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UFC 79 Undercard Live Blog: Machida- Sokoudjou, Clementi-Guillard, Sanchez-Palalei

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This is the FanHouse live blog of UFC 79, where we'll provide live, round-by-round updates of the three undercard fights, featuring light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, lightweights Rich Clementi and Melvin Guillard and heavyweights Eddie Sanchez and Soa Palalei.

The pay-per-view show has now started. In the non-televised portion of the program, James Irvin beat Luis Cane by disqualification, Manny Gamburyan beat Nate Mohr by submission, Dean Lister beat Jordan Radev by unanimous decision, Roan Carneiro beat Tony DeSouza by TKO and Mark Bocek beat Doug Evans by unanimous decision.

When the three undercard fights are over, join us for our Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva live blog, followed by our Georges St.-Pierre vs. Matt Hughes live blog.

Full round-by-round updates are after the jump.

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Rich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard
Clementi has stepped into the Octagon. Guillard has stepped into the Octagon. There's some trash talk going on before the fight has started. There are still plenty of empty seats at Mandalay Bay.

Round 1: We are underway. Clementi lands a solid leg kick. Guillard swings and misses with a right hand; Clementi misses with a high kick. They're both on their feet for the first minute and a half. Clementi takes Guillard down and has him in a full nelson, an almost unheard of move for mixed martial arts. They stand back up and Guillard lands an outstanding combination of strikes but then slips when he goes for a knee. They're back on the ground and Clementi is demonstrating his jiu-jitsu skills. With 30 seconds to go in the first round, Clementi has a choke applied. And it's over! Rich Clementi beats Melvin Guillard by tapout due to rear-naked choke.

Clementi showed a bit of bad sportsmanship after the fight, with some obscene gesturing. And then in his post-fight interview Clementi continued to show no class, talking trash to Guillard and hearing some boos in response.


Lyoto Machida vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
I'm looking forward to this one. Sokoudjou is in the Octagon. Machida is in the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. They're feeling each other out early and Sokoudjou lands a big right hand, followed by a takedown, but Machida does a nice job of reversing it on the ground. They're wrestling and there's not a lot of action in the first couple of minutes. Machida has the advantage and has been on top on the ground for most of the fight. The fans are starting to boo. Finally, with just over a minute to go in the round, the ref stands them up and tells them to fight. With 20 seconds left, Sokoudjou takes Machida down, but he can't do much with it, and I'd give this round to Machida, 10-9.

Round 2: Big high kick from Machida, and I'm surprised it didn't take Sokoudjou down. Both guys have missed on high kicks, and the first minute and a half they're on their feet and not doing much damage. Sokoudjou is on his back and in big trouble. Machida is landing strikes. But Machida slows it down and Sokoudjou seems to have survived it. Machida is on top and in the mount position with two minutes left in the round. Sokoudjou is in serious trouble here. It's over! Lyoto Machida defeats Sokoudjou by tapout due to an arm triangle.


Eddie Sanchez vs. Soa Palalei
Palalei enters the Octagon to "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster," made famous in Office Space. Sanchez has entered the Octagon.
Round 1
: This fight is underway. Sanchez is the aggressor early. They're against the cage and not getting much accomplished early. Palalei is showing a lot of patience, he has some control but isn't going on the attack. Sanchez knees Palalei to the groin, and the referee calls time. Overall the first round has been fairly uneventful. Palalei swings and misses so badly that he falls to the ground. A nice uppercut from Sanchez late in the round. It was a close round and I'll give it to Sanchez, 10-9, mostly because of that uppercut, which was the only really notable strike of the round.

Round 2: They're clutching each other early, and Sanchez seems to have control. The cameras caught Sanchez rolling his eyes, as if to say he's bored with Palalei. Palalei lands a right hand, but for the most part Palalei is just wildly swinging his left hands, and they're not doing any damage to Sanchez. This is a disappointing fight for Palalei. The fans are booing and with good reason: These guys aren't giving them much action. Sanchez connects with a solid punch. Sanchez knows Palalei has no answer for his uppercuts. Palalei is bleeding from the mouth and nose, and as this round ends, it's a definite 10-9 for Sanchez.

Round 3: Palalei seems content to just stand around and not do much of anything. Sanchez is landing shots to Palalei's face, and Palalei is bleeding badly. Both guys are tired, both guys have blood all over them. And it's over! Eddie Sanchez defeats Soa Palalei by TKO on strikes.

Now that the Sanchez-Palalei fight is over, join me for the Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva live blog.