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Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can catch the PPV on TV or over the internet at Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 ET/ 7 PT.
Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Ben Saunders vs. Ryan Thomas
Saunders defeats Thomas via an armbar at 2:28 of Round 2.
Chris Wilson vs. Steve Bruno
Wilson defeats Bruno via unanimous decision (all judges score it 30-27).
Andre Gusmao vs. Jon Jones
Jones defeats Gusmao via unanimous decision (off of scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27).
Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen
Kongo defeats Evensen via TKO (strikes) at 4:55 of Round 1.
Luke Cummo vs. Tamdan McCrory
McCrory defeats Cummo via unanimous decision (off of scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27
The UFC opening aired with comments from the fighters in the top three fights. This should be a great card. Mike Goldberg announced that the event was sold out, although I know there were tickets available this morning. They blacked out bars within 20 miles of the Target Center in Minneapolis from airing the show to encourage people to attend the event.
Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia
Round 1: MacDonald started off aggressive and took Maia down and Maia pulled guard. Maia locked in a deep triangle and Joe Rogan noted that it was over, but MacDonald was able to power out and get a rear naked choke! Maia escaped and MacDonald was back on top. MacDonald locked in a tight guillotine for several moments but Maia was able to get MacDonald’s back and tried to secure a rear naked choke but MacDonald didn’t tap as the round ended. Amazing first round, I’d score it 10-9 Maia, but MacDonald showed phenomenal heart gutting out that triangle.
Round 2: They started the round swinging and Maia caught MacDonald with a hard left. Maia took MacDonald down and landed some hard shots and elbows but MacDonald was able to intelligently defend himself. Maia dominated on the ground and tried to transition to an armbar but MacDonald was able to get out and finish the round on top. 10-9 Maia.
MacDonald’s corner is yelling at him to not take Maia to the ground and to knock Maia down. Adrian Peterson was shown at ringside and got a big ovation.
Round 3: The two went to the ground and a couple of minutes into the ground, Maia was able to secure a rear naked choke forcing MacDonald to tap.
Winner via tapout with a rear naked choke at 2:44 in Round 3: Demian Maia
For tonight’s text poll on who will win the main event, the votes are at 73% for St. Pierre right now.
A promo for UFC: 88 Breakthrough aired.
Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta
I guess Gamburyan – Emerson will be next. With Huerta’s contract being up, you know Dana White is going for Ken-Flo.The crowd is solidly behind Huerta as they enter the cage.
Round 1: Florian scored a huge takedown early and mounted Huerta. Huerta tried to get out and Florian got his back and flattened him out but Huerta was able to get up. Loud chants for “Huerta”. Huerta was doing better as the round went on with the two trading blows, but I score it 10-9 Florian.
Round 2: Huerta started the round looking for a superman punch while Florian was going to a takedown. Florian was able to get Huerta’s back, flatten him out and get the hooks in byt Huerta was able to pop out and get back to his feet. Florian sweeped Huerta and took Huerta down, but Huerta quickly popped back up. They traded some good shots as the round came to a close. Tough round, I go 10-9 Florian.
Round 3: Florian scored a big knee and Huerta spit on the ground. Huerta’s pissed. It went back to the ground and Florian landed a couple of good shots. Florian was able to knock Huerta down in the closing seconds and land some hard punches and knees. 10-9 Florian.
Winner via unanimous decision: Kenny Florian, all judges scored it 30-27
The crowd booed Florian during the post match interview. Florian dedicated the win to Jorge Rivera, who lost his eldest daughter.
St. Pierre still leads the text voting with 67% of the vote.
BJ Penn was shown at ringside.
Manvel Gamburyan vs. Robert Emerson
Round 1: Gamburyan came out swinging and Emerson caught him with a straight right hand and a left hook that knocked Gamburyan out as Yves Lavigne waved Emerson off.
Winner via knockout in 12 seconds of Round 1: Robert Emerson
Laura Prepon of That 70s Show was shown at ringside.
They are showing the Cheick Kongo – Dan Evensen fight from earlier.
Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring
Lesnar came to the cage first. Huge ovation for the hometown favorite. Clay Guida’s in the front row taking pictures. Gotta love the guy.
Round 1: Lesnar came out with a flying knee, hit a right hand that knocked Herring down and tumbled him backwards and then got a headlock on Herring against the cage. Herring is cut already. They went back to the middle of the cage and Lesnar immediately took Herring down again. Lesnar rocked Herring with knees to the body. Lesnar is looking way more composed than his fight with Frank Mir. Lesnar landed more hard knees to Herring. Lesnar absolutely dominated this round, 10-8 for Lesnar.
Jesse Ventura was shown at ringside.
Round 2: Lesnar got side control on Herring early. On the ground Lesnar was dropping some hard knees. Herring got up back took some hard knees to the abdomen. Lesnar finished the round strong again, 10-9 for Lesnar.
Round 3: Lesnar started with a big kick. Herring got Lesnar against the cage but Lesnar turned it around and landed a couple of more knees to Herring. Lesnar got full mount but Heath scrambled out. Lesnar took Herring back down and got full mount in the closing seconds. Lesnar showboated and started getting some boos from the crowd. Another 10-9 round for Lesnar. Complete domination from Lesnar.
Winner via unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring it 30-26: Brock Lesnar
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch
Round 1: St. Pierre immediately took Fitch down. Mike Goldberg noted that no one has ever been able to pass Fitch’s guard. Later in the round St. Pierre rocked Fitch with a hard right that knocked Fitch down and St. Pierre just started dropping bombs. Miraculously, Fitch survived. St. Pierre went back to dropping all kinds of shots on Fitch before going back to the round. St. Pierre passed Fitch’s guard, ending that streak. St. Pierre looks amazing here. St. Pierre got full mount as the round came to a close. 10-8 St. Pierre.
Round 2: The fight stayed standing with both men landing shots, but GSP was landing a hell of a lot more. Fitch started landing some good shots later in the round. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round 3: St. Pierre rocked Fitch early with a big right hand that knocked Fitch down. He got on Fitch’s back and got a hook in. Amazingly Fitch was able to turn it around and get on top. Fitch started dropping punches. St. Pierre regained the advantage. St. Pierre hit a knee and a high kick and Fitch looked to be about out. For the third or fourth time it looked to be over for Fitch but he survived. Great round for GSP, but amazing heart shown by Fitch. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round 4: Fitch’s face is starting to look like Heath Herring’s after the last fight. St. Pierre got a cut over his left eye. Fight slowed this round but GSP continued to punish Fitch. More of the same with GSP getting a lot of punches in. 10-9 GSP.
Round 5: GSP got a good left hook right off the bat. GSP hit a huge back fist, Fitch smiled and GSP nailed Fitch again. GSP took Fitch down again. GSP continued to dominate the round as it finished. 10-9 GSP.
After the round, they bowed and embraced. GSP has his first ever successful title defense.
Winner via unanimous decision off of scores of 50-43,50-44,50-44: Georges St. Pierre
After the fight BJ Penn got in the ring and congratulated GSP and said he wanted GSP next. Penn asked GSP if he wanted it, and GSP said sure, he’d fight anyone that’s worthy of a title shot.