UFC 86 is underway from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click on the picture above to see all the results as they happen! The main event features TUF Season 1 champion Forrest Griffin challenging Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in the 1stRound
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver via TKO (Strikes) in the 1stRound
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel via Submission (Triangle Choke) in the 3rdRound
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully via Submission (Americana) in the 1stRound
Main Card Results:
Tyson Griffin def. Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision
1stRound: Both fighters spent much of the 1stRound feeling each other out, with Griffin landing a couple of body shots until Aurelio slipped to his back where Griffin started to ground-and-pound Aurelio. Griffin avoided all of Aurelio’s submission attempts and punished him, which caused a mouse to grow under Aurelio’s left eye.
* Griffin easily wins the 1stRound 10-9
2ndRound: Griffin starts the 2ndRound with a couple of leg kicks that cause Aurelio to lose his balance. Aurelio still hasn’t used his reach advantage as Griffin is able to land body shots and leg kicks at will. Griffin was then able to take Aurelio down, but Aurelio was able to reverse the position and take Griffin’s back. Griffin then spins into Aurelio’s half-guard where he nearly fell into a triangle choke.
* Griffin takes the 2ndRound 10-9
3rdRound: Both fighters begin to exchange in the 3rd with Griffin getting the better of it because of the continued attack on Aurelio’s leg. As the round continues, Griffin looks like the fresher fighter as Aurelio’s takedown attempts are blatantly obvious. Griffin is able to shoot in and score a takedown towards the end of the round, which actually gave Aurelio a slight chance to land a submission, but Griffin was able to escape a couple of armbar attempts.
* Griffin wins the 3rdRound 10-9
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision
1stRound: Lytle starts by throwing a couple of overhand rights that miss the mark and Koscheck seems a little cautious to start the fight. As Lytle attemps to rush forward, Koscheck lowers his level and takes Lytle down into his half-guard. Koscheck lands a couple of strong elbows as Lytle tries to sit up, but Koscheck is able to control him and get Lytle back down.
* Koscheck was able to control the end of the 1stRound to win 10-9
2ndRound: Koscheck was able to shoot in on Lytle once again and end up in Lytle’s half-guard much like in the 1stRound. Koscheck stacked Lytle up against the cage and landed some elbows which cut Lytle above his right eye. Nearly all of the round was comprised of Koscheck on top and landing massive elbows that opened Lytle up badly.
*Koscheck dominates the 2ndRound and takes it 10-8
3rdRound: Lytle was able to sneak in a punch, but Koscheck used it as an opportunity to take Koscheck down once again. Lytle did show some fight at the end, but Koscheck was able to survive.
* Koscheck wins the 3rdRound 10-9
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Joe Stevenson nearly caught Tibau in a guillotine choke, but Tibau was able to escape and push Stevenson up against the cage in a body clinch and eventually take Stevenson down. Once Stevenson was able to get back up and flurry on his feet, he was able to score a takedown, where Tibau got Stevenson in an omoplata. Although Stevenson was in big trouble for nearly two-minutes, he was able to ride it out and move on to the 2ndRound.
* Tibau took the 1stRound with his submission attempt on Stevenson 10-9
2ndRound: With not much going on to start the 2ndRound, it’s already apparent that Tibau’s size is affecting Stevenson, as he was able to take Stevenson down and pass into side-control. As Tibau was able to take the full-mount, Stevenson escaped and got back on to his feet. When Tibau went in for another takedown attempt, he got caught in Stevenson’s guillotine choke once again and Tibau had to tap.
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Cote attempted a guillotine choke to start the fight, but Almeida was able to shrug him off and eventually end up in Cote’s full-guard. From there Almeida ground-and-pounded Cote for the bulk of the round.
* Almeida easily takes the 1stRound 10-9
2ndRound: As the 2ndRound starts, Almeida pulls guard and had full rubber-guard on Cote, but Cote was able to free himself and get back to his feet. Almeida’s style seems to be bothering the usually aggressive Cote. Not much took place in the 2ndRound until the end when Cote was able to catch Almeida, but the round was over.
* The 2ndRound was tough to call but we called it a draw.
3rdRound: Conditioning is starting to have an effect on Almeida. Cote is taking advantage, landing some punches when Almeida drops his hands below his waist. It seems as though Almeida is trying to draw Cote in to take him to the ground, but Cote is keeping his distance. Cote has begun to land leg kicks that Almeida isn’t defending. Everything that Cote is landing is doing damage. Almeida is standing there, but he isn’t doing anything in the 3rdRound. Cote looks much fresher until he was able to score a takedown with a little over :30 left in the round. Almeida attempts an armbar, but Cote ends up in Almeida’s full-guard.
* Patrick Cote takes the 3rdRound 10-9
Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46) to become the NEW UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
1stRound: Griffin starts with a couple of leg kicks and a jab that lands. Rampage looks like he’s feeling out the distance as Griffin lands a straight right and leg kick. Griffin already looks much quicker than Rampage and he has a 4″ reach advantage. As both fighters clinch in, Rampage lands a left hook and a right uppercut as they seperate. Griffin’s kicks are keeping Rampage off balance but a left hook by Rampage caused Griffin’s legs to buckle, but he was able to recover. Griffin walks right into a Jackson uppercut that drops and stuns him as Jackson ends up in Griffin’s full-guard who grasps Rampage tightly to avoid getting finished. Rampage keeps trying to pressure and punch Griffin, but Griffin seems to have regained his composure as the round ends.
* Jackson takes the 1stRound by damaging Griffin more 10-9
2ndRound: A leg kick buckles Jackson’s front leg and as he limps Griffin takes advantage and takes him down into Jackson’s half-guard. Griffin lands small elbows from Jackson’s half-guard. Griffin passes into side control as we still don’t know how severly injured Jackson’s knee is. Griffin works toward an Americana, but Jackson powers out of it twice. Griffin advances into the full-mount with small elbows that soften Jackson up. Griffin has dominated the 2ndRound. Jackson didn’t threaten to sweep once after he suffered the leg injury at the beginning of the round.
* Griffin dominates the 2ndRound 10-9
3rdRound: Rampage clearly can’t put any weight on his left leg, but he’s still able to land a couple shots to Griffin’s face. Griffin throws out a couple of faint leg kicks that Jackson side steps. Jackson’s power is clearly still there, but he’s not pushing forward at all. A nice right-left-right-left combination from Jackson stops Griffin for a minute and Jackson follows up with a straight left that stuns Griffin, but he once again recovers quickly. Both fighters are coming dangerously close in their exchanges. It seems as if Griffin is walking into too many Jackson punches and he isn’t taking advantage of Jackson’s leg injury. Both fighters end with a flurry with Griffin getting the better of the exchange.
* Jackson squeaks out the 3rdRound 10-9
4thRound: Both fighters flurry once again with Jackson’s power overwhelming Griffin. Griffin tries to body clinch and take Jackson down, but Jackson ends up on top with Griffin suffering a cut over his right eye. Griffin is able to sneak in a triangle as Jackson stands up and slams Griffin down (not quite like the Arona one, but effective). Jackson stands back up and Griffin gets caught with a right hook on his way up. Griffin lands a left straight that backs Jackson up a step, but Jackson flurries again with an uppercut-hook combination. Although Griffin has been more active thus far, Jackson’s power and damage is outweighing that activity. Jackson lands another right-left-right flurry to end the round.
* Jackson wins the 4thRound 10-9
5thRound: The cut over Griffin’s right eye is deep, but both fighters still look fresh and ready to end the fight. Griffin goes back to the leg kicks, but Jackson counters with another punch. Griffin lands a nice body kick and Jackson counters with a big right hand as Griffin comes back with a couple of punches. Griffin lands a pair of right hands, but they don’t really hurt Jackson. Griffin’s speed is starting to show again as does Jackson’s power. Both fighters are willing to exchange when Griffin lands a big right hand that stuns Jackson for a split second. Jackson throws a punch and ducks his head and Griffin throws a knee that grazes Jackson’s face.
* Griffin wins the 5thRound 10-9
UFC 86 Fight Bonuses:
Knockout of the Night: Melvin Guillard ($60,000)
Submission of the Night: Cole Miller ($60,000)
Fight of the Night: Forrest Griffin and Rampage Jackson ($60,000 each)