UFC 77 Live Results From Cincinnati

October 20, 2007
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Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin at UFC 77

Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin at UFC 77

MMAWeekly.com is live on location in Cincinnati bringing you all the action, as it happen, from Ultimate Fighting Championship 77, which features middleweight champion Anderson Silva attempting to defend his belt from the man we took it from one year ago, Rich Franklin.

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The first preliminary fight is expected to begin at about 5:15 p.m. PDT / 8:15 p.m. EDT.

RESULTS:
Anderson Silva def. Rich Franklin by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R2
Tim Sylvia def. Brandon Vera by Unanimous Decision, R3
Alvin Robinson def. Jorge Gurgel by Unanimous Decision, R3
Stephan Bonnar def. Eric Schafer by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47, R2
Alan Belcher def. Kalib Starnes by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 1:39, R2
Yushin Okami def. Jason MacDonald by Unanimous Decision, R3
Demian Maia def. Ryan Jensen by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:40, R1
Josh Burkman def. Forrest Petz by Split Decision, R3
Matt Grice def. Jason Black by Split Decision, R3

PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Jason Black vs. Matt Grice

R1 – Grice got a takedown early and worked to pass guard, but Black was active as well, attempting several submissions including a couple of Kimura’s and an armbar. Grice defended the attempts well though, scored several takedowns throughout the round and was very busy working from Black’s guard. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Grice.

R2 – Grice dropped Black on his face at the opening. He followed Black down immediately, but couldn’t finish him. Out of nowhere, Black landed a triangle choke, but Grice got up out of it. Then Black nearly secured a Kimura. Grice rolled over and Black mounted and rained down blow near the end of the round; another close round in a phenomenal fight. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Black.

R3 – Grice dominated the third round taking Black down and staying very busy ground and pounding him throughout the majority of the round, defending anything that Black attempted. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Grice.

The initial decision in this fight was announced as a split draw. But after reviewing the scorecards and recalculating, it was determined that Grice was actually ahead on two of the three cards and Black on the third. The final determination, a split decision victory for Matt Grice.

Matt Grice def. Jason Black by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28 Grice; 29-28 Black)

Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz

R1 – Burkman got three big takedowns in the round and had a guillotine sunk in for nearly 45 seconds, but Petz was able to get out, however, he was unable to mount much offense. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Burkman.

R2 – The entire round was spent standing with Burkman looking really tired and his hands down. They exchanged blows throughout the round with Petz getting the better of the majority of the exchanges and Burkman just looking very tired. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Petz.

R3 – The round started off with the fighters trading blows. Late in the round, Burkman dropped Petz with a punch and followed him down. Burkman went for a guillotine choke, turning Petz into his guard, but Petz defended and ended the round inside of Burkman’s guard. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Burkman.

Josh Burkman def. Forrest Petz by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28 Burkman; 29-28 Petz)

Demian Maia vs. Ryan Jensen

R1 – Maia took the fight down right away and worked consistently from Jensen’s guard, trying to pass. Jensen tried to reverse, but gave up his back. Maia immediately went for a rear naked choke. Jensen tried to defend, but succumbed to the aggressive jiu-jitsu style of Maia.

Demian Maia def. Ryan Jensen by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:40, R1

Yushin Okami vs. Jason MacDonald

R1 – The two fighters danced around quite a bit and worked from the clinch without much action. Each fighter threw a few shots throughout the round, Okami being a little more effective, but neither did any damage or mounted a significant offense. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Okami.

R2 – Okami seemed to wake up and dominated the round, starting it off with effective striking on the feet. He then took MacDonald down and punished him with an aggressive ground and pound attack for the rest of the round, not quite able to finish him off. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Okami.

R3 – Okami again dominated the round. MacDonald failed to take Okami down before getting taken down himself. He then gave up his back to Okami, who went for the rear naked choke, but didn’t get it. Okami finished out the round, grounding and pounding MacDonald. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Okami.

Yushin Okami def. Jason MacDonald by Unanimous Decision, R3

Kalib Starnes vs. Alan Belcher

R1 – Belcher starts out aggressively, throwing knees to the body from the clinch. The pace then slowed as neither fighter could get the advantage, until Belcher caught Starnes with a couple good Thai elbows a couple minutes into the round. Starnes then started firing back, out-punching Belcher and rocking him. Belcher lands a right uppercut and follow-up knees with two minutes to go, bloodying Starnes’ face. Belcher rocks Starnes again with punches and knees over the last minute of the round, Starnes looking like he is having trouble seeing through the blood pouring into his eyes. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Belcher.

R2 – Both fighters start off punching aggressively. Starnes starts rocking Belcher with punches about a minute in, but Belcher just smiles and starts to fire back. The pace slows through the middle of the round and the referee stops the fight to check the Marvin Eastman-like gash over Starnes’ right eye and he calls the bout on the doctor’s recommendation.

Alan Belcher def. Kalib Starnes by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 1:39, R2

Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar

R1 – After a brief feeling out period, Schafer goes for a takedown, but Bonnar defends and the clinch, each throwing knees to the body. After separating and trading blows, they clinch again and Schafer pulls Bonnar down into his guard, but Bonnar lands a couple heavy shots to the head. Back on their feet, Schafer is able to pick Bonnar up and put him down on his back, Bonnar gives up his back attempting to escape, Schafer sinks his hooks in, working for the rear naked choke. Bonnar controls Schafer’s hands in defense and eventually gets out. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Schafer.

R2 – Schafer clinches early and pulls Bonnar down again, but Bonnar immediately starts his ground and pound attack, not leaving Schafer any openings for a submission. Bonnar passes to half guard where he is able to add forearms to his ground and pound attack. Back in Schafer’s full guard, Bonnar postures up and starts to unload as Schafer just covers up, then turns over onto his stomach and Bonnar continues the onslaught until the referee stops the fight.

Stephan Bonnar def. Eric Schafer by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47, R2

Jorge Gurgel vs. Alvin Robinson

R1 – Robinson starts aggressively with his punching and in a scramble, pulls Gurgel to the ground. Gurgel starts working his ground and pound from Robinson’s full guard, but Robinson ties him up. Robinson attempts a guillotine, but Gurgel passes to side control dominating position, but not doing damage. Gurgel attempts to mount, but lands back into Robinson’s guard. Robinson goes for the armbar, but Gurgel passes to side again. The two spend the last couple minutes grappling for position and Gurgel attains full mount at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gurgel.

R2 – Robinson opens with a good punch combination and then takes Gurgel down from the clinch. Gurgel attempts an armbar, but Robinson spins for position and ends up on Gurgel’s back from the side. Robinson works for a Kimura, but Gurgel escapes and lands in Robinson’s full guard. Gurgel attempts to set up some ground and pound, but Robinson appears to be better striking from the bottom. Robinson catches Gurgel’s arm in an omo plata and uses it to sweep to top position in Gurgel’s guard. Robinson works ground and pound as Gurgel is searching for a submission. A cut has opened up on Gurgel’s nose as Robinson continues to punish him various punches and hammer fists. Robinson moves to side and delivers a bunch of punishment as the round comes to a close. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Robinson.

R3 – Robinson immediately takes Gurgel down and starts up with ground and pound from his guard. Gurgel attempts an armbar, but Robinson stays calm and continues the punishing blows as Gurgel’s face continues to swell up. Robinson is just swarming Gurgel with various blows, punishing the Brazilian. Gurgel tries to get out, but ends up on all fours with Robinson tying up his arm with his legs and continuing to brutalize him with strikes to close out the fight. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Robinson.

Alvin Robinson def. Jorge Gurgel by Unanimous Decision, R3

Tim Sylvia vs. Brandon Vera

R1 – Vera immediately goes to for the clinch. Both fighters start trading knees. They separate and Vera fires off a Muay Thai elbow, but they immediately go back to the clinch as the crowd starts to get restless. They separate again Sylvia lands a couple of good punches before they go to the clinch again, with Sylvia looking like he is trying to put his body weight on Vera, possibly trying to wear him down. They separate and Sylvia opens up again with some good punch combinations before finishing in the clinch as the round closes. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sylvia.

R2 – Vera opens with a left hook that scores, then they go back into the clinch. The referee eventually separates them and Sylvia gets off some good hands again, but then they go right back to the clinch with Sylvia starting in with body shots and knees. Vera finally gets Sylvia to the ground and lands in side control with Sylvia up against the fence. Vera starts landing a couple of knees to the ribs. Sylvia escapes as time runs down, but Vera throws an illegal knee that catches Sylvia in the temple as he escaped but still had a knee on the ground. Vera gets a warning that will carry over into round three, but doesn’t lose a point. As they restart just before the bell, Vera lands a good kick to the head and follows with a right cross. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera.

R3 – Sylvia opens throwing some good punch combinations. They clinch again up against the fence, Sylvia throwing sporadic knees to the body, but nothing is doing significant damage. They finally separate and Sylvia starts getting busy with punch combinations and forearms before once again clinching along the cage. They separate to check some tape on Vera’s glove and upon restart Sylvia again starts with the punch combinations and opens up a cut on Vera’s head. Sylvia finishes the final moments of the round throwing everything in his arsenal at Vera. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera.

Following the fight, Vera could be heard saying, “I broke my hand,” to someone in his corner.

Tim Sylvia def. Brandon Vera by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3

Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin

R1 – Franklin opens with some exploratory striking, but neither of them willing to commit early. They clinch about a minute in with Franklin’s back against the cage. Franklin muscles Silva to the ground and stands up in his guard, but Silva gets back up. Franklin snags his left leg, looking for a takedown, but they end up clinched on the fence again. They move away and separate and Silva lands a spinning back kick to the body. Franklin lands a couple good punch combinations, but Silva moves in and starts landing some good right hands and then left knees to the body. Franklin lands a couple good punches as the round winds down, but Silva starts bobbing and weaving around them, then moves in and lands a couple of really good knees before dropping Franklin with a right hook, but he’s saved by the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Silva.

R2 – Franklin starts attacking right away, but Silva seems to be biding his time, not too concerned by his expression. They clinch and Silva puts Franklin down with a right hook. He gets back up, but then Silva pressures him against the fence and unleashes with hands and knees finally dropping Franklin down to the canvas again as referee John McCarthy steps in to stop the fight.

Anderson Silva def. Rich Franklin by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R2

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