Posted on: January 17, 2009 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 3:37 pm
First up is Chris Lytle vs. Marcus Davis, "The Irish Hand Grenade." The place just went totally nuts for Davis, who entered the cage to "Jump Around." This should be a good one.
Round 1: Lytle throws a wide right hand that momentarily staggers Davis, who recovers well. They clinch and exchange some close-range fists. The crowd is extremely loud, reacting to every shot and chanting. Davis with a body kick. Davis catches Lytle rushing in with a straight left. Lytle with an inside leg kick. Lytle whiffs on a right haymaker. Davis catches Lytle's leg on a body kick and rather than take him down, he throws him down and lets him back up. Lytle slips on an exchange and goes down, but he's not hurt. Lytle with a teep kick. Davis misses on a high kick. Lytle with a nice body kick to the right side. Lytle rushes in at the end of the round with a couple of fists. I'd judge the round 10-9 Lytle, but it's a pretty even fight.
Round 2: Davis has welts on his body from Lytle's kicks. Lytle rushes in with a flurry of fists, and Davis literally runs the other direction to escape. Davis with a body shot and Lytle goes to the mat, but Davis wants him back up. Lytle unloads with fists and mixes in some knees that don't connect well. Davis with a straight right. Lytle takes a couple wild swings and misses both, and Davis tags him with a jab for good measure. The audience enjoyed that. Lytle sets up a wild uppercut with a leg kick, but doesn't connect. Lytle with a straight right, and Davis with one of his own. Davis lands a nice knee to the face after a punch combo. Lytle clinches Davis against the fence and tries to work the body but Davis gets away. The round ends, and Lytle is now bleeding from the mouth. 10-9 Lytle again based on aggression and the fact that the striking is about even, with Davis perhaps a little worse for wear.
Round 3: Davis' nose is a mess and Lytle has a fat lip. Davis is getting in close to try for some combinations and to avoid those kicks. They exchange fists and high-five each other afterward. Davis catches a body kick, then throws a kick that Lytle ducks. Lytle swings wildly again and can't find the mark. They trade body kicks. Davis is starting to throw more counterstrikes and out-technique Lytle with his looping swings. Davis with a body kick followed by a knee to the ribs. With 90 seconds left, both men open up and tag each other with a number of strikes to the face and ribs. Lytle and Davis both have swelling on their faces. Davis lands a nice knee to the body after ducking Lytle's fist, then the fighters finish the round with a last-second exchange. Good fight. I give the third round to Davis, 10-9, who seemed to finally figure out Lytle's technique well enough to out-finesse him. By my scoring, the fight goes to Lytle, 29-28, but it could go either way.
Winner: Marcus Davis defeats Chris Lytle via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after three rounds.
Joe Rogan asks Davis what it's like to fulfill his dream of fighting in Dublin, Ireland, and getting a big win, and Davis needs a minute to hold back the tears before answering. He thanked God, and the UFC for the opportunity.
Posted on: February 2, 2008 9:50 pm
I'll be blogging the UFC 81 PPV broadcast beginning at around 10 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the four undercard bouts have finished, and here are your winners:
Posted on: February 1, 2008 7:57 pm
Every fighter on the card for Saturday's UFC 81 made weight on Friday.
Also, a reminder that we'll be live blogging the UFC 81 PPV tomorrow night. Check back around 9:45 p.m. ET for the updates to begin.
The weigh-in results:
Tim Sylvia -- 261
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- 237
Sylvia actually got cheered by the crowd, and seemed genuinely happy about it when Joe Rogan mentioned it. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "What's going on?"
Rogan created an awkward moment when he started to ask Sylvia about the chance to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in UFC history. Sylvia grinned and shook his head "no." Rogan then looked around confused. "Randy is?"
Frank Mir -- 255
Brock Lesnar -- 265
Mir looked very subdued on his way to the scale. Lesnar and Mir didn't butt heads, but they didn't shake hands either.
Jeremy Horn -- 185
Nate Marquardt -- 185
Ricardo Almeida -- 185
Rob Yundt -- 185
Gleison Tibau -- 156
Tyson Griffin -- 155
Chris Lytle -- 170
Kyle Bradley -- 170
David Heath -- 205
Tim Boetsch -- 205
Marvin Eastman -- 185
Terry Martin -- 186
Eastman butted heads lightly with Martin, who returned the pleasantries with a shove.
Keita Nakamura -- 155
Rob Emerson -- 155
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
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