Tag:UFC 87
Posted on: August 10, 2008 12:14 am
Edited on: August 10, 2008 12:56 am

UFC 87 live results: St. Pierre vs. Fitch

The main event up next, as Georges St. Pierre defends the welterweight title against Jon Fitch, who still hasn't lost in the UFC.

Round 1: GSP immediately takes Fitch down with a double leg. Fitch with a closed guard. GSP working elbows and fists to the head but Fitch is defending very well. GSP with a pair of fists to the jaw as Fitch tries to get up. Fitch gets upright for a split second before GSP takes him to the canvas again. Fitch back up. Fitch throws a kick and eats a big right hand that rocks him. GSP follows him down with a series of hard punches to the face. Fitch absorbs a ton of shots before working to scramble back to his feet. Fitch gets up but he's on rubber legs. St. Pierre with a series of punches that brings Fitch back to his knees. GSP follows him down and strikes him with elbows. GSP passes Fitch's guard, with is the first time anyone in the UFC has ever done that. The round ends with Fitch struggling to improve his position. 10-9 St. Pierre, maybe even 10-8.

Round 2: Fitch looks to trade. St. Pierre with jabs. Punch to the ribs by Fitch. GSP landing more jabs. Fitch with a body shot and tries to throw a knee but misses. GSP with jabs and a body kick. Fitch throwing lots of fists and knees but not connecting with much. GSP with a spinning back kick, then back to the jab. Fitch's nose is bloody. Fitch with a nice left hand. Fitch is more aggressive now. GSP shoots and Fitch stuffs it. GSP with a left and Fitch answers with an uppercut. Right hand and spinning back kick by GSP as the round ends. GSP 20-18, although Fitch seems to have recovered nicely from the disasterous first round. He's still in it.

Round 3: GSP rocks Fitch with a big right counterpunch and Fitch crumbles to the canvas. GSP takes Fitch's back and tries to get the hooks in, but Fitch scrambles to top position and GSP takes guard. Fitch with punches to the ribs and the side of GSP's head. GSP closes his guard. Fitch keeps busy with punches to the body and head. GSP sweeps and escapes to his feet, then takes Fitch down. GSP on top with Fitch's head back against the fence. Fitch gets to his knees and GSP hits him with a right before letting him up. Leg kick by GSP and Fitch counters with a fist. Fitch throws a leg kick and GSP tries for a takedown. Fitch punches his way off the cage. GSP lands a nice head kick and a knee to the left side of Fitch's head and Fitch falls again. He scrambles back to his feet but GSP has him cornered and is banging away. Takedown by St. Pierre and the round ends. 30-27 St. Pierre, but you have to admire Fitch's toughness. He should have been knocked out long ago.

Round 4: Fitch throwing knees and kicks. St. Pierre is now bleeding near his left eye. Fitch with a body kick. Fitch shoots for a takedown off a jab and St. Pierre stuffs him. Left jab by St. Pierre. Fitch with a left jab of his own. Fitch works the left cross and aims for GSP's cut. Fitch with another takedown attempt and GSP won't go down. Fitch fights for the takedown and finally lets the leg go, as GSP takes him to his back. GSP works some ground and pound with Fitch's head against the fence. GSP tries and fails to take a leg as the round ends. GSP 40-36.

Round 5: St. Pierre with a nice left hand. He mixes in a leg kick with more fists. Spinning backfist by St. Pierre connects on the button. GSP takes Fitch back to the canvas and throws body and head punches. St. Pierre drops two heavy left hands down on Fitch. GSP with elbows to Fitch's jaw. GSP lands another pair of lefts as Fitch powers back to his feet. St. Pierre takes him right back to the mat and throws more elbows to the face. St. Pierre spends the rest of the fight stifling Fitch's attempts to get back up and throwing short strikes. 50-45 St. Pierre. A dominant performance by a tremendous athlete, and Fitch was most definitely a worthy opponent.

Winner: Georges St. Pierre defeats Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-44) after five rounds to retain the UFC welterweight title.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 11:38 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2008 12:10 am

UFC 87 live results: Lesnar vs. Herring

Here we go with the big boys: Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring is next.

Round 1: Lesnar runs out with a flying knee that misses. He circles a bit before dropping Herring with a right hand and rushing in for a guillotine, which isn't sunk in well. Herring has Lesnar against the fence. Lesnar shoots and gets an easy takedown with Herring back against the cage. Lesnar stands over Herring and tosses his legs aside. Herring to his hands and knees with Lesnar on his side. Herring turtles up. Lesnar throwing punches to the sides of Herring's head. Herring is bloodied. Herring rolls over briefly trying to take guard but Lesnar keeps that from happening. Lesnar still busy with punches and elbows to the head. Knee to the body by Lesnar. Lesnar is controlling Herring with an ankle pick and a wrist, textbook amateur wrestling style. Herring can't get off his knees. His left eye looks like it's swelling. Lesnar just holding Herring in place and striking at will as the round ends. Lesnar 10-9, easily.

Round 2: Lesnar charges forward for a takedown and Herring avoids it. Herring throws a fist and Lesnar ducks under for a body lock takedown. Lesnar gets Herring right back to his knees. Herring rolls over and Lesnar takes side control. Herring turns to his knees again. Lesnar gets full mount but Herring rolls back to his knees. Lesnar hammer-fists Herring in the face. Lesnar with knees to the body. Herring rolls to his back again. Herring tries to take half guard but Lesnar maintains side control. Herring fights to his feet. Lesnar with another guillotine with his back to the fence. Lesnar knees Herring in the body. Herring with a couple of knee strikes and throws a combo of fists that miss the mark as the round ends. 20-18 Lesnar.

Round 3: Both of Herring's eyes are swelling and he looks in rough shape. Lesnar throws a kick to the head. Herring throws fists and forces Lesnar against the fence. Lesnar reverses it and throws more knees to the ribs. Lesnar takes Herring to the mat again and resumes punching Herring in the face from the side. Lesnar with big knees to Herring's ribs and shoulder. For those wondering about Lesnar's stamina in a long fight, he looks completely fine at this point. Herring rolls to his back and Lesnar takes full mount again. Herring rolls back to his knees. Lesnar is manhandling Herring on the canvas. Herring sits on his backside and Lesnar tries a to force a rear naked choke, but Herring slips out and gets back to his feet. Herring throws a couple of strikes that miss and Lesnar takes him down again. More fists to the face by Lesnar. Herring rolling back and forth but he just can't escape. Lesnar with full mount again. Lesnar hears the ten second warning and starts celebrating early, letting Herring back up as the buzzer sounds. 30-27 for Lesnar, by my estimation. Lesnar has clearly improved since the Mir fight.

Winner: Brock Lesnar defeats Heath Herring via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) after three rounds.

"I fell off the horse against Frank Mir, and tonight I got on that horse and rode it out of town, baby!" a jubilant Lesnar says after the win.

The UFC has got to be happy with that performance, and while Lesnar still shows the need for improvement in certain areas (he had full mount numerous times and couldn't do anything with it except control position), he's coming along just fine for a rookie.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 11:10 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2008 11:19 pm

UFC 87 live results: Gamburyan vs. Emerson

Next up is Manvel "The Anvil" Neidhart Gamburyan vs. Rob Emerson.

Round 1: Gamburyan comes out aggressive and Emerson stuns him with a right hand, then follows with a pair of lefts on the ground. The second one flattens Gamburyan out on the mat for the stoppage. Fast KO win for Emerson.

Winner: Rob Emerson defeats Manny Gamburyan via KO due to a left hand at 12 seconds of Round 1.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 10:37 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2008 11:06 pm

UFC 87 live results: Florian vs. Huerta

A lot of anticipation for this next fight: Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.

Round 1: Florian is playing it more careful than usual. They circle for a bit with leg kicks and no real significant strikes before Florian gets a takedown against the cage. Florian gets his back. Huerta stands up and escapes. Florian throws a combo ending with a knee. Huerta returns with a combo and shoots for a takedown. Florian stuffs it. Florian clinches and then uses a Muay Thai clinch to land a knee to the head. Huerta tries the Superman punch twice. The round ends, and I've got it 10-9 Florian, but it's real close and neither guy was ever in much trouble.

Round 2: Florian throws leg and head kicks. Huerta forces him against the cage and Florian stuffs the takedown again. Florian shoots for a single leg and Huerta tries to take a kimura while defending. Florian trips him down with a body lock and gets Huerta's back quickly. Florian lands some strikes before Huerta escapes out the back door. They stand again, and Florian uses a leg sweep to trip Huerta down, but can't capitalize before Huerta gets up. Huerta with a straight right. Huerta fakes a Superman punch again. He does it yet again and take a body lock against the fence. Florian with a Muay Thai clinch and some elbow strikes. They exchange punches as the time expires on Round 2. Florian 10-9 again, but still, it's very close.

Round 3: Florian with a straight kick to the chest. He tries a guillotine and Huerta escapes. Florian comes alive, throwing flying knees and fists. Huerta clowns him a bit, but Florian's not joking, so he throws another flying knee in mid-mock. Florian muscles Huerta to the mat and takes his leg, but can't do anything with it. Huerta escapes. Florian with another knee. They exchange and Huerta largely misses while Florian connects. Florian tagging Huerta with jabs. Huerta with a combo. Huerta with a straight right. Florian with a knee to the body. Huerta lands a body kick and slips doing so. He's back up. Florian with a right hand and a takedown. Huerta stands up and Florian hits him with a series of knees. Florian dances away from Huerta and tags him with jabs to the face as the time runs out. I've got the fight 30-27 Florian.

Winner: Kenny Florian defeats Roger Huerta via unanimous decision (30-27) after three rounds.

Huerta suffers his first UFC defeat.  Florian says his strategy for the fight was to out-technique Huerta and stay away from fist-fighting him, due to Huerta's toughness. It paid off.

"I didn't want to get into a brawl with him," Florian said. "He's real tough."
Posted on: August 9, 2008 10:09 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2008 10:32 pm

UFC 87 live results: MacDonald vs. Maia

We're kicking things off with Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia.

Round 1: MacDonald clinches and takes Maia down early, surprisingly opting for a ground fight. Maia traps him in a deep, tight arm triangle. MacDonald amazingly escapes out the back door after a long struggle and gets Maia's back for a rear naked choke. Maia escapes and takes guard again. MacDonald winds up on his back and locks in a guillotine choke. Maia passes guard to side control to get out. Maia maneuvers into back control and locks in a rear naked choke with a body lock, and while MacDonald can't escape, he fights back long enough to last the round. Tough call, but I'll give it to Maia 10-9 based on being closer to finishing.

Round 2: Maia spends the majority of the round on top of MacDonald working from his guard. Maia takes full mount and tries some ground and pound. Maia slows down his striking for a bit, then uses some elbows to the face. MacDonald trying to escape but can't, although he's defending Maia's strikes very well. He's in a bad position, but he's not really taking much damage other than a cut on the bridge of the nose. MacDonald fights into half guard and finally muscles his way out the back door, finishing the round in Maia's guard. Maia 20-18.

Round 3: Maia with a takedown, which MacDonald escapes for a takedown of his own. MacDonald works on top and briefly gets behind Maia long enough to try a rear naked choke, but Maia escapes quickly. Now Maia has MacDonald's back, looking for a choke. He finally sinks in the rear naked and MacDonald is forced to tap out. Tremendous fight for those who appreciate submissions and reversals.

Winner: Demian Maia defeats Jason MacDonald via submission to a rear naked choke at 2:44 of Round 3.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 9:52 pm

UFC 87 undercard results

Here are the quickie results from tonight's UFC 87 undercard fights.

(SPOILER WARNING: Time permitting, it is possible that one or more of these fights could air on the PPV broadcast.)

  • Tamdan McCrory def. Luke Cummo via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Cheick Kongo def. Dan Evensen via TKO due to strikes at 4:55 of Round 1.
  • Jon Jones def. Andre Gusmao via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Chris Wilson def. Steve Bruno via unanimous decision (straight 30-27s) after three rounds.
  • Ben Saunders def. Ryan Thomas via submission to an armbar at 2:28 of Round 2.

I'll be back in a few minutes with round-by-round live coverage of the main card.
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