Gleison Tibau and Evan Dunham will collide on the UFC 156 undercard Saturday night. - Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC 156 undercard live blog for the dos Santos vs. Velasquez event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
There will be six fights on the undercard. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura, and Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the UFC 156 undercard live blog below.
Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera
Round 1: Kim Winslow is the referee for this bantamweight bout. Rivera's stalking Figueroa early, but Figueroa's throwing more punches. Neither gets the better of a wild exchange about a minute in. Figueroa drops Rivera with a punch and moves in on the downed Rivera, but Rivera ties him up. Rivera almost gets a triangle, but Figueroa rolls out of it, and they've back to their feet. Midway through the round. Rivera opens up with two-punch combos and lands a kick to the torso. Figueroa tags him with a left. They hit the mat with Figueroa on the bottom. Rivera works into side control, but Rivera scrambles out. We're back to our feet. Still either fighter's round with a minute left. Rivera lands a front kick. Rivera with a trip. He lands a few punches and stands. Closing moments seals the round. MMAFighting scores the round for Francisco Rivera, 10-9.
Round 2: Both guys throw kicks early, Figueroa going high and Rivera low. Figueroa with a takedown, but he instant;y walks into a triangle attempt. Figueroa stays in Rivera's guard for more than a minute, with neither fighter accomplishing much. Rivera gets back to his feet. Rivera more active, connecting on an overhand right, followed by an uppercut. Figueroa appears to be tiring a bit. Figeuroa with a two-punch combo, and Rivera tags him in reply. A big right hand followed by an uppercut changes things in a hurry. Figueroa tries to escape Rivera's onslaught, Rivera follows Figueroa and absolutely clocks Figueroa with a right which drops him. Winslow calls it off.
Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa via TKO at 4:20 of round two.
Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura
Round 1: This is a catchweight fight (139), as Kimura missed weight by three pounds Friday. Herb Dean is your referee. Camus pops Kimura with a right hand which rocks him backwards, but Kimura regains his balance. They tie up and Camus scores a takedown. Kimura isn't giving him any room to work, though, and he immediately moves into position to work a triangle. Camus squirms out, and Kimura works for an armbar. Midway through the round, Camus tries to stand, but Kimura catches him in a shoulder lock. Camus rolls out of it, but Kimura gets his back. The chain continues as Camus ends up in Kimura's guard again. Camus pushes Kimura across the mat toward the fence. Kimura once again moves for what appears a triangle from my position. Camus paintbrushes Kimura with a few shots in the closing seconds. Close round. MMAFighting scores the round for Chico Camus, 10-9.
Round 2: Lots of movement but little else in the opening minute. Camus with a two-punch combo followed with a leg kick. Camus goes for another combo, but Kimura answers him. Kimura connects with a straight right. They clinch, which ends with Camus bulling Kimura back into the fence. Camus lands a knee. Kimura tries to switch position but Camus stays on him. He finally escapes and we end up back in center octagon with a minute left. Kimura pulls guard. Kimura nearly cinches an armbar, Camus rolls out of it, but now has him in a tight tangle, as well as an arm bar. Camus rides it out to the horn. MMAFighting scores the round for Camus, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: An early exchange again ends with Camus locking Kimura against the fence in a standing position. Camus goes for a single leg, but Kimura ends up on top of him, then flips over and takes Camus' back. He works for a rear-naked choke. Camus taps almost immediately.
Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:50 of round three.
Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Round 1: Yves Lavigne is the third man in for this lightweight fight. Vallie-Flagg comes out swinging, but Edwards has a counter each time. Vallie-Flagg with a body punch, an uppercut, and a push kick. Edwards is finding his timing, he connects with a two-punch combo and a high kick. They traded lefts and tie up. Edwards lands a quick head kick as they break. Vallie-Flagg is initiating most of the action. They move in close, Vallie-Flagg with an uppercut and Edwards with a couple body shots. They break again. Two minutes left in the round. Vallie-Flagg connects on an overhand, which backs Edwards up. Vallie-Flagg misses with a Superman punch. Edwards with a low kick and a body kick, then he hits Vallie-Flagg with a knee as they tie up. They jockey for position as they clinch along the fence. They break, Edwards out to center octagon. He lands a front kick. Vallie-Flagg stalks Edwards in the closing seconds and they clinch as the horn sounds. MMAFighting scores the round for Isaac Vallie-Flagg, 10-9.
Round 2: Vallie-Flagg once again initiates the action. They briefly clinch along the fence, but Edwards circles to safety. More dirty boxing in center octagon. A Vallie-Flagg low kick and Edward right land simultaneously. More clinch work, with Edwards backed along the fence. Edwards goes for a single leg and turns it into a trip. Midway through the round. Edwards is trying to work into position for an arm triangle from the top. He gives that up and works into side mount, then back to top position. Vallie-Flagg tries to spin out, but ends up with Edwards on his back, with Edwards pushed against the fence. Edwards is trying for the rear naked choke, but doesn't have quite have it. MMAFighting scores the round for Yves Edwards, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Like in both of the first two rounds, Vallie-Flagg is more active from the get-go, but this time, Edwards is quicker to counter. Edwards counters his jab with a knee. 90 seconds in, Vallie-Flagg and Edwards are tied up along the fence. Vallie-Flagg lands an elbow off the break. Midway through the round. Vallie-Flagg throws more, continuing to stalk him. Edwards goes for a takedown, but Vallie-Flagg spins out of it. tow minutes left. Back against the fence, Vallie-Flagg landing uppercuts, Edwards connects with a kick off the break. Edwards simply doesn't have much of an answer for Vallie-Flagg in close quarters. One minute left. Edwards scampers to center Octagon. Vallie-Flagg, who has a bloody nose, connects with a push kick. They're tied up along the cage in the final seconds. MMAFighting scores the round for Isaac Vallie-Flagg (29-28 overall).
Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green
Round 1: Kim Winslow is the referee for this lightweight fight. Both guys line each other up early without doing much. Green sprawls Volkmann's first takedown attempt. He nearly fends off the second one as well, but Volkmann sticks with it and earns the takedown. Green has a loose half-guard. Volkmann stands up, but Green keeps is keeping Volkmann from doing much of anything. Green pushes Volkmann off and nearly gets back to his feet. but Volkmann gets back mount and is working for a rear-naked choke. He almost gets it twice, and is still working for it. This goes on for most of the round's final minute. MMAFighting scores the round for Jacob Volkmann,
Round 2: in a frenetic early scramble, Volkmann goes for two takedowns, gets the second one, and ends up standing with a front facelock on Green. They clinch, they beak. Another scramble ends up with Volkmann on the mat this time. Green wades into Volkmann's guard and lands an elbow. Green lands a couple punces to the midsection, improves his position, and lands a couple more elbows. Volkmann briefly ties up Green, but Green lands a couple elbows. Two minutes left. Winslow inexplicably orders a standup. One minute left, Volkmann ties up Green and tries to turn it into a trip. He works for a rear-naked choke, doesn't get it. Winslow's brutal, horrible standup call turned what was an easy Green second round into a close one. MMAFighting scores the round for Bobby Green, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Green takes a low block of kick early. Timeout called, and we're back at it. Green lands a kick to the midsection, sprawls Volkmann's talkedown attempt, and takes Volkmann down. He goes for an arm triangle. Volkmann escapes. Green lands elbows. We're back standing, midway through the round. Crowd chants for Green. Green goes for a knee, Volkmann lands a takedown, but Green spins out and gets top position. They're back to their feet. Volkmann gets Green back to the ground and is working for a choke, but Green turns around and gets top position. Green opens up with a series of right hands and an elbow. He continues to rain down punches. Volkmann clinches him. Green gets his back, gets a rear naked choke, and Volkmann taps.
Bobby Greene def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:25 of round three.
Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron
Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee for this welterweight fight. Woodley tags Hieron immediately with a huge right to the jaw. Hieron is on his hands and knees. He eats a series of punches from that position, turns over to the mat, and is put out with a couple more big shots. Hieron twitches on the mat before he comes back around.
Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via KO at 0:36 of round one.
Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham
Round 1: Yves Lavigne is the ref for this final undercard bout. After a quiet first minute, there's a wild exchange. Tibau's more active. He gets a takedown, has a standing guillotine, takes it to the mat, but Dunham escapes. He's not out of trouble, though. Tibau with a front facelock. He stands, still holding it. Dunham gets to his feet. They clinch, Tibau with his back to the fence. They reset in the center with two minutes left. Tibau's frenetic early pace has slowed. They're clinched along the fence again, switching position several times. They trade knees as the round ends. MMAFighting scores the round for Gleison Tibau, 10-9.
Round 2: Slower pace in round two. Dunham throwing two-punch combos. Dunham with a takedown, but Tibau's right back up. Dunham bodylocks Tibau. Tibau hasn't been able to outmuscle Dunham. Dunham shoots for a takedown, doesn't get this one. Dunham throwing more punches, but isn't connecting with anything or note. MMAFighting scores the round for Evan Dunham, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Tibau shoots for an early takedown, Dunham tries to pull guard and cinch a guillotine, but doesn't get it. Back standing, one minute in. Dunham makes a half-hearted takedown attempt but doesn't get it. Tries again, same result. Tibau mainly countering. A brief scrum along the fence, they break, and Dunham lands an uppercut. Tibau neutralized a takedown attempt, they clinch, and Dunha, lands one knee, then lands another off the break. Dunham connects with a right, Tibau's punches mostly hitting air. Final minute. Dunham lands a big knee late and another, which probably seals the fight. MMAFighting scores the round for Dunham, 10-9 (29-28 overall).
Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
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