WANDERLEI SILVA v. KEITH JARDINE – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205)
We’d say he is back. Frankly, Silva never went anywhere. He broke a three-fight losing streak with a brutal knockout of Jardine.
Jardine threw a low left kick and Silva countered with right hand bomb that landed around Jardine’s ear. He stumlbed, fell down and eventually got to his feet for a second. Silva was an animal swinging for the fences and hit a 600-footer with a left that had Jardine go completely limp. Once mounted on top, Silva threw 11 punches and hammerfists. The final two hit Jardine flush in the face. He was out cold for two minutes after the fight.
As far as Silva being done, there had been little discussion about the quality of competition during his losing streak. Losses to Cro Cop, Dan Henderson and Chuck Liddell are nothing to be embarassed about.
SILVA OVER JARDINE BY KO (STRIKES) IN THE FIRST ROUND AT 0:36 OF THE FIRST ROUND
GORAN RELJIC v. WILSON GOUVEIA – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 LBS)
What a tremendous fight. Gouveia was the big favorite with a 5-1 UFC mark and he may have taken Reljic lightly. Reljic sent the message early in the fight that he’s no joke. He landed some awesome left high kicks. Gouveia swung the momentum back in his favor with a solid final minute of first round. He got top control and pounded Reljic with elbows and kicks.
Gouveia continued the beating at the start of the second. The Brazilian dropped Reljic with a big right. Once on the ground, Gouveia unleashed 30+ punches and elbows, but it look like he punched himself. The fight got back to the fight and Reljic immediately began throwing. He popped Gouveia with a left over the ear and Gouveia went limp falling to the ground. Once there, he was dead meat. He covered up but couldn’t answer 46 straight punches and elbows from the Croatian.
RELJIC OVER GOUVEIA BY TKO (STRIKES) AT 3:15 OF THE SECOND ROUND
TITO ORTIZ v. LYOTO MACHIDA – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 LBS)
It not always about offense in MMA. Tito Ortiz found that out and was embarassed at times by Lyoto Machida.
Ortiz looked old and slow as the much slicker Machida picked his spots to land leg kicks, head kicks and left hand leads. Ortiz also looked like the weaker fighter. It was an amazing development considering Ortiz has always been regarded as a huge fighter at 205 pounds who made his career by overpowering his opponents. .
It was13:30 before the fight brought the crowd to its feet.
Machida buried a huge left knee to the ribs of Ortiz. Ortiz went down in a heap and then got blasted by 8-10 hard elbows from Machida. Tito was in survival mode on the floor. But he almost hit a hail mary with less than 35 seconds left in the fight. Never known for his jiu-jitsu, Ortiz slapped on a triangle choke. Machida looked like he was in real trouble but then spun trying to improve his position. When he did that, Ortiz decided to work on the armbar. That decision may have cost Ortiz the fight. Machida slipped out and took back control of the fight.
MACHIDA OVER ORTIZ BY UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27 ON ALL THREE CARDS)
THIAGO SILVA v. ANTONIO MENDES – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 LBS)
Mendes came hard early and immediately threatened the unbeaten record of Silva. Mendes dropped Silva with a head kick. Silva got right back up and then got floored by a body kick.
Silva gets up and fight drifts to the cage. His power takes over and he collapes Mendes to the floor. Mendes is helpless and gets mounted. Silva throws eight big bombs from the top and the fight is stopped. SILVA
OVER MENDES BY TKO (STRIKES) AT 2:24 OF THE FIRST ROUND
ROUSIMAR PALHARES V. IVAN SALAVERRY – MIDDLEWEIGHTS (185 LBS)What a display of Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Palhares. He got Salaverry to the ground just seconds into the fight and mounted the veteran 42 seconds in. Salaverry spun and gave his back at 4:01 of the first. Palhares then tried to work for the choke for the next 90 seconds.
Salaverry was doing a solid job of avoiding the submission by bridging. Salaverry (12-7, 2-3 UFC) tried to explode out. Big mistake. Palhares transitioned from the back to an armbar that had Salaverry yelping in pain. Palhares (8-1, 1-0 UFC) was slick.
The crowd was booing in the final minute as the fight slowed to a crawl. Sokoudjou responded with a short right inside of 10 seconds left in the round. Nakamura went down in a heap with his right leg folded under his body weight. When he rose, he could barely walk.
The fight was stopped between rounds with the Japanese fighter. It’s clear Nakamura (11-8, 0-2 UFC) needs to drop to 185.
TERRY ETIM V. RICH CLEMENTI – LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 LBS)
This was a competitive fight pitting guys with completely opposing styles. Clementi looked to takedown Etim the entire fight. He had solid success getting the Brit to the floor but did little with it. Etim peppered Clementi punches and knees. His kicks were the most effective weapon in the fight.
That said judges love the guy who scores takedowns and gets top control. Clementi was given the edge. Referee Yves Lavigne did a poor job standing the fight up in three different scenarios where Clementi had dominant position. Give Clementi (32-12-1, 5-3 UFC) credit, he won this fight just over a month after his last victory at UFC 83 in Montreal. With the win over Etim (10-2, 1-2 UFC), he’s now won six straight fights.
JON KOPPENHAVER v. YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA – WELTERWEIGHTS (170 LBS)
In a split second, Yoshida (10-2, 1-0 UFC) got on top and locked in a guillotine choke. Herb Dean had an obstructed view but finally stopped the fight with Koppenhaver fast asleep. War Machine may have been out for 8-10 seconds before the stoppage. It was hard to tell.
DONG-HYUN KIM v. JASON TAN – WELTERWEIGHTS (170 LBS)
SHANE CARWIN (252) v. CHRISTIAN WELLISCH (230) – HEAVYWEIGHTS
The fighters stood toe-to-toe until Carwin (9-0, 1-0 UFC) landed a huge overhand right and knocked “The Hungarian Nightmare’s” mouthpiece went flying. Wellisch (8-4, 2-2 UFC) crumpled to the floor.