Tonight’s card airs entirely on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Now, on to the fights!
In early action:
Chas Skelly def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Beal def. Tateki Matsuda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rafael Natal def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Al Iaquinta def. Rodrigo Damm via TKO (strikes) at 2:41 of Round 3
John Moraga def. Justin Scoggins via submission (guillotine choke) at :47 of Round 2
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa
Let’s kickoff the main card with a fight sure to bring down the house, as Joe Lauzon (23-9) faces off against former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa (11-1).
Round 1: Lauzon does what he does best, scoring a takedown and transitioning right to the back of Chiesa. Chiesa shows his excellent ground defense, getting to his feet and pushing Lauzon against the fence. Chiesa now with the advantage, working for a submission on Lauzon from the back after a trip takedown. Lauzon shows his skills, getting out. Now Lauzon in the strong position with the mount, flattening Chiesa out. Lauzon gets his hooks in but the round comes to a close.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon
Round 2: Chiesa sticking to the stand up now to start the round, and Lauzon answers. Chiesa with a nice kick to the body, Lauzon with a takedown and he gets busted open for his efforts. Chiesa is bleeding profusely from the eye and it’s a huge cut. Herb Dean has called a stop to the action, bringing in the doctor. And that’s it. This one is all over due to the wound.
Joe Lauzon def. Michael Chiesa via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:14 of Round 2
Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis
Our first of two heavyweight bouts will feature Matt Mitrione (7-3) and Derrick Lewis (11-2). These two had to be separated during Friday’s weigh-ins.
Round 1: As expected, these two come out swinging. It’s Mitrione gaining the advantage early and he plants Lewis with a short right. Just like that, this one is all over, as “Meathead” followed up with some nasty shots.
Matt Mitrione def. Derrick Lewis via KO (strike) at :41 of Round 1
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell
Heavyweights comprise the co-main event, as former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem (37-13) tackles Ben Rothwell (33-9).
Overeem snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Frank Mir in February, while Rothwell has alternated wins and losses in his last nine.
Round 1: Overeem working the leg kicks early on, trying to take the power of Rothwell away. Rothwell catches him and plants Overeem, who gets right back to his feet and clinches. Body kick does some damage for Overeem. Just like that, Rothwell catches him and finishes the former champion.
Ben Rothwell def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
It’s time for the main event and five rounds in the middleweight division, as former Strikeforce champions Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3) and Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2) square off.
Souza has won six in a row, including three inside the Octagon. Mousasi is 7-1-1 in his last nine overall.
Round 1: Souza working hard for a takedown, which Mousasi is defending with ease. He’s looking to find his range here in the early going. Souza gets in close and has Mousasi up against the fence, working hard for a takedown. Elbows from Mousasi and Jacare picks him up and plants him on the canvas. Mousasi threatens with a triangle attempt, also landing an up-kick.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza
Round 2: Jacare with a takedown after landing some nice rights. Mousasi appears hurt from the shot he took earlier in the round. Souza in complete control, imposing his will on the ground. Jacare threatened with a kimura, but was unable to lock it up.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza
Round 3: Jacare right back into control with a takedown off his striking. This time, Mousasi works his way to his feet. Some light striking by Mousasi, but he gets taken right back down to the canvas. So far, this has been all Jacare, as he has controlled the action with his striking and takedowns. One more takedown for Jacare, who avoids an up kick and settles into the guard. He moves in position for a guillotine and secures it. This one is all over.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Gegard Mousasi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:30 of Round 3