The UFC makes their fourth showing on FOX tonight from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The four light heavyweights taking part in the main event and co-main event are hoping to be the next one in line for a shot at the 205 pound championship. Brandon Vera will be facing former champion Shogun Rua in the main event and Ryan Bader will be taking on former champion Lyoto Machida in the other featured bout. Dana White has made it clear the which ever winner comes out of tonight with the most impressive showing will be next up to face the winner of current Champion Jon Jones versus Dan Henderson that takes place in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend.
Below is the card line up for tonight along with the channel and times they begin. Refresh the page or app once the action begins to see the live round by round recaps. Also follow along on twitter @wonlinemma for winners and other news as it happens.
UFC on FOX Prelims on FUELTV at 5pm Et/ 2pm PT
Ulysses “Useless” Gomez (@uselessgomez) vs John Moraga (@chicanojohn)
Ref: Herb Dean
The flyweights start off the nights action as the 2x all American wrestler from Arizona State Moraga connects with a nice left hook early. Moraga lands a right hand after receiving a few kicks to the leg. Following the right hand Moraga gets the clinch and lands some punches and knees to the body. Gomez is forehead is cut open as they separate. Moraga with a nice body shot that hurt Gomez. Moraga is unable to get the take down now. Gomez comes in for a take down and Moraga nails him with a knee to the body and shakes him off. Gomez gets hit with a left elbow than a right upward elbow as he is against the cage. Moraga follows the elbows with an uppercut and left and right crosses that end the night for Gomez.
Winner by KO at 3:46 of round 1 John Moraga
Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan (@mannygamburyan) vs Michihiro Omigawa (@micci1219judo)
Omigawa with a lot of bouncing and switching stances early. Gamburyan trying to cut off the cage and lands a flying knee. Omigawa lands a straight left that sits Manny down on his butt. Omigawa tries to swarm but Gamburyan is already getting back to his feet and catches Omigawa with a right hand. Omigawa deflects a head kick with his fore arm and lands a straight left of his own between the hands of Gamburyan. Gamburyan with a good shot to the body and right hand up high now. Omigawa with a straight left to the body and left hook to the head. Gamburyan tries for the single leg but Omigawa pulls his leg free. Close round of action but I would give it 10-9 to Omigawa.
They want to bang this round as Omigawa fires that straight left inside and Gamburyan wings the big right hand. Gamburyan tries for a take down now and presses Omigawa against the cage. Omigawa is defending well and only briefly goes down twice once from a slam and once a single leg before popping back up. Gamburyan gets another slam and latches onto the back of Omigawa. Gamburyan with both hooks in. Gamburyan gives up the back after not getting the choke and into full guard. Omigawa is back up on his feet. Gamburyan with a big right as they break and he is wiping at his right eye. It looks as if Gamburyan’s right eye is swelling and a small cut under it. Another tight round but in Gamburyan’s favor this time.
Gamburyan with a head kick that wobbles Omigawa. Gamburyan gives chase with the winging punches and lands three clean as Omigawa retreats. Gamburyan with another head kick but Omigawa looks unfazed. Omigawa now is coming forward and Gamburyan is breathing hard. Omigawa has him on the fence and lands a nice three punch combo. Gamburyan ties him up until he can circle free. Omigawa with a left and Gamburyan lands a right of his own. Omigawa stands and fires away as Gamburyan covers up. Gamburyan gets the take down briefly and he is back up. Omigawa goes for a guillotine but can’t lock it up. Gamburyan with a two big slams. Omigawa gets up after both though and now has Gamburyan against the cage. 30 seconds left and Omigawa going for a neck crank. Gamburyan tries for one more head kick but is too tired to get his leg all the way up. This round goes to Gamburyan along with the fight in my opinion.
Winner by Judges scores of (29-28,29-28,30-27) Manny Gamburyan
Phil De Fries (@phildefriesmma) vs Oli Thompson (@OliThompsonMMA)
Two natives of England square off in this heavyweight match up. Thompson has to get into the range of the taller fighter with stiff straights and this time he eats a jab on the way in. Thompson ties him up on the cage and lands some knees to the mid-section. De Fries is able to reverse and put the back of Thompson on the cage. McCarthy separates them and De Fries ties him up and leans on him against the cage. Thompson uses a winsor to reverse briefly before De Fries spins them back around and gets a brief take down. The circle each other around and the ref separates them again with a minute left. Good right from De Fries but it was a winging akward shot. De Fries ties him back up and puts Thompson’s back to the cage and the crowd boos through the break.
De Fries getting the better of the stand up early and lands a straight right that drops Thompson. De Fries swarms but Thompson stays turtled up long enough to clear the cobb webs and gets back to his feet. De Fries has him pinned against the cage and lands a left right combo as they separate. De Fries with a knee to the head of Thompson now. De Fries pushes him to the mat and takes his back. Thompson is preventing any hooks from getting in though. De Fries with the punches from under the arm pit of Thompson. De Fries gets the hooks in now with under a minute left. De Fries immedietly gets the neck and Thompson taps.
Winner by face crank at 4:16 of round 2 Phil De Fries
Josh “The Fluke” Grispi (@joshgrispi) vs Rani Yahya
Grispi wants to stand and trade with Yahya but Yahya wants this fight on the ground. The 2nd degree black belt Yahya gets the fight down to the mat. Yahya in the guard and is able to land a few punches but Grispi is trying to keep him close. Yahya is working hard to get free of the guard and is able to take side control. Yahya trying to get north south Grispi has his hands locked to prevent it but Yahya keeps circling them. Yahya gets him to tap with one arm under the neck clinched under the body with the other hand.
Winner by tapout to a north south choke at 3:15 of round 1 Rani Yahya
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (@PhilMrWonderful) vs Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado
Prado takes the middle early and is working the jab trying to get inside the 5 inch reach advantage of Davis. Prado with a right hook that has Davis pedaling backwards. Davis catches Prado with a finger to the eye. Prado is backing up and gets the ref to break the action. Prado is bleeding from the inside corner of the eye and the doctor stops the fight.
The fight is declared a no decision due to incidental eye poke.
Cole “Magrinho” Miller (@colemillerATT) vs Nam Phan (@NamPhanMMA)
Ref: John McCarthy
Miller with a front kick right out the gate. Miller tries another but this time Phan gets out of the way. Phan is unable so far to get in the 6″ reach advantage of Miller. Miller working the jab. Phan gets him backed into the fence and is able to land a nice combo before Miller circles out. Miller with a left right left that lands. Phan with a winging left hook that connects. Phan lands two more and Miller is hurting. Miller is firing back but Phan with a combo to the body and head. Miller with a front kick and jab. Miller lands a jab down the pipe. Phan has him backed to the cage and lands the body head combo again. Phan with a good pair of jabs and left hook to the body.
I would give that round to Phan 10-9
Miller eats a left but lands an uppercut in close. Miller now with a body shot and right round house kick. Miller is starting to hold his ground and trading now. Miller is striking is landing if he stands in there. Once he backs up against the cage Phan is taking advantage. Phan is throwing the punches in bunches three four or more at a time. Miller is back to circling and ends up backing into the cage and Phan goes body head head. Miller landing the left jab and right straight down the middle now. Miller eats another lunging left hook. Miller with the straight the Phan is letting through the guard. Phan lands another left hook before the close. Miller edged out this round.
Final round and Miller going to the jab Phan lands a left and as Phan circles Miller’s legs almost go out. Phan now charging forward. Phan landing that left and if Miller had slipped or was tired earlier that made the legs wobble now it is from eating shots to the jaw. Miller can’t get a take down in the only attempt so far in the fight. Phan with head body head head combo. Miller tries to tie him up and Phan tags him with a left and another counter left. Phan head body combo. Phan is ducking under the punches of Miller now and nailing him in the side with the left hand. Miller turning it up in the final minute and is landing straight down the middle. Miller misses a flying knee. Miller turned it on in the end but that was a Phan round to me.
Winner by judges scores of 29-28, 28-29 29-28 Nam Phan
UFC on FOX Main Card on local Fox station 8pm Et/ 5pm PT
Mike “Quick” Swick (@officialswick) vs Damarques “Darkness” Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC)
Ref: Herb Dean
Swick with a lead right hand than lands another right and ties him up. Johnson gets free and an elbow off. Johnson now with a right hand that catches Swick on the way in. Swick goes for the clinch and Johnson takes him down and is now in full guard. Swick trying to use the cage to get back up. Swick is up and lands a right hand. Both men just standing in the corner of the cage swinging with reckless abandon. Johnson gets the trip and into full guard. Johnson sitting up now dropping punches. Swick gives up his back than gets Johnson into side control. Johnson locks up a d’arce choke than lets it go to re adjust his hands and Swick gets him back into the full guard. Johnson with some good short elbows before the round ends.
Johnson with a counter right that lands to start the round. Swick is circling around the outside and giving the center of the cage to Johnson. Swick catches the leg of Johnson as he goes for a body kick and Swick pushes him over and follows him to the ground with the right hand that knocks him out before he follows with another right and the ref gets in to stop it.
Winner by Knockout at 1:20 of round 2 Mike Swick
Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) vs Jamie Varner (@jamievarner)
Varner with a right up high and left to the body. Varner with another left to the body. Lauzon wont want to eat too many of those. Varner with a body kick now. Varner hits Lauzon with the right hand and Lauzon almost goes down. Lauzon gets in a knee as he briefly has the plum clinch. Varner with a flying knee attempt and a pair of elbows behind it that all are deflected. Lauzon with some nice straight shots down the middle. Lauzon covers well to block a series of shots from Varner. Lauzon with the jab. Varner hits Lauzon with a right that drops him. Varner follows him to the ground and Lauzon is attempting an arm bar before Varner reaches him. Varner with some good knees to a turtled up Lauzon
Varner with a pair of outside leg kicks early. Lauzon with a right left combo and covers up before Varner can counter. Varner with a stepping leg kick that sweeps Lauzon as he checks it. Varner with a the right and left and goes for a clinch knee but Lauzon covers up to block. Varner gets the guillotine as they fall to the mat but Lauzon takes his back and gets the mount. Varner gets back up to his feet. Varner with two hard body shots followed by one to the head. Lauzon stands and bangs and is getting the edge now as Varner looks tired. Lauzon with some ground and pound till Varner gets up. Lauzon takes him down and gets the back. Now Lauzon is in the mount and going for an arm triangle. Varner gets the top position as he escapes and rains down some elbows. Fight of the night so far.
The hug coming out for the final round and Varner realizes he doesn’t have his mouth piece in. Varner gets the power double and is in the half guard of Lauzon but Lauzon sweeps and they are back standing. Varner trying to pour it on Lauzon but Lauzon covers up well. Varner with another power double but Lauzon immediately sweeps and he locks in the triangle choke. Varner taps out.
Winner by triangle choke at 2:44 of round 3
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (@lyotomachidafw) vs Ryan “Darth” Bader (@ryanbader)
Ref: John McCarthy
Machida with his wide karate stance easily steps out of the way of a leg kick. Bader comes in and Machida lands a knee to the gut and Bader is back out. BAder lunges forward and Machida side steps him. Machida with a left body kick that rings out through the building. Machida with another knee as Bader comes back in. Bader charges and Machida steps to the side and runs right past. Machida with a front kick now that just misses. Machida waves the hands at Bader and out of no where lands the right straight. Bader comes charging in to a right elbow this time but he is briefly able to get the tie up. Machida looks like he is just toying with him now. Like Anderson Silva when they get comfortable and see you coming from a mile out.
Machida is back flailing the arms to get Bader’s attention. This time Bader comes in and takes an elbow to the side of the head. Bader charges full speed forward this time and straight into the right fist of Machida. Its over Bader is out.
Winner by KO at 1:32 of Round 2
After the fight Lyoto Machida claims to everyone that the THE DRAGON IS BACK!
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (@ShogunRua) vs Brandon “The Truth” Vera (@Verafied)
Ref: Herb Dean
Vera with a pair of hard body kicks. Shogun gets the take down. Shogun in half guard and moves Vera from the cage. Vera trying to hold him close and Shogun is trying hard to get out of the half guard. Shogun now is in side control. Vera is able to get up and fires off a pair of head kicks. Vera locks in a guillotine choke as the spin down to the mat. Shogun breathing hard but is able to pop his head out. Vera with a butterfly guard and Shogun gets to half guard and works the ground and pound. Shogun is now back in side control and moves to the mount. Vera gives up his back now and Shogun has the hooks in and drops some punches down as the first round comes to a close.
After the first round to Shogun. Vera is chopped down by a inside leg kick and eats a left. Shogun with another left Vera is hurt. Shogun comes forward and eats an elbow. Vera connecting now and Shogun looks hurt and tired. Vera with a left and and elbow. Shogun lands a left and Vera is hurt. Shogun takes the back of Vera briefly. Vera is back up and connects with a right. Shogun with a right and left now that wobble Vera. They tie up and exchange knees to the body against the cage. Vera gets the trip and is in half guard now. Vera with some shoulder strikes and a couple punches that land. Now Vera is kneeing him in the body. Vera postures up right before the end of the round and lands an elbow
Vera goes for a flying knee and Rua ties him up against the cage. Rua with some knees to the thighs. Vera gets free. Shogun with a left that connects. Vera with a kick to the thigh. Both men land the left hand now. Shogun lands a knee from the clinch and Vera drops down to take that move away. Vera with a pair of great two punch leg kick combo. Vera lands a knee to the body and Shogun gets the trip and lays in the half guard of Vera. Shogun is trying to get the mount and Vera grabs a single leg so Shogun postures up for some ground and pound and Vera goes back to protecting himself.
Vera with a left as Rua comes in. Vera with a knee to the body. Shogun backs him into the cage and tries for a take down. Rua with a pair of knees one to the head and one to the body. Rua with an elbow on the exit. Vera with a pair of elbows and Rua answers with an upper cut. Shogun has him back on the fence now and is working the knees to the thigh. Vera with the knee to the body. They separate and Vera with a left down the middle than a right hand. Rua with an uppercut than a left right left that last left looks like it broke Vera’s nose or at least Vera reaches up to check and than eats another left right left again and Vera face plants on the canvas. Shogun dives on top with a few more punches but Vera is out.
Winner by TKO at 4:09 of round 4 Mauricio “Shogun” Rua