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UFC 97 QUICK RESULTS:
Anderson Silva defeated Thales Leites via unanimous decision (scores of 49-46, 48-47, 50-46)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Chuck Liddell via TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of Round 1.
Cheick Kongo defeated Antoni Hardonk via TKO (strikes) at 2:29 of Round 2.
Luiz Cane defeated Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Krzysztof Soszynski defeated Brian Stann via submission (kimura) at 3:53 of Round 1.
Denis Kang defeated Xavier Foupa-Pokam via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Nate Quarry defeated Jason MacDonald via TKO (strikes) at 2:27 of Round 1.
Ed Herman defeated David Loiseau via unanimous decision (scores of 30-26, 30-27, 30-27).
T.J. Grant defeated Ryo Chonan via split decision (scores of 30-27, 28-29, 29-28).
Mark Bocek defeated David Bielkheden via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:57 of Round 1.
Eliot Marshall defeated Vinny Magalhaes via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
UFC 97 Main Card Play By Play:
Brian Stann vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Round one: Soszynski appears to be looking for an early takedown as Stann throws jabs moving forward. They clinch and trade shots then Stann lands good right as they break. Soszynski gets the takedown and goes to full mount. Stann showing good defense as he goes for a leg lock. Soszynski moves to side control but does no damage. Stann gets to his feet but gets taken down immediately again, Soszynski locks up a kimura armbar and ends the fight.
Final result: Soszynski wins by submission (kimura) at 3:53 of Round 1.
Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell
Round one: The fighters traded blows standing up, Cane landing hard hands, a good high kick by Cantwell. Cantwell averted a take down attempt by Cane but took 2 big shots as they broke. Cane forcing the action, moving forward, Cantwell taking some hard shots but still throwing punches with a few high kick attempts blocked by Cane. Cantwell is bleeding from the nose as the round ends. We score Cane winning round 1, 10-9.
Round two: More of the same to start round 2. Cantwell still taking shots but showing no signs of backing down. Cane lands a few leg kicks but Cantwell is still firing, landing a few nice combinations then a body kick and huge right. Cantwell with a hard kick to Cane’s head. Cantwell showing confidence, now he’s the one pushing the pace. Cane looking somewhat tentative after taking some punishment in round 2. Cantwell lands one more left at the bell and evens the fight with a 10-9 in round 2 by our scorecard.
Round three: Cane starts round 3 as the aggressor once again, and lands some big shots early. Cantwell doesn’t appear to be affected much, still throwing and moving forward at times. Both fighters trading punches again but Cane’s appear to be more damaging. They both remain active, Cane landing s few knees to the body, Cantwell attempting more high kicks. Cane’s strikes still seem to be more affective. We score the round 10-9 in favor of Cane for the decision win.
Final result: Cane by unanimous decision
Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
Round one: Kongo working the jab, measuring Hardonk. Both fighters landing leg kicks early, feeling each other out. Kongo takes Hardonk to the cage in the clinch, action stalls, ref breaks them up. Kongo catches a Hardonk kick and knocks him to the mat. Kongo lets him up as the action continues on their feet. Clinched against the cage again, Kongo looking for a takedown. Hardonk fights off takedown attempts briefly but Kongo gets him down and lands in Hardonk’s full guard. Kongo lands a few short GnP shots but no serious damage as the round ends. We’re scoring this round 10-9 in favor of Kongo.
Round two: Hardonk goes for big leg kick immediately and slips, allowing Kongo to get back on top of him, pulls guard. Kongo posturing up, Hardonk has Kongo’s right arm hooked but left is free and landing some fists and elbows, opening a cut over Hardonk’s left eye. Kongo stands and lands big hammerfists as the referee stops the fight.
Final result: Kongo by TKO at 2:29 of Round 2.
Co-Main Event: Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Rua
Round one: Rua with a big leg kick right away. Liddell blocks a high kick attempt by Rua. A nice exchange in the center of the cage. Liddell landing some combinations, Rua takes him down and goes for a leg lock. Liddell gets to his feet but Rua keeps him tied up momentarily. Liddell escapes and gets it back to striking game. Liddell shrugs off another takedown attempt then takes Rua down. Liddell lets him up, they circle each other and Rua lands a left hook. Chuck goes down as Rua keeps punching. Liddell tries to get to his feet but shows no defense and the referee stops the fight.
Final result: Rua wins by TKO at 4:28 of Round 1
Main Event: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Round one: Both fighters tentative early, no punches thrown for the first minute as the crowd gets restless. Very little action in the second minute as well as the boos begin. Big leg kick and a high kick by Leites result in minimal damage. Leites swept to the ground by Silva but Silva stays on his feet and allows the challenger back to his feet. Leites attempts a takedown but can’t get the champ to the mat. They clinch into the cage as the round ends. Not much action to score but we give the round to Silva, 10-9.
Round two: Leites begins the round with another big leg kick and takes Silva down. Silva has Leites in half guard with a lock down on Leites’ leg. Silva gets full guard but Leites postures as Silva goes for an arm. The champ gets to his feet and the fight continues standing. The crowd boos with 90 seconds left in the round as the standing action is again slow to develop. Loose exchanges and measuring jabs continue to the dismay of the crowd as the round ends. Our card gives Leites a 10-9 advantage for the round.
Round three: Leites once again lands the early leg kick then slips to his back as he attempts a takedown. Silva lets him up then what appears to be an accidental eye poke sends Leites to the canvas again. He recovers and Silva lets him up yet again. They exchange leg kicks but no serious damage being done on their feet. The Canadian crowd goes into a loud chant of “GSP” as their frustration heightens. Silva starts to ignite landing a vicious leg kick some good punches. Leites has some blood under his left eye as the round ends. Silva 10-9 for the round.
Round four: A series of straight leg kicks from Silva to begin round 4. Silva appears to be toying with Leites, dancing with his hands low. The champ still throwing straight kicks to Leites’ upper leg and knee area. A takedown attempt by Leites is averted. Silva continues to throw kicks to Leites’ left leg but the action is still relatively slow as the crowd once again voices their displeasure. The leg kicks win the round for Silva, 10-9.
Round five: Leites trying to push the pace to start the final round. Silva defends a takedown and gets on top where he lands a few punches. The champ lets him up again. The fight goes to the ground once again with the same result as Silva lets him up after a few punches. The crowd chants “boring” at the halfway mark of the round then goes back into “GSP”. Leites attempts another takedown, shrugged off by Silva. Leites goes to his back as another kick lands to his left leg. The champ lets him up yet again where the pace of the standup remains the same until the round ends. Round five also goes to Silva by a 10-9 score.
Final result: Silva wins by unanimous decision.