UFC 123 Results - Rampage Edges Out Machida, Penn KOs Hughes
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
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NON-TELEVISED PRELIM FIGHTS:
Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz
Referee Herb Dean announces the first fight launching UFC 123. Round one begins. Griffin takes a kick to the body by Lentz. Lentz shoots in and secures an immediate takedown on Griffin. Both men are now in position for ground game. Lentz passes to side but Griffin gets out and stands up. Lentz shoots in for another takedown and Lentz attempts a guillotine to no avail. Griffin unsuccesfully tries to slam Lentz. Quick scramble leaving Griffin on top. Lentz is able to get back to his feet with Griffin trying to keep him on the ground. Lentz is unable to break free and is forced to fight off several takedown attempts by Griffin while standing in the clinch. Crowd grows relentless. Another takedown and Lentz gets back to his feet. Lentz lands a nice body kick to end the round.
Lentz and Griffin circle one another opening round two. Lentz goes high with a kick that misses Griffin. The fighters collide with combos. Lentz shoots with a single leg, putting Griffin against the cage. Griffin circles out. The crowd grows relentless once again. Griffin with severak short punches. Lentz is knocked off balance as he thwos a kick. Griffin misses a right hook. Lentz presses Griffin up against the cage and mounts him. Griffin quickly returns to his feet. Lentz with a strong right. Griffin goes for a single leg drag-takedown. Lentz locks in a guillotine as Griffin takes him to the mat. Lentz works butterfly guard, putting his back against the cage to return to his feet. Round slows. Lentz tries to return to his feet in the last 10 seconds of the round. Griffin slams Lentz ending round two.
Lentz takes two hits early in round three. Griffin leaves Lentz staggering around the ring. Lentz stays in the pocket and starts thowing punches back before giving up a takedown with Griffin landing in his half guard. Lentz attempts an armbar, Griffin slides out. Lentz works butterfly guard again and is pressed into the cage. Griffin drags Lentz to center ring. Lentz gets back up as Griffin locks in a guillotine. Lentz slams him down, all-the-while Griffin hangs onto the choke. Lentz finally escapes and is working elbows from the top on the ground. Lentz grabs hold of an arm and is squeezing for all he's got. They work back to their feet and slug it out. Lentz gets one final takedown as the round - and the fight - comes to an end.
Nik Lentz def. Tyson Griffin via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) after 3 Rounds.