UFC on FOX 10 took place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The UFC on FOX 10 preliminary card looked great on paper and served as an opener to a card with heavy implications for each division involved.
This post will update as fights end, in real time.
FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card: 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT Bantamweight: Alex Caceres (135) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
Round 1: The reach discrepancy should have worked for Caceres but besides avoiding head kicks by a mile, Caceres was getting tagged by Pettis. Caceres was generally slower with his strikes and couldn’t time Pettis to counter him or defend correctly. Pettis landed a head kick on Caceres which made him misstep as he backed up. Pettis came in and landed another one. Caceres was still dangerous and landed a spinning back fist on Pettis just before the bell to end the round.
Round 2: Caceres was able to do damage in round 2. He dropped Pettis and tied his legs up around his body. Pettis recovered and pulled off a nice sweep to get out of trouble and back to his feet. Caceres used a series of wild strikes but Pettis was regaining momentum. He landed another high kick on Caceres and was always there to counter. They both threw kicks to end the round, a round in which the nature of Pettis’ game was forced to change with the success found by Caceres.
Round 3: Pettis got a takedown in this round and anded a nice kick to Caceres’ head as they stood back up. A head kick that got away from Pettis set up an opportunity for Cacere’s to get on top of Pettis on the ground. Pettis scrambled out and stood back up. Caceres was now pushing the pace and began to land his own combinations. Pettis kept too much distance between himself and Caceres. Caceres countered a takedown and got on top of Pettis who locked in a heel hook. Caceres slipped out and got the back of Pettis. Caceres locked in a rear-naked choke perfectly and forced Pettis to tap.
Official Result: Alex Caceres defeats Sergio Pettis via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of Round 3.
Bantamweight: Eddie Wineland (135) vs. Yves Jabouin (135)
Round 1: Wineland pressured Jabouin from the opening bell. Wineland had lightning fast head movement as he countered Jabouin. He got in tint on Jabouin and fought in the telephone booth. Jabouin mixed up his kicks and stayed on the outside. A close round to kick off a ‘Fight of the Night’ candidate on paper.
Round 2: Jabouin was landing here in round 2. A sneaky jab found it’s mark. Wineland landed a nice two- punch combination that staggered Jabouin but didn’t hurt him. Jabouin’s reliance on head movement to avoid damage didn’t serve him well. Wineland found a home for his punches and dropped Jabouin. He initially went for an arm triangle but rolled to give up his back. Wineland let his hands go and worked for a finish. Jabouin couldn’t defend himself against the onslaught of Wineland who knew that a win was within reach.
Official Result: Eddie Wineland defeats Yves Jabouin via TKO at 4:16 of Round 2.
Bantamweight: Chico Camus (135) vs. Yaotzin Meza (135)
Round 1: After an uneventful stand up exchange, Meza got the fight’s first takedown. Camus took advantage of a technical mistake by Meza and flipped him on to his back. They were stood up after several minutes of basic inactivity. Camus shot in for a low single to end the round.
Round 2: Camus dropped Meza with a straight right counter. Meza swept him almost immediately though and took away the momentum of Camus. Camus didn’t do enough for the referee and was stood up. Camus landed a big punch when they got back up. Camus kept coming forward and grabbed not o Meza before slamming him to the mat. Camus worked his way around the guard of Meza and mounted him. Meza spun and gave his back up. Camus started working on that choke right away. Meza postured up with Camus on his back. Camus let go to not be shook off and wind up on the bottom. Meza shot in to take him down but couldn’t beat the bell for the end of the round.
Round 3: Camus again controlled Meza on the mat. He held on to mount and rode Meza to his back when Meza tried to escape. Camus was a step or two ahead of Meza on everything. Camus almost had a rear-naked choke but couldn’t sink it in all the way to finish. Meza was able to get on top of Camus but the grappling of Camus was superior. He slipped back to control on the ground and mounted Meza to end the fight.
Official Result: Chico Camus defeats Yaozin Meza via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Junior Hernandez (136) vs. Hugo Viana (136)
Round 1: Viana landed a big right hand early which dropped Hernandez. Hernandez got right back up but Viana had already found his range. Viana landed with big counters and never took more than a second to catch his breath before he threw another big combination. Hernandez was complacent with almost nothing offense landing for him for the entire round.
Round 2: Viana came out swinging in round 2. He every punch was thrown with all of his power and the end of the fight was a few inches off each time he missed. Hernandez was still for slow to throw strikes. He didn’t counter and although he walked Viana down, he never put forth any effort to land on Viana.
Round 3: Viana had slowed considerably in the final round. He still used haymakers regardless of if they landed or not. Hernandez finally started to turn it up in this final round and even taunted Viana for what he thought was complacency by Viana. Viana wasn’t phased and while he may have lost the third round, the fight appeared to still be his to lose.
Official Result: Hugo Viana defeats Junior Hernandez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. Mike Rio (155)
Round 1: Rio was very smart on the feet early in this fight. The submission specialist did well to keep optimal distance so that Cruickshank couldn’t get in and land on him. Rio didn’t shoot for any takedowns in the first half of this fight but had his moments on the feet. Cruickshank landed a nice spinning back kick to the body
but Rio walked through it. Cruickshank landed a big right overhand as well which wobbled Rio. He didn’t follow up but landed a head kick which was set up by a superman punch. He attacked Rio who looked to be out and almost sunk in a front choke. Rio defended but was hit several times while standing back up. Cruickshank finished the round strong with Rio looking like he was on his way out.
Round 2: Rio shot in hard with a takedown to start round 2 but Cruickshank defended it well. Cruickshank countered any advance that Rio put forth with a diverse set of kicks. He threw crescent kicks mixed with front leg side kicks as he showed off his skills. Cruickshank landed a gorgeous jumping spinning back kick to the face of Rio and rocked him shortly after. Cruickshank surprisingly took Rio down. Rio locked ahold of the leg of Cruickshank and got a heel hook on him. Cruickshank refused to tap although the hold looked very tight. He slipped out and got back to his feet after Rio looked like an anaconda swallowing an animal whole. Once they were standing again, Cruickshank landed a spinning back kick to the face and swarmed Rio. Rio slumped down more as each strike landed until Herb Dean called an and to the bout as Rio collapsed to the ground.
Official Result: Daron Cruickshank defeats Mike Rio via TKO (wheel-kick and punches) at 4:56 of Round 2.
Welterweight: George Sullivan (170) vs. Mike Rhodes (171)
Round 1: The slick and agile striking approach by Rhodes was matched by the power and strength of Sullivan’s. Rhodes stuck to bouncing around on his toes and moved around as Sullivan reached in for his punches. Rhodes got a big slam takedown halfway through the round. Sullivan answered at the end of the round with a big slam of his own. Sullivan was put in a kimura but used Rhodes commitment to the submission to get in to mount to finish the round in control.
Round 2: Rhodes looked good in round 2 as well. He moved around a lot and looked very relaxed. Sullivan was gassing at this point and his punches were coming out too far and it took him a while to get them back in front of his face. Rhodes did well to step back and counter while using a wide range of strikes to keep Sullivan off-balance. Sullivan fought hard for a takedown at the end of the round but couldn’t get Rhodes down.
Round 3: It was Rhodes who slowed down in the final round. His output slowed dramatically but he was still able to walk Sullivan down. Sullivan landed some strikes of his own in this round and bloodied up the nose of Rhodes. Sullivan got a takedown with under a minute left but Rhodes answered with a takedown of his own to end the round and the fight.
Official Result: George Sullivan defeats Mike Rhodes via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Online Preliminary Card: 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT Heavyweight: Walt Harris (241) vs. Nikita Krylov (218)
Round 1: Krylov was on a mission after losing his UFC debut. He came straight out to meet Harris and threw kicks and big punches. He caught Harris with a beautiful question mark kick just seconds in to the fight. Harris was hurt badly and Krylov swarmed and finished him with strikes on the ground.
Official Result: Nikita Krylov defeats Walt Harris via TKO (head kick and punches) at :25 of Round 1.
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