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The winner of the Ultimate Fighter debut season, Forrest Griffin, takes on Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event with the belt on the line.
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-Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio
R1 – Not a lot of action through the first two minutes. Griffin gets a takedown which may have been a slip and grounded and pounded Aurelio for nearly two minutes before letting Aurelio back to his feet. As the round closed, Griffin was finding his range and timing on his punches. MMAWeekly scores the first round 10-9 for Tyson Griffin.
R2: Griffin worked leg kicks and continued to pepper Aurelio with strikes. They clinched along the cage where Griffin landed punches to the body and Aurelio tried to answer with knees. Griffin secured a takedown but Aurelio got back to his feet and was able to take Griffin’s back. Griffin was able to roll over into Aurelio’s guard and worked punches while Aurelio looked for a submission. MMAWeekly scored round two 10-9 for Tyson Griffin.
R3 – The action picks up with both fighters seemingly content to stand and exchange with Griffin getting the better of it. Griffin got a double leg takedown in the closing minutes securing the round and the fight. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Tyson Griffin.
– Tyson Griffin def. Marcus Aurelio by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
– Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
R1 – Lytles came out pressing the action but Koscheck avoided eating any shots. Lytle attempts a couple of high kicks that missed their mark. Koscheck shot in for a double leg and Lytle slapped on a guillotine choke that Koscheck quickly escaped. Koscheck moved to Lytles half guard and landed short elbows and punches. Lytle worked his way back to full guard but the round ended with Kosheck landing a hammer fist. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Josh Koscheck.
R2 – Lytle opened the second round the same as the first, trying to land a big shot on Koscheck. Koscheck shot in for a double leg that Lytle fended off. Kosheck goes for another takedown and Lytle, again, slapped on a guillotine. Koscheck escaped and began working more ground and pound. Koscheck cut Lytle on the forehead with an elbow. Kosheck poured on the ground and pound with Lytle unable to get Koscheck off of him. Lytles blood covers the canvas as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-8 for Koscheck.
R3 – Lylte looked exhausted but contined. Lytle worked for a kimura and then attempted a guillotine. Koscheck gets out of the hold and worked back in Lytle’s half guard landing elbows. The cut on Lytle’s head opened back up. The referee stood them back up with just over a minute remaining. Lytle displayed a ton of heart moving forward trying to land a finishing punch. Lytle landed some big shots as the round concluded. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Koscheck.
– Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
– Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
R1 – They start out striking and Stevenson dropped Tibau with a right hand. Stevenson followed him down and worked for a guillotine. Tibau escaped and they worked they way back to their feet. Tibau secured a takedown but Stevenson immediately got back up. Stevenson got inside with a combination and got Tibau down to the canvas with a slam. Tibau slapped on an oma plata. The round ends in that position. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the first round 10-9 for Gleison Tibau.
R2 – Stevenson gets to the clinch posiiton immediately and Tibau pulled him to the ground. Stevenson gets back to his feet before being taken down again. Tibau advanced to side control and eventually mounted Stevenson. Steveson escaped as Tibau went for a triangle choke from the top got the fight back standing. Tibau takes Stevenson down but gets caught in a guillotine choke that forced Tibau to tap out.
– Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:57, R2
– Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida
R1 – They clinch and Almeida immediately pulled guard. Cote gets back to his feet, but Almeida clinches again. Cote eventually got taken down after displaying excellent takedown defense in the clinch. Almeida worked to half guard and landed elbows and punches to Cote’s ribs. Almeida lands punches through Cote’s guard, to the head and body. The round ends with Almeida landing punches to the downed Cote. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Ricardo Almeida.
R2 – Extended period between rounds due to Almeida’s glove being ripped and needing repair. Cote throwing big shots but Almeida avoided damage. Almeida pulled guard and Coted got back to his feet at the first opportunity. Cote stalked Almeida looking to land that big punch but Almeida clinches again. Cote landed a clean elbow as the two seperated. The round was basically Cote trying to land and Almeida clinching and working for takedowns. Almeida went for a guillotine but Cote popped his head out and stands up out of Almeida’s guard. As the round closed, Cote knocked Almeida down with a right hand. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Patrick Cote.
R3 – Almeida landed a couple of jabs before clinching. The round remained mostly standing with Cote landing leg kicks. Almeida got a takedown with thirty seconds left in the round. While going for a submission Cote gains top position and landed a couple of punches as the round ended. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cote.
– Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida by split decision at 5:00, R3.
– Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
R1 – Forrest came out setting the pace, landing leg kicks and getting the better of the exchanges. Griffin is out moving the champion. Jackson stunned Griffin with an uppercut but came firing back. Jackson dropped Griffin with an uppercut and worked him over to the cage. Griffin worked back to his feed and both fighters are throwing bombs. MMAWeekly scored the round 10-9 for Quinton Jackson.
R2 – Griffin landed an outside leg kick that hurt Jackson. Griffin clinches him and landes several knees to Jackson’s head. Griffin follows Jackson down into Jackson’s half guard and landed short elbows. Griffin moved to side control and slapped on an americana. Griffin is dominating Jackson on the ground. Griffin mounted Jackson and landed multiple elbows. Griffin grounded and pounded Jackson for the better part of the final two minutes of the round. MMAWeekly scores the second round 10-8 for Forrest Griffin.
R3 – The pace slowed in the third wth Griffin working more kicks and Jackson trying to load up and end it in an exchange. Jackson staggered Griffin with a right hand. The fight has turned into each fighter picking their spots to try to flurry on the other. Griffin flurried late in the round that had Jackson chasing after him as the round ended. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Griffin.
R4 – Griffin came out moving forward but in an exhcange, Jackson landed a combination to Griffin forcing Griffin to clinch. Jackson lands in top position where Griffin applied a triangle. Jackson picked Griffin up and slammed his way out of the submission. Jackson lands punches and elbows before Griffin gets back to his feet eating a punch in the process. Jackson landed a right hand but Griffin is still in front of him. Jackson lands a combination as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round four 10-9 for Jackson.
R5 – The crowd chants “Forrest” as the final round starts. They’re standing toe-to-toe in the center of the octagon. Griffin lands a big leg kick and Jackson answers with a right hand. Griggin the more active fighter peppering Jackson with jabs and leg kicks. The multitude of leg kicks have taken it’s toll on Jackson. Both fighters just threw bombs for the final for the final half minute. MMAWeekly scores the final round 10-9 for Griffin.
– Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision at 5:00, R5
-Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Justin McCully
R1 – Following some brief exchanges, Gonzaga put McCully down with a cut kick then started to work from the fighter’s guard before transitioning to full mount. Once there, it didn’t take long for Gonzaga to lock on an Americana, causing McCully to tap out.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully by Submission (Americana) at 1:57, R1
-Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel
R1 – Gurgel opened strong, mixing up his punches and kicks, landing frequently on the much taller Miller. Gurgel continued to land hard leg kicks to the left thigh of Miller, but Miller came back strong utilizing his reach advantage to land consecutive stunning combinations with about two minutes left. Gurgel scored big with strong right-left combination, but missed with the flying knee. The last minute was much of the same with a couple good exchanges before the round closed.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Jorge Gurgel.
R2 – The first couple of minutes continued much the same with Gurgel edging Miller out with strikes, until Miller took Gurgel down about two minutes into the round. With Gurgel looking for submissions, Miller lands numerous hard shots to the face of Gurgel, visibly hurting him. Miller, working from half guard, transitions and nearly secures a guillotine choke, but Gurgel escapes back to the feet before they finish out the round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cole Miller.
R3 – The two continue exchanging strikes, Gurgel leading with his aggressive boxing attack. Gurgel then takes Miller down and they scramble back to their feet before Gurgel takes him down a second time at the midway point of the round. Back on their feet, they lock in an exchange that sees Gurgel bloddy Miller’s face before once again taking him down. With less than a minute left, Miller locks on a triangle choke, eventually tapping out Gurgel just before time runs out. Amazing fight!
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:48, R3
-Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
R1 – Guillard connects and puts Siver down immediately, the crowd smelling a finish. But it would take about another 15seconds for the true end to come. Back on their feet, Guillard connects with another right cross that leaves Siver sprawling to the canvas, then follows up with 5 or 6 unanswered, hard blows before referee Herb Dean steps in to call a halt to the bout.
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver by TKO (Strikes) at 0:36, R1
-Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill
R1 – Within the first minute, Hill starts utilizing his lankiness and lands several hard boxing combinations. He manages to catch several of Buchholz’s kicks throughout the round and take him down, but not do enough significant damage on the ground to stop it. Buchholz scored several times with individual knees and punches, but not much by way of combinations. Hill seized the round with a damaging knee and another takedown just before the bell sounds.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Corey Hill.
R2 – Hill again starts strong with a jumping knee and hard right hands, bloodying Buchholz’s left temple. About two minutes in, Buchholz lands a hard right head kick that stuns Hill, but he starts firing back in a furious exchange that has both fighters scoring. Hill takes Buchholz down midway through the round and passes to side control, doing some damage with elbows. Somehow Buchholz manages to escape and transition to Hill’s back and locks on a fight ending rear naked choke.
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:57, R1
-Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision at 5:00, R5
-Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida by split decision at 5:00, R3.
-Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:57, R2
-Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-Tyson Griffin def. Marcus Aurelio by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully by Submission (Americana) at 1:57, R1
-Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:48, R3
-Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver by TKO (Strikes) at 0:36, R1
-Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:57, R1