Welcome to the UFC Chad Griggs! Griggs made his UFC debut tonight and it took Travis Browne two huge knees and an Arm Triangle to end it just 2:30 seconds into the opening frame. Travis Browne threw a picture perfect flying knee and followed it up with another knee that rocked Griggs. Moments later he took Griggs down and mounted him. Griggs showed some inexperience at that point almost pushing Browne into position for the Arm Triangle and then tapping moments later.
Matt Brown and Steven Thompson put on the most exciting fight on the undercard. This was yet another decision fight, but for perhaps the first time tonight, it was an exciting brawl that showed why Matt Brown can never be counted out. The first round saw Thompson hold a decisive advantage standing, but Brown was able to take him down and control the action throughout most of the round.
The second round saw Matt Brown get hurt and staggered, but he fought through the onslaught of punches, eventually dropping Thompson and opening a sizeable cut on his forehead with a short elbow. Brown again controlled the action on the ground, making a huge comeback after being badly hurt.
The third round was a mirror image nearly of the second, as Brown again got badly wobbled, only to come back, fight through it and take Thompson down, and rock him on the ground. As the fight neared its end, Brown trapped Thompson in a modified crucifix and landed huge shots as the bell rang to end the fight. The judges all saw it for Matt Brown who gives Thompson his first ever professional loss.
John Makdessi weighed in at 158 pounds, missing weight and gifting Anthony Njokuani 20 percent of his purse coming into their catch weight fight. Makdessi certainly wasn’t looking to give him anything else Saturday, least of a victory. Both fighters love the standup game, and they traded from the opening bell, mostly consisting of high kicks from Njokuani and low kicks from Makdessi. Makdessi was hurt momentarily by a left hook, and the round was Njokuani’s.
The second frame, they both threw kicks with Makdessi hitting air with wild spinning kicks, and axe kicks while being low kicked by Njokuani. Makdessi did land a couple short lefts in the final minute of the round, but it wasn’t enough to win the round for him.
The third round was more of the same, Makdessi chasing Njokuani down only to be countered with jabs, kicks to the body, head and leg. The head kicks never landed much for Njokuani but they kept Makdessi off balance and lead to a one sided decision victory.
Former Ultimate Fighter winners Mac Danzig and Efrain Escudero kicked off the FX card and they wasted no time in getting right at it. After a scramble, Escudero was able to catch Mac Danzig in a very deep heel hook, but Danzig was able to spin out and take control of Efrain on the ground. The fighters fought to their feet and Danzig controlled the majority of the action as the first round came to a stop.
The second round was a much slower methodical round; the fighters stood and plodded not landing any telling shots. Between the second and third round, it was pointed out that Danzig’s ankle was blown out and it looked nasty. It looked like someone glued a grapefruit to the side of his foot. Ouch! He kept fighting and out-boxed Efrain en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Chris Clements and Keith Wisniewski came out second to supply some action, and they didn’t disappoint. Both fighters had good moments in a fight that saw excellent grappling and big striking exchanges. In the first round however, an inexplicable standup from the referee swayed the round for Clements. In the end Wisniewski drops a split decision to Chris Clements. Clements is a talented fighter and could make some noise in the Welterweight division.
In the opener Maximo Blanco and Marcus Brimage fought a scrappy three round fight that ended in a split decision victory for Marcus Brimage. It was a great win for Brimage who takes a big step forward in his young career.