Welcome to our live round-by-round coverage of the UFC Fight Night 21 event from Charlotte, North Carolina.
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-Charlie Brenneman vs. Jason High
Brenneman took the majority of the fight with his wrestling and ground skills. Nothing really of note in any of the three rounds other than a lot of takedowns and some submission attempts. The third round was a borefest with Brenneman on top doing a lot of nothing the whole round.
Charlie Brenneman def. Jason High via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Gerald Harris vs. Mario Miranda
Miranda drops Harris with a big right hand and takes his back. They scramble around and both end up standing again. Harris throws a wild flurry near the end of the round and caught Miranda with one of the punches perfectly. Harris blasts Miranda with another punch while hurt and that punch laid Miranda out and ended the fight.
Gerald Harris def. Mario Miranda via TKO (punches) at 4:49 of Round 1.
-Yushin Okami vs. Lucio Linhares
Okami lands a good body kick in the first round. Okami dominates position on the ground in round one the entire time. On the feet, Okami dropped Linhares with a mean knee. Okami came real close to stopping him in round one. In round two, Okami gets the job done. After a series of brutal shots, the ref stops the action to check a cut on Linhares. The fight is stopped.
Yushin Okami def. Lucio Linhares via TKO (cut stoppage) at 2:47 of Round 2.
-Caol Uno vs. Gleison Tibau
Tibau out-muscled Uno the entire first round until finally getting him on the ground, advancing positions and ultimately taking his back. Tibau flattens Uno out, pounds away and the ref stops the fight.
Gleison Tibau def. Caol Uno via TKO (punches) at 4:13 of Round 1.
-Robert Emerson vs. Nik Lentz
Lots of wrestling and scrambles in round one, which likely went to Lentz. In round two, Emerson opens up Lentz' eye with a punch. He does some good damage but is taken down. The rest of round two was all Lentz. Lentz puts on a clinic on the ground in round three and likely pulls off a decision victory.
Nik Lentz def. Robert Emerson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Jacob Volkmann vs. Ronys Torres
This was a good back and forth fight. Rounds two and three were likely for Volkmann on two judges cards. One judge gave Torres two rounds. The split decision winner in the end was Volkmann.
Jacob Volkmann def. Ronys Torres via Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29) after 3 Rounds.
-Andre Winner vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Good back and forth round early in the first. Lots of scrambles. Round one ended with Winner landing some nice combos on the feet that secured him the round. Second round not a whole lot of anything happened. Tough round to pick a winner for. Winner likely takes the third round.
Andre Winner def. Rafaello Oliveira via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
LIVE TV FIGHTS:
-Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Round 1: Good back and forth first round all on the feet until Pearson hits Siver with a solid head kick to the face. Pearson gets Siver on the ground and takes his back. Siver and Pearson work back to their feet and slug it out to finish a great round. Siver was bleeding all over the place. 10-9 Pearson.
Round 2: Another great round. The second raw sound Siver land his vintage spinning back kick to the body. Pearson landed a very nice flying knee at one point in the round as well. Siver scored a takedown after multiple attempts, but both guys quickly battled back up. Great slugest.
Round 3: And another good round. Mostly on the feet, although each guy scored one takedown. Nothing got going on the ground and they'd quickly scramble back standing. Siver hit another spinning back kick, Pearson hit a number of damaging leg kicks. This should be a Pearson unanimous decision.
Ross Pearson def. Dennis Siver via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
-Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Round 1: Awesome first round for Rivera. He busts Quarry up bad with punches, dropping him twice and coming very close to finishing him at the end of the round. Rivera hurt Quarry with punches many times in that round. I'll be surprised if Quarry lasts longer, although then again I'm never surprised with anything Quarry does.
Round 2: Quarry comes out surprisingly fresh and enthusiastic in this round. Rivera drops him within seconds and finishes him up with punches on the ground.
Jorge Rivera def. Nate Quarry via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of Round 2.
-Roy Neslon vs. Stefan Struve
Round 1: The power just went out in the arena right as Bruce Buffer was making the fighter introductions. We shoot to Kenny Florian in the dressing room as Mike Goldberg tells us they'll go to commercial and try and get things fixed. I've never seen anything like that before, lol. We return and some kind of back-up lights are on in the arena, but it's still very dark. Goldberg says while they work on the lights, enjoy action from earlier tonight. Uno-Tibau is being aired now.
The fight finally gets going and Neslon just tags Struve with an enormous punch very early into the first round. Struve is down, Nelson finishes up and it's over that quickly. Struve was spewing blood everywhere after the stoppage.
Roy Nelson def. Stefan Struve via KO (punch) at 0:39 of Round 1.
-Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi
Round 1: Very dominant round for Florian. Key punch in this round for Florian was the jab. He was landing it at will and jacking Gomi's head back in the process each time. Florian rocked Gomi with punches at one point. Gomi really couldn't do anything to Florian the entire round.
Round 2: Not as exciting a round. Gomi got a few good ones in this round, especially two body shots. Florian's jab again dictated how the pace would be on the feet, which is where the entire round took place.
Round 3: Gomi lands a good punch early that really got Florian's attention. Moments later, Florian shoots in fast for a conclusive takedown. Once on the ground, it was clockwork as Florian eventually got full mount and took Gomi's back for the rear naked choke finish.
Kenny Florian def. Takanori Gomi via Submission (rear naked choke) at 2:52 of Round 3.