Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 99: The Comeback, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin defeated former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlai “The Axe Murderer” Silva via unanimous decision after a three round firefight. Franklin and Silva exchanged punches throughout round one. Though the southpaw Franklin controlled the rounds with superior boxing, Silva rocked the Cincinnatti native many times throughout the fight with wild haymakers. The bout ended with the fighters tied up against the cage and exchanging blows. No judge’s scores were announced, but all three favored Franklin.
Heavyweight hopeful Cain Velasquez mauled a much more experienced Cheick Kongo over three rounds with lightening fast takedowns and brutal ground n’ pound en route to a unanimous decision victory. No scores were given.
Welterweight Mike “Quick” Swick used speed and experience to defeat Ben “Killa B” Saunders in the second round via TKO at 3:47.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic made his UFC return a successful one by stopping Mustapha al Turk in the opening round via TKO after an accidental eye poke that was unseen by the Octagon official. The fight was stopped at 3:06.
Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy defeated “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis in a welterweight grudge match via split decision. All three judges scored the bout 29-28, twice falling in favor of Hardy.
The 6’10” heavyweight Stefan Struve survived an early onslaught to submit Denis Stojnic in the second round with a rear naked choke. The tap came at 2:37. John Hathaway scored a three round unanimous decision over Ricky Story. The welterweight bout was contest largely on the ground. The hard hitting welterweight Paul Taylor defeated Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision after three rounds. UK 170 pound standout Paul Kelly used superior grappling and control to score a unanimous decision victory over Roli Delgado.