Weekend in Fights! February 2nd Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (February 2nd, 2013) WIF FEB 2featured Bellator 87, the annual Superbowl weekend card with UFC 156, Legacy Fighting Championship 17,  and ONE FC 7.
Bellator 87 kicked of the weekend with the opening round of the season 8 Lightweight tournament at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Eight men entered, four advanced. David Rickels outlasted and scored a gassed out Lloyd Woodard. Quebec’s Guillaume De Lorenzi was knocked in 31-seconds by last minute replacement Saad Awad after Patricky Freire pulled out of the tournament. Will Brooks out wrestled Ricardo Tirloni to advance with a unanimous decision, and Thiago Michel was submitted by Alexander Sarnavskiy with a rear-naked choke in the second round. (Full Bellator 87 event results below.)
On Friday night Legacy FC held their 17th event at  Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.The main event featured Bellator and Sengoku veteran Dan Hornbuckle versus UFC, TKO, veteran Pete Spratt. Hornbuckle would snap his two-fight losing skid with a unanimous decision over Spratt, who sees his two-fight win streak come to an end. Younger brother of Middleweight UFC veteran Jake Rosholt, Heavyweight Jared Rosholt bounced back from a knockout loss in his last fight. The 2010 NCAA Division I runner up picked up a unanimous decision over Richard Odoms. (Full Legacy FC 17 event results below.)
The weekend’s main attraction was UFC 156 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every Superbowl weekend the UFC holds one of their biggest cards of the year, and they did not disappoint. In a “Superfight” UFC Featherweight champion squared off against former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar for the title. Champion Jose Aldo would walk away with a unanimous decision to retain his title in a five round war that should have crowned Edgar as champion. Unable to finish Aldo, Edgar was once again handed a loss due to the judges.
In the co-main event Antonio Rogerio Nogueira picked a huge win over Rashad Evans. Lil Nog scored a unanimous decision victory against a fighter who has “lost his smile” since losing to Jon Jones. Damien Maia continues to impress at Welterweight with his fourth straight victory and his biggest one in the division to date. Maia defeated longtime Welterweight kingpin Jon Fitch by unanimous decision.
In the biggest shocker of the night the returning Alistair Overeem was knocked out in the third round by Antonio Silva. No one gave Silva a chance going into this bout, and he had clearly lost rounds  one and two. Overeem appeared to be on his way to a unanimous decision victory, when Silva rushed at him in the opening one minute with a relentless combination of strikes. Against the cage Overeem had nowhere to run, and was dropped and finished at the 25-second mark. (Full UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar event results below.) 
Also on Saturday, ONE FC 7 took place at the Putra Indoor Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main event featured the crowning of the inaugural ONE FC Featherweight  title; the bout was a reschedule one that should have taking place at ONE FC 6, but was cut due to  time constraints. Honorio Banario captured the title with a fourth round TKO due to an eye injury against Eric Kelly.
ONE FC kicked off the Malaysia National Featherweight championship tournament with two bouts in the opening round. Jian Kai Chee picked up a unanimous decision over A.J. Lias Mansor to advance, while Melvin Yoeh submitted Raymond Tiew in the second round with a triangle choke to advance. In the Bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinal on the card Thanh Vu made quick work of last minute replacement Mohd Yeoh with a barrage of knees and punches to end the bout 63-seconds in. Vu now joins semifinalist’s Jens Pulver, Masakatsu Ueda, and Kevin Belingon. (Full ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors event results below.)
Thursday Night Fights –
Bellator 87 results:Bellator-87-Poster
David Rickels def. Lloyd Woodard via unanimous decision – lightweight-tourney opening round
Saad Awad def. Guillaume De Lorenzi via KO (punmch) – 0:31 – Round 1 – lightweight-tourney opening round
Will Brooks def. Ricardo Tirloni via unanimous decision – lightweight-tourney opening round
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Thiago Michel via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:43 – Round 2 – lightweight-tourney opening round
Spike.com prelims:
Jason Fischer def. Sevak Magakian via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:37 – Round 1
Ben Lagman vs. Sam Quito via submission (kneebar) – 3:54 – Round 2
James J.P. Reese def. David Shepard via unanimous decision
Karl Etherington def. Jason Fish via TKO (retirement) – 3:45 – Round 1
Amir Khillah def. John Schulz via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:34 – Round 1
Tony Zelinski def. Nick Kirk via split decision
Friday Night Fights –
Legacy Fighting Championship 17 results: Legacy-FC-17-Spratt-Hornbuckle-poster
Dan Hornbuckle def. Pete Spratt via unanimous decision
Jared Rosholt def. Richard Odoms via unanimous decision
Kevin Aguilar def. Nick Gonzalez via unanimous decision
Johnny Ray Rodriguez vs. Ray Rodriguez via submission (armbar) – 3:00 – Round 1
Patrick Ybarra def. Billy Buch via submission (flying armbar) – 1:29 – Round 1
Reynaldo Trujillo def. James King via TKO (punches) – 1:16 – Round 1
Daniel Jolly vs. Larry Hopkins via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1
Chris Lopez def. Melvin Jordan via unanimous decision
Jamal Emmers def. Ernest De La Cruz via unanimous decision
Marco Hernandez def. Cameron Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2:59 – Round 1
Saturday Night Fights –
UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar results:UFC 156
Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision – retains featherweight title
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision
Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem via KO (punches) – 0:25 – Round 3
Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision
FX prelims:
Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau via split decision
Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via KO (punches) – 0:36 – Round 1
Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:25 – Round 3
Issac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision
Facebook prelims:
Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) – 1:50 – Round 3
Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa via TKO (punches) – 4:20 – Round 2
ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors results:ONE FC 7
Honorio Banario def. Eric Kelly via TKO (eye injury) – 1:01 – Round 1 – captures inaugural ONE FC Featherweight title
Shinichi Kojima def. Rey Docyogen via submission (guillotine choke) – 4:47 – Round 2
Lowen Tynanes def. Vuyisile Colossa  via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:37 – Round 3
Peter Davis def. Leo Krishna via TKO (doctor stoppage) – 2:01 – Round 1
Adam Kayoom def. Zuli Silawanto via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1
Thanh Vu def. Mohd Fouzein via TKO (punches & knees) – 1:03 – Round 1 – bantamweight grand-prix quarterfinal
Melvin Yeoh def. Raymond Tiew via submission (triangle choke) – 3;29 – Round 2 – Malaysian featherweight-tourney opening round
Jian Kai Chee def. A.J. Lias Mansor via unanimous decision – Malaysian featherweight-tourney opening round
Gianni Subba def. Saiful Merican via submission (armbar) – Round 2
Jake Butler def. Antoni Romulo via TKO (punches) – Round 1
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