Struve scores comeback, Hallman takes decision to start UFC 117

Yahoo! Sports columnist Kevin Iole is reporting from cageside at UFC 117. Follow him on Twitter.

The undercard at UFC 117 started off with a killer comeback and two decisions in Oakland on Saturday night.

Stefan Struve scored a comeback early on at UFC 117. After losing the first round to Christian Morecraft and getting his lip mangled, Struve started the second round with two massive right hands. One punch knocked Morecraft to the ground while the next one knocked him out, 22 seconds into the second round. Struve managed this win despite being ill and vomiting before the bout.

Dennis Hallman won in a unanimous decision over Ben Saunders in the first fight of the night. Hallman used takedowns to score an early advantage over Saunders, and then followed up with elbows that caused Saunders to bleed. Though Saunders had a better final round, Hallman finished the bout with another takedown to seal the win, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

After the bout, Hallman said his conditioning made the difference.

"The difference for me today was my cardio. My cardio was so much better tonight than it has been. Yeah he hit me with some good shots but I was just waiting for him to get close so I can take him down."

Tim Boetsch (pictured) won his first fight back in the UFC since UFC 96, a unanimous decision over Todd Brown. Boetsch pushed the pace and was able to take Brown down, winning all three judges' cards 29-28.

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