by MMAWeekly LIVE in Columbus
MMAWeekly.com is live at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, to bring you all the action, as it happens, from UFC 82, which features a main event of UFC champion Anderson Silva facing Pride champion Dan Henderson to unify their belts.
The UFC returns to Nationwide Arena nearly one year to the day, since it set the American record for total attendance at a mixed martial arts event. UFC 68, where Randy Couture captured the UFC heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia, took place at the arena before 19,079 fans.
The first bout is scheduled to begin at about 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET. The main card bouts, also live on pay-per-view, are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET.
Once the fights are underway, MMAWeekly will start bringing you the blow-by-blow action as it happens.
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-Jorge Gurgel vs. John Halverson
R1: Gurgel starts the round landing good leg kicks. The fighters continue to trade punches as Gurgel works for more leg kicks. The fighters exchange again and then move to clinch against the cage. Halverson drops for a guillotine choke but Gurgel escapes. Gurgel works a ground and pound attack to close out a fairly uneventful round
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Jorge Gurgel
R2: Gurgel attempts another leg kick to start the round but it lands low and Halverson is given a time out for the accidental shot to the groin. Halverson again attempts a guillotine choke but Gurgel slips out on the way to the mat. Gurgel begins a ground and pound attack as Halverson struggles to defend. Gurgel escapes to side control and works for a kimura and then to an armbar but Halverson escapes and then lands in Gurgel’s guard.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Jorge Gurgel
R3: Halverson gets aggressive to begin the round going after Gurgel with punches. Eventually the fighters clinch against the cage. The fighters then exchange heavy punches as Gurgel eventually takes the fight back to the ground and works out of Halverson’s guard. Gurgel swings wildly from the top while Halverson simply defends. The fight is stood up and again Halverson tries to mount an offense but they end up in a clinch against the cage as the fight comes to a close
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Jorge Gurgel
Jorge Gurgel def. John Halverson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Diego Sanchez vs. David Bielkheden
R1: Diego engages immediately and shoots for the takedown. On the ground Bielkheden defends well as Sanchez works to pass guard. Diego passes to side control and begins to work short elbows. Sanchez transitions to a kimura and then moves to mount and reigns down punches. Diego continues to punish Bielkheden from the top and forces a submission from punches. Diego looks very impressive in his return after 2 losses.
Diego Sanchez def. David Bielkheden by submission (punches from the mount) 4:43, R1
-Josh Koscheck vs. Dustin Hazelett
R1: The fighters start the round slugging it out with Hazelett landing a good kick and then both fighters exchanging punches. Koscheck pushes for a takedown and Hazelett grabs on attempting a guillotine choke but Koscheck escapes. Koscheck gets a double leg takedown and lands right into a tringle choke attempt from Hazelett as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Dustin Hazelett
R2: The fighters stand again exchanging shots. As Koscheck pushes the the pace, he unloads a thunderous left high kick that puts Hazelett down and Koscheck follows up with punches as referee Herb Dean steps in to stop the fight.
Josh Koscheck def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) 1:24, R2
-Luke Cummo vs. Luigi Fioravanti
R1: Cummo opens with a nice standing attack, but Luigi defends well. The fighters clinch and Fioravanti gets a takedown and Cummo is able to get to full guard. Luigi backs up and the fighters stand, but Luigi engages again and lands another nice takedown on Cummo. Cummo tries to backdoor escape but Fioravanti catches him with a suplex to put him back down. Luigi ends the round with another takedown from the clinch.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Luigi Fioravanti
R2: Fioravanti starts the round with another takedown and works in Cummo’s guard. The fight goes back to the feet and despite Cummo landing a good whizzer to keep Luigi off balance, Fioravanti regains control and takes Cummo down again. Luigi ends the ground with one more takdown.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Luigi Fioravanti
R3: Luigi starts the round with couple of solid takedowns and starts to grind out his ground and pound arsenal on Cummo. The fight is stood back up but Fioravanti again works and lands a good single leg on Cummo. Luigi is unrelenting throughout the round as Cummo struggles to stop his takedown. Takedown clinic from Fioravanti.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Luigi Fioravanti.
Luigi Fioravanti def. Luke Cummo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake O’Brien
R1: O’Brien shoots a couple of times early on for the takedown but Arlovski defends well. The fighters stand for a moment before O’Brien shoots again and after an exchange, Arlovski concedes the takedown. O’Brien works from the top and Arlovski works to tie up from the bottom and lands an elbow that opens up a cut on O’Brien as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Jake O’Brien
R2: O’Brien again tries to open the round with takedown after takedown but Arlovski’s sprawl is up to the task of defending. O’Brien works again for a single leg takedown and is able to finish with an ankle pick to get the fight back down on the ground. Arlovski ties up O’Brien’s arms and Jake tries to push him towards the cage. O’Brien clinches and ends up with Arlovski mounted on him. Arlovski opens up his attack and the referee is forced to stop the fight.
Andrei Arlovski def. Jake O’Brien by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) 4:17, R2
MAIN CARD BOUTS:
-Jon Fitch vs. Chris Wilson
R1: They started off without much action, feeling each other out for the first minute and a half. Wilson then lands a couple of good right hands and follows up with a solid knee. Fight finally scores the takedown about halfway through the round, but gets stood up after half a minute of slow activity. Wilson starts landing a few good shots, punches and kicks, thwarting most of fitches strikes. Fitch again scores the takedown, but isn’t able to do much without as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wilson.
R2: Wilson scores a good knee and follows with a straight right. Fitch finally gets Wilson down about a minute into the round. He starts working from Wilson’s guard, methodically controlling the fight. Fitch powers his way to side control, starts working elbows to the head and knees to the body. There was some shifting form mount to half guard, but Fitch is just grinding away with punches and elbows to finish the round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
R3: The round starts slowly with Wilson landing strikes and again bucking Fitches takedown attempt. Bout a minute and a half in, Fitch starts landing and Wilson fires right back. Again Fitch starts landing combinations, mixing his kicks and punches. Fitch scores another double-leg takedown with two minutes left, starts again with his strong ground and pound attack. Wilson applies a triangle and had it tight as the round closed, but Fitch was working hard to make it to the bell.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Fitch and the fight 29-28 for Fitch.
Jon Fitch def. Chris Wilson by Unanimous Decision, R3 (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
-Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner
R1: Not much action for the first minute, but a minute and a half in Okami lands a straight left that drops Tanner, who recovers quickly. They spend the next couple of minutes clinching and trading knees. A few brief exchanges over the last two minutes, with Okami landing the more damaging strikes.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Okami.
R2: Okami is really starting to separate himself, landing many effective punches, while Tanner searches for anything to get back into the fight. Midway through the round, Tanner goes for the takedown, gets stopped, but then clinched on the fence Okami lands a with left knee to Tanner’s chin for the knockout.
Yushin Okami def. Evan Tanner by KO (Knee) at 3:00, R2
-Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara
R1: Sakara and Leben both land some heavy hands in the first couple minutes of the round, both able to take the shots and fire back. Sakara is slightly ahead through the first half of the round. Leben lands a couple of hard upper cuts followed by two left hooks that drops Sakara, follows him to the mat and keeps landing punches until the referee stops the fight.
Chris Leben def. Alessio Sakara by TKO (Strikes) at 3:16, R1
-Cheick Kongo vs. Heath Herring
R1: Herring comes out swinging right away and clips Kongo. Herring rushes in but the fighters end in a clinch. Kongo takes Herring down two times in a row as Herring defends and then reverses position. The fighters make their way back to the feet as Kongo again takes Herring down. Herring again reverses and pulls Kongo down, another reverse and Kongo is back on top. Herring works for a takedown but Kongo defends and the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kongo.
R2: Kongo took Herring down and worked some ineffective ground and pound before they get back up to their feet. They clinch and Kongo lands another takedown, has a dominant position on Herring on the ground, but continues to pound away. Herring reverses to north-south position and starts his own ground and pound with a minute and a half left. Herring finishes out the last minute from side control landing numerous knees to the body and shoulders of Kongo.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kongo.
R3: They rush at each other to open the round, slip to the mat and Kong lands in top position with Herring on all fours, Kongo landing knees from the side. They scramble back to their feet, but Kongo takes the fight back to the ground again in top position with Herring on all fours. Herring reverses halfway through the round and starts in with knees and punches again. Herring moves to mount with 20 seconds left, dropping punches and elbows, but can’t finish the fight.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herring, the fight 29-28 for Kongo.
Heath Herring def. Cheick Kongo by Split Decision, R3 (29-28 Herring, 29-28 Kongo, 29-28 Herring)
-Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
R1: They trade pot shots for the first couple of minutes, Silva landing a head kick and a couple of good front kicks. Henderson clinches and takes Silva to the mat midway through the round. Silva clinches, but Henderson is landing hammer fists to his head from the half guard. Henderson tries to smother Silva as a distraction and continues with the hammer fists. Henderson passes to side control, but Silva immediately scrambles to full guard.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
R2: Trading blows, Henderson lands a huge right hand about a minute into the round, but Silva takes it and eggs him on. Henderson tries the takedown, but Silva defends well as they hit their knees and then scramble up to a clinch. Henderson lands a knee from the clinch and a right hand, but then Silva lands a knee of his own and follows with several punches, putting Henderson on the mat. Silva works from half guard, grounding and pounding. Silva works his way around to back mount, landing punches to the head, then locks on a body triangle, continuing his punching. Silva locks on a rear naked choke and Henderson taps out with seconds left in the round.
Anderson Silva def. Dan Henderson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:52, R2
-Anderson Silva def. Dan Henderson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:52, R2
-Heath Herring def. Cheick Kongo by Split Decision, R3
-Chris Leben def. Alessio Sakara by TKO (Strikes) at 3:16, R1
-Yushin Okami def. Evan Tanner by KO (Knee) at 3:00, R2
-Jon Fitch def. Chris Wilson by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Andrei Arlovski def. Jake O’Brien by TKO (Strikes) at 4:17, R2
-Luigi Fioravanti def. Luke Cummo by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Josh Koscheck def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (Strikes) at 1:24, R2
-Diego Sanchez def. David Bielkheden by Submission (Punches from Mount) at 4:43, R1
-Jorge Gurgel def. John Halverson by Unanimous Decision, R3