UFC Fight Night 20 took place Monday evening in Virginia, USA. Featured among the fighters were some in the lightweight category who use Jiu-Jitsu as their mainstay in the ring.
In one of these fights, the main event, Cesar Gracie black belt Nate Diaz found luck was not in his favor in his rendezvous with Gray Maynard. After getting the better of the standup exchange in the first round, when he opened a cut on his opponent’s face, Diaz came up short in the rounds that followed and lost the split decision.
Speaking of the gentle art, also in the lightweight category, Evan Dunham showed his ground game was up to par by catching Efrain Escudero with a sightly armbar, after attempting a triangle. Also on the main card, but displaying slick standup, Amir Sadollah led the action against Brad Blackburn.
In the non-broadcast card, black belt Rafael dos Anjos notched his second win for the organization by overcoming Kyle Bradley in the unanimous judges’ decision, also in the lightweight division. In the same category, Thiago Tavares drew with Nik Lentz. In another much-anticipated match, Chris Leben took the decision over Jay Silva.
Check out the complete results:
Virginia, United States
January 11, 2010
Gray Maynard defeated Nate Diaz via split decision
Evan Dunham submitted Efrain Escudero via armbar at 1:59 min of R3
Aaron Simpson defeated Tom Lawlor via split decision
Amir Sadollah defeated Brad Blackburn via unanimous decision
Chris Leben defeated Jay Silva via unanimous decision
Rick Story defeated Jesse Lennox via unanimous decision
Thiago Tavares and Nik Lentz fought to a draw
Rory MacDonald submitted Michael Guymon via armbar at 4:27 min of R1
Rafael dos Anjos defeated Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision
Gerald Harris defeated John Salter via technical knockout at 3:24 min of R3
Nick Catone defeated Jesse Forbes via split decision