Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Shields is a former Strikeforce, EliteXC and Shooto champion who badly needs an impressive performance here after a series of underwhelming performances following his UFC welterweight title loss to Georges St. Pierre. Tyron Woodley is a rising star coming off a spectacular UFC debut. A win here would be the most high profile of his career.
Round 1. Shields throws some light leg kicks. Shields grabs a leg and looks for a takedown but Woodley prevents it. They clinch against the cage and exchange knees. They separate and Shields goes back to work with light leg kicks. Shields goes for another takedown with a minute left in the round. They clinch for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Shields.
Round 2. Shields again is more active with leg kicks. Woodley nearly misses with an overhand right. Woodley for whatever reason, perhaps not wanting to be taken down, has been really inactive thus far in the fight. Shields connects with so little power but Woodley is doing nothing in response. They clinch next to the cage and exchange knees. Shields looks for a takedown but doesn't come close. They separate and Shields clinches again. The crowd boos. 10-9 Shields.
Round 3. Shields throws a few light jabs and light kicks. Woodley responds by doing nothing. They clinch again. "They're not doing a vicious amount of damage," opines Joe Rogan. The sun is kind of hot, retorts Copernicus. Woodley lands a nice right on the separation. Woodley connects with a spinning backfist. Shields clinches again. They separate. Shields goes back to work with light jabs and light leg kicks. Shields has a takedown stuffed. Woodley opens up with a few hard punches at the fight mercifully comes to an end. 10-9 Woodley, 29-28 Shields. What a dreadful fight.
Winner: Jake Shields, split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Barry is one of the UFC's most exciting fighters, an excellent kickboxer with big power and a very likeable personality. Jordan is a former LSU football player who is 2-1 in the UFC with a well rounded game.
Round 1. Barry throws a head kick early but it is blocked. Barry lands a nice straight right punch. Jordan connects with a pair of hard uppercuts. Barry is dropped and Jordan swarms on him. Jordan lands a series of punches and Barry just covers up. The referee finally stops the fight.
Winner: Shawn Jordan, TKO, round 1.
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Davis is one of the world's best 135 pound female fighters, making her UFC debut. Her greatest strength is her ground game. Sexton has a unique background, as she has a PhD and practices osteopathy in addition to her MMA career.
Round 1. Sexton, who usually fights in the 125 pound division, looks distinctly smaller than Davis. They move to the center of the cage and begin exchanging wild hooks. Davis moves Sexton against the cage and lands some knees. They separate and Sexton connects with a left hook and a right hook. Sexton ducks down for a takedown but Davis blocks it. A scramble ensues and Sexton gets top position. Davis looks for a triangle choke submission from the bottom. Sexton lands punches from the top while Davis continues to cinch up the hold. Davis eventually gives it up and Sexton keeps landing big punches. Davis looks for the triangle again as Sexton keeps landing punches. Tough round to score. 10-9 Sexton.
Round 2. Sexton clinches and looks for a takedown. Sexton gets her down and into half guard position. Davis nicely reverses into top position. She is active from the top landing punches. Sexton finally works to stand up and Davis grabs a choke attempt in the process. Davis can't get her arm under Sexton's chin but takes Sexton's back and lands punches to the side of the head. 10-9 Davis.
Round 3. They start the round exchanging looping punches. Davis shoots for a takedown but Sexton blocks it. Sexton takes top position but Davis uses a threatened attack on the leg to take Sexton's back. Davis secures a body triangle and looks for a rear naked choke submission. Sexton gets out and ends up in top position. She lands some punches from the top. Davis looks to stand up but in the struggle she is able to regain top position. Davis lands some light punches to the stomach and stands up. 10-9 Davis, 29-28 Davis.
Winner: Alexis Davis, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28).
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Jimmo rode into his last fight on a 17 fight win streak but lost solidly to James Te Huna. Pokrajac is an inconsistent fighter who has some impressive UFC wins and some lackluster UFC losses.
Round 1. Jimmo lands a leg kick at the start. Pokrajac pushes in with punches and they clinch. They separate and Pokrajac charges in again. He ducks down and looks for a takedown. He doesn't get it and they're separated. Pokrajac goes back to the clinch. They separate again. And clinch again. Upon separation, Pokrajac lands a big right hand that is the best shot of the fight thus far. They return to the clinch. 10-9 Pokrajac.
Round 2. Jimmo drops Pokrajac with a punch and looks to finish the fight. Pokrajac is able to survive and get back up, but Jimmo takes him down and takes top position. Jimmo works passively from the top, occasionally landing punches while Pokrajac just covers up on the bottom. Jimmo lands some elbows. As Jimmo postures up, Pokrajac lands a nice upkick. Jimmo moves into side control. He holds it until the end of the round. 10-9 Jimmo.