NEWARK, N.J. -- This is the UFC 111 undercard blog for Rodney Wallace
vs. Jared Hamman
, Rousimar Palhares
vs. Tomasz Drwal
and Matt Riddle
vs. Greg Soto
These are the three untelevised bouts on tonight's 10-fight card.
The live blog is below.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomas Drwal
Round 1: Well, it was all over in a flash. Drawl slipped down throwing a front kick, Palhares immediately transitioned into a heel hook and Drwal tapped.Rousimar Palhares def. Tomas Drwal via submission (heel hook), :45
Rodney Wallace vs. Jared HammanRound 1:
Wallace takes Hamman down with a single-leg early. Hamman briefly escapes, but Wallace comes after him with a relentless attack of rights and uppercuts. Hamman looks rocked for a second. He gathers himself by clinching with Wallace. 45 or so seconds later, Hamman drops Wallace with a right head kick. Crowd erupts. Hamman unable to finish, and Wallace lands in his guard with Hamman connecting with elbows from his back. Hamman gets up, but gets slammed right back down to the ground. He gets back up. Round ends with Wallace in Hamman's guard. Tough round to call. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 in favor of Hamman.Round 2:
Round 2 sort of becomes a takdown clinic for "Sho Nuff the Master." Both guys look very tired. Wallace tries for a triangle choke, but no luck. Hamman with a nice judo throw. Lots of huffing and puffing, especially on Wallace's end. Hamman lands a nice punch while Wallace is on his back.MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 in favor of Hamman.Round 3:
Hamman gets a takedown early. With a little over three minutes left, both men exchange punches in the center of the Octagon. Wallace then surprises Hamman with a quick takedown, but lands on his back. Ref stands them up. Wallace pulls guard. Wallace is active off his back, but that allows Hamman to secure side control. The round ends with Wallace caught in crucifix position, eating blows by Hamman.MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 in favor of Wallace.
Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Riddle vs. Greg SotoRound 1:
Soto is clearly the crowd favorite because he calls New Jersey home. Soto attacks Riddle's lead leg early with kicks. He connects on a nice right to the body. Soto tries for takedown, but Riddle does a good job of stuffing it. Riddle later connects on several knees to the face in the clinch. Looks like Soto was rocked for a second, but he answers back with a some wild punches. Back to the clinch they go, and Riddle finally takes Soto down with 20 seconds left. Round ends with Riddle in Soto's guard, unable to posture up. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 in favor of Riddle.
Riddle gets a takedown a minute into the round. Soto is connecting with elbows from his back. Soto is looking good off his back, controlling Riddle's wrists and not allowing him to posture up. Looks like Riddle is trying to open up Soto with an elbow. Soto finally escapes Riddle's wrath with 30 seconds left. He lands an elbow and a right, and Riddle quickly falls to his knees. Looks like Soto could have taken Riddle's back, but no such luck. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 in favor of Riddle.
Soto nailed Riddle in the head with an upkick off his back while Riddle's knees were still on the ground. Riddle was out for a second, then looked around and said, 'What happened?' The referees and doctors talk it over, and the fight is called. Unfortunate ending.Matt Riddle def. Greg Soto via disqualification -- Round 3, 1:30