Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 65: Bad Intentions
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Sacramento Arco Arena, November 18, 2006 UFC welterweight title challenger Georges St. Pierre will square off with champion Matt Hughes for the biggest fight of his young career, a chance at redemption against the only man to beat him. UFC 65 also features the UFC heavyweight title bout between champion Tim Sylvia and challenger Jeff Monson.
Event Bouts: UFC Welterweight Championship Matt Hughes (170) vs. Georges St. Pierre (169)
UFC Heavyweight Championship Tim Sylvia (262.5) vs. Jeff Monson (237.5)
Frank Mir (254) vs. Brandon Vera (230.5) Alessio Sakara (204) vs. Drew McFedries (202) Joe Stevenson (155) vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (154.5) Nick Diaz (171) vs. Gleison Tibau (171) Antoni Hardonk (242.5) vs. Sherman Pendergarst (247.5) Hector Ramirez (203) vs. James Irvin (205.5) Josh Schockman (235) vs. Jake OBrien (232.5)
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In the headline fight of the night, Georges St. Pierre finally gets his chance at redemption against the champion that had barely defeated him early on in his career. St. Pierre, now a seasoned and complete fighter, gets another crack at welterweight giant, Matt Hughes. The co-main event features heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, defending his coveted title against challenger Jeff Monson.
The night opens with Joe "Daddy" Stevenson (Matt Hughes's first selection on The Ultrimate Fighter Season 2) vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima. Stevenson, already a veteran in MMA, impresses once again.
Next, rising heavyweight (should probably be light heavyweight) star Brandon Vera gets his "biggest" fight yet in the UFC against former champion on the comeback trail, Frank Mir. Mir has not looked good at all in his comeback fights inside the octagon and now he is facing a younger, faster fighter in Vera. Vera has made the claim that he would eventually secure both the light heavyweight and heavyweight belts, but let's just concentrate on beating the washed up fighter in front of you to pad your record first. This one is fun to watch...
Everyone loves a standup fight - and that is what we would all expect from Alessio Sakara and Drew McFedries. Sakara is a boxing champ from Italy and McFedries seems to be the new "Robbie Lawler" out of team Miletich. This one is a slugfest!
UFC newcomer Hector Ramirez takes on James "Sandman" Irvin. This is a decent fight and you won't have to sit through three full rounds, as it does not go the distance.
Co-main event time!!!! Feel free to take a nap at this point.Read more ›
1.Jake O'Brien vs. Josh Schockman-Jake takes this fight by a judges decision after three rounds of not much. This was an ok fight O'Brien controlled the whole fight basically taking Josh down every time they were stood up. Over all this was a decent start to the event.
2.JAMES IRVIN vs. HECTOR RAMIREZ-Irvin takes this fight in the second round with a beautiful straight right hand that catches Ramirez after he throws a lazy left hook. The entire fight was great; this was an excellent addition to the card.
3.SHERMAN PENDERGARST vs. ANTONI HARDONK-this was a great fight, back and forth while the fight lasted, Antoni takes this fight after a nice combo with a left, right punch combo followed immediately by a vicious leg kick that takes out Sherman. This was a very entertaining fight, nice bout.
4.NICK DIAZ vs. GLEISON TIBAU-the first round of this fight was amazing, a great technical battle on the ground. Both fighters were giving it all they had, but by the end Tibau was gassing and looking pretty bad. In the second round Tibau was far too gone and gassed out, basically Diaz just out lasted him and got the win when the ref stopped the fight.
5.JOE STEVENSON vs. D. MISHIMA-this one ends in the first round when Mishma taps out after a deep guillotine choke, it would take two of these though to get him to tap out. This was a good but quick fight, nice edition to the show.
6.FRAMK MIR vs. BRANDON VERA-extremely surprising how quick this match was, I did not expect this fight to be over at just over one minute. After a well placed knee from Vera Mir goes down and is dominated on the ground, great win for Vera.
7.ALESSIO SAKARA vs.Read more ›