UFC on FOX Undercard Live Blog: Poirier vs. Garza, Swanson vs. Lamas, More

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This is the UFC on FOX live blog for the preliminary bouts on tonight's UFC on FOX event from the Honda Center.

For tonight's special, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos will air on FOX at 9 p.m. ET, while the remaining nine bouts will not be televised, but streamed instead on Facebook and FoxSports.com.

For Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida, click here.

The live blog is below.


Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza

Round 1: Larry Landless and his magnificent mohawk start things off. Poirier claims the center of the cage right away with Garza circling on the outside. Head kick by Poirier is blocked, so he attacks with a flurry of punches as long as Garza is covered up. Good body kick by Garza, but Poirier catches it and fires off a left before tossing him down. Moments later, the exact same thing happens. Garza reverses the trend, catching a Poirier kick and putting him down, though Garza ends up on his back after the scramble. Garza upkicks at Poirier to convince him to let him up, but seconds later Poirier has him on his back again, this time up against the fence with about a minute left. Poirier tries to work some ground-and-pound, but can't get much going. He'll settle for ending the round on top. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Poirier.

Round 2: Garza slips on a kick attempt to start the round, but is back up quickly, only to get put down by Poirier shortly thereafter. Poirier looking to do damage out of Garza's half-guard, but as Garza tries to get an underhook and come up Poirier locks in a slick D'arce choke. Garza senses the danger too late and he can't get free. He has to tap, and it's an easy win for Poirier.

Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza via submission (D'arce choke) at 1:32 of round two

Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas

Round 1: Big John McCarthy starts them off. Swanson's looking light on his feet, bouncing and feinting and looking to do some work with his kicks. Lamas pumps the jab, and Swanson attacks with low leg kicks. An inside leg kick by Swanson slips up into the bathing suit area, and Lamas gets a second to gather himself. They restart quickly and Lamas gets a takedown fairly easily. He moves into half-guard and softens Swanson up with some left hands. Lamas tries to improve his position, but Swanson locks up a guillotine and it looks tight. Lamas hangs on and brings Swanson up with him, and Swanson eventually lets it go. Both fighters take turns bringing out their flashier kicks, then smile in approval at one another. Blistering punch combo from Swanson and Lamas may be hurt. They're both swinging big now, and we have ourselves a fight. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Swanson.

Round 2:
Swanson starts us off with a double jab and straight right, and Lamas answers with a head kick the pushes him back. Lamas picks Swanson up for a slam and Swanson looks to employ the rubber guard, but to little effect. Lamas postures up and throws, then moves around to take Swanson's back once he tries to stand. Swanson goes to put his back on the mat, thinking about a guillotine, and Lamas slips beautifully into an arm triangle choke. Swanson is in trouble. He tries to walk up the fence, but there's no escape there. He has no choice but to tap. Great finish to an exciting fight.

Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson via submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:16 of round two

DaMarques Johnson vs.
Clay Harvison

Round 1: Referee Herb Dean gets us started for this welterweight bout. They meet in the center of the cage and do very little in the way of feeling each other out, preferring to throw hard right off the bat. Johnson backs Harvison up against the fence and lunges in with a left uppercut that lands perfectly. Harvison collapses and Johnson raises his hands in victory, perhaps a little prematurely. He adds one more brutal right hand, then holds back on the second one when he sees it's thoroughly unnecessary.

DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison via TKO (punches) at 1:34 of round one

Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto vs.
Darren Uyenoyama

Round 1: Uyenoyama patiently stalks Yamamoto, but the "Kid" is all over the place early on. Trying to pin him down is like trying to stab jello with a fork. He dances all around Uyenoyama, then finally stops long enough to clinch him against the fence. Uyenoyama pushes back and Yamamoto flings him to the mat, but can't keep him there. Seconds later, a big throw by Yamamoto puts Uyenoyama down. I am officially already tired of typing these long names, by the way. Back on their feet, Uyenoyama catches a high kick and puts Yamamoto down with it, peppering him with rights from the top. Yamamoto briefly takes top position in the scramble, but Uyenoyama takes his back and looks for the choke in the final minute. He cinches in the rear-naked choke right at the 10-second mark, but Yamamoto holds on. Or does he? A flutter of the hand looks suspiciously like a tap, but not to referee Larry Landless apparently. Uyenoyama thinks it's over, but we're going another round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Uyenoyama.

Round 2: However oxygen-deprived he may have been, Yamamoto is fresh now. He catches Uyenoyama with a knee coming in, but ends up giving up the takedown eventually. Yamamoto tries to scramble up, but again gives up his back, this time with plenty of time left in the round. Yamamoto has control of one wrist, but Uyenoyama has him in a body triangle and seems plenty patient. Uyenoyama again looks for the RNC, but it doesn't look like he's all the way under Yamamoto's chin. Uyenoyama switches tactics and takes to battering Yamamoto with punches from behind in the final minute. "Keep doing damage!" shouts Uyenoyama's corner. There's the horn, and Yamamoto is freed once again. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Uyenoyama.

Round 3: Yamamoto slips off a leg kick, but Uyenoyama can't capitalize. Yamamoto manages to put Uyenoyama on his back for the first time since the first round, but Uyenoyama has him stymied by a high guard, and Yamamoto seems to be at a loss. Yamamoto stands up, but this only earns him a sharp upkick from Uyenoyama. Back on their feet now, Uyenoyama fires off a glancing head kick. Yamamoto looks for the clinch and tries to hip toss Uyenoyama down, but nothing doing. Landless pulls them apart for a restart in the final 30 seconds. Good lunging right hook lands for Yamamoto, but he doesn't follow up. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Uyenoyama.

Darren Uyenoyama def. "Kid" Yamamoto via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Mackens Semerzier vs.
Robert Peralta

Round 1: Big John McCarthy gets the fighters started. Quick glove tough, and then almost immediately the bout is paused due to an inadvertent kick to the pills by Semerzier. After the restart Semerzier uses a kick by Peralta to transition to a takedown, but they end up stuck in the clinch against the fence. Semerzier lifts him up with a high crotch grab but can't put him down. Semerzier catches a Peralta body kick and drops him with a hook, sending Peralta somersaulting away. Semerzier charges in, but Peralta recovers quickly and minimizes the damage. Semerzier catches another Peralta kick and yanks him to the mat. "No more kicks, Robbie!" shouts Peralta's corner. Semerzier goes to work with some ground-and-pound, but has to be wary of Peralta's guard. Good right hand from Semerzier at the ten second mark, and Peralta gets to his feet just in time for the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Semerzier.

Round 2:
They come to the center and trade jabs right away. Peralta lands a blistering right that drops Semerzier, then pours on more punches and hammer fists as Semerzier scrambles for a takedown. Semerzier manages to hold on and get his wits about him, but he still seems unsteady. There's a brief pause after another kick to the pills by Semerzier, but they go back to work quickly. They trade kicks, and Peralta's corner is calling out for the left hook. Peralta fires a right hook and eats an uppercut. Semerzier clinches up, looking for underhooks and a takedown, but can't get it. Peralta frees himself, but it's Semerzier who finishes the round slightly stronger. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Peralta.

Round 3:
Peralta's corner is trying to get him to throw more combos and fewer single punches, but Semerzier's kicks are still keeping him from getting set and firing off too many blows at once. They throw at the same time and both connect, but it's Semerzier who goes down almost out of nowhere. Peralta jumps on him and hammers away as Semerzier clings to a leg. Semerzier is struggling to stay in it, but McCarthy has seen enough and moves in to stop it. Peralta's corner floods in to celebrate, but a replay confirms that it was a clash of heads that put Semerzier down, not a punch. Semerzier pounds the mat in frustration, and Peralta is sporting an enormous lump on his forehead, but for the moment it stands as a TKO win. Semerzier might have a good case for a no contest appeal.

Robert Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier via TKO at 1:54 of round three

Alex Caceres vs.
Cole Escovedo

Round 1: Herb Dean gets the bantamweights started and they touch gloves in the middle of the cage right before Caceres front kicks Escovedo in the chest. Caceres is certainly the more active fighter to start with. He backs Escovedo up with kicks and fires off a couple punch combos, but Escovedo is staying calm. Good left hand by Caceres, but as he loosens up he's also leaving himself open. A pretty spinning backfist by Caceres lands cleanly, and Escovedo is starting to look like maybe this kid is better than he expected. They fight for position in the Thai clinch and Caceres trips Escovedo down before adding a few punches and then letting him up. Caceres is in control now. His unpredictability has Escovedo on the defensive. An inside leg kick by Caceres sounds like it caught some cup, and he bows in apology, but Escovedo isn't interested in that. He shoves Herb Dean away and drops Caceres with a high kick, then goes on the attack before the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Caceres.

Round 2: Caceres goes back to work with his kicks and it succeeds in keeping Escovedo against the fence. Good front kick and right hand jab by Caceres. A head kick attempt is blocked by Escovedo, but he still felt the impact. They end up in a scramble on the mat for just a moment after a nifty little foot sweep from Escovedo, but Caceres gets back to his feet and digs a right to Escovedo's body as he's getting up. Escovedo tries again to bring Caceres down, but Caceres wants no part of his guard, and insists on bringing it back to the feet. Another spinning backfist by Caceres, this one less successful. He finishes the round still in control, with Escovedo finding few answers for his style. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Caceres.

Round 3: Caceres starts the final frame with a good kick to the body that pushes Escovedo back. Escovedo shoots in and nearly gets caught in a guillotine as he forces Caceres to the mat. Caceres loses the choke, but keeps working off his back, cycling through an impressive array of submissions. Triangle choke, kimura, straight armbar, oma plata -- Escovedo has to defend against all of them before the fight finally returns to the feet, and in the process he may have lost all the good work he did with the takedown. Caceres fires off a good high kick at the end of a combo, but Escovedo just smiles. Escovedo gets a takedown moments later and briefly takes Caceres' back, but he can't get the finish he almost certainly needs. Back on the feet, the fight ends with Caceres catching an Escovedo body kick and stinging him with a straight left. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Caceres.

Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mike Pierce vs.
Paul Bradley

Round 1: Referee Larry Landless, sporting a bleached mohawk, get us started. Bradley appears to be the slightly quicker fighter right off the bat. He's bouncing around, firing off combos and Pierce is struggling to keep up. Bradley comes forward behind a quick combo and forces Pierce back. Pierce starts to settle into his striking, and Bradley disrupts him by dropping down and looking for the takedown. He can't quite finish it, but he does briefly take Pierce's back in the ensuing scramble. Good left hook by Bradley after they separate, and there's less than a minute to go. Bradley lands a nice knee to the body in the clinch, and it's Pierce who's looking the worse for wear after one. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Bradley.

Round 2: Bradley starts the second with a quick combo that jacks Pierce's jaw to the side. Pierce comes forward behind a right hand and looks for the takedown, but Bradley stops him and fires off a couple good knees in the clinch. They separate and again Pierce looks for the takedown, but he's not even getting close. Bradley's takedown defense looks solid. Two straight jabs from Pierce force Bradley's chin dangerously high, but he again looks for the takedown and gets stuck in the clinch. Pierce clams a big right hand into Bradley's jaw, but instead of following up with more strikes his instinct seems to be to lunge right into the clinch, halting his own momentum. Bradley nearly gets a takedown of his own, and they're back to the clinch, leaning on one another in the final minute and looking for a breather. Bradley attempts to get some offense started in the final ten seconds, but it's Pierce who lands more effectively. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Pierce.

Round 3: Both men start the final round firing off combos and looking full of life all of a sudden, but before long they're back to the clinch. Bradley's corner is screaming at him to "work the full five minutes," and if he could do it he might take this fight on the basis of that alone. Bradley gets busy with a combo, then shoots for a takedown that comes up short. They're mired in the clinch again, and Bradley is taking some deep breaths before Landless moves in to restart them. Pierce lands a good right hand and this time resists the urge to clinch immediately afterward. Bradley times a takedown just right and gets Pierce to the mat, but can't ever fully get control of him and has to let him up. Bradley's corner is imploring him to get to work in the final minute, but Pierce is doing a good job of countering him right up until the final bell. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Pierce.

Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Aaron Rosa vs. Matt Lucas

Round 1: Lucas lunges forward with a couple lefts to start us off, then works his way into the clinch before flinging Rosa to the mat for a brief scramble. Rosa tries a headkick that's blocked, then walks right into a decent left from Lucas. Lucas clinches again and then punches his way out. Lucas lands another left and thinks about dropping for a takedown, but abandons the idea and settles for a clinch. Rosa lands a nice knee, his best strike of the fight so far. Referee Big John McCarthy pauses the bout to replace Lucas' mouthpiece. On the replay it sure looks like he spit it out on purpose. Hard left from Lucas after the restart, and then it's back to the clinch. Rosa lands a knee to the body, and I'm starting to wonder why Lucas insists on clinching so much when he's doing well enough when he strikes from a distance. Lucas seems obsessed with getting a takedown before the round ends. Rosa isn't having it, and he batters Lucas with kicks to the body before the round ends. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Lucas.

Round 2: After nearly eating a kick to the face, Lucas successfully times a Rosa right hand and drops under it for a takedown. His corner is pretty pumped about it, but again Rosa is back up in a hurry. Lucas continues to pursue the same strategy, however, going straight into the clinch and looking for the single-leg that he's been unable to complete thus far. His corner shouts at him to "get active" as Rosa is elbowing him about the head and body, but Lucas can't oblige them. Rosa breaks the clinch with a standing kimura, and almost right away Lucas stuns him with a right hook. Rosa clinches up and lands a knee to the body with a minute left in the round. Lucas seems to be waiting for an opening to shoot the double-leg, and McCarth again stops the bout to replace Lucas' mouthpiece. This time McCarthy is hip to Lucas' game and deducts a point from him. That's costly, but also justified. Lucas gets a takedown before the round ends, but can't do anything with it and Rosa is back up before the round ends. With the point deduction, MMA Fighting scores the round 9-9.

Round 3: They come out guns a-blazing to start the final round. Rosa stings Lucas with straight punch right on the nose, then Lucas is back to the clinch and looking for that elusive takedown again. Rosa lands a couple sharp elbows in close and Lucas is starting to look worn just as his corner is starting to look frustrated. Good knee by Rosa, and Lucas' cornerman throws his water bottle down in disgust. Lucas continues looking for that takedown, but Rosa is doing all the damage now. He turns Lucas' back to the cage and peppers him with short strikes. Rosa follows up another good knee with a two-punch combo. There goes that mouthpiece again. This time there's no point deduction, but McCarthy restarts them in the clinch after Lucas' corner sends him off with the instruction to "swing away, Matt!" It's Rosa who's doing most of the swinging in the final minute, and the fight ends with another unsuccessful takedown attempt by Lucas. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Rosa.

Aaron Rosa def. Matt Lucas via majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
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