on point yet again. Holloway starting to showboat a bit at the halfway mark. Holloway still refuses to stray from the center. It’s a technical masterpiece, but he’s likely going to receive some criticism for his lack of finishing, and deservedly so. Final minute, and Holloway misses a kick off the cage. Schilling face is bloodied, and he deserves credit for his heart, but this is all Holloway on the feet. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Holloway, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-26. Max Holloway def. Pat Schilling via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
JONATHAN BROOKINS VS. CHARLES OLIVEIRA
Round 1 – Referee Kim Winslow in charge of this featherweight fight. Oliveira with an early low kick, chopping at the lead leg of his southpaw opponent. Brooking in the center and looking to find his range. Knees traded inside. Oliveira circles to the center of the cage and lands a stiff right. Oliveira kicks low again. Oliveira knee lets Brookins take him to the floor. Oliveira turns to take the arm, and Brookins backs away. He wants to push back in, but he can’t find an opening, so Winslow lets Oliveira stand. Oliveira stalks on the restart. Big right hand lands, and Brookins is on wobbly legs. He clears the cobwebs quickly, but Oliveira continues to push forward with low kicks and straight punches. Brookins answers back in the pocket, briefly halting the assault. Oliveira kicks the body and continues to walk forward. Brookins answering back, and he draws blood before the bell, but MMAjunkie.com sees it for Oliveira, 10-9.
Round 2 – Oliveira lands an early low kick to the groin, but Brookins carries on. Brookins finds some success with uppercuts inside, brawling rather than looking to technically strike. They break apart, and Oliveira now has blood on his forehead. Oliveira scores a big right, but as he moves in for a takedown, he lets Brooking snag his neck. Oliveira scores a takedown, but he’s still in the guard of his opponent with his neck trapped. He pulls it out shortly after a few tense moments and lands a few short elbows. He then latches onto his own guillotine from the top with a sweet modified grip, squeezing tight and forcing the submission. Nice work from the Brazilian. Charles Oliveira def. Jonathan Brookins via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:42.
MIKE CHIESA VS. AL IAQUINTA (“TUF: LIVE” TOURNEY FINALE)
Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean in the cage for tonight’s co-feature, which determines the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live.” Chiesa sporting a noticeable black eye. Iaquinta moves forward immediately looking to strike. He catches a Chiesa kick and closes the distance. He looks to apply the pressure early. Southpaw Chiesa misses a high kick. Iaquinta catches another kick and just misses a haymaker. Chiesa grabs a bodylock and switches to the back. Two minutes in and plenty of time to work with as both hooks are in. Iaquinta defending the choke and receives a warning for grabbing inside the gloves of his opponent. Chiesa gets the right arm under the chin, and the choke is in. He squeezes, and Iaquinta tries to peel it off, but the choke is in deep. Iaquinta not going to relent, and he goes to sleep. Incredible finish to an incredible story for Chiesa, who lost his father to start the season. He walks the octagon, seemingly in a bit of shock before finally exploding into a jubilant outburst.
JAKE ELLENBERGER VS. MARTIN KAMPMANN
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti in the cage for the main event. They meet in the center, and Ellenberger fires off a flurry, landing a big left hand in the process. Kampmann on his back in survival mode. Ellenberger tries to finish with massive punches from the top. Kampmann turns and survives on the floor, looking for a guillotine on the right side. It’s not there, but it slows down the attack from the top. Kampmann sits up against the cage, and he looks for the guillotine gain, now on the left-hand side. Ellenberger keeping his neck safe by fighting the hands, but he’s also unable to mount any offense from the top. Crowd doesn’t like the stalemate right now, but Kampmann is threatening with his arm position. Final minute. Kampmann finally woks ip to his feet and spins of the cage. Kampmann looks for a takedown. He doesn’t get it, but it’s a big change from how he started. MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Ellenberger, 10-9.
Round 2 – Ellenberger with an early low kick. Kampmann lands a punch up top, and it catches Ellenberger’s attention. They brawl in the pocket, and Ellenberger scores big with a counter right, opening up his opponent’s nose. One minute in, and Kampmann’s nose is in bad shape. Still, he moves forward and spins an off-balance Ellenberger with a short right. He looks OK, but that quickly changes. Kampmann drives forward and land a knee to the chin. Ellenberger drops, and Mazzagatti rushes in quickly to halt the fight. Ellenberger doesn’t offer much protest, as he’s rocked, and that’s the fight. Martin Kampmann def. Jake Ellenberger via knockout (knees) – Round 2, 1:40