The UFC has once again returned to Montreal and appears ready to heat up the wintry conditions with a card featuring fan-favorite Georges St. Pierre defending his championship against trash-talking rival Josh Koscheck and a slew of other interesting match-ups.
Join Five Ounces of Pain at approximately 7:30 PM EST for a list of live results as they unfold from the Bell Centre.
In addition to the welterweight title bout at UFC 124, those in attendance and watching at home will also have an opportunity to see Ultimate Fighter season-champs Mac Danzig and Joe Stevenson locking horns in the Octagon, as well as highly touted lightweights Jim Miller and Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira mixing it up in hopes of moving up the 155-pound ranks.
Also interesting, for the first time in promotional history, Dana White is letting fans vote on the event’s “Fight of the Night”.
Read below for a rundown of UFC 124 results as unveiled thus far:
John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood via Unanimous Decision
Ricardo Almeida def. T.J. Grant via Unanimous Decision
Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Rafael Natal – Draw
Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen via Split Decision
Thiago Alves vs. John Howard
Round One: Alves lands a few early shots but nothing too solid. Howard decides to go in for a takedown but is stuffed and ultimately eats a nice punch from Alves shortly thereafter. Alves and Howard lock up with the “Pitbull” getting the advantage and scoring a takedown of his own. He works from half-guard but the two eventually scramble and end up back on their feet. Alves lands a stiff jab, then follows it up with an audible leg-kick and flying knee. Howard eats the damage and keeps working. Round ends with Howard limping slightly towards his corner. Alves definitely delivered the better stand-up and takes the frame 10-9.
Round Two: Second stanza starts out with more of the same. Alves lands a few leg-kicks to keep working on Howard’s left limb but other than that nothing too significant happens while standing. Alves shoots in and scores a takedown after working hard to procure it. Ends up in half-guard again, though Howard defends well enough to make it back into full guard. Alves continues to work from the top, dropping a few hammer-fists, elbows, and punches in the process. Round ends with him on top. 10-9 once again for Alves.
Round Three: Howard comes out swinging but can’t connect. Alves counters and drops him with a straight right but “Doomsday” gets back to the standing position shortly thereafter. The two clinch against the cage, then separate and continue to exchange strikes for the remainder of the fight. Alves wins the round, and should win the fight, based on superior technique and speed.
Winner – Thiago Alves def. John Howard via Unanimous Decision
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
Round One: Both former TUF winners seem interested in standing. Little offense lands other than a front-kick from Danzig. Stevenson comes in to throw a punch, but Danzig steps back and lands a perfectly placed counter left hook that sends “Joe Daddy” face first into the canvas. Danzig springs forward to attack but the referee stops things, as Stevenson is clearly done for the evening.
Winner – Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson via Knockout Round 1
Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Round One: Oliveira comes out throwing a few head kicks and attempts an unsuccessful single-leg takedown before Miller presses him up against the cage and drags him down to the mat. “Do Bronx” attacks from the bottom, throwing up his legs and nearly locking in both an Armbar and a Triangle Choke. Oliveira decides to go after one of Miller’s legs, but the New Jersey native reaches into his bag of BJJ tricks and secures a Kneebar of his own. Oliveira taps and loses for the first time in his career.
Winner – Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira via Submission Round 1 (Kneebar)
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle
Round One: In a somewhat surprising move after the amount of trash-talk between Struve and McCorkle, the two heavyweights touch gloves before the fight begins. Struve lands a nice shot early but McCorkle responds by ducking down, then scooping the “Skyscraper” up and slamming him. McCorkle locks in a Kimura from half-guard but can’t finish it before Struve escapes. McCorkle stays on top for a bit with Struve attempting an unsuccessful Armbar. Struve eventually attempts a Kimura from the bottom, then sweeps McCorkle and ends up in full mount. The 6’11 Dutchman drops a nice elbow, then follows it up with a few punches. McCorkle rolls over, absorbs some more ground-and-pound damage, and appears to be done. Referee rushes in to stop things and we have another first-round finish!
Winner – Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle via TKO Round 1
Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
Round One: St. Pierre stalks Koscheck early and lands a stiff jab. Shoots in and gets an early takedown, though Koscheck is able to use the fence to wall-walk back to his feet. GSP hits him with more jabs which are starting to leave their traces on Koscheck’s face. “Rush” attempts a takedown but Koscheck stuffs it and fires back with a knee. St. Pierre flicks Koscheck with more jabs and is almost landing them at will. Koscheck goes for a takedown towards the end of the round and, after a lot of effort, finally gets GSP onto his back. No real damage done as the round ends easily in St. Pierre’s favor (10-9). In-between rounds the camera pans to Koscheck’s face and his right eye is significantly swollen five minutes into the fight.
Round Two: Things open up with Koscheck keeping a bit more distance though still showing a willingness to engage. However, St. Pierre continues to come out ahead in the striking department and lands a variety of Superman Punches, jabs, and leg kicks. The welterweight champ tries to take advantage of his opponent’s still-swelling eye and throws a couple high-kicks. Koscheck fires back with a nice uppercut finding its mark but eats a few more shots as a result. Another round clearly goes to GSP.
Round Three: A similar start to the prior rounds, as St. Pierre lands a plethora of strikes with Koscheck occasionally answering. “Rush” shoots in for a takedown but Koscheck backs up to the fence and defends. The two clinch for awhile, exchanging positions against the cage, and then separate. More stand-up favoring GSP before they tie up and go back to the fence. They split shortly afterwards and strike again for the remainder of the bout. All St. Pierre thus far. Doctor checks Koscheck’s eye and contemplates stopping things but “Kos” wants to fight. And the championship rounds are here!
Round Four: St. Pierre starts out with a few kicks and then gets a big takedown. He goes for Koscheck’s back but the AKA-trained fighter is able to avoid the position and scrambles to his feet. They return to the mat a few seconds later with Koscheck attempting to grab one of St. Pierre’s legs for a submission attempt but failing. The two end up against the fence with St. Pierre landing a few knees, then backing away to continue his stand-up domination. The champ catches Koscheck with a nice counter-left, then opens up over the last minutes with a number of combos. Clearly 4-0 on the round-front for St. Pierre at this point.
Round Five: Koscheck’s eye is completely swollen shut now. He attempts a weak takedown early in the fifth and completely whiffs. The two stand-up again with GSP continuing to come out ahead. St. Pierre presses Koscheck up against the cage before dragging him down. Koscheck pops up, then gets pulled back to the mat. He tries to get Koscheck’s back but “Kos” springs up. More dominance from St. Pierre for the rest of the fight, and to the surprise of no one wins the fight by way of Unanimous Decision (5-0).
Winner – Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck via Unanimous Decision