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UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy Live Thread: Play-by-Play, Scoring, Discussion

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Join Matt Bishop, Neil Wagner and Forrest Lynn starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT for live coverage of UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy, which will be live on SpikeTV (9-10 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view (10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET) from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

In addition to discussing the fights, you can follow along as we provide live play-by-play and scoring of the evening's action.

The main card, play-by-play, scoring and discussion is after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy

UFC Prelims Live on SpikeTV:

Welterweight bout

Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown

Round 1 — High pace to start. Almeida clinches up and goes for the takedown. Brown defending well. Almeida uses a Brown knee to take him down. Up against the cage. Brown gets to a knee and back up but is immediately dragged back down by Almeida. Back up again. Good job by Brown. Nice shot by Almeida. Back to the clinch against the cage. And they are broken up. Almeida pushes Brown against the cage. Knee to the body by Almeida. Almeida landing some nice strikes. Brown takes his back but is quickly back into a clinch against the cage.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Round 2 — Almeida gets a takedown but Brown gets back up. Against the cage and another trip takedown by Almeida but again Brown gets up after eating a shot. Clinch again with Brown pressing Almeida against the cage but Almeida reverses it. Referee breaks it up. Brown with a kick but Almeida slugs him, cuts him and takes his back. Brown gets out. Great effort. Almeida still on his back with body triangle. 1:45 to go. Almeida gets on his back an puts in the choke and Brown taps.

Official decision: Ricardo Almeida d. Matt Brown (Submission/Rear-Naked Choke) R2 3:30

Catchweight bout (177 pounds)

Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham

Round 1 — Markham partially lands a head kick but Diaz fires back and jacks Markham's jaw. Big reach advantage for Diaz. Diaz looking good here. Markham looking slow. Diaz drops Markham with a knee and takes his back. Diaz working for a body triangle. Doesn't get it but still has his back. He gets it. 2:40 to play. Diaz pounding away here on Markham's back and the referee steps in to stop it.

Official decision: Nate Diaz d. Rory Markham (TKO - Punches) R1 2:47

Main card:

Lightweight bout

Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek

Round 1 — Bocek with a nice right. He goes for a takedown but Miller defends. Bocek still working and Miller with a front face lock. Miller drops down for the guillotine and Bocek escapes. Back to the feet. They trade knees in the clinch. They break. Nice leg kick by Miller. Bocek comes in and picks up Miller and takes a few steps and slams him. Bocek in half-guard. Miller working for a kimura from the bottom and he's got it. He sweeps Bocek. Bocek with about a 3/4 tap but he doesn't and gets out. Bocek is cut and Miller is on top in guard with 30 seconds to go. The cut is on the forehead and doesn't look bad. 

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Miller

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Miller

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Miller

Round 2 — Bocek with an early takedown. Bocek's cut is dripping now. Bocek works for an arm-triangle to no avail. Miller gets out and goes for a heel hook but can't get it. Bocek on top and then takes his back with both hooks in and into a body triangle with Miller's arm locked into the triangle. Miller defending with one arm. One minute to go. Real tough spot for Miller. Bocek peppering him. Bocek going for a crank on the chin. 15 seconds left. Bocek on his back. They stand and the round ends and Miller survives. Wow.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Bocek

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Bocek

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Bocek

Round 3 — Miller lands an uppercut to start after a rousing talk from his corner between rounds. Bocek goes for a takedown but Miller sprawls. Nice jab by Bocek. Bocek goes for a takedown against the cage. Miller defends and gets the front face lock again but gives it up for some knees. They trade knees and Miller looks for a single. Two minutes to go. Bocek turns him around. Miller's corner urging him to finish strong. Bocek with Miller pushed against the cage with a single and Bocek gets it. Miller trying to turn Bocek around but Bocek sprawling. Miller stands. They scramble and Miller takes his back as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Bocek (29-28 Bocek)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-10 (29-29 Draw)

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Bocek (29-28 Bocek)

Official decision: Jim Miller d. Mark Bocek (Unanimous Decision/29-28x3)

Welterweight bout

Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders

Round 1 — They clinch against the cage. Double underhooks for Fitch and he slings Saunders to the ground. Fitch landing elbows. Fitch in half-guard. Stands up and into full guard. Fitch just grinding Saunders up against the cage. Saunders tries to push off the cage but can't. Vintage Fitch thus far. Nice hammerfist by Fitch. Full guard. Saunders lands an upkick but Fitch goes right back on top. 

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Round 2 — Fitch goes for a single but Saunders avoids by holding the fence. Fitch holds Saunders against the cage and lifts and slams him. Full guard and Fitch moving him to the cage. More grinding from Fitch. Three minutes in and Fitch is doing just enough to avoid a standup. Fitch landing some elbows. Crowd booing. And it's stood up. Bad standup there. Saunders rushes in and right back into a clinch with his back against the cage. Fitch with a headlock as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 Fitch

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Round 3 — Fitch with some good strikes to start the round. Nice leg kick by Fitch. Clinch, two knees and a takedown attempt for Fitch against the cage. Saunders looking for a kimura but no dice. Standing clinch against the cage and they're broken up. Fitch unloads and sends Saunders into the cage. Fitch halfway on his back halfway through the round. Inside uppercut lands and Saunders finally escapes having his back against the cage but is immediately taken back down. Nice elbow lands for Fitch. Fitch opening up with ground and pound into half guard. Fitch finishes strong, his best effort of the fight.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 Fitch (30-25 Fitch)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Fitch (30-27 Fitch)

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Fitch (30-27 Fitch)

Official decision: Jon Fitch d. Ben Saunders (Unanimous decision/30-27x3)

Lightweight bout

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes

Round 1 — Camoes goes for a takedown early but Pellegrino defends. More action pushed against the cage. Camoes with an armdrag takedown and he gets Pellegrino's back. Pellegrino now is standing. Much like Diego Sanchez/John Alessio. Camoes might have it. Still standing and Pellegrino drops him on his head and might've hurt him. Pellegrino takes his back and gets mount briefly. Pellegrino on top in half guard. Triangle into an omaplata for Camoes. Wild fight so far and we're barely more than halfway through. Pellegrino gets up and is now in side control. Elbow. D'Arce Choke for Camoes but Pellegrino escapes and is on his back. Camoes rolls. Full guard. Nice elbow for Pellegrino. More elbows. Pellegrino in half-guard. Ends the round.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino 

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Round 2 — Pellegrino gets his back briefly. They break. Camoes comes in swinging wildly and gets taken down. Elbows for Pellegrino. And Pellegrino gets mount with three minutes to go. Camoes tries to push him off. Camoes gets out to half-guard. Small scramble and Pellegrino pushes him against the cage. Standing now and Pellegrino goes for a knee and Camoes tries to catch it into a takedown but Pellegrino thwarts it. Pellegrino takes his back and instantly locks in a rear-naked choke. Camoes gives it a few seconds and taps.

Official decision: Kurt Pellegrino d. Fabricio Camoes (Submission/Rear-Naked Choke) R2 4:20

Interim Heavyweight Championship

Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin

Round 1 — Feeling out process to start. Nothing landed through 35 seconds. Carwin pushes Mir against the cage. Clinch. Carwin looking for a takedown, but not hard. Knees to the knee by Carwin. Short punches for Carwin. Referee asks for action and he breaks it up. They trade and they both crack each other. This already is the longest fight of Carwin's career. Back into a clinch against the cage. Knee to the midsection by Mir. Carwin jackhammers Mir with several punches and Mir drops. Carwin flattens him out and keeps raining down blows and it's all over. Referee gave Mir plenty of chances.

Official decision: Shane Carwin d. Frank Mir (KO/Punches) R1 3:48

Welterweight Championship

Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy

Round 1 — St-Pierre with a takedown 25 seconds in. Half-guard and into full guard. Rubber guard for Hardy but he quickly gives it up and into half-guard. GSP works into side control and Hardy gets to his feet but GSP takes his back with both hooks in. Bad spot for Hardy. GSP tries to change it into an armbar but Hardy escapes and takes top position for about two seconds before St-Pierre gets up and immediately takes him back down. Crowd gets going with the soccer chants for GSP. St-Pierre mounts with 90 seconds left. Hardy gives up his back and partially stands but GSP is too high. GSP recovers and gets his back with hooks with 50 seconds left. Hardy goes to move but GSP right away moves it to an armbar and cranks it big time but Hardy escapes. Time expires.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 St-Pierre

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Round 2 — Inside leg kick for St-Pierre. They bounce around for a bit until GSP just swoops in for a single leg. Side control for St-Pierre. GSP working Hardy's body. They scramble and Hardy ends up on top. GSP gets up. 90 seconds left now. Hardy lands a right. Two-punch combo for GSP connects. Superman punch for GSP . He drives in and takes Hardy down again. Round ends with GSP on top.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Round 3 — St-Pierre ducks a Hardy hook and takes him right down. Half-guard. Back into full. GSP stacking Hardy up and throwing punches and elbows. Hardy throws up a triangle but GSP just uses it to pass. GSP working for a kimura with 1:50 to go. Hardy slips it and GSP works on the other side. Hardy stands but is just taken right back now. Side control. Hardy is breathing heavily at this point. GSP takes his back but is too high again. 15 seconds left. GSP turns it into a leglock and just overtakes Hardy as the buzzer sounds.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Round 4 — Another Hardy swing and miss, another GSP takedown and mount. Hardy rolls and gives up his back and to his feet but GSP drives him right back down. GSP now in Hardy's full guard. Posturing up and throwing shots. Hardy stacked up. He flips and GSP is in side control. GSP locks up a kimura. Hardy is fighting it but GSP is really cranking it to get the tap. Hardy showing toughness here but he is not in a good position. The arm slips free but Hardy does not look in good shape. 40 seconds left now and GSP in side control. In the final seconds, St-Pierre spins for a kneebar but Hardy defends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 St-Pierre

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-8 St-Pierre

Round 5 — GSP lands a couple shots on the feet and then takes Hardy down again. St-Pierre with back control landing knees to the body. He flips Hardy back around into side control. GSP locks in another kimura but gives it up. GSP just working Hardy over. Kimura again but can't lock it down. Hardy tries to roll but GSP just rolls him back to where he was. GSP slams Hardy with 26 seconds left. In full guard

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre (50-43 St-Pierre)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre (50-45 St-Pierre)

Forrest Lynn scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre (50-44 St-Pierre)

Official decision: Georges St-Pierre d. Dan Hardy (Unanimous decision/50-43, 50-44, 50-45/Retains UFC Welterweight Championship)