While Tito managed to score several powerful takedowns during the bout, it was Griffin’s leg kicks and striking that played the deciding factor in the contest with two of the judges that gave the nod to Griffin via split decision.
Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson went to war this tonight for as long as their scrap lasted, but it was Koscheck’s dynamic wrestling background that made the ultimate difference in the bout’s conclusion. Koscheck took the beaten and bruised Johnson’s back in the second and locked in the game ending rear-naked choke that likely propelled the AKA trained fighter back into title contention in the near future.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira looked as good as he possibly could this evening as he beat the heavy handed Luiz Cane at his own game, knocking his fellow Brazilian senseless with a series of punches in the first round, and establishing himself as an immediate threat to the 205 pound crown in the process.
In preliminary action Ben Saunders showed why his clinch game is among the nastiest in the business as he put Marcus Davis to sleep with a huge knee, Kendall Grove caught Jake Rosholt with a nasty triangle choke and Brian Foster surprised a lot of people, TKO’ing Brock Larson in the second round of their welterweight match-up.
A full list of the results from UFC 106 are listed below:
Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2
Paulo Thiago def. Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Luiz Cane via TKO – Round 1
Amir Sadollah def. Phil Baroni via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)
Ben Saunders def. Marcus Davis via knockout (knee) – Round 1
Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt via submission (triangle) – Round 1
Brian Foster def. Brock Larson via TKO – Round 2
Caol Uno and Fabricio Camoes fight to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
George Sotiropoulos def. Jason Dent via submission (armbar) – Round 2