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Live UFC 68 Coverage

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Fight #1:
Jamie Varner def. Jason Gilliam via sumbission (rear naked choke) at 1:34 of round 1

Round 1: Both fighters came out of the gates trading blows. Varner lands one and takes down Gilliam. Varner gets Gilliam in a rear naked choke and Gilliam tries to escape but is unable to. Varner wins via submission.

Fight #2:
Gleison Tibau def. Jason Dent via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 rounds

Round 1: Tibau is dominant early on getting side mount early in the fight against Ohio-native Dent. Fight lulls on as crowd wants more. Tibau controlling the fight going for a side choke and striking but Dent has half guard limiting Tibau’s effectiveness. Referee Herb Dean stands them up but Dent ends up on the ground again with guard. Round over: 10-9 Tibau.

Round 2: Dent gets taken to the mat again and Tibau gets side control yet again. Dent recovers to get into the half guard. Tibau lands some strikes before they get stood up again. Tibau lands another right but Dent counters with a knee. Another Tibau takedown with Dent trying for some elbows but none really landing. Round over: 10-9 Tibau.

Round 3: Dent gets taken down to start the round and Tibau still has an upper hand while Dent looks to get guard. Man I should just copy and paste all 3 round. Dent gets half guard while Tibau lands puches. Dent lands some decent elbows from bottom. They get stood up again. Dent slips going for a kick and Tibau is on top again with Dent in half guard. Round over: 10-9 Tibau.

Fight #3:
Jon Fitch def. Luigi Fioravanti via sumbission (rear naked choke) at 3:05 of round 2

Round 1: Both fighters come out swinging and looking for the KO. Fitch pushes Fio into the cage then takes him to the ground. Fitch moves to the side to land some knees then trys to choke Fio but he escapes to guard. After some more exchanges Fio gets to his feet then the fight goes to the octagon side before the round ends. scores the round 10-9 fitch.

Round 2: Fighters start round and end up against the cage. Fitch goes for takedown but Fioravanti gets away. Fitch goes after Fio and takes him to the ground. Fio tries to scramble away as Fitch tries to take his back. Fitch ends up in a perfect spot with control and locks in a body triangle. Fio manages to slip but Fitch gets the rear naked choke locked and it’s all over. Jon Fitch wins via rear naked choke.

After the fight Fitch went on the mic to say he wanted Karo Parisyan next. We’ll have to wait and see if this materializes.

Fight #4:
Matt Hamill def. Rex Holman via TKO at 4:00 of round 1

Round 1: Fight is pretty even at the start. Holman went for a takedown and Hamill tried a superman but neither worked. Hamill looks to have a little edge in the scoring throwing some solid strikes. Holman with some nice return kicks. Nothing big connecting yet. Holman ends up on the mat in half guard. Hamill dominates and takes Holman’s back and starts throwing big ones. Holman can’t defend and the ref stops the fight giving Hamill the win.

This concludes the undercard fights. PPV bouts are set to start around 10:00 pm EST

Fight #5:
Jason Lambert def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral via KO (strikes) at 3:36 of round 2

Round 1: Fighters have touched glove and the fight has started. Sobral looking hot early throwing lots of strikes and taking Lambert to the floor. Babalu is using ground and pound early in this bout while Lambert looks to escape. Keeping him on the ground Sobral almost gets the choke locked but Lambert pulls the arm off and both fighters get to their feet. Sobral is throwing some kicks and Lambert is throwing some uppercuts while they’re locked up. Lambert lands one hard and Sobral is clearly shaken up. Round ends with Lambert on top of Sobral with full guard. scores the round 10-9 Sobral in a very close Round 1.

Round 2: Sobral is landing some knees in the clentch. Lambert takes Sobral down but “babalu” recovers quickly and gets back to his feet. Lambert takes him down again and gets on top with Sobral in half guard. Sobral regains full guard but Lambert is landing some hard shots. Sobral is going for a submission from guard but Lambert is defending well. The fighters get stood up and Lambert lands a huge left and Sobral is out. Lambert wins via KO.

Fight #6:
Matt Hughes def. Chris Lytle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 rounds

Round 1: Lytle lands a solid left to start the fight but Hughes takes him down. Lytle locks a guillotine choke onto Hughes but he breaks it. Lytle has Hughes in half guard but Hughes reverses and gets side control on Lytle. Lytle tries to use his legs on Hughes but he escapes and gets an armbar on Lytle but the round ends. scores the round 10-9 for Hughes.

Round 2:
Hughes opens round 2 with a takedown and gets side control quick. He is dropping multiple elbows on Lytle who’s cut open now. More solid elbows from Hughes who now has full mount and Lytle is trying but can’t get out. Lytle manages to get back to half guard but reverses and is on top of Hughes. Lytle moves to side control as both fighters trade submissions attempts as the round ends. scores the round 10-9 for Hughes.

Round 3: Hughes gets side control early in round 3. A few elbows are thrown but its pretty lifeless. Crowd is looking for a standup. Hughes works Lytle’s arm but gives up in favor of throwing some shots. Round 3 is winding down and Hughes goes for an armbar unsuccessfully. scores the round 10-9 for Hughes giving Hughes a 30-27 decision. Judges agree: Hughes wins a unanimous decision 30-27.

Fight #7:
Rich Franklin def. Jason MacDonald via TKO (Corner Stoppage) after 2 rounds

Round 1: Franklin lands a big left then MacDonald tries to counter but gets hit with a solid knee. MacDonald is trying to take the fight to the ground where he has an advantage but Franklin pins him to the cage and lands some more knees. Franklin lands some short punches and MacDonald counters with a solid leg kick. MacDonald is taken down but kicks out then takes Franklin down but can’t land anything before the round ends. scores the round 10-9 for Franklin.

Round 2: Franklin comes out of the gates a little slow but nails MacDonald after a leg kick. They remain standing and are throwing some solid punches at one another. MacDonald goes for a takedown but Franklin dodges only to get locked in a near armbar but he escapes. Franklin has side control and is trying to mount while throwing some elbows to keep the match on the ground. Franklin gets on top and is dropping bombs. MacDonald gives up his back to avoid some shots but defends long enough to make it to the bell. scores the round 10-8 for Franklin.

MacDonald’s corner stopped the fight between rounds giving Franklin the win.

After the fight Franklin says he wants Anderson Silva again. Silva enters the ring and Franklin says he will face Silva at a UFC event in Cincinnati.

Fight #8:
Martin Kampmann def. Drew McFedries via submission (arm-triangle) at 4:06 of round 1

Round 1: McFedries opens up landing punch after punch knocking Kampmann to the mat. Kampmann gets up but McFedries lands a few more shots before countering with a take down. Kampmann has side control and lands some decent elbows. Kampmann lands two hard knees then goes for the arm-triangle and chokes McFedries out cold.

Fight #9:
Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia via unanimouse decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) after 5 rounds to win the UFC World Heavyweight Title

Couture comes in to Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” while Sylvia enters to “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West.

Round 1: Couture drops Sylvia off the bat and takes control of his back. Randy is on his back with Sylvia on top but Couture has control and is trying for a choke. Sylvia appears hurt but continues to defend the choke. The round ends with Couture in control but Sylvia defending well with contol of “The Natural’s” hands. scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

Round 2: Couture connects with another punch then takes down Sylvia who gets full guard. Couture mounts and throws some punches. Sylvia is looking to get Couture to bleed with some elbows. Couture keeps on pounding but Sylvia is trying to use his legs for a choke. Sylvia’s nose is bloodied and Couture is dominating with 2 minutes left in the round. The fights goes against the fence and”The Natural” lands some hits but the fighters are stood up. Couture gets another take down as the round ends. scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

Round 3: They trade punches. Randy lands a few solid hits and takes one. Crowds getting behind Randy as the chants start. Couture needs to pace himself to avoid burnout. Sylvia isn’t connecting with much yet. Sylvia finally lands a left and a knee to get back into the action. Couture is tired but is winning the fight if it goes to decision. scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

Round 4: Sylvia goes for a takedown and Sylvia avoids but Couture takes him down and is working from Sylvia’s full guard. Couture lands a few lefts before Big John stands the fighters back up. Two more rights by Couture and the fight goes to the mat again as “The Natural” gets side control. Randy mounts and gets some elbows. Sylvia escapes but Couture catches him with some more strikes before the round ends. All Couture so far. If he can go the distance the belt is his. scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

Round 5: Couture takes it to the may yet again and is working in half guard. Sylvia sense he’s going to lose and tries for a leg choke but Couture defends and moves to side control. Couture with some knees as we are under 2:00 left in the fight. Couture lands some punches from mount but Sylvia escapes only to be sent to the mat again. The round and fight are over. scores the round 10-9 for Couture giving him the 50-45 win pending the official announcement. Its official: Randy Couture is the NEW UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World via unanimous decision.

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