Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
The UFC hits Seattle on Saturday night with UFC on Fox 5 which is arguably their most stacked card of the year. In the main event, Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against Nate Diaz. Henderson, who is riding a five fight winning streak, will look to prove his doubters wrong when he takes on the versatile Stockton, California native.
The card also includes an intriguing welterweight matchup between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald. Penn, who is coming out of retirement, has a lot to prove after a lackluster two years in the octagon. He’ll be in tough with MacDonald who has consistently looked stronger with each outing.
Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson plus a welterweight clash between Mike Swick and Matt Brown.
Mike Swick. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mike Swick has reportedly been tapped as an injury replacement for Dong-Hyun Kim and will likely face fellow UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy in the co-main event of UFC 105, which will take place on November 14 in Manchester, England.
Details regarding Kim’s injury are unknown at this time according to Mike Chiapetta of MMA FanHouse, which received the news in a text message from UFC President Dana White.
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.
“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.
Mike Swick. Photo by Justin Grant. Courtesy of MikeSwick.com.
Mike Swick’s title aspirations have apparently been put on hold as the “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 103 bout against Martin Kampmann due to a concussion suffered during training.
British tabloid magazine “The Sun” is reporting that EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Paul “Semtex” Daley has been tapped to replace Swick at the event. Swick confirmed his injury in a recent post on his official Twitter account.
Martin Kampmann. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Today, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the upcoming bout between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann will determine the number one contender for Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title.
White said, “I’m excited the UFC is heading back to Texas. Our event in Houston was a great success. Wherever we go, fans know UFC delivers great fights. Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann could be fight of the night at UFC 103 because the winner takes on Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.”
Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva - Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo - Unanimous Decision
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Mustapha Al-Turk - TKO Round 1 3:08
Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders - TKO Round 2 2:47
Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno - Unanimous Decision
Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis - Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2
Dennis Siver def. Dale Hartt - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta - Unanimous Decision
Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado - Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2
John Hathaway def. Rick Story - Unanimous Decision
Mike Swick. Photo by Justin Grant. Courtesy of MikeSwick.com.
Here are your news and notes for the morning of March 12, 2009.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday announced four additional bouts for its inaugural trek to Germany for UFC 99 on June 13. A pair of welterweights matchups will now grace the televised portion of the card: Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders and Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy. Also revealed was a lightweight fight between Dennis Siver and Dale Hartt and a heavyweight clash involving Stefan Struve and Denis Stojnic. [UFC.com]
A 155 lb matchup between rising British lightweight prospect Paul Kelly and “Ultimate Fighter 8” alumnus Roli Delgado will reportedly also be added to UFC 99 in the coming days. The fight will be the first at lightweight for Kelly, who spent his previous nine career fights competing at welterweight, where he last defeated Troy Mandaloniz via unanimous decision in February. [MMA Weekly]
Canadian veteran Jonathan Goulet will reportedly return to action at UFC 100 in July against Dong-Hyun Kim. Goulet has not fought since suffering a quick TKO loss to Mike Swick at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event last December because of a lingering knee injury. Kim suffered his first professional loss at UFC 94 in January, dropping a split decision to Karo Parisyan. [MFight News]
In a fight in which the loser may find himself on his way out of the UFC, former standout amateur wrestler Matt Grice will apparently take on Shannon Gugerty at UFC 100 in July as well. Both fighters are coming off recent losses. Grice fell to Matt Veach at February’s UFC Fight Night 17 in his first fight in over a year while Gugerty was last submitted by Spencer Fisher at UFC 90 last October. [MMA Weekly]
This interview took place prior to Saturday night, but it shows Mike Swick giving some good insight into the battle between the UFC and the American Kickboxing Academy over Jon Fitch and his decision to refuse to sign a rights agreement for the UFC video game that will be released later this year. Thanks to Raw Vegas.
Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Josh Koscheck bounced back from a disappointing decision loss to Thiago Alves in October by knocking out Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the featured attraction of the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina last night.
The evening was focused on the UFC’s attempts to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which will go towards building a state-of-the-art facility that will help soldiers that have suffered tramuatic brain injuries. Following his stoppage of Yoshida, Koscheck asked those watching around the world what else it would take for them to make a small donation towards the cause.
“If that wasn’t worth $5 bucks from every UFC fan, I don’t know what else I can do,” Koscheck said.