Saturday April 16, 2016— Live from the Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida the UFC had set a stacked card for their return to Florida, but as everyone who knows the sport all cards are subject to change. The original main event was set to be Tony Ferguson Vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, but due to injury Ferguson had to pull out. Rashad Evans original opponent Shogun Rua had to pull out due to injury and in came Glover Teixeira. Also Lyoto Machida tested positive for a banned substance so his bout with Dan Henderson was canceled. But after all the dust settled we had a new main event and new co main event. Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira was the main event and the new co main event was a strawweight battle between Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres. The main event has more riding on it then just a win as both men are on the back-end of their respective careers and need this win if they want one more shot at a title shot. The co main has just as much riding as both women are at the top of their division and are just one win away from being next in line for a title shot. So much riding on this stacked card and it all kicks off with a super stacked set of prelim fights before the main card kicks off.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!
The 1st prelim bout is in the welterweight division as Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (15-5) took on Omari Akhmedov (15-4), in the 3rd round after a fight that was pretty one-sided the winner by TKO Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos. Dos Santos gets his 1st UFC win. Next up in the middleweight division Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2) took on Cezar Ferreira (10-5), after going the distance and a good fight that was pretty one-sided throughout the winner by unanimous decision Cezar Ferreira. Next up in the bantamweight division former title challenger John Dodosn (19-7) took on Manvel Gamburyan (18-10), in the 1st round a dominating return victory for John Dodson as he gets the TKO finish. WOW that guy is fast as lighting bantamweights watch out.
The prelims continue on Fox in the welterweight division as two undefeated fighters went head to head as Randy Brown (7-1) took on Michael Graves (6-0), In the 2nd round Michael Graves executes a perfect rear naked choke to finish off the fight and seal the victory. Next we stay in the welterweight division as Court McGee (18-5) took on Santiago Ponzinibbio (23-3), in the 1st round after a back and forth start Santiago Ponzinibbio lands a huge right hand flush in the chin of McGee and after some hammer fist that was all she wrote. Ponzinibbio gets the TKO victory. Next in the women’s bantamweight division former title challenger Bethe Correia (9-2) took on Raquel Pennington (7-6), a great fight that went back and forth all the way to the end, after going the distance the winner by split decision Raquel Pennington a huge win for Rocky Pennington. Next in the lightweight division Beneil Dariush (12-2) took on Michael Chiesa (14-2), in the 2nd round Michael Chiesa slips in rear naked choke and finishes the fight, a beautiful finish.
The main card kicks off in the featherweight division as Cub Swanson (22-7) took on Hacran Dias (23-4-1), after going the distance the winner by split decision Cub Swanson. A clinic put on by Swanson, no doubt this was a statement win. Next fight was a catch weight bout as Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0) took on Darrell Horcher (12-2), a lot riding around this fight as Tony Ferguson was supposed to face Khabib but had to pull out, and Darrell Horcher stepped in on short notice to fight at 160 pounds catch weight. A one-sided fight from start to finish, the winner by TKO in the 2nd round Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Co Main Event Women’s Strawweight Division
#3 Rose Namajunas (6-2) Vs #4 Tecia Torres (7-1)
A big fight in the women’s strawweight division as Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres stepped into the octagon with one thing on their minds and that’s win and get next crack at the gold. The 2nd time these two women will face each other in the octagon but this time it will be the co main event of the evening. The 1st round begins with both fighters feeling each other out, exchanging jabs. Torres opens up with a nice combo followed by a big leg kick. Torres comes in with a nice combo that leads to the clench against the cage. Namajunas counters the clench and gets the takedown, Rose takes mount and lands some small strikes as the 1st round comes to an end. Torres had Namajunas shook up early in the round but a nice recovery by Namajunas may have helped save the round. The 2nd round begins with both fighters exchanging strikes. Torres throws a nice combo, that gets answered by a big right hand from Namajunas. Rose is starting land a lot of her strikes midway through the 2nd round. Rose goes for a takedown that gets stuffed that get stuffed and Torres answers with a nice combo of her own. Namajunas finishes the round with a shot that rocks Torres and has her on her heels, but the bell sounds and that’s the end of round 2. Very even through that round, fight is still up in the air. The 3rd begins with both ladies waiting for an opening. Namajunas is using her reach to keep Torres from coming in and landing any more combos. Namajunas lands a takedown as the fight comes to an end, a few light ground and pound and that’s it they go the distance. After three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Rose Namajunas. A very well executed fight by Namajunas, she earned the win and should be next in line for a title shot.
Main Event Light Heavyweight Division
#4 Glover Teixeira (24-4) Vs #7 Rashad Evans (24-4-1)
The main event of the evening features two men that knows what it takes to fight for gold, but they also know that they are on the back 9 of their career and a lost here for either man could end their last hopes to fight for gold. Two legendary warriors set to go one on one. The 1st round starts out with Teixeira being the aggressor early in the fight. Glover makes a move and clips Evans on the chin that sends Evans back a Right hand follows and Evans is put to sleep. A KO finish for Glover Teixeira. Rashad didn’t see it coming and that was all she wrote. Teixeira placed his shot perfectly and didn’t miss. What a win for Glover Teixeira.
At the end of the night everyone knows this card had a lot of holes due to injuries and failed drug test, but the fights that stayed on the card didn’t fail. A lot of great action and amazing finishes that had Tampa rocken. There is no doubt that there will be some shake ups in the rankings.
UFC on FOX 19 Official Results:
- Glover Teixeira def. Rashad Evans
knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:48
- Rose Namajunas def. Tecia Torres
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Darrell Horcher
TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:38
- Cub Swanson def. Hacran Dias
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD # 2
- Michael Chiesa def. Beneil Dariush
submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:20
- Raquel Pennington def. Bethe Correia
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Court McGee
TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:15
- Michael Graves def. Randy Brown
submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:31
PRELIMINARY CARD # 1
- John Dodson def. Manny Gamburyan
TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:47
- Cezar Ferreira def. Oluwale Bamgbose
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Omari Akhmedov
TKO (knees) – Round 3, 3:03
By: Rick San Bartolome