UFC 146 round-by-round recaps
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MAIN CARD BOUTS
UFC heavyweight championship
Junior dos Santos (c) vs. Frank Mir
Mir shoots in and gets a leg, working for the takedown. Stiff jab lands for dos Santos as the two men are back into the center of the cage. Body shot connects for Dos Santos. Three leg kicks from Mir as the former champ is working to slow the champion down. Big right from Dos Santos. Two hooks from Dos Santos are blocked. Mir continues to attack the front leg of Junior. Big body punch by the champ. Dos Santos staggers Mir with 20 seconds to go and he barely survives to the buzzer.
10-9 Dos Santos
Right hand connets for Dos Santos. He's picking Mir apart. Another punch connects and Mir is on his back. Dos Santos waves him back to his feet and Mir obliges, connecting with a lead jab. Frank claims a poke and is forced to continue. A body kick connects for Mir as Dos Santos connects upstairs. Inside leg kick lands for Mir. Mir is dropped in slow motion by a shot to the eye. Dos Santos swarms Mir who tries to grab an arm. Dos Santos steps away as Mir remains turtled but moves forward to gain the finish as the referee stops the bout.
Winner: Junior dos Santos by TKO (Round 2, punches, 3:04)
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Big takedown immediately by Cain Velasquez as he catches a kick from Big Foot. There's a lot of blood coming out of Silva early. Big ground and pound and the blood is spraying. Silva is able to wriggle free due to the slippery conditions of his body and the doctor comes in to check it out. He's going to be allowed to continue it. They are restarted on the mat and Cain is attacking the cut once again. Ground and pound in the half guard for Cain Velasquez and the bout is stopped.
Winner: Cain Velasquez by TKO (Round 1, punches, 3:36)
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Knee to the body from Herman to start. Front kicks are the order for Herman. Holy cow, one big right hand drops Dave Herman who folds like a card table. Nelson steps in for one punch to finish and the ref pulls him off for the victory.
Winner: Roy Nelson by knockout (Round 1, punches, 0:51)
Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario
Body kick from Del Rosario. Good combination coming forward for Miocic. Left liver kick from Del Rosario is partially caught. Del Rosario is coming forward with a bunch of bodykicks. Miocic lands a right hand that pushes Del Rosario against the fence. Slip on a punch from Stipe sends him running across the cage chased by Del Rosario. Lunging right from Stipe is answered by a combination from Shane. Big takedown by Miocic but he lets Del Rosario up as the round ends.
10-9 Del Rosario
Leg kick to start the round for Del Ro. Big left hook lands for Miocic but Del Rosario walks through it. Miocic gets a takedown and is working some ground and pound on Del Rosario. Beefy hook on the bottom Del Rosario. Shane Del Rosario is cut open and Miocic is just handling him on the mat. Stipe Miocic lands several huge short elbows that Del Rosario grimaces through and the referee steps in to stop the bout.
Winner: Stipe Miocic by TKO (Round 2, elbows, 3:14)
Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson
Lavar Johnson comes out with body punches early. Struve gets himself pressed against the cage. Struve pulls guard and has an arm trapped. Struve takes the armbar and brings Johnson's arm home with him and earns the submission. Johnson says that he's broken his arm as the fight ends.
Winner: Stefan Struve by submission (R1, armbar, 1:05)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Big uppercut misses from Brandao. Good combination lands from Brandao. Brandao ends up in mount, but Elkins has hip escaped and tries for a kimura. Brandao lets him up and sprawls a takedown. Flying knee to the body by Brandao drops Elkins. Side control for Brandao but Elkins tries for triangles. Brandao rocks Elkins twice and ends up in side control. Elkins is on his back and eats a big right hand from Brandao. Back into full guard, Brandao is working big punches on his opponent.
Diego is more deliberate at the start. Good knee to the face from Diego. Elkins is connecting now. Elbow by Diego Brandao connects. Elkins is coming forward and lands. Diego slips on a big kick and Elkins has begun to control Brandao on the mat. Good strikes from Elkins as he tries to pass guard. High mount acquired by Elkins. Brandao is getting hammered with big strikes and is able to squirm away into half guard. The round ends with Elkins in control.
Lead uppercut by Brandao. Left hand again from Elkins. He's able to get that punch at will. Elkins takes a knee from Brandao and gets him down onto his back. Good takedown for Elkins. Ground and pound is the order of the day for Elkins. Darren Elkins is into full mount once again. Brandao is able to eat a few shots and roll back into half guard. Elkins goes for an arm in guillotine but Brandao gets free. Back to their feet and Brandao takes top control with just under a minute to go. Diego is working for a finish from the top and stands up for a big punch that connects but it shouldn't be enough.
Winner: Darren Elkins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Leg kick from Edson Barboza followed by another. That's going to limit Varner's takedowns later. Head kick from Barboza is caught and he turns it into a takedown. Barboza is able to kick free and get back to his feet. Two punches from Varner to counter the multitude of kicks from Barboza. Good striking from both men. Varner pushes forward and puts Edson Barboza down with a big, big punch. Barboza tries to recover, but he's down again. Is he going to be the first man to defeat the young Brazilian? Several unanswered hammerfists on the mat later and the answer is "yes."
Winner: Jamie Varner by TKO (Round 1, punches, 3:23)
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Big right hand by Mayhem takes Dollaway down to the mat. Miller tries for the guillotine, but CB pops free and now has Miller on the cage. He eats a nougie from Miller. Seriously. Mayhem drops on a strike and it looks like Miller appears to have blown out his knee based on that brace on his left leg. Down on the mat, Dollaway controls Miller and it seems that Miller cannot get up. Dollaway ends up in full mount with 30 seconds in the first round.
Miller is swinging for the fences early and rocks the staggering Dollaway once again. Dollaway recovers and takes Miller to the mat. Miller gets back to his feet and stuffs a takedown. Miller goes for the neck once again, but CB takes him down and begins with short elbows. Hammerfists from Dollaway. Mayhem is really stuck on the mat, it must be the lack of a second leg.
Miller begins swinging wildly. He is suckered into an overhand right and Dollaway dives under and gets a takedown. The two men roll around on the mat with Dollaway in control. Mayhem has had no answers on the mat. Mayhem gets back to his feet before Dollaway drags him to the mat and flattens him out. Tons of hammerfists and elbows to end the round for Dollaway. Boring fight.
Winner: CB Dollaway by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Early combination misses for Ludwig. Head kick from Ludwig misses. Hardy is caught and Hardy wraps him up and gets him against the cage. Knees to the body from both fighters. Two punches from Hardy as they exit. Hardy goes for a takedown and eats two knees in the process before he can get him back against the cage. Lots of clinch work from the two fighters before Both fighters connect as they exit. Big left hook from Dan Hardy drops "Bang" Ludwig. He celebrates before he realizes that Ludwig isn't out and drops in and levels elbows before the referee stops the fight.
Winner: Dan Hardy by KO (Round 1, elbows, 3:51)