Two finishes, two decisions on UFC 143 FX prelims

by Dann Stupp and John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com
 

Holloway, a 20-year-old who turned pro just 17 months ago, replaced injured Ricardo Lamas, who himself was a replacement for injured Erik Koch. Despite his opponent largely being an unknown to casual fans, Poirier was well aware of his striking skills, which is probably the reason he took the fight to the mat once Holloway opened up with strikes in the first minute of the fight.

Once on the mat, Poirier worked for an armbar and couldn't get it, but he smoothly transitioned into a triangle choke, rolled to the mount position with it, and then got the tap-out when he added an armbar to the attempt.

The end came at the 3:23 mark of the opening round.

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A rare two-point deduction for accidental low blows cost Alex Caceres a victory.

After twice connecting on the illegal shots, Caceres was deducted two points in the second round, and fellow bantamweight Edwin Figueroa squeaked by him for a dubious split-decision victory.

The preliminary-card bout was part of UFC 143 and aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook. It preceded a pay-per-view main card at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Despite the win, Figueroa was in anything but a celebratory mood.

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As mounting punches clearly took their toll, Matt Brown finally landed the fight-ending blow.

Facing fellow welterweight scrapper Chris Cope, Brown chipped away with dirty boxing before staggering his opponent with a right hook to the ear that set up a second-round knockout victory.

The preliminary-card bout was part of UFC 143 and aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook. It preceded a pay-per-view main card at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The first round proved evenly matched with "The Ultimate Fighter" veterans, though Brown appeared to take the lead with dirty boxing and some heavy right hands late in the round.

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Although traditionally a lightweight fighter and clearly undersized for Riddle, Martinez quickly displayed stellar striking and footwork, and he landed a series of power shots in the first round. Riddle remained active, but Martinez moved forward fearlessly, was quicker to the punch, and opened some facial cuts while winning the round.

Riddle attempted to close the distance in the second round, but Martinez easily shook him off and landed counter-punches. Left-right combinations were especially effective, and the speed of his punches troubled Riddle. Not until he landed some bruising body kicks and knees did Riddle create some problems for his opponent. Riddle's late rally left the round a toss-up (and it ultimately proved to be the deciding frame).

Riddle's kicks – both to the legs and body – were the story of the third round, and Martinez clearly was slowed by the damage of them, which left his ribs and legs badly bruised. Martinez continued landing with punches, but Riddle shot and scored a pair of takedowns, and he closed out the fight with some heavy ground and pound.

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Dustin Poirier Vs. Max Holloway
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Dustin Poirier Dustin Poirier
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 155 (70.31 kg)
Record 11-1-0
Team Gladiators Training Academy
VS
Name Max Holloway No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 145 (65.77 kg)
Record 1-0-0
Team  
 
 
 
 
 
Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway via submission (mounted triangle-armbar) - Round 1, 3:23



 

Matt Riddle Vs. Jorge Lopez
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Matt Riddle <a href=Matt Riddle" />
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 5-3-0
Team  
VS
Name Jorge Lopez No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 10″ (177.8 cm)
Weight 195 (88.45 kg)
Record 10-2-0
Team Wand Fight Team
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Riddle def. via Henry Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
 



 

Alex Careles Vs. Edwin "El Feroz" Figueroa
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Alex Careles No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 145 (65.77 kg)
Record 7-5-0
Team  
VS
Name Edwin Figueroa No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 7″ (170.18 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 5-1-0
Team  
 
 
 
 
 
Edwin Figueroa def. Alex Caceres via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)



 

Matthew Brown Vs. Chris "C-Murder" Cope
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Matthew Brown Matthew Brown
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 12-11-0
Team Team Jorge Gurgel
VS
Name Chris Cope Chris Cope
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 5-2-0
Team Arena MMA
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Brown def. Chris Cope via knockout (punches) - Round 2, 1:19

 

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RomeOne87 site profile image  

2/4/12 11:02 PM by RomeOne87

Here we go!!!

Standup29 site profile image  

2/4/12 10:09 PM by Standup29

No offense but nothing you said say fix, crooked or shouldn't have been sanctioned. Strikers vs grapplers happen all the time. Fighters step up on short notice all the time.

Meohfumado site profile image  

2/4/12 10:00 PM by Meohfumado

lol @ Joe's promo for the PPV.

UGCTT_Fraser_Finlay site profile image  

2/4/12 9:59 PM by UGCTT_Fraser_Finlay

4-2 for the prelims.

UGCTT_rkilla site profile image  

2/4/12 9:59 PM by UGCTT_rkilla

 Great finish by Rogan hahahaha, we need a gif of his face during that sequence.

sevenwithcheese site profile image  

2/4/12 9:57 PM by sevenwithcheese

 Imagine we're going to see that again during the PPV.

32Hunter site profile image  

2/4/12 9:56 PM by 32Hunter

Holiday has 0 groundgame, he's lucky his ARM wasn't snapped and hernandez was short notice 155er going against a huge 170er, size disparity is Sick. Can't blame the fighters for taking the fights I blame joe silva and the commissions.

UGCTT_rkilla site profile image  

2/4/12 9:55 PM by UGCTT_rkilla

 Such a sick kick. Saw it earlier on Facebook, but so happy to see it make the air on FX. 

kneedy site profile image  

2/4/12 9:55 PM by kneedy

Good job by Joe Silva finding the slowest least athletic and least aggressive fighter to ever fight to showcase the new fancy boy

LocalMan site profile image  

2/4/12 9:54 PM by LocalMan

<-------- Are Diaz's pubes distracting anyone else?