ANTHONY JOHNSON VS. JOSH KOSCHECK
Round 1 – The night's co-headliner is underway. Johnson paws a jab and throws a soft leg kick. Koscheck lands a right that seems to have stunned Johnson briefly. Johnson with an inside leg kick. Johnson misses with the head kick. Koscheck whiffs with a big right but lands the leg kick. The fighters both partially connect on big shots and reset. Johnson again goes after the legs. Koscheck tries to answer but misses. Johnson clips Koscheck with a shot, but he recovers and tries a trip takedown. Koscheck clinches, and the fighters wrestle for position. On the break, Johnson uncorks a knee to the head, but Koscheck is down, and a timeout is called. Koscheck complains of a possible eye injury, though a replay seems to show the knee hitting his arm, and the crowd boos. Another angle, though, shows the knee likely slipped under the arm. Johnson sees the replay and complains. Johnson is deducted a point for the blow. Sitting cageside, we can hear Koscheck tell the ref he can't see, and the doctor is called in. The doc and ref have a lengthy conversation, and the fight goes on to the delight of the fans. Koscheck checks a head kick and whiffs on a couple rights. Johnson again throws leg kicks and pushes Koscheck back with a front kick. Koscheck shoots, Johnson defends, but Koscheck pushes him into the cage and frantically looks for the takedown. He finally gets it after a scramble and takes Johnson's back. Johnson kneels so Koscheck can't get his hooks in, but Koscheck pulls him back and nearly gets it. Johnson, though, scrambles and escapes as the horn sounds. MMAjunkie.com scores a close round for Johnson, 10-9, but with the point deduction, it's a 9-9 round.
Round 2 – Johnson works the jab early and then goes low with a kick. A jab-low kick combo works twice for Johnson, and Johnson now complains of an eyepoke, and the fight is halted. A quick restart later, and the fighters trade jabs. Both swing wildly, and an open-hand shot from Koscheck pokes Johnson deep in the eye. Time is called again. A quick restart again, and Johnson quickly works the jab. Koscheck blocks a head kick, and the fighters trade wildly in the center of the cage. Nothing much lands, and Koscheck shoots and gets the takedown. Some elbows land, and Koscheck moves into half guard. Johnson initially ties him up, but Koscheck drops more short elbows to the head. Koscheck continues with the effective strikes as Johnson's pressed into the cage. Johnson's bleeding from the nose and gives up his back while trying to get to his feet. Koscheck tries to get in his hooks, but Johnson remains on his side and defends. Koscheck gets in the hooks and locks in the rear-naked choke, and Johnson is forced to tap out seconds later. Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:27.