(When Logan saw the scarf, a chill went through her body. The beaten, bloodied man she saw in the alley — suddenly it all made sense. / Photo courtesy of the UFC 105: Weigh in Pics set on CombatLifestyle.)
By now, Randy Couture and Brandon Vera have already headlined UFC 105 in Manchester, England. Either Mike Swick or Dan Hardy has earned a title shot against Georges St. Pierre. Michael Bisping could have put on a heroic performance against Denis Kang in front of his fellow Brits, or he could have been exposed again. Maybe I already know what happened in these fights; if so, I’m not telling, at least not yet. Maybe you know as well, in which case we’re flattered that you’re here, but we’re a little curious as to what you’re doing on CagePotato on a Saturday night, reading descriptions of fights that you’ve already seen live in England or via an Internet feed, or at the very least spoiled for yourself on another website, especially when they’re being shown right now on Spike TV, though if you live on the West Coast, the show won’t even begin for another three hours. It’s all a little mind-bending when you stop to think about it, so don’t. Don’t think. Simply flow, and flow simply. Exist only in this moment. Round-by-round updates from the UFC 105 Spike TV broadcast are after the jump. Refresh the page every few minutes to see the latest, and please leave your thoughts in the comments section. Now, let us watch fights…
My God this Manchester sausage-fest. Where the ladies at, fellas? Rogan says that if Couture wins tonight, it puts him in a position where he can challenge Machida. (Ed. note: Or Rua.) Talk about a fast-track. Hey, nobody told me the Super Dave Spectacular was after this! All right!
Round 1: Both men start feeling out with jabs. Leg kick Pearson. Short right from Pearson, and another. Leg kick Pearson. And a high kick off Riley’s glove. Pearson grabs the Thai clinch and works the knees. He puts Riley against the fence and unloads some punches. More knees to Riley’s head, and dirty boxing. A knee to the body. Riley escapes. Pearson tries a body kick. Pearson clinches again and gets in a knee and elbow before Riley gets out. Big body kick from Pearson. Stuff superman punch from Pearson. Riley comes forward with punches. Pearson tries the clinch again and gets in some shots. Left and a right from Pearson. Riley tries for a single leg and is rebuffed. Right to the body from Pearson, and a high kick. More knees in the clinch from Riley. And the horn. Dominant first frame from Pearson.
Round 2: Leg kick Riley. Pearson charges when he tries it again and beats Riley up in a clinch. Riley pushes off and throws a high kick, but they soon get back to brawling in the clinch. They separate. Awesome left/right/right from Pearson, all landing cleanly. Pearson blocks a high kick.Left hook from Pearson. They clinch and trade knees. Pearson snaps a right straight. He dashes in with two rights and moves out. Body kick Pearson. Knee and two punches from Pearson. And a hard body kick. They clinch and Pearson slips in an uppercut. Hard right from Pearson. Riley misses a superman punch. Leg kick Pearson. They clinch, and Pearson drives a jumping knee into Riley’s face. Riley is cut badly. Blood is cascading from the top of his nose, and the ref pauses the fight to get it checked out. It ain’t good. He can’t see through that mess, and the win is awarded to Ross Pearson after a very impressive striking performance.
Ross Pearson def. Aaron Riley via TKO (doctor’s stoppage), 4:38 of round 2
Pearson says he went through a 15 week training camp preparing for Aaron Riley. It certainly paid off. After his plodding performance against Andre Winner at the TUF 9 finale, Ross Pearson is one to watch again.
James Wilks vs. Matt Brown
Round 1: They warm up with leg kicks, then clinch. Brown has Wilks against the fence, but Wilks turns him around. Wilks creates some distance and lands some punches. Brown moves out and Wilks jumps on his back after trying for a takedown. The choke attempt doesn’t pan out, and they’re back to clinching. The ref breaks ‘em up and Brown comes in throwing fire. Wilks shoots in to slow him down, pressing him against the fence. Wilks with some dirty boxing, and the ref breaks them again. Now Wilks is the aggresor, landing a head kick and pushing Brown against the fence again. Brown with a knee to the ribs. Wilks tries for a takedown, and Brown tries to lock in a guillotine. Wilks frees himself and finishes the takedown. Brown gets up and tries a standing kimura. They separate and the round ends.
Round 2: Leg kick Brown. Jabs from Wilks. Head kick Brown. Brown throws a flying knee and knocks Wilks down. Brown pounces and starts throwing down punches, but Wilks grabs a leg and almost nails the submission. Brown escapes and they’re back to their feet, clinching. They separate briefly, before going back to the tie-up and trading knees. Wilks working for a takedown and Brown defends it. Punches in the clinch from Wilks. The ref separates them. Wilks lands a high kick and punches, but Brown fires back and rocks Wilks, who then shoots for Brown’s legs. Brown jumps on and starts punching, but Wilks reverses him, getting into side control. Brown attacking with elbows from his back. Wilks moves into Brown’s guard and Brown kicks him off. Wilks dives in with a punch and Brown immediately sets up a triangle, but Wilks is saved by the bell.
Round 3: Leg kick Wilks. Body kick Brown. Wilks comes in for another clinch, but fails the takedown attempt. Jab Wilks, who clinches again. Brown tries some knees. Wilks sets up a standing kimura and takes Brown to the mat with it. Brown desperately trying to defend it, and he escapes after a scary moment. Brown tries a guillotine after he’s free, then manages to transition into full mount on Wilks. He rains down bombs until Wilks gives up his back and turtles. The ref stops it. Great win for Brown, overcoming Wilks’s dull, clinchy antics.
Matt Brown def. James Wilks via TKO, 2:27 of round 3.
Randy Couture rolls in with…good Lord, is that his new, 21-year-old blonde girlfriend? This man is a freak of nature.
Andre Winner vs. Rolando Delgado (from the undercard)
Round 1: Delgado shoots in with a knee, but Winner brushes him off. Sharp leg kick from Winner. Winner floors Delgado with a massive right, but backs off after a moment spent on the ground. Winner misses a right. They clinch briefly. Roli gets in a knee and a leg kick. Roli with some jabs. Winner lands a left hook. Winner with a right, and then another. Leg kick Winner. Winner lands the big right hand again and Delgado goes to sleep against the fence.
Andre Winner def. Rolando Delgado via KO, 3:22 of round 1
Joe Rogan is interviewing Tito Ortiz via satellite from Big Bear. Ortiz is wearing dark sunglasses, either to hide a black eye that he got from campmate Cris Cyborg, or to accentuate his doucheyness. Ortiz thought he would get an easier fight for his return bout, but he’s ready for Forrest.
Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
Miragliotta is back? Uh-oh.
Round 1: Leg kick Kang. He throws another and Bisping almost catches it. Bisping swings and misses. Kang lands a right, dropping Bisping on the way in. Kang gets on top, in half-guard. He passes to side-control, but Bisping re-establishes half-guard. Kang throwing down shots where he can. Kang tries to score mount, but Bisping defends. Kang with some punches from the top. Bisping tries to roll Kang, but Kang gets mount. Bisping escapes again, and soon establishes guard. Bisping looking for an armbar. Kang goes to half-guard after a failed armbar attempt, but Bisping regains guard. There’s the horn. 10-9 Kang, but Bisping impresses with his ability to stay out of serious trouble.
Round 2: Bisping asks "what happened?" in his corner, but he comes out throwing kicks with confidence. Bisping lands a couple short punches. Leg kick Bisping. Kang with a looping right that lands. Kang with another right. Bisping shoots and works Kang to the mat. He stands up and throws punches down from high altitude. Bisping pouring on the damage, but Kang uses the distance to get to his feet. Bisping scores a slick takedown and it’s back to ground and pound. A bloodied Kang escapes to his feet, very wobbly. Kang comes forward with punches. Bisping returns. Bisping shoots for the double-leg and starts bashing. Kang rolls and Bisping throws knees to his ribs and jackhammers some punches until the ref stops it. Bisping is back, and Kang’s formerly fearsome reputation is officially six feet under.
Michael Bisping def. Denis Kang via TKO, 4:24 of round 2. Bisping’s son Caleb comes in to share in the glory, while Kang is still on the mat being tended to. Holy shit, Caleb starts throwing high kicks and armbars his dad in the center of the Octagon! Future champion!
Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy
Hardy re-nicknames Mike Swick "One-Trick Swick." Not a very apt insult, but hey, it rhymes. More fitting would be: Dan "Hardly [Ready for a Title Shot]" Hardy. Intense staredown between these two. GSP is in the building.
Round 1: Leg kick Swick. Hardy returns. Swick takes a shot to the jaw coming in, and clinches with Hardy, who puts him against the fence. They knee each other to the legs and body. Both jockeying for position. Hardy with some knees to the ribs. Hardy takes one in the nuts and needs a break. They’re back to it, and Swick shoots in. Hardy defends the takedown and they’re clinching again. Some dirty boxing. Swick wants it on the ground, but can’t get it there. Knees from Hardy, and Swick gives one back. Swick seems happy to trade in the clinch. Hardy with a knee to the gut. Swick gets in a couple of his own. Hardy lands an elbow and punch in a striking exchange. There’s the horn. Possible 10-9 for Hardy.
Round 2: They trade power punches, and Swick is wobbled. Hardy pushes Swick against the fence and they’re clinching again, throwing knees and elbows. Hardy looking for a takedown, but starts slugging Swick in the ribs when it doesn’t pan out. Swick with a knee to the body, and some good hockey-punches from the clinch. Uppercut from Hardy, and a foot-stomp. Knee to the body from Swick.More body punches from Hardy, and the ref separates them. Swick falls throwing a high kick, but pops back up. Leg kick Swick, and Hardy gives it back. They trade punches. Superman punch from Swick. Inside leg kick from Hardy. Hardy whiffs a punch and gets tagged with a counter. Swick pops a left hook. Hardy gets popped coming in and they clinch on the fence again. Elbow from Hardy and the round ends.
Round 3: Swick with a leg kick. They both land big right hands. Leg kick Hardy. Swick lands two knees in a clinch, and they start slugging. They both land again and Swick gets the worse of it. Hardy picks Swick up (who briefly theatens the Swickitine) and slams him down. Hardy abusing from the top with elbows. Swick has a nasty cut near the back of his head, and he’s dripping blood onto the canvas. The ref stands ‘em. Left hook Hardy. Swick with a leg kick, and Hardy returns another left. Swick comes forward firing punches. Swick lands a left-hand counter. Swick swinging desperately. Hardy clinches and holds him to the bell. 10-9 Hardy, who probably takes the fight…
Dan Hardy def. Mike Swick via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
"OiiOIIIIIII!!!" Hardy says. Georges St. Pierre enters the cage to say Hardy poses a big "trett" to his title. LIAR! But still, amazing night for the redcoats…
Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
Bruce Buffer calls the fight "the moment you’ve all been waiting for." Well, the live audience came to see Bisping and Hardy win; now they’re leaving early to beat traffic. Still, Couture gets a polite ovation.
Round 1: Vera comes out whaling, landing a kick and some punches, and Couture is stunned early. They clinch, and Couture regains his wits. Vera with a knee inside. Couture has Vera pressed against the cage. The ref separates them after a stalemate, but Couture goes right back to the clinch, and drags Vera to the mat. Vera gets back to his feet and takes a knee. They clinch again. Couture working for the single-leg. A bit of dirty boxing as Vera defends the takedown. Couture is sticking on Vera against the fence. The ref breaks them, but Randy gets right back on. The round ends.
Round 2: Leg kick Vera. Couture gets poked in the eye, but returns after a quick break. Vera rushes in with a knee to the body. Couture charges in and goes right back to clinching with Vera against the fence. They trade knees to the body. Couture with a punch to the gut. He’s not giving Vera an inch of space against the cage. The ref restarts them. Jab Vera. Nice high kick from Vera, and one to the body. Vera crumples Couture with a knee to the body. Couture grabs his ribs and sinks to the mat. Vera gets on top but Couture locks him down until the ref stands them up. Couture clinches and bulls Vera to the fence. Nice dirty boxing from Randy. Vera looks for some knees as the round ends.
Round 3: Hard inside leg kick from Vera. Couture moves in landing short shots and grabs his familiar spot in the clinch. Randy lands some punches inside. Couture with a right hook. And another. And a left elbow. More punches from the clinch, and the ref breaks ‘em. Vera lands a sharp body kick, and another. Randy returns punches and gets the clinch again. Knee from Couture. They trade punches, and clinch some more. Vera drags Couture down and lands in full mount, but Couture is locking him down. Couture manages to roll out and get to his feet. They trade knees in the clinch, and let their hands fly as the fight ticks to a close.
Randy Couture def. Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3). Brandon Vera exits the cage, shellshocked. And with good reason — from our angle, he won the last two rounds. Couture basically says you can never tell what the judges are looking at. A shaky end to an entertaining card. God damn did Super Dave get old…