UFC on FOX 10 took place January 25, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Bruising heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic (11-1) and Gabriel Gonzaga (16-8) locked horns in the night's co-main event, which aired live on FOX. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Miocic's win, check out the play-by-play by MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: Herb Dean the third man. Gonzaga comes, and Miocic puts a couple of heavy leg kicks on him right out of the gate. Gonzaga sizes up a fade-away right which narrowly misses, and Miocic comes over top with a heavy right that doesn't land flush. Both guys throwing heavy leather there. Jab by Miocic is slipped, and Napau comes over the op with a right. Miocic again moves in with a left, and against Gonzaga comes over the top headhunting. He is narrowly missing on those big rights. Still, Miocic keeps moving forward. Gonzaga, each time Miocic comes in, slips to his left and throws that big right. Good movement from Gonzaga. Miocic now mixing it up, showing his boxing -- dekes with jab, then lands uppercut. Once again a leg kick from Miocic, and Gonzaga tries to time out a right counter. Again, it only grazes the Cleveland native Miocic. They are deliberate on the movements; both wary of the other's power. Looks like we'll make it through the first round. Miocic wasn't able to show off any wrestling in there, but stood in on the exchanges. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Gabriel Gonzaga, 10-9.
Round 2: Gonzaga with a leg kick to open the round. Still headhunting with overhand right. Now it's Gonzaga shooting in for a double-leg, and Miocic cuts him off at the pass. Now Miocic throwing the jabs, right hand jabs, trying to free up Gonzaga's body. Gonzaga throws another one-off right, which misses. Miocic stalks. He's beginning to find a home for the jab, and he's bringing the right in behind it -- that time he tucked a short uppercut through Gonzaga's arms and popped him in the chin. Both men exchange leg kicks, as they've been doing at intervals through most of the fight. Again, Miocic with the jab, and this time he follows with an elbow to Gonzaga's head. Miocic definitely the busier fighter, as he does a hand to leg kick combo. Each land. Now Gonzaga, perhaps a little tired, back peddling a little bit. Miocic keeps initiating. Gonzaga tries a half-hearted double-leg, but Miocic has no trouble pushing out. Again, and this time as Miocic thwarts it Gonzaga makes him pay with a right as he stands up. That stuck Miocic, and backed him up for a second, but he's moving forward again. All Miocic in the second round, perhaps wearing the Brazilian down. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Miocic, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Not sure a lot of people thought this one would see the third round, but that's where we are. Gonzaga was clearly fading in that second. They meet in the middle. Miocic quick to the jab, but as he moves in Gonzaga tallies a leg kick and a lunging right hand that scores. Miocic might think twice if he was getting overconfident there. Even still, Miocic, who's chin is strong, keeps moving forward. Nice combination. He makes Gonzaga pay for a missed leg kick while he had him off balance, scoring with a nice kick of his own and a right hand. Gonzaga shoots in for a double leg, and Miocic, as he's done multiple times, thwarts it. Miocic not exactly fresh, but he has been far more active that Gonzaga from the second round on. It all starts with the jab. Miocic pushes Gonzaga down on the ground, and now trying to pick his shots with Gonzaga on his back, feebly trying upkicks. For a split second Gonzaga got up, but we're right back to it. Gonzaga on his back, spinning, and Miocic taking his time landing shots standing. Hammerfist from Miocic, and now a series of them. Poised, Miocic having his way with Gonzaga on the ground. He's in side control, and Gonzaga squirming to get free, but not Miocic teeing off. He's landing shot after shot from half guard, hammerfists and strikes. Finally, with 15 seconds left, Gonzaga stands up, but it's academic. Miocic dominates the third round, and turned the fight around after the first. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Miocic, 10-9 (29-28 overall for Miocic).
UFC on FOX 10 official results: Stipe Miocic def. Gabriel Gonzaga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)