Frank Mir. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Two championships changed hands Saturday night in Las Vegas as Rashad Evans and Frank Mir each scored impressive stoppages over Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira respectively in the two featured bouts at the UFC’s annual year-end show. A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.
Complete results from the fight card:
Patrick Barry def. Dan Evensen - TKO (Leg Kicks)
Brad Blackburn def. Ryo Chonan - Unanimous Decision
Matt Hamill def. Reese Andy - TKO (Strikes)
Antoni Hardonk def. Mike Wessel - TKO (Strikes)
Yushin Okami def. Dean Lister - Unanimous Decision
Cheick Kongo def. Mustapha al Turk - TKO (Strikes)
Quinton Jackson def. Wanderlei Silva - KO (Punch)
CB Dollaway def. Mike Massenzio - TKO (Strikes)
Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - TKO (Strikes)
Rashad Evans def. Forrest Griffin - Submission (Strikes)
In the above video, interim UFC heavyweight champion and former PRIDE heavyweight title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira discusses his upcoming showdown with former UFC heavyweight champ and fellow “Ultimate Fighter” coach Frank Mir on the main card of Saturday night’s UFC 92 event in Las Vegas.
ESPN’s MMA Live is on location at UFC 91 and has put together a good group of video previews for individual fights at the upcoming event. The videos are hosted by John Anik and feature Frank Mir and Franklin McNeil.
We’ll start with the main event, Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar
More videos after the jump.
LAS VEGAS, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization is proud to announce three classic bouts on the historic final card of the year – UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 27, 2008. The stacked fight card will be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion and the original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin as he defends his belt against The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 heavyweight winner Rashad Evans, who is fresh off a devastating knockout win over former UFC champion Chuck Liddell.
“We are ending 2008 with a fight card like no other,” said UFC President Dana White. “One for every fight fan out there.”
Not one, but two titles are on the line on December 27th as former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir continues his pursuit to regain the belt when he meets Interim UFC Heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in a showdown between the two coaches of this season’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Also on tap is a grudge match between two former champions, as MMA legend Wanderlei Silva takes on former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the UFC has finalized the top three fights for their New Year’s Eve weekend show. Its long been known that the fight for the interim heavyweight title between Antonio Nogueira and Frank Mir would take place. But the two fights below that fight are main event quality themselves. For the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, champion Forrest Griffin will take on undefeated Rashad Evans. And for the third time in their illustrious careers, former UFC champ Quentin “Rampage” Jackson will battle former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva.
As recently as Monday, UFC president Dana White said there were “lots of moving parts” as he tried to complete the company’s end-of-year fight cards.
On Wednesday, he at least got the top three fights of UFC 92 finalized. The co-main events will feature the interim heavyweight title match between champion Antonio Rodrigo and Frank Mir. Forrest Griffin will defend the light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will meet Wanderlei Silva, who defeated him twice when they fought in PRIDE.
The Jackson-Silva card had been considered for UFC 91, when the card was slated to be in Portland, Ore., as well for UFC 94, which will be Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
But White said he wanted to “stack” the UFC’s traditional New Year’s Eve weekend card and managed to do so by putting four of the company’s most popular fighters on the card.
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Randy Couture has returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After a year-long feud between Couture and the UFC saw both sides battle it out in court and in the media, UFC President Dana White announced today that the promotion has inked Couture to a new multi-fight deal that will have him take on former professional wrestler and upstart contender Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 15.
The mega-fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas instead of Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden as previously expected and will be for Couture’s UFC heavyweight title.
“We’ve had problems with Randy over the last few months, but we’ve resolved them all,” White said on a media conference call this afternoon. “Randy has always been our heavyweight champion. We can basically put on fights that fans want to see now. Mark my words, Couture vs. Lesnar will be the biggest fight in UFC history.”
From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Frank Mir, and Franklin McNeil.
In related news, ESPN has told MMA Junkie that despite reports stating that the network was considering moving MMA Live to television, there are “no current plans for it to appear on any ESPN television networks in the future.” Bummer.
From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and special guest Frank Mir as usual analyst Kenny Florian is off preparing for his upcoming lightweight bout against Roger Huerta at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy this weekend.
From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and special guest Frank Mir as usual analyst Kenny Florian is off preparing for his upcoming lightweight bout against Roger Huerta at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy next weekend.
From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and special guest Frank Mir as usual analyst Kenny Florian is off preparing for his upcoming lightweight bout against Roger Huerta at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy next month.