Be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as I’ll be doing one of our patented live blogs for UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
- We are live folks!
- All of the fighters are currently doing the typical pre-fight promos.
- Mike Goldberg graces the microphone to provide his pre-fight thoughts on Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. Goldberg is joined by his partner Joe Rogan.
- The UFC shows a new feature called the ‘Text Vote’ and Chuck Liddell has garnered 65% of the votes.
- The first fight of the night is Michael Bisping versus Eric Schafer.
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST.
- T-minus five minutes folks.
- Sherdog.com is reporting that “Cro Cop” has chosen to sign with the UFC, maybe we’ll be seeing an announcement tonight!
- Here we go folks! We are live, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs kicked the broadcast off by stating their plans for the fight, that was followed by the typical UFC highlight videos.
- Mike Goldberg graces the microphone while his partner Joe Rogan joins him. They hype up the crowd which consists of 3000 U.S. Marines.
- Just seeing Jeff Joslin being shown gets me excited! Can’t wait to see him get his shot in the big show!
- The first fight of the evening will be Shonie Carter and Marcus Davis.
Shonie Carter vs. Marcus Davis
- After a length commercial break we are back and the veteran voice of the octagon Bruce Buffer is introducing the fighters.
- Carter receives a very large ovation.
- “Big” John is the ref.
The fighters come out early and clinch but moments later they break apart. Davis attempts a low kick that misses. The regain the clinch and Davis secures a trip. Davis lands in the mount and from there he quickly takes Shonie Carter’s back. He secures the full body triangle and works for the rear naked choke. Carter stays calm while under the pressure. Davis continues to work from Carter’s back while he peppers him with short rights. Shonie shows a veteran presence as he reverses Davis and puts him on his back. Shonie begins to toss down some punches and elbows from the top while the crowd chants “Shonie! Shonie! Shonie!” Carter lands some excellent elbows from the top as he works from the top position. Carter finishes the round strong with some good shots from the top.
The fighters come out looking to size each other up early. Neither lands anything until Davis unleashes a shot that rocks Carter and drops him to the canvas. Carter gets up but he is still rocked. Davis lands another jab while Carter tries a few wild kicks. Still clearly dazed Carter takes another jab before he gains the clinch. Davis lands some good knees to the legs and they break free. Davis comes in with a good left hand while Shonie looks dazed. Davis lands another straight right followed by a very hard low kick. Davis sneaks in the right jab again as Carter misses with some wild shots. Davis continues to work the hard shots while Shonie’s nose leaks blood. Davis lands a four shot combo followed by a hard hook and a knee. Shonie attempts a few wild uneffective shots. Shonie tries the left spinning back fist that missed. Davis quickly capitalizes and lands two good shots. He follows that up with some more hard shots. Davis attempts a shot but slips. Again Davis tries to come in but he slips again and then the two fighters clinch. Carter momentarily goes for the guillotine but fails.
- Davis clearly dominated Carter in the second round rocking him numerous times.
The third round starts on the feet as the fighters exchange a few unsuccessful punches. Davis tries coming forward with a three punch combo that fails. Carter throws a wild uppercut that goes wide. Davis continues to work his hard stiff jab as Carter moves forward. Carter finally lands a good shot to the side of Davis’ head. Davis continues to work his stiff jab. Shonie attempts a head kick that is blocked. Both fighters attempt a few jabs and then Carter lands a good leg kick. Davis lands a few jabs while they continue to hunt one another. Davis continues to work his jab while Carter fakes some kicks. Shonie throws a few combinations while Davis comes in with the jab. Davis lands a low kick and Carter answers with a jab. Davis continues to jab Carter as the round ends.
- Marcus Davis is declared the winner by unanimous decision.
- The camera crew goes out back where they show Drew Fickett, Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, Jeff Joslin, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs getting prepared for their battles.
- They show the preview of Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
- Up next is “The Heat” versus “The Master”.
Karo Parisyan vs. Drew Fickett
- Ivan Salaverry is in the corner of Drew Fickett.
- Both Fickett and Parisyan received strong ovations.
- Steve Mazzagatti is the referee.
Fickett comes out with a few strikes early looking solid on his feet. Parisyan lands a big overhand right while taking a shot to the groin. He gets some time to regain his composure. The fight is restarted and Fickett throws some good straight punches. Karo gets ahold of Fickett and takes him to the canvas. Karo throws some shots while he is down and then Fickett hops back up to his feet. They exchange some overhand rights before clinching again. Fickett throws a knee and then they break the clinch. Karo charges in with strikes so Fickett throws a knee. Parisyan comes in with a wild overhand shot. Parisyan goes to throw a shot but he slips and quickly regains his balance. Karo lands two hard rights on the button. Fickett clinches and throws a knee but Karo quickly answers with some straight shots. Fickett clinches again he lands a good knee. Karo throws a head kick that is blocked. They clinch up against the cage and then Karo pushes off and lands a few shots. Both Karo and Fickett move to the center while landing a shot each. Drew charges forward and Karo lands some more good rights. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Karo throws a straight right followed by a high kick that is blocked. He nails Karo with a few more hard rights. Fickett shoots in for a single but Karo avoids it.
Karo comes in with some straight shots right away and then he secures a big takedown. Karo pins Fickett up against the fence looking to work the ground and pound. Fickett lands a hard elbow from the bottom that opens Karo up. Karo goes into attack more and starts landing some excellent elbows that cut Fickett as well. Parisyan starts teeing off from the top while moving to side mount. The fight is stopped to check the cuts. The doctor says he is ok. They restart the fight on the canvas as both guys are bloodied. Karo’s eye is cut badly is a swollen. Karo lands a huge right from the top before sneaking in a few short elbows. Fickett tries going for a kimura and then armbar. Karo regains the halfguard and he continues to fire off short elbows and punches. Karo continues to work from the top while Fickett squirms on the ground. The fight is back up on the feet. Karo’s eye is extremely swollen. Fickett shoots in and secures the double leg. Fickett begins to land some excellent elbows from the top. Fickett continues to work the hard elbows from the top as the round ends. Both guys are very bloodied and Karo’s eye looks terrible. Fickett’s cut is on his forehead, Parisyan’s is under the eye.
The third starts with a touch of gloves as both guys are battered and bloodied. Fickett comes in and lands a good left. Parisyan responds with a good jab. Fickett lands a good body kick. Karo tosses another good right as his cut is reopened. Karo continously tossed off the straight rights that look to have a good effect. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Both guys exchange some more good shots. Karo lands a straight right left combo. Karo continues to throw the straight rights. Fickett then shoots in and it goes wrong giving Karo the top position. They then return to the feet moments later and Fickett attempts a few combos that misses. Fickett throws a weak punch and then the two fighters gain the clinch. Karo throws a wild right that misses. Fickett then shoots in but Karo pushes him off. Fickett attempts a high kick but once again it is blocked. Karo lands and excellent combo and then he lands a judo throw. Fickett tries to come in with the flying knee again as Karo tees off on him. Karo secures another takedown. Fickett turns to his back and they return to the feet. Fickett shoots in as they battle with shots in the clinch and the round ends. Both guys very battered and bloodied.
- This will be a close call!
- All three judges scored it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Karo “The Heat” Parisyan.
- Next up is Koscheck versus Joslin!
Josh Koscheck vs. Jeff Joslin
- Joslin is introduced first and he recieves a mixed reception.
- Koscheck is next and the fans give him a solid reception.
- Herb Dean is the ref.
They touch gloves and circle one another. Joslin very light on his feet. Koscheck tries to wild shots. Joslin sneaks in a jab. Joslin continues to come forward tossing the odd jab. Koscheck tries another wild right hand. Koscheck has a little blood on the eye as he secures a takedown. Joslin shows an active guard as Koscheck begins to posture up. Joslin gets him in the butterfly guard while Koscheck attempts to pass. Koscheck continues to work to pass while Joslin holds on. Koscheck tries an elbow that misses. Joslin continues to utilize the butterfly guard while keeping Koscheck mobilized. Koscheck misses with an elbow. Dean steps in and stands them up. Joslin lands an overhand that rocks Koscheck, immediately Koscheck shoots and puts him down. Koscheck gets the takedown and works some body shots. Herb Dean warns Koscheck he will stand them up. Koscheck tries stuffing Joslin against the cage. Joslin rolls for an armbar. Round ends.
Joslin comes out with the jab as he sizes Koscheck up. He continues to work an excellent jab. Koscheck attempts a jab that misses. He then tries an overhand right that comes up short. Joslin continues to stalk Koscheck on the feet. Joslin works the jab while Koscheck throws a wild right. Joslin continues to come forward with straight punches as Koscheck throws wild rights that miss. Joslin lands a low kick and then Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Joslin ties him up while Koscheck tries to pass. Koscheck lands an elbow and then a few punches to the body. Koscheck postures up and lands a few elbows. Koscheck gets in two more elbows. Herb Dean stands them up. Immediately Koscheck shoots and gets the big takedown. Joslin tries switching to an armbar. Joslin gets the triangle sunk in at the end of the round.
The thrid starts with Joslin coming forward on the feet again. Joslin lands a low kick. He attempts a spinning backfist that misses. Joslin continues to work the jab. Joslin lands a few jabs as Koscheck backpeddles. Koscheck shoots in for the double leg. Koscheck secures the big takedown and he gets in a takedown. Joslin gains the butterfly guard. Koscheck continues to do very little from the top. Joslin works the active guard looking for a submission. Koscheck postures up but is uneffective. Koscheck sinks in a guillotine but Joslin gets loose. Koscheck works from the side dropping shot elbows. Koscheck begins to lands some good punches. Herb Dean stands the fighters up. Joslin is cut. Joslin throws a punch and Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Koscheck lays in the guard and does nothing while Joslin lands shots from the bottom.
- Josh Koscheck is declared the winner via a unanimous decision victory.
- Next up is Riggs vs. Sanchez.
Joe Riggs vs. Diego Sanchez
- Riggs is introduced first while his cornermen wear army uniforms.
- Diego is introduced next looking very focused.
- “Big” John is the referee.
- Intense staredown.
The fighters touch up to kick off the round and then they begin circling. Riggs throws big left that misses. Diego shoots in early but fails as Riggs stuffs it. Riggs continues to move forward as he lands right hand. Riggs throws good high kick. Both fighters land huge punches and Diego’s drops Riggs to the canvas, he quickly charges in and lands a flying knee. He follows that up with some shot on the canvas knocking Riggs out.
- Diego Sanchez is declared the winner by KO.
- Thats all folks, hope you enjoyed.
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- T-minus 20 minutes folks!
- T-minus 1 minute ladies and gentlemen…
- We’re live, the fighters in both title fights are currently doing the typical pre-fight interviews.
- Mike Goldberg graces the microphone and introduces his partner for the evening Randy “The Natural” Couture. Rogan is not present for the evening’s event due to other commitments.
Well I thought that I would do something a little different here. The weigh-ins are obviously a different beast than the actual event but they are always fun to watch anyway.
For anyone interested in watching them, Yahoo! Sports is streaming the event online. I’m not sure if Spike TV is broadcasting it either but I’ll find out shortly.
- I’m interested in seeing what kind of shape Frank Mir is in. As we all know, he looked horrible in his last fight against Dan Christison. In an interview earlier this week, Mir said that he was in great shape and his opponent Brandon Vera also said that Mir had his six pack back.
6:06 PM: The event is only being streamed on Yahoo! Sports, so no Spike TV. First up it looks like it’s going to be the undercard fights…
6:10 PM: This thing is moving along pretty quickly so I’ll try to keep up.
- They are starting out first as always with the undercard…
Josh Shockman - 235 lbs
Jake O’Brien - 232 lbs
- Dana White went with a different look than usual with his weigh-in shirt tonight. Similar style but different material. Why am I mentioning that? I don’t really know…
Hector Ramirez - 203 lbs
James Irvin - 205 1/2 lbs
- Irvin looks to be in great shape as always for his return to the UFC.
6:14 PM: Just in case anyone is wondering, they had Bruce Buffer do the weigh-in announcing instead of Joe Rogan this time around. Rogan won’t be the color guy at UFC 65 since he has a comedy show that he has to do, so that might be the real reason, not because the UFC listened to the fans and know that they need a good voice.
Antoni Hardonk - 242 1/2 lbs
Sherman Pendergarst - 247 1/2 lbs
- Pendergarst was very animated during the staredown, he didn’t stop moving and it got a laugh out of Dana…
- Now it’s time for the main card
Joe Stevenson - 155 lbs
Dokonjonosuke Mishima - 154 1/2 lbs
- Mishima had an interesting choice of socks on - They were tall and had gray and white stripes…
- This is the first weigh-in that I’ve noticed where commission officals are instructing the fighters on how to step up onto the scale.
- I just remembered that this event is in California, that might be why…
- I just got really excited and then let down again - They showed the graphic for Brandon Vera-Frank Mir but it turned out to be Drew McFedries and Alessio Sakara weighing in instead.
Drew McFedries - 202 lbs
Alessio Sakara - 204 lbs
- I still don’t get why fighters come in regular clothes like jeans if they know that they are going to have to get undressed anyway.
- Sakara looks to have even more tattoos than usual…
6:18 PM: It’s time for the better half of the card.
Frank Mir - 254 lbs
Brandon Vera - 204 lbs
- Mir weighs a lot more than usual - I swear I remember him fighting around 240 when he had the belt. Anyway he lost all of that extra fat and looks to be in great shape. Vera was right - he does have his six pack back.
Nick Diaz - 171 lbs
Gleison Tibau - 171 lbs
- Both fighters were just at the limit in terms of weight.
- Diaz came up the stairs doing his usual cursing at the camera. I don’t think that Tibau understands English very well as he was having trouble following instructions on the scale.
- I wish they would slow down, this is getting really hard to keep up with. At this pace the weigh-ins are going to be over at 6:30. I’m guessing that the UFC only got a half hour to do things which sucks.
6:20 PM: The two championship fights…
Jeff Monson - 237 1/2 lbs
Tim Sylvia - 262 1/2 lbs
- Sylvia always barely makes the limit of 265 lbs. I think I actually remember an event where he was over and they just let it go for some reason…
- Both fighters were actually booed some. Monson probably got booed by Sylvia’s crew. Sylvia, well he was probably booed because very little fans seem to like him these days. Sylvia got it the worst out of any fighter so far, people were screaming things at him the whole time.
- Sylvia stuck his arm out at Monson’s face and Monson couldn’t even get within two feet of Sylvia for the staredown. A sign of things to come? Monson tried to pose with an uppercut but it was obvious that it wasn’t going to reach Sylvia without Monson bumping into his arm. Interesting…
6:30 PM: Now the fight that everyone and their mother wants to see…
Georges St. Pierre - 169 lbs
Matt Hughes - 170 lbs
- St. Pierre probably got the biggest amount of cheers from the females in attendance.
- Hughes probably got the biggest applause out of all of the fighters, well if you count the ‘Huuuuuughes’ that people were screaming.
6:32 PM - The event was only a half hour long and it seemed a lot shorter then that.
- Before and after they showed the little previews that always show for the fights. The one that they showed before the weigh-ins however looked to be a piece that was new and only put together a couple of days ago.
Biggest Applause - Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre, Frank Mir, Nick Diaz, Joe Stevenson
Most Boos - Tim Sylvia, Jeff Monson
You Could Hear Crickets - Gleison Tibau, Drew McFedries
Best Shape - James Irvin, Georges St. Pierre
Worst Shape - Tim Sylvia
Best Staredown - Nick Diaz and Gleison Tibau
I know it’s a little late for this but the “super-fights” haven’t even gone on yet so I thought what the heck…
This is going to be a little different then our regular live blogs. I’m not actually watching the event, I’m just posting the results as well as my thoughts at certain points.
Just so I don’t get in trouble with anyone, I’m using Sherdog as my source. Well, let’s get started…
1:05 AM - Time to get caught up. Here are the results so far…
Bart Palaszewski defeated Ivan Menjivar - Split Decision
Rory Markham defeated Keith Wisniewski - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Joe Doerksen over Ryan McGivern - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Ciesnolevicz defeated Brent Beauparlant - Submission (Guillotine)
Ben Rothwell over Wojtek Kaszowski - Submission (Keylock)
Chris Horodecki over Ryan Schultz - TKO (Strikes)
Chris Wilson beat Jay Hieron - Unanimous Decision
1:10 AM - Some random thoughts…
- In case you haven’t heard today, The IFL announced Ken Shamrock and Ian Freeman as new coaches. Also MMA Weekly is reporting via an interview with IFL President Gareb Shamus that the promotion will be having a Grand Prix event at the end of the season…
- It’s nice to see Doerksen and Rothwell continue to their winning ways. I think that Rothwell will probably take the heavyweight crown at this Grand Prix event when it comes around…
1:18 AM - Matt Horwich has defeated Mike Pyle by Rear Naked Choke in the second round of their fight.
1:25 AM - With the above results, the Quad City Silverbacks have defeated the Toronto Dragons.
- I’m guessing that puts the Silverbacks in the championship against the winner of the Anacondas/Wolfpack matchup…
1:43 AM - Sorry about that folks, got distracted a little bit there…
- It has been announced that Aaron Stark has submitted Alex Schoenauer with a guillotine choke in the second round.
1:48 AM - I wonder if the IFL has given any consideration to contacting Dan Severn about coaching a team. I know that he is still actively fighting but maybe he would like an offer to settle down for a while and maybe consider finally retiring.
1:52 AM - Krysztof Soszynski has defeated Devin Cole in by heavyweight matchup, submitting him with an armbar in the second round.
- I’m really surprised how well rounded these heavyweights are with their submissions - you usually don’t see that with the bigger guys for the most part…
2:04 AM - With Soszynski’s victory, the Portland Wolfpack have defeated the Los Angeles Anacondas.
The Wolfpack will now meet the Anacondas in the championship set to take place on December 29th.
2:05 AM - I made a comment yesterday about the IFL pairing up with Sandals resorts…
My girlfriend’s neighbor won a free car from Sandals. The only drawback? The car is painted with an ocean scene and has ‘Sandals’ all over the car about 20 times…
Keep in mind that I’m seeing this stuff in the suburbs, I can only imagine what the advertising must be like in the city of Philadelphia. Sandals is blowing up, marketing geniuses in the new age, I say!
2:30 AM - I’m really getting tired but I’ll stick it out for anyone that is hopefully reading.
- The results of the first super-fight of the night are in: Allan Goes is victorious over Daniel Gracie by way of TKO in the second round. Strange, I thought that the winner would finish the fight by a submission if it went that route. Both fighters are well-rounded however, I should have thought twice.
3:00 AM - The event is now over…
- Mike Whitehead disposed over Mark Kerr rather quickly, stopping him in the first round with strikes. Again, I must say that the heavyweights in this organization are rather impressive…
3:01 AM - Time to pass out, later peoples…
Tonight I will be doing a live blog for the evenings event. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the form of comments throughout the night…
T-minus 10 seconds until we go live folks!
- They are currently showing the pre-fight interviews. Silva and Franklin are both saying how much they respect one another and that they’re both ready to meet in the center of the octagon and trade.
- Mike Goldberg and Randy “The Natural” Couture kick off the broadcast previewing the main-event between Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva. No Joe Rogan tonight folks…
- The first fight of the night will be Spencer Fisher vs Dan Lauzon.
Spencer Fisher vs Dan Lauzon
- Fisher states that he feels Lauzon will collapse under the pressure and he’ll be on the end of a highlight reel knockout.
- Lauzon is the first fighter to make his way to the octagon sporting a shirt saying “Check Mate” with his brother Joe Lauzon in his corner.
- Fisher is the next fighter to make his way to the octagon accompanied by some Johnny Cash. He looks fairly calm and composed as he has current UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and Josh Neer in his corner.
- The veteran voice of the octagon Bruce Buffer is currently kicking off the broadcast by introducing the lightweight combatants.
- Of course in typical UFC fashion the broadcast cuts out just as the fight starts.
The broadcast kicks back in 1 minute into the round and Fisher is on the canvas with Lauzon working from his guard. Fisher attempts and up kick and then Lauzon starts firing off rights. Lauzon then sits into Fishers guard and tries to work. Fisher pushes Lauzon back but begins to take numerous shots as Lauzon postures up. Fisher has a small cut above his right eye. Lauzon passes to the full mount but Fisher quickly regains the half guard. Lauzon fires off a couple elbows and punches and then stands up again. He postures up in Fisher’s guard and then fires off shots. Fisher pushes off of him and gets back to his feet and they quickly get to the clinch. Lauzon takes it down again but hey get up and Fisher lands a beautiful flying knee that hurt Lauzon. Fisher starts teeing off and hurts Lauzon bad. Fisher nails him with an uppercut follow by a right which knocked Lauzon out.
Spencer Fisher wins by TKO at 4:38 of the 1st Round
- Both fighters show respect for one another afterwards as they embrace on another.
- Fisher tells Pulver the win is for him in his post-fight interview and he states that Lauzon is tough as nails. He also apologizes for all the BS that took place on the internet before the fight.
- They then show Gurgle and Franklin enter the arena followed by Franklin’s opponent Anderson Silva and his crew.
- They are now showing a preview for UFC 65: Bad Intentions which is headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes and Tim Sylvia vs. Jeff Monson.
- The next fight of the night is Cheick Kongo vs Carmello Marrero.
Cheick Kongo vs. Carmello Marrero
- Marrero is the first to make his way to the octagon looking quite focused and ready.
- Kongo is the next fighter to come out looking shredded at wearing a Tapout shirt.
- Bruce Buffer makes his way to the octagon and introduces the fighters.
The fight starts slow with the two combatants circling each other. Kongo fires off a few kicks to keep him off of him but neither land. Kongo continues to work the leg kicks but Marrero remains composed. Kongo is able ot land two excellent kicks and then Marrero shoots and gets a double leg takedown. From there he moves to the side mount as Kongo has his head trapped. The fighters the scramble again but Kongo remains on the bottom. Marrero works the knees to the body from the side mount. Marrero continues to work from the side mount while Kongo desparetly looks for a way out. Marrero is able to land a few nice elbows followed by a knee to the body. Kongo scrambles again and he is able to pull guard. Kongo throws a few elbows from the bottom which have little effect. Marrero attempts a few shots from the top but Kngo does good job avoiding. Marrero ends the round strong attacking Kongo with some great ground and pound.
- I scored it 10-9 for Marrero.
- Of course my broadcast cuts out for the fourth time tonight…
The round starts with a few good kicks followed by a punch and then Marrero takes the fight to the canvas. Marrero then begins to work from the half guard. Kongo sinks in a guillotine from the bottom which looks to be in tight. Marrero looks fine while Kongo works to get back to his feet. Kongo then sinks it in deep and starts going hard. Marrero is in trouble desparately trying to get free. Marrero gets free and starts raining down bombs. Yves Lavinge moves in and brings the fight to the feet but Marrero shoots in right away and takes the fight to the canvas. He continues to work from Kongo’s guard while on the canvas. Yves Lavinge is telling the fighters to work and it looks as though Kongo is trying to get the arm. Lavinge stands them up again and Marrero is laying and praying. Kongo throws a knee but Marrero takes it down again.
- I scored the 10-9 for Marrero mainly for the takedowns.
Marrero shoots early but Kongo sprawls and he knows he is down two rounds to none. The fighters clinch up against the cage and Yves Lavinge reminds Kongo numerous times to let go of the cage. The fight hits the canvas and Marrero momentarily takes Kongo’s back but it returns to the guard. Lavinge then stands the fighters up again. Kongo starts stalking Marrero looking to land his shots. Kongo lands some big shots and looks to rock Marrero. Marrero lays back on the canvas and so Kongo jumps down into his guard. Kongo moves to the half guard and then moves for the kimura. Kongo goes for a kimura and then moves to side mount. Marrero moves and roles in for a takedown but Kongo does a good job sprawling. The fighter gets back to the feet momentarily until Marrero takes it down again. Marrero works from Kongo’s guard but he is doing very little. Lavinge stands them up. They get against the canvas and do very little. Both fighters look tired. Kongo throws a few knees but Marrero is doing a good job neutralizing Kongo. The round ends in the clinch.
The fight is scored 29-28 Marrero, 29-28 Marrero and 29-28 Kongo for the winner by Spilt Decision, Carmello Marrero.
- I scored it 10-9 for Kongo and the fight 29-28 for Marrero.
- Eddie Bravo had the fight scored 29-28 for Marrero.
- Judges scored the fight 29-28 Kongo, 29-28 Marrero and 29-28 Marrero.
- Marrero is declared the winner by split decision.
- Marrero looked excellent and answered everyones question they had coming into this fight, could he take Kongo down. The answer is yes and that won him the fight.
- Mike Goldberg takes the mic again and they do a little segment on Ken Shamrock retiring. Guys like Rich Franklin, Tim Syliva, and Matt Hughes all give their thoughts on Ken Shamrock and show loads of respect for him. Chuck Liddell chimes in at the end and calls him a legend.
- The next fight of the night is Fitch vs. Hironaka.
Jon Fitch vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
- Hironaka is the first fighter to make his way to the octagon walking to a slick Japanese tune.
- Fitch is the next fighter to make his way to the octagon all while being praised by Randy Couture and Mike Goldberg. Middleweight contender Mike Swick is in his corner.
- Jon Fitch has a considerable reach advantage.
- Bruce Buffer introduces the fighters.
The fighters come out and touch gloves before Fitch lands a one-two combo and then clinches. Hironaka looks to have Fitch in a Judo position as Fitch works the knees from the clinch. Hironaka tries and inside trip which fails. Fitch then lands an excellent inside trip but Hironaka sinks in a deep triangle which has Fitch in trouble. Fitch looks like he is loose. Hironaka resets the triangle but he is on the wrong angle. Hironaka resets it again while pulling down on Fitch’s head. Fitch gets loose again but Hironaka continues to work for the submission. Fitch throws a few elbows while slowing moving out. Fitch gets out and settles in Hironaka’s guard. Fitch works some great ground and pound. Fitch works the elbows well while he has his opponent on his back against the cage. Fitch then takes Hironaka’s back. Fitch sinks in the hooks but Hironaka avoids the choke well while taking punches.
- I scored the round 10-9 for Hironaka.
- Hironaka has a huge lump above his left eye.
The round starts with a nice punch from Fitch followed by a high kick and then a nice slam. Fitch works the ground and pound from Hironaka’s guard. Fitch works some excellent ground and pound posturing up and landing hard punches and elbows. Hironaka went for the triangle again which misses. He is then able to regain guard before sweeping Fitch. Fitch regains top position and works to pass Hironaka’s guard. Fitch works to take Hironaka’s back again before getting back into guard and working some excellent ground and pound. The fighters stall so Mario tells them to stand up. Fitch comes in with a good combination followed by a head kick and then a double leg takedown. Fitch then gains the half mount. Fitch works some hard shots to the body followed by some effective elbows. Hironaka then rolls for an armbar which ends up being a trinagle. Fitch tries standing up while Hironaka continues to work for the submission. Fitch breaks free and fires off a few hard shots. Fitch ends the round strong with some excellent hard elbows.
- I scored the round 10-9 for Jon Fitch.
They come out swinging and both guys land some excellent punches. Fitch landed a nice body kick early and then Hironaka got in some good punches late. Hironaka then throws an excellent spinning kick follow by a leg kick. Fitch takes the fight down but blood is pouring from his face. They check the cut but it is on his nose so they restart the fight. Fitch continues to work some ground and pound while the blood pours from his nose. Fitch continues to work great ground and pound and Hironaka’s face is showing it with some swelling above the eyes. Fitch works some excellent elbows. He postures up and unleashes a flurry which creams Hironaka. Fitch is really taking it to Hironaka as his left eye is now swollen shut. Mario moves in and stands the fighters up. Both of Hironaka’s eyes are very swollen. Hironaka goes for a guillotine but then gives it up. Fitch continues to work from the top imposing his will on Hironaka. Mario stands them up again. The fighters end the fight slugging it out and Hironaka gets rocked. The round ends and the fighters quickly hug one another.
The fight is scored 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Jon Fitch.
- I scored the round 10-9 for Jon Fitch and the fight 29-28 for Jon Fitch.
- Eddie Bravo scored the fight 30-27 for Jon Fitch.
- The jugdes score it 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27 for Jon Fitch.
- In his post-fight interview Fitch states that he felt more comfortable on the canvas due to all of the blood coming from his nose.
- Jason Giambi is shown on the big screen and the fans crowd begins booing.
- Mike Goldberg takes the microphone again and they put another tribute to Ken Shamrock on the big screen.
- Goldberg and Couture exchange their thoughts on Shamrock and show a clip of Sean Sherk warming up in his room. That is followed by some clips from Saw III.
- Mike Goldberg makes his way to the crowd and interviews the star of Saw III.
- The next fight is Kenny Florian vs Sean Sherk for the vacant lightweight title.
Kenny Florian vs Sean Sherk
- Pre-fight interviews being shown and Couture and Goldberg give their thoughts.
- Florian is the first to make his way to the octagon sporting some spiffy Thai gear. Florain looks very focused while carrying two large swords by his side.
- Florian prays before entering the octagon.
- Sean Sherk is the next man to make his way to the octagon sporting some sick Jaws music. The crowd is cheering and Sherk makes his way to the octagon. He looks quite focused and angry.
- I am currently feeling very nervous for Mr. Florian.
Sherk comes out with an excellent hook followed by a great takedown. He begins to work from Florian’s guard. Florian looks to work for a triangle but Sherk shrugs it off and move to the half guard while working some ground and pound. Sherk works some good elbows. Florian regains guard and tries to work for a sub. Sherk works the ground and pound again. Sherk puts his head down and Florian sinks in a guillotine. Sherk luckily is able to break free. Sherk begins to rain down hammerfists while working for mount. Sherk gains the half guard. He cranks Florian with a few good shots from the top. Sherk breaks free of Florian’s guard and rolls for an armbar. Florian breaks free but Sherk quickly puts him back on the canvas. Sherk continues to pound on Florian from the top. Sherk lays in the guard doing very little for a moment and then he begins to unleash some good ground and pound.
- I scored it 10-9 for Sean Sherk.
The fighters start off with some good hooks and Florian lands a nice body kick. Florian then is able to and knee before Sherk took him down. Florian lands an elbow from the bottom and cuts Sherk. Sherk is bleeding badly. Florian tries rolling for an armbar and then they stop it to check the cut. They let the fight continue but it is stopped so they can clean Florain’s face off. Sherk is very disappointed. Sherk begins to ground some hard punches but Florian tries spinning for an armbar. Sherk moves to side control and the blood is effecting Florian’s vision as well. Sherk works the hammerfists. Sherk gets the full mount while sinking in the arm triangle. Florian gets top position and rains down some shots. The fight returns to the feet and Sean Sherk shoots in for a double leg. They stall against the cage while Sherk expends alot of energy. Sherk continues to work for the takedown. The round ends.
- I scored it 10-9 for Sean Sherk, besides the cut Florian did nothing.
Sherk starts out with a nice kick but Florian returns with some good cuts. Sherk shoots in and takes the fight down again. Florian tries to scramble but Sherk keep sidemount and lands a hard shot. Sherk works some good ground and pound from the side mount. Sherk begins to rain down some elbows. Sherk continues to work the elbows while the blood continues to leak from Sherk’s head. Florian keeps trying to get in weak elbows on the cut but Sherk neutralizes it and continues to ground and pounch. He gets side control and Florain tries to spin away. Sherk almost gets Florain’s back while punching from the back position. Florian rolls to guard and takes a few shots. Sherk continues to work the hammerfists. The ref stands the fighters up. Sherk is bleeding badly. Florian lands a nice body kick. Sherk lands three nice knees and they contine to go toe to toe and Florian ends it with a kick. They crowd goes wild.
- I scored it 10-9 for Sean Sherk.
The fighters touch gloves. Florian lands a leg kick early followed by two more kicks. Sherk stays composed and he quickly shoots but Florian scrambles and avoids it. The fighters remain on the feet and then Sherk takes the fight to the canvas. Sherk starts working some ground and pound from the top and then he goes for a kimura which quickly fails. Sherk goes to the side mount and rains down hard punches. Florian tries to stand up but Sherk bring him back down and pins him against the cage. Sherk continues to work ground and pound. Sherk lands a hard combination. Sherk works from the side mount providing all the action. Sherk gains the side mount again. Florian tries to use the cage to roll out but he fails. Florian throws an elbow from the bottom but Sherk responds with some damaging ground and pound. Sherk lands hard punches off the side of Florian’s face. The ref stands them up. Sherk is bleeding bad still and Florian lands a hard body kick and then the round ends.
- I scored it 10-9 for Sean Sherk.
Florian throws a kick and then gets slammed by Sean Sherk. Sherk continues to work from Florian’s guard again. Sherk rains down some hard hammerfists. Florian rolls for an armbar but they are too slippery. Sherk lands two hard elbows from the top. The ref stands the two fighters up. Florian tries a superman punch which misses. Florian throws two high kicks. Florian with another high kick follwed by a body shot. Sherk takes it down and gets in a guillotine. Sherk tries hard to regain his breath. Sherk picks Florian up and goes slam him, Florian grabs the fence and the ref slaps him arm off and Sherk unleashes the hard slam. Sherk moves to the full mount. Florian tries to get free but he is slammed again. Florian goes for the guillotine again. Sherk ends it with some great ground and pound and then the round ends. The two fighters hug each other.
The fight is scored 49-46, 49-46 and 50-48 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Sean Sherk.
- I scored the round 10-9 for Sean Sherk and scored the fight 50-45 for Sean Sherk.
- In his post-fight interview Sherk says nothing was going to stop him in the fight as this was his dream.
- Next up is the main event between Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva for the UFC middlewight title.
Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva
- Silva is the first fighter to come out looking very calm.
- Franklin is next to come out accompanied by AC/DC - For Those About to Rock. Jorge Gurgle is walking by his side as usual along with UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Franklin is sporting a nice black eye.
- Franklin looks very ready as he is staring at the octagon and the octagon only on his way out.
- Bruce Buffer makes his way into the octagon and does the fighter introductions, Big John is the ref.
- The fighters come to the middle and stare each other down.
The fighters come out and touch gloves. They fighters size each other up. Both guys showing lots of respect. Silva throws a very hard leg kick. Franklin throws a lazy leg kick. They begin to exchange shots. Silva lands a straight kick. Franklin lands a one two combo. They begin to exchange hard shots. Silva works the Thai clinch. Silva lands hard knees. Anderson Silva is hurting Franklin. Franklin took a knee to the face. He is HURT! Frankling is in trouble! Silva lands a huge knee followed by a head kick and another knee. FRANKLIN IS OUT!!
Anderson Silva puts Rich Franklin out with a devastating Muay Thai. Franklin’s nose is clearly broken afterwards. Anderson Silva is the winner by TKO at 3:58 of the first round.
- Silva showed his striking is at another level.
- Franklin apologizes to the crowd in his post-fight interview. Franklin’s nose looks terrible.
- Next up is a battle between Justin James and Clay Guida.
Justin James vs Clay Guida
The two fighters meet in the middle and exchange a few shots and James tags Guida a few times. James works from the clinch and lands a few good knees. The ref separates them and James continues to work his strikes. James hits Guida a few times and Guida continues to look for the shoot. James rocks Guida with some good punches and shots. Guida is having tons of trouble taking it down. Guida gets the fight to the canvas. Guida begins to work some strong ground and pound. James continues to take shots from Guida. Guida continues to rock James with some hard shots from the top. James tries rolling but to no avail. Guida continues to ground and pound with barrages of elbows and punches. James secures a tight armbar but Guida sneaks out. Guida gets side mount and then ends up back in guard he continues to ground and pound.
- I scored the round 10-9 for Clay Guida.
The fight starts out with some lazy shots and then Guida gets the fight into James guard. Guida throws a few hammerfists from the guard and then he takes a few upkicks. Guida begins to work from the guard again. Guida continues to pound away and he lands some good body shots. Guida lands some double punches. James throws a few upkicks. Guida continues his ground and pound landing punches and elbows. Guida lands a hard shot from the top. He follows that up with some more hard shots. Guida a hard shot that hurts James. Guida works the body some more and then he throws some more short elbows. Guida lands another hard shot. Guida then rocks James with some hard shots. James gives up his back and Clay Guida sinks in the rear naked choke and taps him out.
Clay Guida is the winner by rear naked choke at 4:42 of Round 2
- The submission of the night goes to Clay Guida and of course the knock out of the night goes to Anderson Silva.
Yeah, you better be excited because Scott and I are doing a live blog for tonight’s event. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the form of comments throughout the night…
- As you can tell by my prediction, Shamrock is going to knock Tito’s hair black tonight people!
- The first fight of the night will be Matt Hamill vs Seth Petruzelli
Matt Hamill vs Seth Petruzelli
Hamill takes Petruzelli to the cage early on. They break only to go back up against the cage after a moment. Seth goes for a body kick but his leg is caught by Hamill and he is taken down. Hamill controls from the top but his strikes are limited by Seth’s guard. There is blood coming out of Petruzelli’s right eye midway through the first round. Hamill takes Petruzelli down after a short stand-up exchange. Hamill digs his elbow into Petruzelli’s eye, attempting to worsen the cut. Hamill then controls the top position, landing a couple of solid strikes just before the round ends.
- Isn’t Hamill’s elbow into Petruzelli’s eye an illegal move?
- Hamill started the first round looking for the takedown early. He showed that he was solely focused on that and nothing else. Petruzelli was able to defend well early but Hamill was able to eventually take him to the canvas on more then one occasion.
- Petruzelli worked a fairly active guard while on the canvas but Hamill was able to avoid any submissions. Hamill was able to land a short elbow/punch that caused a huge mouse under the eye of Petruzelli.
- With the takedowns and damage done to Seth’s eye I scored the first round 10-9 for Matt Hamill.
The two begin the round standing and exchanging strikes. Petruzelli lands a nice front kick that stuns Hamill and sends him to the mat. Petruzelli goes after him on the ground but Hamill is able to reverse position and get on top of him. Petruzelli continues to go for a triangle throughout the round. Big John calls for a clean break and stands them back up because of a lack of action. They exchange some strikes and Hamill takes Petruzelli down once again. Petruzelli’s eye starts to bleed again very badly. Hamill continues to throw punches to the body and try to make Petruzelli’s cut worse until the end of the round.
- I wish that Hamill would do more on the ground to advance his position rather than just lay there like a rookie Josh Koscheck.
- Petruzelli looked solid at the start of the second when working his strikes but as was the case in the first Hamill had little trouble taking him to the canvas. Hamill showed he is fairly one demensional doing very little on the ground after securing the takedowns. While on the feet Hamill looked terrible through slow sluggish punches all while he stood there with his hands down. Petruzelli’s cut was effecting him a great deal as it was re-opened. I scored the round 10-9 for Hamill due to the takedowns.
Petruzelli throws some high kicks to start the round. Hamill is able to take him down once again and controls from the top while Petruzelli pulls a tight guard. McCarthy stands the two up again and Petruzelli quickly secures a guillotine but Hamill is able to get out of it with ease. Hamill starts bleeding underneath of his eye as well. Hamill gets back onto top position as Petruzelli slips and falls after throwing a punch. McCarthy stops the fight again to check on Petruzelli’s eye. Petruzelli elects to continue and Hamill takes Petruzelli down with a hard slam. Petruzelli gets an armbar towards the end of the round but Hamill is able to get out of it shortly before the fight ends.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 to the winner by unanimous decision, Matt “Hammer” Hamill.
Winner: Matt Hamill - Unanimous Decision
- Hamill continued the trend he set in the fight working numerous takedowns throughout the third. Petruzelli attempted to capitalized when on the feet and he was able to land a kick which cut Hamill’s right eye. Unfortunately shortly after he was taken to the canvas. I scored the round 10-9 Hamill and the fight 30-27 for Matt Hamill.
- Mike Goldberg announces that he will talk to UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin later tonight…
- Next up is a middleweight contest between ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ star Ed “Short Fuse” Herman and Canadian born middleweight Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.
Ed Herman vs Jason MacDonald
The two quickly tie up against the cage and Herman is able to take him down with a sweep. MacDonald gets on top and locks in a kimura but Herman is able to shake it off pretty quickly. They stand up for a short moment but MacDonald takes Herman down. MacDonald locks in a triangle that Herman is unable to get out of no matter how hard he tries. MacDonald opens the top of Herman’s forehead up with an elbow and blood starts leaking out on to the mat and on top of MacDonald. After holding on for about a minute, Herman is finally forced to tap out.
Winner: Jason MacDonald - Submission (Triangle)
- Fantastic showing by MacDonald…
- Excellent UFC debut by Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald. He paid his dues in smaller organizations and looked great tonight against Herman. I was pretty suprised to see how solid he was on the ground and at this point I am happy to say I picked MacDonald.
- Jorge Alonso? Where is Herb Dean or Mario
- Update…maybe it is best Herb Dean isn’t here because Shamrock would probably murder him after his call in Shamrock-Ortiz II.
- Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan interview Rich Franklin who assures everyone that he is ready for Saturday…
Kendall Grove vs Chris Price
The two start the fight standing and each land a few solid punches each. They clinch and go up against the fence where Grove takes Price down. Grove struggles to get past Price’s legs and eventually goes for a foot lock but Price is able to sneak out of it. They continue to grapple on the ground - Grove presses Price up against the fence and mounts him, landing a number of hard blows. Grove continues to punish while Price covers up, landing countless unanswered shots until the referee jumps in and stops the fight.
Winner: Kendall Grove - Submission (Strikes)
- It looked like it was going to be another questionable stoppage but Price looked hurt while he was knelt down on the ground. Actually nevermind, he tapped…
- 6’6 and 6’3 for middleweights??? Wow…
- Kendall looked great early in the fight working some hard strikes and takedowns. He rained down some hard shots while posturing up in Price’s guard before eventually securing the mount late in the fight. Kendall is a great job raining down some hard elbows. Price tried to use to use the fence to escape but was unable and the fight was eventually stopped as Price tapped out. Kendall looked great in his second UFC appearance…
- Kendall Grove states in his post-fight interview that he’d like to fight Rory Singer.
- Next up is the fight we’ve all been waiting for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz versus “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock.
Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock
- Ken Shamrock is the first fighter to make his way to the octagon accompanied by the same entrance music he walked out to during the Ortiz vs Shamrock II fight. Shamrock looks focused and ready.
- Ortiz uses the same entrance as well…
- Ortiz looks ready as he gets the crowd into it by waving his flag and tossing his clothes into the crowd.
They clinch early and Tito muscles Shamrock to the fence. Ortiz takes him down and presses him against the fence - for a moment it looks exactly like the fight in June. Tito lands some nice punches to the body and face as well as some elbows. Shamrock controls Ortiz in his guard well until Tito gets loose and he lands a number of unanswered blows. Shamrock stops defending himself and McCarthy is forced to stop the fight. Afterwards Shamrock walks over to a hesitant Ortiz and shakes his hand. The two hug, exchange some words, and Tito and Ken walk around the Octagon with their hands raised.
Winner: Tito Ortiz - TKO
- Ken came in looking very calm and composed. When they first clinched Tito showed he is clearly the strong fighter as he overpowered Ken and jammed him up against the cage. Ken spun for a leg but was unsuccessful. Tito then works his patented ground and pound landing elbows from the guard he finished Shamrock off with a combination of elbows and punches.
Afterwards it was nice to see Tito and Ken embrace each other and bury that hatchet. Both fighters showed a great deal of respect shaking hands and thanking one another for the fight. Kudos to Tito and Ken and thanks for the great battles.
- In Ken’s post-fight interview he announces that it’ll be his last time in the octagon.
- Ortiz comes up and thanks Ken for what he has done in the sport and wishs him the best.
Be sure to check in with us Saturday night as we’ll be providing you folks with another ‘Live Blog’ for UFC 64: Unstoppable.