UFC Fight Night 9
From Las Vegas, Nevada
April 5, 2007
PRELIM FIGHT RESULTS
-Thiago Tavares vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Round 1: Lot of feeling out in the first round. About half way through the round, Tavares gets Kotani down, but Kotani sweeps. Pretty boring round, likely for Tavares.
Round 2: Kotani gets a takedown to begin the second round. Tavares goes for a guillotine choke, but Kotani escapes. After some stalling, the referee calls for a restart. Tavares gets a takedown and immediately gains side-mount. Kotani reverses, however, and gets top position as the horn sounds to end the round. Probably another Tavares round.
Round 3: Tavares gets Kotani down with an inside leg trip. Tavares is working ground and pound, but Kotani is avoiding most of the onslaught. The referee again stands the fighters up for lack of action. Kotani gets Tavares down, but Tavares quickly sweeps to half-guard. Tavares works some punches until the horn sounds to end the bout.
Thiago Tavares def. Naoyuki Kotani via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Rich Clementi vs. Roan Carneiro
Round 1: Probably a Carneiro round, as he controlled the action with two takedowns and some punches in Clementi’s guard. 10-9 Carneiro.
Round 2: Carneiro gets a takedown to start the second round. He gets Clementi’s back and applies a rear naked choke, but with only one hook in. The choke looks good anyway, but Clementi somehow gets out just before it seemed to end the fight and regains half-guard. Carneiro nearly secures an anaconda choke (the Nogueira choke) but Clementi escaped and landed a big flurry of punches to end the round.
Round 3: Carneiro with a takedown early. He works some punches before gaining a better position, and eventually gets Clementi’s back. He’s got both hooks in and he’s working for the rear naked choke. A good bit of time is spent trying to gain a better position, but ultimately time runs out before anything happens.
Roan Carneiro def. Rich Clementi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Forrest Petz vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Round 1: Hironaka scores a takedown early. He gains side-control before jumping over for an arm-triangle choke. The two scramble around until Hironaka ends up in Petz’s half-guard on top. He works some ground and pound before gaining full mount. Petz gets Hironaka off before the round ends. 10-9 Hironaka.
Round 2: Petz working punches on the feet early to begin the second, landing some good shots. Hironaka gets a takedown, but doesn’t do much with it and the fight is restarted. Petz is landing more punches. Hironaka is bleeding from the mouth. 10-9 Petz. Looking to be even going into the final round.
Round 3: Hironaka dominates the final round. He got a takedown into side-control early, where he trapped an arm of Petz and pounded away. Petz eventually escaped after enduring some punishment, but was almost stuck in an armbar as the round finished up.
Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. Forrest Petz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after 3 Rounds.
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Nate Mohr
Round 1: Pellegrino gets a takedown early and works strikes from the top position. Pellegrino drops back and secures an ankle lock for the tap out, and submission victory.
Kurt Pellegrino def. Nate Mohr via Submission (ankle lock) at 2:58 of Round 1.
-Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Round 1: Fickett quickly scores a takedown to begin the first round. Fickett lands a mean elbow that opens up a gash over Nakamura’s left eye. Nakamura sweeps Fickett from the bottom, and the round ends as Nakamura is working ground and pound from the top. 10-9 Fickett.
Round 2: Nakamura is out-striking Fickett on the feet early here in the second. Fickett has a cut under his left eye from a Nakamura punch. Nakamura continues out-pointing Fickett on the feet. In a clinch, Nakamura lands a huge elbow. It was a downward elbow however, and Nakamura is being deducted a point for an illegal blow. Fickett uses a lot of the recovery time he’s allotted before going back to finish the second round. After they finally restart, Fickett scores a takedown and lands some elbows to finish the round. Probably 9-9 due to the point-deduction, as it was a Nakamura round.
Round 3: Fickett controls the third round, to likely take the decision. He got takedowns at ease and dominated with lunging punches onto a grounded Nakamura.
Drew Fickett def. Keita Nakamura via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Seth Petruzelli vs. Wilson Gouveia
Round 1: The two come out striking, with Seth getting the better of the exchanges. Gouveia is landing a lot of good leg kicks. Petruzelli lands a superman punch. Gouveia gets Petruzelli down with a double-leg and finishes the round grounding and pounding.
Round 2: Petruzelli opens the round with a takedown, but gets caught in a guillotine choke – forcing the tap.
Wilson Gouveia def. Seth Petruzelli via Submission (guillotine choke) at 0:39 of Round 2.
LIVE TV FIGHTS
-Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjononsuke Mishima
Round 1: Decent first round. Florian lands a good punch early, but Mishima gets him down to the ground. A crazy scramble later, and Florian is on top landing punches. He stands up and is landing good shots to a floored Mishima. The two get back up and exchange, with nothing significant landing as the round ends with Florian on top of Mishima.
Round 2: Great round. Florian was dominating mostly and looked to come close to finishing Mishima late with leg kicks. Mishima got desperate late in the round with wild kicks and punches and had a tight guillotine on Florian as the horn sounded.
Round 3: Amazing round. Florian was winning on the feet early, until Mishima tried a cartwheel kick. He missed and wound up on the ground on his back, and Florian dove in for a big punch. Mishima got a leg and had a freakishly tight kneebar on and looked to be a fight-ender. Florian hung on, and Mishima transitioned into a heel-hook. Florian eventually got out and gained mount and took Mishima’s back. He gets both hooks in, rolls over on-top of Mishima’s back, flattens him out and applies the choke. Mishima taps.
Kenny Florian def. Dokonjonosuke Mishima via Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 3.
-Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
Round 1: Good round. McCully gets Hardonk down early. Hardonk spends most of the round working for submissions. He came close to a triangle and had a very deep armbar at the end of the round, but couldn’t finish the job.
Round 2: McCully round. He got Hardonk down and pounded away the entire round, drawing lots of blood from Hardonk in the process. According to the announcers it’s 2-0 McCully going into the third, I have it one a piece (but I missed most of the stuff on the feet in round one early on).
Round 3: Hardonk was blasting McCully on the feet early on with some big bombs, but didn’t finish him off. McCully eventually got him down and grinded the round out pounding from the top.
Justin McCully def. Antoni Hardonk via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Round 1: At the staredown, Guillard refused to touch gloves. Seemed to piss off Stevenson. He eventually did walk back to the center and touched gloves. Guillard came out swinging. They each got hit pretty good. On the ground, Stevenson is standing above Guillard looking for a leg lock. Melvin went to scramble up and Stevenson sunk in a guillotine and dropped back to finish. He got him. Very quick fight.
Joe Stevenson def. Melvin Guillard via Submission (guillotine choke) at 0:27 of Round 1.