Results by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision. In round one Couture dominated the action by pressing Vera into the cage and controlling his body for the full five minutes. Round two saw Vera fend off the clinch of Couture and hurt him badly with a kick to the ribs. The final round witnessed Couture control the majority of the round with a strong clinch but Vera nearly finish the fight with two hard body kicks and a takedown. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 in favor of Randy “The Natural” Couture.
In a high profile welterweight match up Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy defeated Mike “Quick” Swick via unanimous decision after three rounds of intense action. Judges’ scored the bout 30-27 twice and 29-28. Hardy will now challenge Georges St. Pierre for his world welterweight championship in early 2010.
Following a devastating loss in July, Michael “The Count” Bisping returned and scored a second round TKO over international superstar Denis Kang. The official time of the stoppage was 4:24.
In a gutsy performance Matt “The Immortal” Brown TKO’ed The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner James “Lightening” Wilks in the third round with strikes from the top position. The official time of the stoppage was 2:27.
The Ultimate Fighter 9 lightweight winner Ross Pearson displayed composure beyond his years as he used slick boxing and sharp muay thai to open a cut on the forehead of Aaron Riley prompting the fight to be stopped at 4:38 of round two.
UK favorite Terry Etim submitted Shannon Gugerty in at 1:24 of the second round with a tight guillotine choke. Denis Siver scored with a textbook spinning back kick to the midsection to stop Englishman Paul Kelly in round two. The stoppage came at 2:53. In a light heavyweight clash Alexander Gustafsson needed only :41 seconds to knockout Jared Hamman in the first round. Lightweight star of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Andre Winner displayed blazing handspeed en route to knocking out Roli Delgado in the first round at 3:22. In a welterweight bout, Nick Osipczak battled Matt Riddle for three hard rounds before scoring the TKO at 3:53 of the last period. John Hathaway defeated Paul Taylor via unanimous decision. Judges’ scorecards read 30-27 twice and 30-26.