Airdate: Saturday, December 29th, 2012 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Results by Sherdog.com
Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga
Chris Tognoni is the referee for tonight’s flyweight opener. Cariaso hunts for head kicks early but it’s Moraga who strikes first with a straight counter. Lots of feinting and range-finding while Moraga looks to repeat with another catch-kick counter. Moraga puts Cariaso on the fence but can’t pin him there for long. Cariaso comes with a kick to the body but he’s on his back foot with Moraga trying to catch it again. Moraga lands a nice hook to the breadbasket, takes a counter from Cariaso and drives in the right hand again. Cariaso lands an outside leg kick and a snappy right hand just before the horn.
Cariaso starts to string together combinations early in round two but Moraga again muscles him into the fence and works some dirty boxing. Moraga is finding his left-handed counter for Cariaso’s body kick with increasing regularity as Cariaso throws the kick again and again. Moraga catches one and socks Cariaso with a straight right, can’t trip him down. Cariaso comes back with a left high kick. Moraga uses underhooks to toss an off-balance Cariaso to the mat, so Cariaso squirms and flashes nasty upkicks until he creates enough space to stand.
With 30 seconds to go, Cariaso chases down Moraga and drags him to the canvas, but Moraga closes up his guard and they’re still working for position at the horn.
Moraga is on the offensive early in the final round and chases Cariaso toward the fence. Cariaso turns around and works for a single-leg, but in doing so, leaves his neck exposed for a deep, standing guillotine. Moraga brings Cariaso down to his knees and cranks the choke, and Cariaso is forced to tap out at 1:11 of the third frame.
Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway
Kim Winslow is in charge of this featherweight affair. Garcia takes the center of the cage with the longer Holloway on the outside, kicking at the legs of the “Bad Boy.” Garcia gives him a stiff leg kick in return and gets backed up by a teep kick to the body. Garcia rushes forward, winging punches, but Holloway uses good head movement and front kicks to keep the distance. A hard leg kick from Holloway now and Garcia tries to clinch; Holloway shoves him off. Garcia sneaks through a straight left, then another, but they’re glancing blows as Holloway turns away. A big left hand from Garcia stuns Holloway, but the Hawaiian stays vertical. The noses of both men are bloodied now as they enter the last minute. Holloway tags Garcia with a spinning kick to the body, but Garcia comes inside and mugs him with punches in the clinch.
Holloway snaps off some leg kicks and punches in the early going. Garcia eats a knee on his way in but hits a takedown at the 3:00 mark; Holloway quickly posts up and stands. The featherweights exchange jabs with Holloway picking off the shorter man by virtue of his longer limbs. Garcia keeps throwing to the body and head with mixed results, but he’s got Holloway on the back foot nonetheless, and the Hawaiian’s output has slowed down. They clinch with 30 seconds left and Holloway uses knees to get out. Garcia is just throwing arm punches now but they’ve got Holloway on the retreat, pinned against the fence at the end of the frame.
Garcia is throwing and yelling but doesn’t appear to be landing much in the opening minute of round three. Holloway is popping the Greg Jackson charge with occasional counters, but he’s forced to stay on his bicycle as Garcia keeps pressing forward. The attack finally slows and Holloway socks Garcia with a straight right, only to be warned by ref Winslow to keep his fingers tucked. Garcia keeps pressing, throwing bombs and eating up Holloway’s counter right hooks. Midway through the frame, Garcia changes levels and hits a double-leg against the fence. Holloway posts up and scrambles to his feet, where he’s again forced to retreat under the relentless arm-punch assault of Garcia. Holloway works the body with some good hooks. Garcia is just relentless and keeps after Holloway, who gets taken down one last time and slammed back to the ground after a last-ditch kick attempt.
Official result: Max Holloway def. Leonard Garcia via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) R3 5:00
Todd Duffee vs. Philip De Fries
Yves Lavigne is the ref for this heavyweight tilt. Duffee kicks the leg out...