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UFC 136 Live Blog: Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian Updates

Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian at UFC 136.UFC 136Jose AldoKenny Florian

, the co-main event of tonight's UFC 136 pay-per-view from the Toyota Center.

Aldo (19-1), who is putting his UFC featherweight title on the line for the second time, defeated Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in April. Florian (14-5) made his featherweight debut at UFC 131 in June, beating Diego Nunes via unanimous decision.




Round 1: Florian opens with a head kick out of southpaw stance. Aldo shoots forward with a combo. He lands a left hook. Crowd chants for Aldo. Florian tries a takedown, Aldo sprawls and feeds him a series of right hands. Florian gets the takedown but Aldo springs up in a flash. Florian drives him against the cage. Florian drags Aldo down twice in a row, and Aldo doesn't stay down for more than a second either time. Florian is determined to take it down. Aldo breaks his grip and goes free. Florian clinches, trying to put Aldo against the fence. Aldo throws an elbow, and Florian just holds him against the cage. Rough round to score. Florian was the aggressor but Aldo landed the better shots. I give Florian the edge 10-9.

Round 2: Aldo is a bit trigger shy early, perhaps because Florian put some doubt into his mind with all the takedown tries. Florian trying to stand at range and score from the outside. Aldo lands a couple of leg kicks. Internet problems got me folks, sorry for the lack of updates on Round two.

Round 3: Aldo is looking more comfortable now, tagging Florian from distance, snapping his head back with punches. Aldo takes Florian down and goes right into mount. He throws a few strikes from the top but Florian manages to improve his defensive position to avoid big damage. Aldo keeps the top position for a while though and works him over a bit. Aldo's best round so far. Florian gets back to his feet late, but it's Aldo's 10-9.

Round 4: Aldo has found the range now, and his right hand is finding its home. Florian is bleeding from the nose. Florian tries to shoot in but Aldo defends and responds with a knee to the face. Florian grinds him into the corner. Aldo easily stays upright. Florian again tries to initiate a clinch but Aldo's having none of it. It's clear Florian wants to out-muscle him and tire him out but Aldo looks physically fine. Aldo throws a beautiful combo, with a jumping knee and a straight right behind it. The latter one lands. It's Aldo's round again, 10-9.

Round 5: Florian back to the grinding style. He's had little success on takedowns though. Aldo scores a right. Florian slips down and Aldo peppers kicks at his legs. Aldo follows him on the ground and moves into mount. Florian wiggles out of that mess but Aldo is still on top. Back to their feet with two minutes left. And we're back to the grind in the corner. Florian can't take him down. Aldo is in no trouble and the clock is going to run out on Florian. It's 10-9 Aldo.

Winner: Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)


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