Tag:UFC 96
Posted on: March 7, 2009 11:47 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2009 12:31 am

UFC 96 live results: Jackson vs. Jardine

It's time for the main event: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Keith Jardine.

If Rampage wins, he is Rashad Evans' challenger for the light heavyweight title at UFC 98 on May 23, to replace the previously-scheduled Lesnar vs. Mir rematch. If Rampage loses, Lyoto Machida gets the title shot.

Round 1: Rampage moves in to clinch and Jardine lands a couple punches before getting pressed against the fence. Nothing much happens there so the referee brings them back to the center of the Octagon. Jardine trying to set up leg kicks with punches. Jardine kicks at the back leg and Rampage misses a right hand. Jardine grabs a single leg but can't finish the takedown. They clinch against the cage again. They're forced to break again. Jardine whiffs on a leg kick. Jardine's circling on the outside and Rampage is stalking him. Jardine throws a body kick and Rampage catches the leg and throws some fists. Rampage connects on an uppercut. Jardine with a teep kick. Jardine with a knee to the ribs. Rampage bodylocks Jardine againt the fence. They break, and Rampage throws a few errant haymakers as the round ends. I'd score it 10-9 Rampage, but it's a pretty even fight.

Round 2: Jardine exchanges fists with Rampage, and Rampage actually throws a nice leg kick of his own. Jardine misses a combo as Rampage steps out of the way. Rampage with a pair of fists. Rampage with a short left. Rampage drops Jardine with a huge left and rains down punches on the ground trying to finish it. Jardine fights his way back to his feet and they circle again. Rampage takes Jardine down, but almost immediately, they're back on their feet. Jardine is dropping his arms to his side, which is dangerous against any opponent, much less Quinton Jackson. Jardine mounts an offensive with a flurry of fists, including a big uppercut, and suddenly Rampage is in trouble. Rampage reasserts himself and they circle again. Jardine with a jab and Rampage answers with a left hook. The round ends, and man, was that fun. 10-9 Rampage again, for being the closest to finishing the fight with that left.

Round 3: They exchange with neither guy landing anything serious. Rampage with a leg kick and Jardine answers with a right cross. Rampage takes Jardine down, but Jardine fights back to his feet pretty quickly. Jardine with a leg kick, and another. Jardine with a solid right hand to the jaw. Rampage with a left hook. Jardine moves forward and Rampage cracks him with another left hook. They exchange short punches. Rampage clinches Jardine against the cage but can't take advantage, so they break. They exchange haymakers and Rampage lands a series of hard shots. Jardine throws a high kick. Seconds before the end of the round, Rampage drops Jardine with a left, and Jardine hangs on to Rampage's leg as the round ends. 10-9 Rampage. I'd score the bout 30-27 for Rampage, but the first round could have gone either way, so 29-28 sounds fair, too.

Winner: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson defeats Keith Jardine via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.

"To be honest, I think I needed these three rounds," Rampage said after the win, referencing the fact that his win over Wanderlei Silva was a quick one.

Rashad Evans got into the cage and went nose-to-nose with Rampage for a little prefight trask talk for May 23. Some highlights of their exchange of pleasantries:

Rampage: "I'll be well-rested for your ass. I'm a knock you clean out ."

Evans: "I'll give you the first punch, m----- f----r."

Rampage: "All I gotta say -- there's gonna be some more black-on-black crime."

I know it's just an expression, but if I were Rampage, I'd probably lay off on promising "more crime" for at least a year or so.

Joking aside, Rampage vs. Evans could be pretty explosive. Evans has the skill base to fend off Rampage's wrestling and the knockout power to give him a strong challenge on the feet, too. Either man could knock out the other, and they're both well aware of this. Plus, Rampage's experience edge is now offset by Rashad Evans having the luxury of entering his training camp with plenty of notes from his buddy Jardine on how to fight -- and how not to fight -- the former champ.



Posted on: March 7, 2009 11:21 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 11:34 pm

UFC 96 live results: Gonzaga vs. Carwin

Here come the big boys: Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin at heavyweight. Carwin's biggest fight of his career.

Round 1: Carwin pushes forward and tries to attack with fists but Gonzaga defends and dodges. They exchange a few shots with Gonzaga cracking him hard on the jaw, then bodylocking him and pressing him to the canvas. They get back to their feet. Gonzaga lands a shot and Carwin crushes Gonzaga with a short right hand to the jaw that puts him on the mat. That's the first time Gonzaga has ever lost a fight in the first round. Carwin still has yet to see a fight go into the third minute, let alone the second round.

Winner: Shane Carwin defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via KO due to strikes at 1:09 of Round 1.

Carwin's got some monsterous power in his hands. He's not a perfect fighter by any means, but it's increasingly evident that even his not-so-emphatic strikes pack enough power to put a guy's lights out.


Posted on: March 7, 2009 11:02 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2009 12:55 am

UFC 96 live results: Sell vs. Brown

Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown is up next at welterweight.

Round 1: Brown lands a Superman punch and a couple of high kicks before a right hand drops Sell to the ground. Brown backs off thinking Sell is out cold and referee Yves Lavigne tells him to keep going, as Sell stands up. Brown attacks him again and drops him with strikes, just destroying him as Sell hangs on to a leg. Sell's up and Brown takes a Thai plomb and crushes him with a pair of knees. Sell is backing off and clearly wants out of the fight. Brown reaches to grab the back of Sell's head and Sell simply falls down. Brown asks the ref if he should continue and the ref finally stops it.

Winner: Matt Brown
defeats Pete Sell via TKO referee stoppage at 1:32 of Round 1.



Posted on: March 7, 2009 10:58 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 11:00 pm

And it's official

Mir-Lesnar II is now officially postponed from the original May 23 date.

Frank Mir appeared on the UFC 96 PPV broadcast with Mike Goldberg. He confirmed that he got his knee scoped recently and it would take 4-6 weeks for his knee to be 80 percent, and then he could do light sparring. Mir said he wants to possibly do the fight on July 11 so he can fight Brock Lesnar at 100 percent, and have no excuses.

They did not confirm July 11 as the definite date of the Lesnar vs. Mir rematch, but it sounds like that's the plan, assuming Mir's healing process doesn't hit any roadblocks.

Mir said it was a lingering knee injury and that the knee just finally popped in practice a while back, necessitating the surgery.

They showed Brock Lesnar in the audience but didn't give him a chance to comment.



Posted on: March 7, 2009 10:40 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 10:53 pm

UFC 96 live results: Hamill vs. Munoz

I'm very interested in this next bout: Matt "The Hammer" Hamill vs. Mark Munoz at light heavyweight. Let's see how far NCAA wrestling standout Munoz has come in his short MMA career.

Hamill enters the arena to "Hang on Sloopy," apparently to suck up to the Ohio crowd. King Mo is in Munoz's corner. No sign of King Mabel.

Round 1: Munoz throws an overhand right to start, and Hamill blocks it. Munoz with a takedown attempt and Hamill stuffs it. Hamill lights up Munoz with fists and Munoz shoots for another takedown. Hamill sprawls and they square off again. Hamill with a leg kick. Overhand right by Munoz. Body shot by Munoz. Uppercut and right hook by Munoz. Hamill tees off with lefts and rights, Munoz blocks practically none of them. Munoz looks a bit lost on his feet here. Leg kick by Hamill. Munoz with a pair of right hooks. He switches stances. Right hook by Munoz. Munoz with a clinch and a knee. Munoz tags Hamill with an overhand right on the break. Right head kick by Hamill destroys Munoz, and he's out. Hamill got in a couple punches on the ground before the ref could break it up. Wow.

Munoz was completely knocked out cold by the kick.

Winner: Matt Hamill defeats Mark Munoz via KO due to a head kick at 3:53 of Round 1.

Hamill gives a passionate post-fight interview praising his home state of Ohio.

Posted on: March 7, 2009 10:11 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 10:34 pm

UFC 96 live results: Maynard vs. Miller

Jim Miller is entering the cage for his lightweight bout with Gray Maynard. Neither man has a UFC loss on his record yet.

Round 1: They square off to start. Miller body locks Maynard against the fence and sneaks in a few knees before Maynard forces Miller off of him. Maynard with a big right hand. Miller goes for a single leg and hangs onto the leg while Maynard hammers him in the face with rights. Miller is bleeding, but won't give up on the single leg takedown attempt. Maynard finally hammers Miller enough to make him let the leg go. Miller's nose is a mess and he's breathing out of his mouth heavily due to the blood. Maynard attempts a kick. Maynard cracks Miller with a big right-left combo as the round ends. 10-9 round for Maynard, easily.

Round 2: Miller with a leg kick and a straight right. Miller with another leg kick. Head kick by Miller misses the mark. Maynard with a right hook and a series of body shots. Miller with a leg kick, and Maynard looks at ref Dan Miragliotta to complain that it was low. Miragliotta warns Miller. Maynard is just looking to box here to avoid Miller's submission game, and Miller hasn't been able to take Maynard down. In fact, as I type that, Maynard stuffs another takedown attempt while Miller tries to pull guard and slips off. Maynard picks Miller apart with more punches. And now, half of Miller's face is covered in blood and he's got a mouse under his left eye to match his busted nose. 10-9 Maynard again.

Round 3: Maynard tags Miller with a combo of lefts and rights. Maynard takes Miller down for a change, and almost immediately finds himself in a kneebar. Maynard escapes the hold and wisely decides it's time to box again. Miller shoots in for a double leg but Maynard's sprawl is just too much for him. Miller goes to his back and Maynard throws some hard punches down at him from the side. Maynard then stands up to avoid any submission danger. Maynard with a straight right, and we're out of time. That's gotta be a unanimous 30-27 win for Maynard.

Winner: Gray Maynard defeats Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.

Posted on: March 7, 2009 9:46 pm

UFC 96 undercard results

We're a few minutes away from the start of the main card for UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio. Refresh the main page of this blog frequently during the show for round-by-round updates on the remaining fights.

The undercard is in the books. Here are the quickie fight results:

  • Tamdan McCrory defeated Ryan Madigan via TKO due to strikes at 3:35 of Round 1.
  • Kendall Grove defeated Jason Day via TKO due to strikes at 1:32 of Round 1.
  • Jason Brilz defeated Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
  • Brandon Vera defeated Michael Patt via TKO due to leg kicks at 1:27 of Round 2.
  • Shane Nelson defeated Aaron Riley via TKO due to strikes at 44 seconds of Round 1.

    Nelson's win over Riley was highly controversial and considered way too quick a stoppage. We'll see if they air it, but I'm thinking no.

    Back in a few minutes with the detailed round-by-round fight coverage.

  • Posted on: March 5, 2009 12:00 pm

    UFC 96 live blog on Saturday

    Just a quick reminder that on Saturday, CBSSports.com will have a round-by-round live bog of the main card for UFC 96 from Columbus, Ohio. I'll have all the action right here beginning at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET on March 7.

    The main event pits Quinton "Rampage" Jackson against Keith Jardine. If Rampage wins, he gets a chance to win back the light heavyweight title as the first challenger to Rashad Evans.

    If Rampage loses? Lyoto Machida gets the title shot, and somebody should probably get Rampage's keys so he doesn't drive anywhere for a few days.

    Also, keep in mind that Jardine and Evans are best buds and training partners. So if Jardine loses, this fight will be a valuable scouting tool for Evans in planning to fight Rampage later this year.

    Full card and preview in our CBSSports.com exclusive UFC 96 Head to Head .



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