“UFC Fight Night 21” took place Wednesday night inside the inside the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A lightweight bout between former two-time top contender Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi headlined the Spike TV broadcast. Florian looked absolutely sensational throughout the scrap, as he controlled Gomi with his lightning-quick left jab for most of the first 2Rounds, however turned up the heat in the final stanza.
After eating a stiff left to the face, Florian got a hold of Gomi and violently slammed him to the ground. After a brief tussle on the ground, Gomi ultimately gave up his back and it was only a matter of seconds before the Brazilian jiu jitsu ace sunk in a vicious rear-naked choke that forced Gomi to tap.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson sent a violent message to the heavyweight division when he slapped Stefan Struve silly with a powerful right in the bout’s opening ticks. After the 25-year-old collapsed to the canvas, Nelson continued to rain down bombs until the fight was called after just 39 seconds.
UFC Fight Night 21 Quick Results:
Charlie Brennemen Defeated Jason High via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gerald Harris Defeated Mario Miranda via TKO (Strikes) at 4:49 in the 1stRound
Yushin Okami Defeated Lucio Linhares via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Cut) at 2:47 in the 2ndRound
Gleison Tibau Defeated Caol Uno by TKO (Strikes) at 4:13 in the 1stRound
Nik Lentz Defeated Rob Emerson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Jacob Volkmann Defeated Ronys Torres via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Andre Winner Defeated Rafaello Oliveira via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Ross Pearson Defeated Dennis Siver via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Jorge Rivera Defeated Nate Quarry via TKO (Strikes) at :29 in the 2ndRound
Roy “Big Country” Nelson Defeated Stefan Struve via TKO (Strikes) at :39 in the 1stRound
Kenny Florian Defeated Takanori Gomi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:52 in the 3rdRound
Fight Night Bonuses:
Fight of the Night:
Ross Pearson and Denis Siver ($30,000/each)
Knockout of the Night:
Roy Nelson ($30,000)
Submission of the Night:
Kenny Florian ($30,000)
Attendance inside the Bojangles Coliseum:
It was announced during the post-fight press conference that 7,700 fans packed the arena, garnering the UFC a respectable $590,685 at the gate.
UFC Fight Night 21 Fallout:
Takanori Gomi: Just three years ago, Gomi was considered by most as the planet’s baddest lightweight. Since capturing the PrideFC lightweight title in December 2006, “The Fireball Kid” has pretty much been shooting blanks with a mundane 4-3 record.
“I think getting past Stefan throws me right in the mix, right in the title hunt.”
When asked who the heavyweight wanted to fight next, Nelson called out boxing legend James Tony.
“Don’t turn your back on me. Not a good idea,” Florian said of his ability to finish a contest when he’s able to take a dominant position.
Florian was humble in his convincing win, thanking everyone that helped him prepare for his second consecutive victory. He did not call-out champion BJ Penn or ask UFC brass for another title shot.