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The main event at UFC 96 features a 205-pound showdown between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith “Dean of Mean” Jardine. A critical heavyweight battle pits contender Gabriel Gonzaga against undefeated Jackson’s MMA fighter Shane Carwin.
The first preliminary bout is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:45 p.m. PT / 7:45 p.m. ET. The main card goes live on pay-per-view at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
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UFC 96 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
- Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
R1- Rampage charges across and instigates a clinch immediately. The fighters separate and Jardine tries to stick and move, while Jackson pursues him around the cage. Both fighters very tentative, but Rampage eventually connects with a glancing blow. Rampage stays aggressive and lands a few more shots in a very close round.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Quinton Jackson
R2- Jardine starts to throw his kicks more effectively in this round. Rampage and Jardine continue to trade until Jackson lands a big right hand that sends Jardine down to the ground. Rampage tries to finish, but Jardine gets his wits back and the fight is back up. Rampage goes for and lands a nice takedown, but quickly they are back up again. Jardine starts to fire back and has Jackson stunned, but he recovers as well. Jackson stays aggressive for the rest of the round as the fighters exchange against the cage to close it out. Another very close round.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Quinton Jackson
R3- Jackson and Jardine trade shots to open the third. Rampage shoots in and gets a quick takedown on Jardine, but he gets back to his feet. After a few exchanges on the feet, Jardine goes for a takedown, but its stuffed by Rampage and the fighters clinch briefly agianst the cage. Rampage land a few heavy shots that have Jardine backing up and he circles away. Rampage land a big punch that puts Jardine down as the fight comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Quinton Jackson
Quinton Jackson def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin
R1- Gonzaga lands a nice punch to open the round and then lands a quick single leg takedown on Carwin. The fighters get back to the feet and Carwin blasts Gonzaga with a huge right hand that puts the Brazilian down and out on the mat.
Shane Carwin def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO at 1:09, R1
- Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell
R1- Brown comes out and immediately starts hitting Sell with everything in his arsenal. Brown hits a right hand that sends Sell down the mat. Confusion ensues after the referee seemed to stop the fight, but it continues with an absolute onslaught from Brown. Brown comes forward and unloads on Sell with punches and kicks and eventually the New Yorker crumbles to the mat. Brown blasts him with 2 more punches and the referee mercifully stops the fight.
Matt Brown def. Pete Sell by TKO (punches) at 1:32, R1
- Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz
R1- Hamill going after Munoz early, and then stuffs two consecutive shots from his opponent. Hamill still going forward and lands a nice right hand on Munoz against the cage. Munoz continuously tries to throw an overhand right that Hamill blocks. Hamill throws a right high kick that blasts Munoz in the head, sending him crashing to the mat.
Matt Hamill def. Mark Munoz by KO (head kick) at 3:53, R1
Mark Munoz remains down in the Octagon for several minutes after the fight. Doctors place a neck brace on the fighter and he is able to leave the cage under his own power.
- Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
R1- Miller stalks Maynard around the cage to start the fight, eventually getting the clinch. Back in the center, Maynard connects with a good combo. Miller still moving forward and he goes for a single leg which Maynard defends. Miller presses forward again, and locks up Maynard’s leg, but can’t finish the takedown. Miller goes for an uppercut, but is met with Maynard’s overhand punch and as he engages again at the end of the round, Maynard again clocks him with a good punch.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Gray Maynard
R2- Miller again very aggressive this round, but Maynard is still landing the better punches. Maynard begins to step forward and lands a nice combination as Miller’s face is lit up, red with blood. Miller goes for a takedown and then tries to pull guard, but Maynard stands back up. Maynard is hitting Miller with very solid punches as the New Jersey fight still moves forward.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Gray Maynard
R3- Both fighters are more tentative in this round, Miller still pacing forward and Maynard defending. Maynard lands a nice takedown and Miller quickly goes for a kneebar, but Mayanrd slips out and stands back up. Miller shoots in for a leg and Maynard sprawls out and Miller turtles and eventually rolls over as Maynard starts his ground attack. Back on the feet again as Maynard circles away and Miller tries to engage, but the fight end.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Gray Maynard
Gray Maynard def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (30-27 on all judges’ scorecards)
- Tamdan McCrory vs. Ryan Madigan
R1- McCrory gets an early takedown and works inside the guard of Madigan. McCrory passes to side control where starts to land elbow and forearm shots. Madigan does a good job of working back to guard, but stays stuck underneath McCrory. McCrory gets back to side control, then mount, but Madigan defends and McCrory lands back in side control. McCrory moves easily back to mount and starts to open up with punches and elbows and Madigan can only defend until the referee stops the fight.
Tamdan McCrory def. Ryan Madigan by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 3:35, R1
- Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day
R1- Day storms out early on Grove with aggressive striking and keeping his opponent on his toes. As both fighters seem content to keep it on the feet, Grove throws a straight right down the middle that sends Day crashing to the canvas. Grove steps in and lands a few more elbows before the referee stops the bout. Grove proceeds to pay tribute to his friend, Tito Ortiz, with his classic “gravedigger” routine.
Kendall Grove def. Jason Day by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 1:32, R1
- Tim Boetsch vs. Jason Brilz
R1- Boetsch blasts Brilz early on gaining the upper hand on the feet, and hits him with another nice uppercut as the fighters exchange just away from the cage as well. As Boetsch goes for a leg kick, Brilz is able to secure a takedown, but quickly Boetsch is back up. Brilz stays aggressive but doesn’t land anything effective, as Boetsch is able to counter with another good couple of uppercuts.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Tim Boetsch
R2- Brilz clinches early and gets a nice trip takedown, landing in Boetsch’s guard. Brilz is able to pass into side control where maintains position and hits Boetsch with short forearm shots and punches. Brilz does a great job of moving from side control to north/south, while punishing Boetsch along the way. Boetsch eventually springs to his feet, with Brilz still holding on to his waist and against the cage Brilz begins throwing knees to the thigh of Tim Boetsch.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Jason Brilz
R3- Boetsch stuffs an early takedown attempt from Brilz, but is soon clinched against the cage and seems to be out of wind. Boetsch lands a nice knee as Brilz again shoots in, but Brilz is able to hold on and while trying to escape, Boetsch gives up his back. Brilz the moves to side control, before the fight again moves back to the feet. Brilz takes Boetsch down again with a nice single leg and moves flawlessly to side control. Brilz moves to mount where he opens a cut over Boetsch’s left eye. The fight ends with Brilz still mounted on Boetsch.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Jason Brilz
Jason Brilz def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (29-28 on all scorecards) R3
- Brandon Vera vs. Mike Patt
R1- Vera comes after Patt early with some vicious leg kicks. The fighters continue to exchange on the feet with Vera being the aggressor and Patt only playing defense. Vera continues to absolutely punish Patt’s lead leg. Vera starts to alternate body shots with a couple of kicks to the head, which Patt blocks effectively. The fighters slow as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Brandon Vera
R2- Vera opens the round by again punishing Patt’s leg and eventually he falls down. As he struggles to make it back to the feet, Vera again attacks the leg and Patt again drops the canvas and referee Yves Lavigne stops the fight.
Brandon Vera def. Mike Patt by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:27, R2
- Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson
R1 – Riley opens with some good leg kicks and gets a trip takedown. As the two fighters got back to the feet they exchange strikes, and Nelson connects with a glancing right hand that sends Riley down to the mat. As Nelson follows up with a few more strikes, Riley recovers and starts to defend, but the referee steps in and stops the fight. Very poor stoppage to the fight.
Shane Nelson def. Aaron Riley by TKO (strikes on the ground) :44 seconds R1
UFC 96 RESULTS:
UFC 96 Main Card Bouts:
-Quinton Jackson def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Shane Carwin def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO at 1:09, R1
- Matt Brown def. Pete Sell by TKO (punches) at 1:32, R1
- Matt Hamill def. Mark Munoz by KO (head kick) at 3:53, R1
- Gray Maynard def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (30-27 on all judges’ scorecards)
UFC 96 Preliminary Bouts:
- Tamdan McCrory def. Ryan Madigan by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 3:35, R1
- Kendall Grove def. Jason Day by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 1:32, R1
- Jason Brilz def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (29-28 on all scorecards) R3
- Brandon Vera def. Mike Patt by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:27, R2
- Shane Nelson def. Aaron Riley by TKO (strikes on the ground) :44 seconds, R1
Main card airs on pay-per-view for $44.95 in the United States
* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings