UFC 96 is officially over. The night’s main event featured former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Keith Jardine. Did Jackson earn himself a light heavyweight title shot? Or did he open the door for Lyoto Machida? Read below to find out.
Shane Nelson Deated Aaron Riley via TKO at :44 seconds in the 1stRound
Brandon Vera Defeated Mike Patt via TKO at 1:27 in the 2ndRound
Jason Brilz Defeated Tim Boetsch via Unanimous Decision (29-28 All three judeges)
Kendall Grove Defeated Jason Day via TKO at 1:32 in the 1stRound
Tamdan McCrory Defeated Ryan Madigan by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 3:35 in the 1stRound
Gray Maynard Defeated Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Gray Maynard is able to avoid all of Miller’s takedown attempts with his strong wrestling background. Miller is unable to do anything offensively to put Maynard in a bad position. Maynard cuts Miller open towards the end of the round.
2ndRound: The second round is more of the same as Maynard is able to keep his distance and keep outstriking Miller.
3rdRound: All action has slowed down with Maynard taking down Miller very easily and dominating everything on the ground until Miller attempts a kneebar which Maynard easily escapes.
Matt Hamill Defeated Mark Munoz via KO (High-Kick) at 3:53 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Munoz is struggling with Hamill’s peppering strikes and shoots in for a single-leg takedown but is unsuccessful. Hamill starts to pour it on as the crowd reacts to their hometown hero but Munoz is able to stand tall and throws a few punches back. Munoz is struggling to stay off of the cage and Hamill lands a right high-kick to the face that puts Munoz out.
Matt Brown Defeated Pete Sell via TKO (Strikes) at 1:32 in the 1stRound
1stRound: In one of the strangest refereeing moves, Matt Brown drops Sell and thinks the fight is over but the referee doesn’t stop the fight as Sell is clearly dazed. Brown tried to tell the referee to stop the fight but Sell kept trying to continue. Finally after Brown pushes Sell down, the referee stops it for the second time.
Shane Carwin Defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via KO (Punch) at 1:09 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Gabriel Gonzaga starts the fight by landing two straight punches that rock Carwin and followed it up with a takedown, but Carwin was able to fight his way back up and land a straight right that drops Gonzaga and finishes him off with strikes.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Defeated Keith Jardine via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: The fighters engage in a clinch as the fight begins with Jardine’s back getting pushed against the cage. With no action, the referee splits the fighters up as Jardine starts to be the aggressor with Jackson taking the center of the Octagon. Jackson lands an uppercut but Jardine is able to recover. Jardine lands a knee to Jackson’s body but eats two punches on his way out.
2ndRound: Jardine is starting to throw in legkicks with his punches with nothing landing but its keeping Jackson honest. It’s clear that Jackson is throwing the power punches with Jardine trying to find his range. Jackson drops Jardine and he’s trying to recover and he’s able to get back to his feet. Jackson scores a takedown as Jardine doesn’t pay attention but Jardine once again fights his way back to his feet. A lowblow by Jardine pauses the fight which allows him to push forward and wobble Jackson’s legs a little but he’s unable to take advantage. Both fighters are starting to feel their conditioning dwindle as the round ends.
3rdRound: Neither fighter’s second wind has kicked in as the final round starts. Jackson is able to score a takedown when Jardine gets too aggressive. Jardine is able to fight his way back up and end up in the clinch. Jardine fires a straight right that lands on Jackson’s face but does nothing to follow it up. With the round coming to a close, Rampage is starting to push forward and stuns Jardine and drops him as the bell rings.