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- Quinton Jackson def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision to become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion
- def. Matt Hamill via split decision
- Cheick Kongo def. Mirko â€œCro Copâ€? Filipovic via unanimous decision
- def. Paul Taylor via submission – Round 1, 4:14
- Tomasz Drwal via TKO – Round 2, 4:23
- Dennis Siver def. Naoyuki Kotani via KO – Round 2, 2:04
- Jess Liaudin def. Anthony Torres via TKO – Round 1, 4:10
- The event has sold more tickets than any other fight event in England in over 10 years.
- The O2 arena is sold out with over 20,000 in attendance.
- Although no official announcement was made UFC announcer Mike Goldberg did state that Fedor would be coming to the UFC to face Randy Couture. The comment may be edited out of the US broadcast but I will round up as much info as I can and pass it along.
- Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the UFC is in charge of drug testing for this event. The report states that 6 fighters will be tested randomly in addition to Dan Henderson and Quinton Jackson.
- Marcus Davis was awarded submission of the night for his armbar victory over Paul Taylor.
Quinton Jackson def. Dan Henderson to become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion
Round 1: The touch gloves to start the fight ad both come out swinging. They quickly clinch on the fence with Jackson throwing short knees. Henderson swings to the outside and counters with solid knees and elbows to Jackson. The crowd begins to boo after fight stalls but the action picks up momentarily. Jackson controls Henderson well and goes for a shot as Henderson releases the clinch but he immediately returns and takes Quinton to the ground and works into side control. Henderson throws knees to the body while Jackson throws strikes to Henderson’s head. Some of the shots are close to the back of Dan’s head prompting a warning from Big John. Jackson springs up when he gets the chance and they clinch again against the fence. Henderson is focusing on knees to the outside of Rampage’s legs in the clinch. A few body shots from Jackson. They break the clinch momentarily late in the round and trade blows with Henderson landing the most solid shot then lock up again until the end of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson
Round 2: Henderson works the fight to the ground early in the round and gains side control over Jackson. Henderson and Jackson continue on the ground with muted strikes until Jackson springs to his feet but Henderson immediately clinches with Rampage. Henderson pulls Jackson down in an attempted takedown but Quinton gets the dominant position. He utilizes elbows from half guard to Henderson’s body in his first chance at the top position while Dan Henderson continues to move and look for an opportunity to escape but it doesn’t come as Jackson controls Hendo for the remainder of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Quinton Jackson.
Round 3: The third round starts with some striking from both fighters with Jackson eventually landing a good combination that gives him the opportunity to take Henderson to the ground. Rampage gains side control and continues to deliver shots to the body of Henderson. Rampage does a good job of controlling his opponent while Henderson looks for a way to escape. Henderson attempts for a kimura but Rampage rolls out of it. Rampage escapes to his feet and they briefly clinch before trading knees and strikes to end the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Jackson in a round that could go either way.
Round 4: Jackson gets a significant advantage early in the fourth connecting with a solid combination that sends Henderson to the ground allowing Jackson to throw hard strikes. He eventually draws in closer to Henderson who controls Jackson’s hands locking Quinton up and keeping him from being effective on the ground. Jackson remains in half guard and continues to control the ground game. The fighters remain active on the ground with shots to the body but the referee urges the fighters on as the pace slows. The fight is stopped and restarted on their feet. Henderson goes for a back kick that misses. Jackson connects with a good combination that sends Henderson fleeing. They toe-to-toe but the clock is ticking down and neither fighter risks anything in the final seconds of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Jackson.
Round 5: Henderson attempts to set up a right early in the round but Jackson lands a solid shot but Henderson isn’t shaken. They clinch against the cage as Henderson appears to needs a stoppage to defeat Rampage. They separate and Jackson gets caught by a Henderson shot. Quinton regains his composure and pushes the action but Henderson connects again and is able to take Jackson to the ground. Henderson pushes Jackson against the cage and throws hard shots hoping some connect. Jackson sits against the cage looking to return to his feet. Henderson immediately clinches but Rampage reverses and takes Henderson down. They return to their feet one last time with Rampage connecting with a few punches in the final seconds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the final round 10-9 for Henderson. The judges score the fight 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46 in favor of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson allowing the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion to retain his title.
def. Matt Hamill via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Round 1: Hamill quickly comes out from his corner and it starts as a slugfest with both throwing wild punches and knees. Bisping is avoiding the clinch but Hamill finally scores the takedown. Hamill surprisingly allows Bisping to return to his feet and they continue the fight on their feet. The pace slows slightly with both trading short jabs and combinations. Bisping goes for multiple inside leg kicks landing several before Hamill catches one and send Bisping to the mat. He quickly returns to his feet but Hamill lands solid punches and cuts Bisping open under his eyes. Bisping counters with a solid right but Hamill counters yet again. They scramble in the final second and referee is slow to make Hamill aware that the round is over. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Hamill.
Round 2: Bisping comes out more agressive early in the round with short combinations but Hamill scores a takedown and Bisping closes guard. They remain on the ground briefly but Hamill does little to keep it there and they both return to their feet. Bisping looks much more confident in round number 2. They lock up briefly against the fence then separate again to trade strikes. Hamill secures another takedown but they return to their feet immediately. Bisping continues to deliver solid jabs but nothing is connecting for either fighter. Bisping racks up a nice combination in the final seconds of the round with Hamill now cut on his nose. MMAFrenzy.com scores round two 10-9 for Michael Bisping.
Round 3: Bisping opens the round up with the best striking of the match so far connecting on several shots. Hamill looks to score a takedown but Bisping does a good job and avoids the attempt to keep the fight standing. He shakes off another takedown attempt by Hamill. Bisping is remaining focused on punching but nothing solid is landed. Hamill finally is successful and takes Bisping to the mat. Hamill looks for several submissions but Bisping counters them all before he finally returns to his feet. They trade strikes before Hamill takes him down again pushing into Bisping’s guard. Bisping seems to be getting the best of the ground exchange with strikes and armbar attempts but Hamill spins into side control. Bisping powers out and returns to his feet. Bisping pours it on late in the round with strikes and defends a final takedown attempt by Hamill that might have secured the win. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Michael Bisping. The judges score the bout in favor of Bisping 29-28, 29-28, and 27-30 to give the Brit a split decision victory.
Cheick Kongo def. Mirko â€œCro Copâ€? Filipovic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1: The round starts out slow as they feel each other out. Cro Cop is looking to set up a left hand and Kongo lands several solid kicks to the body. Mirko counters with several shots to the body. Kongo misses on a kick and slips and Cro Cop rushes forward tying him up against the cage. The continue to lock up against the fence with Kongo throwing some good knees to the legs before they are broken up and restarted. The kicks continue with Cro Cop catching one of Kongo’s errant kicks and taking him to the ground. Kongo looks weak on the ground with Mirko immediately moving to half guard. Cro Cop throws solid punches to the body to weaken him up in hopes of mounting. Cro Cop pops the leg over moving to full mount with under a minute left in the first round. Kongo defends well eventually reversing very late in the round to the top position. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
Round 2: Kongo opens with a few solid kicks to the body. The body kicks continue from both as the round progresses and they clinch. Kongo scores the takedown and moves to side control. Kongo lands some decent shots from the side control before Cro Cop is able to regain his guard. Kongo’s strikes are not looking crisp on the ground as Mirko controls Kongo’s hands to prevent him from putting on much offense. Kongo stands up and lands a nice kick to Cro Cop who remains on the ground. He presses the action and Mirko kicks him off to return to their feet. Early in the standup exchange Mirko looks be be hit in the groin but the fight isn’t stopped. They clinch against the cage and stall and are restarted but there is little action as the second round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the second round 10-9 for Kongo.
Round 3: The final round opens much the same with Cro Cop attempting for another left kick but it doesn’t land. They clinch again and Kongo lands a direct knee to his groin which is the second of the fight. The fight is stopped temporarily and Kongo is given another warning while Cro Cop recovers but the fight resumes after the brief break. Kongo continues to land unanswered body shots eventually clinching with Cro Cop against the fence. Kongo uses knees to Mirko’s leg but they stall again and they are separated. Cro Cop goes for another high kick but it misses. Kongo continues to utilize the body kicks to work to a clinch against the fence. The knees to Cro Cop’s body continue before they stall and are restarted. Kongo presses again towards Cro Cop and they trade solid blows. Kongo forces him into the cage yet again and both look gassed. The fight remains stalled against the fence as the final seconds tick away. MMAFrenzy.com scores the fight 10-9 for Kongo in what should be a devastating loss for Cro Cop. The judges all score the fight 29-28 awarding the unanimous decision win to Cheick Kongo.
def. Paul Taylor via submission – Round 1, 4:14
Round 1: Davis opens with a quick left before pushing Taylor to the cage in an attempted takedown. They lock up against the fence with Davis throwing a knee to the body before Taylor escapes. Taylor lands a few kicks and Davis counters with a hook but Taylor lands a high kick sending Davis to the mat. Taylor pounces and reigns down punches in an attempt to end the fight but Davis just survives the flurry of punches and maintains guard. Taylor continues to throw muted punches from the guard until Davis scrambles away. The fight goes back to the ground but it’s Davis on top this time. Davis passes guard and starts to throw punch after punch until Taylor tries to escape. Davis immediately catches him in an armbar at 4:14 to force the tap out.
Round 1: Alexander rocks Sakara early with a pair of knees but Sakara recovers and scrambles away. Alexander quickly catches up and lands a massive knee that sends Sakara to the mat. He pounces on top and drops bombs to Sakara’s head and lands shot after shot until the referee stops the fight giving Alexander another quick win in the UFC.
Round 1: Tibau goes right at Etim to start the round and the two fighters clinch. He takes Etim down shortly after and throws strikes from his guard. Etim escaps from the bottom late in the round and the fighters return to their feet where Etim lands a good combination to end the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 2: Tibau starts the second round with another rush and takedown. He passes Etim’s guard and tries for an armbar but it’s unsuccessful. Etim escapes to his feet again but Tibau scoops him up and slams him back to the ground. After the fight stalls on the ground the referee stands them up and Etim gets a few solid strikes in before the second round comes to a close. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 3: Etim is desperate in the final round and needs a stoppage to pick up a victory. He opens the round with more solid strikes but Tibau takes the fight to the ground yet again. Tibau passes his guard and throws strikes at Etim maintaing control of the round until the final bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the final round 10-9 for Tibau. The judges agree and award Tibau the unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 30-27.
Tomasz Drwal via TKO – Round 2, 4:23
Round 1: In a contrast of styles Drawl opens the round with punches and Silva with kicks. Silva pushes consistently to try to get a takedown but Drwal resists and looks to keep the fight standing. Drawl continues to throw punches as the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the fight 10-9 for Tomasz Drwal.
Round 2: The action gets cranked up in the second round with Silva coming out strong with two solid punches. Drawl counters with a combination but gets caught by an uppercut from Silva. He is stunned but returns to form with several more punches before he is caught by a series of punches and knees from Silva which end the fight at 4:23 of round two.
Dennis Siver def. Naoyuki Kotani via KO – Round 2, 2:04
Round 1: Both fighters exchange strikes early with Siver getting the better of the early exchange catching Kotani with a solid right. Siver gets into Kotani’s guard and nearly gets caught in a triangle choke but escapes the early submission attempt. Siver maintains the position and uses effective strikes to Kotani to open up a cut on his forehead. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 for Siver.
Round 2: They start the round with a wild exchange of strikes with little connecting until Siver lands a hard left hook that downs Kotani. He throws a right to the downed fighter and the fight is stopped at the 2:04 mark.
Jess Liaudin def. Anthony Torres via TKO – Round 1, 4:10
Round 1: Liaudin comes out the aggressor early on with several kicks. They lock up and trade knees before Torres counters a wild Liaudin attempt with strikes. Liaudin comes back with a combination of lefts and rights that eventually send Torres to the ground. Liaudin throws more punches to the downed Torres and the fight is stopped at the 4:10 mark of the first round.