Just a day before what was supposed to be UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story one of the oddest events in MMA occurred as Nate Marquardt was not medically cleared to fight and subsequently released from the UFC. Emerging victoriously from the shadows of the Marquardt situation, the newly titled UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry; brought down the house.
The Facebook preliminary card opened the night with two of the three event bonuses, along with three first round stoppages. It also had one of the biggest referee blunders too as Chip Snider missed a game changing illegal knee by Charles Oliveira against Nik Lentz. Oliveira went only to submit Lentz after the knee but expect the fight to be ruled a no contest after the commission reviews it.
The main card on Versus opened with Matt Mitrione showing Christian Morecraft just how hard he punches in the second round. The next two bouts were back to back upsets as Matt Brown and Charlie Brenneman took unanimous decision wins over the betting favorites. The night was concluded with a main event between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry that ended with one of the biggest comebacks that had everyone speechless.
What started out as an event clouded with mystery around Nate Marquardt turned best card on Versus by the UFC and one hell of a free event. Check out the night’s complete results below:
155 lbs.: Edward Faaloloto vs. Michael Johnson – Michael Johnson by 1st rd. TKO
145 lbs.: Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas – Ricardo Lamas by 1st rd. TKO
155 lbs.: Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira – Charles Oliveira by 2nd rd. Submission (Rear Naked choke) [Fight of the Night]
170 lbs.: Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts – Rich Attonito by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)
155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton – Joe Lauzon by 1st rd. Submission (Kimura) [Submission of the Night]
145 lbs.: Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez – Javier Vazquez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
145 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin – Tyson Griffin by Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
265 lbs.: Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft – Matt Mitrione by 2nd rd. KO
170 lbs.: Matt Brown vs. John Howard – Matt Brown by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story – Charlie Brenneman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry – Cheick Kongo by 1st rd. KO [KO of the Night]
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