Airdate: Friday, December 30th, 2011 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Results by Sherdog.com
Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes
Nunes circles and changes angles around the outside, slapping with outside kicks to the upper thigh and a turning kick to the body. Nunes easily sprawls a takedown and backs out of the way of an ill-intentioned overhand left. The Brazilian keeps the low kicks coming and Gamburyan shoots again. Nunes fends him off briefly, but Gamburyan keeps after it and drags “The Gun” down at the base of the fence. Gamburyan tries to pass to side control and Nunes sees an opportunity to scramble up. Gamburyan looks to be limping slightly on his lead leg as the thigh kicks pile up and another shot is stuffed. Nunes puts a spinning kick in Gamburyan’s breadbasket before the round ends.
Gamburyan grazes with an overhand and takes another thigh kick in return. Nunes keeps his distance until another big right hand finds its mark and wobbles him. The Brazilian stays vertical as Gamburyan closes the gap, but Nunes nearly gives his back as they grapple against the cage. Nunes gets his back to the fence and thwarts an ankle pick from Gamburyan, but referee Steve Mazzagatti warns the Nova Uniao fighter for grabbing the fence. Another turning kick to the gut has Gamburyan shooting, and this time the takedown comes with relative ease. Nunes establishes half-guard and tries to push off the fence with his feet, to no avail. Gamburyan lands a few short lefts and loops his left arm around Nunes’ neck for a loose guillotine. Nunes shrimps, gets to his feet and puts Gamburyan’s back to the cage with about a minute to go. Gamburyan takes a knee inside, covers up and circles out, negating a combo from Nunes. They finish the round back on the feet.
As the final frame begins, Gamburyan continues to look for big punches and Nunes keeps working his leg kicks. The taller Nunes’ strikes are more effective through the first 90 seconds, as the fighters are keeping a good space between them. Gamburyan shoots a high double-leg and Nunes sprawls against the fence, then breaks off with a hard knee to Gamburyan’s gut. Nunes ducks an overhand right, sprawls on another takedown try and punishes Gamburyan with more sharp inside thigh kicks. Gamburyan slips on a punch and blocks a head kick. The judoka sees an opening but can’t keep Nunes on the ground after a well-timed spinning back-fist counter. An inside thigh kick catches Gamburyan in the cup and he takes a minute to compose himself. When they resume, Gamburyan shoots again, but he can’t wrestle Nunes down before the final horn.
Official result: All three judges -- Douglas Crosby, Sal D'Amato and Junichiro Kamijo -- score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Diego Nunes.
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
According to a post on the UFC’s official Twitter account, Riddle “is too sick to fight” and this bout has been scratched.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero
Volkmann misses on some opening low kicks and the southpaw ducks low to try and hop inside on the larger Escudero. Volkmann shoots and gets snared in a guillotine, but he moves to side control on Escudero’s left side soon after they hit the mat. After extracting his head, Volkmann stands over the prone Escudero and barely dodges an upkick. Escudero grabs for a leg and Volkmann goes back down, flattening Escudero out from half-guard. Volkmann lands a few short left hands and grabs a headlock as he keeps heavy on top near the center of the cage. Referee Herb Dean tells “Christmas” to get busy as the round enters its final minute and Volkmann obliges with a flurry of left hands to Escudero’s ribs. Volkmann briefly tries a guillotine of his own before posturing up to finish with ground-and-pound.
Volkmann shoots and has Escudero on his back again inside 30 seconds. The Minnesotan works from side control, gets stuffed back to half-guard and goes back to short left hands. Escudero offers some heels to Volkmann’s back and soon closes up his full guard. With little happening on the floor, referee Herb Dean stands the lightweights up. Volkmann quickly closes the gap and presses Escudero into the fence, where they dance for a moment before Volkmann drags his man down with a rear waistlock. Escudero tries to stand and winds up on his knees, allowing Volkmann to hop onto his back. Volkmann sinks both hooks in and twice comes close with rear-naked choke attempts, but Escudero defends well and sits up against...