Ali Bagautinov v Tim Elliott
Flyweight contenders Ali Bagautinov and Tim Elliott started the main card. Elliott came out stalking Bagautinov to start, while the Russian was looking to counter him coming in. Bagautinov hurt Elliott with a flurry of punches and a knee coming in which looked to have hurt him. Elliott continuing to stalk the Russian but gets caught with a flurry of punches then a follow up head kick at the end of the round. Elliott again comes out pressing the Russian to start the second round. Bagautinov defends a knee attempt with a takedown but gets caught with a guillotine coming in and it looked tight. The Russian has to slam his opponent to escape but it was close. Elliott continues to press the action in the third and Bagautinov looks tired. Bagauntinov continually catching Elliott coming in with some nice kicks and punches. Elliott lands a nice combination of his own and finishes with a nice slam at the end of the round. Nice push towards the end by Elliott but I don’t think it will be enough to take the W.
Josh Koscheck v Tyron Woodley
Former Strikeforce contender Tyron Woodley took on former UFC welterweight challenger Josh Koscheck in the next fight on the main card. Woodley lands a nice flurry of punches and a knee which hurts Koscheck early on. ‘Kos’ looks to steady himself and presses Woodley up against the cage. The two separate and both men are looking to land big hits, Koscheck looks to have hurt Woodley with a straight right. Woodley recovers then drops ‘Kos’, he looks to finish with some follow up punches but Koscheck manages to hang on. Koscheck back to his feet and gets dropped with a devastating right hook; the fight is over. Big finish by Woodley and possibly “Knockout of the night”.
Robbie Lawler v Rory MacDonald
Hard hitting Robbie Lawler took on GSP protégé Rory MacDonald in the night’s next fight. Lawler came out throwing a lot of hard low kicks to start. MacDonald very patient with his striking and is looking to catch Lawler coming in. Lawler lands a nice high kick followed by a flurry of punches late in the round. MacDonald attempts a takedown early in the second but it gets stuffed by Lawler. Lawler stalking MacDonald still but is getting caught with some nice straight rights and front kicks coming in. MacDonald lands a big takedown midway through the round and lands some nice elbows until the round end. Lawler comes out swinging wild hooks early in the third round and hurts MacDonald. ‘Ares’ takes the fight down to avoid taking more damage. The fighters get back up and Lawler again tags MacDonald who returns with another takedown but Lawler scrambles and ends up on top. ‘Ruthless’ lets ‘Ares’ back to his feet and then drops him with a crushing right hand when he does. The fight is very close to being over but MacDonald just manages to recover. MacDonald finishes the fight with a nice takedown and a flurry of elbows. Great fight.
Rashad Evans v Chael Sonnen
Broadcast partners Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen fought in the nights co-main event. The fight started as expected with Sonnen rushing forward looking for the takedown. Sonnen presses Evans up against the cage and both men look to take the fight down. The fighters separated for a brief exchange then ‘Suga’ took the fight to the mat. Evans controlled Sonnen on top and landed some nice ground and pound before taking Sonnen’s back. ‘Suga’ rains down with some powerful blows from the top position and the fight is stopped. Dominant finish by Evans.
UFC 167 Main Card Results
Ali Bagautinov def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision
Tyron Woodley def. Josh Koscheck via K.O round 1
Robbie Lawler def. Rory MacDonald via majority decision
Rashad Evans def. Chael Sonnen via TKO round 1