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Barry Round 1
K-1 veterans Barry and Evenson enter and look very confident. A
very sparse crowd looks on from the seats. Barry circles to his
left. Barry throws Evenson down but he gets back up. Hard leg kick
from Barry. Evenson clinches and pins him against fence. They are
separated by reveree Yves Lavigne. Three thunderous right low kicks
by Barry. Evensen takes him down. Barry scrambles back up. Barry
lands another huge right low kick. Evensen stumbles to his left.
Evensen quits from the low kick. Official time of the TKO is 2:36
of the first.
Ryo Chonan vs.
Blackburn Round 1
Blackburn walks into the Octagon to the perfectly suited "Bad" from
Michael Jackson. No moon walk is performed, unfortunately. They
exchange kicks to the body. Good combos from Blackburn early;
punches and kicks. Loopy left hook glances Chonan's head. Short
left hook from Chonan inside. Not much action. Chonan misses a
flying knee and falls onto his back. He springs back up. Blackburn
with good leg kick, right cross combo. And another. Chonan is
pushing the pace but Blackburn is more active. Close round. 10-9
Chonan starts the second round with a head kick but it’s blocked.
Chonan slips as he's punched as he falls onto his back. Blackburn
pounces. Chonan is let back up after no damage is inflicted. Hard
right- and left-handed punches score for Blackburn. Blackburn
shoots for a takedown but it’s stuffed. The pace slows
considerably. Hard kick to Blackburn's ribs. A leg kick connects
for Chonan. And another. The close round goes to Blackburn,
Left kick to Blackburn's ribs. And another. Blackburn continues to
back away to his left. Very little action. Chonan throws a head
kick and it’s blocked. And two more, all of which are blocked.
Chonan is starting to look desperate. Blackburn is not taking any
chances. The crowd is getting restless. Chonan catches a leg but he
can't sweep for the takedown. A hard right uppercut rocks Blackburn
with 40 seconds left. Blackburn is retreating. A big straight right
by Chonan followed by another uppercut. The third frame is all
All three official judges score the contest 29-28 for Brad
Andy Round 1
The fighters trade punches but nothing clean lands. Hamill dumps
Andy onto his back. Andy gets up. Left head kick by Hamill but it’s
blocked. Good left kick to body from Andy. Andy tries a takedown
but is stuffed and caught in a loose guillotine. Hamill lets it go.
Left jab by Andy. Gash opens under Hamill's right eye. Very little
action. Looping right hand by Andy near bell. 10-9 Hamill.
There's a mouse under Andy’s left eye. Good right hand by hamill. A
left and right by Hamill. A hard right knee in the clinch from
Hamill. Andy is in trouble. Hamill unloads a furious barrage of
punches and another knee. Andy takes another knee and falls. Hamill
pounces along the fencing, teeing off with punches. Dozens of
punches rain down though most are blocked. Hamill takes his
opponent’s back and unloads again. Referee Steve Mazzagatti steps
in to halt the bout at the 2:19 mark of round two.
Hardonk vs. Mike
Wessel Round 1
Wessell comes right at Hardonk and pushes him to the floor. Wessell
pounces but is sucked into Hardonk's guard. Hardonk secures an
armbar. Wessell escapes and scrambles to his feet. They clinch
along fence. A series of knees from Hardonk land. Wessell looks
tired already. More knees to body and head from Hardonk. Wessell
desperately looks for a takedown. Hardonk pulls guard. The action
slows considerably and the crowd is booing. Hardonk just misses
another armbar. He goes high with his hips in search of a triangle,
but the round ends. 10-9 Hardonk.
Wessell scores a quick takedown. Hardonk is playing a high
offensive guard. Hardonk sneaks out the back door and takes his
opponent’s back. He's softening him up with punches. Wessell
turtles to avoid the rear-naked choke. Wessell rolls over but is
stuck, fully mounted. Hardonk tees off with punches. Wessell rolls
back over and eats more punches. Yves Lavigne saves him at 2:09 of
Lister Round 1
Lister enters the cage sporting a pre-fight black eye. Lister
misses badly with a wild right hook. Lister tries a single-leg, but
it is stuffed. Lister is able to pull guard but he can't keep Okami
down. Okami lets him up. Okami is dragged to the ground after
another single leg. Okami gets back up. A hard left hand by Okami
connects. And another. Lister wants the fight down and pulls guard.
Lister rolls to rubber guard but nothing unfolds. Okami’s round,
Head kick by Lister misses and Okami is pinned against the fence.
They separate. Left hand by Okami lands. A takedown by Lister is
stuffed. Lister lays on his back to try and lure Okami into his
guard. The crowd boos. He does it again. More boos. They're up and
clinch along fence. Lister pulls guard. Lister applies an omaplata
but Okami escapes. Okami lands three hard punches from on top.
Lister scrambles out of danger. He tries to pull guard again. Three
more hard right hands from Okami connect. The round ends as the
arena showers the Octagon with boos. 10-9 Okami.
Lister comes out firing, but misses wildly. Lister is trying more
takedowns but his shots are telegraphed. Lister tries pulling guard
again. Finally he successfully pulls guard, but Okami lands two
more right hands. Very tedious fight to watch. The crowd is
restless and are begging Referee Herb Dean to stand the fighters.
Okami lands a decent right and left. Lister is unable to pull any
submissions. Dean stands them. Lister misses badly with looping
punches. Lister tries another single leg. It’s stuffed. 10 seconds
left and the crowd boos. 10-9 Okami.
All three official judges see the bout 30-27 for Yushin Okami.
vs. Mustapha al
Turk Round 1
The fighters exchange jabs to kickoff the heavyweight contest.
Kongo catches an al Turk kick and trips him to the canvas. Al Turk
drops levels for a takedown, but Kongo defends it well with
underhooks. Al Turk switches to a double-leg attempt and then gives
it up. The fighters clinch against the fencing and Kongo delivers a
knee to the body. Al Turk fires back with a knee, but it’s low.
Referee Steve Mazzagatti steps in to give Kongo, who absorbed the
strike on his groin protector, a reprieve. Action is resumed and al
Turk drops for a single-leg takedown. Kongo stuffs it and blasts al
Turk with a knee that lands south of the border. Al Turk is given
time to recover. Mazzagatti gathers the fighters and tells them to
keep it clean. Kongo drops al Turk with two right hands. Kongo
pounces with elbows and punches, opening up a huge gash over the
right eye. Referee Steve Mazzagatti finally saves al Turk after a
savage beating at 4:37 of the first. The stoppage should have come
quicker. The gash is about as bad as anything you’ll see in MMA.
Starting from above the eye, it follows a jagged path well into the
Wanderlei Silva enters the Octagon to the sounds of
Darude’s“Sandstorm,” the theme he used for years in the Pride
fighting championships. Quinton Jackson follows as WEC bantamweight
champion Miguel Torres snaps a picture with his cellphone as
Jackson storms forward and takes the center of the cage. Jackson
lands a left straight and a right hand. Silva loads up on a right
hand that is blocked by Jackson’s left glove. Silva goes to work on
Jackson’s lead leg with a low kick. “Rampage” drops down for a
takedown, but Silva is game. He sprawls on it and lands two low
kicks. Jackson catches a low kick attempt but loses his balance
trying to take the Brazilian down. Jackson knocks Silva out cold
with a left hook counter punch. Jackson unnecessarily nailed his
fallen foe with three right hands to the face as referee Yves
Lavigne pulled him off at the 3:21 mark of round one. Silva lay
with his legs quivering for several tense moments, but appeared to
be OK as he left the cage under his own power.
Massenzio Round 1
Dollaway attacks Massenzio’s body with a kick. Massenzio, whose
left knee is heavily bandaged, appears to be slow in his movement
around the Ocatgon. Massenzio hurts Dollaway with a right hand.
Dollaway is hurt and is forced to fend off a tight guillotine
choke. Dollaway escapes and then has to defend a Massenzio triangle
choke attempt. Dollaway gets out of danger and moves to side
control. To mount goes Dollaway. He punches the head, forcing
Massenzio to give up his back. Dollaway flattens out Massenzio and
cracks the head with both hands until referee Yves Lavigne steps in
at 3:01 of the opening frame.
Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank
Mir Round 1
Mir fires a head kick that misses. Mir goes to the inside of
Nogueira’s front leg with a low kick. Mir is picking Nogueira apart
with punches and kicks early. Mir trips Nogueira to the mat and
enters his guard. Mir stands and invites “Minotauro” to follow. Mir
blasts Nogueira with an uppercut and another low kick. The pace
slows a bit as Mir appears to tire. Nogeuria takes the center of
the cage looking fresh with his jab. Mir drops Nogueira to the
canvas with a right hand. Mir pounces but patiently stands back to
his feet once Nogueira had recovered. To the body with a knee and a
left kick goes Mir. Nogueira gets off with his hands for the first
time in the bout. Mir scores another knockdown with a right hand at
the sound of the bell.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Mir
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 Mir
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mir
Mir attacks with a flurry of punches that come up short. Nogueira
answers with a stiff low kick to Mir’s right leg. Mir’s lateral
movement is good as he bounces on his toes, moving away from
Nogueira’s power. Frank Mir steps forward in the pocket and puts
Noqueira down with two left hooks. Mir finishes the Brazilian with
punches on the floor. Referee Herb Dean stops the mauling at 1:54
of the second stage.
Griffin vs. Rashad
Evans Round 1
Griffin stalks the challenger around the cage, but Rashad connects
first with a left hand. Grffin misses on a low kick. Griffin loads
up a right hand that nearly connects. Griffin lands a low kick and
a foot to the body. Evans returns the favor with a hard low kick of
his own. The champion throws three jabs but they all fall short of
their target. Griffin abandons his jab with a punching flurry and
is cracked with a straight right to the ribs and a low kick. The
champion again goes at Evans’ left leg with a kick. Evans switches
to a southpaw stance to avoid punishment on the leg. He switches
back to orthodox and gets the best of a punching exchange. A hard
body punch prompts Griffin to take a deep breath.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Evans
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Griffin takes the center of the cage and moves toward Evans.
Griffin lands a low kick and a right hand. Griffin gets busy from
the Thai clinch with knees to the chin and body. Evans eats a punch
and then taunts the champion by blowing a kiss and then touching
his athletic cup. Evans, still smiling, absorbs another low kick to
his left leg. And two more. Griffin is scoring big with his low
kicks. The challenger attempts to kick back but his balance has
been affected by the abuse to his legs. Evans connects with a clean
straight counter right to the chin. Griffin shakes it off and stays
busy with kicks and punches from the outside. A hard right from the
champion closes the period.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Griffin slips during an exchange and is forced to work from his
back. Evans pounds away with punches from both hands as referee
Steve Mazzagatti looks on closely. Griffin hangs on and recovers
enough to attempt a triangle choke and an omaplata. Evans lands
five hard right hands from the top position that hurt the champion.
Evans pours it on with left-handed power shots until Griffin taps
out from the abuse. Rashad Evans claims the UFC light heavyweight
title at 2:46 of the third round.