Alan Belcher (18-6) amazed and even surprised Knoxville MMA fans when he defeated Rousimar Palhares (14-4-0) in less than one round...and by defeating Palhares at his own game: after Palhares got Belcher down on the mat, he unleashed some powerful elbows and punches that landed right where they should, and referee Dan Miragliotta had no choice but to stop the fight with only 42 seconds left in Round 1.
Who's got Talent now, Rousimar?
"I've been training my whole life for this, and I think this win puts me in the top of the division," Belcher said. "I'm improving time after time, and I trained a lot of anti-jiu-jitsu positions in camp, and it was instinct to counter what he did on the ground. I saw him give up when they didn’t work. I could see it in his eyes, and I knew it was my time. I finally landed one big elbow that go through and knocked him out. This is the best I've ever felt in victory."
It was an awesome victory for Belcher, who was thought by most to be the underdog in this fight.
Lavar Johnson (17-5-0) won KO of the night honors due to his defeat of Pat Barry (7-5-0) via TKO (punches) at 4:38 of Round 1. Johnson needed this win; he's lost 2 of his last 3 fights. This win and KO honors will help keep him fighting for the UFC.
The fight between Louis Gaudinot (6-2-0) and John Lineker (8-6-0) earned Fight of the Night honors - an honor that was well-deserved! After going toe-to-toe from the opening bell on, Lineker managed to land some heavy power shots on Gaudinot, but in the closing secondsof their fight, Gaudinot pulled a reversal, got on Lineker's back, and locked in the rear-naked choke, eventually rendering Lineker unconscious. What an exciting match and conclusion!
UFC on FOX 3 Results are as follows:
Preliminary card (Facebook) -
Middleweight bout: Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Vemola defeated Massenzio via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:07 of round 2.
Bantamweight bout: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Delorme defeated Denis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of round 1.
Preliminary card (Fuel TV) -
Featherweight bout: Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Bermudez defeated Garza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Lightweight bout: Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Castillo defeated Cholish via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Catchweight (127lb) bout: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Gaudinot defeated Lineker via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:54 of round 2.
Welterweight bout: John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Hathaway defeated Krauss via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Flyweight bout: John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
Dodson defeated Elliot via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
Johnson defeated Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Main Card -
Heavyweight bout: Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
Johnson defeated Barry via TKO (punches) at 4:38 of round 1.
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher
Belcher defeated Palhares via TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:18 of round 1.
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks
Hendricks defeated Koscheck via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Diaz defeated Miller via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:09 of round 2.
Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.
Fight of the Night: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Knockout of the Night: Lavar Johnson
Submission of the Night: Nate Diaz