Welcome to InsideFights.com’s live coverage of UFC 162 headlined by Anderson Silva defending the UFC Middleweight Championship against Chris Weidman. I’m Ryan Frederick and I am cageside for tonight’s event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for live play-by-play coverage of the night’s preliminary card on Facebook. Don’t go anywhere, though, as we will also have full coverage of the FX prelims and the main card on PPV. Enjoy the fights everyone.
Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell
Referee: Steve Mazagatti
Round 1 – Both men come out tentative and Pierce drives him up against the cage with a double. Pierce is looking to grab a double and bring Mitchell to the ground and Mitchell is defending well. This is Pierce’s game and Mitchell prepped really well for it; he’s using his hands well on the underhooks to make it difficult. Not a lot of action as they’re exchanging short elbows/punches while against the cage. MItchell gets off the cage but Pierce presses him right back to it. Mitchell gets away and Pierce is back, embracing the grind once more as Mitchell finds himself back against the cage again. Mitchel off and lands some nice strikes and we’re back against the clinch against the cage. Pierce is winning position but he’s not doing anything with it; Mitchell is outlanding him in the clinch as Pierce is holding on against Mitchell, who’s finding space to land. 90 seconds left and Pierce is content to ride out the ride out the round. He’s going all in to level change on the single and Mitchell manages to get out. Some striking exchanges and Pierce back to the clinch game against the cage. He rides the round out this way. 10-9 Mitchell
Round 2 – Pierce comes out and embraces the clinch again, Mitchell against the cage, as he looks to work a level change one more time. Mitchell’s defense is still excellent; he’s doing lots of good things with his hands to keep Pierce upright and away from his legs. Pierce is a bit more active this round, landing some strikes but Mitchell is clearly more active. We get a brief respite where some hands are thrown but Pierce goes for the clinch against the cage again. He still can’t get MItchell down, though, and Mitchell circles out. Some nice uppercuts from Mitchell and he goes to the clinch, looking for a takedown. Pierce reverses position and Mitchell is back against the cage. Pierce lands a BIG LEFT HOOK and Mitchell goes down, Pierce with the swarm and it’s over. Mike Pierce wins via TKO (punches) at 2:53 of the second.
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Round 1- Yves Lavigne gets the assignment on this bout. Touch of gloves to start and Baczynski immediately lands a leg kick. Melancon fires back with a big left hand. Melancon lands a left to the body followed by a leg kick to the body. Baczynski with a teet kick to the body that backs Melancon up. Baczynski misses on a right hand. Melancon with another left to the body but misses on an overhand right. Melancon with another two left hands that stagger Baczynski. Baczynski fires back and they briefly tie up. Both land solid punches. Baczynski lands a head kick but Melancon responds with a leg kick. Bacyznski misses on a combination and Melancon drops him with a right hand. Baczynski goes down and Melancon gets on top and is firing down punches. Baczynski is surviving and attacking from the bottom. They get back to the feet and the crowd approves. Baczynski lands a left hand to the chest of Melancon. Baczynski misses on a jumping kick and goes down to look for the takedown. Baczynski has Melancon against the cage with 90 seconds left in the round. They separate. Melancon grabs a leg and takes Baczynski to the ground. They fight back to the feet as Melancon lands some right hands and drags it back down. Melancon is on the top and looking to improve his position into mount. Half-guard is where Melancon is hanging out at as he looks to now move to side control. Melancon stands up with ten seconds left. Baczynski misses an upkick and Melancon knocks him out at the end of the round. Baczynski is out cold and Melancon wins the fight as Lavigne stops it. Big knockout win for Melancon!
Official Result: Brian Melancon def. Seth Baczynski by KO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 1
Tags: David Mitchell, Mike Pierce, Mixed Martial Arts, UFC, UFC 162