We’re live from the O2 Arena in London, England for UFC 85: Bedlam. The play-by-play is being brought to you courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
Here are the results from the prelims:
Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez via TKO (4:15 of Rd. 2)
Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin via split decision
Luis Arthur Cane def. Jason Lambert via TKO (2:07 of Rd. 1)
Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro via submission (2:53 of Rd. 2)
Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares via KO (1:57 of Rd. 2)
Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera via submission (2:44 of Rd. 1)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
Round 1 – Fighters come out to center of cage, clinch. Vera pushes Werdum against the fence, Werdum reverses. A lot of clinching going on. Werdum grabs a single-leg and takes Vera down. Werdum is active in Vera’s full guard with hammerfists. Vera pushes off, stands up. Good left hand and then short elbow from Vera. Back to center of cage. Fighters are tied up along the fence, takedown by Werdum. Passes to Vera’s half-guard. Werdum gets the mount. Starts throwing punches, but Vera has his hands up. And the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Werdum wins via ref stoppage in Rd. 1. Controversial stoppage for sure. Vera immediately gets up and complains about the fight being stopped. Vera seems to have a case – he was covering up, few shots were getting in, and only a few seconds left in the round.
This is one that will keep going on the messageboards…
Nathan Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
Round 1 – Dancing around, then a good exchange for both along the fence. Leites dropps Marquardt with a right hand, jumps on top, gets full mount. Marquardt is holding Thales tight and gets him in his half-guard. Thales passes again to side-control, but Marquardt gets back to his feet. Back to the center of the cage. Nate lands a good body shot, shoots in, and Leites defends the takedown. Marquardt lands a good uppercut, wobbles Thales. But can’t finish him before the round ends. Back and forth, too close to call the round. Both landed effective shots and did some damage.
Round 2 – A right to the body, then to the head opens up the round for Nate. Clinch up along the fence. Nate lands a good punch combo and pushes Thales up against the fence. Nate lands a knee to Leites’s face while he’s on the ground, which is illegal. Time is called to see if Thales can recover and keep fighting. Doctor comes in to check, Leites says he’s okay. Point taken from Nate. Fight continues. Marquardt has Leites on his back, up against the fence. Starts landing some good shots, and Leites is bleeding a little bit. Really good ground-and-pound from Marquardt. Both fighters are starting to look winded. Nate lands more shots from top position. Action slows, Herb Dean stands them back up. Nate shoots in, but Thales defends and reverses, gets the mount. But the clock puts an end to Thales’s good position. Nate takes that round easily, 10-9, but should be 9-9 because of the point deduction.
Round 3 – Both exchange shots, clinch against the fence. Scramble on the groun, and Nate lands an illegal shot to the back of the head. Another point deduction for Marquardt. The actions slows and the fighters move around in the center of the cage. Nate takes Leites down, with Thales’s back against the fence. Nate tries to pass Thales’s guard, almost gets caught in a kimura. Both work to the feet and Nate pulls out the WWE-style piledriver. and then lands a knee to Thales’s face. Bell sounds. Another round to Nate, but minus a point it should be 9-9.
Marquardt should get the nod in this one, even though he had a point taken away in rounds 2 and 3. Leites took some damage to his face. 28-27, Leites, 28-27 Marquardt, 28-27 Leites.
Wow – Leites gets the decision because of the fouls by Marquardt. Nate didn’t really get beat by Thales, he got beat by…himself.
It’s been a strange first 2 fights here in London.
Is it just me or is anyone else confused a little with Marcus Davis – nickname is the “Irish Hand Grenade,” he wears a kilt into the octagon, and just called London his “hometown.” I would be 0% surprised if he started using a British accent when he talks.
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
Round 1 – Fight starts with both fighters bouncing around the cage. Swick tries a flying knee, blocked by Davis, who pushes him against the fence. Dais tries for a guillotine, Swick escapes and stays in Davis’s loose guard against the fence. Mike pushes Marcus against the fence, passes to half-guard. Both fighters are just working for position with Swick continuing to try and pass guard. Pretty tame ground and pound for Swick until the bell sounds. Swick takes that round 10-9, basically just for controlling position. Small cut on Davis shows a little blood.
Round 2 – Trading some shots back and forth. Swick takes Davis down again and lands in full guard. Finally passes to side control, but doesn’t hold that for long – back to half-guard. Crowd is starting to whistle and boo. Small scramble, then back to the feet. Good little combination for Davis as they work alongside the fence on their feet. Trading knees to the body now. Davis takes down Swick, Mike tries for a triangle. Davis stands, Swick responds by putting Davis on his back. Round comes to a close. Close round, but I see it 10-9 for Swick again. No damage really being done, but he’s controlling where the fight is taking place.
Round 3 – Measuring each other, quick knee from Swick. Davis lands a couple of looping punches but nothing hard. Clinched against the fence again. Point taken from Swick for holding the fence. Swick takes down Davis when fight resumes, and Davis has a pretty bad cut on his face. Slow-paced ground and pound with Swick in Davis’s full guard. The fight comes to a close with both fighters throwing windmill punches. Looked like they were practicing their swimming. Going to the scorecards for the 2nd fight in a row. Should be 9-9 because of the point taken away from Swick. Should be 29-27, Swick.
The 3 judges agree – Mike Swick wins via unanimous decision. I thought this fight had “fight of the night” written all over it, but it was pretty disappointing. Not a whole lot of action and neither fighter had the other in any real danger.
I can’t prove it yet, but I really believe Jon Kitna and Michael Bisping are related somehow. Anyway, Bisping looks much better at 185 than he did at 205, that’s for sure.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day
Round 1 – Leg kick by Day. Both exchanging punches, nothing really landing. Clinch against the fence. Bisping puts Day on his back, starts landing some big punches while Day’s on his back. Bisping has side-control. Day rolls out, gets back to his feet — and gets taken down again. Bisping gets the mount, takes Day’s back. Starts landing shots at will. Day keeps giving his back, then rolling back over. And Bisping keeps hitting him regardless. Finally the ref steps in and stops the fight. Day couldn’t do anything except cover up, so the ref calls it.
Solid performance by Bisping.
And now the main event. Joe and Mike discuss Thiago’s failure to make weight. Joe talks about the need for a weight class between 170-185. And now the fighters are making their way to the octagon. Bruce Buffer is weird. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
Round 1 – Hughes comes out standing lefty. Shoots in, but Thiago stuffs it. Shoots again, drives Alves to the fence, then pulls guard. Alves lands a BIG right as he postures up. Gets back to the feet, but Hughes grabs a leg and gets the takedown. Hughes works from Alves’s half-guard. Not much happening now, ref threatens to stand the fight up. More non-action. Thiago tries to stand, but Hughes holds on to a leg. Thiago spins out, then puts Hughes on his back. Thiago then lands a couple of shots as the round comes to a close. Judges probably gave it to Hughes for control, but I saw it for Thiago because he actually was more effective in attacking.
Round 2 – Hughes shoots in, Thiago lands a knee. Hughes falls to his back, bleeding from his face. Alves stands up with Hughes keeping his head down, charging for the takedown. Thiago lands another flying knee, then lands some huge shots to Matt’s head. Herb Dean steps in and calls the fight, and Hughes looks out of it.
The replay shows Matt’s knee buckled underneath him, bent at a strange angle. So a damaged knee to go along with a battered and bloodied face for Matt Hughes. Alves asks Dana for a title shot in the interview.
And there you have it – UFC 85:Bedlam. Thanks again to Yahoo! Sports for providing coverage.