Monday, October 9, 2017

Ultimate Fight Night 5: Along Came A Spider

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Ultimate Fight Night 5 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – June 28, 2006

Anderson Silva only needed 49 seconds to introduce himself to the UFC at Ultimate Fight Night 5.

“The Spider” knocked out the previously undefeated Chris Leben with a knee strike, heralding his arrival to an Octagon that he would eventually dominate as middleweight champion.

Silva entered the UFC with a 17-4 record in PRIDE, Cage Rage and other promotions around the world. The victory earned Silva a title shot against Rich Franklin.

Jonathan Goulet bounced back from an 11-second loss to Diego Sanchez, defeating Luke Cummo by majority decision.

Rashad “Suga” Evans improved his record to 8-0 by winning a majority decision over Stephen Bonnar.

TUF 2 alumnus Rob “Maximus” MacDonald used an armbar to submit TUF 3 competitor Kristian Rothaermel at 4:01.

UFC kicked off the Spike TV show with a lightweight bout, as Mark Hominick beat Jorge Gurgel by unanimous decsion.

In a preliminary fight, Jon Fitch scored his third win in a row by defeating Thiago Alves via TKO late in Round 2. Fitch won with an upkick, followed by a flurry of punches.

Other prelim results included Josh Koscheck over Dave Menne by unanimous decision; Jason Lambert over Branden Lee Hinkle by TKO; and Jorge Santiago over Justin Levens with a knee-strike knockout at the 2:13 mark.

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