For the second time this year, Zuffa held back to back fight nights courtesy of UFC on FX 4 and UFC 147.
Both events had exciting moments, but were generally underwhelming for the most part.
UFC on FX 4
Cub Swanson impressed in the opening fight of the night, using his striking skills to defeat Ross Pearson via second round knockout.
The win marks two in a row for Swanson and will propel him into the deeper end of competition in the featherweight division.
T.J Waldburger came out on fire, nearly stopping Ebersole, but it was the relentless pace and never give up attitude that pushed his foe through. In the second and third rounds, Ebersole used his top control and striking advantage to pull ahead and take a unanimous decision.
Sam Stout finished his trilogy with Spencer Fisher in what was an exciting affair. Stout was expected to have the advantage on the feet, but ended up having to use his wrestling at times to avoid difficult situations. In the end, Stout was able to defeat Fisher and force “The King” into retirement.
In the main event, the highly anticipated Clay Guida versus Gray Maynard bout proved disappointing. A strategy of running and avoiding by Guida frustrated Maynard, who came to brawl. It was a constant chase with no real payoff for Maynard, other than the fact he was able to take a narrow split decision in a less than thrilling bout.
Bonuses – $50,000
Fight of the Night: Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
Knockout of the Night: Cub Swanson
Submission of the Night: Dan Miller
Ricardo Lamas def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ramsey Nijem def. C.J. Keith via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:29
Rick Story def. Brock Jardine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Steven Siler def. Joey Gambino via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:47
Chris Camozzi def. Nick Catone via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 3, 1:51
Matt Brown def. Luis Ramos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:20
Dan Miller def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 3:12
Ken Stone def. Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Hacran Dias and Iuri Alcantara started the night off in what for many may have been the most anticipated fight of a lacklustre card. The two Brazilian prospects put on an entertaining show, but it was Dias who proved superior. The win runs his record to 21-1-1
Fabricio Werdum continued to prove his striking is evolving at a rapid pace, annihilating Mike Russow in quick fashion. It took all of 2:28 for Werdum to finish off the Chicago police officer.
In the Ultimate Fighter Brazil Featherweight final, Rony Mariano Bezerra def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision in a less than thrilling bout. Cezar Ferreira followed up in the middleweight final, defeating Sergio Moraes via similar unanimous decision.
In the 190lb. catch weight main event, Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva put on an entertaining five round fight that saw both have their moments.
After losing the first round, Silva stormed Franklin in the second nearly finishing him as the round came to a close. Unfortunately for fans of “The Axe Murderer”, Silva seemed to have little left after the hurried pace of the second as Franklin cruised to a unanimous 49-46 decision. Franklin’s improved foot work and fast hand speed were definite factors in his victory.
Bonuses – $65,000
Fight of the Night: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Knockout of the Night: Marcos “Vina” Vinicius
Submission of the Night: Rodrigo Damm
Rodrigo Damm def. Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:12
Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo def. Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:21
Hugo “Wolverine” Viana def. John “Macapa” Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo def. Leonarda “Macarrao” Mafra via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:41
Marcos “Vina” Vinicius def. Wagner “Galeto” Campos via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:04
Felipe Arantes and Milton Vieira fight to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)