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UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira-Davis
Phil Davis overcame the toughest obstacle in his young career last night. In his fifth fight in the UFC and his eighth professional fight overall, Phil 'Mr. Wonderful' Davis defeated Antônio Rogério Nogueira by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in the main event of the night.
Throughout the first round, Antônio managed to stuff four double-leg attempts while the two fighters struggled to earn a striking advantage. This changed in the second and third rounds when Davis changed his takedown of choice to a single leg. Davis managed to secure and maintain dominant positions over the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who did not seem to threaten off his back. Davis won the fight in convincing fashion.
Also at UFC Fight Night 24:
Anthony Johnson won over Dan Hardy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
In what was expected to be a showdown between two brawlers, Anthony Johnson wrestled his way to a safe unanimous decision. Dan Hardy has now lost three in a row in the UFC. He has not won a fight since UFC 105 in November 2009, where he earned his title shot.
Amir Sadollah defeated DaMarques Johnson by submission due to strikes (3:27, Round 2)
The fight started with a close first round in which Sadollah threw an accidental groin shot and both fighters worked their ground game. Sadollah seemed to get the better of the ground fighting, sweeping Johnson late in the first round. Sadollah effectively clinches and ground-and-pounds in the second. Johnson is forced to submit to powerful elbows by Sadollah after taking several powerful knees to the body.
Chan Sung Jung defeated Leonard Garcia by submission (twister) (4:59, Round 2)
The fight began with both Jung and Garcia gauging the other. Both fighters are noticeably calmer then at their first fight at WEC 48, trying to find their range. Neither seemed willing to throw like they did in their first encounter. Jung finished the round in full mount. The second round started slow but both fighters end up throwing flying knees. Jung again takes Garcia to the ground, landing some good elbows from Garcia's guard. Jung transitioned to the back and finished the fight by twister with one second left in the second.
Johny Hendricks defeated TJ Waldburger by technical knockout (1:35, Round 1)
Aaron Simpson won over Mario Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Nik Lentz defeated Waylon Lowe by submission (guillotine) (3:24, Round 3)
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Christian Morecraft defeated Sean McCorkle by technical submission (standing guillotine) (4:10, Round 2)
Michael McDonald won over Edwin Figueroa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Hathaway won over Kris McCray by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Mackens Semerzier defeated Alex Caceres by submission (rear naked choke) (3:18, Round 1)
Mike Russow defeated Jon Madsen by technical knock out/doctor stoppage (5:00, Round 2)
Fight of the Night: Michael McDonald and Edwin Figueroa
Knockout of the Night: Johny Hendricks
Submission of the Night: Chan Sung Jung