Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results, play-by-play, and commentary of the entireevent today from Winnipeg. The event will kick off with six preliminary card fights followed by a main card featuring five bouts. The first two bouts will be streamed live on Facebook, and that stream kicks off at approximately 7pm ET/4pm PT. They flip things over to FX at 8pm ET/5pm ET for the other four preliminary card fights, then finally move onto pay per view for the main card at 10pm ET/7pm PT. This post will cover the main card.
The featured main event of UFC 161 will be a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. The fight is scheduled for three rounds.
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Shawn Jordan vs. Pat Barry
Round 1 – Jordan threw a big kick to start. Right hand by Barry, counter landed for Jordan. Shawn Jordan with a big uppercut that hurt Barry! He connected with two more and Barry’s down. Jordan peppering him with lefts against the cage and the ref jumped in! Hot damn smokey! Shawn Jordan defeated Pat Barry by TKO (strikes), 59 seconds of round 1
Rosi Sexton vs. Alexis Davis
Round 1 – They wasted no time in throwing down on the feet. Davis was throwing standing elbows while Rosi was sticking to conventional boxing. Davis clinched up and landed some knees while mixing in some dirty boxing. Alexis looked for a trip takedown but couldn’t get it. Sexton landed a nice left hook upon separation. Sexton went for a takedown but Davis stood her up and put her on the floor. Rosi ended up on top, but Davis had a triangle set up. After a little bit of adjusting, she locked it up. Sexton continued to punch Davis in the face. The triangle was slipping off as Sexton stacked her up, but she was still trapped. Sexton landed a ton of punches to Davis’ face while she stubbornly hung onto the triangle. Interesting round. 10-9 Davis.
Round 2 – Sexton landed a clean right to open. Davis connected with a standing elbow. Sexton pushed her against the fence and took Davis down. Davis used a leg attack to reverse position. Davis landed a little ground and pound. She connected with an elbow. The offense is scattered though, as Rosi is doing a decent job of locking her down. Davis finally opened up a bit and landed about eight punches in a row. Rosi rolled over onto her hands and knees and Davis kneed her body. Davis went for a choke with only one hook, but it wasn’t under the chin. Davis sunk a second hook and flattened her out with 30 seconds to go. Davis opened up with punches and Sexton was just covering up. Sexton barely survived the round as the ref warned her to fight back multiple times. 10-9 Davis.
Round 3 – The boxing got a little sloppier as both ladies looked tired. Sexton did land a couple of left hooks though. Davis ducked a punch and went for a takedown, but Rosi ended up on top. Davis attacked a leg and took her back from the bottom though. Very slick. Body triangle for Davis. Davis landed a few punches. Sexton tried to roll into guard, and was successful. Rosi landed a few light strikes to the body and head to stay busy. Davis was pretty much stuck. Sexton stook up and took Davis’ back. Davis spun away and jumped into Rosi’s guard with 30 seconds to go. Sexton landed a good upkick late. Close fight. 10-9 Sexton there, but I have it 29-28 Davis overall.
Alexis Davis defeated Rosi Sexton by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Round 1 – Pokrajac came forward early but Jimmo backed him up against the cage. Lavigne separated them quickly, but Jimmo took it right back there after missing with a punch. Lavigne separated them quickly once again. Jimmo with jabs and a leg kick. Pokrajac grabbed a single but couldn’t do anything with it. The fighters exchanged knees in the clinch. And for the third time, Lavigne separated them. And again, Jimmo grabbed Pokrajac and moved him against the cage. Jimmo separated and landed a nice elbow. Then…back against the fence. Another ref separation. Jimmo with a couple of leg kicks. Pokrajac missed with a couple of punches and ate a counter. Pokrajac finally connected with a big right that wobbled Jimmo. Jimmo came back with his own. 10-9 Jimmo.
Round 2 – Jimmo hurt him with a big right and he looked to be done, but he managed to get back up. Jimmo took him down against the cage, giving him time to recover. He landed a few punches and elbows, but couldn’t connect with anything super damaging. Pokrajac just mocked Jimmo’s corner, saying “blah blah blah” as they relayed instructions. That was funny. Jimmo continued to work on top just enough to not get stood up. Jimmo switched it up to short elbows but Pokrajac defended well. Pokrajac landed a nice upkick as Jimmo stood up, but he used the opportunity to pass to side. A few more elbows, but not much else. 10-9 Jimmo.
Round 3 – Pokrajac hit an early takedown in the third, but Jimmo reversed it right away. Jimmo grinded away in Pokrajac’s guard for a couple of minutes, again just staying busy enough to not get stood up. Pokrajac methodically applied a guillotine and closed his guard. Jimmo tried to separate the hands and Pokrajac let go. Igor finally got up with a minute to go, and ate a knee for his troubles. Jimmo held him against the fence for a while (surprise surprise) until Lavigne separated them. And they went back to the cage one more time before the horn. 10-9 Jimmo, and 30-27 overall. Boring fight.
Ryan Jimmo defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Round 1 – Miocic opened with a kick. Nelson came in and Miocic got a brief bodylock, but couldn’t get it down. Miocic with a right. Nelson with a straight lefyt, Miocic responded with a right. Nelson landed the looping right, but didn’t have everything on it. Miocic came back with a nice combo and clinched up. Nelson came in for a takedown, and Miocic cracked him with another right. Miocic landed two more solid shots and Nelson shot in for an unsuccessful takedown. Miocic ducked a right and briefly took Nelson’s back, but let him go. Nelson with a nice counter left. Solid jab and a big right rocked Nelson. Miocic got him against the fence with a big elbow and knee! Huge uppercut! Nelson clinched up. Nelson with a kick at the end. 10-9 Miocic.
Round 2 – Stipe with a leg kick. Big right and a knee from Miocic. Nelson missed with pretty much everything he threw early and was visibly tired. Miocic is all over him! Eight punches in a row land! Back into the clinch. Miocic with two knees and some short elbows before they separate. Nelson shot in but got stuffed. Miocic with a kick to the body. Miocic kept up the pace with jabs and straight rights that were finding a home. Nelson stuffed a takedown attempt. Nelson landed a big uppercut that sent Miocic backpedaling. Miocic came back with a combo and leg kick. Nelson defended another takedown attempt. Another three-punch combo from Stipe lands. This is domination. 10-9 Stipe.
Round 3 – Miocic with two jabs, a straight right, and another. Nelson is eating a ton of shots once again. Nelson chucked the winging right again but Miocic has plenty of time to evade it. Miocic peoppered Roy with jabs. Roy came forward and Stipe literally ran away. Nelson landed a nice counter right. Nelson was dog-tired, with his hands down. Miocic got a takedown, but Nelson got up quickly. They clinched up against the fence, and were separated within 15 seconds. Hoser Canadian ref. Nelson with an uppercut but Stipe got out of danger quickly. Miocic charged foward with punches and they clinched again.Back to the center with 30 seconds to go.Miocic threw it all at him for the final 20 seconds, and raised his hands in victory at the horn. 10-9 Miocic, and 30-27 overall. Enjoy Bellator, Roy.
Stipe Miocic defeated Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1 – A lot of feinting and no strikes for the first 35 seconds. Rashad scored first with a jab. Henderson landed a right and an uppercut while Rashad peppered him with both hands in close. Rashad looked for a takedown but couldn’t get it. Evans put together a nice combo that scored. Hendo looking fo the H-Bomb without success. Rashad went for another takedown but settled for clinching up against the cage. Hendo spun away and ate a glancing right. They clinched again briefly and Evans scored with a knee. Evans landed a jab. Henderson landed his own stiff jab that knocked Rashad down. Evans was wobbly and Hendo was all over him, but it looked like Evans recovered. 10-9 Hendo.
Round 2 – After some posturing, Rashad got a brief takedown. Hendo got up but Evans was latched onto his back. They ended up clinching against the cage. The separated and Rashad landed a nice right. Hendo responded with a knee and uppercut. Rashad came forward with another solid right and clinched up. He exited with a glancing right. Hendo kept trying to close the distance to land the H-Bomb, but Rashad smartly backed away every time. Hendo stuffed another Evans takedown attempt. Evans closed the distance and landed a left was rebuffed on another takedown attempt. Hendo landed an elbow to the side of Rashad’s face 10-9 Evans.
Round 3 – Evans has a small cut over his eyebrow. Hendo charged forward with a left but whiffed on it. Evans landed a jab, then came forward with a combination that slightly wobbled Dan. They exchanged jabs and Hendo missed with the right by a mile. Evans scooped a single but Hendo fought him off. They clinched up and Hendo scored with a knee to the guy. Rashad backed out, threw a nice combo that landed, then tried to get a takedown again. Henderson stopped him once again though. They clinched again and Evans landed a flurry of short rights. He landed another nice shot and wouldn’t give Hendo any space. Rashad scooped a single and Hendo clubbed him with an elbow. Hendo swung and missed, while Evans landed one more jab late. 10-9 Evans, and 29-28 for him on my card.
Rashad Evans defeated Dan Henderson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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