This is the UFC 162 live blog for Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kennedy, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Gracie, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card. Both fighters are making their UFC debuts.
Check out the UFC 162 live blog below.
Round 1: Our referee for this middleweight contest is Kim Winslow. Huge swell from the crowd greets both fighters and we're off. Kennedy working low kicks from the outset. Gracie rushes inside and dumps Kennedy onto the mat. Kennedy stays patient and pries himself up. Gracie dodges a wild left hook and closes the distance. Kennedy muscles Gracie against the fence, but is quickly reversed and taken down. Gracie immediately seizes Kennedy's back and locks up a body triangle. Bad, bad spot for Kennedy to be so early. Gracie trying to slither in his left hand for the rear-naked choke, but Kennedy fighting it off. Kennedy spins into top position. That was slick. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Gracie.
Round 2: Kennedy tosses out a front kick, followed by a leg kick. Kennedy wades in with an uppercut but can't find his range. Kennedy ties up against the fence then trips Gracie to the canvas. Big shots from Kennedy. Kennedy stands, almost eats an upkick, then dives back into Gracie's guard. Gracie works to his feet but eats a barrage of shots on the way up. Kennedy smashes Gracie with a short elbow against the fence. Gracie reverses. Cheers of "USA! USA!" erupt throughout the crowd. Kennedy trips Gracie to the mat, landing in half guard. Gracie regains full guard. Winslow wants action, doesn't get it, then stands the fight up. Kennedy immediately wades back inside and muscles Gracie against the fence. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Kennedy. (19-19 overall.)
Round 3: Gracie looks exhausted. Kennedy stalks forward, working low kicks. Kennedy whiffs with a big left hook. More leg kicks. Kennedy closes the distance and takes Gracie's back. Gracie whirls out. Kennedy pushes Gracie back with a kick to the body. Gracie dives inside for a desperation takedown. Kennedy stumbles, retakes his feet, then muscles Gracie against the cage. Short right hand snaps Gracie's head back. Kennedy lands another elbow as Winslow resets the fight. Kennedy starting to open up on his feet. Gracie eats a left hook. Kennedy clinches then goes to work with short lefts. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Kennedy. (29-28 overall.)
UFC 162 results: Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)