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Cyrille Diabate, Ivan Menjivar big winners on UFC 154 preliminary card

Maggie Hendricks
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The preliminary card of UFC 154 had a little bit of everything. Cyrille Diabate picked up a win with a fight that packed three-rounds worth of action into a half-round. Diabate leveled Chad Griggs early with a punch, but Griggs turned the fight around with a takedown. But Griggs could only hold on for so long as his nose leaked blood. Diabate took Griggs' back and won with a rear naked choke at 2:24 in the first round.

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John Makdessi pulled the upset by jab, jab, jabbing his way to a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 win over Sam Stout.

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Using unrelenting leg kicks, Antonio Carvalho picked up the decision win over Anderson Silva protege Rodrigo Damm.

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Ivan Menjivar may have already locked up UFC 154's Submission of the Night bonus with a nasty armbar of Azamat Gashimov. He locked it up at 2:44 of the first.

In other UFC 154 preliminary action:

Darren Elkins def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matthew Riddle def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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