COMMENTARY | The stacked "UFC on Fox 5" fight card lived up to the hype, delivering entertaining bouts from start to finish. Here are the results of the UFC on Fox 5 card held on Dec. 8, at the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash:
Benson Henderson def. Nate Diaz
Diaz came to fight, but it was clear Henderson did his homework prior to their UFC on Fox 5 encounter. When separated, Henderson punished Diaz' lead leg with kicks and punches -- yes, punches to the knee -- and he smothered the Stockton native against the cage when he closed the distance. "Bendo" also scored some points on the ground, landing hard shots while Diaz went from submission to submission. Unfortunately for Nate, he wasn't able to lock anything in, but he does deserve a lot of credit for fighting his heart out until the final bell.
As for Henderson, he couldn't have performed any better against Diaz, and it's hard to see anyone else in the lightweight division dethroning him anytime soon. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Henderson.
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio RuaGustafsson passed the toughest test of his professional MMA career on Saturday, securing his first victory against a former UFC light-heavyweight champion. Rua didn't go out without a fight, and the Brazilian came close to securing an inverted heel-hook early in the fight. Rua also landed some solid shot's during their UFC on Fox 5 encounter, but Gustafsson's chin was rock solid. The Swede weathered everything "Shogun" had to throw at him, and he took control of the fight during the latter rounds, earning a future date with UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones -- who'll face Chael Sonnen on April 27.
Rory MacDonald def. B.J. Penn
Both men came out swinging at UFC on Fox 5, with Penn landing his share of decent shots early in the fight. Unfortunately for BJ, he started fading late in the first round, and MacDonald jumped all over him. "Ares" picked Penn apart in the second and third rounds, clowning the MMA legend on his way to the unanimous decision.
Excellent performance from Rory, but he didn't earn any new fans with his disrespectful showboating during the latter rounds. I found it rather corny, and so did many of the fans at the KeyArena who booed the Canadian during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. During the interview, MacDonald called out Carlos Condit, who defeated him in 2010. Sounds like a good matchup.
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick
Brown got off to a good start at UFC on Fox 5, dominating the first round of their fight. Matt came close to finishing a darce choke and triangle, but Swick showed solid submission defense, keeping his composure and working his way out.
Brown continued to push the pace in the second round, and he eventually caught Swick with a left hook-straight right combo, knocking "The Ultimate Fighter" season one alumni out cold, following up with some vicious punches.
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens (TKO, round one)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton (unanimous decision)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor (unanimous decision)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez (KO, round two)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur (TKO, round two)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan (unanimous decision)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert (rear-naked choke, round one)
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