Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of the Ultimate Fight Night, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz survived an early striking onslaught to submit Melvin Guillard in the second round with a tight guillotine choke.
In its first appearance in Oklahoma City, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a crossroads fight between two of the most promising young lightweights in the sport. After an intense staredown, the fighters refused to touch gloves as things got underway.
Guillard scored with a hard right hand immediately that sent Diaz to the canvas. With his man hurt, Guillard allowed Diaz to stand up. After some short punches, Diaz had blood streaming down the right side of his face. Sensing danger Diaz took his opponent to the mat but failed to capitalize as Guillard worked back to his feet. Diaz, though bloodied up, traded some verbal jabs with his opponent throughout the first round. At the bell Diaz attempted a takedown with no success.
With the bleeding under control Diaz began the second round by stalking his explosive opponent around the cage. After closing the distance Guillard used a takedown defensively but failed to capitalize on it. Following a right hand, Guillard performed a rope-a-dope that allowed for him to score a takedown.
That takedown would be his undoing however as he shot directly into a Diaz guillotine choke. The official time of the tap was 2:13.
Maynard Outworks Huerta
In an exciting lightweight affair Gray “The Bully” Maynard defeated Roger “El Matador” Huerta via split decision.
Round one saw the men make a commitment to keeping the fight standing. Though neither fighter had much success early, Huerta scored with a big right hand that staggered Maynard. With his back to the cage Maynard was hit with a flurry of punches. As a last resort, the NCAA All-American wrestler finally attempted a takedown. Huerta stuffed the attempt however and assumed the center of the cage until the end of the fight.
Round two saw the fighters exchange early and Maynard scored with a big right hand to the chin of Huerta. Following nearly two minutes of measured boxing Maynard landed a hard right once again that froze his opponent and put him on the seat of his pants. As the final seconds of the round ticked away Huerta found some success with wild combinations.
The third round was the best of the fight for Maynard as he controlled his opponent with hard takedowns and sound jiu jitsu. After working from the top position, Maynard swept the legs out from underneath Huerta and locked in a tight kimura shoulder lock. Huerta survived the hold despite the fact that his shoulder was twisted at a horribly unnatural angle.
30-27 twice in favor of Maynard and 29-28 for Huerta giving Maynard the split decision victory.
Condit Shows Guts and Glory to Win Decision over Ellenberger
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit survived an early onslaught to defeat newcomer Jake Ellenberger via split decision.
Ellenberger came out quickly and blasted Condit with a right hand that sent both men to the canvas. From the top position, the newcomer Ellenberger punished the former WEC champion with hard elbows. Once back to their feet, Ellenberger launched a lightening fast right hook that landed flush on the chin of his opponent. Miraculously, Condit retained his composure and landed some knees of his own. After a near guillotine submission by Ellenberger, the fighters rose to feet at the bell.
Round two saw Ellenberger take Condit to the mat immediately. After spending a large portion of the round in the guard of Condit, Ellenberger was quickly swept and nearly submitted by a kimura shoulder lock. “The Natural Born Killer” showed a dominate mount and landed hard shots. The bell sounded with the fighters working back to their feet.
The third round saw Condit come out the fresher man as he found success with hard strikes. Ellenberger continued to attempt several takedowns but he was visibly worn. After scoring with more blows, Condit took the back of Ellenberger and landed hard blows.
Judges’ scorecards all read 29-28, twice in favor of the winner Carlos Condit.
Quarry Down But Never Out against Credeur
In a wild middleweight contest Nate “Rock” Quarry defeated “Crazy” Tim Credeur via unanimous decision after three rounds of toe to toe action.
The fighters spent the large portion of the first round on the feet as they each threw right hands looking to split the defense of their opponents. Though Credeur is a jiu jitsu black belt, he found success with his hands as he dropped Quarry with a right hand behind the ear. With time expiring in the period, Credeur nearly locked in a rear naked choke but Quarry valiantly survived.
Round two began where the first left off as Credeur began to unload with heavy punches. However, just when Quarry appeared to be wobbled, a right hand sent the surprised Credeur flying to the mat. For the remainder of the round Quarry used his specialized ground n’ pound to punish his opponent until the bell sounded.
The third round played out as the ultimate firefight as Quarry slammed the chin of Credeur with thunderous blows for the first two minutes of the round. Time and again Credeur’s head snapped back violently but the Louisiana native refused to go down. Following more punishment Quarry followed his badly beaten man to the canvas and landed hard punches from the top position. The fighters were restarted on the feet by referee Herb Dean and the men traded blows until the final bell.
Judges’ scored the bout the same, 29-28, in favor of Quarry.
In the rubber match Brian Stann scored a three round unanimous decision over Steve Cantwell. Scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28 in favor of Stann.
The Ultimate Fighter 6 runner up CB Dolloway defeated newcomer Jay Silva via unanimous decision. All three scores 29-28 in favor of Dolloway.
Jeremy Stephens scored a first round TKO over Justin Buchholz at 3:32 of round one. After opening a nasty gash over the left eye of Buchholz, Stephens celebrated as the fight was waved off.
Welterweight Mike Pierce defeated former WEC title challenger Brock Larson via unanimous decision. After three rounds of solid wrestling Pierce came away with the judges’ nod, all three scoring the bout 30-27.
Middleweight Ryan Jensen earned his first UFC victory by defeating newcomer Steve Steinbeiss via guillotine choke in the first round. The official time of the stoppage was 3:56.
Welterweight Mike Pyle submitted Chris Wilson via rear naked choke at 2:15 of the third and final round.