What a night of fights! UFC 79 has to be one of the most exciting UFC events in Mixed Martial Arts history. Chuck Liddell finally got to face his long-time nemesis Wanderlei Silva, a fight that was six years in the making and that wasn’t even the main event! Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes had that honor as they faced off for the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship. Thierry Sokoudjou also made his UFC debut tonight against the undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida. If you don’t want the event to be spoiled for you, don’t read this until you watch it.
UFC 79: Nemesis Fight Results:
Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans by Unanimous Decision
Roan Carniero def. Tony DeSouza by TKO in the 2nd Round
Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev by Unanimous Decision
Manny Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr by Submission in the 1st Round
James Irvin def. Luiz Cane by Disqualification in the 1st Round
Eddie Sanchez def. Sao Polelei by TKO in the 3rd Round
Rich Clementi def. Melvin Guillard by Submission in the 1st Round
In what turned out to be the most heated fight of the night, Rich Clementi was able to take Melvin down and take his back in the process. Clementi then used his ground skills to flatten Guillard out and apply a rear naked choke which forced Guillard to tap out in the 1st round. After the submission Clementi stood over Guillard and gave him a good old nWo crotch-chop which did not please Guillard. There was a lot of jawing back and forth after the fight, I’m sure there will be a re-match between the two in the future.
Lyoto Machida def. Rameau Sokoudjou by Submission in the 2nd Round
Both fighters had a lot to prove heading into the fight as Sokoudjou was out to prove that his two knockouts over Top 10 Light Heavyweights, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona weren’t flukes, while Machida wanted to show that he could win an exciting fight. Machida was able to overwhelm Sokoudjou for the majority of the fight and get him down to the ground where he was the most comfortable and apply a beautiful side triangle choke which forced the explosive Team Quest fighter to tap out.
Chuck Liddell def. Wanderlei Silva by Unanimous Decision
FINALLY! Although the fight wasn’t as explosive as everyone thought it would be, it still lived up to the hype. Liddell came the closest to knocking Silva out, but Silva showed the heart and pride that has earned him the moniker “The Axe Murderer”. Liddell’s height and reach advantage were really what gave him the advantage, but Silva was able to drop Liddell in the 2nd round, but failed to follow up which allowed Liddell to get his legs under him. Liddell was never in danger after that as he took Silva down twice and earned enough points to get the easy decision. I don’t think that this was the last that we’ll see of Silva, but Liddell is now in a great position to get a title shot.
Georges St. Pierre def. Matt Hughes by Submission in the 2nd Round
This is the St. Pierre that makes him one of the scariest fighters in the game. Matt Hughes never mounted any offense against the Canadian as he was able to take Hughes down at will and land some nice ground and pound. Hughes did go after some takedown attempts, but he was clearly no match for St. Pierre’s superior athleticism and wrestling ability. St. Pierre was able to transition from a kimura attempt to an armbar, which forced Hughes to verbally tap out. This could be the last that we ever see of Matt Hughes in a fight, but there’s no doubt that he’s cemented his spot in history.
Don’t forget to checkout Outside the Cage Live Post-Fight Show for UFC 79! We had a blast with Crooklyn of CageSideLive.net and even left Rich Clementi a voicemail! You definitely don’t want to miss out on that. Thanks again to everyone who visited 5thRound.com for our first Live AUDIO play-by-play coverage, we’ll be doing it again!