Okay, with the prelims for UFC FN 70 now over, we move to the main card. In the headliner, Lyoto Machida will throw down with fellow middleweight contender, Yoel Romero.
Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili
Round 1: Dias chucks an overhand right to start the action. Makashvili throws a couple of leg kicks. Dias fires a leg kick but eats a counter right. Makashvili with another kick. Not much happening in terms of combos. Makashvili attempts a TD but can’t get it. Latter pushes Dias to the cage. Makashvili with a nice right. Now Dias changes levels and throws Makashvili to the mat. Nice TD. Makashvili is looking for a sub off his back but round ends. Few boos ring out.
Round 2: Both guys fire some frantic shots to begin the round. Makashvili lands a TD. Dias is countering with a Kimura. This could get interesting. Now Dias takes Makashvili’s back but loses the position. Makashvili comes back down with a punch but lands in a triangle-choke attempt. Makashvili picks Dias up and slams his way out. Makashvili goes back into Dias’s guard and fires some shots from above. Dias gets to his feet and then takes Makashvili to the ground. Impressive. Makashvili works his way out and up. Dias changes levels and gets another TD. Round ends.
Round 3: Dias takes a low kick to start the round. Action is briefly halted. Makashvili charges in and pushes Dias to the fence. Latter works his way out. Makashvili comes in and again and puts Dias against the cage again. “Big” John McCarthy splits them up. Boos are starting up again. Now Dias tries pushing Makashvili to the fence. They reverse positions. Looks like we’re heading to yet another decision…Diaz is working hard for a TD but can’t get it. Now Makashvili takes Dias to the floor. Round ends.
Hacran Dias def. Levan Makashvili via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos
Round 1: Santos fires a left and a couple of kicks. Bam. Santos blasts Bosse with a left head kick and fight is done. Vicious KO.
Thiago Santos def. Steve Bosse via KO (head kick) R1, 0:29
Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Round 1: Gordon plants a stiff jab. Junior fires back with a kick and pushes Gordon to the cage. The latter reverses. They break and Junior charges in, takes Gordon down. Gordon gets back to his feet but is still up against the fence. They continue to reverse positions. Junior trips Gordon to the mat and fires some elbows from above. Now Junior is firing in a lot of punches. Gordon is bloodied up a bit. Round ends.
Round 2: Junior throws a head kick but it’s blocked. Junior is the more active of the two. Gordon charges in and plants a right. Junior fires a kick to the body and Gordon pushes him to the cage. They break away from the fence. Junior fires some jabs. Gordon continues to have issues with range of Junior. Now the latter takes him down. Junior fires down some punches. Now Junior drops back for a leglock but the round ends.
Round 3: Gordon needs a stoppage to win this fight. Hard leg kick from Junior. Gordon fires back. Gordon pushes Junior to the cage. Junior works his way out and takes Gordon down. The Brazilian moves to Gordon’s back. Gordon can’t work his way out. Now Junior locks in a rear-naked-choke and that’s a wrap.
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eddie Gordon via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 4:37
Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Round 1: Larkin starts off with a kick to the body. Larkin charges in with a nice flurry. Ponzinibbio fires a couple big punches. Leg kick from the latter. Nice push kick from Larkin. Ponzinibbio continues to move forward. Big body kick from Ponzinibbio. Larkin cracks the leg of Ponzinibbio with a kick. Ponzinibbio clinches up but Larkin works his way out. Superman punch from Larkin doesn’t land flush. Ponzinibbio changes levels and is looking for a TD. Another hard leg kick from Larkin. Ponzinibbio wings a head kick but misses. Larkin plants another leg kick. Round ends.
Round 2: Larkin spins with a kick to the body. Ponzinibbio moves forward but gets tagged by a couple of punches. Larkin is still picking away at Ponzinibbio’s leg with kicks. Ponzinibbio plants one of his own. Ponzinibbio is keeping busy with the jab. Both guys fire hard, winging shots. Larkin with another hard leg kick. Ponzinibbio is chucking big shots but takes a counter. Wow. Ponzinibbio goes down after getting hammered with a right and a left. Ponzinibbio is in big, big trouble. Larkin is firing away with shots. Ponzinibbio gets up somehow, but Herb Dean steps into rescue him from any more punishment. Nice finish by Larkin.
Lorenz Larkin def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO (punches) R2, 3:07
Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero
Round 1: Machida throws a head kick early that misses. Romero fires a hard kick to the body. Machida is light on his feet as always; lands a leg kick. Another hard leg kick from “The Dragon”. Kick to the body by Machida. Romero is pursuing but is taking counters. Nice knee to the body by Romero. They fire shots and Machida stumbles. Latter smiles; signals it was a miss. Romero lands a good kick to the body. Machida spins and misses. Romero lands a counter right. Round ends.
Round 2: Romero comes in and Machida just misses with a left, may have taken a right hand though. Snapping leg lick from Machida. Latter is still leading the way in terms of volume. Machida lands a left. Romero still hasn’t gone for a TD. Romero attempts a flying knee. Wow. Machida emerges unscathed. Romero is picking up his attacks. Left hand from Romero. Leg kick from Machida. Romero plants a solid shot. Big left from Romero. Machida fires a head kick that misses. Nice kick combo from Machida. Wow. Romero attempts a leaping punch of the cage, then threatens with a TD. Round ends. Romero is coming on.
Round 3: Body kick from Machida but he takes a right hand. Leg kick from Romero. Machida misses with a left. Romero charges in and sweeps Machida to the mat. Crazy. Romero finishes Machida off with a vicious flurry of elbows. Wow. Massive win for Romero.
Yoel Romero def. Lyoto Machida via KO (elbows) R3, 1:38