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UFC 103 – September 19th, 2009
Dallas, Texas
Report by MMAWeekly.com

-Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin

R1 – Feeling out process for the first minute. Belfot with a leg kick but it’s Franklin stalking him. Belfort momentarily catches a kick of Franklin but unable to do anything with it. Belfot being patient and waiting to counter strike Franklin. Franklin misses with a left and a right. Beflrot catches him and knocks him out. Franklin is face down on the canvas.

-Vitor Belfort def. Rich Franklin by Ko at 3:02, R1.

-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Junior dos Santos

R1 – Dos Santos closes the distance and lands a body shot. Dos Santos pressing the action early. Cro Cop fires his first left high kick one minute in but it’s blocked. Dos Santos lands a right hand that looked to have hurt Cro Cop and follows it with another hook to the body. Cro Cop clinches. Dos Santos briefly gets Cro Cop down but the Croation is back to his feet immediately. Dos Santos is outstriking Mirko Cro Cop. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Junior Dos Santos.

R2 – Cro Cop misses with a high kick and lands a leg kicks. Dos Santos lands a big left. They exchange with Dos Santos getting the better of it. Dos Santos is moving forward landing shots while Cro Cop pushes him away. Dos Santos is taking it to Cro Cop who seems to be at a loss for a strategy. Cro Cop lands a kick to the groin and Dos Santos is on the ground in pain.

After two minutes, the fight is restarted. Dos Santos goes back to landing punches to the body and head and Cro Cop pushing him away. MMAWeekly.com scores the second round 10-9 for Dos Santos.

R3 – Cro Cop comes out moving forward in the final round, but that quickly changed. Dos Santos with a knee to the body, and another, and another. He has Cro Cop in trouble. A knee to the head followed by a hook. Dos Santos is punishing the Croation. Cro Cop quits.

-Junior dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.

-Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley

R1 – Kampmann being careful early and Daley launching bombs. Kampmann attempts a takedown but Daley is having none of it. Big puches being thrown by both guys. Daley with a two punch combination but Kampmann answers with a right hook before clinching with Daley along the cage. Daley lands a right hand that stuns Kampmann. Kampmann out on his feet and the referee stops the fight. The crowd boos. Kampmann never went down but was eating shot after shot.

-Paul Daley def. Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.

-Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg

R1 – Trigg moving forward pawing with his right hand and lands a straight left. Koscheck lands a right hand that hurts Trigg and follows up with a barrage of right hands taht put Trigg out. The referee stops the fight.

-Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.

-Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca

R1 – Griffin opens with inside leg kicks. Griffin out boxing Franca in the fist three minutes establishing his jab and lading 1, 2 combinations. Franca trying to counter but having no success thus far. Griffin easily wins round one with superior striking. MMAWeekly.com scores it 10-9 for Tyson Griffin

R2 – The pace picks up in round two with Tyson landing a good shot that seemed to hurt Franca resulting in a wild exchange. Franca catches a body kicky and the two take turns throwing right hands as Franca holds his leg. The crowd erupts in cheers in sharp contrast of their displeasure in round one. Griffin drops Franca with a right hand and pounces on him landing right hand after right hand. The referee stops the fight.

-Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.

-Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller

R1 – Feeling each other out for the fist minute Escudero lands a combination and catches a body kick by Miller and tosses him to the ground. Miller gets back up and they resume striking. Miller tries to use his reach and establish the jab. Escudero slams him and presses forward landing a straight right hand that puts Miller down and follows up with a few more putting him unconscious.

-Efrain Escudero def. Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.

-Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal

R1 – The both throw leg kicks at the same time to start the fight. Drwal lands a combination and then flurries before clinching and looking for the takedown. McFedries circles out and they’re back int eh center of the Octagon. McFedries headhunting but misses with a couple of haymakers. Drwal gets the fight to the ground for just a second and McFedries gets back to his feet but drwal has his back. McFedries separates and lands two nice left hands. Drwal lands a right hand and clinches getting a takedown in the process where he lands right hands forcing McFedries to give up his back as the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Tomasz Drwal.

R2 – Drwal lands a good right hand and takes McFedries down where he takes his back and applies a rear naked choke forcing McFedries to tap.

-Tomasz Drwal def. Drew McFedries by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03, R2

-Jim Miller vs. Steve Lopez

R1 – It’s Lopez with the reach advantage but Miller unleashing punches in bunches. Miller catches him with a left that sends him to one knee but Lopez bounces back to his feet. Miller partially lands a high kick followed by a rigt hand but gets poked in the eye. Lopez closes the distance adn eats a left hand that drops him to the canvaas. Miller slaps on a guillotine choke but Lopez escapes only to be met with a series of strikes. Miller works ground and pound before dropping back for a leg lock in the closing seconds allowing Lopez to escape back to his feet. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Miller.

R2 – They stand toe-to-toe exchanging with Miller getting the better of it. Lopez injures his shoulder and quits.

-Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48 or R2.

-Rafaello Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz

R1 – Lentz with a couple of outside leg kicks to get things started and Oliveira answers with one of his own. Oliveira rushes in with a flurry and lands a right hand followed by a double-leg takedown. Lentz gets back to his feet but gets rocked by punch. Oliveira goes in for the kill but Lentz goes for a guillotine choke that Oliveira defends. Oliveira slams Lentz to the canvas but was unable to do much and Lentz gets back up. Lentz hurts Oliveira with a well-placed punch but Oliveira recovers. In the final seconds of the round, Lentz slams Oliveira. Extremely close round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira but the judges probably gave it to Lentz because he finished strong.

R2 – Lentz starts teh round with kicks to the body and legs. Lentz starting to find his range landing punches on Oliveira. The pace slows with each guy winging punches but coming up with little. Oliveira attempts a takedown and Lentz pulls guard. A nice scramble ensues on the ground and Lentz eventually gets back to his feet where the final seconds play out with not much happening. MMAWeekly.com scores the second round 10-9 for Oliveira.

R3 – The pace slows in the final round. Lentz pushes forward with a flurry but Oliveira drops down and gets the fight to the ground where he lands a few punches before Lentz gets back to the standing position. Both fighters are exhausted but Lentz is able to secure a double-leg takedown at the midway mark. Brilz controls top postion and lands a series of punches to Oliveira’s head. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lentz. Close fight that could go either way and comes down to how the judges scored round one.

-Nik Lentz def. Rafaello Oliveira by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

-Brian Foster vs. Rick Story

R1 – They come out throwing bombs. Finally an exciting fight in the works. Foster rocks Story with punches, twice and Story gets the fight to the ground where he works ground and pound. Foster gets back to his feet with a minute to go only to be taken right back down. The fight works it’s way back to it’s feet where they start unloading heavy shots. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Story.

R2 – Back to where they left off, but Story gets the action back down again and moves to half guard position. Story applies an arm triangle choke that Foster tries to fight off but eventually was forced to tap to. First finish of the night.

-Rick Story def. Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of R2

-Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall

R1 – Marshall using his reach trying to establish his jab, but misses with an uppercut before throwing a combination. Brilz tries to rush in and get past Marshall’s reach but Marshall circles away. Brilz tries for a single-leg but Marshall easily shakes it off. Brilz lands a left hand and the two clinch along the cage but quickly separate. Brilz again attempts a takedown but Marshall defends. Brilz lands a quick 1, 2 but did no damage. Marshall fires a high kick that is blocked. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Brilz due to landing the better shots.

R2 – After a few strikes that don’t find their mark by both guys, Brilz attempts a single-leg that Marshall defends. Brilz is relentless with his closing of the distance and pressureing Marshall on the inside against the fence. Brilz lands a knee to Marshall’s groin, and after a minute for Marshall to recover, the fight resumes. Marshall with a quick uppercut, his best shot landed of the fight. Brilz clinches and drives Marshall across the Octagon but Marshall cirles out before being taken down briefly. Brilz lands a right, left at the bell. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Brilz.

R3 – Brilz with a left hand to start the round. Marshall doesn’t have an answer for Brilz’ punch once or twice and clinch strategy. Brilz with a big right hand as they separate and he’s loading up his right from the outside. The round plays out like the first two with Brilz moving in and getting off a punch of two and clinching, controling the pace. MMAWeekly.com scores the final round 10-9 for Brilz.

-Eliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz by split decisin (30-27, 27-30, 30-27).

-Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac

R1 – The two let loose one punch at each other before clinching. The separate and Matyushenko lands a straight right hand. It’s Matyushenko moving forward as Pokrajac circles and backs up. Pokrajac stuns Matyushenko with a left hand followed by another and Matyushenko wisely gets the fight to the ground. After standing over him momentarily, Matyushenko goes into his guard and lands shots to the body and advances to mount, but Pokrajac sweeps him and lands in mount as the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 Matyushenko.

R2 – Pokrajac misses with a superman punch and Matyushenko comes up with air on a looping right hand to start the round. Matyushenko starting to land his jab and finding his range with his right hand. Matyushenko lands a combination that sends Pokrajac moving away and judo throws the Croatian to the canvas. Matyushenko worked for a kimura before giving it up to land punches forcing Pokrajac to give up his back. Pokrajac works his way back to half guard as the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the second stanza 10-9 for Matyushenko.

R3 – Slow start to round three with each guy loading up on single shots. Matyushenko scores a takedown but the referee stands them up after only 20 seconds on the ground. They clinch along the cage but neither do anything and the referee separates them. Pokrajac gets a takedown and lands in Matyushenko’s half guard only to be reversed. The round ends wiht Matyushenko in Pokrajac’s guard not doing much. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Matyushenko.

-Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

-Robert Emerson vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

R1 – Emerson working hihs jab and Dos Anjos lands an ouside leg kick before shooting in for a double leg takedown that Emerson fends off. Dos Anjos comfortable standing with Emerson and lands kicks to the body and legs setting the pace of the round. Dos Anjos dives for legs but Emerson defends the takedown again. In the final seconds of the round, Dos Anjos gets a single-leg takedown and lands punches inside Emerson’s guard before passing to half guard. MMAWeekly.com score round one 10-9 for Rafael Dos Anjos.

R2 – They exchange leg kicks to start the round and Dos Anjos continues to work Emerson front leg with kick after kick better getting a takedown stuffed by Emerson. Two minutes in, they get into a wild exchange with Emerson getting the better of it and Dos Anjos briefly gets Emerson to the ground but Emerson immediately pops back to his feet. Emerson starting to let his hands go but being met with more leg kicks by Dos Anjos. The round ends with the fighters exchanging along the cage. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Emerson in a razor close round.

R3 – Dos Anjos’ leg kicks are taking their toll on Emerson. Dos Anjos secures a double-leg takedown and advances to Emerson’s back where he momentarily looked for a rear naked choke. Emerson works his way back to guard, but Dos Anjos lands elbows and punches to the body. Emerson gets back to his feet with two minutes remaining. Emerson swings for the fences but Dos Anjos clearly takes the round. MMAWeekly.com score round three 10-9 for Dos Anjos.

-Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robert Emerson by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

UFC 103 QUICK RESULTS:

Main Card Bouts:
-Vitor Belfort def. Rich Franklin by Ko at 3:02, R1.
-Junior dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.
-Paul Daley def. Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.
-Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.
-Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.

Preliminary Bouts:
-Efrain Escudero def. Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.
-Tomasz Drwal def. Drew McFedries by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03, R2
-Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48 or R2.
-Nik Lentz def. Rafaello Oliveira by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-Rick Story def. Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of R2
-Eliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz by split decisin (30-27, 27-30, 30-27).
-Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all scorecards).
-Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robert Emerson by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

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