Welcome to Fightline.com’s live, round-by-round coverage of UFC 99: The Comeback. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The preliminary card is scheduled to being at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET, and the main televised card begins at 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET.
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.
– John Hathaway defeated Rick Story via unanimous decision
– Stefan Struve defeated Denis Stojnic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 2
– Paul Kelly defeated Roli Delgado via unanimous decision
– Paul Taylor defeated Roli Delgado via unanimous decision
– Denis Siver defeated Dale Hartt via subission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1
– Terry Etim defeated Justin Buccholz in Round 2
Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy
Davis was clearly the favorite with the crowd, as Dan Hardy was roundly booed by the German crowd.
Round 1: Both men exchanged leg kicks early. Davis went for a takedown, which was stuffed with Hardy clinching against the cage. Both men stayed tied up against the cage before Davis was able to take him down and get full mount. Davis passed Hardy’s guard and got his back on the ground and dropped some punches. Davis transitioned into a guillotine, but Hardy was able to maneuver out and get up to his feet. Hardy caught Davis with a big right hand and caught Davis with a bunch of shots, cutting Davis on his forehead. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Davis.
Round 2: Both men started the round with kicks again. After a minute in the round, Hardy caught Davis with a big knee and some big shots on the ground, but Davis was able to recover. Hardy mounted Davis, while Davis attempted an armbar that Hardy was able to squirm out of. With a little over a minute left, the referee stood both men up. Davis nailed Hardy with a big left and got a takedown with half of a minute left. Davis dropped a couple of shots while on top as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Hardy.
Round 3: Davis rocked Hardy with a big left, knocking Hardy down and getting in his guard. Davis then went for a foot lock and transitioned into a heel hook, but Hardy was able to get out and back up to his feet. Hardy was able to secure a takedown. Hardy was able to hit a big elbow that cut Davis, and they checked the cut. Davis looked wobbly when they checked the cut. The fight resumed, and Davis tried to work his way up before the referee stood them up with less than a minute left in the round. Hardy nailed Davis with a left hook and Davis responded with a left of his own. Hardy landed a high kick and a left hook with seconds left in the round. They actually shook hands when the fight ended. Tough round to score, Davis had the first half while Hardy controlled the second. We score it 10-9 for Hardy.
Winner via split decision (29-28 Hardy, 29-28 Davis, 29-28 Hardy): Dan Hardy
After the fight, Hardy went to congratulate Davis, but Davis blew him off and walked off. Hardy is his post-fight interview said he respected Davis, and that everyone that supported him should continue to do so.
Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno
Round 1: Both men circled each other for about a minute before Fisher stuffed a takedown attempt from Uno. Fisher kept Uno on the ground and dropped some knees to Uno’s shoulder. Uno powered up and pressed Fisher against the cage. The traded knees to the thighs, but not much else. The crowd was starting to get restless before they were separated and brought back to the middle of the cage. Fisher landed a good right hook and Uno went for a takedown again, which was stuffed. They were back against the cage. The crowd started booing again. Uno landed a couple of shots as the round came to a close. 10-9 for Fisher.
Round 2: Uno grabbed a leg and took Fisher down. Fisher got up and landed some knees to the body. Uno landed some good kicks to Fisher’s thigh, and managed to get Fisher to the ground and Fisher pulled guard. Uno tried to land some shots from the top, but Fisher was able to push him off and get back to his feet. Uno pressed Fisher against the cage again and landed some shots, which Fisher answered. Fisher went for a sweep, but Uno landed on top of him. Fisher got back to his feet. Some “boring” chants from the crowd. Uno pulled guard and the fight was back on the ground. Fisher tried to throw some shots, and landed some knees to Uno’s shoulder. They got up to their feet as the round came to a close. 10-9 for Uno.
Round 3: Uno pressed Fisher against the cage again. Fisher landed a couple of knees to the body and a big left shot, but that didn’t stop Uno from grabbing Fisher’s ankle and attempt a takedown. Fisher tried to get back up to his feet, but Uno was able to maintain his position. Fisher finally got back up, but Uno kept him pressed against the cage. The referee threatened to break them up, before finally having to. Uno hit Fisher with a big leg kick, but fell in the process. Fisher had him stand back up and nailed him with a big right hook and took the fight to the ground, but Uno was able to get back to his feet and press Fisher against the cage. Fisher nailed some nice combinations and a knee, but Uno was able to take Fisher to the ground and landed some good shots from the top. Uno stayed on top, and stole the round – and the fight – in my opinion. 10-9 for Uno.
Winner via unanimous decision: Spencer Fisher
With both of the previous fights going to a decision, there was no post-fight interview and we’re off to our next bout.
Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders
Round 1: Saunders pulled guard immediately and Swick landed some shots from the top. Swick pressed Saunders up against the cage. Saunders held on to Swick, trying to control the body. You could hear them smack talking, with Swick asking him, “Are you going to hold me all night”, and Saunders responding, “We can stand back up, bitch!”. But the fight stayed grounded, with Saunders holding Swick. Swick got up and went to land a big right to Saunders, but got caught by Saunders on the ground again. Finally, the referee stood them up with over a minute left. They traded punches, and Saunders pressed Swick up against the cage. Swick turned him around and tried to foot stomp as the round ended. Saunders rubbed Swick’s head while walking back to his corner. 10-9 for Swick.
Round 2: Swick took Saunders down early and mounted him. Swick stayed in Saunders’ guard, and landed a couple of shots before the referee stood them back up. Swick nailed Saunders with a nice combination and then started wailing away on him and the referee jumped in and stopped the fight.
Winner via TKO at 3:47 of Round 2: Mike Swick
After the fight, Swick said he wants the top guys – Matt Hughes, GSP and Thiago Alves.
Mostapha Al-turk vs. Mirko Cro Cop
Round 1: Al-turk landed some leg kicks early and went for a takedown, but cro Cop shrugged him off. Al-turk went for a head kick that missed. Al-turk pressed Cro Cop up against the cage, but Cro Cop moved out of the way. Cro Cop nailed Al-turk with a big right and then landed a flurry of punches that knocked Al-turk down. He let Al-turk back up and then nailed him with more punches before the referee called it. Unfortunately, A replay showed that it was an eye poke that stopped Al-turk in that final flurry.
Winner via TKO at 3:06 of Round 1: Mirko Cro Cop
Cro Cop said he was satisfied with his performance and it was better than his previous UFC performances. He talked about his recovery from his surgery and thanked his doctors. Joe Rogan brought up that it was a poke to the eye that stopped Al-turk, and Cro Cop apologized, but said it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.
Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez
Round 1: Kongo rocked Velasquez with a big shot early, but Velasquez was still able to get a takedown. Velasquez tried to mount, but Kongo got out and got on top. Velasquez was able to get back on top and get side control. He mounted Kongo and got his back and got a rear-naked choke. Kongo was able to roll out of it and was mounted by Velasquez. Kongo was able to get back up to his feet, but Velasquez was able to take him down. Velasquez was relentless in his assault, nailing Kongo with shots from all over. Kongo got back up, only for Velasquez to take him back down. Velasquez had Kongo’s back again, and pressed him against the cage. Kongo managed to get back up to his feet and nail a nice knee to Velasquez’s body as the round ended. 10-9 for Velasquez.
Round 2: Velasquez nailed Kongo with a couple of shots before Kongo rocked Velasquez again and clinched with him against the cage. Velasquez was able to take Kongo down again. Velasquez was able to flatten Kongo out, and Velasquez continued to control Kongo. Kongo was able to get back to his feet, only to be taken down again. Velasquez stayed on Kongo’s back, dropping knees and punches. Velasquez stayed on Kongo, dropping some big knees to the body and hammer fists as the round came to a close. So Kongo is the first fighter to be able to last until the third round with Velasquez. 10-9 for Velasquez, would have been a 10-8 if it weren’t for that big shot that rocked Velasquez early in the round.
Round 3: Kongo connected with some big shots to start the round again, and was able to take down Velasquez, but Velasquez was able to get on top of him and drop hammer fists again. I’m impressed that Kongo has been able to last this long. Velasquez just kept landing punches but Kongo was able to get back up and stuffed a takedown. Kongo landed some hard knees. He nailed Velasquez with some big shots and almost looked like he was going to finish him for a second, but Velasquez was able to take Kongo back down and mounted Kongo. Velasquez dropped some shots and Kongo was trying to land punches from the bottom. Velasquez kept dropping punches as the round came to an end. 10-9 for Velasquez.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores weren’t announced): Cain Velasquez
After the fight, Velasquez said he should have done better. He looked and sounded like a guy who lost. He thanked Kongo for taking the fight on short notice and said he needed to do better.
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Round 1: Both fighters shook hands before the fight and touched gloves once the bell began. This is the nicest I’ve seen Silva in a fight in years. Silva landed a couple of nice combinations, and Franklin was able to land some shots of his own. Silva is looking more cautious than I’ve ever seen him so far. Silva hit a high kick that grazed Franklin. Silva finally got a big takedown. Silve tried to secure a guillotine, but slipped and Franklin was able to mount Silva and got his back. Franklin pressed him against the cage, but separated with seconds left in the round. Franklin landed a couple more shots to end the round. 10-9 for Franklin.
Round 2: Silva was breathing heavy as the round began. Franklin pushed forward and landed a couple of good punches and an inside leg kick. The fight stayed standing with both men landing scattered shots, but Franklin doing more damage. Silva is having a hard time with Franklin’s reach. With a little over a minute left, Silva landed a right hook and Franklin buckled. Silva went for the kill and wailed away on Franklin, almost looking like he was going to finished Franklin off but Franklin recovered. Franklin nailed Silva with a high kick, but slipped and fell. They kept swinging to end the round. Great finish to the second round. 10-9 for Franklin, but it’s close.
Round 3: Both men slapped hands to start the round. Both guys are tired, but Silva looks more fatigued. They stayed standing, with Franklin getting the better of the stand up, taking Silva apart. Franklin hit an accidental low blow, and Silva took just a couple of seconds to recover. Franklin continued to pick away at Silva, but Silva then landed a couple of good shots and a knee. With a minute left, Silva went in for the kill again and landed some big shots, but Franklin was able to take Silva down. Silva was able to get up, but Franklin controlled him while Silva kept dropping elbows from the back to end the round. 10-9 Silva, but it’s close again. Great fight.
Winner via unanimous decision: Rich Franklin
Franklin gave props to Silva after the fight. Franklin said 195 lbs. is perfect for him, but he’ll stick around at 205. Franklin thanked his coaches and Anderson Silva after the fight.
Silva said after the fight that he wanted to give a show for the fans and thanked them. Silva said the cut didn’t affect him and he feels great.