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Harris slams his way to KO, Grove, Madsen, Roberts roll at UFC 116

Maggie Hendricks
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UFC 116 got started at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a decision-filled undercard. Three of the four bouts went to the judges' card, and the one KO was in the third round.

After winning the first two rounds, middleweight Gerald Harris made quite an impression with a KO of Dave Branch. Halfway through the third round, Branch made the mistake of trying to jump into Harris' standing guard. Harris slammed Branch to the ground, knocking him out cold at 2:35 in the third round.

Former "The Ultimate Fighter" champion Kendall Grove won a split decision over Goran Reljic, 28-29, 30-27, 29-28. Reljic wasn't able to get an offense going against Grove, who showed strong striking throughout the bout.

Jon Madsen used strong wrestling to control Karlos Vemola to a unanimous decision win, 30-27 on all three judges' cards. Madsen, who trains with Brock Lesnar and Chris Tuchserer -- who is also fighting on UFC 116 -- said that his training prepared him for Vemola.

"I knew that he was going to come out hard at me in the first minute and try and bully me. But I train with a lot of big guys like Brock Lesnar and Chris Tuchscherer who helped me get ready."

Welterweights Forrest Petz and Daniel Roberts also fought to a decision, with Roberts walking away with the split decision, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28. Petz's stand-up was not enough to stop Roberts, who was able to put a few submission attempts on Roberts.

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