Thursday, January 25, 2018

UFC 74: Aged to Perfection

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UFC 74: Respect – Las Vegas, Nev.  – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Aug. 25, 2007

Randy Couture added to his legend by retaining the UFC heavyweight title against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74.

Gonzaga had earned a title shot with a stunning upset over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70.

However, the 44-year-old Couture turned back the challenge by dominating the first two rounds and winning by TKO in Round 3.

Georges St. Pierre bounced back from the loss of his welterweight title by beating Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision.

UFC 73: Don't Grab the Fence

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UFC 73: Stacked – Sacramento, Calif. – ARCO Arena – July 7, 2007

Judges’ decisions can be controversial, so it’s safe to say that Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans had the most evenly scored fight in history of the Octagon at UFC 73.

All three judges called the bout a 28-28 draw. If Ortiz hadn’t been docked a point for grabbing the fence, he would have won by unanimous decision.

Fans had to wait four years for the rematch, as Evans beat Ortiz at UFC 133 by TKO in Round 2.

Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 73 with a TKO win over Nate Marquardt at the 4:50 mark. Silva pounded the challenger with a series of rights to earn the stoppage.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale: Nate Diaz Wins

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The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pearl at the Palms – June 23, 2007

Nate Diaz won The Ultimate Fighter Season 5’s lightweight tournament, beating Manny Gamburyan.

Diaz won in the second round when Gamburyan was unable to continue due to a dislocated shoulder.

The season consisted entirely of lightweights, with former lightweight champions Jens Pulver and BJ Penn serving as coaches.

In the main event coaches’ fight, Penn forced Pulver to submit to a rear naked choke in Round 2. Penn avenged the first loss of his career to Pulver at UFC 35 five years earlier.

UFC 72: The Battle of Belfast

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UFC 72: Victory – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Odyssey - June 16, 2007

Rich Franklin earned a chance to regain the middleweight title by defeating Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC 72.

The show marked UFC’s debut in Northern Ireland and the third event in the United Kingdom, as UFC 38 and UFC 70 took place in England.

Franklin won the first two rounds and held off a late charge from Okami to win 29-28 on all three scorecards.

Forrest Griffin moved up the light heavyweight division rankings with a unanimous decision over Hector Ramirez.

Monday, January 8, 2018

UFC Fight Night 10: Fishing for Victory

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UFC Fight Night 10: Stout vs. Fisher – Hollywood, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - June 12, 2007

Spencer “The King” Fisher avenged a loss to Sam Stout in the lightweight main event of UFC Fight Night 10.

This was a rematch from UFC 58, at which Stout won a split decision that turned out to be the 2006 Fight of the Year.
The fighters picked up the action where they left off, busting each other open with punches in the first round.  Fisher finally wore down Stout to capture a unanimous decision.

Lightweights also competed in the co-main event, as Thiago Tavares improved his record to 12-0 with a win over  Jason Black with triangle choke in Round 2.

Jon Fitch won his 14th fight in a row by defeating Roan Carneiro with a rear naked choke in Round 2.

Drew McFedries knocked out Jordan Radev in 33 seconds in the Spike TV opener.

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made his UFC debut on the preshow. He improved his overall record to 4-0 by knocking out Chad Reiner in 13 seconds.

Other preliminary results included Forrest “Meat Cleaver” Petz over Luigi Fioravanti by unanimous decision; Tamdan McCrory over Pete Spratt by submission to a triangle choke in Round 2; Gleison Tibau over Jeff Cox with an arm-triangle choke at the 1:52 mark; and Nate Mohr over Luke Caudillo by unanimous decision.