FIGHT! Facts, Picks, and Pics: UFC Fight Night 20
(Lennox vs. Story = double punchface. Check out the full UFN 20 photo gallery here.)
It was a solid night of fights at the sold out George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia for UFC Fight Night 20. FIGHT! Magazine was on the scene – below you’ll find results for each fight, a breakdown of fighter bonuses, a recap of our FIGHT! Picks and numbers for attendance and gate receipts.
Nick Catone def. Jesse Forbes by split decision.
Gerald Harris def. John Salter by TKO due to ref. stoppage at 3:24 of Round Three.
Rafael Dos Anjos def. Kyle Bradley by unanimous decision.
Rory MacDonald def. Mike Guymon by armbar at 4:27 of Round One.
Thiago Tavares vs. Nik Lentz ends in a majority draw.
Rick Story def. Jesse Lennox by majority decision.
Chris Leben def. Jay Silva by unanimous decision.
Amir Sadollah def. Brad Blackburn by unanimous decision.
Aaron Simpson def. Tom Lawlor by split decision.
Evan Dunham def. Efrain Escudaro by armbar at 1:59 of Round Three.
Gray Maynard def. Nate Diaz by split decision.
$30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses went to Tom Lawlor and Aaron Simpson, Evan Dunham won the same amount for “Submission of the Night,” and Gerald Harris won “Knockout of the Night” for his stoppage of John Salter.
Attendance and Gate
UFC officials announced attendance of 8,500 at the sold out George Mason University Patriot Center. Gate earnings were a reported $ 730,000.00, the highest ever for a UFC fight night.
Nate Diaz (+225) vs. Gray Maynard (-285)
FIGHT! Pick: Diaz Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Efrain Escudero (-295) vs. Evan Dunham (+235)
FIGHT! Pick: Escudero Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Amir Sadollah (-160) vs. Brad Blackburn (+130)
FIGHT! Pick: Sadollah Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Tom Lawlor (+200) vs. Aaron Simpson (-260)
FIGHT! Pick: Simpson Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Almost every fighter caught a low blow at some point in the preliminary bouts.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans was in attendance.
Gray Maynard called out BJ Penn for the Lightweight belt but Frankie Edgar is rumored to have already been offered a title shot.