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UFC 99: Das Liveblog


(‘All I do is drink one shake for breakfast, another for lunch, then follow up with sensible dinner.  Many thanks, Nutrisystem.  If Wanderlei can do it, anyone can do it!’  Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

Wie geht’s, Potato Nation?  You ready to see the nation of Germany get its collective mind blown when they realize, with some measure of disappointment, that the UFC is not a bare-knuckle brawl to the death?  I’m looking forward to it almost as much as I’m looking forward to seeing Cro Cop get his head kick on once again, while Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin battle for relevance in the UFC’s highly competitive catchweight divison.  We’re going to get started any minute now, so remember to hit refresh every so often to keep your ass current.



Cheick Kongo gets us started by vowing that if he doesn’t deliver the Fight of the Night against Cain Velasquez, then he isn’t Cheick Kongo.  This begs the question, who would he be?  For this and other answers, stay tuned.  

…and Mostapha Al-Turk clearly decided not the do any body hair management before filming his shadow boxing in the rain montage.  Look dude, you ain’t gotta be all waxed or anything, but Bigfoot-after-a-downpour isn’t a good look for anyone.  

Mike Goldberg on the Davis/Hardy rivalry: “The bad blood goes well beyond dislike.”

We’re just phoning in this storyline at this point, aren’t we?

Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy

Uh-oh, check out Bruce Buffer getting all sprechen sie Deustch on the German crowd.  They seem equally pleased and confused 

Round 1

A lot of feinting and circling to start this off, but then it’s Davis who goes for the clinch and looks for a takedown.  So much for any gentlemen’s agreement to stand and bang.  Davis gets the takedown and moves right away to mount, but can’t stay there.  Hardy gets half and then full guard, all without absorbing much damage.  Hardy tries to get to his feet and Davis works to keep him down.  Hardy gets up and treats the German crowd to a little foot stomp action.  Hardy finishes the round with a good elbow that cuts Davis and then follows with a good punch combo that wobbles Davis.  Probably not enough to steal the round, but it’s the most effective offense so far.

Round 2

Between rounds Mark Dellagrotte told Davis, “You’re not cut.”  Which isn’t really true, but maybe it’s soothing to hear.  Hardy lands a couple of kicks and circles away from Davis with good left hooks.  A right lands from Davis but a knee from Hardy lands right on Davis’ chin and puts him down.  Hardy dives on him with some flailing hammer fists, but Davis recovers, gets guard, and even tries an armbar.  After a ref standup Davis looks for another clinch, and when that fails he lands a big right, though Hardy just smiles at him.  A takedown from Davis ends the round.  It’s clear where he thinks he’s going to win this thing.  Looks like one round each.

Round 3

Davis drops Hardy with a punch to start the third, then takes a cautious approach to following up on it.  Davis goes to half-guard and tries to sneak in some ground-and-pound before rolling for a footlock.  Hardy looks only mildly annoyed as he escapes the footlock and subsequent heelhook attempt.  Hardy looks a little tired as he presses Davis against the cage, but he manages a takedown to put Davis on his back for a change.  A big elbow from Hardy hurts Davis and gets the blood flowing.  They stop to check him and he seems not all there, but the fight continues.  After a little more GnP they stand back up.  Davis’ face is covered in blood and Hardy is content to stay on the outside and pick away at him as the final round comes to a close.  Looks like a decision for Hardy from where I’m sitting.

Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis via split decision.  Who the hell scored it for Davis?  Hardy tries to shake his hand but Davis isn’t having it.  Seems he somehow thought that he won that fight.  Not sure how.  Hardy does the old ‘just trying to hype the fight’ thing in the post-fight interview.  That train always pulls into the station right on time, doesn’t it?

Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher

Round 1

We start with a solid minute’s worth of circling, then Uno shoots for a double-leg and Fisher sprawls.  Uno stands up and clinches Fisher against the cage as they both pummel for position.  A lack of action is making the German crowd restless, so Yamasaki moves in to separate them.  A good leg kick from Fisher is the most offense we’ve seen so far.  Uno shoots again, to no avail.  The horn finally sounds and I guess we’ve got to give that round to Fisher.  You know, because of the leg kick.

Round 2

Uno drops under a Fisher punch and manages his first successful takedown of the fight, though he can’t keep Fisher down long enough to do anything.  Uno shoots again and misses and the German crowd seems upset when Fisher kicks him to the body while he’s on the crowd.  That’s allowed, people.  A fancy little sweep from Uno puts Fisher on his back and now Uno will work from his guard.  Fisher responds with a sweep of his own and gets back up.  Fisher tries a leg trip but it only brings Uno down on top of him.  A lot of up and down and not much damage being done to either man so far.  Uno tries to jump into guard in the final minute, but again, nothing doing.  The German crowd finds its supply of boos.

Round 3

Uno wastes no time getting into the clinch and trying for a takedown, which is clearly the entirety of his gameplan.  Fisher lands a good left hand, but it doesn’t deter Uno’s single-minded focus on the takedown.  Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg are trying really hard to convince us that this is a great fight, unless you’re a “drunken meathead.”  Fisher lands a good uppercut, and it’s these solitary strikes that may tip the decision in his favor, should the final two minutes prove as uneventful as the first thirteen.  Uno gets him down with a minute left and gets the mount.  He lands some good elbows and may actually steal this round and maybe even the fight.  The German crowd isn’t impressed either way.

Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno via unanimous decision.  Guess it’s not enough to finish on top, although it’s hard to feel like anyone really won that fight.

Ben Saunders vs. Mike Swick

Swick comes out to 2Pac’s “Ambitionz as a Ridah.”  It’s hard to think of anyone in the UFC who embodies the attitude and flair of 2Pac less than Swick.

Round 1

Saunders goes for the clinch right away and pulls Swick into his guard.  You’d think that would be the set-up for some aggressive submissions attack from the bottom, but instead Saunders is just holding him while Swick chips at him with body shots.  A frustrated Swick asks “Are you gonna fucking hold me all night?”  To which Saunders responds, “No, we can stand back up, bitch.”  Rogan scores that exchange as a victory for Saunders, on account of his use of the word “bitch.”  After a ref stand-up they try to find their range with punches, but quickly go back to the clinch.  The round ends with more boos from the Germans.

Round 2

Saunders throws out that left knee but Swick sees it coming and defends well.  Swick manages a takedown out of the clinch and jumps into mount, but can’t stay there.  Saunders recovers guard and we’re back to this stalemate.  The ref stands them up and Saunders continues to try and land the left kick without much success.  All at once Swick charges in with a flurry of punches and Saunders goes down off a hard right.  Swick adds a couple lefts and Saunders is done.  The ref calls a stop to it and Swick leaps out of the cage to share some love with his UFC bosses.  

Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders at 3:47 of round 2.

Swick says he wants to fight the best in the welterweight class, and mentions Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, and GSP.  Careful what you wish for.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Mostapha Al-Turk

A pretty chiseled Cro Cop makes his way to the Octagon while his Croatian fans cheer him on.  Sure would be a shame to let those guys down.  They seem like the types to flip a few cars over when they get disappointed by life.

Round 1

Al-Turk is the aggressor early on, even if he looks a little awkward doing it.  He’s jumping around with looping punches and unathletic kick attempts while Cro Cop picks his spots to land short punches.  The left hand from Cro Cop is landing easily now.  He throws one right after another and Al-Turk is down.  Cro Cop tries a little ground-and-pound but then makes Al-Turk get back up.  He counters an Al-Turk right with a left and Al-Turk turns his back and covers his face like a crying schoolgirl.  Cro Cop seems slightly confused by this, but works a few uppercuts in until Al-Turk goes down again and Big Dan Miragliotta finally stops it.  

A replay shows an accidental eye-poke from Cro Cop that elicited the reaction from Al-Turk, but like Cro Cop says, it probably didn’t change the outcome.  

Cro Cop def. Mostapha Al-Turk via TKO at 3:06 of round 1.

Cain Velasquez vs. Cheick Kongo

So we’re calling the Vaseline application era the "Harley-Davidson prep point" now?  Is that new, or have I just not been paying close enough attention to the UFC’s attempts to turn everything into a sponsorship opportunity?

Round 1

A big right hand from Kongo makes Velasquez’s legs go wobbly right away, but he recovers instantly and gets the takedown.  They scramble for position and Velasquez keeps Kongo on the mat, going from side control to mount to Kongo’s back in a matter of seconds.  Velasquez has a rear naked choke and it looks tight, but Kongo fights through it.  Kongo gets up briefly and Velasquez puts him right back down.  Velasquez is mauling Kongo on the ground right now.  He is flinging Kongo around and pounding him whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Kongo has no answer for the constant attack of Velasquez, but he is hanging in there and absorbing the punishment well, and somehow he survives the round.

Round 2

Again Kongo hammers Velasquez at the start of the round, but Velasquez has a granite chin.  He works his way in past the punches and gets another takedown.  As well as Velasquez is controlling Kongo on the mat, every second he stands up with him must take a year off his trainer’s life expectancy.  Kongo is basically covering up and trying to avoid punishment, but Velasquez never stops.  He brutalizes Kongo with some knees to the body from back control.  Kongo is bloodied up and looks exhausted as the horn sounds.

Round 3

This time Velasquez shoots in without taking any big shots from Kongo, but it’s Kongo who gets the first takedown of the round for some odd reason.  This turns out to be a bad idea, as Velasquez quickly goes from the bottom to the top and resumes his battery of Kongo.  Velasquez seems to be bleeding from his mouth now.  Kongo gets back up and narrowly misses with some punches before being taken down and mounted again.  Kongo is showing a lot of heart in taking this ass-kicking, but that’s not going to win him this fight.  The final round comes to a close and there’s no doubt who won.  Kongo tries to get to his feet, but can’t do it.

Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision.

Afterwards Velasquez says the performance wasn’t good enough, and promises he’ll get better.  That’s kind of scary.

And from somewhere…off in the distance…the sound of “Sandstorm” comes drifting in on the gentle breeze…

Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin

Round 1

After a slow first minute, Franklin gets the first significant blow by diving in with a straight left that catches Wanderlei flush.  Silva fires back with his trademark looping hooks, but they come up short.  Franklin snaps a kick in to Silva’s body, and few moments later Silva tries a head kick that gets mostly blocked.  Franklin lands another body kick but Silva catches this one and puts him on his back, going to work out of his guard.  Franklin scrambles back to his feet and Silva ends up on his back after an ill-advised guillotine attempt.  Silva is cut around his right eye as he gets back to his feet, and the round comes to a close with Franklin likely getting the better of it.

Round 2

Franklin continues to attack with the left kick to the head and the body, but Silva is seeing it coming now.  Silva lands a decent right, but it doesn’t seem to have bothered Franklin.  He’s constantly on the move and appears to have Silva off balance.  Franklin landing with more frequency now and Silva is unable to get close enough.  A big looping right hand catches Franklin behind the ear and wobbles him.  Silva attacks and lands several more good rights.  Franklin is in trouble, but he collects himself and lands a good left and later a head kick.  They’re both slipping around and swinging for the fences as the round ends.

Round 3

They start the third slowly with Franklin circling away and Silva following.  Wanderlei is the aggressor here, definitely throwing more even if he’s not landing all that often.  Franklin continues to work the kicks to the body and Silva is tired, but still plodding forward.  Silva calls for the crowd to get off their butts, then follows with kick.  They’re both swinging away now, and Silva pushes Franklin back with some power shots.  Franklin gets the takedown in the final minute, and that could make all the difference.  They end the fight with Franklin behind Silva looping punches in and Silva throwing elbows behind him.  Tough one to call.

Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision.  

Wandy seems surprised and bummed, and the German crowd doesn’t agree with the decision either.  Franklin makes one of his trainers do push-ups while he talks.  Silva definitely took more damage, which you can tell from looking at him during the post-fight interview, but he also pressed the action.  Tonight it just wasn’t enough.

We see Terry Etim‘s bonus-worthy d’arce choke for the Submission of the Night.  That’s all for UFC 99.  Hope you enjoyed it.  In case you haven’t seen them yet, here are the results from the unaired preliminaries:

John Hathaway def. Rick Story via unanimous decision
Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic via submission (rear-naked choke), R2
Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado via unanimous decision
Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision
Denis Siver def. Dale Hartt via submission (rear-naked choke), R1
Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz via submission (d’arce choke), R2

Now go add up your scores.

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J-Dog- June 15, 2009 at 8:57 am
The ref really should have done a time-out during the Cro Cop fight and given Mustapha a minute to recover, then resume the fight. Ending it was wrong. It's the same as an accidental balls strike... you let the other guy recover and then resume the fight. That fight wasn't over and it was a bad stoppage... a late stoppage when the stoppage should have just been a time-out. B.S.
Sunburned- June 14, 2009 at 11:58 pm
Worst ppv ever, Strikeforce and WEC last week were epic compared to UFC 99.
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm
Its marcus davis's second lose ever, and you don't think he " brings it"?
what cave have you been in for like 4 years?
frankpickle- June 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm
How long can Marcus Davis keep promising great fights and turn in shit? Dana needs to cut the turd loose. He never brings it like he says he will. Guy is a douche bag.
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Where are all the crow-shit fans now? huh? where are you nutsucking fuckers now?
I said it was a bad idea, and it was. I said croflop was shit and he is. Now do you cocksuckers get it? huh? hahahahaha I laugh in the face of each and everyone of you big talking losers who tried so hard to justify him even being in a octagon...HES GARBAGE! get it now fanboys?
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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ArmFarmer Says:
Sun, 06/14/2009 - 00:06

In case none of you have noticed by now.. ufc fan and 831 have maybe 1/4 of a brain between them. Nothing either of them say should ever be taken seriously. The sad thing is ufc fan claims to be 45 years old and is going on internet forums calling people faggots.. so sad.

and Hatchetmurder.. Rolli delgado is the reason I had even odds on the Franklin Silva fight. I parlayed Franklin with Paul.. whichever paul it was.. i didn't really care as long as it was a real fighter against delgado.. delgado against any real fighter is a freebee as far as I'm concerned. That dude is a joke and should never have made his way into the octagon. Honestly I don't understand how someone can be competing at this level and claim that they are a black belt from a 2 week seminar or whatever it was that he got it from. What was really shocking was how many people stuck up for his scrawny pathetic ass.

Anyhoo I'm drunk as shit, just won over 600 dollars on a 2 and 6 fight parlay, have a 9 fight parlay 6 of which were won tonight, and tuf guy and 831 have been called out as dumbass deuches... I'd say tonight was a big win for armfarmer.. I'm gonna go hit the bong and call it a night.. PEACE"


ha! this coming from a moron who can't resist coming to a website and getting spoiled over a TV show he shoulda watched, and NOW it is somehow all our fault that he is a tool, and when you tell him he is a tool he pulls this silly shit, well this is one 45 year old who thinks that a certain dumbass brain dead young man needs a life lesson.
You got drunk, and you are proud of it? yep you sure should showed me :) you showed us all...what a complete faggot loser you are. hey did you get laid, or anal raped? ha what a dipshit, stay off the net you loser.
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm
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Kazi Says:
Sat, 06/13/2009 - 16:32

@ UFC fan

Do you always sound like an idiot?"

Oops which one are you a fan of that I insulted?
prolly a goddamn Cro-crap fan.
do you always talk with balls in your mouth?
SlapjawAckrite- June 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm
I got 19 points biatches. Am ashamed to say, though, that before this I had no idea who Delgado was...I missed that season of TUF. Embarassed that I picked him
Bandy13- June 14, 2009 at 10:52 am
wandy is not the wandy of old but he can still fight. puts on a good show and loves the crowd. guy is still a beast. they need to feed him someone just to get a dominant w though.

cant believe cro cop gave dana back what he does to most. hate to say it, but good for him.

standing, kongo would have got the win, he needs a ground game asap.

davis looks like rocky from the mask.
831 Son- June 14, 2009 at 10:05 am
Hahah I do that for fun. It was just a joke...
Ryan Meleedy- June 14, 2009 at 10:04 am
i got 20 points last night who do i e-mail?
BackbaconBilly- June 14, 2009 at 9:00 am
Cain made it look easy... step aside Kongo
CroCop... still looks afraid to pull the trigger, I'm afraid he would probably have lost to a better opponent.
Franklin... NO WAY! it was way too close to have all three judges give him the victory, something smells shitty here.
Davis got punked! Hardy looked way better... and that just shouldn't have been the case.

Who won that fight between Jesus and that other guy???
Judo Im Right- June 14, 2009 at 8:22 am
Wand coulda murdered him in the clinch but was too worried with pumping the crowd up. He had him!!! come on wand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and booooo Cro Cop

On a better note ... The Maaaaiiiiniac got KTFO by Ray Mercer
thanzig- June 14, 2009 at 6:54 am
Did anyone else notice that they possibly leaked the the winner of the winner of this weeks TUF fight during the TUF Finale promo?
techzen- June 14, 2009 at 6:11 am
awesome parlay picks. I made a crapton of money the second event in a row. damn kongo for making me think I was going to lose every time he stood up!
HAL_13- June 14, 2009 at 5:49 am
THANKS MAN. HATE TO SOUND LIKE A DUMB ASS BUT I DID'NT KNOW, AND JUST HAD TO ASK.
Under Banga- June 14, 2009 at 5:00 am
Hal I believe sandstorm is Wandy`s entrance theme music.
TheZa- June 14, 2009 at 4:53 am
Wow, Cro Cop just fucked every fighter in the UFC. Way to give Dana more of a reason to treat everyone like shit.
Chri534.- June 14, 2009 at 1:59 am
I read this thing backwards in the comments...

Decipleofmagus: take a fuckin' chill pill, no one is trying to e-fight you. I agree with pretty much everything that you say except that I don't agree with your statement that Kongo is the overall better fighter than Velasquez. I think he might be the one that matches up better against the competition that is currently coming his way, but if he doesn't learn how to do anything but kickbox, he's not going far. A giant hole in his game like that will be exploited almost as bad as 831's mom's ass was by their entire neighborhood while she was pregnant with him...everyone will take a shot, because hey, why not (if you're gonna give it away like that).

Goooooood night! Way to be Rich!!!
Chri534.- June 14, 2009 at 1:38 am
hahahahahaha....it took me five times to watch and confirm it was the actual fight, but the mercer/sylvia fight was sweet. The empty seats i noticed on the 3rd pass tipped me off that it was probably real, and then I watched it a couple more just to make sure.
Nippletwist- June 14, 2009 at 1:32 am
@831 son

U MAD?
Chri534.- June 14, 2009 at 1:18 am
armfarmer: Yeeeaaahhh drinking!!!

...I hope I don't get the spins...
Savage- June 14, 2009 at 12:59 am
damn im glad cro cop won. cant wait to see who they put him up against next. one question tho, i read who got submission of the night but who got fight of the night? anubody?
ArmFarmer- June 14, 2009 at 12:06 am
In case none of you have noticed by now.. ufc fan and 831 have maybe 1/4 of a brain between them. Nothing either of them say should ever be taken seriously. The sad thing is ufc fan claims to be 45 years old and is going on internet forums calling people faggots.. so sad.

and Hatchetmurder.. Rolli delgado is the reason I had even odds on the Franklin Silva fight. I parlayed Franklin with Paul.. whichever paul it was.. i didn't really care as long as it was a real fighter against delgado.. delgado against any real fighter is a freebee as far as I'm concerned. That dude is a joke and should never have made his way into the octagon. Honestly I don't understand how someone can be competing at this level and claim that they are a black belt from a 2 week seminar or whatever it was that he got it from. What was really shocking was how many people stuck up for his scrawny pathetic ass.

Anyhoo I'm drunk as shit, just won over 600 dollars on a 2 and 6 fight parlay, have a 9 fight parlay 6 of which were won tonight, and tuf guy and 831 have been called out as dumbass deuches... I'd say tonight was a big win for armfarmer.. I'm gonna go hit the bong and call it a night.. PEACE
Chri534.- June 14, 2009 at 12:06 am
...and 16 by my count for my picks (would be 19 if the judges saw the same fight I was watching between Davis and Hardy)...I'm still in it though...
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