Sean Sherk (Photo: mmanews.com)
UFC 64: Unstoppable – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Oct. 14, 2006
Anderson Silva began a long reign atop the middleweight division at UFC 64.
“The Spider” captured the title with a series of knee strikes and punches as he beat Rich Franklin by TKO in just under three minutes.
UFC also crowned a new lightweight champion after a four-year title vacancy. “The Muscle Shark” Sean Sherk won the belt by scoring a unanimous decision over Kenny Florian.
Jon Fitch moved up in the welterweight division with a unanimous decision win over Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
UFC newcomer Carmelo Marrero upset Cheik Kongo by split decision. Kongo had been on a hot streak in the heavyweight division.
Spencer Fisher won the PPV opener over 18-year-old Dan Lauzon by TKO at the 4:38 mark.
Clay “The Carpenter” Guida debuted in a preliminary bout, defeating Justin James with a rear naked choke in Round 2. This fight aired on PPV after the main event.
In other prelim fights, Yushin Okami beat Kalib Starnes by TKO in Round 3; and Kurt Pellegrino used a rear naked choke to beat Junior Assuncao in 2:04.