UFC 75 "Champion Vs. Champion" Play-by-Play

Sep 8, 2007
Sherdog.com reports from the O2 Arena in London, England with live play-by-play of UFC 75 "Champion vs. Champion," which is headlined by Quinton Jackson (Pictures) versus Dan Henderson (Pictures).

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Anthony Torres vs. Jess Liaudin (Pictures)
Round 1
Jess Liaudin comes out firing high kicks that miss their target. The fighters clinch and trade knees to the body before Liaudin swings wildly with a spinning hook. Torres lands a straight one-two combo. Liaudin answers with a right, left that drops Torres but he recovers. Liaudin comes back with another left followed by a right that sends Torres to the mat. The Brit pounces with strikes, which forces referee Mario Yamasaki to step in to save Torres at 4:10 of the opening period.

Naoyuki Kotani (Pictures) vs. Dennis Siver (Pictures)
Round 1
Tentative striking from both fighters in the opening frame. Siver lands a right hook, which prompts Kotani to pull guard. The Japanese fighter locks on a triangle choke, but he cannot force his opponent's arm to the proper position to finish. Siver escapes the hold and move to half-guard, where he nips away at Kotani with elbows and short punches. Kotani is bleeding on his forehead. Sherdog.com sees the first 10-9 for Siver.

Round 2
The fighters exchange wild punches early in the period with nothing scoring except for glancing blows. Siver finds his range with a left hook that sends the Japanese fighter crashing to the canvas. He follows up with a right hand on the downed fighter for good measure, which forces referee Yves Lavigne to step in at 2:04 of the second.

Tomasz Drwal vs. Thiago Silva (Pictures)
Round 1
Drwal opens up the round throwing leather, while the Brazilian scores with low kicks. Silva looks for a takedown over and over, but the Polish fighter does well to defend the shot to keep the action standing. Drwal scores with a few decent punches near the end of the round. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 for Drwal.

Round 2
The second round is an absolute war. Silva pushes the pace early with two right hands that land flush. Drwal fires back with a flurry of his own. An uppercut scores for Silva, which hurt the Polish fighter badly, but he recovers to unleash more leather. Two crisp right hands land for Silva, followed by some knees and a a beautiful uppercut. A solid left hand finishes Drwal off at the 4:23 mark, as "Big" John McCarthy steps into to rescue him.

Gleison Tibau (Pictures) vs. Terry Etim (Pictures)
Round 1
Tibau rushes to cut off the cage in the opening seconds and scores with a takedown from the clinch shortly after. Early on, it seems that the Brazilian is content with striking from Etim's guard, as he punishes the Brit with rights and lefts. Near the end of the round, Etim was able to escape to his feet, where he landed a punch, kick, knee combo. Sherdog.com gives the first to Tibau, 10-9.

Round 2
More of the same in the second. Tibau rushes out and takes the fight to the floor with a quick takedown. Quickly passing guard, he looks for an armbar but Etim has none of it. Etim gets to his feet where he looks to strike, but the Brazilian lifts him into the air and slams him to the canvas. After a referee standup in the final minute of the round, Etim scores with a low kick and a hard kick to the body. 10-9 for Tibau.

Round 3
Etim, perhaps knowing his predicament, goes for broke in the final period's opening minute. A low kick and 3 hard right hands land for the Brit. Tibau clears his head and scores a gutsy takedown, where he quickly advanced to side-control and mount. From here, The Brazilian cemented his victory with strikes from the top and tight positioning. All three judges see Tibau as the winner, but the scores are not announced.

Houston Alexander (Pictures) vs. Alessio Sakara (Pictures)
Round 1
Both fighters come out swinging for the fences. Alexander snaps Sakara's head back with a vicious right knee. Sakara catches an Alexander knee and takes him to the mat. The American works to his feet, where he drops Sakara with another right knee. He pounds away from the top position until referee Yves Lavigne pulls him off of Sakara at 1:01 of the first.

Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor (Pictures)
Round 1
Davis clinches with Taylor against the cage. Taylor strikes his way off the fence and lands two body kicks. Taylor drops Davis with a right head kick. The Brit pounces with strikes but Davis hangs on. The American recovers and switches positions with Taylor. Davis lands some right hands from the top. Davis mounts Taylor and pounds away. Taylor bucks to escape, but he is immediately caught in a tapout inducing armbar at 4:14 of the first. Great fight and a gutsy performance from Davis.

Cheick Kongo (Pictures) vs. Mirko Filipovic (Pictures)
Round 1
Kongo works the legs and lands a knee to the body. "Cro Cop" fires two left leg body kicks that land. Kongo slips while throwing a kick but Mirko can't take advantage. Kongo pushes Cro Cop against the cage and throws knees to the inside of Mirko's right thigh. Filipovic catches a Kongo body kick and takes him to the mat. The Croatian lands an elbow from half-guard and throws left hands to the body. Mirko takes the mount with 50 seconds remaining. Punches land for the PRIDE veteran. Kongo escapes in the round's final seconds Sherdog.com scores the first 10-9 for "Cro Cop."

Round 2
Two hard body kicks score for Kongo. Filipovic answers with a stiff left leg to Kongo's midsection. Kongo takes Filipovic down with a single-leg. Kongo elbows the head from side-control. "Cro Cop" eats a nasty left elbow before using good leg work to achieve full-guard. Heels on hips for Mirko. Kongo stands over Filipovic and lands an axe kick to the body. Mirko kicks the taller fighter off and works to his feet. Knees to the body score for Kongo. The French fighter lands three knees to the body before the horn sounds. Though now tired, Kongo absolutely dominated Mirko in the second round, 10-9.

Round 3
Knee to the body and a straight right snaps Cro Cop's head back. Kongo knees Mirko in the groin. "Big" John McCarthy stops the contest to warn the French fighter. Stiff body kick lands for Kongo. And another. Filipovic is getting schooled in London. Kongo clinches with the Croat against the fence. McCarthy separates them and restarts the action. Kongo lands a knee to the chin that stuns Filipovic. 40 seconds remain in the contest. The horn sounds to end the bout. Kongo took it to the PRIDE ace without a doubt, 10-9. All three judges agree, 29-28 for Kongo.

Michael Bisping (Pictures) vs. Matt Hamill (Pictures)
Round 1
Hamill rushes Bisping and catches him with a right hand. And another. Nice jab for Bisping. Hamill misses on a wild flying knee. Hamill stalks the Brit around the cage, throwing a left jab. Right hand lead lands for Hamill. Two inside low kicks score for Bisping, as he uses good footwork in circling the cage. Hamill takes the fight to the floor with a single-leg takedown, but Bisping quickly gets to his feet. Hamill rocks Bisping with a right hand. Bisping is hurt and bleeding. Two lefts land for the American. Stiff jab for Hamill. Bisping lands his first meaningful shot of the fight in the form of a right hand. Left hand cracks the British fighter. Hamill throws Bisping to the mat like a rag doll before the horn sounds. 10-9 for Hamill.

Round 2
The Ohioan catches a Bisping low kick and takes him to the floor. Bisping goes high with his hips, using a rubber guard. Hamill stands and invites Bisping to trade. The Brit obliges, and throws a one-two. Right elbow cracks Bisping's skull. Hamill shoots and rips Bisping to the mat. Bisping gets to his feet and throws a left, right combo that glances. Hamill looks tired with a minute left in the second. Sloppy double jab lands for Hamill. Bisping unloads with a flashy combo but nothing lands. Tough round to score, but Sherdog.com awards it to Bisping due to aggression, 10-9.

Round 3
Bisping starts the final round strong with a left hook and a right straight. Uppercut lands for Bisping. The Brit winds up for a right hand that glances. Hamill shoots twice but Bisping stuffs them both. Hamill tries again, but this time he gets him down. Hamill works from half-guard, where he throws two elbows. Back in full-guard, Bisping looks for an armbar unsuccessfully. Flying knee lands for Bisping but Hamill rips him to the mat. Back into the Brit's guard, Hamill offers little in terms of offense. Bisping punches from the bottom with heels on hips. Back to their feet after a scramble, Hamill hits Bisping with a right hand. Bisping stuffs a takedown and lands a let hand before the horn sounds. Good, close fight. This one could go either way. 10-9 for Bisping. 29-28 Bisping, 30-27 Hamill and 29-28 for Bisping. The Brit takes a hard-fought split decision.

Quinton Jackson (Pictures) vs. Dan Henderson (Pictures)
Round 1
Rampage pushes forward, throwing bombs. Henderson lands a short right before clinchin with Jackson with his back to the cage. Henderson switches position and knees the left thigh of Jackson. Jackson swings wild as the fighters exit the fencing. Henderson trips up the UFC champion and lands in side-control. Knees to the body score for Henderson from the top. Ater a brief moment in a crucifix, Jackson scrambles to his feet, where he eats a left. Knee to the body by Hendo. Rampage hits the body. Hendo pushes off and cracks Jackson with a right hand on the chin. First round is all Henderson, 10-9.

Round 2
Henderson lands a right to the body as he ducks under a Rampage haymaker. Henderson clinches with Jackson and trips him to the floor. Henderson now works from side-control. Jackson exits out the back door and gets back to his feet. Two minutes remain in the round. Henderson tries the same trip again, but Rampage takes the top position. Elbows land for Jackson. Though Jackson finishes strong, Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 3
Jackson lands a low kick and a digging body shot. "Ramage" lands a right hand. Jackson takes the fight to the floor with a well executed tackle. Quinton knees the body from side-control. Henderson looks for a kimura from the bottom in half-guard but Jackson has none of it. Another elbow lands for Jackson. Using another Kimura, Henderson rolls Jackson over and lands an elbow of his own. One minute left in the round. Now back to their feet, the fighters trade wildly but nothing lands flush. 10-9 for Jackson.

Round 4
Henderson slips and Jackson clubs away with left hammer fists. Henderson looks for an armbar but Jackson escapes and moves to side-control. Jackson now has half of Henderson's back. Now in half-guard, Jackson continues to control the PRIDE ace. John McCarthy threatens to stand the action up. Right hand lands for Quinton. "Big" John stands them up. Left jab lands for Jackson. Right hand scores for Jackson. Henderson is showing signs of fatigue. 10-9 for Rampage.

Round 5
Left hand lands for Jackson. Henderson's mouth is open, sucking for air. The pace slows to a crawl as the fighters clinch against the fence. Single underhook for Jackson. On exit from the cage, both fighters land heavy leather. Quinton tees off with two left hands. Henderson answers with a right hand and a body-lock takedown. Jackson gets back to his feet and stuffs Henderson as he drops levels for a takedown. Jackson trips Henderson to the mat and smacks him with an elbow. The round ends with Rampage pushing Henderson to the mat and landing two right handed bombs. 10-9 for Jackson. Good, competitive fight. Sherdog.com scores the bout 48-47 for the UFC champion.

All three judges score it for Quinton Jackson, 48-47 and 49-46 (twice).
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