UFC 161 (Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson) – FX Prelims Live Play By Play & Results
by Scott "Kubryk" Sawitz on June 15, 2013

Welcome, fight fans, to our continuing coverage of UFC 161. You can go back and check out the PBP for the Facebook prelims right here.

Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

Round 1:Both guys come out swinging and Delorme grabs a double and slams him down, Figueroa back up and he’s back on the ground and back mounted. Delorme looking for the RNC with a body triangle, scramble and Delorme locks in a triangle. Blasts him with some elbows and rolls into an armbar, loses it and Figueroa gets top position. Delorme grabs a triangle off his back and Figueroa fights out of it again. Figueroa is landing some big punches as Delorme grabs a heel hook, scramble and Delorme into side control in a mounted crucifix. Delorme is looking to grab back and FIgueroa scrambles but gives up his back anyway. Body triangle again and he’s looking for the RNC again. Figueroa is fighting it off brilliantly, though, as Delorme has one arm trapped. This is beautiful from Delorme as he’s going for that choke. He’s been landing some nice strikes, as well, as the round ends with him dropping some punches on him. 10-9 Delorme

Round 2: Delorme gets him down early and Figueroa is back up quick, grabs back control and drags him down to the ground. Figueroa grabs a triangle off his back after a scramble and nearly has it, Delorme gets out and Delorme on top, landing some big shots. He’s working to get to back again and Figueroa rolls on his stomach, body triangle from Delorme as he has the back with half the round to go. Figueroa is playing hand control to keep him away, though, and scrambles his way back to his feet. Delorme gives up his back and Figueroa in top position, Delorme rolls for an armbar and tries to turn it into a triangle. Figueroa with some nice strikes from top as Delorme is exposing himself to grab a submission. He’s looking for a triangle but Figueroa backs out of it. FIgueroa with some big shots that Delorme is eating some shots. Guillotine doesn’t go anywhere but Delorme up and drags him back to the ground. Back control to back mount as he rolls for that RNC one more time. ROund ends this way. 10-9 Delorme, 20-18

Round 3: Both guys come out throwing as Figueroa is looking to keep his distance. Delorme shoots the gap and gets Figueroa to the ground. Figueroa rolls for a heel hook and gives up his back in the process, Delorme grabs back control and both hooks for back mount. Switch to a body triangle and he’s back to working for a rear naked choke again. Figueroa stands and Delorme gives up the body triangle, looks to drag him to the ground. Figueroa looks to roll for a knee bar but Delorme drags him back to the mat in back control some more. He goes for back mount and Figueroa bucks him off, back standing. Figeuroa with some nice combinations, Delorme goes for the takedown but can’t get it. Figueroa is winning the standup portion as Delorme grabs the double and takes him to the ground. Delorme looking for side control and gets it, turns it into north south but can’t finish the choke. Back into side control, scramble and Delorme with back control. This is a positional clinic right now as Figueroa nearly rolls to sitting and Delorme is holding on. Figueroa gets top position in half guard as he lands some big shots with 20 seconds left. Delorme is covering up as Figueroa is landing some big shots. Delorme holding on to the leg and round ends. 10-9 Figueroa, 29-28 Delorme

Official Decision: 29-28×3 for Delorme


Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

Round 1:Round 1: Kenny Robertson comes out going for the takedown and slips, Sean Pierson stops him and makes some punches for his effort. Robertson with another takedown attempt and PIerson goes for a guillotine, Roberts passes and grabs back control and then mount. Locks a body triangle in and it’s hand control as Robertson is looking for a rear naked choke. Robertson with some punches and scramble as pierson gets back to his feet, looking for a front choke using the body and can’t pull it off. Robertson with his back to the cage and Pierson backs off. RObertson with a light kick to the body and Pierson with a nice counter. Pierson goes for a takedown and doesn’t connect, Pierson landing some nice punches. Robertson grabs a body clinch and tries to drag, countered with a whizzer and RObertson steps over for back control. Pierson scrambles out of it and Robertson is in deep on a single. Pierson fighting it off well in a sprawl, Robertson back up and we’re back to the middle of the cage. Pierson with a nice combination as Robertson wades in as this is turning into a brawl. 10-9 Robertson but a very close round. You could go 10-9 Pierson and not be wrong, either.

Round 2: Pierson comes out more aggressive, pumping the jab as Robertson is throwing more kicks. Robertson with some wild strikes to try and get the clinch. Pierson throws a spinning back fist to get inside and can’t connect. Pierson is outlanding him as Robertson is throwing wild and sloppy, PIerson landing very precisely. Pierson with a nice head kick and Robertson goes for a double, sprawl and Robertson goes for a d’arce and can’t finish. Robertson grabs top position with two minutes and looks to move to mount, Pierson in butterfly guard and then to closed guard. Robertson is trying to pass, landing some nominal ground and pound, as Pierson is working for a standup. Pierson is landing solidly off his back as he’s making Robertson miss with most of his big strikes. 10-9 Pierson, 19-19

Round 3: Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

Round 1: Kenny Robertson comes out going for the takedown and slips, Sean Pierson stops him and makes some punches for his effort. Robertson with another takedown attempt and PIerson goes for a guillotine, Roberts passes and grabs back control and then mount. Locks a body triangle in and it’s hand control as Robertson is looking for a rear naked choke. Robertson with some punches and scramble as pierson gets back to his feet, looking for a front choke using the body and can’t pull it off. Robertson with his back to the cage and Pierson backs off. RObertson with a light kick to the body and Pierson with a nice counter. Pierson goes for a takedown and doesn’t connect, Pierson landing some nice punches. Robertson grabs a body clinch and tries to drag, countered with a whizzer and RObertson steps over for back control. Pierson scrambles out of it and Robertson is in deep on a single. Pierson fighting it off well in a sprawl, Robertson back up and we’re back to the middle of the cage. Pierson with a nice combination as Robertson wades in as this is turning into a brawl. 10-9 Robertson but a very close round. You could go 10-9 Pierson and not be wrong, either.

Round 2: Pierson comes out more aggressive, pumping the jab as Robertson is throwing more kicks. Robertson with some wild strikes to try and get the clinch. Pierson throws a spinning back fist to get inside and can’t connect. Pierson is outlanding him as Robertson is throwing wild and sloppy, PIerson landing very precisely. Pierson with a nice head kick and Robertson goes for a double, sprawl and Robertson goes for a d’arce and can’t finish. Robertson grabs top position with two minutes and looks to move to mount, Pierson in butterfly guard and then to closed guard. Robertson is trying to pass, landing some nominal ground and pound, as Pierson is working for a standup. Pierson is landing solidly off his back as he’s making Robertson miss with most of his big strikes. 10-9 Pierson, 19-19

Round 3: Wild brawl and Robertson lands flush with a beautiful elbow as Pierson drops for a single, Robertson landing some hammer fists. Scramble and Robertson grabs his back and has control but doesn’t have back mount. Pierson rolls to his stomach and grabs back mount, Robertson landing some punches on top. He’s landing strikes as Pierson is just holding on, waiting for his moment. Pierson rolls to his side and Robertson lands ; Robertson is controlling this round and looking to flatten him out but Pierson is just trying to survive. Robertson with a rear naked choke but PIerson fights out and rolls into full guard from Robertson. 10-9 Robertson- 29-28 Robertson

Official Verdict: 29-28, 29-28, 28-28 Sean Pierson by Majority Decision


Sam Stout vs. James Krause

Round 1: Sam Stout comes out more aggressive as James Krause is more tentatative. Stout is throwing more kicks than normal early on, Krause goes for a high kick and Stout ducks to dgrab a body clinch. Back against the cage with the clinch. Krause gets away and back to the middle as Krause is more aggressive now. Stout is stepping in whenever Krause throws a kick to throw a combination. Nice combination and front kick from Krause and Stout is done, rolling back to his feet as Krause presses the action. Another front kick misses and Stout is getting predictable: he throws a combination and follows it up with a kick. High kick from Krause and Stout catches it and gets the takedown, scramble and Stout winds up on his back in butterfly guard. Stout’s busted open right now. Stout is looking to get back to his feet as Krause is looking to keep him there. Stout back to his feet and his face is half covered in blood right now. Cartwheel head kick misses towards the end of the round. 10-9 Krause, but barely.

Round 2:Krause goes for a kick and Stout catches it, throwing him backwards with it. Krause really likes throwing a push kick to the face; Stout is coming in and he’s long enough to be able to hit it. Stout is turning this into a brawl and Krause is obliging. Stout with a nice bod punch as this is becoming a kickboxing fight. Krause with the takedown, briefly has Stout’s back and then winds up in guard. Stout in full guard, looking to get up and Krause postures up, looking for a big strike but not landing one. Stout gets his way back up and we’re back to a striking match. Stout is eating punishment to get into range as Krause is using his length really well. Krause with a sloppy takedown and Stout manages to get top position out of it. Stout with some nice elbows as the round ends. 10-9 Krause, 20-18

Round 3: Round 3: Stout comes out the aggressor this round, landing some nice combinations with his kicks and punches. He’s found his distance against Krause and is being aggressive right now. He’s throwing early and often; Krause is starting to hesitate and do high impact moves like fleeing knees without connecting. It’s allowing Stout to land significantly more. Slip on a high kick and Krause tries to get Stout down but can’t. Stout’s movement is fairly solid right now; Krause is starting to pump the jab more but Stout is countering by stepping in with big overhand rights. Krause tries to throw a step-in elbow and can’t connect, some big shots from Stout landing. Stout with a beautiful outside single and gets the takedown. Krause grabs an arm in guillotine and pulls guard, locking it in and Stout taps at 4:45 of the third round.

Official Verdict: James Krause wins via guillotine at 4:45 of the third round


Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley

Round 1: Both fighters come out tentative with their striking. Jake Shields is looking to close the gap and Tyron Woodley is looking for a big strike. Woodley with a big leg kick that knocks Shields to the ground; he’s looking for a big one punch and to avoid the ground. Shields is leery of that power; Woodley with a kick that Shields catches and tries to turn into a drag single, Woodley just out-athletes him to get back to his feet and we’re in the clinch game against the cage. Both fighters are throwing knees to the body as they battle for position. We get a break and back to the middle of the cage. Woodley looks so much more athletic than Shields and is moving so much quicker than Shields. Woodley is getting out landed but when he hits Shields it’s much more powerful. Shields with a single against the cage but Woodley is muscling his way out. Shields is in deep but is eating some powerful shots to the body; Woodley is muscling his way standing. 10-9 Woodley

Round 2: Shields goes for the takedown some more and Woodley knocks him to the ground; he’s looking for one big punch instead of the ground game. He’s whipping some big overhand rights at him that Shields hasn’t been caught with yet. Woodley with the body clinch and we’re back against the cage. Woodley is defending against Shields’s takedowns wonderfully but it’s much more about raw athleticism and power than technique. He’s clearly significantly stronger. Shields goes for a guillotine and Woodley goes down to his knees to prevent, Shields landing some knees to the shoulder. Woodley powers his way back up but Shields has him against the cage. He circles out and we’re back to the middle of the cage. Woodley is landing some nice rights and is looking for the big one punch KO. Shields with another takedown that’s blocked and we’re back up against the cage. Split up with 10 seconds left as we end with dueling body kicks. 10-9 Shields

Round 3: Round 3: Woodley comes out the aggressor as Shields is moving back whenever he throws. Shields catches a kick and goes for the single, can’t finish and we’re back against the cage. Shields with some really light knees to the body as Woodley lands a nice punch to the body. Split quickly and we’re back to the middle. Woodley is letting his hands go more but Shields is landing in volume with kicks and jabs. Back to the body lock and some failed takedowns from Shields before yet another split. Nice spinning back fist from Woodley and Shields walks through, pressing forward for a takedown. Woodley goes for a takedown but can’t finish, back to the cage for some more clinch work. Break again with a minute on the clock and Woodley is breathing deep. Shields is working his jab and light kicks to the body as Woodley looks for a big strike, Shields dives for a double and can’t finish that and we’re back against the cage. Woodley with a nice uppercut and elbow as the round ends. 10-9 Woodley, 29-28 Woodley

Official Verdict: 29-28×2 Shields, 30-27 Woodley – Shields wins via split decision



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