UFC 90 took place last night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The UFC’s first-ever event in the windy city featured a welterweight showdown between former “Ultimate Fighter Season 1” contestant Josh Koscheck taking on the Brazilian sensation Thiago Alves. The card was headlined by Canadian Patrick Cote challenging UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for his title.
Pete Sell def. Josh Burkman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Hermes Franca def. Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Dan Miller def. Matt Horwich via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Spencer Fisher def. Shannon Gugerty via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:56 in the 3rdRound
Thales Leites def. Drew McFedries via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:18 in the 1stRound
Sean Sherk def. Tyson Griffin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Sherk quickly takes Griffin down and takes his back but Griffin stands up and walks over to his corner to get Randy Couture’s advice as he bucks off Sean Sherk. Griffin ends up on his back again up against the cage but Griffin is able to wall walk back up. Both fighters are landing hard strikes with both punches and kicks as they both look much improved on their feet. Sherk is able to take Griffin’s back once again but gives it up as he slips off due to the sweat. Sherk takes the 1stRound 10-9.
2ndRound: Sherk once again takes Griffin down but Griffin is able to get back up as both fighters exchange hard strikes once again. Sherk lands a four strike combination that goes unanswered by Griffin, but Griffin is hanging in tough as he throws back. Griffin starts to throw more leg kicks and attacks Sherk’s lead leg. Sherk wins the 2ndRound 10-9.
3rdRound: Both fighters start the 3rdRound by throwing haymakers with Griffin getting the best of the exchange. Griffin lands a straight right as Sherk goes for a knee. Griffin barely avoids a Sherk knee as he lowers his head. The activity is starting to slow as both fighters are showing wear and tear from a very active pace. Griffin wins the 3rdRound 10-9.
Junior “Cigano” dos Santos def. Fabricio Werdum via TKO (Strikes) at 1:20 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Both fighters exchange low leg kicks to start. Dos Santos rocks Werdum with a big uppercut and finishes him with ground-and-pound as Werdum is still being tended to.
Gray Maynard def. Rich Clementi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Clementi starts off as the aggressor by taking the center of the Octagon. Maynard shoots in for a takedown but Clementi is able to throw Maynard off. Both fighters look comfortable on their feet but neither are able to land more then one strike at a time. Maynard scores a takedown on Clementi as Clementi gets too aggressive. Maynard wins the 1stRound 10-9.
2ndRound: Maynard starts the 2nd off landing a couple of punches that Clementi takes. Maynard shoots in and scores another takedown on Clementi, but Clementi is able to sweep him and get back to his feet as Maynard scores another takedown. Maynard takes the 2ndRound 10-9.
3rdRound: Another Maynard takedown starts the 3rdRound. Maynard continues to control Clementi on the ground. Clementi is finally able to sweep Maynard but wasn’t able to capitalize on it as Maynard scores another takedown. Maynard dominates the 3rdRound 10-9.
Thiago Alves def. Josh Koscheck via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Alves and Koscheck start off very tentative, feeling each other out. Alves lands some big strikes and rocks Koscheck, but Koscheck is able to recover. Koscheck is able to land some punches as Alves starts to land some kicks. An overhand right by Koscheck slows Alves down a little bit. As Koscheck gets closer, Alves lands a knee which forces Koscheck to attempt a takedown that Alves is able to escape. Alves wins the 1stRound 10-9.
2ndRound: Koscheck was able to throw a left high kick that Alves partially blocks as they both start to exchange with Koscheck becoming the aggressor. They both exchange leg kicks with Alves attacking Kosckeck’s lead leg and Koscheck attacking Alves’ body. Koscheck shoots for a takedown that Alves was able to fight off as the round comes to an end. Koscheck wins a very close 2ndRound 10-9.
3rdRound: Alves continues to outstrike Koscheck as he rocks Koscheck again with punches and a big knee. Alves is starting to take control but Koscheck is holding on strong. Alves continues to attack with strong leg kicks but Koscheck is still looking for an overhand right. A big leg kick to Koscheck’s lead leg causes him to turn his whole body. It’s clear that Koscheck’s left leg is hurting as he’s flat-footed. Alves takes the 3rdRound 10-9.
Anderson Silva def. Patrick Cote via TKO (Referee’s Stoppage due to Injury) at :39 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Cote starts the fight with a couple of leg kicks as Silva circles around Cote. Silva’s first strike is an inside leg kick that gets checked. Silva lands a flying knee that Cote smiles off as Cote throws back. Silva wins a very inactive 1stRound 10-9.
2ndRound: Silva lands a straight left and throws a flying left head kick. Cote counters with a spinning backfist as Silva pushes Cote up against the cage. Cote goes in for the takedown, but Silva gives him the old ole’ move and gets into Cote’s full guard. Silva seems to be having more fun in the Octagon than he did on UFC: All Access. Cote shoots in for a takedown but Silva is able to fight it off and land multiple knees to Cote’s body. Silvawins the 2ndRound 10-9.
3rdRound: Cote lands an overhand right to the back of Silva’s head but while going in for a strike, Cote blows out his right knee which causes him to fall to the ground and the fight gets stopped.