UFC 169 is underway live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Following the Prelims I’ll be here to give you a recap of the main card.
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Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner
The lightweights will kick off the main card, as former WEC champion Jamie Varner takes on Blackzilian prospect Abel Trujillo.
Varner takes the centre of the cage to start. Trujillo charges forward with a few wild punches but Varner ducks out the way. More wild shots from Trujillo, Varner tries to fire back but gets tagged in the process. Both men swinging wild shots now and Trujillo shoots in for the takedown, but Varner reverses. Varner takes his back and then moves in to a north south choke. J.V trying to lock in the choke and it looks tight. Trujillo manages to escape, gets straight to his feet and goes off Varner. Some hard shots land from A.B and Varner reruns. What a fight! The two have a brief exchange at the end and Trujillo lands a nice knee. 10-9 Trujillo
A.T lunges forward with a hook to start which fails to connect. Another wild flurry from the pair and Varner tags Trujillo with a nice shot. Trujillo is hurt and on the back foot, but he tags Varner coming in and now he’s hurt. Another flurry and Trujillo’s down. Varner looking for the finish, but Trujillo gets back up and starts swinging. Both men landing big shots and Trujillo connects with a huge right hook! What a fight!
Ali Bagautinov vs. John Lineker
The little men are up next, as top 125 pound contenders Ali Bagautinov and John Lineker square off.
The two flyweights touch glove to start. Bagautinov lands an early takedown and lands in the Brazilian’s guard. A.B posturing up to land strikes but Lineker pulls him back into his guard. Some nice body shot land from Bagautinov as the two are tied up. A.B postures up, drops for a heel hook and the Brazilian looks for one of his own. Bagautinov pulls out and gets back up and the two go back to striking. Lineker throws a knee, but Bagautnov counters and slams his opponent to the mat. A few shots land from the Russian and Lineker looks to set up a kimura. The Russian counters with a few punches and ends up in Linekers guard as the bell rings. 10-9 Bagautinov.
Lineker comes straight after A.B straight from the bell, Bagautinov circles around the cage and the Brazilian follows. A takedown attempt from A.B and he moves up stairs to land a flurry. Bagautinov circling away now with Lineker looking to land shots. A hard body shot lands from Lineker and A.B shoots in for a takedown. Lineker sprawls and lands a few elbows before A.B gets up. Another takedown attempt from Bagautinov fails and he looks tired here. A wild exchange from the two just before the round ends, with Lineker landing the cleaner shots. 10-9 Lineker.
Lineker comes out and begins to stalk the Russian, who circles around the cage. A swing and a miss from Lineker and Bagautinov lands a takedown. Lineker gets back to his feet but not for long, as Bagautinov lands a nice slam. Half-guard now from Bagautnov and Lineker looks for another kimura. The Brazilian gets back to his feet, but again he gets taken straight back down. Some shots land from A.B and Lineker gets back to his feet. Bagautnov is still on him but the Brazilian manages to break away. Another takedown lands from A.B and he lands some hard shots. Lineker drops for a heel hock and Bagautinov just let’s him go for it, while taunting the Brazilian. The round ends with Bagautinov with his arms in the air, while Lineker had hold of his leg. 10-9 Bagautinov.
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
The two touch gloves to start. Mir takes the center and comes forward with a few punches, nice body shot lands from Overeem. The two clinch briefly and Overeem lands a low kick. Wild swing from Overeem and the two clinch. Big knee lands from Overeem, followed by a another to the head and Mir’s down. Overeem looking for the finish, landing hard shot but Mir manages to get to his feet. Big knee to the body lands from Overeem but Mir pushes him away. Great recovery from Mir. The two clinch again and Mir drops for a leg, but can’t get it and falls into half-guard. Overeem lands a big hammer fist, followed by another. The round ends with Overeem on top of Mir in half-guard landing shots. 10-8 Overeem.
Nice jab lands from “The Reem” to start, followed by a a right hand. Mir looks for a clinch but he gets thrown to the ground. The two clinch against the cage again and get separated by the referee. A nice flurry lands from Overeem and Mir gets a takedown. Mir looking to set up a guillotine and he almost had it. Overeem manages to just breakout and he works his ground-and-pound. Big shots landing from Overeem and Mir is busted up. Mir manages to pull guard and he’s looking to set something up. Mir tries to lock in a armbar but Overeem pulls away. Overeem throws a body kick and Mir returns with a low kick. 10-9 Overeem.
Mir looks for a high kick, followed by a hock kick but they aren’t even close. Overeem shoots forward with punches and Mir gets a clinch. The two go to the ground but not for long as Overeem gets back up. Another takedown attempt from Mir and Overeem defends, but ends up in his guard. A hard elbow lands from “The Reem” followed by a punch and the former UFC champ looks hurt. Mir manages to pull hold on but he looks a mess. Overeem decides to stand up and the two go back at it on the feet. Big right hand lands from Overeem but Mir’s still standing. Overeem lands a couple of glancing punches but doesn’t follow them up. 10-9 Overeem.
The heavyweights are up next, as former UFC champ Frank Mir takes on former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem.
Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
The first title fight comes next, in the featherweight division. Jose Aldo will look for his ninth straight title defence against top contender Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas.
Low kick from Lamas to start, followed by another. A jab lands from Lamas, then a low kick. Aldo very patience to start. A few feints from Aldo and a jab lands. Straight to the body lands from Aldo and he checks a leg kick from Lamas. High kick misses from “The Bully”. Aldo lands a nice left, right combination followed with a hard low kick. Huge body shot lands from Aldo and Lamas is down. The champ is on him, but Lamas gets up and breaks away. Aldo picking up the pace now and lands a couple of hard hooks to the body. Lamas goes for a spinning kick, but pulls back and Aldo shoots in with a flying knee before the end of the round. 10-9 Aldo.
Lamas feints a couple of times to start. Another kick is checked from the champion. Hard low kick lands from Aldo. Aldo lands another couple of hard hooks to the body. An over hand right from Aldo. Hard kick lands again from the champ and he lands another as Lanas throws a jab. Two more low kicks from the champ. Aldo picking up the pace now and Lamas attempts a wheel kick. Hard kick lands again from Aldo. Lamas throws one of his own but the champ just throws one back harder. Another wheel kick attempt from Lamas at the end of the round. 10-9 Aldo.
Front kick lands from Lamas to start the third. Big uppercut lands from Aldo followed by a low kick and the champ begins to tee off. Two low kicks land from Aldo. Lamas still game and looks for a high kick, but Aldo returns with another hard low kick. Front kick lands from Lamas followed by a low kick from Aldo. A nice jab lands from the champ. Another high kicks misses from Lamas and Aldo lands a left hook to the body, low kick combo. Lamas still coming forward but having no luck offensively. Straight to the body lands from Aldo. Lamas lands a nice jumping knee to the body and starts to pick up the pace. A nice body kick lands from Lamas before the round ends. 10-9 Aldo.
Hard low kick lands from Aldo to start the forth and Lamas looks for a takedown. Lamas picks Aldo up in the air briefly but he can’t pull him away from the cage. Nice reversal by Aldo and now he had Lamas up against the fence. A trip from Aldo and Lamas is down now. Aldo in Lamas’ half-guard now, looking for a better position. Lamas gets a butterfly guard, but Aldo jumps over into mount. The champ takes Lamas’ back and tries to lock in a RNC. Lamas escapes and is looking for a takedown. Some hard elbows land from Aldo just before the round ends. 10-9 Aldo.
Hard body kick lands from Lamas at the start of the round and Aldo gets a takedown. Lamas looking to set something up of his back but Aldo postures up. Full mount now from the champ and Lamas reverses to get back to his feet. Lamas lands a takedown and Aldo is looking tired now. The champ is trying to pull the challenger into his guard but Lamas is landing some nice shots. Aldo just clinging to Lamas now. Lamas breaks free and lands some hard shots before the bell. Good final effort from Lamas but it won’t be enough. 10-9 Lamas.
Renan Barão vs. Urijah Faber
Next it’s the main event where Renan Barão will look to defend his world bantamweight title against former WEC champion Urijah Faber.
Herd Dean kicks off the main event and the two touch gloves to start. Early flurry from Faber but he fails to land. Faber catches a low kick and the lands a few punches up top. The two kick at the same time and Faber is knocked down. He’s back up quickly but eats a few punches on the way. Both men exchange and Barão lands some nice shots. Huge right hand lands from Barão and Faber’s down. The champ follows up with some strikes but Faber is back to his feet. Barão isn’t letting him off the hook though and he’s landing knees on Faber. Another big shot and Faber’s down. Faber manages to grab hold of a leg and is looking for a takedown, with Barão landing strikes. A few more hit to the side of the head and Dean waves the fight off. Faber is up complaining and the replay shows he had his thumb up while he was getting hit.
UFC 169 Main Card Results:
Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via KO round 2
Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision
Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision
Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision
Renan Barão def. Urijah Faber via TKO round 1
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