The undercard fighters are setting some standard for the stars at UFC 129 to live up to. After three awesome finishes to begin UFC 129, Ivan Menjivar kept pace by smashing Charlie Valencia's nose and finishing the fight via TKO just seconds later. After nearly seven years away, Menjivar made a triumphant return to the UFC with a bantamweight win at 1:30 of the first round.
The 5-foot-6 Menjivar fought all over the world since a UFC 48 loss to Matt Serra. That fight was at 155 pounds, but at just 5-foot-6 Menjivar was fighting way out of his true weight class. Along the way, Menjivar faced much bigger fighters like Hideo Tokoro, Joe Lauzon, Caol Uno and Bart Palaszewski. Back in 2002, he even faced the current UFC 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre.
He was the bigger fighter tonight and that was evident the first time he and Valencia clinched. Menjivar (23-8, 1-1 UFC) got his left arm free and landed a huge elbow across the face of the Californian. Valencia (12-8, 0-1 UFC) went down immediately where Menjivar unloaded 13 more shots. Referee Big John McCarthy and UFC color analyst said they thought Valencia's nose was broken.
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Claude Patrick tested himself against an excellent jiu-jitsu practitioner and showed he can grapple with the best of them. The Canadian used a well-rounded attack to outpoint Daniel Roberts, 29-28 on three scorecards, to win fight No. 5 at UFC 129.
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