BART PALASZEWSKI VS. ANTHONY NJOKUANI
Round 1 - Huge ovation for Palaszewski as things get started. After a touch of gloves, we're underway. The fighters trade jabs, but the distance is too great between them. Njokuani's long reach finally allows him to connect, but Palaszewski shoots for the double-leg takedown and finally drags him to the mat despite Njokuani grabbing the top of the cage. Njokuani gets back to his feet, but Palaszewski stays clinched and works knees to the body. Njokuani returns one of his own, and they break and return to the center of the cage. Njokuani connects on a nice combination and then keeps Palaszewski at bay with quick jabs. Njokuani keeps the jabs coming and easily avoids Palaszewski's advances. Njokuani uses his reach to continue the stream of jabs and then mixes in some low kicks. Palaszewski pushes forward but eats a big punch, stumbles and falls to the mat. Njokuani follows with a stream of blows from guard and then stands and continues raining down big blows. Palaszewski defends intitially and then forces a restart. Back standing, Palaszewski shoots and gets his takedown and works from inside Njokuani's guard. However, he can do little with the position during the final 20 seconds of the fight. MMAjunkie.com has it 10-9 for Njokuani.
Round 2 - Njokuani works the jabs again and has cut open Palaszewski's right ear. A big right instantly drops Palaszewski, and when Njokuani pounces for the finishing touches, the referee finally halts the bout. Anthony Njokuani def. Bart Palaszewski via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:27.
RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO VS. JAMEEL MASSOUH
Round 1 - Assuncao throws a high kick and connects again with a left, but it's counter by Moussah and knocks Assuncao to his butt. He quickly gets up and shows no ill effects from the knockdown. Assuncao then delivers a right and drops Moussah with a knockdown of his own. Assuncao swarms in, but Massouh's alert and quickly defends. Assuncao stands over his opponent, but Moussah grabs a leg and torques for the heel hook. Assuncao escapes, Massouh gets back to his feet, and the fighters clinch against the cage. Assuncao gets his underhooks and takes Massouh back to the mat. Working from inside guard, Assuncao delivers a couple big rights and then postures up and drops another. Assuncao does it again, but Massouh defends. Massouh gets to his knees, and Assuncao goes to the north-south position. In a scramble for position, Massouh gets back to his feet, and we start again. Assuncao counters a low kick with an overhand right. The fighters trade a few wild blows, but Assuncao continues punching right throw his reach disadvantage. Massouh catches him with a knee, but he stumbles when Assuncao hits him with a well-placed shot. Assuncao grabs a front choke as the round comes to a close. MMAjunkie.com scores an entertaining first round for Assuncao, 10-9.
Round 2 - Assuncao strikes first with a right, but Massouh counters and knocks out his opponent's mouthpiece. Assuncao connects on the tailend of a combination and then swings wildly when he clinches. Assuncao lands a vicious left-right combo, but Massouh presses on. After a clinch, Massouh dips for the takedown but eats a knee to the face. Massouh finally gets the takedown on a third attempt, but Assuncao takes a favorable position and works a front choke before moving into the north-south position. Assuncao thinks about taking his opponent's back but remains in his dominant position. Massouh gets back to his feet, and the fighters start again in the center of the cage. Assuncao looks a bit winded and eats a jab before connecting on a low kick and overhand right. Massouh connects on a body kick that echoes through the arena, but Assuncao catches him with a right. When Massouh misses high with a head kick, Assuncao sends him to the mat, works from half guard and delivers a few punches before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.
Round 3 - Massouh checks an early head kick but can't stop a low kick that leaves him spinning. Assuncao then ducks under a right cross and clinches with his opponent. He breaks away and tags Massouh with a blow. Massouh, phased. Assuncao takes the fight to the mat and works from inside guard. Massouh ties him up to avoid damage, but Assuncao creates enough room to free a leg and deliver short punches from the side. Assuncao works patiently from guard while looking to improve his position. Massouh reverses the position, Assuncao escapes and again puts his opponent on his back. Massouh looks for the armbar but must defend from a looping overhand right. Assuncao then postures up, stands over his opponent, and defends Massouh's submission attempts from below. Assuncao then takes his opponent's back but can't secure thew rear-naked choke before the round ends. Massouh closes out the round with two big body kicks, but it's not enough to win this fight. MMAjunkie.com scores the final round 10-9 for Assuncao. Raphael Assuncao def. Jameel Massouh via unaninous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
BEN HENDERSON VS. SHANE ROLLER
Round 1 - Henderson tests his jab and then strikes with a lunging left. A front kick backs away Roller, but he quickly drops Henderson with a combination that lands flush. Henderson drops to the mat but sinks in a guillotine. Roller gets back to his feet, but Henderson secures the trip takedown, and when Roller tries to get back to his feet, Henderson batters him with a quick flurry of blows. Roller drops to the mat. He then clings to Henderson, but when the punches continue, the referee jumps in to halt the bout - much to the dismay of Roller. Ben Henderson def. Shane Roller via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:41.
JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. JEFF CURRAN
Round 1 - Benavidez goes with a kick that misses and then trades jabs with his opponent. The fighters patiently throw jabs before Benavidez backs up Curran with a front kick. Curran lands a leg kick and eats a right and then absorbs a front kick as Benavidez charges in to clinch. Against the cage, the fighters jockey for position before Curran breaks away with a parting punch. Back to the center of the cage, Benavidez lands a combination as Curran tries to cover up. Benavidez again works the front kick. Benavidez lands an overhand right but is countered with a shot from Benavidez. The fighters clinch, and Curran fires two quick knees to the stomach. Still clinched, the fighters trade knees to the body and fight for a dominant position. Benavidez backs off Curran with a blow and then lands another. Curran counters before taking a kick to the knee. Curran then catches a front kick and shoves Benavidez away. Benavidez swings wildly and catches Curran, dropping him to the mat. Curran is alert and quickly pulls guard, but Benavidez postures up and rains down a few forearm strikes. Benavidez stands over his opponent and throws some leg kicks and then jumps back on Curran when he tries to get up. Benavidez patiently stands over his downed opponent again, eats an upkick, but partially connects on a big right as the round expires. MMAjunkie.com scores an entertaining round for Benavidez, 10-9.
Round 2 - Benavidez with an early body kick and spinning back kick. He then wobbles Curran with a strong leg kick. The fighters continue trading punches before Curran knocks him off balance. Benavidez resets, and the fighters trade punches during a subsequent exhanges. Benavidez takes his opponent to the mat and frees a leg to work from Curran's half guard. Benavidez stands over him and is tagged with an upkick. He wisely dives back into guard, postures up and then drops another right. Fearless, Benavidez tries again, but Curran gets back to his feet and just misses on a wild shot. Benavidez lands a stinging leg kick before sidestepping Curran's looping right. The fight hits the mat again, and Benavidez escapes an armbar and triangle choke. Benavidez moves into sidemount and drops elbows to unprotected Curran. Curran gets to the sitting position, but Benavidez pushes his back to the mat. Curran fights his way back to his feet, but Benavidez locks on a guillotine choke and sends Curran to his back once again. Benavidez stands over his opponent and delivers a few soft leg kicks, dodges some upkicks and pounces on Curran with shots to the head and stomach. As Curran tries to get to his feet, Benavidez swarms in with big punches. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 3 - A touch of gloves gets the final frame underway, and the fighters trade kicks with little landing. Curran knocks Benavidez off balance with a body kick and then eats a body kick. Benavidez throws one of his own, but Curran checks it and makes him pay with a punch. Benavidez pushes forward with front kicks. Curran lands a nice right, but Benavidez sends him airborne with a trip takedown. The cage-rattler gives Benavidez a dominant position, and he delivers punches and elbows before swarming in and tagging Curran again as he gets to his feet. Curran gets back to his feet and whiffs with a spinning backfist. Benavidez shoots in with an overhand right and then whifffs with a head kick. Curran shoots and gets the double-leg takedown, but only two minutes remain. Benavidez uses his back against the cage to get back to his feet and then takes the top position when the fight goes back to the mat. Benavidez postures up to rain down punches to the head and stomach before Curran ties him up. Curran desperately seeks a submission, but Benavidez gives him no options until he traps Benavidez in a triangle choke for a brief second. Benavidez escapes and trades punches before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Benavidez in what should be a unanimous-decision win. Joseph Benavidez def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
CHAMP MIGUEL TORRES VS. TAKEYA MIZUGAKI (for bantamweight title)
Round 1 - Mizugaki pushes forward but can't connect, but once he closes the distance, both fighters tee off before seperating. Back to the center of the cage, where both fighters swing and miss. Mizugaki throws an overhand right and misses but catches the champ with a knee to the head when he ducks. Torres complains of a knee to the groin, but the fight continues. Mizugaki lands a nice right and a subsequent left and then clinches and briefly takes Torres to the mat. Back standing, Torres lands a stiff left jab, but the next one is countered with a stiff shot from Mizugaki. Torres goes high with a kick that connects, but Mizugaki shakes it off. Mizugaki backs up Torres with a lunging right and then lands a nice combo with a shot to the stomach and one to the head. The fighters briefly clinch, and Torres works his jab. Mizugaki counters a leg kick with a stiff right. Torres goes back to the jab but takes a bunch to the body while covering up. Torres partially connects on a high body kic, but Mizugaki backs him up with continued accurate strikes. Mizugaki checks a kick and sends Torres to the mat, but both fighters scramble back to the center of the cage. MMAjunkie.com scores a stategic first round 10-9 for Mizugaki.
Round 2 - Mizugaki misses wildly with an early combination but connects on a nice shot to the body. Mizugaki forces Torres to retreat and knocks him off balance and on his butt. Torres charges in and then whiffs on a spinning back kick. Mizugaki makes him pay with a punch. Back to the center of the cage, and Torres lands a nice combination before clinching with Mizugaki and tagging him with a left from close range. Mizugaki, though, backs up the champ with his own strikes. The fighters reset, and Torres gets through a jab. The fighters trade blows, but Mizugaki gets the better of it with a stiff left to the nose. Mizugaki checks a body kick but eats a couple combos from Torres he may have found his range. A left gets through Mizugaki's defense, and Torres clinches with him against the cage and delivers a knee to the body. Mizugaki returns fire while still in the clinch. Mizugaki lands an uppercut as Torres throws a body kick. The bout is stopped briefly for Mizugaki to get his mouthpiece. The fighters again trade blows, and Torres delivers knees from the clinch. While the crowd cheers, Mizugaki blocks most of the shots. MMAjunkie.com scores a very close round for Torres 10-9.
Round 3 - Both fighters are slow to engage before Mizugaki lands a right hook 20 seconds into the round. Torres connects on a short leg kick, but his body kicks are checked. Torres lands a leg kick, but Mizugaki backs him up with a lugning left. The fighters trade again, and Mizugaki gets the better of it with shots to the head and body before Torres can escape and create some distance. The pace slows as the fighters take the center of the cage, but Mizugaki lands a solid left to the body. Torres counters and snaps his opponent's head back with a counter punch. The referee calls a timeout and has the doctor check a cut above Torres right eye. It's not in a good spot, but the fight continues. The fighters again trade wildly with little landing before Torres backs up his opponent using lunging punches with his reach advantage. Mizugaki clinches agains the cage and tees off with a nice combo and a knee to the face that connects clean. The cut is really bleeding now, and Torres has to wipe the blood from his eye. The pace slows in the final 30 seconds, and neither fighter lands much of anything. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.
Round 4 - Despite the cut, Torres is cleared for round four, and we're underway. Mizugaki lands a lunging left as Torres tries to retreat, and Torres is briefly stunned. He shakes it off and presses forward. He grabs a single le and looks for the takedown, but Mizugaki collapses on top of him before allowing Torres back to his feet. Mizugaki lands a solid right cross to back up his opponent. Torres shoots again for a double-leg takedown, Mizugaki stuffs it, but Torres does some damage with knees to the body as his opponent is pressed against the cage. Some elbows to the face also connect for Torres. Torres lands a combination and may have staggered Mizugaki, but he shakes it off. Torres lands a series of knees to the body, but Mizugaki counters with one to his opponent's face. Torres lands a right forearm to the kisser as Mizugaki remains pinned against the cage. Torres trips to the mat, and the fighters restart in the center of the cage. Torres connects on a left jab and then wobbles Mizugaki with a right. Mizugaki shakes it off but is slow to engage. However, he backs Torres up with a lunging left. Torres closes the distance, but neither fighter does anything in the final 10 seconds of the round. It's another close one, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Torres.
Round 5 - The final and possibly deciding round is underway, and the crowd takes to its feet. A bloodied Torres is forced to retreat when Mizugaki presses forward. Torres clinches and tries to pull guard before he opts to stand and trade. Torres lands a nice combo as Mizugaki has his back to the cage and continues the punishment with elbows and shoulder strikes. Mizugaki gets the better of the next exchange and then checks a head kick and shoves his opponent to the mat. Torres gets back to his feet, and we start again. A stalemate ensues against the cage, and the crowd grows a bit restless. Mizugaki connects first and again shoves Torres to the mat. He allows Torres to get back up and then takes a right punch to the gut. Torres then swarms in and clinches with Mizugaki against the cage. The fighters trade short punches but nothing that will win the round. Torres back up and connects on a few, and back to the center of the cage we go with a minute remaining. Both fighters are tentative, and neither lands much of anything until the fighters trade wildly against the cage with 15 seconds remaining. Another great round in a great fight. Avoiding copping out and calling it a 10-10 round, MMAjunkie.com gives the slight edge to Torres, 10-9. But the fight could go either way. Miguel Torres def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).