UFC 103 Results

Vitor Belfort's Return To The UFC Did Not End Well For Rich Franklin [UFC 103 Results]

9/20/09 in MMA   |   RearNakedNews   |   0 respect

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Preliminary Card
Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rob Emerson
-Dos Anjos Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Igor Pokrajac
-Matyushenko Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Brilz vs Eliot Marshall
-Marshall Wins by Split Decision (30-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Brian Foster vs Rick Story
-Story Wins by 2nd Round Submission (Arm Triangle)
Nick Lentz vs Rafaello Oliveira
-Lentz Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Steve Lopez vs Jim Miller
-Miller Wins by 2nd Round TKO (Shoulder Injury)
Tomasz Drwal vs Drew McFedries
-Drwal Wins by 2nd Round Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Efrain Escudero vs Cole Miller
-Escudero Wins by 1st Round TKO
 
-That was a brutal preliminary card. The UFC should elect all of the fans who sat through those eight fights into the Hall of Fame.
 
Hermes Franca vs Tyson Griffin
-Franca would probably be a monster, if he took fighting seriously.
-Miragliotta sighting!
 
Round 1
Franca looks totally out of shape. If Griffin can take this into the latter rounds, he should take over. Good jab by Griffin. Body shot lands for Griffin. Very slow start for Franca. A diving left connects for Griffin. Left-right combo for Griffin. Uppercut by Griffin. Solid leg kick for Griffin. Left lands for Griffin. Two inside leg kicks connect for Griffin. RNN Scores it 10-9 Griffin.
 
Round 2
Griffin lands a jab. Franca charges in and lands a series of looping strikes. Griffin stands in and takes the shots. They're both trading and landing. Franca getting the better of it. Franca catches a leg. As it's held, they're both throwing punches, although most are partially landing at best. Griffin gets his leg free. Leg kick by Griffin. Griffin pushes forward and lands a hard right over the top. Lots of leg kicks for Griffin. France content to let them land. Inside leg kick followed by a right for Griffin. A right drops Franca. Griffin on top landing combinations. Franca moving around. Griffin continues to pour it on. He lands some flush shots and it's over. Franca went out for a second and the referee stepped in.

Tyson Griffin Wins by 2nd Round TKO
 
-Excellent finish by Griffin. The right that dropped him was perfect and the follow-up ground work was vicious. I'll hold off proclaiming Griffin a title contender until I see him finish a fighter who isn't out of shape and sporting purple hair.

Josh Koscheck vs Frank Trigg
-Goldberg just said Trigg hopes to make his return to UFC glory. I'm pretty sure Trigg never had UFC glory.
-Goldberg goes on to say that Trigg "almost beat Hughes". Then Rogan corrects him and explains that Trigg hit Hughes in the balls and that's the only reason he "almost" beat him.
 
Round 1
Trigg catches Koscheck with a left. Koscheck lands a strike (it was more with his wrist than fist) that hits Trigg on the side and back of the head. Koscheck lands a big right as Trigg is off-balanced that drops him. Four big rights on the ground and the referee stops it.
 
Josh Koscheck Wins by 1st Round TKO
 
-Koscheck calls out Matt Hughes after the fight.
 
-Shot of Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson cageside. Goldberg calls her Jenna "James". He's having some night already.
 
Paul Daley vs Martin Kampmann
-I'm not sure what to make of Kampmann. If he's the real deal, he should dominate Daley. This is the type of fight that an elite guy takes over and puts on a show.
 
Round 1
Kampmann lands early. Jab by Kampmann. Daley lands a left. Kampmann charges in for a takedown and eats an uppercut. Daley lands another left hook. He's landing heavy strikes. Kampmann's corner is screaming at him to take the fight to the ground. Another left for Daley. A left-right combo for Daley. Kampmann presses Daley into the cage. Knee to the body by Kampmann. They separate and Daley lands a big left. Kampmann is hurt. Daley throws a series of lefts that keep landing. Referee steps in while Kampmann is still standing, but was visibly rocked.

Paul Daley Wins by 1st Round TKO

-A very tough call. Kampmann was just standing there eating big shots. He was going to go down hard soon. I think it was probably a good call. Kampmann didn't need to take anymore punishment.

-Well, I guess I got my answer about Kampmann. The Welterweight Division is such a mess. None of these guys can compete with St-Pierre. It's so bad that Matt Hughes is probably one win away from getting a fourth fight with the champion. If I was the King of the UFC, I'd force Swick to fight Fitch. Winner gets St-Pierre.
 
-They're showing the Dos Anjos/Emerson fight for some reason.
 
-In case anyone was wondering, the biggest news to come out of the Mayweather/Marquez PPV so far is that Triple H will be walking with Floyd to the ring. I know. I can't wait either.
 
Junior Dos Santos vs Mirko Cro Cop
-With a win, Cro Cop could elevate himself back into the top tier of fighters. I feel like everyone is sort of waiting and hoping he will. That said, Dos Santos should take his head off.
-Dos Santos enters to the Rocky Theme.
-Cro Cop enters to "Wild Boys".
-Miragliotta will ref his second straight Cro Cop fight. The last time he totally missed an eye poke that led to the end of the fight. Lets see if he can top himself.

Round 1
Dos Santos presses forward early. Right for Dos Santos partially lands. A big left head kick by Cro Cop misses. Dos Santos lands a combo that hurts Cro Cop. A very nice left hook connects. Uppercut lands for Dos Santos. Tie-up briefly near the cage. Back to the center. Fans chanting "Cro Cop". Another tie-up with Cro Cop pressing Dos Santos into the cage. Knees by both to the body. Back to the center. Straight left lands for Cro Cop. Another straight left. Straight left for Cro Cop ends the round. RNN Scores it 10-9 Dos Santos, although Cro Cop made it close at the end.
 
Round 2
Lets see how Dos Santos holds up as the fight goes on. He finished both of his UFC fights in the 1st Round. Leg kick by Cro Cop, but Dos Santos pushes in. He lands a couple shots and they distance from each other. Dos Santos lands a right followed by an uppercut. Cro Cop is sitting back and trying to counter. Body shot for Dos Santos. Another uppercut lands for Dos Santos. Straight right for Dos Santos. Low blow by Cro Cop on a kick. Timeout as Dos Santos recovers. Dos Santos taking his time as Rogan and Goldberg talk about gonads. Fight gets going again. Left hook by Dos Santos. A right to the head and a left to the body by Dos Santos. Body kick by Dos Santos. RNN Scores it 10-9 Dos Santos.
 
Round 3
Cro Cop bleeding to start the 3rd. A left connects for Cro Cop. Knee to the body by Dos Santos. Two more knees to the body hurt Cro Cop. Dos Santos moves in and is landing. Another knee lands. An uppercut. Cro Cop looks hurt. He's got the clinch and lands a knee to the head. An uppercut connects to Cro Cop's eye. Cro Cop steps back and says something. Dos Santos puts his hands up and screams. Miragliotta standing there clueless. Cro Cop quits because he can't see.

Junior Dos Santos Wins by 3rd Round TKO (Verbal Submission)

-Weird ending. Dos Santos hit him with a few knees to the head during the round. Then he followed one up with an uppercut that connected flush on Cro Cop's left eye. There was an awkward ten seconds where everyone was just looking at each other then Miragliotta waved his hands to end it.

-Cro Cop immediately left after the fight and went back to the locker room with a towel over his head.

-I think Cro Cop really had trouble seeing and decided he didn't want to get knocked out. Although it was legit, it won't win Cro Cop any fans. We routinely see fighters work through major cuts and injuries. You expect it at this point. Another setback for the once legendary Mirko Cro Cop.

Vitor Belfort vs Rich Franklin
-Belfort remains impossible to figure out. Every fight, he'll either kill the other guy or look terrible. It's just his nature. You can't expect a dog to talk and you shouldn't expect Vitor to be consistent.
-Franklin has the same reach (76 inches) as Paul Daley. Belfort clocks in at 74 inches.
-Lets hope this one doesn't go to the cards because Cecil Peoples is scoring.
 
Round 1
Minute in and both still feeling each other out. Leg kick connects for Belfort. Franklin paws with a jab. A right partially lands for Franklin. Belfort hits him with a left and Franklin falls to his knees. Sorta off-balanced. Once down, Belfort lands a few lefts and Franklin is out. Three minutes and two seconds.

Vitor Belfort Wins by 1st Round TKO

-The strikes to end it were very solid. Franklin took 3-4 lefts on the ground and he was finished.
 
-Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt might as well fight, because there's no way either is getting a shot at Anderson Silva before Belfort.
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9/20/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

hapkido_warrior wrote:
well franklin isnt really a gatekeeper, i would more call him a permenant contender, because up until his very close loss to dan henderson it was pretty much him and anderson silva and he couldnt beat silva
before last night he was still a top guy, now hes descending into gatekeeper but i see him coming back strong
my disagreement with you bludevil is not that boxing is dead or mma is selling more, but mma is a far more watched sport these days, boxing isnt dead but mma has WAY WAY more fans, the PPV numbers might not show it but more people know about/ watch the UFC these days then boxing
excluding the philiphines and mexico

I just don't buy that... go look at major cities in the US like Chicago, NYC, Philly.... boxing is still huge there and I don't think that MMA has "way, way more fans". I just don't think MMA has made those kinds of inroads yet. Look, why can we just love both? I do!

9/20/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

hapkido_warrior wrote:
well franklin isnt really a gatekeeper, i would more call him a permenant contender, because up until his very close loss to dan henderson it was pretty much him and anderson silva and he couldnt beat silva
before last night he was still a top guy, now hes descending into gatekeeper but i see him coming back strong
my disagreement with you bludevil is not that boxing is dead or mma is selling more, but mma is a far more watched sport these days, boxing isnt dead but mma has WAY WAY more fans, the PPV numbers might not show it but more people know about/ watch the UFC these days then boxing
excluding the philiphines and mexico

I only say he's a permanent gatekeeper because he doesn't have much of a chance to ever win the title again. I honestly don't care what he does, nothing he could ever do would convince me that he's worthy of another rematch with Silva, since the first two fights were so decisive. So in my eyes, he's a gatekeeper.

9/20/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

Pat wrote:
I understand, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm making excuses, but there were no title fights on this card, and the main event was between a permanent gatekeeper (Franklin) and a guy that most casual fans don't know a lot about (Belfort). I wouldn't expect huge numbers, even though it was an amazing card.

well franklin isnt really a gatekeeper, i would more call him a permenant contender, because up until his very close loss to dan henderson it was pretty much him and anderson silva and he couldnt beat silva
before last night he was still a top guy, now hes descending into gatekeeper but i see him coming back strong
my disagreement with you bludevil is not that boxing is dead or mma is selling more, but mma is a far more watched sport these days, boxing isnt dead but mma has WAY WAY more fans, the PPV numbers might not show it but more people know about/ watch the UFC these days then boxing
excluding the philiphines and mexico

9/20/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Yeah, I agree 100%. I just want to show some myopic MMA fans in another thread that swear that MMA is the absolute best and boxing is dead that really, that's not the case. Look, I like both sports and I'd have watched both if I could afford it. And there are times when I purchase a MMA event instead of a boxing event. But I don't think (as some have done) that you can make this blanket statement that MMA events always outsell boxing and that MMA way outsells boxing on a year to year basis.

I was talking about it with a friend last night, and I think that a lot of the "old money" is still in boxing. Right now, a huge portion of MMA fans are in the 18-26 demographic, and many of them can't regulary afford a $50+ PPV. Boxing fans, on the other hand, are a slightly wealthier group. I have no statistical support for that statement whatsoever, it is merely my opinion. I could be way off.

9/20/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Pat wrote:
I understand, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm making excuses, but there were no title fights on this card, and the main event was between a permanent gatekeeper (Franklin) and a guy that most casual fans don't know a lot about (Belfort). I wouldn't expect huge numbers, even though it was an amazing card.

Yeah, I agree 100%. I just want to show some myopic MMA fans in another thread that swear that MMA is the absolute best and boxing is dead that really, that's not the case. Look, I like both sports and I'd have watched both if I could afford it. And there are times when I purchase a MMA event instead of a boxing event. But I don't think (as some have done) that you can make this blanket statement that MMA events always outsell boxing and that MMA way outsells boxing on a year to year basis.

9/20/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

BluDevil wrote:
The only thing I really want to see are the PPV buy numbers.

I understand, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm making excuses, but there were no title fights on this card, and the main event was between a permanent gatekeeper (Franklin) and a guy that most casual fans don't know a lot about (Belfort). I wouldn't expect huge numbers, even though it was an amazing card.

9/20/09   |   MacDoogie   |   96 respect

Mirko and Trigg sholud get an apartment together and become best of friends.

9/20/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

The only thing I really want to see are the PPV buy numbers.