Swick, Rashad and Pulver all came into their fights Saturday night with alot on the line. Swick was battling for a shot at the middleweight title with Loiseau, Rashad was putting his 13-0 record on the line against Jason Lambert while he worked to climb the 205 lb ladder and Jens Pulver was making his UFC return for the first time in 4 years with the reputation of being the only UFC lightweight champion.
Mike “Quick” Swick entered the octagon as the co-main event going up against David Loiseau who was excepted to be Swick’s toughest test to date. Swick knew with a win in this fight he’d solidify himself as the top contender in the UFC middleweight division and he’d likely get the winner of Silva-Franklin.
The fight started fairly slow as both fighters were tentative and showing alot of respect for one another. Swick would attempt to come in with quick hard combinations but Loiseau constantly did a good job of blocking them. Unfortunately for Loiseau he still looked a little gunshy which may have been a result of the beating he took from Franklin. Swick was the only fighter mounting any offense as Loiseau just sat back and waited for an opening. Loiseau only threw about two punches but they were very hard and they backed up the AKA fighter. Swick was able to earn a takedown and shortly after that Loiseau gave up his back which allow him to return to his feet as the round ended.
Swick came out and did alot of the same in the second round throwing the odd combination and working from his opponents guard. He was able to soften Loiseau up late and open a cut over Loiseau’s left eye. Neither fighter was in any real danger as the round ended on the canvas.
A different David Loiseau walked out for the third round as he knew he was down on the scorecards and he needed to mount some sort of offense. Loiseau started stalking Swick around the cage but Swick wanted nothing to do with it so he took the fight down. Loiseau was able to quickly return to his feet where he started working some excellent punches. Quickly after that “The Crow” started to throw his signature elbows which where really effecting Swick. Loiseau ended up taking the fight to the canvas where he started raining down elbows. Swick knew he couldn’t remain in that position so he desparately tried to return to his feet. Shortly after Swick returned to his feet the bell rang and Swick earned himself a unanimous decision.
With the win Mike Swick has now solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division.
Rashad Evans was able to keep his undefeated record intact last night as he TKO’d Jason Lambert partway through the second solidifying himself as a legitimate contender in the 205 pound division.
The first round saw two fresh fighters come out looking to exchange. Rashad looked very light on his feet while his opponent charged forward like a mad bull. Rashad mounted the first offense rushing into the clinch and attempting a takedown which Lambert defended well. Evans was eventually able to pick Lambert up and slam him to the canvas gaining side control. Lambert tried catching Evans with a kimura but he was able to escape as the fight return to the feet. Both guys worked in the clinch again where Evans was able to secure another takedown before the round ended.
Evans easily earned himself the edge in the first round with some excellent slams. Besides the one kimura attempt Lambert did very little as most of his wild shots and takedowns failed.
The second round started the second round with another big takedown where he was eventually able to mount his opponent. From there Evans unleashed a flurry of bombs from the top that knocked his opponent out. “Big” John McCarthy rushed in and stopped the fight giving Rashad Evans the win by KO at 2:22 of the second.
Many people questioned Rashad’s ability to finish coming into this fight but Rashad showed he is the real deal and a true contender in the 205 pound division as he made easy work of Jason Lambert who is a stud at 205.
The biggest shock for me tonight was Jens “Little Evil” Pulver versus Joe Lauzon. Jens Pulver was my lock to win but that all changed when UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon TKO’d his very experienced opponent very early in the first. Lauzon was a 7 to 1 underdog coming into this fight but he came out early and sent a message. Lauzon started his assault by scoring a quick single leg takedown. When the fight returned to the feet moments later Lauzon once again came in and took his opponent to the canvas. Pulver was able to make it back to his feet again but as he was working for the shoot Lauzon came in with a flying knee that missed but he followed that up with a hard left hook that landed right on the button sending a dazed Pulver to the canvas. In a total shocker Joe Lauzon was declared the winner at 48 seconds of the first round.
Here are the results from IFL - Miletich vs. Gracie
- Delson Heleno def. Ben Uker TKO (Strikes)
- Dennis Hallman def. Jeff Quinlan Decision (Majority)
- Bart Palaszewski def. Marcio Feitosa Decision (Split)
- Rory Markham def. Marcelo Azevedo TKO (Strikes)
- Fabio Leopoldo def. Ryan McGivern Submission (Kneebar)
- Andre Gusmao def. Mike Ciesnolevicz TKO (Strikes)
- Ben Rothwell def. Bryan Vetell KO (Punch)
- Josh Odam def. Rob Di Censo TKO (Strikes)
- Claude Patrick def. Ray Steinbeiss Submission (Guillotine choke)
- Joe Doerksen def. Brian Foster Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Brent Beauparlant def. Raphael Davis Decision (Unanimous)
- Travis Wiuff def. Wojtek Kaszowski Decision (Unanimous)
- Renzo Gracie def. Pat Miletich Submission (Guillotine choke)
In what was turning out to be a night of upsets the combatants for the UFC 63 main-event made their way to the octagon.
Both guys were accompanied by flashy introductions. B.J. Penn was the first to make his way out of the back and down to the octagon walking to Crazy by Gnarles Barkley all while he was looking very confident and ready.
The champion Matt Hughes was next to come out accompanied by his signature entrance song “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr. On his was out Hughes looked very calm and composed.
The fight started and looked like a scene that was all too familiar. Penn came out strong early working his strikes and defending a Matt Hughes takedown attempt. Penn was able to land numerous strikes which were really affecting Hughes before Hughes finally was able to take the fight to the canvas.
When the fight returned to the feet Hughes fired off a few shots and while Penn moved to avoid them he stuck out his left hand and accidentally caught Hughes in the eye with a thumb. “Big” John McCarthy quickly stepped in between the two and stoppage the fight so Hughes could regain his vision.
When the fight started back up Hughes immediately attacked and went for the takedown but he was unsuccessful as the first round came to an end.
Hughes started the second round with a takedown but the very flexible B.J. Penn showed what he was all about when he trapped both of Matt’s arms and went for an omaplata.
Penn was eventually able to transition to Hughes’s back where he worked for a rear naked choke which failed. From there he was able to move up on Matt’s back and sink in a triangle which eventually became a triangle armbar. The submission was in very deep and it looked as though Hughes may be finished.
Late in the round Hughes showed true champion heart as he exploded out of the submission and showed a country boy can survive.
A new Matt Hughes came out of the red corner for the third round looking fresh and ready while a gassed B.J. Penn walked out of the blue corner.
Hughes looked great right from the get go working some excellent strikes on his helplessly gassed opponent. Hughes rocked Penn with a shot which allowed him to take Penn down to the canvas. Hughes was eventually able to transition to side-mount where he trapped both of Penn’s arms and started raining down punches and elbows to Penn’s head.
“Big” John McCarthy did everything in his power to let Penn try to get free but eventually enough was enough and “Big” John pounced in and called a halt to the fight a 3:58 of the third round for the winner by TKO Matt Hughes.
Hughes showed what a true champion he is overcoming a submission and punches that would have ended any normal fighter’s night. B.J. Penn showed that he is one hell of a fighter but with no cardio you aren’t going anywhere in this sport.
Next on the table will be a rematch between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes. St. Pierre got things heated after the fight as he entered the octagon and took the microphone from Joe Rogan and said “Congratulations but you did not impress me in this fight. I will see you soon.” The comments really hit a nerve with Matt Hughes but as Rogan said St. Pierre is a nice kid and he was just trying to get the crowd going to up the pay-per-view buys for their battle.
Here are the results from UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes.
- Tyson Griffin def. David Lee - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Jorge Gurgel def. Danny Abbadi - Decision (Split)
- Eddie Sanchez def. Mario Neto - KO (Punches)
- Roger Huerta def. Jason Dent - Decision (Unanimous)
- Joe Lauzon def. Jens Pulver - TKO (Punch)
- Rashad Evans def. Jason Lambert - KO (Strikes)
- Melvin Guillard def. Gabe Ruediger - KO (Shot to the Body)
- Mike Swick def. David Loiseau - Decision (Unanimous)
- Matt Hughes def. B.J. Penn - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Eilers continued his winning streak Saturday night with a 1st round TKO win over Wade Hamilton at RMN MMA: Demolition.
Here are the results from Final Conflict Absolute 2006…
Evangelista Santos def. Yosuke Nishijima - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mirko Filipovic def. Wanderlei Silva - KO (Head Kick)
Josh Barnett def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Split Decision
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Sergei Kharitonov - TKO (Strikes)
Ricardo Morais def. Lee Tae-Hyun - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Yoshihiro Nakao - Unanimous Decision
Mauricio Rua def. Cyrille Diabate - TKO (Stomps)
Ricardo Arona def. Alistair Overeem - Submission (Strikes)
Mirko Filipovic def. Josh Barnett - Submission (Strikes)
Matt “The Law” Lindland reined victories last night as he picked Jeremy Horn apart and eventually knocked him out early in the second round.
Lindland came out aggressive in the opening round working both his strikes and takedowns. He was almost able to catch Jeremy Horn in his patented guillotine choke which has victimized numerous other fighters but Horn showed heart and broke free. Lindland continued work his strikes and takedowns, neutralizing anything Horn had to offer.
Coming off of a dominant first round Lindland continued where he left off. This time Lindland was able to catch Horn with a nice left which sent him to the canvas. Lindland pounced on his dazed opponent and pounded away until the referee called a halt to the bout at 21 seconds of the first round.
Chris Horodecki kept his undefeated record intact as he pulled out a unanimous decision over Ed West. Horodecki controlled rounds one and three but he was really tested in the second. Horodecki showed a ton of heart breaking free from a tight kimura which was applied late in the second round by West.
Mike Pyle, Jay Heiron and Alex Schoenauer all had fairly easy days at the office as they fought for a combined time of 1:47 seconds. Funny enough all three fighters won by guillotine choke early in the first. Pyle won at 17 seconds of the first, Heiron 26 seconds of the first and Schoenauer 1:04 of the first.
Allan Goes’s fought for the first time in over a year earning a submission victory over Devin Cole via the guillotine choke. In the end Bas Rutten’s Anacondas swept the five-fight series, Allan Goes made a successful return, Chris Horodecki remained undefeated and Matt Lindland solidified his status as one of the top middleweights in the world.
Here are the full results from “Malice at the Palace”...
Nick Theotikos def. Josh Hancock - TKO
Marco Falcon def. George Rodriguez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Alaneder Crispim def. Gigo Jara - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Moses Baca def. Dave McMillian - Decision (Split)
Jason Pietz def. Vincent Perez - Submission (Kimura)
Marlon Sims def. Sal Guillena - TKO
Brian Ebersole def. Shannon Ritch - Submission
Jeremiah Metcalf def. Jamie Hants - TKO
Nam Phan def. Aric Nelson - TKO
Urijah Faber def. Enoch Wilson - TKO
Jake Shields def. Steve Berger - TKO
Here are the results from Sunday night’s K-1 lightweight event…
Andy Souwer defeated Takayuki Kohiruimaki - Unanimous Decision
Ian Schaffa defeated Genki Sudo - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Krauss defeated Yoshihisa Sato - Majority Decision
Virgil Kalakoda defeated Hiroyuki Maeda - TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Buakaw Por Pramuk defeated Hiroki Shishido - KO (Punch)
Drago defeated Naoki Samukawa - Unanimous Decision
Mike Zambidis defeated Tatsuji - Unanimous Decision
Farid Khider defeated Yuya Yamamoto - Unanimous Decision
Hayato defeated Artur Kyshenko - Split Decision
Kazuya Yasuhiro defeated Bobby Ologun - Majority Decision
Ray Sefo defeated Shinobu Tsugto - Unanimous Decision
Satoruvashicoba defeated Taka Osamitsu - TKO (Strikes)
Here are the results from Icon Sport - Mayhem vs Lawler.
Peni Taufa’ao def. Isaiah Cobb-Adams - Submission (Guillotine)
Shaun Durfee def. Thomas Ferguson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Keoni Bryant def. Derek Stadler - Decision (Unanimous)
Lowen Cabuag def. Kenneth Gusman - Decision (Unanimous)
Chico Canteberas def. Kevin Delima - TKO (Strikes)
Makana Albino def. Marshall Harvest - Decision (Unanimous)
Mark Oshiro def. Paul Gorman - KO
Sydney Silva def. Kimo Wolfel - Submission (Armbar)
Jay Jack def. Mike Russo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tyson Nam def. Ikaika Silva - Decision (Unanimous)
Jason Dent def. Kolo Koka - Submission (Armbar)
Jason Miller def. Robbie Lawler - Submission (Arm Triangle)