Saturday, April 14, 2018

UFC 85: Matt Hughes Battles Thiago Alves in London

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UFC 85: Bedlam – London – O2 Arena – June 7, 2008

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves won the UFC 85 main event over former welterweight champion Matt Hughes.

Alves and Hughes battled at a 174-pound catchweight, stepping in after the original main event of Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fell apart due to injuries to both fighters.

Despite a sprained ankle, Alves nailed Hughes with a flying knee and followed up with strikes to earn a TKO win in Round 2.

Michael Bisping improved his record to 16-1 with a win over Jason “Dooms” Day by TKO at the 3:42 mark.

Mike Swick snapped the 11-fight win streak of “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis by unanimous decision.

Nate Marquardt was docked two points due to illegal strikes, leading to his loss in a split decision to Thales Leites.

Future UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum beat Brandon Vera by TKO with 20 seconds left in Round 1.

On the pre-show, Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann beat Jorge Rivera with a guillotine choke at the 2:44 mark. Matt Wiman knocked out Thiago Tavares in Round 2.

Kevin “The Fire” Burns made a successful Octagon debut, beating Roan Carneiro with a triangle choke in the second round.

Dutch heavyweight Antoni Hardonk beat Eddie Sanchez by TKO in Round 2.

In other preliminary fights, Luis Cane beat Jason Lambert by TKO at the 2:07 mark; and Paul Taylor won a split decision over Jess "The Joker" Liaudin of France.

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