UFC 118 Undercard Live Blog: Salter vs. Miller, Soto vs. Osipczak, More

Dan Miller vs. John Salter will compete on the UFC 118 undercard.BOSTON -- This is the UFC 118 live blog for the three non-televised bouts on tonight's UFC card from the TD Garden.

In a middleweight bout John Salter meets Dan Miller. In two welterweight bouts, Greg Soto fights Nick Osipczak and Amilcar Alves takes on Mike Pierce.




Amilcar Alves (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)

Round 1: The pair touches gloves. Pierce takes the middle of the cage and quickly shoots for the takedown. Alves defends well and lands a hard knee to the body as they fight against the cage. Pierce eventually scoops Alves up and slams him down. Pierce struggles to figure out any offense and Alves pulls him into a tight guard after connecting with an elbow. Pierce finally scores with a right as Alves tries to escape. Alves works his way upright with about two minutes left. Seconds later, Pierce slams him down again. Alves works up to his feet again with :40 left. Pierce foot stomps him a few times but the crowd goes restless as the grinding round ends. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-10.

Round 2: Pierce takes Alves down in the opening 30 seconds. Alves tries to work free and the crowd erupts, hoping to will Alves upright, to no avail. Pierce works in side control, and lands some elbows as Alves tries to work free. Pierce's offense isn't exactly awe-inspiring though, so a smattering of boos emanates from the Garden faithful. We go under a minute left and the stalemate continues. Very little offense from Pierce to finish the final seconds, but he did enough the round to earn a 10-9.

Round 3: Alves aggressively goes at Pierce, likely aware he's behind. He begins landing kicks, a series of them until Pierce times one, catches the leg and uses it to take him down again. Pierce tried a kimura briefly but it wasn't close. Pierce went for it again midway through the round. This one was closer. Finally, on his third submission try with less than two minutes left, he gets a tapout to a straight arm bar from the half-guard.

Winner: Mike Pierce via straight arm bar submission, Rd. 3


Greg Soto (170) vs. Nick Osipczak (171)

Round 1: Osipczak with a nice leg kick early knocking Soto off-balance. Soto shoots in for a takedown and deposits Osipczak on his back. Soto uses a nice pass to get to side control, but only briefly as Osipczak defends back to guard. Osipczak with some nice defense from the bottom as he doesn't take much damage and gets back to his feet midway through. The two begin to trade on their feet, with the rangy Osipczak landing a few kicks from distance, and Soto looking to close the gap. Soto is bleeding from near his left eye. Osipczak is starting to take over on the feet. Good, hard round goes to Osipczak, 10-9.

Round 2: Osipczak hurt Soto with a knee from a clinch. He landed a few shots but Soto suddenly got his back for the takedown and sunk in his hooks. He tried a rear naked choke but Osipczak fought his way free. The crowd exploded during the exchange. This place will be nuts during the big fights. Soto nearly passed to mount but again, great ground defense from Osipczak prevented it. Soto did get to half-guard though. Soto stayed in the position a while and worked Osipczak over with elbows. Good round for Soto, and MMA Fighting scores it for him, 10-9.

Round 3: Soto drives for an early takedown. Soto landed a series of knees to the body from side control. Back in full guard 30 seconds later, Osipczak threw his legs up for a triangle, but Soto was out in a flash. Back to side control and more knees to the body. Soto dug in for an arm triangle. Then he kneed to the body and worked his way to full mount. Osipczak gave up his mount and Soto scored with elbows to the side of the head, riding out the round while landing strikes. MMA Fighting scores it for him 10-9.

Winner: Greg Soto via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


John Salter (185) vs. Dan Miller (185)

Round 1: Two minutes of fairly even standup until Miller decides to throw a kick. Salter catches it and puts him on his back. Miller used his feet to push Salter off him and got back to standing with 1:30 left. Salter shot in again for another takedown with about 20 seconds to go and got it. He landed in side control but only had time for a couple quick strikes before the round ended. MMA Fighting scores it for Salter, 10-9.

Round 2: Salter landed a nice right behind the ear early. Salter flew in for a takedown 90 seconds in. Miller saw it coming a mile away and locked in a tight anaconda choke as they fell to the ground. Salter had no choice but to tap.

Winner: Dan Miller via anaconda choke submission, Rd. 2 (1:53)


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