Michael Bisping (Photo: lowkickmma.com)
UFC 78: Validation – Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center – Nov. 17, 2007
Rashad “Suga” Evans beat Michael Bisping by the narrowest of margins in the main event of UFC’s 100th show, UFC 78.
The fight was billed as the first-ever battle of The Ultimate Fighter winners. Bisping won the Season 3 light heavyweight tournament, while Evans was the Season 2 heavyweight winner.
Two of the judges saw the bout 29-28 for Evans, while the other judge had the same score in Bisping’s favor.
PRIDE star Ryo Chonan made an unsuccessful UFC debut, losing by unanimous decision to Karo Parisyan.
In the PPV opener, Frankie Edgar improved his record to 9-0 with a unanimous decision win over Spencer Fisher.
On the pre-show, Thiago Alves beat Chris “Lights Out” Lytle when the doctor stopped the fight after Round 2.
PRIDE’s Akihiro Gono debuted in the Octagon by defeating Tamdan McCrory with an armbar in Round 2.
In other preliminary fights, Joe Lauzon beat Jason Reinhardt with a rear-naked choke in 74 seconds; Marcus Aurelio beat Luke Caudillo by TKO at the 4:29 mark.