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UFC 167 Online Prelim Results

Read on for results of the three UFC 167 prelims that aired online...
With two current UFC champions in the corners and UFC Hall of Famers already Octagonside during the first three fights of UFC 167, the UFC’s 20th anniversary event at MGM Grand Garden Arena got off to an appropriately star-studded start.

Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
Strikeforce veteran Jason High (19-4 ) welcomed Anthony Lapsley (25-6, 2 NC)  to the Octagon by treating him to three rounds of his suffocating ground game. All three judges gave the nod to welterweight High with scores of 29-28.

Lapsley charged immediately, and High easily took him down and mounted him. After a big elbow from High, Lapsley bucked, but High took his back and patiently waited for Lapsley to work to his feet. As soon as Lapsely did, High took him right back down, let him stand, and suplexed the UFC debutant. This time when High moved to mount, Lapsley had little left with which to defend, yet High seemed conservative with his strikes. With 40 seconds left, High dove into a guillotine before mounting Lapsley again.

Lapsley put up more of a fight in round two, but by the one-minute mark, he was again mounted with High calmly waiting for him to make a move. High lose his guillotine attempt and landed with "The Recipe" in his guard, and that’s where the bulk of the round transpired, with Lapsley dropping some huge elbows and working for an Americana.

Both men got off hard shots in the third – Lapsley with a big kick, High with a hard punch – and in the scramble, High landed in a potential Lapsley triangle. High escaped enough to turn it into another guillotine attempt, but against the fence, he couldn’t get the leverage. Next Lapsley had to escape an omoplata, and again the fence allowed him to avoid the submission. As Lapsley positioned for High’s back on the feet, High dove for a kneebar. That scramble ended with him in Lapsley’s guard, which is how the fight ended.

Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
Returning UFC/WEC vet Will Campuzano (13-5) gave 20-year-old Sergio Pettis (10-0) a tough fight, but it wasn’t enough to shut down the undefeated prospect, who won the bantamweight bout by unanimous decision.

Campuzano shot early, but Pettis held him in a guillotine until he could push back to his feet. Pettis got taken down again off a kick, with Campuzano taking his back as they stood, until Pettis could reverse into top position on the ground and returning to the feet. Pettis stalked for the rest of the round, alternating straights with lethal leg kicks as his corner – graced by coach Duke Roufus and his older brother, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis – called out “He’s hurt!” and urged him to attack. Pettis ended the round on his back after Campuzano stuffed a flying knee attempt and got off some good strikes from his top position.

Both men came out with fast and furious fists for the second, but it was Pettis’ right hand that landed cleanest and most often. As Campuzano began to look worse for the wear, Pettis stayed spry, evading punishment and getting his own takedown, which he turned into a deep D’Arce attack. Campuzano defended as Pettis took his back and settled into Pettis’ guard before trying to stand and being himself reversed. Once they stood, Pettis wasted no time with a right-left, knee and a body kick. Campuzano was dropped but never stopped coming forward, but if there was any question that he was exhausted, that answer came at the end of the second, when he sat down on the canvas in Pettis’ corner.

Campuzano got things to the ground again in round three, but not before having one of his takedowns rebuffed by another D’Arce attempt. Pettis was busy from guard as Campuzano struggled to pass, with both men’s submission literacy cancelling out the other’s. Pettis finally launched Campuzano back to his feet, and both men let go for a brief moment with a grab bag of strikes, knees and kicks. But Campuzano’s final takedown attempt ended with Pettis on his back and getting his own trip takedown as the seconds ticked down and the crowd roared.

Judges’ scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Pettis, currently the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. The loss snaps the five-fight win streak Campuzano had amassed since leaving the UFC. “I really was looking to make a statement out there but Will is a very tough opponent," said Pettis, who admitted to being nervous coming in. "I think the fight was closer than the scores indicated but I think I controlled it."

Check out Sergio Pettis' post-fight interview 

Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante
Strikeforce standout Gian Villante got his first UFC win with a solid TKO over an aggressive, game Cody Donovan in the night’s first bout.

After an early clinch where both light heavyweights flung uppercuts, the two made space and established a standup routine: Donovan coming in with big strikes, Villante countering (or looking to). Donovan hunted with overhands, but Villante answered in true former football player fashion by ignoring the onslaughts and moving forward. Donovan winged with high kicks while Villante’s leg strikes found their targets, both to the legs and body. Late in the round, Villante caught a kick and turned it into a takedown.

Villante had found his range by the second and his jab found a home repeatedly. Donovan continued with the overhands, but Villante’s chin and head movement kept him safe. Early in the second, Donovan threw a high kick at the same time that Villante launched a right hand – Donovan dropped to the mat and the ground-and-pound that followed ended the fight at 1:22.

Long Island’s Villante, who trains with middleweight champion Chris Weidman, is now 11-4, while Donovan slips to 8-4. "Coming in on eighteen days’ notice I thought I could be sluggish in there but I really loosened up in the second and was able to start connecting," said Villante.

Donovan was gracious in defeat, saying “That’s exactly the type of fight I wanted to have tonight. I thought going out there and slugging was the best way to start out the UFC 20th anniversary.”

Check out Gian Villante's post-fight interview

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