These guys traded a few strikes, and then Garcia caught a kick and took down McGee 90 seconds into the opening round, but McGee quickly stood back up, as Garcia continued to cling to his back with a tight clinch against the fence. Garcia tried to setup a backpack style rear-naked choke halfway through the round, but McGee was able to shake him off and reset. They traded some strikes, with Garcia landing the harder shots, and then McGee scored a slick takedown to finish the round. Round one goes to Garcia.
     McGee dropped Garcia 45 seconds into the second round, and he nearly finished him with some wild ground & pound, but Garcia was able to pull guard, and buy some time to recover. McGee spent most of the round on top, until the referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. Garcia quickly tried to take McGee to the ground, but McGee took control of the clinch, and finished the round pressing Garcia against the fence. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They both started the final round by digging for takedowns, which resulted in a stalemate clinch against the fence. Garcia took down McGee 2 minutes into the round, and pinned him against the fence in a seated position. Garcia took McGee's back, and then McGee shook him off with 2 minutes left in the round. McGee spent the rest of the round beating up Garcia with ugly sloppy elbows, leading to the 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Court McGee.
      This fight had both guys pumping some jabs, Garcia shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, LaFlare stuffed it with ease, and then they stood back up and went back to pumping jabs. Not a lot happened in the first round, but that's basically the story of it, pump some jabs, and then LaFlare stuffed a shot, etc... Round one goes to LaFlare.
     The second round started with 30 seconds of light boxing, and then LaFlare took Garcia's back, threw him to the ground, Garcia scrambled into top control, and pinned LaFlare against the fence. Garcia tried to take back control to setup a rear-naked choke, but LaFlare scrambled out of that, and eventually ended up back on top inside Garcia's half guard until the end of the round. LaFlare is probably ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had a couple of minutes of boxing, and then Garcia shot for a takedown, LaFlare sort of stuffed the shot, ended up in a seated position against the fence, and then he started working his way into back control, as he sort of slapped on a back crucifix, and Garcia appeared to be a little lost. Garcia finally scrambled back to his feet with 10 seconds left in the fight, but that was too late to do anything. LaFlare wins the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      Salikhov is apparently some sort of hotshot kickboxer, but I've never heard of him. Garcia took him down almost immediately, and had him pinned in the first 45 seconds of the opening round. Garcia mostly just wrestled him for a minute or so, and then Salikhov powered his way back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Salikhov hammered Garcia with some brutal punches & kicks, and then Garcia tried to take him down again, with a minute left in the round, but Salikhov was able to stuff his shot. Garcia ducked under a bit punch with 30 seconds left in the round, and he took Salikhov down again, but wasn't able to do much before the end of the round. Round one should probably go to Salikhov for his superior striking, but two takedowns by Garcia is nothing to scoff at. He just didn't do anything once on the ground though.
     Garcia threw some big punches in the second round, and then took down Salikhov halfway through the round, pinning him against the fence. Garcia took his back with 2 minutes left in the round, locked on a rear-naked choke, it was more like a neck crank, and he basically just crushed Salikhov's head, forcing him to submit in a really solid upset. Salikhov looks like someone to keep an eye on in the future though.
      Garcia rocked Means with some brutal punches in the first minute of the opening round, and then he tried to take Means down against the fence, but Means was able to stay standing, so they reset. They continued to trade strikes for a while, and Garcia clipped Means again with a hard left hook with 90 seconds left in the round. Round one should go to Garcia for rocking Means a couple of times, but I would have liked to see him try a little harder for a finish or something.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then Garcia shot in for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Means was able to stuff the shot. Garcia blasted him with a hard right hand as they broke out of the clinch. They continued to trade random strikes for the rest of the round, with neither fighter showing a clear advantage. Means probably won that round, but the crowd was getting restless by the end of the round.
     Garcia failed with an early takedown in the final round. They continued to circle each other for most of the round, with neither fighter really looking very aggressive at all. Means was working his jab, but not doing any damage. Garcia was throwing bombs, but not connecting very often. I scored that round for Garcia, based on throwing the harder shots, so I scored this fight 29-28 for Garcia. I wouldn't be shocked with a split-decision or something though. All 3 judges disagreed with me, and gave the unanimous decision victory to Tim Means after a lackluster performance by both fighters.
KO (Punch)
      Garcia came out swinging, he beat up Pyle on the feet for a minute, and then took him to the ground, landing inside Pyle's guard. Pyle tried to sweep him with his butterfly guard, but Garcia just passed to side control instead. Garcia landed a few decent shots on the ground, and then Pyle stood back up halfway through the round. They traded a few strikes on the feet, things seemed fairly even, and then Garcia blasted Pyle with a heavy overhand right that knocked Pyle the fuck out, causing his head to bounce off the canvas when he hit the ground. I'm a Mike Pyle fan, but with that being said, I hope he retires. His chin is glass at this point, and at 41 years old, I just don't want to see him get hurt anymore. This was a pretty solid win for Alex Garcia.
TKO (Punches)
      This fight started, Garcia shot for a takedown, and Strickland avoided it, and grabbed Garcia's back in the clinch. Strickland threw Garcia to the ground, and then stood above him, got kicked in the chin a couple of times with upkicks, before Strickland tried to pin him, throwing some punches on the ground. Strickland threw a few really hard elbows to the chin of Garcia, that caused his mouth to bleed. Strickland started beating the shit out of him with punches, the referee almost stopped the fight, and Garcia randomly popped up and took Strickland to the ground. Strickland did a good job clinching from the guard, to avoid too much damage, but in the final 10 seconds, Garcia beat his ass. I'm leaning towards Strickland for that round, but Garcia might have done enough at the end of the round to make it a 10-10 round.
      Garcia started the second round with a couple of massive bombs, fueled by forward movement. Strickland busted up Garcia's nose with some jabs, but Garcia was throwing power shots. Strickland landed some HARD leg kicks, that caused Garcia to limp near the end of the round, but Garcia took him down, securing the round for Garcia. The score is probably all tied up going into the final round.
      Garcia clinched with Strickland early in the final round, tripped him, and took him to the ground. The striking was pretty even in the final round, so Garcia kept looking for takedowns, but Strickland was ready for them, so he was able to stay on his feet for most of the round. In the final minute of the round, Garcia got rocked by SOMETHING, (a small left jab?), and Strickland chased him down, finishing off Garcia with a barrage of straight punches to the face. Really solid win for Sean Strickland, over a tough guy.
      This was kind of a slow paced fight, which sucks, because I was really hoping Mike "Quick" Swick, would make a big comeback here, and do something... well... "Quick"? But nope... This fight was all about Garcia taking him to the ground, dominating him with his wrestling, laying on him while droping a few strikes here and there, and for the most part, just grinding out a 15 minute decision. Swick landed a few decent jabs, and a couple of halfway decent kicks, but this fight sucked for the most part. Nice "big name" win for Alex Garcia, but I don't know what this fight really says about Swick's future in the UFC. It's been almost 3 years since his last fight, and I'm not sure if this fight really warrants another one for him. (Unless the entire issue was ring rust?) I don't know. But yeah, I hope SOMEBODY tonight gets a finish, because these decisions are boring the shit out of me.
      This fight was ok, but kind of weird for me. Alex Garcia's first 2 UFC fights were barn burning brawls, but this one was pretty toned down by comparison. Neil Magny clearly won the first round, using his reach advantage while striking on the feet, and he was able to take Garcia to the ground. I gave the second round to Garcia for throwing harder shots and securing a nice slam, even though he injured his right knee early in the second round. The third round, Garcia controlled most of the round, riding Magny's back for several minutes, but eventually Magny was able to deliver a piledriver, and probably won the final minute of the third round. In the end, I gave the fight to Garcia, 29-28, and I think a lot of people scored it that way, but for some reason the judges gave the fight to Magny, one said 29-28 (which I'm fine with, it was a close fight), and the other two judges gave him the fight 30-27, which sounds ridiculous to me. Congrats to Magny for continuing his winning streak though.
Decision (Split)
      This was a pretty good fight, ESPECIALLY the second round, which was an absolute war, both guys throwing crazy bombs, and both guys getting rocked. But yeah, in the end, even though Spencer put up one hell of a fight, I gave all 3 rounds to Alex Garcia, and was really impressed by his ability to brawl for 15 minutes, and even when he was clearly tired, he just kept coming. Awesome fight overall.
KO (Punches)
     I wasn't familiar with either of these fighters going into this fight, but Alex Garcia just BLASTED Ben Wall with a series of hard punches, knocking Wall loopy, finishing the fight in under a minute. It's hard to have a better UFC debut than that! I can't wait to see Garcia fight again, hopefully in the very near future.