UFC on FOX 12 is underway from the SAP Center in San Jose, California, with the anticipation reaching it’s high for the headlining bout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown. The preliminary cards are in the books, and once again they delivered in a big way. First up on the Fight Pass section of the evening was Steven Siler vs. Noad Lahat at featherweight.
A fairly even first round saw Lahat score some good takedowns, but ‘Super’ landed some hard body shots and head punches, and Lahat looked gassed after round one. The second round was thoroughly exciting but also very close, Lahat nearly had a triangle locked in as the round ended. Siler took the back in round three, and landed some solid boxing on the feet. A strange decision as the judges call it unanimously for Lahat.
Next up are women’s strawweights Juliana Lima and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. A grueling first round saw some fence-heavy action from Lima, who looked tired after the opening stanza. JJ definitely had the more crisp striking though, and she threw some bombs on the Brazilian at the end of round one.
Lima looked sloppy in round two, and got lit up with Chuck Liddell style right hands from JJ.
A late rally from Lima lacked steam, as Jedrzejczyk lit her up all round with her crisp boxing. A good decision win for Jonna Jedrzejczyk. Welterweights Andreas Stahl and and Gilbert Burns threw down now, in a double-debut. The first round was a gritty wrestle fest with some hard striking from both guys. The second round saw some quality striking exchanges, with Burns edging him in this frame.
Stahl looked a nearly beaten man in round three, and seemed to have a broken nose. A great fight for both guys, but Burns wins the decision. Tiago Trator and Akbarh Arreola rounded off the Fight Pass card at lightweight, and what a tilt this was. Trator throws bombs like a nut, as Arreola looks to land counter head kicks. The round ends after Arreola lands a nice takedown.
The Brazilian ‘Tractor’ continued to wing leg kicks at Arreola, landing with good frequency, but the Mexican dropped Trator with some good cut kicks. The third round was much of the same, and it was anyone’s fight as they slugged it out to the buzzer. A quality debut for both, but Trator takes the decision. On to the FOX prelims, and Michael De La Torre takes on Brian Ortega at featherweight.
WOW! This fight was over almost as quick as it started, as Ortega took the back of De La Torre and sunk in a choke that forced the ref to step in before De La Torre passed out. Great win for Ortega. Welterweights Hernani Perpetuo and Tim Means were on tap next, and this one got going quickly. Perpetuo blasted Means with some heavy boxing on the feet, as the left hook found the chin of Means constantly.
Means wasn’t sleeping though, as he landed some nice elbows and high kicks. Perpetuo looked to be in big trouble as he was dropped in round two, but did well to battle on. Round two was all Means, and round three even more so. Great range fighting by Means, as Perpetuo seems to have broken his left arm! Means by decision. Light-heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury and Pat Cummins go at it now.
‘Durkin’ comes out like a man possessed and lands multiple takedowns with heavy ground and pound. ‘Kingsbu’ is game on the feet, but Cummins takes the opener. Big slams were the tale of round two, as Cummins continued to generally manhandle Kingsbury in the octagon. Plainly put, Cummins dominated every moment in this fight, and beat the crap out of Kingsbury. ‘Durkin by decision. Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal at lightweight now.
Wow, Cruickshank crumples Masvidal with a monstrous straight right hand, but he is back up again, hardly a minute gone! ‘Gamebred’ looks ok, and he connects with some huge knees in the clinch. What a brawl! Masvidal in on a double leg as the round ends. Round two starts and Masvidal is pushing hard, landing with some big kicks before going to the ground with Cruickshank.
Masvidal sinks in the d’arce choke and nearly gets a finish, Cruickshank hangs on, but ‘Gamebred’ rains down elbows from the guard. One round a piece going in to the third, and Cruickshank has Masvidal hurt again, but he hangs on now. A close round turned in as Masvidal puts in some good ground work, and the judges give it to ‘Gamebred’.
UFC on FOX 12 Preliminary Results:
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision
Pat Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury by unanimous decision
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo by unanimous decision
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre by technical submission (rear naked choke) round one
Fight Pass Prelims:
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola by unanimous decision
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl by unanimous decision
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima by unanimous decision
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler by unanimous decision