The UFC was back with a free card on FOX last night with a lineup that many would argue was superior to a handful of their PPV offerings thus far in 2012. Headlined by light heavyweight legend Mauricio Rua mixing it up with Brandon Vera, the show also featured a co-headlining clash between Rua’s fellow former champion Lyoto Machida taking on TUF winner Ryan Bader with Joe Lauzon-Jamie Varner and Mike Swick-DaMarques Johnson making up the rest of the network-bound card.
The evening was full of action with every bout on the main card resulting in some form of finish and only two decisions total at the entire event. Machida and Rua came away with their hands raised due to strike-based stoppages with each delivering an impressive beatdown of their respective opponents, while Swick returned after an extended absence to flatten Johnson and Lauzon improved his remarkable stat of having finishes 22 of the 22 opponents he’s beaten.
Read below for a rundown of UFC on FOX 4 results:
John Moraga def. Ulysses Gomez via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Manny Gamburyan def. Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision
Phil De Fries def. Oli Thompson via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Rani Yahya def. Josh Grispi via Submission Round 1 (North-South Choke)
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado – No Contest (Eye Poke)
Nam Phan def. Cole Miller via Split Decision
Mike Swick def. DaMarques Johnson via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Joe Lauzon def. Jamie Varner via Submission Round 2 (Triangle Choke)
Lyoto Machida def. Ryan Bader via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Mauricio Rua def. Brandon Vera via TKO Round 4 (Strikes)