Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez secured his spot in Bellator Fighting Championships’ first-ever lightweight tournament finals on Friday night, controlling upstart opponent Eric Reynolds for over twelve minutes before submitting him with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their main event attraction.
Strikeforce veteran Jorge Masvidal was expected to meet Alvarez in the finals but will instead be watching the remainder of the tourney as a spectator. Masvidal played down the skills of Toby Imada during the weeks before their semi-final fight, but ended up succumbing to an impressive modified triangle choke in the third round of their fight.
A number of notable veterans were also in action on Bellator’s fifth event. Former EliteXC heavyweight standout Dave Herman picked up a much-needed win over Josh Barnes. Dan Evensen also scored a second-round stoppage of Raoul Romero while fellow UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst fell to Total Combat product Joey Beltran.
Complete results from the event:
Eddie Alvarez def. Eric Reynolds - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R3
Toby Imada def. Jorge Masvidal - Submission (Triangle Choke), R3
Dave Herman def. Josh Barnes - TKO (Strikes), R2
Dan Evensen def. Raoul Romero - TKO (Strikes), R2
Joey Beltran def. Sherman Pendergarst - TKO (Strikes), R1
Justin Edwards def. John Troyer - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Matt Jaggers def. Peter Dominguez - Submission (Choke), R1
Waylon Lowe def. Frank Carabello - Unanimous Decision
Jessica Pene def. Tammie Schneider - TKO (Strikes), R1
Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken left hand during his title loss to fellow “Ultimate Fighter” reality show winner Rashad Evans at UFC 92 this past weekend.
According to the official list of medical suspensions released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission late last night, Griffin could be suspended until June 27 unless he is cleared early by an orthopedic doctor. At the least, Griffin will be suspended until February 12 with no contact permitted until January 28 for precautionary reasons.
Joining Griffin in terms of injuries suffered at the event was Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk, who suffered a broken nose in his brutal loss to Cheick Kongo as well as Dan Evensen (left knee injury), Reese Andy (broken orbital bone), and Brad Blackburn (broken nose, left arm numbness) The aforementioned fighters will also be serving the same suspension timeline as Griffin.
Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Rashad Evans scored a third-round stoppage of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to claim the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir put on the best performance of his career in defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to recapture a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt that he once owned at UFC 92.
Evans came into his showdown with Griffin as an extremely slight underdog and the first two rounds of the bout were just as close. Both fighters connected with a mix of punches and kicks with great frequency, but Griffin likely escaped the first ten minutes with an edge on the judge’s scorecards.
A combination of a slip and a grazing right hand from Evans caused Griffin to fall to the canvas at the start of the third round. Evans, a former collegiate wrestler at Michigan State University, pounced on Griffin and landed some punches until the champion was able to tighten things up on the ground.
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)
Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday announced the seven-bout undercard for UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, which will take place on December 27 in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by Forrest Griffin making his first UFC light heavyweight title defense against Rashad Evans. “Ultimate Fighter 8” coaches Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will clash for the interim UFC heavyweight belt and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will rematch Wanderlei Silva as well.
Among the undercard fights announced were two matchups that will take place on the televised pay-per-view portion of the fight card: C.B. Dollaway, the runner-up in the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, will take on former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio and heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo will face his second straight UFC newcomer in Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk.
The five preliminary bouts will be spearheaded by a middleweight battle between Yushin Okami and Dean Lister where the winner could get the next shot at Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title in the near future. Additional non-televised bouts include Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy, Antoni Hardonk vs. Mark Burch, Ryo Chonan vs. Brad Blackburn, and Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry.
Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite his best efforts to hang with the touted grappling skills of Demian Maia, Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald eventually succumbed to the Brazilian, tapping out to a rear naked choke late in the third round of what was arguably UFC 87’s most technical undercard bout Saturday night.
With dozens of grappling championships under his belt, Maia was expected to make quick work of MacDonald if he opted to hit the ground with him. However MacDonald surprised many, continually escaping various attempts throughout the first two rounds, even putting Maia in his own predicaments at certain points.
It only took Maia a minute or so to lock in an extremely deep triangle but MacDonald was able to keep his composure and fight his way out of the hold. Multiple rear naked choke attempts followed but MacDonald persevered, even catching Maia in a guillotine before the end of the first round.
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET tonight with live results of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
The event will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins. Additional featured fights include Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Just two weekends after Anderson Silva destroyed James Irvin on cable television, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with it’s latest offering: UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which is headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins.
The UFC didn’t come alone on it’s first trip to the state of Minnesota - hometown products Roger Huerta and Brock Lesnar have come to participate in the biggest fights of their respective careers. Huerta will challenge Kenny Florian for the assumed right to take on UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn while Lesnar will look to bounce back from an embarrassing first defeat against experienced veteran Heath Herring.
Here’s a little breakdown of what you can expect and what you should watch for during tonight’s event. The televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET. MMA on Tap will have complete play-by-play coverage of the event starting at 8 PM ET, so be sure to check back here throughout the night.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are below. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view starting at 10 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight.
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Jon Fitch (170 lbs lbs)
Heath Herring (250 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Kenny Florian (155 lbs) vs. Roger Huerta (155 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (185 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs)
Cheick Kongo (235 lbs) vs. Dan Evensen (244 lbs)
Luke Cummo (167 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Andre Gusmao (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (205 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. Steve Bruno (170 lbs)
Ben Saunders (170 lbs) vs. Ryan Thomas (170 lbs)
Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four previously rumored preliminary bouts that will take place as part of the organization’s upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event, which will take place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo will attempt to bounce back from a heartbreaking decision loss to Heath Herring back in March when he takes on newcomer Dan Evensen, a BodogFight veteran who has won his last four fights, most recently a decision win over Konstantin Gluhov last November.
Former lightweight title contender Hermes Franca will fight for the first time since testing positive for steroids, along with his last opponent, Sean Sherk, under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. He will go up against standout wrestler Frankie Edgar, who suffered his first professional loss against Gray Maynard in April.
Additional non-televised matches that were announced include a battle between cast members of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, pitting Ben Saunders against Jared Rollins, as well as a welterweight bout featuring Chris Wilson and Steve Bruno.
UFC 87 is headlined by newly crowned UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre’s first title defense against top contender Jon Fitch, who has won his first eight bouts with the promotion. A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place. Former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar will return to action against longtime veteran Heath Herring as well.