UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
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Live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, this was a
star-studded card with plenty of action.
big announcement of the night was that Mark ‘The Hammer’ Coleman
would be locking horns with Brock Lesnar in five months’ time.
Coleman, who was in attendance for his induction into the UFC Hall of
Fame, was supported by Wes Sims. Interestingly, WWE star Dave Batista
was also in the house.
was a night that produced some memorable quotes:
Bravo just pointed out that Leben’s head is way bigger than Sakara’s
head, which really is an important factor because it is indicative of
the ability to take a punch.” – Joe Rogan.
if you have a bigger head, isn’t it easier to hit?” – Mike
give these people a fight they paid to see.” - Dan
got a great game plan for Alessio Sakara: I’m going to hit him so hard
he’s going to wake up in Italy.” – Chris Leben.
I was at home right now, I’d be screaming obscenities at the TV.”
– Joe Rogan.
Labelle and Arianny Celeste didn’t say much, but hey…
In earlier matches:
Arlovski def. Jake O’Brien by TKO – 4.17, Round Two.
Sanchez def. David Bielkheden by submission – 4.23, Round One.
Fioravanti def. Luke Cummo by unanimous decision.
Gurgel def. John Halverson by unanimous decision.
Koscheck (5’10” 169.5 lb) vs. Dustin Hazelett (6’1” 170
Referee: Herb Dean
Josh targeted Dustin’s lead thigh with a jab. Dustin rushed in with
fists flying, a left high kick and a right knee that shook Josh.
Koscheck clinched to regroup.
They broke the tie-up and hurled bombs.
Koscheck detonated a left hand and a right kick.
He tagged Hazelett’s lead thigh with another punch. The leather
exchange continued, with Josh landing two good rights before Dustin
Hazelett slipped on a guillotine and wrapped his legs around the
Josh’s head bobbed out and the pair stood toe-to-toe,
swapping jabs, then Dustin peppered Josh’s legs with kicks.
Koscheck inside leg-kicked, which fired up Hazelett and caused him to
retaliate with a right and left hand, a left high kick and a right knee.
Koscheck unloaded heavy fists and a high kick.
Josh parked a right glove on Dustin’s jaw.
Josh interrupted the banging with a shoot. Dustin pulled Josh in like
the spider to the fly, and went for a triangle. Koscheck hung cool till
the hooter blew.
was a great round from both combatants.
Koscheck scored with a left hook. More toe-to-toe followed.
Josh brought up a left kick that put Dustin down as Josh slipped to the
floor. He jumped up and charged in on the stunned Hazelett with big
fists blazing. Herb Dean stepped in.
Result: Josh Koscheck by TKO – 1.24, Round Two.
Jon Fitch (6’0” 170 lb) vs. Chris Wilson (6’1” 169.5 lb)
Referee: Jerry Krysz
bout was a match-up between UFC veteran, Jon Fitch, and former IFL
welterweight for the Portland Wolfpack, Chris Wilson. Wilson came into
the Octagon with a reputation for possessing some serious knee and elbow
strikes (see http://www.knucklepit.com/mixed-martial-arts-chris_wilson.htm).
And Fitch was out to chalk up his eighth successive victory.
circled and leg-kicked as Jon took up position at center ring.
Chris resisted a takedown from Jon and the pair exchanged knees.
Jon inside leg-kicked.
Wilson threw a right that Fitch ducked under before looking to take
Wilson to the mats. Wilson resisted well.
Chris connected with a front kick to the abs.
Jon landed a leg kick, then moved in with a right and left
Jon was hell-bent on taking Chris down, however Chris
sprawled and warded off another takedown attempt from Jon, and followed
with a sharp right mitt, a left kick, and closed in as they swapped more
Wilson smacked Fitch with a left high kick and a right uppercut.
Fitch looked worse for wear as he absorbed a right knee to
the body before tying up his opponent.
Fitch finally got the takedown, but Wilson sat up and used his left palm
to push on Fitch’s head, thus stopping him from moving up Wilson’s
body and improving position.
Chris caused a stalemate, so Jerry Krysz ordered the pair to stand.
He caught a low kick from Chris and used the leg to take
Chris back down.
After some scrambling, Jon was in Chris’s guard. The round ended with
Chris pounding Jon’s skull with elbows from below.
He scooped up a left knee from Wilson and tried to sweep the right leg,
but Wilson avoided the move.
Fitch shot under a right uppercut. Jon rolled and tumbled into
Wilson’s half guard.
Chris had Jon in full guard as Fitch worked Wilson’s body
Jon wrangled into side control and dominated the ground game, whilst
polishing Chris’s cranium with elbows and dusting his ribs with knees.
Fitch got the mount.
Wilson had Fitch back in half guard.
Wilson looked for an arm bar, but his efforts failed.
Fitch got side control and commenced knee strikes to the body.
Jon dispatched two inside leg kicks.
Chris replied with a left kick, right hand, and a right uppercut.
He closed in and Jon briefly clinched before separating. The duo
continued to stand and trade.
Jon shot in and took Chris down before g’n’p-ing him against the
Wilson was fitting Fitch with a triangle, but he wasn’t able to shut
Jon down before the fight ended.
Result: John Fitch by unanimous decision.
Okami (6’2” 184.5 lb) vs. Evan Tanner (6’0” 185 lb)
Referee: Mark Matheny
was always going to be a tough comeback challenge for former UFC
Middleweight Champion, Evan Tanner, after nearly two years’ absence
from the Octagon. But he looked in sensational shape as he entered the
arena to the sound of All Along the Watchtower, and with Jimi
Hendrix and Bob Dylan in his corner, anything could have happened.
faced off with Yushin in southpaw stance. Both men slung fists, however
few connected as they continued to feel each other out.
Evan blocked a kick from Yushin.
They exchanged right hands and Evan followed with a left.
Yushin threw a right and left fist that unsettled Evan and put him down.
Okami rushed in, but Tanner had been more unbalanced than stunned when
he fell, and he quickly seized Okami’s right leg and put him down.
They climbed back up in a clinch.
The tie-up was broken and the pair traded pretty evenly up to the hooter.
Evan delivered three leg kicks.
Yushin unloaded a right and a left.
Evan drove a powerful knee straight into Yushin’s midsection.
Yushin scored with a solid kick.
Yushin landed a left hand.
They became entangled as Tanner worked to take Okami down.
Okami wrapped on a Thai clinch after warding off the takedown attempt.
He brought up a left knee that ironed Tanner out.
had been a very successful win for Yushin and an impressive display for
Evan’s first comeback fight. It was later revealed Yushin broke his
right hand during the fight.
Result: Yushin Okami by KO – 3.00, Round Two.
Chris Leben (5’11” 185 lb) vs. Alessio Sakara (6’0” 185 lb)
Referee: Herb Dean
Leben fired up a left kick, then a leg kick and one to the body. Sakara
spat out a left and right fist, and the heavy-handed Leben returned fire
as Sakara made a quick getaway to avoid being pinned against the fence
in a standoff, then tagged Leben with a body kick.
was using his hand speed and accuracy; Chris was hunting him down with
power and brutality.
As the trading ensued, Chris ignored a solid right on the dial and just
kept a-comin’. He attacked Alessio with high kicks, body kicks and leg
kicks, and with bone-rattling punches.
They tied up. Alessio hurled fists and Chris brought up knees.
This was a big bang-fest. Sakara decided to toss in a couple of superman
punches and big looping lefts. Leben just shrugged them off and
detonated knees to the body. Everything he threw was loaded.
Chris pounded Alessio with a crushing body kick.
They clinched. Alessio pushed down on Chris’s head as Chris grabbed
onto Alessio’s left leg like a savage mako.
They broke free.
Leben outgunned Sakara in a standoff and followed him across the ring
with both men slinging leather. Leben brought up a left knee, three left
uppercuts, and two left hooks. Alessio’s knees buckled as he dropped
to the canvas. Chris pursued him with more left sledgehammers. Alessio
looked to be frozen in time, and lay on his back with hands down and
offering no resistance to the smokin’ Leben.
Result: Chris Leben by TKO – 3.16, Round One.
Heath Herring (6’4” 248 lb) vs. Cheick Kongo (6’4” 233.5 lb)
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
main concern before this clash was: What would happen if Herring took
Kongo to the ground? Especially after Carmelo Marrero was able to shut
Kongo down on the mats at UFC 64: Unstoppable.
Heath puts Cheick down with a right. Cheick bounces back up
and they clinch, with Cheick’s back to the cage.
Dan Miragliotta tells Heath to let go of the fence, and Heath spreads
them like a prime suspect in Miami Vice. Kongo then turns
Herring’s back into the cage.
The Parisian takes the Texan down. What a turnaround: Herring came out
as the striker and Kongo wants it on the ground! Kongo has half guard
before Herring rolls and surrenders his back, then wraps up Kongo’s
left arm for a kimura.
Cheick’s free and they stand. They exchange blows. Cheick
catches a kick and yanks Heath back down.
Heath rolls Cheick onto his back, then pins him against the fence.
They climb up and Heath wraps on a loose guillotine.
Cheick pulls Heath down. Heath sits up with his back to the wires.
Cheick straddles him in mount position.
Herring upsets Kongo and tackles him down.
Kongo climbs up as Herring grabs his back.
Herring pulls Kongo down.
They scramble and Cheick gets the mount.
They tumble and Cheick gets Heath’s back before moving into the six
o’clock position, with Cheick’s upper body over Heath’s. Cheick
punches to the midsection, and Heath brings up elbows to the head.
attempts opening round two with another big right, but Kongo is ready
this time and opts for the takedown.
Kongo has half guard and is g’n’p-ing.
Kongo stands and Herring slams his face with a right up-kick.
Miragliotta calls Herring to stand.
Heath rushes in with another big right.
They’re tied up against the cage, exchanging knees to the legs and
Cheick puts Heath down. Heath is on all fours and Cheick has him in a
front headlock, whilst delivering right fists.
Cheick takes Heath’s back.
Herring tumbles Kongo and slides into six o’clock position. He
body-punches Kongo, then moves into side control.
Herring starts a long series on knee strikes to the body that continues
up till the bell.
face each other from opposite sides of the Octagon. Heath shakes his
right hand like a medicine man’s rattle. They close in and Heath
grounds Cheick with a clashing kick. He slaps on a guillotine and tugs
Cheick into closed guard. Kongo’s head pops out, then he stands and
rains down leather.
Cheick has Heath’s back and begins returning some of the knees to the
body that he copped from Heath at the end of the previous round.
They trade and drop to the canvas as Cheick takes Heath’s back.
Herring rolls into side control. Kongo is unable to upset Herring’s
dominant position as Herring begins tenderizing his trapped opponent
with knees to the body and punches and elbows to the head.
Herring mounts Kongo and continues the tenderizing from there.
Heath came in prepared for Cheick’s stand-up game, whilst Cheick had
trained for Heath’s ground game.
Result: Heath Herring by split decision.
Anderson Silva (6’2” 185 lb) vs. Dan Henderson (6’1” 184.5 lb)
Referee: Herb Dean
extends his hand and Anderson chooses not to touch gloves.
Dan inside leg-kicks.
Dan throws a right hand to the jaw.
Anderson inside leg-kicks.
He leg-kicks and Henderson briefly catches the kick and counters with
two right hands, then throws a left. Silva brings up a left kick.
Silva sends up a left front kick.
He fires up a right front kick, then a left round kick that Henderson
absorbs with his mitts.
Anderson closes in and Dan gets the under-hooks in and sweeps
Anderson’s left leg, taking him down. From half guard, Dan continues
to gag Anderson with his mitts, and punishes him with fists and elbows.
Henderson gags Silva with his left hand and pounds right
hammer fists on Silva’s temple.
Henderson finally stops the hammer fists, but progresses to side
Silva dislodges Henderson and takes him into guard. Dan finishes the
first five minutes with a big right.
Anderson dispatches a front kick. In the last round, Dan took center
ring; now Anderson takes up that post.
Dan kicks tentatively to the body before Anderson counters with a left
Silva leg-kicks and Henderson returns a combo. They stand and
deliver, then Silva fires up a left kick.
Henderson goes for the takedown. They battle for position and stand
clinched. Dan dispatches knees to the legs and Anderson responds with
body punches. Dan works to take Anderson down, but his campaign is
resisted. Anderson then takes Dan in a Thai clinch and brings up the
They exchange some more before Dan fails with a shoot and winds up on
Silva has half guard and is dropping leather on Henderson.
He punishes Henderson with a big left elbow. Things slow down
and Herb tells the men to keep working.
Anderson gets his leg free from the half guard and takes Dan’s back.
He locks his hooks in and rolls Dan.
Anderson switches his legs to an anaconda and pounds away.
Dan turns onto his stomach, with Anderson’s anaconda still in place.
Anderson wraps on a rear naked choke after rolling Dan over.
Result: Anderson Silva by rear naked choke – 4.52, Round Two.
UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre
from the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 19, 2008
Serra vs. Georges St-Pierre
Franklin vs. Travis Lutter
Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes
McCarthy vs. Michael Bisping
Bocek vs. Mac Danzig
Doerksen vs. Jason MacDonald
Day vs. Alan Belcher
Clementi vs. Sam Stout
Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet
more info: www.ufc.tv.