By Mark Ruzomberka
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
Hioki locked in one of the best Omoplatas in recent fight history only to have it somehow reversed by Lamas in the first round.
Some were skeptical of his 2 ranking in the featherweight division, but he showed why he was deserving nearly finishing the fight in the first frame. The unranked Lamas actually seemed to win the second round with a guilliotine choke that threatended Hioki. In the third
Lamas went back to the same move again in the third but failed to angle out enought to tap Hioki. Those choke attemps were enough to convince the judges Lamas earned the victory 29-28 in a Unanimous decision. After the fight Lamas would state he felt like Hioki had "gills"
after holding the choke for close to two minutes. Time will tell how this upset mixes up the 145 pound division.
C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem
After getting hit below the belt, and what looked like a flicker of the lights at Revel's Ovation Hall due stormy weather Ramsey Nijem pulledoff a textbook victory. Get your opponent down, take full mount, ground and pound until the ref pulls you off. This is the script Nijem
executed to perfection on Friday night. Another Greg JacksonPit fighter to pull off a victory the team made the most of their trek across the country.
Brock Jardine vs. Rick Story
Rick Story is mostly known for his upset loss to Charlie Brennemen at UFC Live in Pittsburgh. However, a deeper look at this fighter shows he was a huge prospect for that devastating upset. Story had beaten, Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks on his way up before suffering
back to back losses leading up to this fight with Jardine. The fans were not impressed with effort in this fight their disapproval could be heard easily in the small venue, perhaps they thought they were getting Brock Lesnar or keith Jardine instead. The fight was back and forth and no fighter seemed to be in trouble at any point, which was good and bad. Story won 30-27 on all three cards in a fight that featured a large amount of high level wrestling, but most UFC fans want to see knockouts and there was no opportunity for a KO in this fight.
Commenting on his reputation after the fight Story would say, I'm happy to get the win. After two losses my reputation as an up-and-coming guy was on the line for sure. I felt okay in there but after so long off and knee surgery I didn't quite trust myself to go 100.
I had to put my foot on the gas in the last round. I felt I could have stopped him in the third but in camp my knee would swell up when I did hard cardio and I wasnt quite ready for that. I think the three rounds helped that and next time Im looking for a really impressive win.
Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos
The TUF vet, Matt Brown, won via TKO ref stoppage, and had this to say after the fight. I've won three in a row now, three all in 2012, and am happy things are going well for me. I won't make excuses for when things were not going well, but all my hard work is now paying off.I am getting married in a month, I'm very settled and happy in my personal life and I think that's helping me out in my professional life. I knew I had Ramos hurt at the end, I thought I hurt him a bunch of times, but he was tough so I just kept throwing til he was stopped.
Joey Gambino vs. Steven Siler
Gambino walks out to Eminem's Cinderella man, but it was not meant to be in this one. Siler has become a bit of a journeyman at the young age of 25 with a record of 20-9 before the fight began, but improved to 21-9 quickly. The kid who looks like he would be
the one getting picked on in high school, looked impressive and yet again and ended the fight with a nice guillotine choke in the first round. The Greg JacksonPit Elevated team member looks to move up to the top of the heap the 145 pound division, especially after the Hioki loss.
Catone vs. Camozzi
Catone had the greatest fan following of the night one of few local fighters on the card. After one round it appeared that Catone leading after landing a right hook, but Camozzi wore it with pride.Later, Catone landed a take down, but Camozzi defended well pulling
guard immediately. In the Second round, Catone used his superior wrestling to land a single leg take-down. However, it was the UFC and TUF veteran Camozzi, who landed a damaging blow in the third. Though Catone looked able to finish the Ring Doctor called a stoppage
in the third round at 1:51. Catone would later state, I;m bummed out. I felt I won the first two rounds but he hit that knee and the sweat and blood was going into my eye. I thought the referee may stop it but I wanted to continue. I'm a little bummed out losing like
that but my bad for getting a knee to the eye.
Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone
Ken Stone won via split decision saying I'm happy with win but I can do better than that. Three weeks ago I kicked someone in the knee and messed my foot up but now way was I pulling out. I landed a kick in the second or third minute tonight, and that same
foot hurt again. So I went to my boxing and my jab and worked from there. I couldn't get the take-downs I wanted, but I got the win
and I will get better from here.
Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller
Dan Miller defeated Ricardo Funch via guillotine choke in the third round. After the fight he would state, "This was a very important fight for me. I knew I had to win this to stay in the UFC, and everyone knows the situation with my kid being so sick. I tried not to think about the pressure I was under, and just see this as a fight, but it was really, really hard to do that.
I'm so happy I got this done. Making welterweight was very hard, but I did it and I felt great in there. My boy is having a transplant soon and I think things are turning around for us. Being away from him and my family is so hard, but I'm staying in the UFC and I can continue
to support them."