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Anthony Perosh (Pictures) vs Christian Wellisch (Pictures)
Perosh controls early first round action with lowkicks and a right hand that finds its target. Wellisch defending the shot well, until Perosh briefly drug him to the mat at the 2-min mark. Wellisch then lands a knee to the chin of his opponent, followed by a right hand that drops Perosh. Wellisch pounds on his foe from the top position for the duiration of the frame. Sherdog.com scores the stanza 10-9 for Wellisch.
Perosh lands a big right punch that drops Wellisch in the opening seconds of the round. Wellisch took heavy shots and later gave up his back while standing. Perosh worked for a rear-naked choke but could not secure the hold. Sherdog.com scores the period 10-9 for Perosh.
Third round is all Wellisch. He dominated the entire round on the feet, while opening up a cut on the bridge of his opponent's nose. Wellisch takes the bout on all three judges' scorecards, 29,28, 29-28 and 29-27.
Zuffa ran a video package on the screens displaying info on UFC 67, including St.Pierre vs. Serra, Lutter vs. Silva, Quinton Jackson and a Croatian flag bearing the name of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
Rory Singer vs Yushin Okami (Pictures)
Boring first round. Okami grazed two left high kicks off Rory Singer's face but neither did any damage. Singer was pushing forward but he only displayed a lazy jab. Sherdog.com scores the first round 10-9 for Okami.
Okami scored a takedown early. Singer used a defensive guard and eventually kicked out and was able to rise to his feet. Okami scored another takedown before the bell sounded to end the round. 10-9 for Okami.
Okami quickly gets the fight to the floor with a body lock. he moves to knee-on-belly position, then mount before he pounds Singer out with strikes. Singer tapped at the 4:03 mark.
Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures) vs Carmelo Marrero (Pictures)
Class was in session for Marrero. Gonzaga was all over him early with a punch that sent Marrero to the canvas. Gonzaga then worked for an arm-triangle choke before giving it up for mount. Gonzaga then secured an armbar from the top to force a tap at 3:22 of the first frame.
Thiago Alves (Pictures) vs Tony DeSouza (Pictures)
Tony tried to get the fight to the ground throughout the first, but Alves had none of it. Thiago then landed a huge punch that sent DeSouza to the canvas. Alves pounded away for the rest of the period. DeSouza is only saved by the bell after taking serious damage. Sherdog.com scores it 10-8 for Alves.
Surprisingly, DeSouza comes out for the second round. Both fighters circling. DeSouza seems to be out of control with wild strikes. Alves times a DeSouza shot perfectly and lands a right knee on the the button that ends the fight at 1:10 of the second round.
Michael Bisping (Pictures) vs Eric Schafer (Pictures)
Bisping lands a heavy right hand that stuns Schaffer, but the American regroups and scores a takedown. Bisping gets back to his feet. Schaffer again takes the fight to the canvas. Schaffer is working an arm-triangle from half-guard. Bisping stands and Schaffer takes his back. Bisping, still standing, slams Schaffer to the mat and gets to his feet. The UK fighter lands a hard left kick to his opponent’s head. Again the American scores a takedown. Schaffer tries to take Bisping’s back but he allows the British fighter to escape to his feet. Bisping stands over Schaffer, and pounds him out with heavy strikes. The referee halts the contest at the 4:24 mark.
Andrei Arlovski (Pictures) vs Marcio Cruz (Pictures)
Cruz shoots and pulls guard after Arlovski stuffs the takedown. Arlovski rises to his feet, with Cruz holding on to a leg. Cruz drops down for a toe-hold. Arlovski counters with a leg submission of his own. Arlovski illegally kicks Cruz on the ground. Herb Dean tries to restart and warn the former champion, but Cruz protests that he wasn’t kicked in the head so he could keep the position. Just seconds after the restart, Arlovski lands a right hand from his back that hurts Cruz. “Pe de Pano,” stunned from the blow, again goes back to Arlovski’s leg and was rewarded with several unanswered punches, forcing referee Dean to stop the match at 3:15 of the first. Impressive stoppage from the heavyweight ace.
Chris Leben (Pictures) vs Jason MacDonald (Pictures)
Leben catches a low kick and follows MacDonald to the ground. Leben stands and connects on a few strikes while the Canadian tries to stand. For the next several minutes, MacDonald shoots unsuccessfully several times and receives heavy damage from the limbs of Chris Leben. The first round is all Leben, 10-9.
Leben catches a MacDonad low kick and follows with a right hand and a takedown. MacDonald gives up side-control after going for an armbar from his back. MacDonald uses a Kimura to get back to his feet. "The Athlete" sores his first takedown of the bout. MacDonald secures a guillotine from the top position in half-guard, before rolling over to finish. Chris Leben was choked out cold briefly. The end came at 4:03.
Forrest Griffin (Pictures) vs Keith Jardine (Pictures)
The fighters trade heavy shots in the center of the Octagon. Forrest going to work on Jardine’s left leg often. Forrest appears to be the more refined striker as the light heavyweights continue to unload everything they have in the first frame. Forrest starting to find his range with the straight right. Jardine lands a right uppercut and a left hand that drops Forrest. Jardine pounces on him and lands several brutal right hands that force referee John McCarthy to halt the bout at 4:41.
Chuck Liddell (Pictures) vs Tito Ortiz (Pictures)
Ortiz enters the cage to the sounds of Eminem’s “Mosh.” Ortiz enters the cage to the sounds of Eminem’s “Mosh.” The champion follows to DMX’s “It's Dark And Hell Is Hot Intro.”
Tito throws a few low kicks and a straight right. Tito shoots for the first time in the bout. Liddell stuffs and backs away. Both fighters are showing good foot and head movement. Ortiz lands a right hand that backs Liddell up. Liddell lands a left hand that cuts Tito above the left eye. Chuck is picking up the pace. Liddell lands a heavy left hook that floors Ortiz. Liddell smells blood and jumps all over him. Referee Mario Yamasaki nearly steps in but Tito moves just in time. Chuck lets Tito up and finishes the round with a 10-9 score on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Ortiz shoots but Liddell has none of it. The pace slows as both fighters start to pick their shots. Tito lands a right hand and a body kick. Ortiz tries another takedown but Liddell stops it easily. The crowd starts to chant “Ti-To! Ti-To!” Ortiz lands another straight right hand. Ortiz shoots and takes Liddell’s back. Chuck stands and elbows before he clinches. Good action through two rounds. Sherdog.com scores the second frame 10-9 for Ortiz.
Tito continues to work with the inside lowkick. Tito shoots and Liddell defeds again. Tito lands a right hand before backing out. Solid left to the body lands for Liddell. Chuck lands two more to the body. Tito drops levels for another takedown but Liddell stops it and punishes him with punches. Ortiz lands a left and a right that just seemed to upset Liddell. Chuck counters with a left hand that sends Tito to the mat off balanced, looking for a desperate shot. Liddell stepped to the side of Ortiz and reigned down strikes until Mario Yamasaki stopped the action at 3:59 of the third round.