Saturday, September 29, 2018

UFC 95: Battle of the TUF Winners

Diego Sanchez (Photo: ufc.ca)


UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson – Feb. 21, 2009 – London – O2 Arena

Diego Sanchez survived a bloody war with Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the main event of UFC 95.

Sanchez, who dropped to the lightweight division, beat Stevenson by unanimous decision in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter winners.

An audience of 2.4 million watched the tape-delayed show on Spike TV.

In the co-main event, Dan Hardy knocked out Rory Markham in 69 seconds.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UFC Fight Night 17: Cain Velasquez Makes Some Noise

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UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens – Feb. 7, 2009 – Tampa, Fla. – USF SunDome

Cain Velasquez proved unstoppable at UFC Fight Night 17, beating Denis “The Menace” Stojnic in a heavyweight bout.

Velasquez, who would eventually win two UFC heavyweight titles, improved to 5-0 by defeating “The Menace” from Bosnia.

In the main event,  Joe Lauzon improved to 18-4 with a win over Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens with an armbar in Round 2. Stephens was substituting for the injured Hermes Franca.

Josh “The Dentist” Neer battled through a cut near his eye to beat Mac Danzig with a triangle choke in Round 2. Neer picked up his fourth win in five fights.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

UFC 94: Grease Is The Word


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UFC 94: St.-Pierre vs. Penn 2 – Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena – Jan. 31, 2009

Georges St. Pierre bested BJ Penn in a battle of champions at UFC 94, but a greasing controversy clouded his victory.

GSP used an overwhelming ground-and-pound attack to defend his welterweight title against Penn, who tried to add the belt to his lightweight championship.

While Penn failed to continue after four rounds, he later sought an investigation into his claim that GSP was covered in too much Vaseline. While the decision stood, a new rule was enacted limiting the use of grease to a fighter’s face.

GSP also won his first meeting against Penn by split decision at UFC 58.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

UFC 93: Dan Henderson Earns a Coaching Gig

Dan Henderson (Photo: bloodyelbow.com)


UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson – Dublin, Ireland – O2 Arena – Jan. 17, 2009

Dan Henderson continued his recovery from the loss of two championships by beating Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 93.

Franklin’s middleweight title was not on the line, as the bout took place in the light heavyweight division.

With the victory, Henderson earned a spot as The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 coach opposite Michael Bisping.

Henderson scored his second straight win since dropping his PRIDE 83 kg and 93 kg titles to Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson, respectively.

Mark Coleman battled Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in rematch from PRIDE 31. Both men’s teams got into a brawl, and Rua scored the TKO win with 24 seconds left.

Rousimar Palhares picked up his seventh win in eight fights with a unanimous decision over Jeremy Horn.

Alan “The Talent” Belcher used a guillotine choke to beat Denis Kang in Round 2.     
        
“The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis kicked off the pay-per-view with a split decision over Chris Lytle.

All of the preliminary fights ended with finishes. England’s John “The Hitman” Hathaway made his UFC debut with a TKO win over Tom Egan at the 4:36 mark.

Martin Kampmann beat Alexandre Barros with a second-round TKO. Eric Shafer beat Antonio Mendes by TKO at 3:35.

Poland’s Tomasz Drwal came back from knee surgery and a 16-month layoff to knock out Ivan Serati at the 2:02 mark.

Dennis Siver returned to the Octagon to beat Nate Mohr with a spinning back kick, followed by punches for the TKO win in Round 3.