UFC on FOX 4: Philip De Fries vs. Oli Thompson Result
Two big dudes.
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Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
August 4, 2012
Commentators: Mike Golderg and Joe Rogan
Heavyweight bout: Philip De Fries (8-1) vs. Oli Thompson (9-3)
Big John McCarthy is our referee. Goldberg says we're in for a confrontation between two big, strong men. Yep.
Right hand by De Fries as Thompson rushes at him. Thompson presses De Fries against the cage. Both fighters are purple belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, according to Goldberg. De Fries reverses position. Knees to Thompson's body, but not much else going on. Ref breaks them up. De Fries pushes Thompson against the fence, most likely looking to wear the big Brit down. De Fries goes low for a single leg and gets the takedown.
Thompson pops to his feet. They tie up on the fence. Thompson turns around and attempts a single leg takedown of his own. Reversed. Big John separates them again. Leg kick by Thompson. Couple rights by De Fries. De Fries striking ain't pretty. Nice to hear Rogan recognize this. De Fries press Thompson against the fence again. Throws a couple knees. Round over.
10-9 De Fries
Inside leg kick by Thompson. Right hand by De Fries. Knee grazes De Fries' body. Thompson coming forward. Double jabs. Rogan says De Fries and no power, only for De Fries to knock Thompson down with a big shot literally a second after that comment. LOL MMA. Big one-two combo. Thompson on his knees taking shots. Commentators laugh uproariously. So do I. Before De Fries can attempt to finish.
Thompson gets back to his feet. De Fries clinches against the cage and attempts the takedown, but can't get it. Thompson eats some short shots. They break. De Fries makes Thompson eat a knee, followed by a quick combo. Takedown by De Fries. De Fries has Thompson's back, although no hooks sunk in yet. He's riding him, wearing the Englishman down with short range punches. Thompson defending, turtling and covering up. De Fries methodically gets both hooks in. Sinks in the rear-naked choke. Tapout. Impressive victory for the heavyweight prospect.
Official Decision: Phil De Fries (9-1) def. Oli Thompson (9-4) via submission (facecrank) at 4:16 of Round Two.
Facecrank? Rear naked? Whatever. De Fries tells Rogan it was part of his gameplan to wear Thompson down and that he did.
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