Airdate: Monday, March 16th, 2013 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Results by Sherdog
Reuben Duran vs. George Roop
Roop goes high with a head kick early and has it blocked. Duran comes back with a right hand, then takes a slapping left high kick to the cheek. Another right hand from Duran clips Roop, who pulls up short on his counter. Roop catches Duran under the armpit with a thudding body kick. One-two combo from Duran has Roop on rubbery legs momentarily, but he quickly recovers. Duran is doing well to pick off Roop as the larger man comes inside. Now he catches a kick and plows Roop to the ground, landing in his open guard. Roop throws elbows off his back as he puts his feet on Duran’s thighs and tries to push off. Roop closes up guard as he wraps up Duran’s head, maybe angling for a triangle choke. Duran breaks it up by controlling Roop’s head as they scoot around the canvas. Duran tries to posture up but Roop has his arms controlled. More elbows from Roop underneath in the last 20 seconds of the round; Duran is mostly inactive on top but lands a couple short punches and a shoulder shrug before the horn.
Roop counters a low kick with a hook, and Duran quickly gets inside on a single-leg to put Roop on the fence. Roop spins around, trying to take Duran’s back, and Duran sits down to try and prevent the back mount. With his right hook in, Roop sits down behind him and works to secure the position while simultaneously trying for a rear-naked choke. Duran peels off Roop’s right hand at the wrist, so Roop peppers with punches until he’s able to wrap the arm around Duran’s throat again. Again, Duran defends, and now he posts to stand back up against the fence. Duran lands a knee to the body and almost escapes before being shoved back into the cage midway through the round. Duran catches a body kick, can’t get Roop down but manages to separate. Another single-leg attempt in the middle of the cage yields a takedown for Duran, but now he has to fend off a loose guillotine from Roop. It’s too loose, and Duran pops his head out with 90 seconds left. Roop throws elbows and short punches off his back as he squirms and inches backward toward the fence. Meanwhile, Duran is just keeping control on the ground with a waistlock; it proves fruitless, as Roop posts and stands as soon as they hit the perimeter.
Duran has Roop down at the base of the fence within 15 seconds, but Roop is back on his feet 10 seconds later. Duran presses him on the fence while Roop looks for the Thai plum and throws knees up the middle. Now it’s Roop on the outside, working Duran’s body and head with solid right hands. Duran lands a knee to Roop’s body but he’s getting mugged on the fence by the taller man. Another half-dozen right hands up top from Roop have Duran struggling to escape. Roop hits a takedown with 2:45 left in the fight and Duran closes up guard underneath. Duran opens up guard, posts and stands, but gives up his back in the process. Duran shakes him off and now puts Roop’s back to the cage. Referee Philippe Chartier calls for action as they pummel on the fence. Duran isn’t mounting much offense, just holding Roop on the fence while Roop gets busy with short punches, then a pair of hard knees to Duran’s chin. Final 30 seconds now and Roop scores with knees to the body while Duran digs for the single-leg. They separate just before the horn and both men keep swinging afterwards.
Official result: The judges score the bout 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, George Roop.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Issei Tamura
Tamura moves counterclockwise in an open stance and lands an inside leg kick. Dillashaw backs him off with a front kick and grazes with a right hook before hitting the Shooto vet with an outside leg kick. Tamura cracks Dillashaw with a nice right-handed counter just before Dillashaw comes forward and plants him at the base of the fence. Tamura drives forward on a leg but Dillashaw cradles him and spins around to try and take the back. Nice knee to the body lands for Dillashaw as Tamura stands back up and gets pressed against the cage. Dillashaw hits another takedown but Tamura is right back up. Dillashaw pins him on the fence and works some knees to the thigh; he’s warned by ref Yves Lavigne to keep the knees clean. More knees to the leg from Dillashaw as the bantamweights tangle their arms, working for position. Dillashaw frees up his right hand and socks Tamura in the ribs a few times; now Lavigne warns him against holding the fence. The ref splits them up with a minute left in the round and Tamura ducks under a Dillashaw high kick as they resume. Dillashaw lands an outside leg kick and takes a right hook in return. Both men are swinging hard down the stretch, neither landing cleanly.
Tamura again sets up on the outside as Dillashaw presses on him from the center. Dillashaw steps in, fakes low, then kicks high and blasts him with a left head kick. Tamura hits the deck, falling to his back. Dillashaw pounces immediately and turns out Tamura’s lights with a barrage of right hands and ref Yves Lavigne rushes in to save the unconscious Tamura. T.J. Dillashaw picks up the knockout victory 26 seconds into the second round.
Quinn Mulhern vs. Rick Story
Story creeps in on Mulhern in the southpaw stance while the UFC newcomer moves around the outside. Story cracks Mulhern with a left hand and Mulhern goes down, pushing Story off with his long guard before popping back up to his feet. Mulhern shoots a double-leg from way out and Story sprawls all over it. Story comes forward again and clips Mulhern with a right hand. Mulhern tries to keep Story at bay with long kicks, but Story walks right through it and lands a... (Continues on next page)