UFC 128 Liveblog

Casey here, going the distance with everything happening from the Prudential Center tonight. We start with the free fights, available at 8pm on the UFC’s Facebook page, and then at 9pm on Spike. I’m not sure if anyone else is joining me this evening. I will warn my fellow Bangers, I got plenty of beer for the fight, so some of these observations may not make sense by the main event…

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1:
Kurt comes out feeling things out with jabs. Looking for range. Tibau now looking to find his range, double jabbing. A quick exchange, not much landed there.
Kurt moves away from a big left hook. Nails a left and shoots for a single leg, Tibau now controlling against the cage.
Kurt throwing knees, and Tibau lands a big left. Another left, a knee and trying to work a takedown, but Kurt circles out. Pellegrino with a body kick
Another mid-octogon exchange. Tibau probing for a hole to throw that left again, Pellegrino with some good head movement.
Kurt looking for the takedown, double to single, forces Tibau against the cage, Tibau reverses. Kurt throwing knees, but
Tibua slides him down, Kurt right back up. Face off and Tibau stuffs a double leg. Kurt with some good striking from the clench.
Kurt with a nice elbow to work out. 10 seconds. Really close round, both guys looked good but I’ve got to give it to the more
aggressive Tibau.
10-9 Tibau

Round 2:
Ah, stream hiccuping…
Here we are. Kurt taking the center of the octagon, working with the straight right hand. Both seem a little tentative. Right hadn combo from Kurt. Tibau now pushing with a combo. No one’s landed anything solid yet though. A boxing match from two tough ground experts. Kurt with a flurry, lands a massive right! And a double leg takedown, Tibau is hurt! Kurt raining short punches in Tibau’s half guard. There’s the crowd, chanting “Let’s Go Kurt.” Good short elbows to the body by Kurt. Tibau trying to sweep, but Kurt’s doing a good job keeping him down. Tibau looks receoverd by now, keeps scooting his hips out. Kurt’s into the full guard, looking for those elbows. Another good short elbow and Tibau scrambles back to his feet. He’s bleeding from his left eye. Can’t tell if its above or below. That big right hand and ground control gives Kurt the round. I’m debating how badly Tibau was getting beat, it seemed all Kurt. All right I’ll do it. 10-8 Pellegrino, Fight: 19-18 Pelligrino

Round 3:
Tibau coming out aggressive, figuring he needs this one. 1-2-1 combos keeping Kurt away from him. Kurt checks a head kick. Kurt keeps trying the right, Tibau having no problem stepping away from it. Punches geting a little sloppy from the both of them. Tibau goes for the takedown, gets stuffed and were against the cage in the clinch. Pellegrino pushes out, no damage done there. Kurt avoids another left, overextendes and eats a short right. Pellegrino looks for the single and gets stuffed. Tibau reverses the clinch, and gets the takedown into side control, Kurt scrambles gives up his back and back to the feet. Pellegrino goes for the double, holding Tibau up against the cage. Kurt’s holding onto the leg. They seperate. They exchange lefts. And that sets up another Tibau takedown, spun down and into Kurt’s guard. Short punches and hammer fists firing from Tibau. He’s got Pellegrino’s back standing, another takedown, Kurt’s looking for the heel hook and the horn. We;ll go to the judges. 10-9 Tibau, Fight 29-29 draw

Tibau wins via split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)

Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Round 1:
Pyle taking the center. Both guys come out fast, punches and leg kicks a-flying. Almedia comes forward, nothing strong lands. One to the body. Almedia looking for range here, lands a right, Pyle counters with an upper cut. Almedia is ducking his hand as he comes in. Pyle slams Almeida and walks away, he wasts no part of the ground game of Almedia. Pyle stuffs the double. Now Pyle’s got him pinned agains the cage. A few strikes in the clinch. Almedia turns it around. They break. Almedia gets the takedown, Pyle right back up and fires a good knees. Almedia with the strong right, Pyle stumbes back, stuffs Almedia. Back to the clinch and Pyle with a good knee, Almedia gets one in as well. Pyle almost lands a knee to the face. Good close round. Pyle landed some good strikes but Almedia may have scored more points with the takedowns.10-9 Almeida

Round 2:
Pyle comes out quickly again. A good side kick to the body of Pyle. Pyle takes abig swing and misses. Almedia ducks under and gets the takedown. Pyle immediatly scoots to the cage, wall-walks and gets back up. Trading knees against the cage. Pyle works out of the clinch, slips a good knee in at the break, Almedia works the double leg, Pyle right back to his feet good scramble. Pyle to the body. Almedia with the reaching left jab. Good movement from both of them. Almedia forces the clinch against the cage again. Good leg kick from Pyle. Almedia keeps the pressure on, shoots and gets Pyle down. Pyle trying to work a kimura from his guard, cutting off Almedia. He’s protecting it in between his legs. Pyle lets it go then goes back to it. Tried a guillotine for a second and the round ends with Almeida on top. 10-9 Almeida, Fight: 20-18 Almedia

Round 3:
Pyle comes out firing kicks. He’s got good movement, looks fresh still but so does Almeida. Pyle keeps moving in and out of striking angles. He’s the more aggressive right now. Almedia rejects the clinch attempt from Pyle. Almedia pushes for the first time, trying to connect a combo but nothing doing. Good body shot from Pyle. Good knee against the cage and takes Almedia down. Hammer fists but he backs right out of Almedia’s guard. Almedia grabs the leg on the way up, has Pyle pinned on the cage again. Good knee to the body from Pyle. Pyle looking for a gullotine. They break, Pyle with a big knee. Pyle swings and missed and gets taken down for just a second and again against the cage. Pyle did work in that last round, but I don’t think it was enough. He feels confident, but he should have done that in the 2nd. 10-9 Pyle, Fight 29-28 Almeida

Mike Pyle wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)

Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Round 1:
Njokuani starts with the left jab, Barboza with a leg kick. Both guys moving well, similar stances. Body kick from Barboza and a heavy right knocks down Njokuani. He gets right back up. Eats another and he is hurt bad. Barboza with another big body kick. And the nasty right leg kick. Njokuani looks recovered and lands a counter jab. Njokuani keeps switching stances but can’t land his big punches. Another big kick from Barboza. Njokuani with the overhand left. He’s hesitant to move forward since he got caught. Njokuani caught a finger in the eye, but not much of a stoppage there. Njokuani working the jab well. Right-high kick combo, throwing that long left jab. Finally trying to put together some combos. Barboza tries to answer and eats a left. Njokuani has found his rhythm and range and may have taken a close round, even after getting rocked early.
10-9 Njokuani

Round 2:
Njokuani comes out loose, pushing the pace already. Barboza throwing combos, catches and accidental kick in the dick. No harm, no foul. Njokuani looking much better with his jabs. Barboza with a strong body kick. Njokuani answers and eats a left for it. Barboza sticking with the left jab and trying to stay away from Njokuani. Turning side kick from Barboza. Njokuani catches the kick, drops Barboza and lands a hard left on the ground. Njokuani with some ground shots but Barboza gets up, eats a shot on the way up. They are trading huge legs kicks. Njokuani with a spinning elbow, knocking Barboza off balance. Both get off front kicks now. No one even thinking about going to the ground. Njokuani firing constant hands, keeping Barboza from doing anything but those leg kicks. Quick clinch, nothing came of it there. Barboza with the big double-leg, Njokuani scoots to the cage and gets pulled down, into Njokuani’s guard. Much better round. Barboza tried to steal it, but I think he ate too many in the beginning of the round.
10-9 Njokuani, fight 20-18

Round 3:
Barboza coming out fast this time. More jabs and leg kicks traded. Njokuani with a hard body kick. And a leg kick that gets checked. Barboza with a nice punch-leg kick combo. Njokuani coming on strong again, Switches stances and catches a strong right. Barboza with a right hand. Barboza coming back. Hard right and body kick. BIG knee to the gut of Barboza. Njokuani getting through Barboza’s guard, landing jabs. Keeps moving forward. Good right hand. Nice knee and Barboza grabs it for the takedown. May be too little too late. Njokuani scoots to the cage and walks back up. HUGE SPIN KICK TO NJOKUANI’S FACE! He caught him with the foot. Njokuani staggers up. Rogan: “That’s a bitchslap with the foot.” That still may not be enough.
10-9 Barboza, fight 29-28 Njokuani

Edson Barboza wins via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Well, 0-2 so far.

Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
Round 1:
Marshall with an immediate take down attempt, gets stuffed. Does he want to avoid Cane’s striking or what? Good leg kick from Marshall, Cane responds. Eats a good left. Cane comes forward with a good combo. Big left from Cane. Marshall is down and Cane is all over him. Lefts and rights raining down. Marshall is covering up but he’s eating punches. Marshall rolling over and grabbing for a knee bar but getting hammer fisted. Marshall not doing anything to avoid those bombs and it is finally over. Marshall ate some serious shots on the ground. He’s still down.

Luiz Cane wins via TKO at 2:15 of Round 1

Rafael Assuncao vs. Erik Koch
Ooh, unaired prelim bonus!
Koch pushes the action right at the bell. Using the reach advantage to keep Assuncao back, looking to land the right. Assuncao misses the front kick and eats a right. Koch fires a wild head kick Assuncao avoids easily. Still feeling each other out. He’s trying to figure out how to get inside Koch. Assuncao with a front kick. Koch answers with a left high kick that’s blocked. good body kick from Koch. Kock lands a BIG right on the button and Assuncao is out cold! He caught Assuncao running in too. The shot was good but didn’t look that strong. Him running in helped drop him.

Erik Koch wins via KO at 2:32 of Round 1

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub
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Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller
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Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
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Uriah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
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Light Heavyweight Championship: Shogun Rua (c) vs. Jon Jones
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