TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz secured a split-decision victory over
Josh Neer, Eric Schafer defeated Houston Alexander, Clay Guida defeated
Mac Danzig and more as the UFC went to Nebraska for the first time
Nick Diaz over Josh Neer
Diazs biggest test in the UFC proved to be against Josh Neer in an entertaining bout that showed off some of the slickest jiu jitsu transitions in recent memory. Despite a three round split decision victory in the eyes of the judges, MMARR had Diaz winning rounds 1 and 3 en route to a victory in the UFC's first foray to Omaha, Nebraska over a man that his brother Nick was also able to defeat. While Nate wasnt able to beat his brothers time, he was able to win a bout that proved to be an exciting main event.
In the early goings, Diazs superior ground game was evident as he was able to pass guard and move to the back of Neer in slick transitions, but while Diaz outclassed him in the jiu jitsu, the wretsling and power game went to the Dentist. In the first it was Diaz who was able to keep out of danger despite being taken down and using his superior ground game to keep his opponent working his way out of submission attempts. Diaz proved to be as slippery as they come, and despite Neer controlling the wrestling, "The Dentist" could not secure position for any length of time. The second round belonged to Neer who was able to take the back of Diaz and work the ground and pound but found himself unable to finish despite the superior position. It would prove to cost him and while there was no significant damage in the fight, Diaz was able to take 2 of the 3 rounds en route to victory.
Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida
"He hit me pretty hard a couple times
I just tried to put him on his back and hold him there. Those were the words of Clay Guida who was able to get the hard fought victory over the TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig in the semi main event.
In the early goings Danzig looked good working tight combinations, and using his stand up to keep Guida backing up. Danzigs standup looked much improved and surprisingly even worked kicks in with his stand up, but despite controlling action on the feet, at no time was he able to land the telling blow and it would cost him.
Danzig was able to sting Guida a couple of times but Guidas ability to take the bout to the bout when he needed to was the difference in a fight where neither fighter was able to mount the offense he needed to even come close to finishing the fight.
Guidas relentless pace and superior wrestling proved to be too much for the well-rounded Danzig In the third round Danzig secured his first takedown of the fight and desperately went for a armlock but missed it and Guida briefly took his back instead, and Danzig's final chance slipped through his fingers as Guida controlled for most of the bout en route to a win via decision after three rounds.
Alan Belcher over Ed Herman
A close but entertaining fight Alan Belcher was able to secure the split decision over Team Quest product and TUF 3 veteran Ed Herman. In the first round Belcher and Herman exchanged hands with Belcher taking the early advantage. Herman had trouble taking the fight to the ground in the early goings and he was forced to stay standing when he didnt want to and it was the difference in the fight.
Herman was able to get the fight to the ground in spurts the but despite working for a choke a one point was unable to mount the offense needed to steal the first two rounds. In the third he was able to get the mount and win the round but his lack of damage administered, worked against him and Belcher took the split decision after three rounds.
Eric Shafer over Houston Alexander
Alessio Sakara over Joe Vedepo
Wilson Gouveia over Ryan Jensen
Joe Lauzon over Kyle Bradley
Jason Brilz over Brad Morris
Mike Massenzio over Drew McFedries
Dan Miller over Rob Kimmons