UFC 83 RESULTS LIVE FROM MONTREAL
RICH FRANKLIN V. TRAVIS LUTTER (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
Franklin is the man who won’t go away in UFC’s middleweight division. He can’t compete with the champ Anderson Silva (two KO losses) but no one else in the division can beat him.
Lutter tried to play up the angle that Franklin was afraid to fight anymore. The problem there is you have to back up your words and be in shape.
After a first round spent mostly on the mat with top control, Lutter was completely gassed in the second. He got blasted by a Franklin left kick to his head. Lutter was rocked and never regained his equillibrium. A woozy Lutter was a sitting duck for the next two minutes before Franklin dropped him for good.
Lutter (9-5, 2-3 UFC) has been a villian of sort for UFC fans since he failed to make weight before his title challenge against Anderson Silva at UFC 67. At the time, you had to question his dedication to the craft if you’re not prepped for a huge title shot. Franklin knew that.
“We trained to defend the takedown. But I got a little complacent,” said the former UFC middleweight champ Franklin (25-3, 10-2 UFC). “I knew the way he would shoot. Everytime he shot, I wanted him to pay for it. He’s known for his lack of conditioning so I wanted to wear him down.”
Lutter didn’t get off the mat for several minutes. When he did he actually stumbled into Franklin as the referee was set to raise his hand. Lutter could barely find the exit to leave the cage. Franklin, from Cincinnati, is still a huge fan favorite. He was the only American that the Canadian crowd backed from the get-go.
“They booed everyone else who wasn’t Canadian,” Franklin commented about his thoughts before he came for Friday’s weigh-in. “I was praying, please don’t boo me too. But you guys are great.”
NATE QUARRY V. KALIB STARNES (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
This one was as ugly as the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe boxing match.
Starnes was thinking defense all the way. Quarry chased him for 15 minutes, the Canadian crowd turned on Starnes, a native of British Columbia, booing him throughout the fight. They also showered him with boos in the post-fight everytime his face was shown on the screen. Starnes clearly didn’t get it laughing at the crowd and egging it on to boo more.
Quarry, normally a class act, lost his cool with 30 seconds left in the fight. “The Rock” started mock running in the cage and then actually starting fighting with one arm. Starnes (8-3-1, 2-3 UFC) would not take the bait and continued backing away.
“I didn’t mean to disrespect him or his camp,” said Quarry. “It’s tough to land a shot when someone is moving backwards the whole fight.”
Starnes’ fighting spirit has been called into question in the past. He reached the UFC through an appearance on TUF 3. He got a bad rap during the show when he quit a fight because of a rib injury.
Quarry (16-2, 5-1 UFC) got off the cleaner shots. He won. Apparently, Starnes irked the judges as well. One judge scored every round 10-8!!
QUARRY OVER STARNES by UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-24, 30-26 and 30-27)
MICHAEL BISPING V. CHARLES MCCARTHY (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
Bisping, the 205 champ from season three of UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter, was making his debut at 185. His opponent called him a marketing creation and the most overrated fighter in the UFC.
“Chainsaw” Charles talks a good game but his strategy of covering up when Bisping attacked was a miserable failure.
Bisping (16-1, 5-1 UFC) dominated the stand-up over the first 2+ minutes and then got slammed by McCarthy. McCarthy (10-5, 1-2 UFC) worked an armbar and came close to success before Bisping escaped with 1:02 left in the round.
“I know his game. I know how defend it,” said Bisping. “I just thought to myself this isn’t the gameplan”
From there McCarthy backed up against the cage, covered up and let Bisping get off 23 unanswered knees and punches. McCarthy was covering up but No. 23 sent him to the canvas where Bisping bombed another 14 punches. The round ended but McCarthy couldn’t get off the ground.
Bisping, a crowd favorite, was jacked about his first victory at 185 in UFC, “This is my natural weight. I’m excited to see what I can do. I’ve established myself tonight. I want to fight the best guys out there.”
BISPING OVER MCCARTHY by TKO (Strikes) 5:00 OF THE FIRST ROUND
MARK BOCEK V. MAC DANZIG (LIGHTWEIGHTS – 155 lbs)
What a great debut for Danzig, the champ from The Ultimate Fighter 6. Bocek, is one of the rare brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts in UFC, but Danzig allowed himself to get caught in a dangerous submission position.
Danzig used his stand-up to dominate rounds two and three. He landed a huge right knee in the second that lifted Bocek off the ground and then onto his back. Danzig pummeled Bocek from top position for the next 4 ½ minutes. Bocek’s left eye blew up and was spurting blood heading to the final round.
In the final stanza, Bocek looked slow and couldn’t avoid getting peppered by the faster, fresher Danzig. Danzig scored a takedown with 1:38 left in the fight and Bocek gave up his back. Danzig slapped on a rear naked choke, Bocek quickly tapped.
“That was exhausting. He’s a really tough guy,” said Danzig. “People know how tough he is, this was a very serious fight for me. I couldn’t stop his shot (in the first). But I cant let myself lose. No matter how tired I was, I wasn’t going to let it happen.”
DANZIG OVER BOCEK by SUBMISSION (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:48 of THIRD ROUND
JASON MACDONALD V. JOE DOERKSEN (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
These guys hate each other and it showed in the cage. Both were caught in outrageous submissions but refused to tap. MacDonald, who beat Doerksen in 2005, survived the worst of it to close out the first round and then sprang to action in the second.
MacDonald (21-9, 4-2 UFC) got off to a quick start jumping into a guillotine choke just 10 seconds into the second. Doerksen survived for close to 90 seconds in the choke and would not tap. Doerksen (39-12, 1-5 UFC) stayed calm and eventually freed himself into side control. He worked a kimura to perfection. MacDonald’s shoulder looked like it could be shredded at any moment. He nearly tapped with 2:35 left and actually yelled out in pain. MacDonald withstood the pain and made it to the second.
MacDonald scored a hard takedown 43 seconds into the round. He then unloaded seven straight brutal elbows to the side of Doerksen’s head. The bloodied Doerksen was out cold on elbow No. 5 and MacDonald actually stopped for a second thinking referee Steve Mazzagatti would step in. He didn’t so MacDonald landed two more punches to the defenseless Doerksen before the stoppage. “He was going to rip my arm off,” said the Edmonton native MacDonald about Doerksen’s dominant position in the opening round. “You have to hang in there and pull it out when it counts. Joe and I had some bad blood. He’s been a sore loser (after the first meeting) and made some excuses. I wanted to do it in dramatic and dominating fashion.” MACDONALD OVER DOERKSEN by TKO (Strikes) AT :56 OF THE SECOND ROUND
ALAN BELCHER V. JASON DAY (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
Day exploded onto the UFC scene with a stoppage victory against the highly regarded Belcher (12-5, 3-3 UFC). Day, from Alberta, was dangerous on the ground and the feet. Belcher scored a takedown 59 seconds into the fight but Day smoothly slipped his left leg behind Belcher’s head. He then pounded Belcher from bottom with 28 punches and elbows.
The fight got back to the feet and Day (17-5, 1-0 UFC) pounced on Belcher landing two brutal standing elbows that stunned the American. Belcher backtracked to the cage and Day unloaded 25 unanswered punches before the fight was stopped.
DAY OVER BELCHER by TKO (Strikes) AT 3:58 OF THE FIRST ROUND
DEMEIN MAIA V. ED HERMAN (MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 185 lbs)
Wrestler versus brazilian jiu-jitsu, the bjj expert wins. Herman and Maia scrambled all over the cage for nearly eight minutes. Herman made a crucial mistake from the top allowing Maia to shift his hips out of a butterfly guard and slap on a triangle choke. Herman then did himself in by trying to flip out of it and landed on his back.
It was a devastating position. Maia (8-0, 2-0 UFC) was on top with the triangle choke, all his weight bearing down on Herman (14-4, 3-3 UFC) and he got off seven flush punches to Herman’s head as he was put to sleep.
MAIA OVER HERMAN by SUBMISSION (Triangle Choke) AT 2:27 OF THE SECOND ROUND
RICH CLEMENTI V. SAM STOUT (LIGHTWEIGHTS – 155 lbs)
This was a tough one to score. Clementi wanted to get the fight to the ground while Stout is the much more effective striker. Stout, an Ontario native, didn’t get off enough shots to win on the scorecards and never landed a fight changing strike.
Stout was tentative after a first round where he spent nearly four minutes on his back. One judge actually scored that first round 10-8 in favor of Clementi.
CLEMENTI OVER STOUT by SPLIT DECISION (29-27, 29-28 and 28-29)
CAIN VELASQUEZ (235.5) V. BRAD MORRIS (225.5) (HEAVYWEIGHTS)
Velasquez, a former Arizona State wrestler, won this one easily but not in the fashion expected. The 25-year old Mexican-American showed good hands in dropping Morris less than 15 seconds into the fight.
From there Morris was brutalized on the ground. He was mounted several times and continually gave up his back. It was clear Velasquez (3-0, 1-0 UFC) wasn’t comfortable with the submission game. A rear-naked choke was there to be had, instead Velasquez let Morris rise to his feet where he landed a solid combo and then got the stoppage.
VELASQUEZ OVER MORRIS by TKO (STRIKES) AT 2:10 OF THE FIRST ROUND
KUNIYOSHI HIRONAKA V. JONATHAN GOULET (WELTERWEIGHTS – 170 lbs)
This was a solid stand-up battle. Goulet was in huge trouble at the end of the first round but recovered and got the best of things in the second to finish Hironaka with a solid left-right combo, just over two minutes into the round.
Hironaka (11-5, 1-3 UFC) looked like he was on the way to his second UFC win when he floored Goulet with a big left with 1:01 remaining in the opening round. The Japanese fighter had top control with several mounts over the next 60 seconds but couldn’t get referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight.
Hironaka fought recklessly in the second holding his hands at his waist. The fight turned on a big right from Goulet at the 1:46 mark of the second. Hironaka got on his horse actually running from Goulet. When the French-Canadian got in front of him the winning combo was landed.
GOULET OVER HIRONAKA by TKO (Strikes) AT 2:07 OF THE SECOND ROUND