Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC on FX 2 live blog for all the preliminary bouts on tonight's UFC event from the Allphones Arena in Sydney Australia.
The six bouts to air on FUEL TV are Aaron Rosa vs. James Te Huna, Nick Penner vs. Anthony Perosh, Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler, Andrew Craig vs. Kyle Noke, Jake Hecht vs. T.J. Waldburger and Daniel Pineda vs. Mackens Semerzier. Meanwhile, Shawn Jordan vs. Oli Thompson will be streamed on Facebook.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Semerzier measuring distance with early jabs. Pineda comes over the top with a straight right hand that backs Semerzier against the fence. They reset. Semerzier with a knee off a clinch. Pineda takes it well. Pineda throwing nothing but power strikes early. Pineda drops Semerzier with a left hook. He moves straight into mount and locks on the top-side triangle. He's also got the arm. The triangle/armbar is sunk and Semerzier is forced to tap. The UFC officially announces it as an armbar tapout.
Winner: Daniel Pineda via submission (armbar), Rd. 1 (2:05)
Jake Hecht vs. T.J. Waldburger
Round 1: Waldburger with a sharp leg kick and a left hook to open things up. Waldberger scores an early takedown and transitions immediately into an arm bar as Hecht was attempting a whizzer. It's sunk and Hecht taps. A super-slick finish that will certainly make him a submission of the night favorite.
Winner: TJ Waldburger via submission, Rd. 1 (0:55)
Andrew Craig vs. Kyle Noke
Round 1: Noke opens with a series of kicks, then takes Craig down quickly. Noke takes his back but Craig fights off a choke. Noke on his back with a knee to the face. Noke drags him down again and has his back. He goes for a choke again. Craig isn't in any trouble and Noke moves into his full guard. Noke with elbows from the top as we hit the midway point. Craig back to his feet and they reset. Noke with a series of kicks, but jumps into a left hook. Noke controlling the distance and landing the cleaner strikes as the round closes. It's Noke's, 10-9.
Round 2: Craig starting to close the range with his jab, and he's the one moving Noke around. Noke tries a takedown with a single leg, but Craig defends and throws elbows that land. Noke trips to the ground and Craig ends up on top. Craig postures up with punches from the top. Craig gets stifled a bit and lets Noke up with :40 left. Noke appeared to slip down again and Craig capitalized with punches from the top, riding out the round in the position. It's Craig's round, 10-9.
Round 3: Noke has done good work with front kicks during the fight but something seems off with his footwork. Perhaps he has an injury he's hiding but he's off a bit. Noke goes low again but Craig defends with short elbows again. It's anyone's fight. Noke punches his way into a takedown try. They end up against the fence, and Noke finally drags him to the mat. Craig has no problem getting back to his feet though. Craig is the fresher of the two as we go to the final two minutes. Craig powers forward for a takedown. That might win him the fight. Craig with short punches as Noke tries to get to his feet. That slows Noke's attempt. Craig with punches from the back as Noke tries to escape. This is going to be an upset, as Craig takes the round, 10-9.
Winner: Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1: Miller with an early body lock. Siler punches his way out. Siler with heavy leg kicks. A straight right hand by Siler lands square. Siler looks comfortable with his standup, stepping into all of his offense, mixing things up. Miller snaps Siler's head with a right hand but he eats it and fires back an aggressive combination. Siler buckles Miller with a left hook/uppercut combo. Miller backs up to shake out the cobwebs. Siler takes him down to finish a strong 10-9 round.
Round 2: Miller lands a hard right from the clinch but that angers Siler who comes forward with a flurry. Miller can't return fire and backs up and out of range. He may be a bit surprised by what he's seeing out of Siler. Miller worked hard for a takedown but couldn't get it. Siler with a series of stiff jabs as he works Miller against the fence. Siler's got some blood around the lip and Miller looks to work it attacking against the fence. A good flurry from Miller but Siler looks unphased. Siler targets the ribs with a solid body shot. Siler is just faster to the punch and he takes the second 10-9.
Round 3: Siler catches a kick and slams the right off its target. Miller with a stiff right that stops Siler in his tracks. A moment later he shoots back a combo. Miller backs him to the cage with a clinch but can't use his size advantage as Siler turns off the cage and gets free. Siler with a right behind the ear. Miller wants a takedown looking to steal the round. Siler stays on his feet but takes some knees to his thighs. Miller finally scores a takedown with :45 left. He's in half-guard but gets into full mount with :20 left. It's a race against the clock. Miller looking for the heavy shots but can't get the finishing blow. It's MIller's round 10-9.
Winner: Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1: Penner is a southpaw making his UFC debut. Perosh looking to get inside and Penner makes him pay with a straight left. Perosh goes low and secures a takedown with plenty of time to work. Penner quickly sweeps and gets to his feet. Penner is bleeding from under his left eye. Perosh just stalking him around the cage looking to get inside again. He wants the fight on the mat. He navigates the distance and the two jockey for position against the fence. Perosh takes him down and gets the mount. He looks for a sub but then focuses on damage. Heavy strikes from the top and Perosh is going for the finish. It's a race against the clock and just as the final horn sounds, the ref stops Perosh and calls a halt to the action.
Winner: Anthony Perosh via TKO, Rd. 1 (4:59)
Round 1: Te Huna is out early with punches from in close. A clinch against the fence and Te Huna blasts him with a left hook. Te Huna hammers him again, Rosa is bleeding badly. Te Huna jumps all over him, every punch is a missile looking to destroy. This guy has hammers for hands. Rosa crumples to the ground, a few more strikes and it's over.
Winner: James Te Huna via TKO, Rd. 1 (2:08)
Jordan defeated Thompson via second-round TKO. The finish came at 1:07 of the round.
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