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UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 14, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the first UFC event of the year, and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in North America.
UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
Less than a week later, the UFC was in Nashville, Tennessee for its first ever event aired on the FX television channel as part of its broadcast agreement with Fox. The preliminary card was aired live on Fuel TV. Almost eight thousand people were in attendance for the event held at the Bridgestone Arena.
The main event saw Melvin Guillard facing Jim Miller. Both fighters were coming into the bout following losses, with Miller losing to championship contender Ben Henderson, and Guillard having been submitted in 47 seconds by Joe Lauzon. Miller was also able to submit Guillard with a rear naked choke at 2:04 of the first round.
Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft earned fight of the night honors after Barry defeated Morecraft 3:38 of the first round by knock out due to punches. Jim Miller earned the bonus for submission of the night for his win over Melvin Guillard. Knock out of the night was given to Nick Denis who knocked out Joseph Sandoval with elbows during the fight bout of the night.
|Main Card (Fuel TV)|
|Lightweight||Jim Miller||def.||Melvin Guillard||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:04|
|Welterweight||Josh Neer||def.||Duane Ludwig||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||1||3:04|
|Bantamweight||Mike Easton||def.||Jared Papazian||Decision (majority) (29–28, 30–27, 29–29)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Pat Barry||def.||Christian Morecraft||KO (punches)||1||3:38|
|Preliminary Card (Facebook)|
|Middleweight||Jorge Rivera||def.||Eric Schafer||TKO (punches)||2||1:31|
|Lightweight||Khabib Nurmagomedov||def.||Kamal Shalorus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||2:08|
|Welterweight||Charlie Brenneman||def.||Daniel Roberts||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Fabrício Camões||def.||Tommy Hayden||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:03|
|Featherweight||Daniel Pineda||def.||Pat Schilling||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:37|
|Bantamweight||Nick Denis||def.||Joseph Sandoval||KO (elbows)||1||0:22||Note 1|
^Note 1 This bout aired on the FX broadcast following the Guillard vs. Miller fight.
Fighters were awarded $45,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Pat Berry vs. Christian Morecraft
- Knockout of the Night: Nick Denis
- Submission of the Night: Jim Miller
UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis
UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis was the second event that the UFC aired on Fox but the first to show a full fight card when UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos aired only a single fight. Held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, almost 17,000 people were in attendance and 4.7 million watched on TV.
The event was the first to be broadcast on Fox as part of a seven year agreement between the UFC and the network and the second to air live on Fox after the inaugural UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
A bout between Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Wineland was originally slated for this event. However, Johnson was pulled from the bout to be a participant in the UFC's Flyweight tournament set to begin in March. Wineland was then expected to face Johnny Bedford at this event. However, Wineland himself was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Mitch Gagnon. Then just days before the event, the bout was cancelled due to an alleged visa issue for Gagnon.
Mark Munoz was expected to face Chael Sonnen in a #1 contender's bout for a middleweight title shot, but was forced out of the bout with an injury, and was replaced by Michael Bisping, who was pulled from a scheduled fight with Demian Maia. Chris Weidman would step in on 11 days notice to face Maia as Bisping's replacement.
The preliminary bout between Chris Camozzi and Dustin Jacoby was not aired on television or Facebook, making it the first bout on a UFC card to go unaired on the event's live broadcast since UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis in March 2011.
Rashad Evans faced Phil Davis in the main event which Evans won by unanimous decision. With his win, Evans is expected to face his former teammate Jon Jones in a highly anticipated Light Heavyweight Championship fight at UFC 145. In the co-main event Chael Sonnen defeated Michael Bisping by unanimous decision. Sonnen's win puts him in position for a second shot at Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Championship.
The bonus award for fight of the night was given to Evan Dunham and Nik Lentz which ended after two rounds due to a doctor's stoppage. Lavar Johnson earned the knockout of the night award after knocking out Joey Beltran in 4:24 of the first round. A "calf-slicer" submission over Eric Wisely earned Charles Oliveira submission of the night honors.
|Main Card (Fox)|
|Light Heavyweight||Rashad Evans||def.||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 50–45)||5||5:00|
|Middleweight||Chael Sonnen||def.||Michael Bisping||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Chris Weidman||def.||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (Fuel TV)|
|Lightweight||Evan Dunham||def.||Nik Lentz||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Mike Russow||def.||John-Olav Einemo||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Cub Swanson||def.||George Roop||TKO (punches)||2||2:22|
|Featherweight||Charles Oliveira||def.||Eric Wisely||Submission (calf-slicer)||1||1:43|
|Lightweight||Michael Johnson||def.||Shane Roller||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Lavar Johnson||def.||Joey Beltran||KO (punches)||1||4:24|
|Middleweight||Chris Camozzi||def.||Dustin Jacoby||Submission (guillotine choke)||3||1:08|
Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
- Knockout of the Night: Lavar Johnson
- Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira
UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger
Also known as UFC on Fuel TV 1, this was the first UFC event to air exclusively on Fuel TV. It was held on February 15, 2012 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. More than 7000 people were in attendance The event was the most watched show ever aired on Fuel TV with 217,000 viewers tuning in.
The main event consisted of Diego Sanchez facing Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger came into the match on a five fight win streak, four of which ended by stoppage, including one against Jake Shields. The fight against Ellenberger would become Sanchez's eighteenth fight with the UFC going back to April 2005 when he won The Ultimate Fighter 1. Ellenberger continued his win streak defeating Sanchez by unanimous decision.
The fight between Sanchez and Ellenberger earned them fight of the night honors. Stipe Miocic earned the knock out of the night following a knock out win over Phil De Fries. The submission of the night went to Ivan Menjivar who finished John Albert at 3:45 of the first round with a rear naked choke.
|Main Card (Fuel TV)|
|Welterweight||Jake Ellenberger||def.||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Stefan Struve||def.||Dave Herman||TKO (punches)||2||3:52|
|Middleweight||Ronny Markes||def.||Aaron Simpson||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Stipe Miocic||def.||Phil De Fries||KO (punches)||1||0:43|
|Bantamweight||T.J. Dillashaw||def.||Walel Watson||Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–25, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Ivan Menjivar||def.||John Albert||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:45|
|Preliminary Card (Facebook)|
|Featherweight||Jonathan Brookins||def.||Vagner Rocha||KO (punches)||1||1:32||Note 1|
|Lightweight||Justin Salas||def.||Anton Kuivanen||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Tim Means||def.||Bernardo Magalhaes||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–26)||3||5:00|
^Note 1 This bout aired on the Fuel TV broadcast following the Simpson vs. Markes fight.
Fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
- Submission of the Night: Ivan Menjivar
- Knockout of the Night: Stipe Miocic
UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
- ↑ UFC RIO: Aldo vs. Mendes. UFC.com (November 29, 2011).
- ↑ "FOX, UFC announce multiyear deal". Fox Sports. August 18, 2011. http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/FOX-UFC-announce-multi-year-deal-081811. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- ↑ Stupp, Dann (January 21, 2012). UFC on FX 1 draws announced 7,728 attendance and $334,860 live gate. MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ Tylwalk, Nick (January 18, 2012). UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller – Preview. FightWriting.com. Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
- ↑ Lee, Rainer (January 20, 2012). UFC on FX: Main Card Recap. HeadKickLegend.com. Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FX - Guillard vs. Miller. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on April 6, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FX 1 bonuses: Denis, Miller, Barry, Morecraft earn $45K awards. MMAJunkie.com (January 20, 2012). Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FOX 2 officially draws 16,963 attendance and $1.27 million gate. MMAjunkie.com (February 1, 2012). Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on Fox 2 Peaks with 6 Million Viewers During Evans-Davis. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-01.
- ↑ FOX, UFC announce multiyear deal. msn.foxsports.com (August 18, 2011). Retrieved on August 18, 2011.
- ↑ 'TUF 14' fighter Johnny Bedford takes UFC on FOX 2 slot against Eddie Wineland. mmajunkie.com (December 14, 2011).
- ↑ Replacement Mitch Gagnon meets Johnny Bedford at UFC on FOX 2. mmajunkie.com (December 28, 2011).
- ↑ Bedford-Gagnon scratched at UFC on FOX 2. mmajunkie.com (January 25, 2012).
- ↑ Evan Dunham vs Nik Lentz announced for UFC on Fox 2 with Paul Sass scratched. mmamania.com (December 26, 2011).
- ↑ Injured McKenzie out at UFC on FOX 2; Roller steps in to face Johnson. mmajunkie.com (January 4, 2012).
- ↑ Munoz out at UFC on FOX 2; Bisping vs. Sonnen now set for shot at champ Silva. MMAJunkie.com (January 17, 2012).
- ↑ Chris Weidman steps in to face Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 2. MMAJunkie.com (January 17, 2012).
- ↑ Facebook to stream final prelim bouts for UFC 143 in Las Vegas. MMA Torch (January 30, 2012).
- ↑ Wagenheim, Jeff (January 29, 2012). UFC on Fox 2 didn't deliver action, but it did deliver future showdowns. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FOX 2 bonuses: Johnson, Oliveira, Dunham, Lentz earn $65K awards. MMAJunkie.com (January 28, 2012). Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on Fox 2 - Evans vs. Davis. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on April 6, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. UFC. Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FUEL TV 1 draws 7,120 attendance for $406K live gate. mmajunkie.com. MMAJunkie.com (February 21, 2012). Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ Lawson, Nate (March 15, 2012). FUEL TV Scores Big With Record-Breaking February. Heavy.com. Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ Tylwalk, Nick (February 13, 2012). UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger – Main Card Preview. FightWriting.com. Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on FUEL TV 1 bonuses: Miocic, Menjivar, Ellenberger, Sanchez get $50K awards. MMAJunkie.com (February 15, 2012). Retrieved on March 18, 2012.
- ↑ UFC on Fuel TV - Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on April 6, 2012.
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