Las Vegas, NV (August 6, 2005) –The Ultimate Fighting Championship ® (UFC ®) organization and Spike TV tonight premiered the first-ever “Ultimate Fight Night™” featuring some of the fighters from Season One of the hit reality series “The Ultimate Fighter™.” The event was attended by a sold-out crowd of thousands, including celebrities Tyrese and Wilmer Valderrama, at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion.
An encore telecast of this evening’s Ultimate Fight Night can be seen Thursday, August 11 at 6 pm ET/PT.
Nate “The Great” Marquardt (out of Denver), Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar (out of Chicago) and Chris “The Crippler” Leben (out of Gresham, OR) were among the eight winners who exited the Octagon™ at the UFC event televised live on Spike TV.
The main event pitted Nate Marquardt against Ivan Salaverry (out of Seattle) in what turned out to be a compelling exchange of wits, strength and well-timed take-downs. Marquardt dominated the match, striking with leg kicks, resisting attempted submissions by Salaverry and ultimately winning by unanimous decision (30-27; 30-27; 29-28).
In an action-packed match, Stephan Bonnar battled fellow Ultimate Fighter Sam “The Alaskan Assassin” Hoger every minute of all three rounds – echoing elements of his epic fight against Forrest Griffin in the The Ultimate Fighter Season One finale – by alternating stand up strikes and ground maneuvers to score a victory by unanimous decision (30-27).
Chris Leben also astonished the crowd by withstanding the offenses of his experienced opponent Patrick “The Predator” Cote (Montreal) and scoring enough strikes and counter-moves to earn a split-decision win (29-28; 29-27; 30-27).
Following are the results for UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night:
Nate Marquardt (24-6-1) vs Ivan Salaverry (11-3-1) – Middleweights
Marquardt defeated Salaverry by unanimous decision (30-27; 30-27; 29-28).
Bout 1: Josh Neer (13-1-1) vs Drew Ficket (26-3-0) – Welterweights
Ficket defeated Neer by KO at 1:35 of the first round by submission with a standing rear-naked choke hold.
Bout 2: Alex Karalexis (5-0) vs Kenny Florian (4-2) – Welterweights
Florian defeated Karalexis by TKO at 2:52 of the second round after the referee stopped the fight due to an injury sustained to the nose.
Bout 3: Gideon Ray (15-2-1) vs Mike Swick (4-2) – Middleweights
Swick defeated Ray by KO at 22 seconds of the first round by a left-right-left counter-punch to the head.
Bout 4: Pete Spratt (14-7-0) vs Josh Koscheck (5-0) – Welterweights
Koscheck defeated Spratt by KO at 1:53 of the first round by a full rear-naked choke hold.
Bout 5: Pete Sell (6-0-0) vs Nate Quarry (13-1) – Middleweights
Quarry defeated Sell by TKO at 14 seconds of the first round after the referee stopped the fight due to knock-down from a powerful left-right combination.
Bout 6: Sam Hoger (5-0) vs Stephan Bonnar (9-2) – Light Heavyweights
Bonnar defeated Hoger by unanimous decision (30-27) following three intense rounds of stand-up and ground fighting.
Bout 7: Patrick Cote (6-2-0) vs Chris Leben (11-1) – Middleweights
Leben defeated Cote by split decision (29-28, Leben; 29-27, Kote; 30-27, Leben).
For more UFC action, UFC Unleashed™ airs Mondays, August 8 at 11:05 pm ET/PT on Spike TV. Also, UFC 54: BOILING POINT takes place Saturday, August 20 LIVE from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena ; tickets are priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, for the all-star, eight-fight card and are available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office, Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, www.mgmgrand.com and by telephone at 800-929-1111 or 702-891-7777. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees.
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