UFC 117 Undercard Blog: Hazelett vs. Story, Davis vs. Wallace, More

This is the UFC 117 live blog for all five of the undercard bouts of UFC 117 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

A noteworthy bout on the undercard is submission wizard Dustin Hazelett facing prospect Rick Story at 170 pounds. Since losing to John Hathaway in his UFC debut, Story has reeled off three consecutive wins. Hazelett is coming off a loss to Paul Daley in January.

The live blog is below.




Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story

Round 1:
Story charges across the cage swinging away like a fighter who just remembered that he left the stove on at home. Hazelett jumps into guard on a standing Story and tries to climb his legs up. Story dumps him hard on the mat and then punishes him with punches from a standing position. Hazelett tries a triangle and then an armbar, but Story slams his way out. Back on their feet, another Story lets loose with another punch flurry, then takes Hazelett down before a quick stand-up. Story is clearly having more success on the feet, but again he goes to the mat with Hazelett and again the pace stalls. Josh Rosenthal stands them up and Hazelett ducks under a punch to shoot for an unsuccessful double-leg. They end the round clinching against the fence, with Hazelett just holding on. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Story.

Round 2:
Story backs Hazelett up against the fence and hurls a steady stream of punches. Hazelett covers up, but those are still getting through and one drops him. After briefly going to the mat with him, Story brings it back to the feet and wobbles Hazelett with another punch. Hazelett seems like he's ready to go home. Another hard punch has him covering up and waiting for the end as Story pounds away. Rosenthal lets it go on just long enough to be sure it's over.

Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett via TKO (punches) at 1:15 of round two.

Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace

Round 1: Davis comes out sporting the pink trunks, because the man has style. They feel each other out in the center and Wallace fires off an uppercut that misses. Davis responds with a head kick that doesn't. Wallace thinks about a takedown, but Davis quickly turns the tables and puts him down. Some short elbows from Davis and Wallace works back to his feet, only to be dumped on his face by another Davis takedown. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Davis.

Round 2:
Davis goes back to work with the head kick at the start of the round, and Wallace certainly felt that one. He tries to get in close and put a stop to that business, but he ends up pulling Davis on top of him. Davis tries to free his leg from the half-guard but ends up letting Wallace get to his feet. Davis controls him in the front headlock and looks to land a knee before Wallace voluntarily goes back down. Davis resumes the short elbows from the half-guard and considers a kimura. Wallace defends, but Davis uses it to move to north-south. He finishes the round in mount, trapping Wallace's arm and raining down elbows. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Davis.

Round 3: Another head kick from Davis to start the third. It's like clockwork, and yet Wallace is the one guy who hasn't figured out the schedule. Again Davis is successful in getting Wallace to the mat, and again he looks for the kimura, this time from side control. Davis goes to mount, but Wallace soon escapes and gets back to his feet. Davis clinches and trips Wallace back to the mat. Wallace fights off another kimura, but can't get any offense going. He's certainly resilient, but that alone won't win this fight for him. Davis goes to mount in the final minute, but can't stay there. He ends the fight standing over Wallace, waiting for the clock to tick down. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Davis.

Phil Davis def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Tim Boetsch vs. Todd Brown

Round 1: Boetsch goes to work with kicks to the body and the head to start this fight. That's a somewhat new look for him. He grabs a single-leg, but Brown hops back against the fence and he lets it go, settling for the clinch instead. Boetsch fires some knees to the body, lulling Brown to sleep a bit, then tosses him to the mat. Brown works back up to his feet and moments later Boetsch staggers him with a right uppercut. He tries to capitalize, but Brown recovers well. They clinch, get separated by the ref, and Brown lands a head kick before getting stung by another hard punch from Boetsch. Blood is flowing freely from Brown's nose as the first round comes to a close. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Tim Boetsch.

Round 2: Brown immediately charges in for a body lock against the fence and gets it. Seems like he's had enough of getting punches in the face by Boetsch. They separate after a minute with no action, and Brown finds a bit of success with his jab. Boetsch keeps looking for the uppercut, but Brown is hip to that by now and trying to steer clear of it. The action has slowed midway through the second and the impatient crowd makes its displeasure known. Boetsch is sticking and moving as best he can, seemingly having little trouble landing the right hand when he wants it. Brown tries a crescent kick in the final seconds, and the result makes you wonder whether he's ever attempted it before. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.

Round 3: Brown looks a little more livelier to start the final round, adopting a somewhat strange stance that's hard to figure. He charges in and locks Boetsch up against the fence again, and you know this crowd doesn't like that. Boetsch has a cut near his left eye that's starting to stream a thin line of blood. He shoots for a takedown and puts Brown on his back with relative ease. Boetsch tries for side control, and Brown rolls to his knees and gets back to his feet. Brown attempts a Superman punch, but Boetsch stays out of range. The cut around his eye is getting messier, and he seems like maybe he's content to just survive this round and go to a decision. After a referee restart following a stalled out clinch, Boetsch gets another takedown to seal the deal in the final seconds. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.

Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3).

Charlie Brenneman vs. Johny Hendricks

Round 1: Brenneman's mop of hair is bouncing all over the place to start the fight. It's going to make every one of Hendricks' punches look like a killer. They engage in the center of the Octagon and bang away on each other before Hendricks yanks Brenneman's head down in a front headlock. Brenneman tries to get up and takes a knee to the head. He puts a hand on the mat to stop that nonsense, then finally finds his way out and goes on the attack with a flurry of punches that backs Hendricks up. Brenneman shoots for a double-leg and it forces Hendricks down against the fence, but Brenneman can't quit finish it and put him on his back. They're stalled on the mat next to the fence, and the crowd is only going to sit through so much of this until the boos start. Josh Rosenthal stands them up and Brenneman gets a real takedown and moves to side control before the round ends. MMA Fighting scores the first frame 10-9 for Brenneman.

Round 2:
They trade punches in the center of the cage right off the bat and Brenneman lands a nice right. Hendricks bobs and weaves his way in and staggers Brenneman with a left hand. Brenneman recovers, only to eat another and another. He's on shaky legs and Hendricks senses the finish is near. He keeps coming with that left, and Brenneman battles back bravely. Another left drops him flat on his back and Rosenthal steps in. Brenneman's in no state to complain about the stoppage.

Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of round two.

Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve

Round 1:
Morecraft bulls his way into a body lock early, struggling a bit to get inside Struve's long reach. Once he has the Dutchman locked up though, it doesn't take long for Morecraft to fling him to the mat. Morecraft thinks about an anaconda choke, but decides to just batter Struve from the top position instead. Struve locks on a triangle and uses it to flip Morecraft over, losing the choke in the process. Morecraft slips out the back and puts Struve down again, nearly getting caught in a guillotine. Morecraft escapes and goes right back to ground-and-pound. Struve isn't defending well against the onslaught of punches from the top. He's lying flat on his back and getting hammered again and again. Herb Dean is taking a close look at it, but Struve scrambles to his knees and gets stuck in a guillotine. It looks tight, but Struve falls to his back and barely survives the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Morecraft.

Round 2: Struve snaps a leg kick to slow Morecraft down in the opening seconds. Morecraft keeps coming forward and Struve backs up against the fence. They both unload with punches and Struve lands a right and a left, then hammers Morecraft on the chin with a hard right that jars his mouthpiece loose. Morecraft goes down and Struve pounces on him with a flurry of rights. He's not responding, and Herb Dean has seen enough. The arena explodes as an elated Struve runs around the Octagon and tosses his mouthpiece into the crowd. What a comeback.

Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft via TKO (punches) at 0:22 of round two.

Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman

Round 1:
Hallman comes straight across the cage and clinches, eating a knee to the body from Saunders on his way in. He tries to use the body lock to get the much taller Saunders down, and after about a minute worth of struggling he finally succeeds. Hallman working from the top in Saunders' half-guard, but he can't do much damage and the crowd is growing restless. Hallman's not having much trouble keeping Saunders on his back. A few short elbows from Hallman find their way in, but Saunders seems more frustrated than damaged. The crowd feels the same way, judging by all the shouts of 'stand 'em up!' Hallman opens up with punches and hammerfists in the final ten seconds, but Saunders recovers guard just before the horn. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Hallman.

Round 2:
Saunders is very careful to keep his distance from Hallman to start the second. He flicks out jabs and body kicks to keep Hallman at bay, and Saunders seems to be finding his rhythm with his strikes. Hallman pushes forward and ducks under a punch to bring Saunders down with a leg trip against the fence. Hallman flattens him out and goes back to work from the top, much to the dismay of the audience. Saunders tries an armbar off his back, but Hallman escapes and gets to side control. There's a cut near Saunders' eye, and the two men exchange some words while in close quarters. I can't quite make out what they're saying, but I'm guessing it's not a conversation about the weather. The round ends with Hallman on top, grinding away again. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Hallman.

Round 3: Again Saunders takes advantage of the fact that each round starts standing, stinging Hallman with a head kick in the opening seconds. Hallman doesn't seem too bothered and he presses onward right into a right hand and another kick to the dome. Now he's had enough and he gets Saunders down for a moment, but can't keep him there. The ref separates them after a period of inactivity against the fence. Saunders opens up with some nice punch and body kick combos. He's got Hallman backpedaling, and almost everything he throws is landing, though none of it with a tremendous amount of power. As Saunders comes forward Hallman pulls him into guard and sweeps him over, landing on top again. They end the round like this, with Hallman landing perhaps his best blows of the fight before the horn. MMA Fighting gives the round to Saunders, 10-9.

Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

In his post-fight interview Hallman apologizes to fans and fellow fighters for his comments on 'Inside MMA' alleging rampant steroid use in MMA, calling his own remarks "ignorant."


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