Wednesday, February 21, 2018

UFC 77: Redemption Denied


Brandon Vera (Photo: rappler.com)


UFC 77: Hostile Territory – Cincinnati, Ohio – U.S. Bank Arena – Oct. 20, 2007

Hometown support in Cincinnati wasn’t enough to get Rich Franklin past Anderson Silva in a middleweight title match at UFC 77.

Franklin was looking to avenge his loss to “The Spider” at UFC 64, but Silva scored another TKO victory, this one happening early in Round 2 after a series of knee strikes.

In the co-main event, two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia handed Brandon “The Truth” Vera his first loss by unanimous decision.

TUF 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar defeated Eric Shafer by TKO in Round 2. Alvin Robertson scored a unanimous decision over Cincinnati resident Jorge Gurgel.

Alan “The Talent” Belcher opened the PPV with a win over Kalib Starnes. The doctor stopped the fight in Round 2.

Matt Grice was the surprise winner of a preliminary bout against Jason Black. Originally, the bout had been ruled a draw. However, the scores had been miscalculated, and Grice was announced as the winner.

Demian Maia debuted in the Octagon, defeating Ryan Jensen by submission to a rear-naked choke at the 2:40 mark.

In other pre-show fights, Josh Burkman beat Forrest “Meat Cleaver” Petz by split decision; and Yushin Okami beat Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald by unanimous decision.

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