UFC 196: Nate Diaz Backstage Interview – YouTube
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With the lack of big names that previous UFC Fight Nights have had in the past, many MMA fans looked past Wednesday?s Fight Night 11 in anticipation of UFC 76 on Saturday.
Unfortunately for those that decided not to tune in, you missed a hand full of exciting fights. Nate Quarry and Chris Leban were both on the brink of defeat in their fights, but both managed to dig deep and pull out surprising knockouts.
Kenny Florian continues to show his ever improving MMA game, finishing Din Thomas in a Rear Naked Choke in the 1st Round. Florian stated after the fight that he makes it a point to finish his fights, perhaps again taking another jab at current UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk, who has won his last three fights by uneventful decisions.
This is the second time that Florian has made this comment after a fight, making a similar statement after his last victory over Alvin Robinson at UFC 73. ?Coincidentally,? Sherk had just Lay N? Prayed his way to a five round unanimous decision over Hermes Franca right before Florian?s fight. Thomas seemed to have hurt his knee when he shot on Florian, allowing Florian to set up the choke.
For those of you that missed it, here is a recap of the night’s fights:
Dustin Hazelett beat Jonathan Goulet by an Armbar Submission at 1:14 in the 1st Round
Thiago Alves beat Kuniyoshi Hironaka by TKO due to strikes at 4:04 in the 2nd Round
Gray Maynard beat Joe Veres by TKO due to strikes at :09 seconds in the 1st Round
Cole Miller beat Leonard Garcia by Unanimous Decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
Luke Cummo beat Edilberto de Oliveira by TKO due to strikes at 1:45 in the 1st Round
Main Card Bouts:
Nate Quarry beat Pete Sell by TKO due to strikes at :44 seconds in the 3rd Round
Nate Diaz beat Junior Assuncao by a Guillotine Choke Submission at 4:10 in the 1st Round
Chris Leben beat Terry Martin by KO at 3:56 in the 3rd Round
Kenny Florian beat Din Thomas by a Rear Naked Choke Submission at 4:31 in the 1st Round
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