Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)
In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat. Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped. Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion. It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.
The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
Alvin Robinson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A lightweight bout between Alvin Robinson and Canadian grappler Mark Bocek will take place as a non-televised preliminary bout on the undercard of UFC 91, which takes place on November 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC officially announced the bout over the weekend via their official website.
Since falling to Frankie Edgar in his UFC debut, Bocek has gone on to split his last two fights in the promotion. Bocek used his superior ground skills to earn an unanimous decision over Doug Evans at UFC 79 but fell to Mac Danzig in his next bout at UFC 83.
Robinson shares the same situation that Bocek is currently in - he has gone 1-2 thus far in the UFC. Robinson was last submitted by rising lightweight contender Nate Diaz in the first round at UFC Fight Night 12 before having to battle injuries throughout the summer. Prior to that, he won an impressive decision over Jorge Gurgel at UFC 77.
MMA Mania is reporting that Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz will be back in action at UFC Fight Night 12 when he takes on recently victorious Alvin Robinson.
The fight will be Diaz’s third in the UFC and also his third bout in 2007. He won his UFC debut when fellow TUF 5 cast mate Manny Gamburyan was forced to submit in the first round of their bout after injuring his shoulder at the TUF 5 Finale. Diaz then finished off Junior Assuncao with a guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 11.
Robinson was stopped with strikes by Kenny Florian in his UFC debut at UFC 73 but bounced back in a big way last month at UFC 77 where he dominated Cincinnatti native Jorge Gurgel en route to a bloody unanimous decision win in his favor.
This fight is an interesting clash of styles. If the fight goes to the ground as expected, Diaz may find himself on his back for the majority of the fight. I’d give Diaz the edge in the submission department but it’s going to be fun to see if Robinson’s ground and pound attack will be able to negate Diaz’s jiu-jitsu skills.
The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries for UFC 77: Hostile Territory:
Tim Sylvia: $200,000
Anderson Silva: $120,000
Brandon Vera: $100,000
Rich Franklin: $45,000
Stephan Bonnar: $44,000
Yushin Okami: $24,000
Alan Belcher: $22,000
Josh Burkman: $20,000
Jason MacDonald: $17,000
Demian Maia: $10,000
Jason Black: $8,000
Jorge Gurgel: $7,000
Kalib Starnes $7,000
Eric Schafer: $6,000
Alvin Robinson: $6,000
Forrest Petz: $6,000
Matt Grice: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Total Payroll: $652,000
MMA on Tap writers Scott White and John Chandler break down UFC 77: Hostile Territory fight-by-fight in the debut of the site’s newest column.
UFC 77 features a total of nine fights including the highly anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin for the UFC Middleweight Title as well as a battle between heavyweight contenders Tim Sylvia and Brandon Vera.
Catching up on things in the world of MMA…
- The Fight Network is reporting that officials at American Top Team have stated that Denis Kang is still in negotiations with K-1 and has not yet signed with the promotion:
American Top Team representatives have confirmed that popular Vancouver, British Columbia fighter Denis Kang is in negotiations to sign a five-fight deal with the K-1 HERO’S promotion. Rumors have been circulating about a possible match-up pitting Kang against Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba Sept. 17 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan, but the ATT would not confirm the pairing.
- Tonight’s episode of IFL Battleground will preview the 10 matchups that will take place in the opening round of the upcoming IFL Grand Prix. It will air 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV.
- Highly regarded trainer Greg Jackson has announced that Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team”>Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team. St. Pierre is excited to be able to train with the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine on a regular basis:
“It’s absolutely great, and I think I am blessed because I am lucky to be able to train with such a great group of guys and under Greg Jackson, who is the best MMA coach in my book,” St. Pierre says. “People say you’re only as good as your training partners, and I believe that is the truth.”
- Continuing with some more St. Pierre news - His former manager, Stephane Patry, who also serves as president of TKO, is stating that St. Pierre is still contractually obligated to him. St. Pierre says that is just not the case:
“My manager now is Shari Spencer. She takes care of my sponsorships and my fights, as well,” St. Pierre says. “It’s nothing personal. Me and Stephane are still good friends. We were not in agreement about some stuff in training, and we were not agreeing to some stuff regarding my management.”
- MMA Weekly is reporting that Masakazu Imanari will return to Cage Rage to take on Jean Silva at Cage Rage 23 for the promotion’s World Featherweight Title. Silva will be dropping down from lightweight to featherweight for the first time in his career.
- Jorge Gurgel announced at an open house for his gym over the weekend that he will be facing Alvin Robinson at UFC 77.
Some media links as well…
Sherdog: Georges St. Pierre Training Pictures
MMA Weekly: Pellegrino Hunting Down a Title Shot
The Fight Network: Murphy’s Law
UFC Junkie: What’s Next for Wanderlei Silva?
Yahoo! Sports: Gonzaga sniffs out his biggest opportunity
Rogers Sportsnet: Koscheck eager to get it on
Fight Opinion: Monday maintenance: Lots of activity in the UK
Fightlinker: Brandon Vera is back and I don’t care
Bloody Elbow: More Doubts About GSP
MMA Analyst: An Interview with Cub Swanson, WEC featherweight contender
The California State Athletic Commission has released the list of fighter suspensions stemming from the results of UFC 73:
Nate Marquardt - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and lacerations around both eyes. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.
Tito Ortiz - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to right eye damage and lower back pain. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact permitted.
Heath Herring - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to left cheek damage and lacerations around the eye and nose. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.
Jorge Gurgel - Medically suspended indefinitely with no contact due to facial fracture.
Frankie Edgar - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to nose fracture.
Jason Gilliam - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to radial collateral ligament damage.
Mark Bocek - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and facial laceration. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.
Alvin Robinson - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact due to TKO.