The UFC on FOX 12 card is in the bag from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and the promotion delivered again with another great night of fights.
UFC on FOX 12 featured a welterweight title eliminator in the main event as the divisions No.1 contender Robbie Lawler took on “The Immortal” Matt Brown in what turned out to be a back-and-forth war which played out a lot longer than most people expected.
The first round round was a big one for “Ruthless” who managed to rock his opponent early but the “Immortal” sucked it up and went toe-to-to with Lawler for the next few rounds. Brown took a lot of damage from then on but never stopped coming forward and even had a strong rally late towards end.
However, he was unable to get the finish and Lawler took home the unanimous decision. Brown didn’t win the fight but he gains tons of respect with his performance.
The co-main event turned out to be a completely one-sided affair as Anthony Johnson smashed Antônio Rogério Nogueira with a brutal barrage of punches early on to pick up a stoppage over the Brazilian in just 44 seconds. “Rumble” is now 2-0 in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division with wins over top competition. One more win should be enough to give him a shot at the title.
In other action, TUF 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez picked up the biggest win of his MMA career, stopping former Strikeforce lightweight champion Clay Guida with a second round rear-naked choke. The 27-year old is now on a seven-fight win streak and is starting to look like a title contender in the featherweight division.
Kicking off the main card was a lightweight clash as former Strikeforce fighters Josh Thomson and Bobby Green went to battle for three solid rounds. Both men had mixed success in the bout and it looked close going into the judges, however, Green was ultimately awarded the W to pick up his fourth straight win in the UFC.
UFC On Fox 12 Main Card Results:
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split-decision
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2 – 2:52
Anthony Johnson def. Antônio Rogério Nogueira via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 0:44
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision.
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