with controversies, fights and warm "blood bath"
UFC newcomer, Krause celebrated victory by submission against bloodied Stout
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The preliminary card of UFC 161 warm and started with many controversial results. It seemed that the fights were not good enough to warm the Canadian public in Winnipeg. But one "bloodbath" in the victory of rookie James Krause against Sam Stout encouraged the crowd, in what is likely to be the "fight of the night." It was also the only defeat of a Canadian in the preliminary bouts.
However, the effective use of local fighters can be challenged because it came two wins so controversial. Sean Pierson, for example, was very close to being knocked out, but was declared the winner on points. Before, in the first fight of the night, the Haitian nationality with Canadian Yves Jabouin also divided the opinion of the judges, but celebrated the victory. A fight between American's victory over Jake Shields Tyron Woodley, also caused disagreements.
No more fighting left over warm, with little efficiency in both submission attempts as in searches by knockouts - just Krause got a win without the judges' decision, after applying a guillotine at end of combat.
Rashad Evans made a balanced fight against Dan Henderson and only managed to win by split decision after three rounds of the competition - despite being the main battle, were not played five rounds because other more important fights were cut from the card on top the hour. With the victory, Evans rebounded from two consecutive losses and firmed again as a major weights heavyweight UFC.
The fight brought together two athletes that came from a Loss for Brazilians - Evans to Rogerio Nogueira, Lyoto Machida and Henderson. Aggressively as typical style of both, the expectation was for a great duel. When the time came, it came some disappointment, since both studied too much during the first few minutes.
Evans beats Henderson at UFC 161 on points; defeated Roy Nelson out
The strategy was Evans at times seek the clinch and throw the opponent to the grid, but Henderson avoided this and still landed a strong punch left, which was the sharpest blow up then. Caution ended in the second round and then the fighters began to hit more often. Evans recovered until it showed more movement, and Henderson could only defend attempts to fall.
In the third and final round was Rashad Evans who tried to go on the attack, with a sequence of punches that hit Henderson, but he withstood the pressure. The two continued on foot, but they could fatigue avoided a knockout. Evans led the opponent to grid confirmed the reaction and the victory won by split decision.
Stipe Miocic Roy Nelson wins by unanimous decision
Knockout artist by nature, Nelson went on the attack with fast punches, hooks and feints, but Miocic was cautious and learned to defend themselves. Then went to the Croatian counterattack efficiently and put to the test resistance Nelson - American endured many punches, but was hurt and stunned.
After the break, Miocic not desconcentrou and came to dominate the fight, this time including kicks and knees among the various punches that hit. The fatigue of the Nelson fumbled and it only got worse in the third round. He even tried starting up, walk forward and strike, but the greater range of Miocic made a difference and he secured victory by unanimous decision.
The result ended a run of three straight wins that were taking Nelson to top heavyweight. Miocic has already recovered from the defeat against Stefan Struve and should continue facing the major players in the category.
Rashad Evans defeated Dan Henderson in split decision
Stipe Miocic defeated Roy Nelson by unanimous decision of the arbitrators
Ryan Jimmo defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision of the arbitrators
Alexis Davis Rosi Sexton defeated by unanimous decision of the arbitrators
Shawn Jordan defeated Pat Barry by TKO at 59s of R1
Tyron Woodley defeated Jake Shields by split decision
James Krause Sam Stout finished with a guillotine in 3R
Sean Pierson defeated Kenny Robertson by majority decision of the arbitrators
Roland Delorme defeated Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision of the arbitrators
Mitch Clarke John Maguire defeated by unanimous decision of the arbitrators
Yves Jabouin defeated Dustin Pay by split decision