First off, we wanted to thank everyone who joined us for our LIVE Radio Show, Outside the Cage Live (FREE AUDIO Play-by-Play of UFC 81). We also wanted to thank Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann for joining us LIVE from Las Vegas as he spoke to us for a couple of minutes in between the Lesnar/Mir and Sylvia/Nogueira fight. We’ll be posting some audio of that interview later on in the day and we also have some exclusive updates regarding Kampmann’s UFC return that we’ll have up tomorrow (Monday) here on 5thRound.com. Now onto the results…
Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
– Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia by Guillotine Choke in the 3rd Round
I have to give it to Sylvia as he was impressive through the first two rounds. He was able to control the action and land shots at will against Nogueira, who once again showed his strong chin. Nogueira was hurt a couple of times, but Sylvia was never really able to capitalize. As the third round started, Nogueira pulled Sylvia down into his guard where he was then able to sweep him. Once Nogueira was on top, Sylvia tried to scramble out but in the midst of doing so, Nogueira took Sylvia’s neck and sunk in a deep guillotine which forced Sylvia to tap out quick.
– Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar by Knee Bar in the 1st Round
Brock Lesnar had Mir hurt early, but his inexperience caused him to get a little too anxious as he had a point taken away for hitting Mir in the back of the head. Lesnar was overwhelming Mir as his power was a little too much to handle until Mir was able to throw a couple of submission attempts starting with an armbar, and then a knee bar that Lesnar was forced to tap out to.
– Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn by Guillotine Choke in the 2nd Round
Once again Horn stepped in late for the injured Thales Leites who was forced to pull out, but Horn was game as Marquardt landed some nice ground and pound. Marquardt’s punches and elbows really had Horn in a couple of tough spots in the first round, but Horn was able to survive until the second round. The second round though was more of the same as Horn never really got going when he ultimately got caught in a guillotine which forced a tap out.
– Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt by Rear Naked Choke in the 1st Round
You have to give Rob Yundt credit as he stepped in late to replace Alan Belcher. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to handle Almeida’s ground game as Almeida sunk in a rear naked choke and won by submission.
– Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau by Unanimous Decision
Tyson Griffin won another decision in the UFC, although he was pushing the pace and trying to land the knockout punch. Everytime that Tibau was stunned, he was able to gather his sense and continue to push forward. The crowd was none too pleased with the Xtreme Couture fighter out of Las Vegas as Griffin took the unanimous decision.
– Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley by KO in the 1st Round
This was a fight that lasted only 33 seconds and justifies the reasoning behind Lytle’s nickname “Light’s Out”. A nice punch forced Bradley to get KO’ed and literally pull referee Yves Lavigne into his guard.
– Tim Boetsch def. David Heath by TKO in the 1st Round
Both fighters were going after it in the first round as Boetsch still got the better of the standup until he was able to stun Heath who dropped to his knees. Boetsch was able to take advantage of it and start raining down punches until the referee stopped it.
– Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin by Unanimous Decision
Eastman was able to control the bout winning easily by unanimous decision over Martin, who was looking to bounce back from a tough KO loss to Chris Leben in a fight that he was winning until he walked into a left hook.
– Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura by Split Decision
The Nakamura/Emerson bout was a tough bout for both fighters as it went the full three rounds and into a judge’s decision where Emerson was able to squeak out a split decision.