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Posted on: March 2, 2008 12:04 am
Edited on: March 2, 2008 12:27 am
 

UFC 82 live results: Silva vs. Henderson

Dan Henderson is on his way to the Octagon for his main event title fight against Anderson Silva. This should be a good one.

Round 1: The circle cautiously to start. Silva throws a kick and Henderson tries to catch the leg and throw an overhand right, but he misses. Silva with various head kick attempts. Henderson takes him down. Silva is lying on his side and Henderson is hammerfisting him in the temple. Henderson gets side control. Silva spins out and pulls guard. Henderson takes a big swing that gets blocked, and the round ends. 10-9 Henderson based on the ground work.

Round 2: Henderson uses a kick to set up an overhand right but misses. Silva throws some head kicks. Henderson tries to pull guard but doesn't quite get there, so they get back to their feet. Henderson lands a big right. Silva gets his clinch long enough to rock Henderson with a right knee. Henderson swings wildly for a bit but goes down and pulls guard to regroup. Silva working some ground and pound. Silva with Henderson's back. Henderson tries a back elbow and misses. Silva gets the hooks in and then moves to a body triangle and flattens Henderson out. Silva sinks in a rear naked choke and Henderson taps out with 10 seconds left in the round.

Winner: Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:50 of Round 2.

Unbelievable win for Silva, and the fact that he did it with a submission adds just another weapon to his arsenal.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:24 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:59 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Herring vs. Kongo

They're getting ready for Heath Herring vs. Cheick Kongo. From the prefight interviews:

Herring: "I feel pretty confident for this fight."
Kongo: "I don't care."

Round 1: Herring puts Kongo down with a punch within the first 10 seconds but Kongo is back to his feet so fast it might have been more of a slip than anything. Kongo with a takedown. Herring rolls through to take top control. Herring has Kongo against the cage on the ground. Kongo fights back to his feet and has Herring back against the cage, with Herring holding him in a front facelock. Kongo is doing his famous knees to the inner thigh that missed their target in the Cro Cop fight. They are grappling for position with Kongo reversing and briefly getting back control on the mat, but he stepped away from it. The crowd is booing with 20 seconds left in the round, but honestly, it's been a very good and active fight so far, especially for a heavyweight bout. Very hard round to call, but I'll give it to Herring 10-9.

Round 2: Kongo controls Herring again on the ground and then decides to let Herring up... kind of. He wants Herring to stand, but he won't back off enough to allow it. The ref finally stands them (Herring) up. Herring rushes in with strikes and quickly winds up grappling on the cage again. It goes back to the ground with Kongo controlling first, then Herring reversing for side control. Herring with a series of big knees to the side. Kongo is looking at the clock and taking knee after knee without trying to improve position. The round ends, and that one is Herring 10-9.

Round 3: Both guys land big shots to start and Herring applies a guillotine. Kongo slips out. Kongo gets Herrings back but Herring escapes and shoves him off. They wind up against the cage again and Herring gets side control. Herring starts punishing with knees to the ribs again and twice rears back with the knee closest to Kongo's head, and thinks better of it and stops himself. Kongo gets in this position and just holds on and takes every shot. Full mount for Herring and he hammers away at Kongo's head as the round ends. Herring 10-9. Even though I've given all three rounds to Herring, I could see either of the first two rounds being scored for Kongo, so it's not like Herring ran away with it or anything, but I do think he deserves the decision. We'll see.

Winner: Heath Herring defeated Cheick Kongo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after three rounds.

This is a huge win for Herring. He looked a lot better than in recent fights, going the distance without gassing and seemingly much more motivated. Herring mentioned after the fight how unexpected it was that Kongo didn't opt to strike more.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:08 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:22 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Sakara vs. Leben

Alessio Sakara is on his way to the Octagon to fight Chris "The Crippler" Leben.

Round 1: They come out swinging. I know, shocker. Both guys are landing the majority of their shots square on the chin. Leben is at least mixing in some leg and body kicks. Leben finally nails Sakara with a pair of lefts that put Sakara on the mat. Sakara looks to pull guard as Leben rushes in with furious left hands. One of them flattens Sakara out momentarily, and since he's not blocking anything, referee Herb Dean steps in for the TKO stoppage.


Winner: Chris Leben defeated Alessio Sakara via TKO due to strikes at 3:16 of Round 1.

Sakara actually protested the stoppage and wasn't completely knocked out, but when you're getting tagged like that and knocked down, and still not blocking, you make it really hard for the referee to keep giving you leeway. Pretty action-packed fight while it lasted.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 10:46 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:06 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Okami vs. Tanner

Next up is Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner. Okami is in the cage, and here comes Tanner to the tune of Hendrix' "All Along the Watchtower."

Round 1: They circle for the first minute or so, throwing cautious strikes. Tanner landed a couple, but nothing damaging. Okami knocked Tanner down with a punch and Okami rushed in to try and finish. Tanner powered into a takedown attempt and wound up standing and forcing Okami against the fence. Tanner is bleeding. Tanner tries to dirty box against the cage. Okami gets Tanner in a clinch and tries knees, but Tanner blocks and then pushes off the clinch. They're striking again with neither guy getting a clear edge before the round ends. 10-9 Okami based on the knockdown and doing more visible damage.

Round 2: They opt to trade more with Okami landing a lot more really solid strikes this time. Tanner looks frustrated and backed off and shook his head more than once. Okami goes back to the clinch. Tanner punches Okami in the ribs and Okami answers with a left knee to the chin that puts Tanner on his back. Okami punches Tanner once more on the ground as the referee steps in to stop the fight.

Winner: Yushin Okami defeated Evan Tanner via KO due to a knee strike at 3:00 of Round 2.

Tanner looked pretty rusty, but it's honestly just as likely to be age catching up with Tanner as it is to be cage rust. Probably a combo of both.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 10:44 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Major announcement

They just interviewed Mark Coleman at cageside, talking about his Hall of Fame induction earlier this evening.

Coleman emphasized that he is not retired and said Dana White just found him an opponent with five months' notice to prepare.

Get ready for Mark Coleman vs. Brock Lesnar this summer. That ought to be fun to watch.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 10:10 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 10:36 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Fitch vs. Wilson

The first fight of the main PPV is Chris Wilson vs. Jon Fitch. Wilson is making his UFC debut, while Fitch is undefeated in 7 UFC fights and barring a loss here, should be the No. 1 contender at welterweight after tonight.

Round 1: Wilson came out getting the better of standup, connecting on more than a few punches and some body kicks and knees. He succeeded in stuffing Fitch's takedowns for a while but did end up on his back to end the round. 10-9 Wilson based on better striking and Fitch having some difficulty imposing his game plan.

Round 2: Fitch definitely settled into his groove here. Wilson couldn't keep Fitch from taking him down this time. Fitch worked the ground and pound with side control before powering into a mount. Fitch is just grinding away here with consistent, small strikes to the head and face. Wilson scrambled out from under Fitch briefly before finding himself right back in Fitch's control. Solid round for Fitch, 10-9. Once this thing goes to the ground, Fitch is clearly the better man.

Round 3: They stand for the first few minutes with Fitch actually landing more punches than Wilson this time around. Wilson mixed in some kicks and even a throw attempt. With two minutes left, Fitch takes Wilson down again. He's got him backed against the cage on the ground and is going to work with fists to the head and ribs. With 30 seconds left, Wilson trapped Fitch in a triangle choke that Fitch couldn't get out of, but he didn't submit before the round ended. A strong submission attempt at the end there, but it wasn't enough to offset Fitch's dominance in the first four and a half minutes of the round. I'd call it 10-9 Fitch, for the win.

Winner: Jon Fitch defeated Chris Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 10:00 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Final undercard result

  • Andrei Arlovski defeated Jake O'Brien via TKO due to strikes at 4:17 of Round 2.

That'll be a big help to Andrei in contract negotiations, I bet.

Back in a few with detailed blogging of the main card...
Posted on: March 1, 2008 9:38 pm
 

UFC 82 live results: Undercard results

We're going to have live round-by-round coverage of UFC 82 tonight starting shortly after 10 p.m. ET. Right now, four of the undercard bouts are over with. Here are the results:

  • Luigi Fioravanti defeated Luke Cummo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Josh Koscheck defeated Dustin Hazelett via TKO due to strikes at 1:24 of Round 2.
  • Diego Sanchez defeated David Bielkheden via submission to strikes at 4:43 of Round 1.
  • Jorge Gurgel defeated John Halverson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.

Also during the undercard, Mark Coleman was inducted as the fifth member of the UFC Hall of Fame and gave a tearful speech. Coleman joins Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Randy Couture in the UFC's Hall of Fame.

We'll be back with the last of the undercard results and round-by-round coverage of the five main broadcast fights soon. (Each fight will have its own entry, so be sure to refresh the link to the actual blog and not the link to any one entry, or you may miss the updates.)
 
 
 
 
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