UFC 140 Undercard Live Blog: Soszynski vs. Pokrajac, Hamman vs. Philippou, More

Krzystof Soszynski faces Igor Pokrajac at UFC 140.TORONTO -- This is the UFC 140 live blog for all the preliminary bouts in support of tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the Air Canada Centre.

The seven undercard bouts are Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzystof Soszynski, Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou, Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi, Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson, Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz, Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht and John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke.

The live blog is below.



Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzystof Soszynski

(note: For the purposes of limiting typos and preserving my sanity, these two will be referred to as 'Igor' and 'K-Sos' for the duration of this liveblog. Trust me, it's better for everybody this way.)

Round 1: It's a congenial atmosphere as referee Yves Lavigne gives the signal and these two grinning light heavyweights come to the center of the cage. Right away they're trading heavy leather, and it's Igor who gets the best of the first couple exchanges. A straight right stings K-Sos and sends him backpedaling with his guard up. Igor comes forward with a brutal flurry of punches, with many of them finding their way through K-Sos' defenses. K-Sos goes down, and Igor follows him to the mat with rapid-fire right hands. K-Sos is out cold, slumped in a motionless heap against the fence as Lavigne steps in. Brutal finish.

Igor Pokrajac def. Krzysztof Soszynski via KO (punches) at 0:35 of round one

Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou

Round 1: Big John McCarthy is our referee. Hamman comes straight after Philippou with leg kicks, but Philippou seems hesitant to engage. Hamman comes in for the clinch and takes a hard hook, but can't do much from there and lets Philippou escape. Philippou fires a right hand off a Hamman leg kick and it sends Hamman reeling. A follow-up right drops him. Philippou jumps on him and pounds away, but Hamman rolls into him looking for a desperation single-leg. Philippou thinks about a choke, but gives it up and lets Hamman up. Another hard right by Philippou, and something went flying. Whether it was Vaseline or a tooth, I can't be sure. Hamman stays in it, but just barely. Philippou hammers him with a left hook, then another shot that drops him headfirst to the canvas. McCarthy has seen enough, and he stops it just in time.

Constantinos Philippou def. Jared Hamman via TKO (punches) at 3:11 of round one

Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi

Round 1: Josh Rosenthal is our referee, and as soon as he gives the signal Hallman rushes forward into a clinch, looking for the takedown. He really didn't waste any time at all. Hallman eventually manages to drag Makdessi down and then hammers him with frantic punches before taking his back. It's like Hallman has a dinner reservation he doesn't want to miss. Hallman looks for the choke, but Makdessi rolls to his back to give Hallman full mount. Big shots now by Hallman. He's thumping Makdessi's head into the mat with one blow after another. Makdessi rolls again and Hallman sinks the choke. Bloodied and dazed, Makdessi has no choice but to tap. Hallman might get to keep those dinner reservations after all.

Dennis Hallman def. John Makdessi via submission (rear naked choke) 2:58 of round one

Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson


Round 1: Yves Lavigne is our referee for this one. He gives the green light and Jabouin and Watson warily move to the center of the cage. Watson's height and reach advantage is evident right away, and he wastes no time flicking out kicks and jabs to let Jabouin know that getting inside won't be so easy. Both men try some fancy spinning kicks, but with little result. Watson misses with a spinning backfist and gets tagged with a right. Watson kicks and punches his way in with a combo and looks for a takedown, but Jabouin defends well and puts him down instead. Watson is back up quickly, but Jabouin keeps digging for a single-leg. Final minute of the round, and Watson is a little more judicious with his kicks now. They both open up in the final ten seconds, and Watson may have landed one after the horn, for which he apologizes. MMA Fighting scores it 10-10.

Round 2:
Jabouin gets started with a nice kick. Watson tries to respond in kind, but Jabouin catches it and feeds him a right hand. Watson nods at him. Watson comes forward with a barrage of kicks, but Jabouin defends well and counters with a couple well-chosen punches. Another spinning backfist attempt by Watson, but this one doesn't work out any better fro him. Jabouin seems to be getting his timing down. Spinning heel kick by Watson catches Jabouin in the gut. That hurts. He tries one of his own in response, but misses. A side kick by Watson knocks Jabouin back. Jabouin shows Watson how the spinning backfist is done, cracking him with a hard shot that stuns him. Jabouin gets the takedown in the final seconds but nearly gets caught with a guillotine before pulling out just before the round ends. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Jabouin.

Round 3:
They go right back to work in the final round. It's turning into a kickboxing version of the basketball game 'Horse,' with both men trying to one-up the other with his own stuff. Jabouin throws a side kick, so Watson does too. Watson chops away with a leg kick, so Jabouin answers. At the moment, it's Jabouin's strikes that seem to have more behind them. He lands another hard spinning backfist and moves into a takedown, but this time Watson manages to turn the tables on him and looks for a D'arce choke from the top. With those long, skinny arms of his, he manages to lock it up. Jabouin looks to be in trouble, but he holds on, keeps Watson from shifting his hips and ratcheting up the pressure, then escapes to his feet and fires off a kick. The home crowd loves it. They both pull out their finest spinning back kicks in the final seconds, and Lavigne almost gets tagged with one from Watson as he moves in to signal the end of the final round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Jabouin, but this could easily go either way.

Yves Jabouin def. Walel Watson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz

Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee for this one. He starts them off as the Canadian crowd chants 'Bo-cek! Bo-cek!' It doesn't take long for these two grapplers to end up in the clinch, and it's Bocek who gets the first takedown via a trip that puts Lentz on his back a little more than one minute in. Lentz grabs a guillotine off his back. Boeck doesn't seem concerned, but he can't get rid of it. This could be serious. Bocek stands up, but Lentz keeps it on. Bocek scoops him up for another takedown, this time landing in side control and forcing Lentz to relinquish the choke. Bocek swings away from the top, but is having trouble landing anything clean. Bocek tries to pass, but Lentz's guard is tough to get all the way free of. Bocek finishes the round with some big rights and an elbow, and the crowd loves it. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Bocek.

Round 2:
Lentz lands a nice right to start the round, then successfully defends a Bocek takedown attempt. Bocek slips off a kick attempt and Lentz ends up draped down his back in an ill-advised inverted triangle attempt which the crowd finds endlessly amusing. Bocek eventually dumps him off and goes back to ground-and-pound mode. Bocek keeps looking to pass the guard rather than settling for trying to damage Lentz from there, but he can't quite manage it. Bocek stands up and eats an upkick. Another guillotine attempt by Lentz, and again it looks close. Bocek stays calm and eventually escapes, prompting a huge ovation from the crowd. Dean stands them up and Lentz jumps the gun on the restart, which earns him the crowd's disdain. Round's over anyway. Let's all calm down. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Bocek.

Round 3:
Bocek shoots right away and puts Lentz down again. Looking like another rinse-and-repeat round. Bocek tries some elbows from the top, but can't get a clean shot. Lentz looks for yet another guillotine. He's really fallen in love with that one, though it did earn him a late victory in the Waylon Lowe fight, so it makes some sense. They get back to their feet and trade blows briefly before Bocek takes it back down. This crowd seems to like him enough that it's not even going to lose its patience with his style, which would have brought out the boo-birds by the thousands in Vegas by now. Bocek opens up with strikes from the top in the final minute, but it might be more cosmetic than anything else. Bocek stands up and allows Lentz to scramble up for one last exchange in the final seconds. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Bocek.

Mark Bocek def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)



Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht


Round 1: Referee Josh Rosenthal gives the signal and Hecht comes in hard with a leg kick to start us off. He tosses a couple more kicks, including one to the body, and they seem to have some real force behind them. Attonito is unfazed so far, and he catches one and uses it to put Hecht down. Attonito works short punches and elbows from Hecht's guard, while Hecht tries to climb his legs up and break Attonito's posture. It's a slow grind for position and control, but Attonito is sneaking some good shots in there. Attonito briefly escapes the guard with less than a minute in the round, but Hecht quickly replaces it and we're back to the same place. The round ends this way, with Attonito busy on top. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Attonito.

Round 2:
They trade leather for just a moment before Attonito goes in search of the single-leg again. Hecht defends and smashes a couple elbows to the side of Attonito's head as he continues digging for it. They didn't look like much, but Attonito sinks to his back. Hecht sees he's hurt and pours on the punches. Attonito is just covering up, and it looks like he might be drifting in and out of consciousness here. Josh Rosenthal gives him a chance to recover, but he's not fighting back. This one is over. Quite a turnaround.

Jake Hecht def. Rich Attonito via TKO (elbows and punches) at 1:10 of round two

John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke


Round 1: They exchange feints in the early seconds, then Cholish jumps into a short left hook from Clarke. Cholish seems to be looking for the takedown, but Clarke is fending him off well early on. Stiff jab from Cholish. Clarke jabs in from too far out and eats a counter right. Cholish manages a foot sweep, but Clarke is up in a hurry and looking for a suplex. Cholish defends and rolls, putting Clarke on his back and going to work from his guard. Cholish stands up out of the guard and thinks about attacking from there, but settles for letting Clarke up with less than two minutes left in the round. Clarke is the busier man on the feet, but he's not landing much. He misses with two punches and Cholish stings him with a right. Clarke stuffs a Cholish takedown in the final ten seconds, but it's still likely Cholish's round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Cholish.

Round 2: Cholish starts off with another nice overhand right counter. That punch is there whenever Clarke throws, it seems. Clarke does a decent job of mixing up the punches and low kicks, but Cholish avoids most of them and looks for a takedown, though he can't finish it. Another counter right lands for Cholish, and Clarke's face is starting to show the effects. Two more overhand rights by Cholish, followed by a quick jab. Clarke is starting to look frustrated, and Cholish only makes it worse by landing another right and then moving into a double-leg that plants Clarke on his back. Clarke rolls out and looks to put Cholish on his back with a single-leg, but Cholish uses a standing kimura to flip him to the mat, then takes his back in the scramble. Cholish has him flattened out and is battering Clarke with punches to the side of the head. There's less than 30 seconds in the round, but "Big" John McCarthy has seen enough. He steps in to stop it, and Clarke's face looks like it was none too soon.

John Cholish def. Mitch Clarke via TKO (punches) at 4:36 of round two
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