Posted on: May 9, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:54 am
In the main event, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defends his light heavyweight title against the man many believe was robbed out of a decision in their last fight, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
As the undercard fights were happening earlier tonight, word broke (via ESPN's Franklin McNeil) that an unnamed source said Rua injured his knee in training and will be fighting hurt.
Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole later commented on Twitter that Dana White denied the report. On one hand, If Rua was fighting hurt, I don't think he'd necessarily tell White (or anyone else) about it beforehand. And if White did know something, I wouldn't expect him to go chit-chatting about it on press row. I guess we'll know for sure once the fight starts.
Round 1: Shogun kicks the lead leg almost immediately. Machida's karate stance leaves him open to Rua's strategy. Rua throws a three-punch combo, landing two of them clean. Leg kicks from both guys. Rua tries for a takedown and Machida turns it around on him. Rua sweeps and gets back to his feet, clinching Machida against the fence. They separate and Rua pushes forward quickly with a flurry of fists. A right hand looks to have stunned Machida briefly.
Rua with another takedown attempt and Machida ends up on top, again. They stand and Machida lands a couple of good knees to the body. Rua with a head kick, Machida blocks it. Rua with a big right hand that sends Machida to the canvas. Rua unloads on him from the top, eventually knocking Machida out cold. Your new UFC light heavyweight champion is Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and he did it in very convincing fashion. So much for a bum knee.
Winner: Mauricio Rua defeats Lyoto Machida via KO due to strikes at 3:35 of Round 1 to win the UFC light heavyweight title.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:55 am
Knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley takes on Josh Koscheck here, in a fight that has implications on who will next challenge for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Unless Dana White signs Jake Shields (and by all appearances, he will) and hot-shots him into a GSP title fight immediately, the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will fight GSP next.
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start the round. They've been calling each other terrible names for weeks now, so that's not a shock. Daley immediately tries a flying knee and misses. It's almost a minute before either guy attempts something with both being very cautious of the other's striking. Koscheck with a double leg takedown.
Daley tries to stand and gets taken back down. Koscheck is in side control trying to improve to mount, but he ends up stepping into half guard. Koscheck trying to throw strikes but he's not getting much in. Daley tries to scramble free and Koscheck takes his back, trying for a rear naked choke. Koscheck gets one hook in, still fighting for the rear naked choke. He nearly gets it, before Daley scrambles free. Daley throws a knee as Koscheck is trying to stand up.
Referee Dan Miragliotta immediately takes a point away and asks Koscheck if he is OK. Koscheck is still down, but here's where it gets interesting. A slo-mo replay shows that the knee didn't connect with Koscheck's head, and also shows that Koscheck looks at the referee and makes an angry expression about the illegal strike before flopping to his stomach and suddenly appearing incapable of fending for himself.
Basically, Koscheck flopped, and acted his way into getting a one-point deduction. But the fight resumed, and between rounds, Miragliotta confirmed that the knee didn't connect and redacted the point deduction from Daley. After all that, I'd score the round 10-9 Koscheck... if the deduction stuck, I'd have scored it 10-8.
Round 2: Koscheck with a leg kick. Daley with some boxing, Koscheck answers with a takedown. Side control by Koscheck. Daley traps the leg for half guard. Koscheck with intermittent strikes as he tries for full mount, but Daley is defending the pass well. Koscheck with elbows and fists from the top. Daley once again avoids being mounted.
Daley scrambles while Koscheck throws strikes and winds up with his back again. Koscheck with hooks in, trying for the rear naked choke again. Daley defends it, but can't escape before the round ends. 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3: Koscheck humors Daley by standing for a while, but then goes right back to the takedowns. He's back in Daley's half guard. Daley has double underhooks while Koscheck hammers away at his temple. Koscheck finally achieves full mount. Daley is fighting hard to escape but every time he turns, he's in danger of giving up his back. He gets back to half guard. Koscheck basically holds Daley down until the buzzer. The crowd boos. 10-9 Koscheck, so I score it 30-27 Koscheck.
When they stand up, Daley follows Koscheck, and when he turns around Daley sucker-punches him with a left hook, LONG after the end of the fight. Totally unprofessional, and likely will get him booted from the UFC and suspended by the commission.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:57 am
Next up is Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout at lightweight.
Round 1: Stephens with an outside leg kick, Stout answers with a right hand. A pair of fists by Stout. Takedown by Stephens. Nice left uppercut by Stephens, followed by a left hook. Stout with a leg kick, jab, then a jab fake into a leg kick. Both fighters land body punches. Stephens with a big right hook and Stout goes down, but he might have been off balance. Stout grasps for a takedown, then they separate and stand again.
Stout's nose is bloody. Spinning backfist by Stephens connects. Stout with a series of punches and leg kicks, the latter of which Stephens checks almost every time. Body kick and outside leg kick by Stephens. Stout lands a right to the gut. Stephens with a nice body kick and Stout tags him with a countering straight left. 10-9 Stephens on my scorecard.
Round 2: Stout with more leg kicks to set up his boxing, but Stephens is landing the more punishing shots so far. Stout lands a kick to the ribs and Stephens counters with a right hook that sends Stout backwards to the fence. Stephens completes the takedown. Stout tries for a kimura but can't finish it. He escapes to his feet.
Stephens with a nice right hand to the head. Stout landing some jabs and a body kick. Stephens is also bleeding from the nose at this point. Jab by Stephens. He continues to check Stout's leg kicks. Both guys throwing hands straight up the middle now, but not in bunches. They briefly tie up and Stephens lands a knee to the body.
High kick by Stout is blocked. Left hook by Stephens. Stephens connects with a nice countering right uppercut. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 for Stephens again.
Round 3: Stephens is now mixing it up a little with high kicks and jabs. Stout answers with high kicks of his own, and neither guy is finding the mark much. They start throwing hands up the middle again with Stephens finding the mark with more clean shots. Stephens lands a knee to the head from a brief tie-up.
Stout rocks Stephens with a left hand and then a leg kick appears to do some damage, as Stephens doubles over. Stout throws hands trying to finish Stephens, who gathers his wits enough to withstand the flurry and square off again. Stout throwing more jabs to set up leg kicks. Stephens with a jumping knee attempt that gets blocked. Stephens grazes Stout with a lunging uppercut. With 40 seconds left, they both start throwing big punches but not connecting. Stephens takes Stout down, sealing the victory. I'd give the final round to Stout 10-9 based on being closer to finishing, but the fight goes to Stephens, 29-28. Let's see what the judges think.
Winner: Jeremy Stephens defeats Sam Stout via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:45 am
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is up next in a pseudo grudge match from The Ultimate Fighter 10, facing Matt Mitrione at heavyweight.
This is another fight where Kimbo's progress in the ground game shouldn't be such a big issue. Kimbo walks to the cage draped in a Bahamian flag and with American Top Team trainer Ricardo Liborio in tow.
Round 1: Mitrione has been grinning from ear to ear since the introductions. Kimbo throws a right hook. Mitrione throws a high kick. Kimbo catches the leg, lifts Mitrione up and slams him down to a huge crowd reaction. Mitrione immediately goes for a triangle choke. Kimbo tries to slam his way out of it. It doesn't work right away, but eventually Kimbo breaks loose and takes side control.
Kimbo's not terribly busy on the ground, throwing a token strike here and there. Mitrione locks up one of his legs for half guard. Mitrione gets an underhook and escapes to his feet. Kimbo lifts him and slams him down again. Kimbo working from Mitrione's full guard now. Mitrione is going for the triangle choke one more time. Kimbo slips out of it and decides to let Mitrione up.
Kimbo with a pair of fists that connect lightly. Mitrione whiffs on a high kick. Kimbo with a pair of jabs as Mitrione slaps on a Muay Thai clinch and hurts Kimbo with a knee to the face. Kimbo with another jab and Mitrione sweeps him off his feet with a leg kick. Mitrione slaps on a choke and tries to finish, but Kimbo survives the round. 10-9 Mitrione. Kimbo's in trouble here.
Round 2: Mitrione still smiling big. He's got just a hint of crazy in him, I think. Straight left by Mitrione, Kimbo misses with a right hook. Leg kicks by Mitrione. Kimbo is huffing and puffing, and now, he's limping. Several more big leg kicks. Mitrione tries another Gator roll choke, then lets it go.
Mitrione throws a head kick and Kimbo blocks it. Mitrione staggers Kimbo with a boxing combo and a knee to the body. Kimbo's now on the canvas, looking spent. Mitrione has an anaconda choke, then lets it go to throw some big knees to the legs and body. Mitrione takes full mount and begins hammering away at Kimbo's head. This is a straight-up mugging. Kimbo eventually just rolls to one side and covers his head until referee Dan Miragliotta stops it.
Winner: Matt Mitrione defeats Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson via TKO due to strikes at 4:24 of Round 2.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:08 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:59 am
It's the long-awaited return of Patrick "The Predator" Cote to the Octagon, as he faces the very formidable test of Alan "The Talent" Belcher at middleweight.
If nothing else, Cote wins the nickname contest.
Round 1: The crowd is chanting for hometown fighter Cote right off the bat. Belcher with a low kick. More kicks to the ribs by Belcher. He throws an inside leg kick and nails Cote right in the cup. Cote shakes it off and we continue. Cote moving in with jabs as Belcher throws more kicks to the body. Belcher misses a boxing combo. Cote clinches and takes Belcher down.
Belcher is on the bottom working butterfly guard, trying to sweep. Cote advances to half guard and begins cranking on an armbar. The crowd is going nuts. Belcher escapes and sweeps, ending up in Cote's half guard. Belcher sinks in an arm triangle and advances to side control, but he can't hold onto the choke. Belcher moves to north-south position and Cote gets to his knees. The round ends with another Belcher arm triangle attempt. 10-9 Belcher.
Round 2: Belcher goes right back to the body kicks. Cote with a nice left hook, then an uppercut-hook combo. Cote opens up and lands a series of very solid punches. Belcher clinches Cote against the fence. Cote throws short elbows to break the clinch and they exchange strikes at point-blank range before Cote catches Belcher's leg on a knee to the body, trying to take him down.
Cote holds on to the double leg, so Belcher gut-wrenches him into the air and slams him face-down on the mat. (For you WWE fans, if Belcher had underhooks instead of a gutwrench, that move would have been called a pedigree.) Belcher uses the impact to take Cote's back and tap him out with a rear naked choke.
Winner: Alan Belcher defeats Patrick Cote via submission to a rear naked choke at 3:25 of Round 2.
Belcher calls out Anderson Silva after the win, saying he can stand with him. He'll have to catch him first.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 9:47 pm
The main card of UFC 113 begins shortly after 10 p.m. ET in Montreal. I'll have round-by-round details and analysis as the fights happen, so be sure to refresh the main blog page throughout the evening to see the latest update.
Here are the quickie undercard results (potential spoilers, as fights may air on the pay-per-view broadcast as time permits):
Also want to mention that Bleacher Report's Darren Wong is in the venue and has a live blog. For an alternate take on tonight's events, check it out .
We'll be back shortly as the first fight of the main card begins.
Posted on: May 7, 2010 11:35 pm
On Saturday in Montreal, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua gets a second chance to take the light heavyweight title away from Lyoto Machida at UFC 113.
I'll be live-blogging the show beginning at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, with round-by-round analysis and details as the fights unfold.
Here's the full card for UFC 113: