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Liveblog: UFC 79

[Hey Guys and Gals, welcome to Cage Potato's liveblog for UFC 79: Nemesis.  Make sure to refresh the page every couple of minutes to get the latest updates and read my random - yet wise - thoughts throughout the night.  So kick back and enjoy after the jump!]

Main Event:

Matt Hughes (41-5) vs. Georges St. Pierre (14-2) for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship

Main card (televised):

205 lbs.: Chuck Liddell (20-5) vs. Wanderlei Silva (31-7-1)

205 lbs.: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-1) vs. Lyoto Machida (11-0)

155 lbs.: Rich Clementi (28-12-1) vs. Melvin Guillard (20-6-2)

Hvywt.: Eddie Sanchez (7-1) vs. Soa Palalei (8-1)

Under card (may not be broadcast):

205 lbs.: James Irvin (12-4) vs. Luis Cane (7-0)

155 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan (5-2) vs. Nate Mohr (8-4)

185 lbs.: Dean Lister (9-5) vs. Jordan Radev (11-2)

170 lbs.: Roan Carneiro (11-6) vs. Tony DeSouza (10-3)

155 lbs.: Doug Evans (5-1) vs. Mark Bocek (4-1)

From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

9:35: Results so far: Despite Doug Evans stunning Mark Bocek in round one on a flurry of punches, and again in round three, Bocek was able to secure enough takedowns and control the bout.  Bocek wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Roan Carneiro handled Tony DeSouza in round one and almost ended it via submission early.  It continued into the second round where  landed several short punches rom behind and it was called.  Carneiro wins via TKO at 3:30 of round 2.

Dean Lister and Jordan Radev went toe-to-toe in round one and two with Lister scoring slightly better.  The pace from round two exhausted both fighters and they strolled through round three.  Lister wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). 

9:43: Quick update…”TUF 5″ runner-up Manny Gamburyan has defeated Nate Mohr via ankle lock submission at 1:31 of the first round.  PPV is running their normal hype right now and will until 10:00 pm.

9:48: Update…Luis Cane has been disqualified for an illegal knee, so James Irvin wins at 1:50 of the first round.

9:51: The build-up continues.  Rogan and Dana keep repeating themselves about how this could be the greatest UFC ever.  They might be right.  Minutes away from the official broadcast.

9:55: Five minutes away from showtime!  Like we care, but the Giants lead the Patriots 21-16 at the half.

10:00: We’re into the official broadcast!

10:03: Switching to a smaller font, the other was looking a little loud.   We’re getting shots of the fans and Goldberg is doing his opening thing.

10:05: Rogan is sporting his normal 5 o’clock shadow and is giving his run-down of the later matches.

10:06: Is Goldberg in a toothpaste commercial with that grin? 

10:07: The highlights of Silva and Liddell’s past fights are rolling.  These dudes are gonna’ fucking rumble! 

10:08: The weigh-in confrontation played and now they’re running down the rest of the main card.

10:09: Rich Clementi and Melvin Guillard are being hyped.  They’re both getting interviewed.  They hate each other for real.  Awesome.

10:12: Clementi’s entrance (and did he say he’s going to be like a meat grinder on Guillard?  Yes he did.).

10:14: Guillard has made his entrance full of smiles and style.  Clementi waits in the octagon. 

10:15: Both are in the cage and talking shit. 

10:16: Buffer has done his thing and we’re almost underway.  Both fighters are almost the same physically, with Clementi owning a slight reach advantage.  And he’s 7 years older than Guillard. 

10:17: Herb Dean has given the order.  It’s on!

10:24: It’s over by submission.  Rich Clementi locked in a rear naked choke on Guillard at 4:40 seconds of the first round he tapped out.  Nothing really went down for almost 3 minutes aside from Clementi getting in some inside leg kicks and Guillard swinging like a mad man.  Once the fight hit the mat, Clementi mostly dominated, although Guillard was able to get to his feet to rock Rich with a great right.  Then it hit the mat again and Clementi worked into the position he wanted.

10:26: So far fan voting has Hughes winning – just barely – against St. Pierre. 

10:28: They just hyped BJ Penn vs. Joe Stevenson‘s Jan. 19 fight.  BJ’s ears are looking extra gnarly.

10:30: St. P and Hughes both look relaxed in their locker rooms.  St. P is wearing his lucky shirt (seriously, I’ve seen it like 12 times in two weeks – or maybe it’s a weird laundry cycle they have in Montreal).

10:33: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and his hair is set to take on undefeated Lyoto Machida.  Rameau is coming out in the Predator mask and African beat drums.  He’s a badass-looking dude.  He’s in the cage and waiting for Lyoto.

10:35: Machida is at the octagan now.  Entrance was uneventful.  It’s judo vs. BJJ, Baby!

10:37: Tale of the tape…Same weight and same height, essentially.  Sok has a 4 inch reach advantage and is 6 years younger.  Buffer is doing the intros now. 

10:38: Mario Yamasaki is ref.  It’s on.

10:43: Round one wasn’t much by way of striking.  Much of the round was on the mat, with Machida on top.  Both fighters went for failed kimuras.  Rogan had some good points about Sok looking lost, as he spent much of the time on his back.  Also, Yamasaki stood the fighters up with just over a minute left which seemed strange.  Goldberg miscalled a couple of moves, but Rogan corrected him.

10:45: We’re into round two. 

10:50: Sokoudjou went for some early head kicks and seemed tentative, waiting for Machida.  He got caught two minutes in and Machida caught him with some great strikes and wrapped him in a half lock.  Sok got out oh, so briefly, but Machida got him wrapped back up.  Sokoudjou was just fucking dominated the entire fight and especially this round.  Machida ended it when Sok tapped out because of an arm triangle with around 35 seconds left in the round.  Machida is 12-0 in MMA now.  Rogan is sleepwalking through his ring interview, must be the translator talking like a pro wrestler.

10:52: So we all heard the massive amounts of money bettors were putting down on Sokoudjou, right?  Good call, Suckers! 

10:53: So who’s looking hotter, Arianny or Edith?  I’m kinda’ disappointed by their screen time so far, but they aren’t disappointing me when they are on the screen. 

10:55: Glimpses of Liddell and Silva’s waiting chambers.  Chuck is bouncing like a 4-year-old and Silva is chillin’. 

10:55: Eddie Sanchez (insert ‘dirty sanchez’ joke here) and Soa Palalei are being hyped. 

10:56: I MISS BIG JOHN!  Yamasaki kinda’ sucked.

10:57: Soa strolls out…’damn, it feels good to be a gansta’.  Office Space, baby!  The Ghetto Boys rock!

10:58: Goldberg just gave a ‘shout-out’ to “beautiful Madison Square Garden”…um, Mike, you suck at ‘shout-outs’ and MSG is cool, but not “beautiful”. 

10:59: The Manic Hispanic is out now.  ”Gasoline”…I’m not even gonna’ try the lyrics, but it’s catchy.

11:01: Tale of the tape…Soa is 30 (5 years older), has a ten-inch reach advantage or Sanchez and weighs 23 pounds more.  Buffer is pretending he’s an auctioneer right now.

11:02: Yamasaki is the man again…oh well.  The round is underway!  Sanchez is starting off fast. 

11:04: Palalei is recovering for a moment from a knee to the balls, but it doesn’t look like it was square in the nuts… Goldberg makes a dumb package joke.

11:08: Lot of time spent locked up and Yamasaki finally separated them (as he should have done this time).  Many jabs that didn’t really land, but Sanchez rocked Soa with an uppercut near the close of the round.  Palalei mocked him with a ‘come on’ gesture.  Both dudes are already looking tired.

11:11: Sanchez is screaming ‘Yeah, Boy’ as they’re huggin’ it out.  Okay, then…

11:14: Soa has done pretty much shit in his UFC debut.  So much fucking hugging in this one with some decent uppercut connections from Sanchez.  Yamasaki has spnt a lot of time breaking them apart.  Palalei is pretty bloody on the face and I’d be surprised if he makes it through the 3rd round.  Sanchez looks great on the other hand, aside from that mishap he obviously had at the beauty shop.

11:16: Into round three…more clenching and huggin’ it out. 

11:17: Not that I’m bored with this fight or anything, but seems to be the typical advertisers around the cage and on the mat. 

11:18: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… 

11:19: Boos from the crowd and I second them.  Sanchez has dominated, but he’s done it in very boring fashion.  Under two minutes. 

11:20: Fight has been stopped by Yamasaki and Palalei is looking nice and bloody.  Sanchez showing he’s a good sport by yelling at Soa after the win was given to him. 

11:21: Officially, Sanchez wins at 3:24 of the third round by TKO.  Now he’s in his interview and is trying to give kudos after he just made Soa his bitch (physically and verbally).

11:22: 38-35, New England beat the Giants and is 16-0.  Ho-hum.

11:23: So far, it’s been pretty cool action except for Sanchez’s win.  Where is more of Edith (okay, she’s my favorite tonight, just so you know)?

11:25: Ground game boys have fared well…except once again, in Sanchez’s win. 

11:26: Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.  Minutes away.  I’m looking forward more to this one I think than Hughes and St. Pierre.  Rogan is looking shiny, but less coked out than normal. 

11:27: “Party Like A Rockstar” in the background.  Gotta’ be in honor of the Iceman.  Another random thought…where are all the celebs in the audience?  I’ve seen more celebs at my gym in Burbank.

11:30: Hey, whoever bet Machida, you care to buy me a pizza and send it over? 

11:30: The Axe Murderer is hopping out to techno.  He’s looking pretty fucking ripped. 

11:32: Wandy is in the cage.  He’s back after 7 years! 

11:34: Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is on his way to the octagon.  I think Silva’s applause was bigger.  Chuck is looking ready, though.

11:36: Tale of the tape…Chuck is 38, Wandy is 31.  Same weight and almost same reach, but Chuck is 3 inches taller.  Buffer is revving it up with some thick drama-speak. 

11:39: Herb Dean says it…IT IS SO ON! 

11:45: One done.  Lots of jabs and windmills.  Chuck definitely won the round and landed some nice ones, but not until after two minutes went by.  The beginning was just ciricling each other.  Wandy did land some shots and played opossum early to draw Chuck in, but Chuck pulled out of it.  Pretty much just a boxing match right now.  We’re under way for round two…

11:46: Trading punches and some small kicks.  Wandy is bleeding from his left ear. 

11:47: David Spade is cheering in the crowd for Liddell.  Is that a disadvantage?

11:51: WOW.  Wandy is a fucking fighter!  He’s bleeding like shit and took a lot of elbows from Chuck, but kept landing his own.  Chuck fell a couple of times, but they were slips.  Man, is Silva bleeding. Great, great round!

11:59: No KO, but a big time victory for Chuck Liddell!  Decision in three rounds.  He rocked Silva over and over, but damn if Wandy isn’t one of the toughest dudes around.  Liddell got Wandy with a spinning elbow and just kept windmilling and jabbing the shit out of Wandy’s bleeding face.  Chuck was looking intense, but he was definitely playing it cautious.  Everytime he had a chance to finish Silva off, he’d reel back.  For good reason, because of Wanderlei’s countering prowess.  But good God, what a fucking fight!  Almost zilch on the ground, but it was a good slugger.  That one did not let me down.

12:00: So is Chuck back?  I think absolutely and even though Silva now has three losses in a row, he’s still a major threat.

12:03: Mandy Moore is looking kinda’ hot in the audience and Quinton Jackson is there…they’re not together, just there.  Maybe Rampage and Chuck will be at it again just around the corner… 

12:05: Joe Rogan definitely did a line of coke before that last one.  But hey, to each his own and Joe knows his shit. 

12:06: I seriously want to get into what that last bout will do to the lt. heavyweight division, but we’ve got Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre on the horizon.  And, dude who bet on Machida, where the hell is my pizza?

 12:07: They’re just hyping the main event right now with the same interviews and clips we’ve seen for the last two weeks.  Hey, here’s a thought: why don’t they get the ref his own mic (maybe a headset) so Bruce doesn’t have to give him a reach-around in the ring?  I’m just saying…

12:09: Matt Hughes is coming out to his hick music – looks relaxed. 

12:12: Georges St. Pierre is on his way to the ring.  French makin’-out music is blasting.  He’s ripped right out of The Karate Kid…”Sweep the leg!” 

12:13: Lucky shirt spotting number 13. 

12:14: This interim title is bullshit, but I’m psyched to have this fight. 

12:16: Tale of the Tape…St. P is 8 years younger at 26 and has a 3 inch advantage.  Same in weight.  St. P is an inch taller at 5’10″. 

12:18: Buffer is rockin’ and rollin’…well, as much as he can.  Steve Mazagati (forget the spelling and they didn’t spell it for me) is the ref.  It’s on!

12:20: No take down yet…and Rogan is now balancing coke with booze.  Nice. 

12:21: St. Pierre is fucking wiry!  It’s on the ground now. 

12:24: St. Pierre just owned Matt Hughes for the 1st.  Hughes couldn’t get off his back and took several shots to the head.  St. P was in a full mount and used Hughes’ holding on to slam him into the mat several times.  Pretty awesome.  Matt is lucky it finished when it did, because the armbar was on it’s way.  Definitely St. P’s round, but it was Matt Hughes’ type of fight.

12:28: An early takedown by Georges. 

12:30: Second round and it’s all over!  After the early takedown, St. Pierre dominates Hughes the entire time.  Matt does manage to get up and tries for his own takedown, but can’t do shit.  St. P. trips him up and takes him down  he had a kimura going on, but it slipped into an armbar.  Hughes thought he could make it, but it was called at 4:54 in the second round.  Seriously, Georges was so dominate that I’m kind of disappointed that we didn’t get a better fight.  He weaves confusion with his accent, but he’s the real thing.  Serra is next!

12:34: During the ring interviews, Rogan sweats a lot, but St. Pierre just made a class move and handed the interim belt back over, saying he wants to get his belt back.  And Matt Hughes was just called “classy” by Joe Rogan.  Huh?  He does have some sweet cauliflower ears, though. 

12:36: “Get rid of this belt, I want mine back!”  Thanks for that summary Mike Goldberg.  You wordsmith. 

12:50: So now while the broadcast rolls into the previously un-televised under card (which is interesting because Joe is kinda’ sober and not sweaty) and I finish my pizza sent over from the one guy who bet on Machida, I’ll begin to wrap things up.  For the main card, Palalei was a bitch.  Seriously.  And Eddie Sanchez was a bitch, but less of a bitch than Soa.  Machida submitted a highly-touted and young Sokoudjou at 4:40 of the second round.  Rameau’s hair looked strong, though.  Clementi ended things early against the Hurricane Katria survivor Melvin Guillard.  No love lost between those two crazy Louisiana dudes.

Chuck Liddell just outpunched Wanderlei Silva.  This thing didn’t really get on the mat, but the Iceman looked like he did years ago and the swagger and gaze was back.  Wandy didn’t look bad and certainly was a badass to come back from those shots, but this was all Liddell.  And who would have thought Matt Hughes would lose at his own game?  Sure, St. Pierre is well-rounded and has a great ground game, but Hughes is a fucking wrestler and has been dominant.  I love how Rogan hinted at retirement in the post-interview.  Huh?  The dude isn’t really old and he’s only lost 6 out of 47 fights.  But that was Joe at the end.  Gotta’ love him.

Other thoughts…Arianny and Edith were smoking, but Edith wins for me.  Not enough of them tonight.  The celebs all seemed big on Chuck Liddell (even Rampage, because he’d rather fight him than Silva I imagine).  There were even some “Chuck” chants, although things were distinctly Silva at the beginning.

Mandy Moore…Mmmm, Mmmm, Good.

Mike Goldberg always amuses me with his word-weaving.

Miss Big John.

Dana seemed happy.  Must be easy to be happy when you’re making millions on dudes who are making 1/90th of the pot.  Nice. 

12:55: So overall, I’m happy with the two main fights and the rest were so-so.  Worth the ticket, though, and it was a decent party.  Gotta’ hate Matt Hughes’ entrance music.  And can someone come out to some G ‘n R on a consistent basis?  Anyone?

It was fun, people.  We’ll do it again soon and don’t forget to check out Ben’s rundown of the IFL World Grand Prix which went down tonight.  He was at the show in Connecticut and it was bound to fucking rock.  He’ll have the scoop up tomorrow.

Until next time, hang in there and don’t tap out. 

Cagepotato Comments

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Sort by : Show hidden comments December 30, 2007 at 1:16 am
Why didn't Wanderlei throw more leg kicks? He only threw 5 or 6 and all landed pretty solid. It was how Jardine beat Liddell, I don't know why he didn't try to implement a similar gameplan
MMAGirl- December 29, 2007 at 6:48 pm
Liddell and St. Pierre made it a great night. Hughes is such a f-in sore looser, even though he didn't talk sh*t on tv after the loss you can bet he was whining in the locker room, I'm sure he's ready to take his ball and go home - good riddance to that bible thumping hill-billy. Great job Cage Potato keep it up!!!
Squishy Dolphin- December 29, 2007 at 6:53 am
I hate Chuck Liddell, but he did do a good job. I do wish however that he ended the fight, instead of coasting the last part of the third round.

Wanderlei also missed a great opportunity when chuck fell or was knocked down. he should have jumped in and used some of those elbows he's been talking about. But no, he lets Chuck back up. Bad move, it just cost you the fight Wandi.

Oh well, GSP rules and I still hate Chuck. I look forward to seeing Rampage beat his ass again.
MattyLight- December 29, 2007 at 6:17 am
Dude, SOKOUDJOU is the African Assassin, not Guillard. Not that he deserves the nickname anymore...
jr fan- December 29, 2007 at 5:37 am
Serra should retire so he does not get embarrassed like Hughes did!!! GSP RULES!!!
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 5:34 am
The only thing Serra will be whooping is his own ass after GSP pays him back in full for last time bwahahahahahahahahahaha WAR GSP!!!!!
Don- December 29, 2007 at 5:31 am
Sera gonna woop him up......just like the last time
jrfan- December 29, 2007 at 5:31 am
good for that goof hughes!! rock on GSP!!!!
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 5:28 am
GSP SUBMITS HUGHES BY ARM BAR AT 3.45 of the 2nd Round, just like hughes did to him the first time they fought
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 5:16 am
hope GSP lets him crawl out of the cage alive lol
Don- December 29, 2007 at 5:15 am
jrfan- December 29, 2007 at 5:15 am
hope hughes is ready for his second beating!!
Mandy Moore- December 29, 2007 at 5:08 am
Playa h8tr
Don- December 29, 2007 at 5:05 am
Rampage sucks
Mandy Moore- December 29, 2007 at 5:03 am
Rampage is hot!
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 5:02 am
fuck Chuck, this was Silva´s fight! oh well, the better fighter won, i guess we´ll have Wanderlei beating the crap out of otehr ligt heavies to get back into title contention lol
Don- December 29, 2007 at 5:02 am
helz yea.......its about time Chuck!
jrfan- December 29, 2007 at 4:58 am
all right chuck!!!
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 4:55 am
dude round 2 is over where is the commentary to it? ;)
jrfan- December 29, 2007 at 4:48 am
cooooooooooooollllllllllll thanks!!!
Don- December 29, 2007 at 4:46 am
great watching your da man!
Muay-Thai- December 29, 2007 at 4:36 am
WAR Wanderlei!!!!!!