Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A lightweight bout between former divisional contenders and skilled grapplers Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares has been announced along with an additional preliminary fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s September venture into Atlanta, Georgia.
The organization confirmed the bouts earlier today.
Pellegrino is coming off of a devastating submission loss to “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 13 in a bout that Pellegrino dominated up until the second round. Tavares established himself a dangerous lightweight contender following a surprising submission win over Jason Black last year but has since lost two out of his last three bouts. Most recently, Tavares was knocked out by Matt Wiman at UFC 85: Bedlam last month.
The other previously rumored bouts announced today included Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro, Dong-Hyun Kim vs. Matt Brown, and Tim Boetsch vs. James Lee.
Marcus Davis throws a right hand at Paul Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pair of separate welterweight bouts are more than likely to take place inside the confines of the UFC this fall: Marcus Davis will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss in taking on Paul Kelly while former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Matt Brown has been offered a fight against undefeated Korean standout Dong-Hyun Kim.
Kelly, who was previously rumored as taking on Sam Stout, has told MMA Weekly that he will fight Davis at UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben in October while Brown and Kim will probably clash at UFC 88: Breakthrough in Atlanta in September according to our friends at MMA Junkie.
Kelly was victorious in his UFC debut back in January, winning an exciting unanimous decision over fellow England native Paul Taylor. Meanwhile Davis had his run to the UFC’s welterweight title halted at the hands of Mike Swick at UFC 85: Bedlam in June. The decision loss was Davis’ first defeat in close to three years.
Brown, a former member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, picked up his second career win over Matt Arroyo at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale late last month, stopping Arroyo with strikes in the second round. Kim remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He was impressive in his UFC debut, stopping Jason Tan by way of elbows in the third round of their bout at UFC 84: Ill Will in May.
Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision
- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out. It did appear that he tapped once. It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size. He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs. Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove. The split decision result was curious.
Amir Sadollah. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” showed us that everything isn’t always set in stone, especially when it comes to who will be fighting to become this season’s winner.
After Amir Sadollah pulled off a third-round upset of highly touted wrestler C.B. Dollaway, he was set to join Jesse Taylor in the finals of the reality show’s middleweight bracket for this season. However when a few of the fighters opted to stay in Las Vegas following the filming of the show, Taylor’s infamous drunken escapades continued.
Taylor smashed a limousine window, upset guests at Palace Station, a casino owned by UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and then gave security all they could handle on the fighter’s final night in Sin City. UFC President Dana White had seen enough and ultimately decided to kick Taylor off of the show, additionally asking Dollaway and fellow semi-finalist Tim Credeur to fight in another exhibition bout to decide who would go on to fight Sadollah in the finals.
Dollaway used his wrestling skills to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Credeur, moving on to rematch Sadollah this Saturday night. This season’s finale will see the fewest amount of ‘TUF’ cast members in history - only seven from this season will be on the card. The remainder will have a slew of UFC veterans complete a stacked undercard.
The show will also feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.
The complete card for the event is as follows:
Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Riddle vs. Dante Rivera
Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough
Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons
Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown
Matt Arroyo. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A rematch between “Ultimate Fighter” competitors from different seasons has been signed for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale on June 21st in Las Vegas as season six’s Matt Arroyo will take on Matt Brown, who was eliminated from the current season in last night’s episode.
The news comes from MMA Mania, which reports that the fight has been signed to take place.
The two originally fought at a Real Fighting Championships event in November 2006. Brown scored a second-round TKO win over Arroyo. The two have gone their separate ways since however. Arroyo has won two straight fights since losing to Brown, most recently submitting fellow cast member John Kolosci by way of an armbar at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale last December.
Meanwhile Brown, a former member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, has lost three out of his last four professional bouts, his lone victory a submission of Dan Kolbasowski last July. He most recently was submitted by longtime UFC veteran Chris Lytle at a United Fight League show last August.
Along with a stacked undercard full of UFC veterans, the show will feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti as well as the middleweight finals of the reality show. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.