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The preliminary fights are up first (not shown on PPV).
The first fight of the night is Michihiro Omigawa vs. Matt Wiman. Wiman won the fight via unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Wiman and 1 scored it 30-27. Great fight to start the event.
Scott Junk vs. Christian Wellisch is up next. Wellisch submitted Scott Junk at 3:19 of Round 1.
Diego Saraiva vs. Jeremy Stephens is up now. Stephens dominated all three rounds and won by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27.
Andy Johnson vs. Rich Clementi is up next and is the final prelim match. Clementi got a rear-naked choke on Johnson in the second round to get the tap out victory at 3:05 of the the second round.
The prelims are over, the PPV is about to begin.
The PPV will start with Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares.
Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares
Round 1: Tyson hit a good kick and took Thiago down about 2.5 minutes in the first round. Fast paced round with Tyson coming ahead on every exchange. I score it 10-9 for Tyson.
Round 2: Tavares hit a big flying knee early in the round to shake up Tyson and have the advantage. Tavares got on Tyson’s back and nailed him with a series of punches before Tyson reversed it in 2:30 of round 2. Fast paced round that went back and forth. Tyson dropped Tavares with 40 seconds left in the round, cutting Tavares. Great second round. I’d score it 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 3: Both fighters were visible tired, however Tyson dominated the round. Great fight. I’d score the third round 10-9 for Tyson.
Winner: Tyson Griffin. One judge scored it 30-27 with the other two scoring it 29-28.
Wanderlei Silva was shown in the crowd.
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Ryoto Machida
Round 1: Machida started the round with some impressive kicks and body punches. Kind of a slow round. Machida took Nakamura down about 3 minuted into the round, however didn’t do much. 10-9 for Machida.
Round 2: Machida took Nakamura early in the round and laid some hard punches on Nakamura. Machida got a full rear naked choke, however lost it. Nakamura is looking visibly exhausted half way into the round. Nakamura finished the round on top, but still a strong round for Machida. 10-9 for Machida.
Round 3: Machida missed with a spinning back kick and Nakamura took him down in the first minute. However, Machida quickly regained control. Slow round, with the crowd starting to boo with 40 seconds left in the round. Machida hits a bunch of body shots, but can’t finish off Nakamura. Machida takes down Nakamura to end the round. Another 10-9 round for Machida.
Winner: All three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Machida.
Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch
Round 1: Diego charged Fitch at the beginning of the round and tried to go for an immediate takedown. About two minutes in the two were backed up against the cage and the crowd started to boo a little. Fight stayed on the ground with neither gaining a decisive advantage. Fitch finished the round strong, but I’d score it 10-9 for Diego.
Round 2: Fitch gained the advantage early on the ground. At one point Fitch’s leg got caught in Diego’s shorts which caused the audience to chuckle. Mostly on the ground with Fitch dominating, but Fitch hit Sanchez with some hard elbows to end the round. 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 3: Diego got Fitch into a guillotine early in the round. Fitch got out of it as the crowd was going wild. Diego got a triangle on Fitch at the end of the round, but Fitch was able to power out. Great fight, I’d score the last round 10-9 for Fitch.
Winner: Jon Fitch via split decision.
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Round 1: Forrest takes Rua down early. Crowd clearly behind Forrest and a ‘Forrest’ chant breaks out. Shogun takes Forrest down to the ground. Griffin was very confident here. Shogun took Forrest down twice at the end of the round. Great fast paced first roundd. 10-9 for Forrest.
Round 2: Shogun took Forrest down early and busted Forrest up. Forrest got up and took Shogun down. Shogun was dropping his hands and visibly tiring. Shogun looks exhausted by the end of the round. Forrest took Shogun down and nailed Shogun with some good shots. Forrest finished strong, and narrowly took the round in my view. 10-9 for Forrest.
Round 3: Shogun was visibly exhausted in this round and seemed to have nothing left. Forrest had him in half guard and hit Shogun with a flurry of punches. With 30 seconds left he got a rear naked chose and Shogun tapped for the incredible upset.
Winner: Forrest Griffin via tapout
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine
Round 1: The two exchanged blows with Liddell getting the better of the exchanges early in the round. Jardine got cut above the eye. Jardine kept hitting leg kicks. The two were going toe to toe the whole round. Pretty close, but I’m scoring 10-9 for Jardine.
Round 2: Jardine hit Liddell with some body kicks and hit Liddell with a hard right to know Liddell down. Chuck got right back up and Jardine hit him with a hard kick. Liddell was looking surprised while Jardine was getting more confident. Jardine seemingly slipped and Chuck hit a flurry of punches. Great round with Jardine getting tired towards the end. 10-9 Jardine. Liddell is visibly disoriented as he was going to the wrong corner.
Round 3: Jardine keeps hitting the leg kicks. Jardine hit a leg kick followed by a hard left hook. The announcers noted that Liddell hasn’t gone the distance in a fight in 5 years. The round is over and Liddell raised his arms to boos from the crowd. I’d score it 10-9 Jardine.
Winner: Keith Jardine via split decision. One judge gave it to Liddell 29-28, while the other two scored it 29-28 for Jardine.