Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UFC 62: Take 2 for Babalu

Renato "Babalu" Sobral (Photo:

UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Aug. 26, 2006

Chuck Liddell continued his mastery of the light heavyweight division at UFC 62.

“The Iceman” scored his sixth win in a row, beating Renato “Babalu” Sobral by TKO in 95 seconds to retain the UFC light heavyweight title.

“Babalu” had earned the title shot by racking up 10 straight wins, but Liddell used a flurry of punches to put Sobral away.

Liddell also defeated Sobral four years earlier at UFC 40.

Forrest Griffin beat Stephan Bonnar in a rematch from their classic TUF 1 finale fight.  Griffin won again by unanimous decision in another crowd-pleasing brawl.

Nick Diaz broke a three-fight UFC losing streak by submitting Josh “The Dentist” Neer with a kimura in Round 3.

Heavyweight Cheick Kongo used a knee strike to knock out Christian Wellich at the 2:51 mark.

Hermes Franca won a lightweight bout in the PPV opener, as he forced Jamie Varner to submit to an armbar in Round 3.

In a middleweight preliminary fight, Yushin Okami won his UFC debut by unanimous decision over Alan “The Talent” Belcher.

The other prelims were in the light heavyweight division, and they all ended in the first round.

David Heath beat Corey Walmsley with a rear naked choke (2:32), Wilson Gouveia did the same to Wes Combs (3:23) and Eric Schaefer used an arm-triangle choke to beat Rob MacDonald (2:26).

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