The world has been waiting for the rematch between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, none more so than Liddell, who is looking the last unresolved loss of his career.
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The first fight is scheduled to begin at 5:05 Pacific time, so stay tuned for all the action!
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Carmelo Marrero vs. Wilson Gouveia
Rd 1: After a slow start to the fight, Gouveia starts to unload some vicious leg kicks, two of which put Marrero on the ground. Soon after, Gouveia follows up and locks on a guillotine choke forcing Marrero to tap out at 3:06 of the first round
Winner: Wilson Gouveia – Submission (Guillotine Choke) 3:06 Rd 1
Jeremy Stephens vs. Din Thomas
Rd 1: Din Thomas controls the bout from the on set scoring a double leg takedown on Stephens. Thomas easily passed Stephens’ guard and the American Top Team fighter moved to side control and eventually took Stephens back. Thomas attempted to lock on a rear naked choke but couldn’t finish it and towards the close of the round, Stephens reversed and unloaded some ground and pound as the round ended.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 – Din Thomas 10-9
Rd 2: Both fighters come out strong throwing hands early in the round. Din Thomas shot in for a double leg takedown but Stephens sprawled effectively and ends up in Thomas’ guard. Din positions nicely and locks on an armbar to which Stephens picks him up and tries to slam him to break the hold. Stephens manages to slam Thomas but the hold wasn’t broken and on the second attempt to slam him, Thomas grabs Stephens leg to brace himself and straightens out the armbar forcing the tap at 2:44 in the 2nd round.
Winner: Din Thomas – Submission (Armbar) 2:44 Rd 2
After the bout in his post fight comments, Thomas accepted a challenge from boxing champion Kermit Cintron saying he would fight him anytime.
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Sean Salmon vs. Alan Belcher
Rd 1: Salmon looked tentative in the bout, shooting for a couple of sloppy takedowns. Belchar caught Salmon with a standing guillotine choke to which the former Ohio State wrestler picked him and slammed him but Belchar held on and Salmon was forced to tap out.
Winner: Alan Belcher – Submission (Guillotine Choke) :53 seconds Rd 1
Thiago Silva vs. James Irvin
Rd 1: James Irvin came out strong landing a good punch, followed up by a big leg kick that seemed to hurt Silva. Silva shot in for a takedown and the two fighters pressed against the cage where Irvin’s weight shifted and his left leg buckled underneath him. The referee stepped in to stop the fight due to the injury. From the early looks at the replays, it seemed as if Irvin’s knee may have popped out of place and he was laying in the Octagon in obvious pain afterwards.
Winner – Thiago Silva – TKO (Referee’s Stoppage due to injury to James Irvin) 1:06 Rd 1
Kalib Starnes vs. Chris Leben
Rd 1: Leben and Starnes exchange punches for much of the round. Leben lands more with his hands while Starnes hits some good leg kicks. Late in the round, Starnes gets the takedown but not much action ensues
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 Chris Leben 10-9
Rd 2: Kalib lands a big right hand to open the round and puts Leben on the mat but he’s unable to take advantage. Back on the feet, Leben again looks better as Starnes looks absolutely gassed.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 Kalib Starnes 10-9
Rd 3: The fighters exchange strikes on the feet and Leben lands a big body kick that buckles Starnes. Leben ends up taking Starnes down and instead of standing back up, gets down on the mat to work on the ground. Eventually, Starnes reverses position and ends the fight in Leben’s half guard.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 3 Chris Leben 10-9
The judges decision comes in and Kalib Starnes wins a unanimous decision
Winner – Kalib Starnes – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine
Rd 1: Alexander and Jardine both come out swinging for the fences. Jardine lands a nice shot on Alexander, seemingly rocking him but it apparently only motivated him more. Alexander then flurried on Jardine and absolutely opened a barrage of punches on Jardine putting him down at least 3 times before landing a devastating right uppercut, ending the fight at just :48 seconds. The upsets continue in 2007 with Houston Alexander winning by KO
Winner: Houston Alexander – KO – :48 seconds.
Terry Martin vs. Ivan Salaverry
Rd 1: Terry Martin comes out quick and stalks Salaverry across the Octagon but Salaverry counters with some great leg kicks. As the fighters clinched, Salaverry worked hard to land a kimura with Martin on his back but he held on too long as Terry Martin picked up Salaverry and slammed him hard on his head causing a KO. Martin followed up with strikes until the referee stepped in and stopped the action
Winner: Terry Martin – TKO (Ref’s Stoppage) 2:04 Rd 1
Josh Burkman vs. Karo Parisyan
Rd 1: Great stand up from both fighters but Parisyan lands the better shots. Once in the clinch, Parisyan lands one of his infamous judo sweeps that puts Burkman on his head. The round ends with Karo trying to get a kimura on Burkman
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Karo Parisyan 10-9
Rd 2: Dominant round for Karo landing punch after punch rocking Burkman throughout. As the round moved on, Burkman’s cardio faded as Karo kept the heat on.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Karo Parisyan 10-9
Rd 3: The pace slowed down a bit for the 3rd round and Josh Burkman was able to a good takedown in the round but couldn’t control him as Parisyan went for a kimura, followed by an armbar attempt. Karo landed a few more jabs and they exchanged on the feet to end the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 3 for Karo Parisyan 10-9
Winner: Karo Parisyan – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson
Rd 1: Jackson takes the center of the Octagon and moves forward towards Liddell as the two fighters were tentative to exchange. Eventually, a frustrated Liddell moved into Rampage and got clipped with a right hook that floored the champion. Rampage followed up with a few more shots on the ground before referee Big John McCarthy stepped in to stop the fight.
Winner and new Light Heavyweight Champion – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – KO – 1:53 Rd 1