The UFC 182 main card on pay-per-view saw four fights go down ahead of the main event between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
Donald Cerrone took a clear decision victory over Myles Jury in the co-main event of the evening. Jury never really seemed to be on pace to pull off the upset as the better Cerrone was able to bust him up on the feet. It was a 30-27 score on all three scorecards.
Brad Tavares had one of the best performances of his career, dominating his fight with Nate Marquardt. Tavares especially worked over Marquardt’s leg with kicks over the three rounds. By the end of the fight, Marquardt’s leg was bruised and swollen and his face was bloodied from the consistent attack of Tavares. The scorecards read 30-27 across the board for Tavares.
Kyoji Horiguchi moved closer to a UFC flyweight title shot, earning a decision over Louis Gaudinot. Horiguchi was able to keep moving quickly to keep Gaudinot from getting off much offense. Gaudinot came close to locking in a submission a few times, but it was Horiguchi’s striking that was the dominating force in the bout. He took the fight with scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
The pay-per-view opened with Hector Lombard outworking a game Josh Burkman. Burkman looked better than many expected, getting to the final scorecards, but Lombard fought a disciplined, well paced fight. Burkman would say after the fight that he had an extremely bad camp, suffering several injuries. Lombard’s cardio looked solid and he really took the fight to Burkman in the last round.
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