UFC Fight Night 39, headlined by Roy “Big Country” Nelson and “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira did not disappoint, as the card was stacked with excellent fights from top to bottom. Below Guardian Liberty Voice has results of all eight matches from hot and humid Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Roy Nelson defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – KO (punch) at 3:37 of round 1.
It was a devastating shot that left Nogueira stiff as a board and unconscious for over a minute, but he ate at least a half dozen sick rights before that, being knocked down twice by Nelson’s haymakers. Nelson only needed to utilize one move in this fight: duck down and throw the overhand right. Nelson was basically telegraphing everything he was going to do and Nogueira was powerless to stop it. In the two knock downs, Nogueira assumed the guard position, but Nelson was having none of it, choosing to let his opponent up and finish it on the feet. It is hard to know where Nog goes from here, but it was tough to see him go down so brutally. Nelson cements himself for now in the top ten, with fans calling for a stand-up war against the heavy-handed New Zealander, Mark Hunt, next.
Clay Guida defeats Tatsuya Kawajiri – unanimous decision (30-27 on all judges scorecards)
Guida started the match off by dropping Kawajiri with a punch and swarming him. The Japanese veteran was able to recover though, working kimuras while Guida kept his back. Guida won each round decisively, keeping control in the striking game and in the clinch, while doling out crazy aerial slams. Guida looked great, maybe better than many expected. During the post-fight interview, Guida called out fighters in two different weight classes, lightweight Josh Thomson and featherweight Conor Mcgregor. Regarding the Irish-born McGregor, Guida threw out some of the best/weirdest smack heard in awhile, saying, “There ain’t no gold at the end of that rainbow, man, just a chest-hair sandwich from a mullet with a caveman at the end of it.” The UFC needs popular fighters like Guida on their game and making noise, and with his impressive result at Fight Night 39, “The Carpenter” looks likely to get another high-profile match next.
Ryan LaFlare defeats John Howard – unanimous decision (no scores read)
The story of this fight was a hard low-blow in the second round delivered by LaFlare. “Doomsday” Howard let out a high-pitched yelp after taking a knee in the cup that could be heard throughout the arena. Howard needed all five minutes to recover from the shot and was tended to by a doctor before resuming action. LaFlare won round one with grappling dominance, but Howard was finding his range and delivering power shots when standing. In round two, LaFlare started looking tired and Howard was scoring before the low blow. Round two in total was up in the air scoring-wise, but LaFLare dominated round three with more grappling to seal the victory.
Ramsey Nijem defeats Beneil Dariush – TKO (strikes) 4:20 of round 1
This was an exciting contest from start to finish. In the middle of the first round, Dariush landed a hard flying knee, but Nijem ate it and knocked Dariush down with a counter punch. Nijem proceeded to ground and pound Dariush for nearly two minutes straight, as Dariush courageously did everything in his power to recover, including throwing up heel hooks and trying to tie up Nijem. The ref finally stepped in as Dariush was bloodied and his resistance faded.
Jared Rosholt defeats Daniel Omielanczuk – unanimous decision
It wasn’t much of a contest as Rosholt demonstrated dominating wrestling to control his opponent throughout the fight. Omielanczuk looked helpless on the ground, which is a little odd because he was riding a 12-fight win streak, with many victories coming by submission. There were instances where Omielanczuk scrambled to his feet and delivered powerful strikes that had Rosholt fans worried, but Rosholt was all business, wrestling the Polish fighter to the mat and keeping him there.
Thales Leites defeats Trevor Smith – TKO (punches) 45 seconds into round 1
Leites has hands?! Apparently, as he knocked Smith down with a punch and finished it up with a swarm of strikes to score the TKO. Who would have thought from the submission artist. Leites has won nine of his last ten and six in a row, including a three-fight win streak since his return to the UFC.
Jim Alers defeats Alan Omer – split decision (29-28)
In what was an early fight of the night candidate as both men threw heavy leather at one another. Omer seemed to win round one with accurate punches and leg kicks. In round two, Omer was chasing down what looked like a hurt Alers and was looking to finish, but Alers let loose a counter-punch that dropped Omer and stayed on top most of the round. Round two overall was a toss-up to score, but round three was all Alers via ground control. One judge, and this writer, gave the fight to Omer, but the other two judges scored the contest 29-28, Alers.
Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford – No Contest (head butt) 39 seconds into round 1
Quickly into the opening bout, both fighters looked like they traded blows, with Yahya falling back stunned. Bedford swarmed his opponent, and punched him out, forcing a referee stoppage. When the slow-mo replay was shown, it was clear that both men collided heads, with Yahya taking the worst of it. Bedford was celebrating his victory during the result announcement, but was then shocked when he heard the fight was ruled a no contest. The post-fight interview resembled a WWE smack-fest, as Bedford told commentator Dan Hardy that he won the fight and then challenged Yahya to come to his home state of Texas for a rematch. Yahya tried to remain respectful at first, but Bedford was goading and prodding him school-yard style. People had to get between the two fighters as emotions ran high. For a short time, UFC.com had Bedford listed as the winner of the fight.
Nelson, Guida, Kawajiri, and Nijem each earned $50,000 in bonuses for their performance of the night honors. UFC Fight Night 39 Nelson vs Nogueira streamed live on the UFC’s pay service, Fight Pass. The event was another success in the Middle East, and plans are already in the works for a return next year.
Commentary By Matt Stinson