COMMENTARY | UFC 161 wasn't exactly the most entertaining fight card, but Shawn Jordan's knockout of Pat Barry and Stipe Miocic's boxing clinic made up for it a bit.
Here are the results of the UFC 161 fight card held on June 15, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada:
Rashad Evans def. Dan HendersonHenderson got off to a good start, dropping Rashad early in their encounter. "Hendo" successfully shrugged off several takedown attempts, and he seemed to land the most damaging shots during the first two rounds. Unfortunately for him, Evans finally found his groove during the third round, landing some hard shots of his own, pushing the pace.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28, with two giving Rashad the nod. I personally scored the fight 29-28, Henderson.
Stipe Miocic def. Roy NelsonMiocic utilized a smart gameplan at UFC 161, constantly moving to his right to avoid Nelson's right hands while landing crisp combinations. Stipe kept it up throughout their three-rounder, never really giving Nelson much of a chance to find his groove. All three judges scored 30-27 in favor Miocic, giving the Ohio native the biggest win of his professional MMA career.
Ryan Jimmo def. Igor PokrajacJimmo dominated their UFC 161 encounter from start to finish, getting the better of the striking and grappling exchanges. He came close to finishing the fight during the second round, hurting Pokrajac with a vicious right, followed by a salvo of punches on the ground.
Pokrajac miraculously survived the barrage, but the Croatian wasn't able to turn the tide of the fight. All three Octagon-side judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Jimmo.
Alexis Davis def. Rosi SextonRosi made it clear she wasn't to be taken lightly early in their UFC 161 encounter, dominating a majority of the first round. Davis regained her composure and turned things around during the second round, and she almost forced a stoppage during the final minute, taking Sexton's back and pounding away.
Davis wasn't as dominant during the third round, but she did enough to win over the judges, who awarded her with the unanimous decision. The final scores were 29-28, 29-27, and 29-28.
Shawn Jordan def. Pat BarryAfter a brief feeling out period, Jordan caught Barry with a series of vicious uppercuts which forced "HD" to turtle up against the cage. Jordan followed up with a vicious barrage of punches from back-side mount, forcing referee Jerin Valel to stop the fight 59 seconds into round one.
Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley (split decision)
James Krause def. Sam Stout (guillotine choke, round three)
Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson (majority decision)
Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa (unanimous decision)
Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire (unanimous decision)
Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague (split decision)
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