UFC 75: Champion vs Champion Live Blog

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While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 75 Weigh-In Results
Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”
PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not
Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson
Dan Henderson on Best Damn Sports Show Period
UFC 75 Conference Call Notes
Rampage Discusses Bout With Henderson
Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?
UFC 75 to Air on Spike TV

Main Card:

Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Light Heavyweight Title/PRIDE Middleweight Title Unification Bout
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor

Preliminary Bouts:

Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani

We are live people…

The first bout will be Jess Liaudin taking on Anthony Torres.

Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres

The referee for this bout will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: The first round starts with both fighters feeling each other out on the feet and each throwing jabs to create distance. Torres shoots in and wrestles Liaudin up against the cage. They separate and Liaudin starts throwing a mix of kicks and knees that generally seem to miss the target. Liaudin throws a spinning back first that misses. They tie up against and exchange some knees before separating. Torres lands two hard shots to the body and Liaudin responds with a right hand that stuns and drops Torres. Torres keeps his composure and ties Liaudin up. They clinch and exchange some more knees. Liaudin connects with a left and then a right that sends Torres to the mat once again. Liaudin jumps on top of Torres and pounds away with unanswered punches and elbows until Yamasaki steps in to halt the bout at the 4:10 mark.

Winner: Jess Liaudin - TKO (Strikes)

The next match is going to feature two fighters attempting to bounce back from losses as Dennis Siver goes up against Naoyuki Kotani.

Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani

Yves Lavigne will be the referee running things in this one.

Round 1: The round starts out similar to Liaudin-Torres - both fighters are content to feel each other out before letting go with any big shots. After a few moments Siver lands a solid right hook and Kotani decides to pull Siver down to the ground. Kotani pulls guard and then quickly attempts a triangle choke but Siver is able to work his way out of it. They grapple on the ground for a bit and Siver eventually works his way to half guard. Siver starts unleashing some ground and pound. Siver picks up the pace and then starts landing unanswered elbows on Kotani, cutting him open on the forehead. Siver pounds away some more before eventually standing up just before the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Siver.

Round 2: The pace of the second round picks up quickly as both fighters exchange wild punches on the feet. Kotani rushes Siver with a flurry but Siver is able to throw him aside. They continue to throw at will with each fighter landing the occasional grazing shot. Siver then connects with a hard left hook that drops Kotani. Siver pounces on him and lands a big right on the ground. Kotani is visibly out and Lavigne rushes in to stop the fight.

Winner: Dennis Siver - KO (Punch)

Up next is my darkhorse pick for fight of the night - Chute Boxe’s Thiago Silva looks to bang with Polish kickboxer Tomasz Drwal.

Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal

Big John McCarthy makes his first appearance of the night in this one as referee.

Round 1: The round opens with Silva immediately shooting in and trying to take Drwal to the ground. Drwal stuffs the takedown and they get back up to theif eet.  Both fighters then start exchanging with an array of strikes: Silva is content to try and chop his opponent down with leg kicks while Drwal is throwing combinations. Silva shoots in again but Drwal stuffs it. Drwal looking pretty tired already from having to stuff the takedown attempts. Silva kicks Drwal in “the area” and Drwal goes down for the count. The bout is stopped so Drwal can recover and then restarted. Drwal is stalking Silva around the cage, picking Silva apart with shots. They clinch and Silva throws a few knees just before the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Drwal.

Round 2: The second round starts off at a slower pace. Both fighters throw occasional shots, looking to set up for a knockout blow in the process. The action picks up once Silva lands two straight right hands flush to Drwal’s chin. They clinch and Silva follows up with knees. Drwal responds with a flurry of body shots. Silva scores once again with an uppercut but Drwal is able to regain his composure and mount a comeback, landing shots of his own. Silva lands two more consecutive rights. They clinch and Silva connects with hard knees to the body. Silva lands yet another uppercut and then finishes Drwal off with a left hook that sends him falling to the mat. McCarty waves the bout off, deciding that Drwal had taken enough punishment.

Winner: Thiago Silva - TKO (Strikes)

The last preliminary fight of the night will feature Gleison Tibau putting his submission skills to the test against Terry Etim.

Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim

Etim gets a huge ovation from the hometown crowd during his entrance.

Round 1: The round starts with the fighters circling each other and sticking jabs out there. Tibau shoots in for the takedown and Etim momentarily stuffs it before succumbing to Tibau’s strength. Etim pulls guard. Etim then sweeps Tibau and nearly gets to his feet but is taken down once again. Etim now switches to rubber guard but Tibau is still able to pass it and achieves mount. Etim regains guard only to have Tibau pass it once again. A nice little grappling match going on here. Etim pulls guard once more but the fighters are stood up because of a lack of action. They clinch and Etim lands a knee to Tibau’s midsection. Tibau takes Etim down for a third time and holds him down until the horn sounds to end the first round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.

Round 2: The round starts and Etim goes right to the offensive, landing two straight leg kicks. Tibau shoots in and takes him down for the fourth time in the bout. Etim rolls to his back and Tibau starts to pound away from behind with strikes. Etim is able to turn himself around and pull guard. Tibau passes his guard and achieves mount where he attempts an armbar but fails to lock it in. Etim is finally able to get up to his feet but is taken down by Tibau only seconds later. Tibau pounds on Etim’s ribs with punches but they are stood up for the second time in the fight due to a lack of action. Etim takes advantage of the switch to the feet by landing some leg kicks and a knee to Tibau’s stomach. Tibau shoots in for his patented takedown but Etim stuffs it just as the round comes to a close.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.

Round 3: The round starts with Etim being able to stay on his feet and throw a mix of punches and kicks. Etim lands a nice leg kick and follows it up with a combination of three straight rights that Tibau is unable to avoid. Tibau shakes off the shots and goes in for a successful takedown. They grapple on the ground and Tibau is able to move to side control. Tibau then gets the mount and pounds away at Etim. Etim is able to grab Tibau’s wrists and tie him up for a few moments. Tibau then continues his ground and pound assault until the end of the round. There is no doubt about the winner of this one.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Tibau and the bout 30-27 for Tibau as well. The judges don’t announce their scores but agree with the result.

Winner: Gleison Tibau - Unanimous Decision

The television broadcast has started.

Dan Henderson stresses that his bout with Jackson is probably the most important so far in history during the show’s introduction.

The first fight of the night is most likely going to be a big one - Upstart Houston Alexander looks to prove that his win over Keith Jardine was no fluke as he takes on former professional boxer Alessio Sakara.

Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara

Yves Lavigne is the referee.

Round 1: The round starts with the two measuring the distance between the other on the feet. Alexander springs at Sakara with a flurry of punches but Sakara is able to grab a leg and take Alexander down. Sakara tries to set up on the mat but Alexander is able to quickly get back up to his feet. They clinch up against the cage and exchange some knees. They go back and forth with lefts and rights in a good exchange. They clinch again and Sakara tries to take Alexander down but Alexander looks to be too strong. Alexander then drops Sakara with a big knee. Alexander jumps on top of Sakara and unleashes some vicious ground and pound. Multiple unanswered shots land and Sakara is out. Lavigne jumps in and stops the massacre.

Winner: Houston Alexander - TKO (Strikes)

Huge knee by Alexander and some of the worst ground and pound we’ve seen in a while. I’m really surprised Lavigne let it go that long.

Mike Goldberg announces that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture will join Goldberg and Joe Rogan as a commentator during the Jackson-Henderson main event.

The next fight will feature Marcus Davis looking for his fourth straight UFC win against Paul Taylor.

Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor

I’m surprised that Taylor didn’t get more of a reaction during his entrance.

Nevermind, he got it when Bruce Buffer announced his name.

The referee for this one is Lavigne again.

Round 1: They come right out throwing strikes. Davis pushes Taylor up against the cage. They wrestle around and Davis tries to pick Taylor up for a takedown. Taylor fends it off and they separate. Both exchanging punches and kicks. Both are landing. Davis misses with a combination and Taylor responds with a high kick that knocks Davis down. Taylor pounces on him and pounds away with hammer fists but Davis is able to survive and pull guard. Lavigne was close to stopping the bout. Taylor stays on top and Davis tries to pull Taylor’s arm away for a kimura but fails. Taylor stands up and lands some rights while Davis is still sitting down. They stand back up and Davis takes Taylor down. Davis stands up and Taylor throws a flurry of up-kicks. Davis jumps into Taylor’s guard and gets into side control. Davis starts pounding away with numerous rights. Taylor tries to escape but can’t. Davis continues to pound away at Taylor with punches and elbows. Taylor sweeps him and flips over but Davis is able to lock in an armbar that forces Taylor to tap out.

Winner: Marcus Davis - Submission (Armbar)

Very impressive comeback win for Davis and a solid showing for both fighters. Fight of the night so far.

They show Couture on the big screen and the crowd goes insane. They show Roger Huerta and Georges St. Pierre right after that - no response.

Another solid promo for The Ultimate Fighter 6 is shown. This season looks to be crazy.

The order of fights continues to get mixed up for me. Oh well. This next fight I’ve been waiting for ever since Cro Cop signed with the UFC. Let’s see how much of a war he and Cheick Kongo put on.

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo

Is that the black power sign that Kongo is doing all the way to the Octagon? Just a guess…

Goldberg says that Kongo trained with Rampage and Michael Bisping for this fight. Interesting.

Cro Cop comes out to Duran Duran and in a beater. Just one more thing that I’ve never seen before in my life until now.

The referee in charge is Big John McCarthy. He brings them over for a nasty staredown.

Round 1: They come right out and start jabbing away. Kongo lands a couple of leg kicks. Kongo is backing away. Cro Cop is stalking him. Cro Cop misses with a short right. Kongo lands two more leg kicks and just misses with a flying knee. Kongo seems afraid to get hit. Cro Cop connects with a leg kick and follows it up with a body kick. Cro Cop with another leg kick. Kongo throws a high kick and slips and falls. He gets back up and Cro Cop throws a flurry before they clinch. They grapple for a while against the cage and McCarthy is forced to bring them to the center because of a lack of action. Cro Cop nearly misses with a high kick. Kongo throws a kick that Cro Cop catches and follows up with a takedown. Cro Cop slides him to the cage and starts pounding away. Kongo pulls a tight guard and Cro Cop is eventually able to work his way to mount. Cro Cop pounds on Kongo until Kongo is able to sweep and reverse position. Kongo stays there until the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Cro Cop.

Round 2: Kongo starts the round with a some kicks to the body. Kongo seems more confident standing. Cro Cop is backing up now. Rogan with the Fedor references, hopefully they mean something. Cro Cop lands a body kick. They clinch and Kongo is able to take Cro Cop down. Kongo gets side control. Kongo throws punches to the body and head. Kongo throws an elbow. Cro Cop tries to pop up but Kongo keeps him down. Kongo lands a hard elbow. Cro Cop gets Kongo in butterfly guard. Cro Cop is active from the bottom with strikes. Kongo stands up and starts throwing down punches. Kongo then lands an axe kick to Cro Cop’s stomach. Kongo goes back into Cro Cop’s guard and pounds on him until Cro Cop kicks him off. They stand up and clinch against the cage. They separate and clinch again where Kongo lands three straight knees just before the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Kongo.

Round 3: They each exchange kicks that miss to start the round. Kongo lands two kicks to the body followed by a straight right. They clinch and Kongo knees Cro Cop in “the area”. McCarthy stops the bout and gives Cro Cop time to rest. McCarthy warns Kongo that he’s done it twice and one more time will cost him a point. McCarthy starts the bout up again after a few mins. Kongo landing with jabs and leg kicks. Kongo lands another body kick. Kongo landing kicks at will. They clinch against the cage and Kongo knees Cro Cop’s legs this time around. McCarthy separates them after a moment and they start in the middle of the cage. They exchange leg kicks. Kongo is picking Cro Cop apart. They clinch once again and Kongo continues with knees. McCarthy restarts the bout once again after a lack of action. Kongo connects with knees and a body kick. No answer from Cro Cop. Cro Cop finally responds with a body kick. Kongo clinches and lands some more knees. They clinch against the cage and stay there until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Kongo and the fight 29-28 for Kongo as well. The judges agree. They should make me one.

Winner: Cheick Kongo - Unanimous Decision

It looks like Cro Cop’s career is coming to an end. Kongo says that he had an injured shoulder and back coming into this fight during the post-fight interview with Rogan. It certainly looks it as Kongo is grimacing in pain as he exits the Octagon. No interview with Cro Cop, surprising.

I feel a prelim bout coming on and I’m right. Jess Liaudin vs Anthony Torres. I already blogged this one earlier today so if you want to read it, just scroll up.

It’s time for Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill to settle their differences in the cage.

Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill

Hamill comes out to Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. Nice choice.

Bisping comes out to a huge ovation and to London Calling by The Clash. Bisping looks like he’s having a good time. Hopefully he takes this fight seriously.

The crowd wants to have Bisping’s babies.

The ref is Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Hamill prances on in right away to start the fight. Hamill corners Bisping against the cage and the two start throwing bombs. Hamill lands a nice right to Bisping’s chin. Bisping lands a nice knee and Hamill attempts a flying knee that misses. They exchange on the feet some more until Hamill takes Bisping down. Hamill stands up and lets Bisping back up. Hamill pumps away with the jab. They each throw an overhand right that comes up short. Hamill continues to throw the jab. Hamill catches a Bisping leg kick and takes him down. They stand back up and clinch against the cage. Hamill pounds away with some dirty boxing. Bisping is bleeding. Hamill catches Bisping with a big right. They clinch for a moment and then back away. Hamill lands two lefts. Bisping is fighting to keep his balance. Bisping is cut under both eyes. Bisping throws a flurry that Hamill fends off. Bisping lands a solid right and a left. Hamill responds with some jabs. Hamill catches Bisping with two more left handed bombs. Hamill pushes Bisping to the ground and the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Hamill.

Round 2:

They begin the second round where they left off in the first. They each throw some punches before Hamill takes Bisping down. Bisping pulls rubber guard for a moment before switching to full guard. Hamill throw some strikes and then gets mount. Bisping rolls to his back and Hamill takes it. The two then stand back up. Both are throwing the left jab. They clinch for a moment and Bisping lands a right when they separate. Bisping picking up the pace with his strikes. Hamill then takes Bisping down against the cage once again but Bisping quickly gets back up. They continue with the jabs. Both miss with some overhand rights. They spend the rest of the ground exchanging on the feet.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Hamill.

Round 3: Hamill starts the round by stalking Bisping. Bisping connects with a left, right combination that stuns Hamill. Hamill connects with two jabs and Bisping responds with an uppercut. They clinch for a second but then break off. Bisping starting to really throw the jab. Hamill looking tired. Bisping just misses with a right cross. Bisping starting to land a good amount of shots. Hamill starting to throw wild shots. Bisping comes in with a right but Hamill intercepts him and takes Bisping down. Hamill gets side control and then takes Bisping’s back. Hamill stands up and then comes down with a right hand as he falls back into Bisping’s guard. Hamill pushes Bisping up agaianst the fence. They stand up and Bisping misses with som wide rights and lefts. Bisping throws a knee but Hamill takes him down once again. Bisping tries to get up but Hamill pushes him back down. Hamill spins to side control and gets Bisping’s back once again. Hamill starts pounding away. They stand back up and throw bombs on the feet. Bisping lands a head kick. Hamill goes for a takedown and Bisping stuffs it just before the horn sounds to end the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Bisping but the fight 29-28 for Hamill. The judges score it 29-28, 29-28 for Bisping and 29-28 for Hamill. Bisping wins.

Winner: Michael Bisping - Split Decision

Wow. Bullshit scoring by the judges. Bisping came back in the end but Hamill won that fight.

Bisping promotes his website during the interview with Rogan BJ Penn style. Bisping.tv bitches.

Surprisingly Hamill says that he thought Bisping won the fight.

It’s time for UFC vs PRIDE. It’s time for the main event. The UFC Light Heavyweight and PRIDE Middleweight Titles will be unified tonight when Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Dan “Hollywood” Henderson in a battle between veterans of both promotions.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Dan Henderson

Couture has joined Goldberg and Rogan.

Henderson comes out to some Rage Against the Machine.

Rampage comes out to some new music instead of his theme song. He has the same look in his eyes that he did when he fought Chuck.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start the round and Rampage comes out swinging bombs. Henderson throws him to the ground and then they clinch once Rampage gets back to the feet. They exchange some knees and Henderson switches to kneeing Rampage’s right leg. Henderson lands a right elbow. They exchange body punches. Henderson continues to knee Rampage’s leg. McCarthy warns them to get busy. They exchange strikes and break apart. They clinch again and Henderson throws some rights. Henderson then trips Rampage and takes him down. Henderson knees Rampage’s ribs from side control. Henderson traps Ramage’s arm and starts slamming rights into him. Rampage rolls over and stands up. They exchange and then clinch again. Henderson still focusing on kneeing Rampage’s right leg. Rampage throws two rights and a knee to Henderson’s ribs. They break off and exchange with wild hooks. Henderson connects with a left that rocks Rampage. They clinch again and grapple until the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 2: They start the round exchanging on the feet once again. Both miss with wide hooks. They clinch and Henderson takes Rampage down again. Henderson gets side control and knees Rampage’s body. Rampage does a good job of controlling Henderson from the bottom. They grapple until Rampage sweeps Henderson and stands up. They clinch and Rampage throws some knees and punches. Henderson tries to take Rampage down but Rampage ends up on top in side control. Rampage throw some punches and then ends up in half guard. Rampage throws some elbows to the side of Henderson. Rampage continues to focus on Henderson’s ribs. Rampage holds Henderson down until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Jackson.

Round 3: They start the round by each throwing a number of jabs. Rampage lands a couple of combinations. Henderson responds with a right and left of his own. Both are connecting with combinations. Rampage then opts to take Henderson down. Rampage controls Henderson on the ground until Henderson tries to roll and stand up. Rampage is able to keep him down and throws a big elbow. Henderson isolates Rampage’s arm and tries for a kimura. Rampage pounds away on Henderson’s ribs some more, forcing Henderson to let go. Henderson locks in a kimura again and rolls Rampage over so he ends up on top. Rampage twists his arm and Henderson loses the hold. Henderson is controlling Rampage from the bottom and presses him against the cage. Rampage turns to his back and Henderson takes it. Henderson throws a high knee and the two exchange on the feet until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 4: The round starts on the feet, both circling each other. Rampage connects with a left that drops Henderson. Rampage pounces on him but Henderson locks in an armbar. Rampage gets out of it and throws a right hand that Henderson is able to grab once again. Rampage pounds on Henderson’s head and Henderson lets go of the arm. Rampage continues to pound away and control Henderson on the ground. Henderson looks exhausted. Rampage gets side control and continues his ground and pound assault. Rampage slows down and that forces McCarthy to stand the two back up. Henderson throws a spinning back kick and misses. Rampage connects with an uppercut and a right. Henderson responds with a right. Henderson throws another right. They measure each other up until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Jackson.

Round 5: Final round bitches. They come out swinging. Henderson lands a leg kick. Rampage catches Henderson with a snapping left. They clinch up against the cage. Henderson has a mouse under his left eye. They grapple up against the cage. They exchange knees. Henderson trying to take Rampage down but is unable to. They break off and exchange, each landing bombs. They continue to throw hard punches on the feet. Rampage connects with a right and a left. Henderson pops Rampage with a right. Henderson then takes Rampage down. Henderson unleashing a bit of ground and pound. Henderson picking up the pace with the strikes. Rampage tries to get up but Henderson slams him back into the cage. Rampage goes to his back and Henderson takes it. Rampage stands up and Henderson goes for a takedown. Rampage stuffs it and then throws two knees. Rampage takes Henderson down and starts pounding away. Henderson gets back up and Rampage swings away as Henderson falls to the ground just as the horn sounds.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Jackson and the fight 48-47 for Jackson as well. The judges score it 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46 for Rampage.

Winner: Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision

Jackson’s left hand seems to be broken. He’s now the unified champion. Jackson tells Rogan many times that Henderson’s head is as hard as a rock.

Couture says that Henderson should drop down to 185 lbs.

Marcus Davis is the winner of the TapouT Submission of the Night.

Rogan and Golberg discuss the possibility of a Henderson-Anderson Silva matchup in the near future.

No Fedor announcement.

End of live blog. Thanks for everyone who followed along and to everyone else that will read later tonight.

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