Tag:UFC 99
Posted on: June 13, 2009 5:34 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 5:56 pm

UFC 99 live results: Franklin vs. Silva

Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva ends the show. Franklin enters to "Rock Superstar" by Cypress Hill, which is a change from his usual "For Those About to Rock" by AC/DC.

Round 1: Franklin lands a left and dodges a counterpunch by Silva. Franklin with a straight left. Silva with a low kick, Franklin counters with a straight left. Silva misses on a big swing. Franklin with a body kick and Silva lands a countering right hand. Silva with a high kick attempt, and another. Franklin goes back to the body kicks and Silva catches his leg for a takedown. Very different type of fight from the typical Wanderlei Silva fare, so far. Franklin has full guard. Silva lands a couple food fists from the top. Franklin pushes off Wanderlei's hips with his feet and escapes. Franklin takes Silva to the mat and mounts. Franklin with strikes from the top as Silva scrambles. Silva gets to his feet and they separate. 10-9 Franklin.

Round 2: Silva with a body kick and Franklin counters with an overhand right. Silva throws a kick and Franklin counters with a left to the body and an overhand right. Leg kick by Franklin. Silva throws a big right and Franklin drops him with a jab, which may have been a slip. Wanderlei's right back up. They trade rights. Franklin with an uppercut. Franklin with a body kick, and Wanderlei catches the leg to throw a big countering right hand, but whiffs on it. Silva with a nice left-right combo that staggers Franklin, and now Silva is advancing forward. Franklin looks hurt. Silva hammers away with one-two combos. The round ends, and Franklin is sucking wind in the corner. 10-9 Silva based on being closer to finishing the fight than Franklin ever was.

Round 3:
They're taking turns tagging each other. Missing on high kicks, connecting with most of their punches. Both look tired. Leg kick by Franklin catches Silva below the belt, but he shakes it off in a few seconds. Both guys swinging hard for the knockout. Silva with a knee and a body kick. Franklin with jabs. Crowd is getting behind Silva, and he looks suddenly inspired. I believe "hulking up" is the wrestling term. Franklin blocks a head kick. Franklin with a body kick with a minute left. Wanderlei's waving to the fans to cheer louder. Silva backs Franklin up to the fence and throws a flurry of strikes. Franklin takes him down. Silva kicks him away and stands, but Franklin holds him on a waist lock. Silva ends the round frantically throwing back elbows at Franklin while being held from behind. I'd give it to Silva 10-9, scoring the fight for Silva 29-28, but it was a good, close one.

Winner: Rich Franklin
defeats Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision after three rounds.

The crowd is not happy with that decision.

Franklin said after the fight that he thought 195 pounds was the perfect weight class for him, if only it existed as a weight class. Until then, he'll stick with 205. He also felt a bit vindicated to win a decision in a close fight, since he still believes he should have gotten the nod against Dan Henderson.

As a reminder, we'll have video of the UFC 99 postfight press conference at the top of our Head to Head page, provided by the UFC, as soon as it is available. In the meantime, click any of the buttons at the top of the video player to check out the existing UFC 99 content.

Posted on: June 13, 2009 4:45 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 5:22 pm

UFC 99 live results: Kongo vs. Velasquez

Cain Velasquez faces the biggest test of his young career -- and a fight that could propel him into much bigger things, if he wins -- as he fights Cheick Kongo.

Velasquez's American Kickboxing Academy teammate Mike Swick is back out to help work his corner, shortly after winning his own fight.

Round 1: Velasquez closes the distance quickly and Kongo lands a few left jabs. Kongo rocks Velasquez with a right hand that drops him to a knee momentarily, then Velasquez takes Kongo down. Kongo trying to get up but Velasquez is keeping him down. Velasquez mounts him. Kongo rolls, and Velasquez takes his back for a rear naked choke. Kongo rolls out and gets to his feet. Velasquez tosses him back to the mat. Velasquez mounts him again. Fists to the face by Velasquez. Kongo on his knees with Velasquez hammering him with fists. Velasquez is just dominating the positioning here, exposing Kongo's wrestling weakness. Kongo's up -- Kongo's down again, and Cain lands in side control. Kongo gets to his knees and Velasquez uses a crossface neck crank to make him regret it. Kongo gets to his feet and lands a knee to the body as the round ends. 10-9 Velasquez.

Round 2: They exchange fists with Velasquez landing a few good shots, but once again, Kongo clips him on the chin with a right and Velasquez drops to a knee. Velasquez with a takedown attempt and eventually gets Kongo down. Velasquez with a series of right hands to the jaw and then a knee to the ribs. Kongo's just on his knees eating whatever strikes Velasquez can work in, because he's helpless against Velasquez's wrestling technique, and at this point, Kongo is also physically worn out from the energy needed to grapple for close to 10 minutes. Kongo's holding Velasquez's wrist, so Cain throws more knees to the ribs. The round ends with Velasquez doing this. 10-9 Velasquez, but you get the idea that one strike could end this for Kongo, if he can sneak it in before getting taken down.

Round 3: Kongo with a fist and then a takedown attempt. Kongo actually gets the takedown for a brief second, but Velasquez is so good that it's only a few seconds before Kongo's on his knees again, eating strikes. Velasquez is hammering away with fists from all angles. Kongo finally gets up and lands some knees from the clinch. Kongo with a right hand and rocks Velasquez one more time, and tries very hard to avoid the takedown that follows, but can't. Velasquez has Kongo in full mount. He's striking from the top. Kongo punching up from the bottom. Velasquez finishes the rounc with a flurry of shots from the top. 10-9 Velasquez again, so it should be a 30-27 win for the newcomer.

Winner: Cain Velasquez defeats Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.

"It wasn't good enough for me, I know it wasn't good enough for my coaches," Velasquez said about his performance.

Kongo ate an unreal number of unanswered punches but never appeared on the verge of getting knocked out. That either says a lot about his skull, or reveals that Velasquez's punches aren't as heavy as once thought. Perhaps both. Either way, you have to wonder what a guy like Brock Lesnar -- who can match Velasquez's wrestling -- would have done if he'd landed the same right hands to Velasquez's chin that Kongo did. I'm sure we'll see that fight someday.

Posted on: June 13, 2009 4:29 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 4:42 pm

UFC 99 live results: Cro Cop vs. Al Turk

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic returns to the UFC, fighting Mustapha Al-Turk.

Al-Turk is entering the arena right now to "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. And Cro Cop, of course, comes out to "Wild Boys" by Duran Duran.

Round 1: Cro Cop gets a very nice response from the fans in Germany, many of whom may have traveled from Croatia to see the fight. Al-Turk with a nice overhand right backs Cro Cop up a little. Leg kick by Al-Turk. He goes for a takedown and Cro Cop shakes it off. Leg kick by Al-Turk, and he misses with another big right. Cro Cop with a straight left. Al-Turk is going for the overhand right way too much, telegraphing it badly. Cro Cop with a left jab. Al-Turk throws another wild overhand right and misses again. Cro Cop hurts him with a left hand and moves forward with a barrage of fists. Al-Turk goes down, but he's not out. Cro Cop lets him stand up. Al-Turk misses another swing and Cro Cop finishes him off with more fists. Nice return win for Cro Cop.

The replay shows that on one of the punches Cro Cop threw, his fingers caught Al-Turk in the right eye. He immediately covered his face with his hands after the eye poke, but the referee didn't see it. Still, Al-Turk wasn't doing much to suggest the fight would have ended any differently without the errant eye injury.

Winner: Mirko Cro Cop defeats Mustapha Al-Turk via TKO due to strikes at 3:06 of Round 1.
Posted on: June 13, 2009 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 4:23 pm

UFC 99 live results: Swick vs. Saunders

Up next is Saunders vs. Swick at welterweight.

Round 1: Swick with a takedown. Swick presses him against the cage but Saunders is keeping him from posturing up to land strikes. Swick sneaks in a few left hands. Saunders is still holding Swick to keep him from striking. The microphones catch Swick asking Saunders if he's going to hold him all night, and Saunders says "stand back up, bitch." Nice. Swick still working to strike on the ground. Saunders with butterfly guard. The referee finally separates them. Saunders with a left kick to the ribs. They exchange combinations of punches. Saunders with a body lock against the fence. Saunders lands a nice standing knee to Swick's head from the clinch. Saunders working knees to the body as Swick reverses him against the fence. Close first round, but I'd probably give it to Saunders 10-9.

Round 2: Saunders throws a knee, Swick takes him down and moves to mount. Saunders takes guard and we're right back where we were in Round 1. Swick's getting some strikes in from the top. Saunders with a body triangle. Swick with a few rights to the head. Referee stands them up again. Saunders with a leg kick and Swick answers with a combo. Swick with knees to the body. Saunders misses a front kick. Saunders with a leg kick and Swick counters with an overhand right. Saunders throws another leg kick and Swick counters with fists. Saunders is hurt, and Swick attacks with a flurry of hands until Saunders falls to his knees, and the referee stops it. It was a trio of rights to the jaw that appear to have done Saunders in.

Winner: Mike Swick defeats Ben Saunders via TKO due to strikes at 3:47 of Round 2.
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:59 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 4:24 pm

UFC 99 live results: Fisher vs. Uno

Still pouring outside, but it appears our feed is back: Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno is nearing the end of Round 2. Fisher finishes the round on top of Uno on the canvas trying to work him over, but Uno fights to his feet as the buzzer goes off. I won't score the round because I didn't see the whole thing.

In Round 1, apparently not much happened except for some standup, and Uno getting stuffed on takedown attempts.

Round 3 coming up...

Round 3:
Fisher with a huge right hook but Uno just eats it and moves forward. Uno grabs the leg, still trying to get Fisher to the mat. Uno's got Fisher by the ankle, sitting with his back to the cage. Uno switches to a body lock, and Fisher gets to his feet. Uno with some token strikes to look busy. Referee Mario Yamasaki threatens to separate them, and a few seconds later, he does. Uno with a leg kick and he falls down. Fisher says no thanks, let's stand. Fisher with a right hook followed by a left. Uno goes to the ground. Fisher moves to side control, which prompts Uno to get back to his feet. Uno puts Fisher against the cage again with underhooks. Fisher with Muai Thai knees and a right hand. Uno with a takedown. Uno mounts him and hooks one leg, then throws some elbows from the top. Uno with full mount. Hammerfists by Uno. The buzzer goes off. Uno took that round with his dominance at the end. 10-9 Uno.

Winner: Spencer Fisher
defeats Caol Uno via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.

Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:48 pm

Technical difficulties...

I have to apologize, but we just (temporarily) lost our satellite feed for UFC 99. The outage may only last a few minutes (10 minutes is about average this time of year), so hopefully we won't miss anything major. But for now, we're without our satellite feed. I'll update again when it's back, which will hopefully be within a few minutes.

Sorry again, but mother nature is apparently not a big UFC fan. It's a bit stormy outside. Or maybe she just disagreed with the Hardy vs. Davis decision.

Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:11 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 3:39 pm

UFC 99 live results: Davis vs. Hardy

Up first is "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis vs. "The Outlaw" Dan Hardy at welterweight. These guys aren't best buds. Hardy calls Davis a fake Irishman working a gimmick, and Davis says it's hypocritical for a dude with a multi-colored mohawk to criticize someone for gimmickry.

Let the fireworks begin.

Round 1: Davis with a body punch and a takedown attempt. He's got him bodylocked against the cage and is working left hands to the body and face, finally getting Hardy to the mat. Davis passes from half guard to full mount almost immediately and gets some ground and pound. Hardy struggles back into half guard. Davis passes guard and Hardy gives up his back. Davis controlling the arms, but doesn't have hooks in. Davis with a few right hands to the head and then he goes for a rear naked choke. Hardy finally gets back to his feet and now he's got Davis against the cage. Hardy mounts some offense, rocking Davis with an elbow and opening a cut. Round ends, and I'd give it to Davis 10-9.

Round 2: Both fighters looking for kicks. Davis throws a knee that misses. Davis with a left hand, Hardy blocks. They're trading fists now. Nice exchange with both guys landing some. Hardy catches Davis with a big knee and Davis is down. Hardy rushes in to finish with strikes, but Davis recovers enough to take full guard. Davis working for wrist control, and then he attempts an armbar. Hardy escapes the hold. Hardy lands some ground and pound but is having trouble posturing up since Davis is still threatening from his back. Davis with an elbow from the bottom. The referee stands them up. Davis with double underhooks, but can't get a takedown. Davis with a kick, then a left hand. Davis with a takedown. Davis passes to side control and does ground and pound to end the round. 10-9 Hardy based on the big knee that rocked Davis, although Davis certainly did well the rest of the round.

Round 3: Davis takes Hardy down immediately and works body punches from full guard. Davis is winning this fight every time it hits the canvas, so if he can stay busy there for a full round he could earn a decision. Davis working ground and pound, then he takes a foot lock. Hardy fights to escape it, and Davis switches to a heel hook. Hardy escapes to his feet and Davis clinches him against the fence. Hardy reverses Davis on the fence and gets a takedown of his own. Hardy with an elbow from the top. A series of right hands to Davis' face, and the ref separates them to check a cut on Davis' face. He's cut badly on the bridge of his nose. He's OK to fight, so the resume the battle. Hardy working hammerfists from the top. Referee stands them up again, and Davis's face is wrecked. Hardy with an inside leg kick. Hardy with a body kick and left hook. Davis tries for a takedown but the buzzer goes off. Great fight, but I give the last round to Hardy 10-9, and the decision to Hardy, 29-28. We'll see if the judges agree.

Winner: Dan Hardy
defeats Marcus Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: June 13, 2009 2:57 pm

UFC 99 undercard results

We'll have round-by-round coverage of each of the UFC 99 main card bouts in a few minutes. In the meantime, here's what happened on the undercard (caution -- some of these fights could air on the broadcast if time permits, so if you're avoiding spoilers, don't read any further):

  • Terry Etim defeated Justin Buchholz via submission to a d'arce choke in Round 2.
  • Dennis Siver defeated Dale Hartt via submission to a rear naked choke in Round 1.
  • Paul Taylor defeated Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision after three rounds.
  • Paul Kelly defeated Roli Delgado via unanimous decision after three rounds.
  • Stefan Struve defeated Denis Stojnic via submission to a rear naked choke in Round 2.
  • John Hathaway defeated Rick Story via unanimous decision after three rounds.

We'll have the first main card bout shortly after 3 p.m.
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