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UFC 136 Undercard Live Blog: Beltran vs. Miocic, Elkins vs. Zhang, More

Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 136.UFC 136

live blog for the Facebook preliminary bouts in support of tonight's UFC 136 pay-per-view from the Toyota Center.

Joey BeltranDarren ElkinsTiequan ZhangEric SchaferAaron SimpsonSteve CantwellMike Massenzio


Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio

Round 1: All striking early with the southpaw Massenzio taking the center of the cage. Massenzio is moving forward, and lands a body shot. Cantwell content to counter strike early. Cantwell lands a straight right. Moments later, Massenzio shoots in but can't take him down. Cantwell rocks Massenzio witha right hand, then a head kick that is partially deflected. Massenzio suddenly starts circling back against the fence. Cantwell tries a flying knee that misses. Massenzio answers with a low kick that lands below the belt. Quick timeout. Massenzio shoots after the restart and Cantwell sprawls and works free. Good round of action, but I give it to Cantwell 10-9.

Round 2: A Cantwell head kick is partially blocked, though Massenzio winces in pain. He shoots and Cantwell sprawls again. Cantwell attacks the body with strikes and works up to his feet. Massenzio is stuffed on another takedown try. He hasn't really come close yet. He does, however, land a series of left hooks, but Cantwell circles free. Two minutes left. Massenzio bulls ahead with a series of scoring strikes, then changes levels. Again, Cantwell is ready and defends the takedown try and lands a knee to the face. Massenzio pushes forward again with a hard left that lands. The two then trade bombs. This is a scrap. Cantwell is bloodied from the nose. This was Massenzio's round, and he punctuates it with left hands before the horn.

Round 3: Crowd gives the two a nice hand before the round. Massenzio blasts a straight left that rocks Cantwell and follows him into the corner. Cantwell clinches to collect himself. Massenzio continues pushing the pace. He tries another takedown. Cantwell has his defense down. It's interesting that Massenzio seems to be doing well on his feet but seems insistent on the takedown. He finally gets one, two minutes into the final round. Cantwell gets to his feet in no time. Massenzio blasted Cantwell with a series of shots. Cantwell tried to adjust his mouthpiece for some reason and Massenzio crushed him with a left. Somehow Cantwell didn't go down. This is now officially a "war" in MMA terms. Cantwell is going to have a headache tomorrow. Massenzio takes him down again with :30 left and lands a few strikes from the top. Cantwell tries a heel hook as time runs out, but it's Massenzio's round 10-9. Great opener.

Winner: Mike Massenzio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Eric Schafer vs. Aaron Simpson

Round 1: Simpson drops Schafer in the opening seconds with a massive uppercut. He flurries but Schafer still has his wits about him and threatens to pul guard. With his submission credentials, he's dangerous and Simpson decides to invite him back to his feet. They clinch against the fence and Simpson punches his way out of it. Simpson is easily controlling the standup and Schafer is probably thinking of a new approach. Simpson lands a series of shots to the head and body. Another Simpson ends with a flush uppercut. It's all Simpson, 10-9.

Round 2: This round starts no differently than the last, Simpson dancing into range, firing off combos, scoring, and Schafer mostly just trying to cover up. Schafer is actually the fighter moving forward, but he has landed little of substance. Simpson is faster and more comfortable on his feet, and the power differential is obvious. Simpson wobbles Schafer briefly with a right behind the ear. Say what you will about Schafer, but he's durable. Schafer lands his best strike of the night with a knee from the clinch. Simpson is unphased though. With about five seconds left, Simpson drops his opponent with a big right hand. It's another round for Simpson, 10-9.

Round 3: After all he's taken, Schafer is still walking forward. He really hasn't tried to take the fight down though, and that's probably his best chance to win. Maybe he thinks given Simpson's wrestling background, it's futile to try, but trading with him hasn't worked out too well. Simpson still looks fresh, and he certainly looks comfortable. A massive left hook staggers Schafer back a few steps as we reach 60 seconds left. Simpson tags him one last time before the closing horn. Another 10-9 for the shutout.

Winner: Aaron Simpson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Darren Elkins vs. Tiequan Zhang

Round 1: Zhang tries a guillotine from an opening scramble. Elkins escapes and ends up on top. Elkins advances to half-guard with plenty of time to work. Punches and elbows from the top. Elkins briefly mounts but Zhang regains half-guard. OK, now he's back to mount. Zhang gives his back. Elkins keeps his hooks in and looks for the choke. It's not there. He lands a few punches, then digs in for the choke again. Zhang defends with 45 seconds left. Elkins rides out the round on his back, throwing punches and he takes it 10-9.

Round 2: Zhang hunts the guillotine again as the round begins. Elkins is out quickly and transitions to Zhang's back. Zhang regains half-guard. This round is turning into a carbon copy of round 1. Elkins moves to side control, but Zhang slips away and to his feet. Elkins shoots and Zhang goes for the guillotine again. No dice. A scramble ends with Zhang on top, but only briefly. Elkins works his way to the advantageous position. Elkins doesn't land much but his control is enough to win the round, 10-9.

Round 3: Guess what? We had a Zhang guillotine try within the opening 20 seconds of the round. This was the closest he came to finishing though. Elkins never let him tighten it up completely, and Zhang eventually gave it up. Elkins ended up on top in half-guard. Elkins eventually worked to Zhang's back and landed a few punches from the position. He then locked in a body triangle and looked for the choke. Elkins keeps getting his choke arm under the neck, but Zhang controls the other arm and Elkins can't finish. It's not going to matter, it's going to be a decision win for Elkins after another 10-9.

Winner: Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic

Round 1: Hard leg kicks early from Miocic, a newly signed prospect who many have high hopes for. Nice double-jab early from Miocic, who snatches Beltran's leg and takes him down easily. Beltran wall-walks back to his feet and they clinch against the fence. Beltran's got a trickle of blood from his nose. Miocic following up with more leg kicks. Beltran's having a bit of a hard time navigating the reach. Miocic with more leg kicks as he takes the round 10-9.

Round 2: Beltran out more aggresively. He lands a hard right and Miocic immediately takes him down. Miocic with strikes from the top as Beltran covers up. Miocic in side control. He looks for a kimura but Beltran gets free and to his feet. The pace is paikcing up now. Beltran hurts Miocic and they fall to the ground, Beltran goes in for the mauling but Miocic eats a few shots and gets back to his feet. So he survives his first moment of adversity. Moments later, big left hook from Beltran. Miocic takes Beltran down again and scores with a flush strike. He moves to half-guard. The wily Beltran works free quickly though. Beltran with a body kick that had to sting. A close round continues with a Beltran uppercut. Miocic seems to be losing a little sting off his punches. And just as I say that, the two throw down in a 20-second exchange to end the round. A very close round I'll score for Beltran 10-9.

Round 3: Beltran's nose is bloodied pretty good now. Miocic has never been out of the first round so this is new to him. Miocic scores another takedown and moves to full mount but Beltran has the heart of a lion and works free in a flash. The man can't fight boring. They re-set in the middle of the cage with 2:30 left. Beltran stuffed a takedown, then fell backward so Miocic jumped on him in side control. He threw a few slicing elbows, then knees to the body. Mount with :10 left but not enough time to finish. Miocic takes it 10-9.

Winner: Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

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