The card was headlined by Chris Lytle, competing in his last bout ever, against a former title challenger in desperate need of a victory, Dan Hardy. Lytle and Hardy banged it out for nearly three full rounds until “The Outlaw” broke from the norm and went for an ill-fated takedown resulting in a Guillotine Choke.
In the co-main event, top lightweights did battle as Jim Miller had his hopes for a title-shot dashed by former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson. “Bendo” was in fine form as he defended against Miller’s multiple submission attempts, nearly finishing the 27-year old Northeasterner himself with a Rear-Naked Choke in the finale frame, and did enough damage with strikes to earn the Unanimous Decision nod.
Read below for complete results of the evening’s action:
Edwin Figueroa def. Jason Reinhardt via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Jacob Volkmann def. Danny Castillo via Unanimous Decision
Cole Miller def. T.J. O’Brien via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Jim Hettes def. Alex Caceres via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Ronny Markes def. Karlos Vemola via Unanimous Decision
Ed Herman def. Kyle Noke via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Joseph Benavidez def. Eddie Wineland via Unanimous Decision
Jared Hamman def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah
Round One: Amir the aggressor early but Ludwig standing and countering. They both grab the thai clinch and trade knees to the body. Ludwig winning the exchanges and putting together better combinations. Ludwig really landing the right straight. Ludwig rocks Amir with a left hook and then stuffs the takedown. Ludwig is putting it on Amir with hooks to the body and straight punches to the body. Amir trying to hang with him and use leg kicks but for every one strike he lands, Ludwig lands two or three. Great first round for Ludwig. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ludwig.
Round Two: Amir continues to use kicks but Ludwig keeps returning fire with hard punches right on the chin. Ludwig is landing the counter left hook almost at will. Another big left hook rocks Amir. Amir trying hard for a takedown but Ludwig showing great takedown defense and punishing Amir with knees when he clinches. Ludwig tried a takedown but Amir sprawled and got up. Amir’s face is taking a beating at the hands of Ludwig. Another strong round for Ludwig. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ludwig.
Round Three: Amir comes out aggressive with strikes and tries a takedown but Ludwig once again stuffs it. Amir is landing the inside leg kick all day but it’s not effective compared to the punches of Ludwig. Amir lands a front kick to the face of Ludwig and Ludwig just smiles. Amir doing a much better job this round landing strikes and taking less punishment. Both men landing some hard punches in this round. Ludwig gets a late takedown and ends up on top as the round ends. Close final round but we’ll give it to Amir based on aggressiveness and damage. Ludwig should win the fight though. Very good TV opener. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Amir but the fight 29-28 for Ludwig.
Result: Duane Ludwig def. Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision
Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira
Round One: Oliveira landing a good left but Cerrone firing back with leg kicks. Oliveira happy to trade leg kicks though. Cerrone lands a cup kick, which causes a break, but Oliveira fights on. Cerrone finishing his combos with leg kicks. Big straight right by Cerrone. Body shot by Cerrone followed by a knee drops Oliveira. Cerrone stands over Oliveira and rains down punches until the ref steps in to stop the fight. Very impressive performance by Cerrone.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Charles Oliveira via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Due to technical difficulties, I can only offer a fight recap of the last two fights instead of round by round recaps. Apologies.
Jim Miller vs. Benson Henderson
Fight Recap: In the first round, Miller attacked and went for a lot of submissions off his back with Henderson defending. It was a close round and depending on how you score fights, could have gone eiher way. The second round was more of the same although Henderson did more damage with elbows on top and Miller’s submission attempts slowed. The third round was almost all Henderson. He battered Miller from the top position with elbows and almost finished him with a rear naked choke. An absolutely outstanding performance by Henderson, who should take the decision.
Result: Ben Henderson def. Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle
Fight Recap: In the first round, Lytle landed some very good over the top punches that found the chin of Hardy more often than not. He also tagged the body of Hardy with ripping body shots. Hardy tried to land the counter left hook but that’s about the only success he had. In the second round, Hardy rocked Lytle twice with punches but Lytle kept coming with body shots and overhand punches. Close round but Lytle landed more, despite getting wobbled a couple of times. It was more of the same in the third round with Lytle throwing bombs and Hardy countering. Hardy went for a late takedown but Lytle grabbed a guillotine, mounted Hardy, and forced Hardy to tap out. A great swan song for Chris Lytle.
Result: Chris Lytle def. Dan Hardy via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)