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UFC 97: Redemption: Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Bell Centre – April 18, 2009
Anderson Silva and UFC enjoyed a record-breaking night at UFC 97 in Montreal.
Silva retained his UFC middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Thales Leites. The fans booed the action (or lack thereof), but Silva had two records to take home along with his championship belt.
“The Spider” set a new record with nine consecutive wins in the Octagon. He also tied a record with his fifth straight successful title defense.
UFC broke its attendance record with a crowd of 21,451, drawing 61 more fans than one year earlier at UFC 83. That show also took place in Montreal.
Chuck Liddell’s return was spoiled by Mauricio Rua. “Shogun” dropped Liddell with a left hook and finished him with a series of rights at 4:28.
Canada’s own Sam Stout beat Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in the lightweight division. Krzysztof Soszynski forced Brian Stann to submit to a kimura at the 3:53 lock.
Cheick Kongo scored his third straight TKO in the heavyweight division, beating Antoni Hardonk with a ground-and-pound attack in Round 2.
Brazil’s Luiz Cane opened the pay-per-view with a unanimous decision over Steve Cantwell.
On the pre-show, Nate Quarry beat another Canadian, Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald, by TKO at the 2:27 mark.
Denis Kang picked up his first UFC win, beating Octagon newcomer Xavier Foupa-Pokam by unanimous decision.
Ed “Short Fuse” Herman scored a unanimous decision over David Loiseau, who was returning to UFC for the first time since 2006.
In other preliminary bouts, Mark Bocek beat David Bielkheden with a rear naked choke; T.J. Grant beat Ryo Chonan by split decision; and Eliot Marshall beat TUF 8 teammate Vinny Magalhaes by unanimous decision.