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

Maggie Hendricks

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.

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

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

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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