Octagonside by Andreas Hale
In a battle of the two most inspirational heavyweights in MMA history Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira defeated Randy “The Natural” Couture via unanimous decision. The first round saw Nogueira nearly finish the fight with a choke until Couture worked out of the hold. Round two witnessed Nogueria control his opponent from the top position and the final round was highlighted by Couture being sent to the canvas from a hard “Minotauro” right hand. The official scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28 in favor of the former PrideFC and UFC heavyweight champion Nogueira.
The once beaten Thiago Silva returned to his winning ways by knocking out Keith Jardine with a left hook. The light heavyweight contest was waved off at 1:35 of the first round.
NCAA wrestling standout Jake Rosholt choked out Chris Leben with an arm triangle choke at 1:30 of the third and final round.
Nate Marquardt left no doubt that he will be the next challenger for the middleweight crown as he knocked out Demian Maia with a single right cross in just :21 seconds.
In a light heavyweight contest Brandon Vera soundly defeated Krzystof Soszynski via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
Middleweight Aaron Simpson scored a TKO win after an apparent knee injury forced Ed Herman to call it quits. The stoppage came at :17 seconds of round two.
Former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga wasted no time overwhelming and stopping newcomer Chris Tuscherer via TKO in round one. The time of the stoppage was 2:27.
Heavyweight Mike Russow made his UFC debut a successful one defeating Justin McCully via unanimous decision. Scores read 29-28, 30-26, and 30-27.
The monstrous 23 year old rookie heavyweight Todd Duffee needed just seven seconds to KO the 260 lb. Tim Hague in the first round. Duffee dropped Hague with a single left hook.
Light heavyweight Mark Munoz edged Nick Catone via split decision. Scores read 30-27 and 29-28 twice. Lightweight Evan Dunham defeated Marcus Aurelio via split decision. Scores read 30-27 and 29-28 twice.
Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow!