Monday, December 11, 2017

UFC 69: Real-Life Rocky

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UFC 69: Shootout – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center – April 17, 2007

Matt Serra scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69.

Serra earned a shot at GSP’s welterweight title by winning the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

He knocked GSP off balance with a right and never let up, pounding away to win the title by TKO at the 3:25 mark.

“Tonight I got beat by a better fighter than myself,” St. Pierre said.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck ruined the 17-0 record of Diego Sanchez with a unanimous decision.

Koscheck avenged his loss to the Sanchez in the semifinals of the first TUF season, which Sanchez went on to win.

Roger Huerta improved to 3-0 in the UFC lightweight division, beating Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision.

Yushin Okami won his fourth fight in a row, defeating Mike Swick by unanimous decision.

In the PPV opener, TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove used a D’Arce choke to earn a technical submission over Alan Belcher in Round 2.

PRIDE veteran Heath Herring scored his first UFC win by unanimous decision over Brad Imes in a heavyweight bout on the pre-show.

Other preliminary results included Thales Leites over Pete Sell by unanimous decision; “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis over Pete Spratt by submission to an ankle lock in Round 2; and Luke Cummo over Josh Haynes by TKO in Round 2.

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