UFC 97 is officially underway from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The show will be headlined by UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva defending his crown against Thales Leites. The main bouts will be airing LIVE on pay-per-view at 10PM EDT/7PM PDT.
Eliot Marshall Defeated Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
T.J. Grant Defeated Ryo Chonan via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mark Bocek Defeated David Bielkheden via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:57 in the 1stRound
Ed Herman Defeated David Loiseau via Unanimous Decision (All 3 Three Judges)
Nate Quarry Defeated Jason MacDonald via TKO (Strikes) at 2:27 in the 1stRound
Denis Kang Defeated Xavier Fouka-Pokum via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Luis Cane Defeated Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: From the outset Cane takes the center of the Octagon and throws a couple of combinations that keep Cantwell backpeddling and bloodies up his nose. Cantwell’s strikes land but they don’t have the same force as Cane’s and he keeps Cantwell backing up. Neither fighter seems open to taking the fight to the ground as both guys continue to throw combinations.
2ndRound: Cantwell eats a couple of straight punches as the second round begins. As the round continues, Cantwell begins to land punches and kicks that have power and back Cane up. A left high-kick by Cantwell and a follow-up knee back Cane up but he is able to recover and keep Cantwell at bay. As the round ends, it’s Cane who’s backpeddling as Cantwell pushes forward.
3rdRound: Cane begins to turn it on at the outset of the third round with punches to Cantwell’s face and kicks to his body. Both fighters seem to have found their comfort zone as more risks are being taken but neither has gained control of the round. Cane lands a couple of power shots but Cantwell is able to take them and keep pushing forward.
Cheick Kongo Defeated Antoni Hardonk via TKO (Strikes) at 2:29 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Hardonk starts the fight by backing Kongo up against the cage. Neither fighter has thrown or landed anything of importance as the fight starts but Kongo is able to clinch Hardonk up against the cage. Kongo catches a Hardonk kick and throws a punch that causes Hardonk to his back but Kongo is unwilling to go to the ground. With only a minute left in the round, Kongo scores a takedown on Hardonk.
2ndRound: A Kongo legkick rocks Hardonk, but he’s able to get Kongo in his full-guard. Kongo begins to reign down on Hardonk which forces him to go into the fetal position and caused the referee to come in and stop the fight.
Krzysztof Soszynski Defeated Brian Stann via Submission (Kimura) at 3:53 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Neither fighter is able to do anything worth noting until Soszynski takes Stann down and easily passes to full-mount. Stann is able to escape but Soszynski is able to pass into side-control. Soszynski locks in a kimura in Stann’s half-guard and forces him to tapout.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Defeated Chuck Liddell via TKO (Strikes) at 4:28 in the 1stRound
1stRound: The fight starts with both fighters being very cautious but Rua shows that he’s willing to atttack Liddell’s lead leg. The striking looks clean as the fight begins with both willing to exchange. Rua takes Liddell down and gets a leg-lock, but Liddell is able to escape and get back to his feet. It’s clear that Liddell is the aggressor when both fighters begin to exchange as Rua continually backpeddles to avoid any damage until a left-hook drops Liddell and follows up with hammerfists until the referee stops the fight.
Sam Stout Defeated Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision (29-28. 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Wiman starts as the aggressor, landing punches and taking Stout down early but Stout is able to stand back up. Wiman’s wild striking is confusing Stout’s cleaner striking but a failed guillotine attempt allows Stout to land some strikes of his own. Stout is able to reverse a Wiman takedown and end up in the half-guard.
2ndRound: Stout is still having issues with Wiman’s wild-style, but Stout is remaining calm as the round continues. A Stout kick and punch drops Wiman, but Stout is unable to take full advantage.
3rdRound: Knowing that he lost the second round, Wiman starts out with a flurry but doesn’t land anything. Wiman is able to take Stout’s back with a body triangle until Stout turns into Wiman’s full-guard. Wiman eats a couple of hammerfists and elbows before he stands back up. As Stout throws a legkick, Wiman catches his ankle and scores another takedown.
Anderson Silva Defeated Thales Leites via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46)
1stRound: Over 90 seconds elapses on the clock before either fighter throws a strike. Leites begins with a flying knee that’s not even close. Silva takes the center of the Octagon early. Leties lands the first strike of the fight with a low leg kick over three minutes into the first round. A leg kick by Silva trips Leites but Silva is willing to let Leites back up. Leites fights for a potential takedown but Silva works up to a body clinch.
2ndRound: Leites scores an early takedown after Silva becomes overly aggressive. Silva is able to get a body-triangle from the bottom to keep Leites’s posture under control. Silva is able to work his way back to his feet and invite Leites back up to his feet. Leites is doing a good job of staying way from Silva and not allowing him to throw anything.
3rdRound: Silva seems to want to push the pace in order to get the fight under his control. Leites once again attempts to pull guard but Silva isn’t having any of that. Silva is starting to get irritated at Leites’ unwillingness to strike with him. Silva is starting to turn it on with punches and kicks to Leites’ face, body and legs.
4thRound: In an attempt to force Leites to move forward, Silva begins to stomp down on Leites’ knee. Silva’s trying to make the most of the situation as he begins to put on a show while landing anything he wants. Another Leites takedown attempt is stuffed.
5thRound: Leites attempts a leglock and a single leg takedown but Silva is able to defend easily. After another uneventful round, Silva did what he could against an unwilling Leites.