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By: Alvin Benjamin Carter III, MMA Torch Specialist
UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2: FACEBOOK PRELIMS BROADCAST
JANUARY 22, 2011
They are also offering four preliminary card fights for free beginning at 7PM ET on Facebook, and by "liking" their page you can access them. But check right back here at MMATorch.com tonight for Jamie Penick's coverage of the fights starting at 9PM ET on Spike!
*** The Facebook prelims are starting a little bit late as the there was about two minutes left in the third round of the previous prelim fight (Charlie Brenneman vs. Amilcar Alves). The last minutes of the match aired along with Alves winning the decision. There was also some "comical comments" from Joe Rogan about someone wearing foot warmers.***
FIGHT ONE (Lightweight): Waylon Lowe vs. Willamy Freire
Freire Feels out with his jab. Lowe, standing in a southpaw stance, rushes in and shoots for the takedown. He pushes Freire to the cage. Lowe lands some decent righ-hands while basing out and keeping Freire down. Freire throws a couple of elbows frmo the bottom, but Lowe keeps pushing Freire around and working his ground and pound. Freire goes for a kimura from guard and Lowe is working ground and pound with is left. Freire almost has the kimura, but not quite. The ref stands them up despite the possiblity of the submission.
Freire throws a head kick, and then Lowe comes back with a big right that knocks down Freire. Lowe ground and pounds from guard, but he does not look like he can capitalize off the knockdown to finish.
Freire comes out with a leg kick that misses. Lowe lands with two big power shots and shoots for a takedown. He pushes Freire comes out with a leg kick that misses. Lowe lands with two big power shots and shoots for a takedown. He pushes Freire to the fence and works for the takedown. Freire lands a high kick, but Lowe takes him down again. Freire throws up a triangle choke and Lowe lifts Freire and slams him down, but Low is still in the triangle choke. He gets out and ground and pounds his way to half guard. Freire gets Lowe back in guard. The ref stands them up. Freire lands a low kick. Lowe looks tired. He takes Freire down again with ease.
They both pump jabs. Nothing connects. Lowe lands a combo, but his pretty much blocked by Freire. Freire throws a body kick and a straight right. Freire throws a high kick and then Lowe shoots and Freire stuffs it. Lowe shoots again and stuffs again. Lowe is on his knees slipping punches to bait Freire. He then shoots to take down Freire but Freire ends up in mount after the scramble. Lowe gets him in half guard. Freire is landing elbows and fists to the face. Lowe gets up and takes Freire down. Freire is going for the kimura from guard like he did in round one. He still works for the kimura, as Lowe lays on him and stalls rarely throwing anything with his left hand. The bell rings.
WINNER: Waylond Lowe via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Fight Rating: ** There was not a whole lot to this fight as far as excitement goes, and it was strange to se the ref stand up the fighters while one was actively working for a submission. The story of this fight was Lowe's wrestling. His gas tank was low, but he did what he had to do to get the first two rounds.
Fight 2 (Featherweight): Mike Brown vs. Rani Yahya
Brown stalks and Yahya throws to kicks early. Yayha throws a spinning back kick. After a pair of leg kicks, Brown lands a big shot, but Yayha gets back up. Yayha shoots and they scramble. Yayha presses Brown to the cage and works to secure the takedown. Brown holds tight and is looking for his guillotine. Yayha looks for side control and Brown moves to butterfly guard. Yayha goes for an arm in guillotine, but Brown gets out. Brown is back up to his feet, and Yayha almost gets his back. Yayha gets him down and pushes Brown to the cage. Brown lands an elbow, but Yayha moves him to the cage. He takes Browns back, and then the bell rings.
Brown comes with a jab. Yahya comes in throws a body shot and a leg kick. Bron trows a big right hand. They work to the cage, and Yahya goes for a flying guillotine. Brown stands while Yahya is up on Brown working for the choke. Brown slams down and avoids the choke. He lands in Yahya guard and he works had ground and pound. Yahya gets under and sweeps Brown and then gets up. Yahya goes for the guillotine again. They dis engadge and Yahya lands a jab. Brown throws a right and Yahya slips. They clinch and Brown pushes Yahya to the cage. Yahya struggles for wrist control. Brown is stalking, but he has slowed down a bit. Yahya shoots and Brown sprawls. Brown attempts a darce choke. The bell rings.
Yahya shoots in and backs Brown up to the cage. Brown goes down momentarily, but he is back to his feet. Yahya slides through and they lock up. Yahya takes Brown down and gets side control. He ends up in Browns half guard. Yahya is working ground and pound and throwing elbows to the legs. Yahya takes his back and gets a hook in. Brown tries to spin so he will wind up in guard. but no dice. Yahya puts on a body triangle. Yahya has his back and rides him with the body triangle and pounds out Brown. Yahya pulls back on his face for the rear naked choke, but he does not have hte neck. He lets go and rides Brown's back with the body triangle again and Brown takes some big shots from Yahya. The ref stands them up because Yahya hit Brown in the back of the head. Yahya shoots in and Brown ends up almost taking Yahya back. Yahya ties up a leg, and then Brown gets it out. Yahya sweeps and gets Brown on his back. The round ends with Yahya on top.
Winner: Yahya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
Fight Rating: **+ Yahya was impressive. He neutralized Mike Browns power with sheer skill. Brown was a tough opponent that could not be finished in this outing, but there are some grappling holes that Brown needs to address. But, to Brown's credit he was on the ground with one of the best BJJ players out there.
Fight 3 Welterweight: DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Guymon
Guymon throws a leg kick and then shoots in. They lock up on the cage and Johnson takes him down and lands in side control. Johnson side rides him, but Guymon gets him to half guard. Now in full guard Johnson tries to pass while controlling Johnson's wrist. He throws some right hands to the head of Guymon. Johhson moves to side control and then full mount. He takes Guymon back and gets both hooks in. Johnson goes to use his left leg to tie up Guymon's arm, and then locks a body triangle on. Johnson flattens out Guymon and arches up on his back and before he could land a shot, Guymon verbally taps out and Johnson checks with the ref.
Winner: DaMarques Johnson via Body Triangle
Post Fight: Joe Rogan asks Johnson why he looks upset, and Johnson replies that the win was like "foreplay with no orgasm." Johnson apologies, and Rogan gives Johnson credit.
Fight Rating: *** Guymon tapped just from the proper execution of Johnson's triangle. You could hear Joe Rogan say you could see his rib sticking out in his back after when Guymon was rolling in pain. Then they feed broke up and appeared Guyman was standing. I am not sure of the severity of his injury, but the fact of the matter is Johnson fished him with what is often one part of getting a submission. Usually, a rear naked attempt follows the back mounted body triangle.
Fight 4 (Lightweight): Cody McKenzie vs. Yves Edwards
McKenzie comes out fast with his hands and pushes for a takedown. Edwards tries to stuff the takedown. McKenzie gets him down momentarily, but Edwards gets back up. McKenzie shoots and Edwards sprawls and lands on top. They are on their feet and McKenzie shoots again and stands up with Edwards' leg. He gets his foot out and McKenzie throws a kick. McKenzie eats a tough leg kick form Edwards. Edwards works his jab. McKenzie attempts a head kick and slips to the mat. McKenzie shoots and Edwards sprawls hard. Back on the feet, McKenzie throws a kick. Edwards is blocking, and McKenzie keeps coming with combos. McKenzie shoots and Edwards ends up mounting him. McKenzie goes for a body triangle from behind. Edwards gets up. McKenzie ducks an uppercut. Edwards stuffs McKenzie, and then McKenzie gets him down for a second. Edwards gets up and they engage as the bell rings.
They both work combos, and then Edwards lands some shots to the head while pushing back. He throws a head kick. McKenzie throws a hook. Edwards is out striking McKenzie on the feet and McKenzie shoots. He gets Edwards down and he takes his back as Edwards stands up. McKenzie goes for the rear naked choke, but Edwards telephones and spins. McKenzie ends up in side control. McKenzie takes the back and lands some shots. He has a body lock on Edwards and is pound Edwards out. Edwards works to defend and McKenzie lost the body triangle. The ref gets to his feet, and McKenzie drags Edwards back down and works to get a hook in. Edward sweeps, mounts, and goes for ground and pound. McKenzie gives up his back. Edwards locks in the rear naked choke and McKenzie refuses to tap. He puts McKenzie out cold!!! The ref stops it.
Winner: Yves Edwards via Rear Naked Choke
Post Fight: Rogan asks Edwards how does it feel to get a guy with his own move, and Edwards says it's good to get a choke artist with a choke. Edwards talks about being accepted by America and thanks the troops. He asks America at home to call and donate money.
Post Fight ***+ This was an interesting fight. McKenzie looked like he studied the drunken monk style of stand up, but his ground game was proving more effective than many might have thought it would against Edwards. Edwards being a vet saw a mistake and exploited it handing McKenzie his first lost. McKenzie should not feel too bad about his overall performance seeing how he lost to someone who has won 3x more than McKenzie has fought all together.
The Facebook format worked well. There is some down time seeing how production is not as important during prelims, but those were a great set of FREE fights from the UFC. We also got to hear more about raising moment for the troops which is the point.
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