Junior Dos Santos sends Frank Mir reeling in the second round of their UFC… (Julie Jacobson / Associated…)
UFC 146 takes place Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, headlined by a UFC heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir. Dos Santos will look to defend the title for the first time, while Mir will attempt to become UFC champion for a third time. The card is unique, the first time UFC has run a pay-per-view card comprised entirely of heavyweight fights.
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Brown is the former #1 fighter at 145 pounds, but at 36 years old and having lost four of his last seven, his future at the UFC level is very much in question. Pineda is 10 years Brown's junior and has won seven fights in a row including two in the UFC. Oddsmakers have this as a pick 'em fight.
Round 1. Brown lands the best initial blows of the fight, a pair of overhand rights. Pineda staggers Brown with a couple straight punches and Brown responds by taking Pineda to the ground. Pineda powers up and takes top position. Pineda lands a few punches before Brown stands back up. Brown lands a nice knee and a punch, then backs up and returns to fighting at a distance. Pineda goes for a takedown but after a scramble Brown ends up on top. Very close round. 10-9 Brown.
Round 2. The round begins with a wild flurry. Each man wings big hooks and each man lands good shots in the process. Pineda takes Brown down. Brown gets up and slams Pineda down. Brown lands in north/south position and postures into side control. Pineda uses a beautiful sweep to lift Brown off him and looks for a guillotine choke. Against the cage, Brown takes over with heavy punches and knees to the head and body. That's the best offense of the fight by either fighter but Pineda answers and Brown backs off. Brown takes Pineda down and drops some elbows and punches down for the final minute and a half of the round. Pineda does open up a cut on Brown with an elbow. Clearly, this was Brown's round. He's taking over the fight. 10-9 Brown.
Round 3. Brown drops Pineda with a knee to the body and goes to work with ground and pound from the top. Pineda is able to smoothly work around Brown from the bottom and take his back. Pineda secures a body triangle and throws some punches to the side of the head of the Brown while looking for a rear naked choke. Brown is able to defend the RNC for the remainder of the round. Another close round. 10-9 Pineda, 29-28 Brown.
Winner: Mike Brown, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Teixeira is a well traveled and highly respected veteran of the sport, having compiled a 17-2 MMA record with wins over five UFC veterans. This is his long awaited UFC debut. Kingsbury is an Ultimate Fighter veteran with a big fan following out of his native San Jose.
Round 1. Teixeira drops Kingsbury with an uppercut. Teixeira looks to finish on the ground and immediately moves into mount position. He begins dropping down heavy punches and elbows. Teixeira grabs an arm triangle choke and Kingsbury is forced to submit.
Winner: Glover Teixeira, submission, round 1.
Jacob Volkmann vs. "Sassy" Paul Sass
Volkmann is a powerful, control oriented wrestler with five straight wins in the UFC over tough competition. He has also attracted some negative attention from the Secret Service for directing repeated insults at President Barack Obama following recent fights. The undefeated Brit Sass has an undeveloped overall MMA game but is extremely dangerous with submissions, having submitted 11 opponents in compiling a 12-0 record.
Round 1. Volkmann takes Sass down and grabs Sass's neck from the bottom. Sass avoids trouble and looks for an omoplata. Volkmann avoids trouble and moves back into Sass's guard. Sass locks up a triangle choke with an armbar and Volkmann submits.
Winner: Paul Sass, submission, round 1.
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Hardy is a popular British slugger with an exciting style but he has lost four straight fights in the UFC to consistently excellent opposition. His most high profile bout was against Georges St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 111. Hardy badly needs a win to keep his UFC career alive. Ludwig is a high level technical kickboxer who fought for the first time in UFC almost ten years ago. In spite of very good striking, his chin has often been his Achilles' heel.
Round 1. Ludwig lands a nice hook that stuns Hardy and a couple knees to the body. Hardy immediately clinches and pushes Ludwig against the Octagon. Hardy eventually backs away and connects with a pair of left hooks to the chin of Ludwig. Ludwig answers with a head kick that glances off Hardy. Hardy goes for a takedown but eats a series of knees to the head in the process. Hardy drops Ludwig with a left hook. He backs off momentarily as if to celebrate but then dives in and drops a few elbows to finish the fight.
Winner: Dan Hardy, KO, round 1.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway