UFC on Fox 4 Recap: Shogun vs. Vera
Did you miss UFC on Fox 4 ? Keep reading for the results of the stacked night of fights.
Brandon Vera may have lost to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the 4th round of this main event, but it was “The Truth” who looked like he really wanted the win. Rua appeared fatigued a bit in the latter rounds, and struggled to keep up with Vera’s pace. However, he landed a left hook in the fourt round, and followed it up with ground and pound before the referee stepped in to stop the bout.
Machida not only defeated Ryan Bader via knockout 1:32 into the second round of the light heavyweight tilt, he also won a shot at the winner of Henderson-Jones. The “Dragon” looked sharp, utilizing his trademarked counterpunches and kicks to keep the ASU wrestler at bay before finishing the fight, handing Bader his first KO loss with a short right counterpunch and somewhat unnecessary follow-up punches.
J-Lau made a successful comeback after suffering from a loss to Anthony Pettis in his last bout. Varner came out strong in the first stanza, coming forward with heavy strikes, knocking the Boston fighter to the ground, easily defending an armbar attempt and finishing the round off with some knees to the body. Lauzon came out stronger in the second period, escaping a guillotine attempt, momentarily securing back mount and pushing forward to take the fight to the ground on two occasions. Lauzon secured back mount again at the end of the round, although Varner managed to escape. In the third round, Varner made a mistake by scoring a takedown, giving Lauzon a chance to work his stellar submission game. Lauzon ended up getting a triangle choke, winning the bout at 2:44 in the final round. The bout won Fight of the Night, and Lauzon also won Submission of the Night for this scrap.
Mike Swick was not without ring rust in his first time back in the cage since February 2010, and he looked rough in the first round. He ate a big elbow, took some extensive ground and pound, and Johnson attempted both a rear-naked choke and D’arce choke. But in the second round, Swick managed to catch Johnson’s kick and land a takedown, followed by a right hand and a few more right hands too many. He wins the fight by second round KO, 1:20 into the round, as well as Knockout of the Night.
Although his history involves ending up on the wrong side of decisions, Phan deservedly got the nod from 2 out of 3 judges in his bout against Cole Miller. Phan gained an edge by utilizing his precision striking and combinations to land more significant strikes in the bout.
In the most disappointing moment of the night of fights, Phil Davis accidentally pokes Wagner Prado in the eye. The doctor called a stoppage to the bout, which is called a no-contest.
Rani Yahya used his extensive submission skills to defeat Josh Grispi, landing a nice north/south choke 3:15 into the first round in what was a significant upset for the Brazilian fighter.
After an uneventful first round, De Fries pressed forward with punches which rock Thompson. Thompson manages to recover and stand again, landing some strikes and a knee before transitioning to the clinch. Then De Fries takes his back and lands a rear-naked choke at 4:16 in the second stanza.
Power MMA and MMA lab representative John Moraga showcased his striking game when he defeated the former two-time Tachi champion with standing elbows and punches. He won the fight by knockout in just 3:46 in the first round in a very successful UFC debut.