Forrest Griffin (Photo: localemagazine.com)
UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – July 5, 2008
Forrest Griffin upset Rampage Jackson to win the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 86.
Griffin became the second winner of The Ultimate Fighter to win a UFC championship, as he beat Jackson by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46).
Matt Serra was the first to pull off this feat when he beat Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69.
The Griffin-Jackson bout was the coaches’ fight from the seventh season of TUF. At one point in Round 4, Griffin locked on a triangle choke, and Jackson slammed his way out of it.
TUF 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson bounced back from his loss to BJ Penn, as he beat Gleison Tibau with a guillotine choke in Round 2.
Patrick Cote beat Ricardo Almeida by split decision in the co-main event. Cote won his fifth fight in a row, earning a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90.
In other pay-per-view bouts, Josh Koscheck beat Chris “Lights Out” Lytle by unanimous decision; and Tyson Griffin defeated Marcus Aurelio by unanimous decision.
“The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard knocked out Dennis Siver in 36 seconds in a pre-show bout.
The other preliminary fights ended in submissions, with Cole Miller over Jorge Gurgel (triangle choke); Gabriel Gonzaga over Justin McCully (Americana); and Justin Buchholz over Corey Hill (rear-naked choke).