UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Lee Results and Live Reactions
Dennis Siver vs BJ Penn (featherweight)
-Siver wins by majority decision
Two featherweight veterans started off the main card by going the distance and there was another speed bump on the BJ Penn comeback tour. Siver took home the win by majority decision in a lopsided bout. Penn did not show a lot of aggression with his offense, similar to his fight with Yair Rodriguez. For whatever reason Penn did not try take the fight to the ground or into the clinch. Siver was able to control the fight and use his extensive striking ability. Siver did not seem to lose any quickness with his strikes. He landed a ton of strikes and came at Penn with an arsenal of weapons from the stand up. He was able to chop at Penn with kicks all fight long. BJ was able to land a knockdown in the 2nd round via a nice jab-uppercut combo but it was not enough to sway the judges in his favor. It will be interesting to see what direction the two veterans will go after this bout and one has to question if this could be the end of the road for Penn after suffering his 5th straight loss.
Tim Means vs Alex Garcia (welterweight)
-Means wins by unanimous decision
This scrap between a knockout artist in Garcia and an elite chin in Means, went the distance. Means took home the win via unanimous decision in a mostly stagnant and one-sided bout. Garcia showed off his power early but didn’t do much more after that. The "Dirty Bird" used his length to his advantage by landing a lot of strikes from distance and denying Garcia from taking the fight to the ground. Means showed why he was the favorite coming into the fight.
Joachim Christensen vs Dominick Reyes (light heavyweight)
-Reyes wins via TKO in 1st round (29 seconds)
The highly anticipated debut of undefeated prospect Dominick Reyes did not disappoint. Reyes finished a veteran in Christensen with a big left hand strike in just 29 seconds. Reyes lived up to his hype and improved his record to 7-0 against Christensen who has had 4 fights in the past 9 months including this bout. Reyes’ impressive striking was on display as he was 13 for 13 with his strikes. He is looking like a legit future contender at 27 years old.
Felice Herrig (#13) vs Justine Kish (strawweight)
-Herrig wins by unanimous decision
Two former kickboxers who were teammates on The Ultimate Fighter battled within the strawweight division. The 1st round was controlled and won by Herrig through working on the ground. The second round was all stand up in the first 3 minutes until Herrig once again took it to the ground and controlled the rest of the round. Herrig was able to dominate time of control through the first 2 rounds with her impressive ground game. Herrig once again took it to the ground early in the round. She was able sink in a deep choke but Kish impressively powered out of it. Kish tired out near the end of the fight from trying to power out of Herrig’s control. Herrig put on an impressive display of grappling and technique during an entertaining bout which will lead to her most likely moving up into the top 10 in the rankings. Kish suffered her first loss of her career and showed that she needs to work more on her grappling if she wants to become a legit contender.
Tim Boetsch vs Johny Hendricks (middleweight)
-Boetsch wins via 2nd round TKO (46 seconds)
These two brawlers battled in the first bout of the co-main event. Tim Boetsch stuck to his word and showed Hendricks that he may be too small for the middleweight division Both fighters trade strikes in the first round which consisted of all stand up which was expected. It was a fairly uneventful round in which Boetsch had the advantage with number of strikes. In the second Boetsch connected with a beautiful head kick and followed it up with a flurry of right hand uppercuts to get the TKO win.
Michael Chiesa (#6) vs Kevin Lee (#11) (lightweight)
-Lee wins by controversial 1st round submission
The second co-main event consisted of two great grapplers who were looking to settle their beef but ended in poor fashion. Chiesa used his length early and was the first to land a takedown but Lee escaped and landed a slam of his own. Chiesa had multiple submission attempts blocked by Lee in the first and then Lee controlled on the ground. He was able to take Chiesa's back and land some big strikes. Lee then locked in a rear naked choke near the end of the first round when referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight when Chiesa clearly did not tap. It was a terrible way to end a solid Non-PPV card. After the match Chiesa called for a rematch at UFC Detroit.