Sunday, August 18, 2019

UFC Fight Night 22: Moosin Invasion

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UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares – Sept. 15, 2010 – Austin, Texas – Frank Erwin Center

Nate “The Great” Marquardt earned the chance to headline a pay-per-view by winning the main event of UFC Fight Night 22.

Marquardt won a middleweight battle with Rousimar Palhares by TKO at the 3:28 mark. Palhares’ complaints to the referee that Marquardt’s legs had a foreign substance on them led directly to his loss.

After the bout, the referee and state athletic commission found no illegal substance on Marquardt’s legs.

Two months later, Marquardt fought Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC 122.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

UFC 118: Pitching a Shutout

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UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 – Boston, Mass. – TD Garden – Aug. 28, 2010

Frankie Edgar ‘s second fight with BJ Penn ended just like the first – with Edgar retaining the UFC lightweight title by unanimous decision.

Unlike their first fight at UFC 112, the scoring was not close. Edgar won 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Randy “The Natural” Couture won his third fight in a row, defeating boxer James “Lights Out” Toney with an arm triangle choke at the 3:19 mark. This was Toney’s only appearance in the Octagon.

Monday, July 8, 2019

UFC 117: What Makes A Champion?

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UFC 117: Silva v. Sonnen – Oakland, Calif., - Oracle Arena – Aug. 7, 2010

Anderson Silva used a Hail Mary triangle choke to retain his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.

Sonnen dominated “The Spider” in the first four rounds and appeared to have the gold within his grasp.

However, Silva did what champions do: win when you least expect it. He forced the challenger to tap out with less than two minutes on the clock.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

UFC on Versus 2: The Jon Jones Network

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UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko – San Diego, Calif. – Valley View Casino Center – Aug. 1, 2010

Jon “Bones” Jones headlined the second UFC on Versus show, and it ended just like the first: with a TKO victory.

Five months after beating Brandon Vera in the Versus debut, Jones wiped out Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko with elbow strikes at the 1:52 mark.

The Janitor came in with a 24-4 record and a three-fight win streak, but he couldn’t stop Jones’ march toward a light heavyweight title shot.

In the co-main event, Yushin Okami won a split decision over Mark Munoz by the narrowest of margins (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Monday, July 1, 2019

UFC 116: Shane Carwin Steps Up To Face Brock Lesnar

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UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena – July 3, 2010

Brock Lesnar continued his heavyweight dominance by beating Shane Carwin at UFC 116.

While Lesnar had been sidelined with diverticulitis, Carwin had won the interim heavyweight title by defeating Frank Mir at UFC 111.

Lesnar returned to the Octagon and retained his heavyweight title by forcing Carwin to submit to an arm triangle choke in the second round.

Chris “Lights Out “ Lytle used a triangle/armbar combination to beat Matt Brown by submission in the second round.

Friday, June 28, 2019

TUF 11 Finale: Court McGee Comes All the Way Back

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TUF 11 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Palms Casino Resort – June 19, 2010
Court McGee came back from elimination to win the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

McGee lost his first fight in the competition, but an injury to another competitor gave him a second chance. He defeated Kris McCrary with a rear naked choke in Round 2 to earn a UFC contract.

This season’s competition consisted of middleweights, with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz serving as coaches. Ortiz had to leave near the end of the season for neck surgery, and Rich Franklin took his place.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

UFC 115: The Iceman Goeth

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UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin – Vancouver, B.C, Canada – General Motors Place – June 12, 2010

Chuck Liddell made his final UFC appearance at UFC 115, getting knocked out by Rich Franklin in the main event.

“The Iceman” left the Octagon with a pro record of 21-8, and he also enjoyed a two-year reign as light heavyweight champion.

Franklin suffered a broken arm from a Liddell kick in the first round, but he managed to knock Liddell out with a right hand with five seconds left in the first round. 
Mirko Cro Cop deviated from his “head-kick” strategy, beating Pat “HD” Barry by submission to a rear naked choke in Round 3.

Monday, June 17, 2019

UFC 114: The Long Road to Redemption

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UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena - May 29, 2010                      
Rashad Evans beat Rampage Jackson by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 114.
Evans’ win pushed him into contention for the UFC light heavyweight title, which he lost to Lyoto Machida one year earlier.

Michael Bisping triumphed in the co-main event with a unanimous decision over Dan Miller. Bisping improved his record to 19-3.

In a heavyweight bout, Mike Russow knocked out Todd Duffee at the 2:35 mark.  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira won a split decision over Jason Brilz.

Monday, February 25, 2019

UFC 113: Revenge of the Shogun

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UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre – May 8, 2010

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua knocked out Lyoto Machida to win the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 113.

Rua rained down punches from the mount to earn a knockout win, avenging his loss to Machida at UFC 104.

Josh Koscheck beat Paul Daley by unanimous decision to earn a welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre. Koscheck also earned the right to coach the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter against GSP.

Daley sucker punched Koscheck after the bout and was subsequently fired.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UFC 112: Frankie Edgar Wins Gold in Abu Dhabi

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UFC 112: Invincible – April 10, 2010 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Yas Island Concert Arena

Frankie Edgar captured the UFC lightweight title from B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

Edgar, a New Jersey native, kept cool despite his underdog status and methodically outpointed the Hawaiian champion.

In the main event, Anderson Silva continued his dominant run as UFC middleweight champion. “The Spider” beat Demian Maia by unanimous decision to retain the title.

Fans in the U.S. could watch the pay-per-view live at 1 p.m. Eastern or check out the replay in the usual 10 p.m. time lot.

Monday, February 18, 2019

UFC Fight Night 21: Return to the Queen City of the South

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UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum – March 31, 2010

Kenny Florian moved closer to a lightweight title shot at UFC Fight Night 21.

Florian beat former PRIDE fighter Takanori Gomi with a rear-naked choke in UFC’s return to Charlotte after a 15-year absence.

UFC Fight Night 21 was a lead-in to the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, featuring Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell as coaches.

After a power outage in the arena, Roy “Big Country” Nelson followed up his TUF 10 victory with a 39-second knockout over the 7-foot Stefon Struve.

Monday, February 11, 2019

UFC 111: Georges St.-Pierre Does What He Does Best

UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy – Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center – March 27, 2010

Georges St. Pierre routed Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in the main event of UFC 111 to retain the welterweight title.

GSP established his dominance before a sellout crowd of 17,000 with an unstoppable ground attack. The judges ruled in the champ's favor by scores of 50-45, 50-44 and 50-43.

Shane Carwin knocked out Frank Mir at 3:48 to win the interim heavyweight title. Carwin also earned a shot at heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

Monday, February 4, 2019

UFC on Versus 1: Jon Jones Returns to the Win Column

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UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones – Broomfield, Colo. – 1stBank Center – March 21, 2010

Jon “Bones” Jones returned to the win column, beating Brandon “The Truth” Vera in the main event of UFC’s first show on the Versus network.

Jones blasted Vera with an elbow to the face and followed up with punches to win by TKO at the 3:19 mark. Jones bounced back from a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill three months earlier.

Future UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga at the 3:53 mark.

UFC drew 1.24 million viewers in its debut on Versus, which used to be the Outdoor Life Network and is now NBC Sports Network.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

UFC 110: Australia Welcomes the Octagon

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UFC 110: Noguiera vs. Velasquez – Sydney, Australia – Acer Arena - Feb. 21, 2010

Cain Velasquez earned a shot at Brock Lesnar’s UFC heavyweight title at UFC 110.

Velasquez knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera at 2:20 to improve his record to 8-0. Cain landed a three-punch combo before walloping Big Nog on the mat for the victory.

After losing five of his previous six fights, Wanderlei Silva won a unanimous decision over Michael Bisping. “The Axe Murderer” scored with a pair of big punches in the closing moments.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

UFC 109: The 12-Year Itch

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UFC 109: Relentless – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 6, 2010

Randy Couture waited 12 years to fight Mark Coleman in the Octagon, and Couture came out on top at UFC 109.

The two Hall of Famers were originally set to fight at UFC 17 in 1998, but the fight was scrapped due to an injury. A dozen years later, Couture won by technical submission in Round 2 with a rear-naked choke.

Paulo Thiago scored a technical submission over Mike Swick with a D’Arce choke in Round 2.

Monday, January 28, 2019

UFC Fight Night 20: The Bullying Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz - Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center – Jan. 11, 2010

Gray “The Bully” Maynard kept his undefeated streak alive with a split decision over Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 20.

Maynard (9-0 with a no-contest) won 29-28 and 30-27, with the third judge scoring the fight 29-28 for Diaz. Maynard gained revenge for Diaz eliminating him from The Ultimate Fighter Season 5.

In another lightweight contest, Evan Dunham beat TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero by submission to an armbar with one minute left in the fight.

Monday, January 21, 2019

UFC 108: No Time For Showboating

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UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Jan. 2, 2010

Rashad “Suga” Evans took advantage of his opponent’s showboating to finish the first UFC pay-per-view of a new decade.

Evans battled Thiago Silva in the main event of UFC 108 and controlled most of the action. Silva made a comeback in the third round, but then he started playing to the crowd.

This allowed Evans to regain control and win a unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, Paul Daley picked up his second knockout win in the Octagon, stopping Dustin Hazelett in 2:24.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

UFC 107: BJ Penn Runs the Lightweight Division

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UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez – Memphis, Tenn. – FedEx Forum – Dec. 12, 2009

BJ Penn outlasted Diego Sanchez to make history as UFC lightweight champion at UFC 107.

Penn became the first lightweight champion to defend the title three times. He busted open Sanchez’s forehead with a kick, and the doctor stopped the fight in the middle of Round 5.

In the co-main event, Frank Mir won a heavyweight clash with Cheick Kongo. Mir used a guillotine choke to score a technical submission in 72 seconds.

John Fitch won his 19th of his last 20 fights, scoring a unanimous decision over Mike Pierce.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale: Heavy in the Middle

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Roy Nelson proudly called himself fat before laying a “Big Country” beating on Brendan Schaub to win the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Nelson dropped Schaub with a right hand before finishing him off with another punch. Nelson had entered the ring to “Fat” by Weird Al Yankovic.

Rampage Jackson and Rashad “Suga” Evans were the coaches for TUF 10, which featured all heavyweights.

Jon Jones took the first loss of his career when he was disqualified against Matt Hamill at 4:14 mark. Jones lost a point after landing an illegal downward elbow. When Hamill couldn’t continue, Jones got DQ'd.

Kimbo Slice won his Octagon debut by unanimous decision over Houston Alexander. Slice had competed in the TUF 10 tournament, but he lost to Nelson in the first round.

Frankie Edgar forced Matt Veach to submit to a rear-naked choke.

In a battle of NFL veterans, Matt Mitrione knocked out Marcus Jones with 10 seconds left in Round 2.

On the pre-show, James McSweeney defeated Darrill Schoonover by TKO in Round 3. Jon Madsen won a split decision over Justin Wren.

John “Doomsday” Howard knocked out Dennis Hallman with five seconds left in the fight. Brian Stann scored a unanimous decision over Rodney Wallace.

Marc Bocek forced Joe Brammer to submit to a rear-naked choke at the 3:36 mark.

Monday, January 7, 2019

UFC 106: Forrest Griffin Levels the Score With Tito Ortiz

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UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Nov. 21, 2009

Forrest Griffin avenged his loss to Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 in a battle of former light heavyweight champions.

Griffin gained strength in the third round to gain a split decision over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Ortiz won a split decision in their first meeting at UFC 59.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck forced  Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to submit to a rear naked choke late in the second round.

 “Little Nog” Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made a successful Octagon debut, beating fellow Brazilian Luiz Cane by TKO in 1 minute, 56 seconds.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

UFC 105: British Outlaw Makes Good

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UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera – Manchester, England - Manchester Evening News Arena – Nov. 14, 2009

Dan Hardy earned a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre at UFC 105.
With his English fans backing him, Hardy won a unanimous decision of Mike Swick. Hardy got his title shot at UFC 111.

Randy Couture won the main event of the tape-delayed Spike TV show with a unanimous decision over Brandon “The Truth” Vera. The fans were not thrilled with the action, which often saw Couture keeping Vera up against the cage.

Hometown hero Michael Bisping used punches and knee strikes to defeat Canada’s Denis Kang by TKO in the second round.

“The Immortal” Matt Brown won his third straight fight, beating TUF 9 welterweight winner James Wilks on a TKO in Round 3.

Friday, January 4, 2019

UFC 104: Everyone's A Winner

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UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Los Angeles – Staples Center – Oct. 24, 2009

Lyoto Machida retained his UFC light heavyweight title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104, but both men got the winner’s share of the money.

Although Machida won a unanimous decision with 48-47 scores from all three judges, UFC boss Dana White was apparently unhappy with the verdict.

According to Bloody Elbow, White cut Rua a check for $250,000 after the fight, so he could also be paid like a winner.

Cain Velasquez continued his climb up the heavyweight ladder with a TKO win over Ben Rothwell in Round 2.

Joe “Daddy” Stephenson forced Spencer “The King” Fisher to tap out to strikes in a lightweight bout.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

UFC 103: Return of the Phenom, Vitor Belfort

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UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort – Sept. 19, 2009 – Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center

Vitor Belfort continued his timeless career by knocking out Rich Franklin at UFC 103.

Belfort, who made his Octagon debut at UFC 12 in 1997, hit Franklin with a big left to the jaw in just over three minutes. He made a triumphant return to UFC after a four-year absence.

“Once you get clipped, everything kinda goes blank,” Franklin said.

Mirko Cro Cop battled Junior Dos Santos in the co-main event. Junior prevailed in the third round due to Cro Cop’s eye injury.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

UFC Fight Night 19: Nate Diaz Disarms The Assassin

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UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard -  Sept. 19, 2009 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Cox Convention Center

Nate Diaz broke a two-fight losing streak by choking out Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 19.

Diaz, coming off losses to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson, used a guillotine choke to beat “The Young Assassin” in Round 2.

Spike TV aired this show as the lead in to the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured heavyweights.

Gray Maynard remained unbeaten with a split decision over “El Matador” Roger Huerta. Four months later, Maynard and Nate Diaz met in the main event of UFC Fight Night 20.