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Velasquez batters Nogueira, Silva defeats Bisping at UFC 110

Cain Velasquez emerged from the prospect shadow to become a bonafide contender in the UFC heavyweight division as the American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter put a beating on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira this evening at UFC 110 that will not soon be forgotten.

Velasquez had the upper hand for as long as the fight lasted; getting off first with his combinations standing, and utilizing much improved kicks to the head, midsection and legs of Nogueira to offset the decorated veteran’s chance of buliding any type of momentum. In the end it was a series of punches standing that sent Big Nog sailing to the canvas, and another brief flurry of ground and punch strikes that brought a conclusion to the one sided clinic in the opening round.

Everyone’s favorite “Axe Murderer”, Wanderlei Silva, returned to the win column this evening in Australia as the former Pride champion managed to impose his will on Michael Bisping for the duration of the pair’s three round battle, before nearly finishing off “The Count” with a swarm of punches at the bout’s conclusion. When the dust had a chance to settle it was Wanderlei who grabbed the unanimous decision nod on the judges scorecards during an impressive debut at 185 pounds.

Australian native George Sotiropoulos took many by surprise this evening as the fast rising lightweight thoroughly dismantled the much more experienced Joe Stevenson during a three round grappling clinic that resulted in a unanimous decision victory for the hometown hero.

Keith Jardine gave as good as he got from Ryan Bader for two and a half rounds before the champion of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter sent a heavy right hand crashing into the chin of “The Dean of Mean” that sent him realing. Just moments later it was a calculated and devastating left hook from Bader that brought an abrupt conclusion to the bout.

In no major surprise, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic came away with a much needed win this evening over an extremely game Anthony Perosh via cuts at the conclusion of the second round.

A full list of the results from UFC 110 are listed below:

IGOR POKRAJAC def. JAMES TE HUNA via TKO Round 3

C.B. DOLLAWAY def. GORAN RELJIC via unanimous decsion (29-28) all cards

CHRIS LYTLE def. BRIAN FOSTER via submission (kneebar) Round 1

KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI def. STEPHAN BONNAR via TKO (cut)

MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC def. ANTHONY PEROSH via TKO (cut) end of Round 2

RYAN BADER def. KEITH JARDINE via TKO Round 3

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS def. JOE STEVENSON via unanimous decision

WANDERLEI SILVA def. MICHAEL BISPING via unanimous decsion

CAIN VELASQUEZ def. ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA via KO Round 1

29 COMMENTS
  • Connor Cobain says:

    WANDY destroyed Bisping! He almost finished him 3 Fucking Times!

  • redness says:

    game Anthony perosh HUH>>>>>>>>>>

  • Makington says:

    1. Fucking go Wanderlei! I wouldn’t exactly say he destroyed Bisping. What Henderson did was the definition of destroying Bisping. But man am I glad to see Wanderlei get a legit W in what seems like way, way too long. Hopefully he will get a few less retirement questions now.

    2. Sotiropolous(sp?) won huge tonight. He dominated Stevenson worse than Diego or KenFlo did. Can’t wait to see who the guy fights next, especially since it will probably be another big step up for him. I thought this fight would go EXACTLY how it went, just with Stevenson doing the ass kicking ha.

    3. I also couldn’t help but notice that CroCop’s killer instinct looked totally gone in this fight. He had Parosh beat from the very first minute but never seemed like he wanted to outright go for the big KO. Once he had that nasty nasty cut opened up he basically waited for the doctor to take over while he held him down. He only threw one head kick the entire fight, which I get you don’t want to be predictable, but that’s his friggin trademark. Hopefully he comes out tougher when he fights again against someone better.

    4. And most importantly I must say this, and say it for everyone. Yes BigDave, you were right. Looks like Cain vs. Brock this summer:)

    Overall great fucking night, and some pretty awesome fans in Australia.

  • redness says:

    Great fights tonight Bonner got screwed with the head butt I say lets do it again. Good to see Wandi pick up a W seemed to me that he was playing it safe until the last few seconds of the rounds he wanted the W bad and who could blame him. Bader looked ok but Jardine is done. Cain is a beast feel for big nog but Cain is the future. Did anyone else think that Crocop wasnt going for blood I mean he killed that B level guy but after he got cut it seemed he laid off. Big win for George over joe daddy would love to see him agains the winner of Kflo Gomi.

  • elkymbo says:

    Fuck yeah go George, nice work tiger! Him vs Ken Flo would be an awesome fight and I can’t help but make comparisons between him and B.J. Obviously he’s not quite on B.J’s level yet, but not only was his BJJ looking impressive but his striking was crisp as well.

    The future looks bright for him.

  • Rich S. says:

    I think this event is a testament to just how inconsistent most of these main card fighters are..

    1. I won’t even touch on Jardine, his new nickname should be “The Dean of Inconsistency”..

    2. Sotiro is a top fighter with some great skill, so don’t take this the wrong way.. But, Stevenson is pretty inconsistent.. He bounced back from the title fight loss with a slick win over Tibau.. Then, he drops two straight to Sanchez and Florian.. At this point alot of people thought he was going to go 3 and out, and bam, he beats Nate Diaz.. Then he dominates Spencer Fisher, something we haven’t seen done that often.. And now, after we all thought he’d reemerged as a title contender, he’s right back in the “L” column..

    3. Wandy’s a big one too.. He enters the UFC with a loss, then he fires back with a huge KO victory over Jardine, but, again, he goes on to drop two more fights.. Now, he wins big against a top contender at MW.. Speaking of that top contender, Bisping’s starting to be inconsistent.. It seems like every other fight Bisping has is the biggest win of his career, but in between those wins are harsh losses..

    4. And finally Big Nog.. He skyrocketed to the top of the UFC’s HW division, then he gets battered by Mir.. Everyone wrote it off to the Staph, and rightfully so, because he came back HUGE with a dominant victory over Captain America.. But, here again, we see him get battered..

    That’s just something I noticed with the wins and losses we saw tonight..

    PS: GRATS TO SOTIRO, he was my pick to win the show and it’s great to see him shake things up in the LW division..

  • Rich S. says:

    Oh, it was also nice to see Lytle use some of that beautiful Jiu Jitsu again.. It’s been a long, long time..

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    Cain looked brilliant 2nite but let’s be real Noguiera has zero head movement and is a human punching bag. Can he beat the top 3 guys(Lesnar, Carwin, Mir)? I think he take out Mir but Lesnar and more importantly Carwin has one punch Ko power and he won’t be able to take these cats down. Bisping was almost finished at the end of the 2nd and 3rd round. Wanderlei look good at 185. There will be some interesting matchups at middleweight with him in the mix now. Jardine…WTF… I guess some guys don’t get it. How many times does a fighter have to get his shit crumpled up in a corner before he realizes he shouldn’t stand and bang with these big time strikers? Bader is possibly on a collision course with Mr. Jones. Let’s make that fight happen. George didn’t finish Joe like Kenny did. Let’s not lose perspective just yet. It was an outstanding performance. Cro Cop looks like an old warrior who has seen too many battles. Its dissappointing to see really. The killer is gone. I don’t think he threw one head kick the whole fight. Its no longer instinctual for him to fight he is thinking too much and its disarming his primary weapon.

  • JMFG says:

    SOTIROPOULOS – Very impressive. He’s going places.
    LYTLE – Always entertaining to watch, and it was good to see another side of his game. Especially against such a dangerous newcomer.
    SOSZYNSKI – Only caught part of the fight but it looked like he’s steadily improving. It should be interesting to see how far he goes in the next year.
    BADER – I had Jardine pegged to win cause it was that time in his win/lose cycle, but Bader was obviously still dangerous. I did expect a little more power and control out of him though.
    SILVA – He did pretty much what everyone was expecting and hoping far. Lets hope he really is back this time.
    VELASQUEZ – You can talk about Big Nog having no head movement and all that shit, but there is no way anyone can take away from this victory. Absolute dominance against a very much more experienced fighter. Cain should be up next after they take care of this dumb-ass Interim belt, and he’s gonna be ready.

  • YetiLee says:

    I told you all Big Nog was going to find out that Cain was the real deal! I told you all that he was the future of the heavyweight division, and you all gave me thumbs down and said I was wrong. Well who is laughing now?

  • Ok Yetilee, Cain made a believer out of naysayers like myself and while it sucks to be wrong its outweighed by the fact that we have a new contender. I believe Cain is now more deserving of his spot than Carwin as he just did something NOONE not even the biggest supporters of Cain thought possible he stopped Big Nog in under 4 minutes. WOW. Can he beat Brock or Carwin, for sure his striking is much crisper than either of those two and his speed is gonna be hard to deal with for Carwin. Brock might still be as fast but if randy could stay off his back against Brock Cain might be able to as well.

    Wandi is back!!!! and smarter, he never lost composure and only bezerked in the last twenty seconds of each round. Once he gets really adjusted at 185, i see some great fights. Him Vs. Nate has me drooling!

    Sotiropolous was outstanding and I cant wait to see him fight Guida, Sherk, Edgar, Maynard, Kenflo etc…. He’s ever improving and ever impressive.

    Cro Cop didnt want to beat up Perosh like a can and it showed as soon as he cut him. Props to Perosh for hangin as long as he could and props for Cro Cop bein with us at least one more fight.

    Now the worst topic of the board. Keith Jardine is probably being shown the door and if not its comin soon. Horribly sad as when he shows up confident in his movement and awkward style he wins fights most would bet against him. Last night he never looked like he wanted to bring it with the exception of the first minute of the third. Once the first leg kick hurt Bader he should’ve really laid those on him as Bader couldn’t get anywhere on the ground against him. I think Keith beat himself and that sucks.

    It was kinda funny to ask him why the ref stopped the fight as the ref pulled Jardine’s twisted leg out from underneath him though.

    OH and Lytle should change his moniker to “The measuring stick” though I doubt we’ll see him fight for a title unless they do another comeback show with him on it, it seems like if you can get through him you have a chance at WW success in the UFC and if not, well you won’t.

    great card, thanks Zuffa!

  • Unabomberman says:

    Nog needs to call it quits. The accumulated damage is just too much, and he’s just not the same anymore. Would he have won before? Who knows? Maybe? But fact of the matter remains: Nog’s time is past. Just compare him with his brother for christ’s sake.

    There are way too many things he can still accomplish outside of active competiion. He should concern himself with his immediate safety.

    Also, good to see Wandy kick the Bisping ass. Just sayin’.

  • Makington says:

    Sorry YetiLee but if anyone has been hyping Cain it’s BigDave. He has been singing Cain’s song for what’s got to be over a year now, and if anyone has taken some flak for it, it was him haha.

    It’s the way I hype Aaron Simpson and Jim Miller. One of these days they will prove people wrong the way Cain did!

    Lethal Liquid: George didn’t finish Joe like Kenny did. Let’s not lose perspective just yet.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one because I’ve always thought that Kenny set up his choke with one of the most obvious fence grabs I’ve ever seen. Joe Daddy had Kenny on his shoulders ready to throw his face into the mat but Kenny grabbed the fence hard enough to wind up on top and from there it was only a matter of time until he got Joe. In the Rashad/Ortiz fight a point was taken away for just that but in Stevenson/KenFlo I don’t even know if there was a warning when a point def should have been take away. I’m not hating on Kenny since I know he wasn’t trying to cheat, and it was just natural reaction to grab out t the fence, but it is hat it is.

    George dominated Stevenson in every single aspect of the fight, and the only person so far who has done that is BJ. Let’s also not forget that this Joe Daddy was much better than KenFlo’s Joe Daddy as well. Overall Sotiro’s win impressed me way more than Kenny’s did.

  • gy614x says:

    Congratulations Cain, im a believe now, and im actually proud to say im getting on the band wagon, i firmly believe hes going to be wearing that belt in the next year….that guys speed and striking (not to mention wrestling) are unbelievable, also take into account hes only been doing this a little over 3 years (MMA). More striking work and more BJJ and your gonna have a pretty unstoppable heavyweight. Id be very excited to watch him fight Carwin (who im also a big fan of).

    let me also throw in that im disgusted about the FOTN going to Stevenson and Sot……i think Bonnar vs Kristov should have gotten it, regardless of how that ended, that was one of my favorite fights of the night, what a war and a display of heart.

  • gy614x says:

    btw that post wasnt taking anything away from George, he dominated, i just didnt think it was fight of the night

  • kuboa says:

    Great card overall, exciting fights even if the unspoken theme was “Up n’ Comers vs. Down n’ Goers.”

    ~ Eye of the proverbial tiger has left the building re: CroCop. Love the guy but I am begging him here, now, to leave the game. He should have crushed this last-minute replacement, and did, and can now walk away honorably.

    ~ Cain: I was an unbeliever, but can no longer deny. Who else wants to see him take on Dos Santos?!

  • Angry Mike says:

    There’s an obvious parallel between Velasquez/’Nog and Mir/’Nog. Sure, Nog was sick before he fought Mir, but Mir and Cain are both big guys with power who setga quick pace and got off first. Couture isn’t as big as either Mir or Cain and didn’t throw first. He lost.

    I’m as glad as the next fan to see Silva get a win, but I’m still unwilling to say he’s back. He looked tight and slow against Bisping. Bisping had that fight won imo until Silva’s last flurry in the third. And Bisping might have won anyway if he hadn’t been knocked down. Was that Silva’s power, or Bisping’s chin? Fighters change with time and age, but that wasn’t anything close to the way he fought in Pride.

    Sotiropolous was very impressive. His bjj has always been lethal, but his striking looked pretty good. last night. With his lanky build, he’s perfect for the weight class. As he continues to improve, he’s going to be a tough opponent for anybody in a tough weight class. Love to see him go up against Florian, for example.

    Bader’s got some real power, but if he swings that wildly against a more technical, proficient striker, it’ll be a short night for him. He wouldn’t get away with that against Evans or Machida, for example.

  • Angry Mike says:

    P.S. I guess Lytle didnt’ have a gentleman’s agreement to keep it standing. Good thinking, because that submission was a thing of beauty. Hopefully Foster’s knee is alright.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    pretty entertaining night of fights, great crows in Sydney too, first time in a long long while i seen a UFC show without booing.

    Please that the UFC gave George and Joe fight of the night, usually they would pick an entertaining yet sloppy slugfest (Bonnar/Kristof) over a grappling showcase. George did awesome, was really impressed by him, never stopped working for the subs, and his boxing was crisp too, landed a few nice punches. Joe was beaten all ends up. Would love to see George fight Nate Diaz, that would be super dope.

    Great sub from Chris Lyttle, havent seen anyone successfully try that rolling knee bar for years, cant remember seeing a decent one since the Pride days.

    Wonder if the doc let Anthony Perosh continue on with that cut because he’d stopped a decent fight earlier when Bonnar got cut. I thought Anthony’s cut looked worse, but who the fuck am i

    Great conditioning for Wanderlei, really pleased for him.

    maybe Cro Cop and Nog should fight again, cos they both looked slow and off key. I really really love both those guys, been in some of the greatest fights on the planet, and they are both legends, but the days of top competition are done. I think Nog still has the ability, i just dont think his brain and his physical functions are in tune any more. I hope he sticks to coaching soon, and i hope he is secure financially cos i dont want to see him suffer in later life.

    anyone know how the CB/Reljic fight went down?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i meant crowd, not crows. in Australia, like with pigs, they dont get many crows

  • edub says:

    “maybe Cro Cop and Nog should fight again, cos they both looked slow and off key. I really really love both those guys, been in some of the greatest fights on the planet, and they are both legends, but the days of top competition are done. ”

    Completely agree hindsight.

    Fights I would like to see coming off this event…
    Cro cop vs. Nog 2
    Belfort vs. Wand 2(although silva vs. Akiyama will prolly happen)
    Sotiropoulous vs Maynard
    Bisping vs. Reljic
    Bader vs. Thiago Silva
    also if Sonnen wants a match while waiting for his title shot have him fight Dollaway to see if he can beat another wrestler his caliber.

  • BigDave says:

    Great night of fights all around.

    I won’t go overboard on my praise for Cain because I have been well documented on my thoughts about him. He has now got to be the true #1 contender for the HW belt.

    Stevenson showed again why he will never be a contender, He just can’t seem to adapt his game and falls back to his old ways everytime.

    Bader was good against a guy in Jardine that is tough to fight whether you like him or hate him.

    The axe murderer won a good fight looked crisp and didnt take any bad chances, I like Bisping and I can tell you he will be back in the mix in the next year or so.

  • Midget says:

    Makington: 3. I also couldn’t help but notice that CroCop’s killer instinct looked totally gone in this fight. He had Parosh beat from the very first minute but never seemed like he wanted to outright go for the big KO. Once he had that nasty nasty

    Was at the event yesterday and speaking to a few people that said Perosh was actually training with Cro Cop for his fight against Rothwell. After Rothwell pulled out, Perosh was the only real local fighter that could fill in on such short notice. As they were training together, could be a reason why Cro Cop didn’t for blood.

  • Colin says:

    I was duly impressed with Sotiropoulos and Velasquez. This was George’s chance to show the world he is a contender on his home turf. Good on ya, mate. Cain looks nasty and puts himself right in the mix of things for title contention.

    By the way, didn’t Te Huna beat Pokrajac by third round TKO, not the other way around as listed here? I would hate to see James not get his due when winning in his backyard.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    They gotta knock off Big Nog from the P4P rankings after that defeat, and obviously the HW rankings.

  • Guthookd says:

    well, everything has pretty much been said…so I’ll just ad this……CAIN VALASQUEZ is an animal.

    I say Cain vs. loser of Carin/Mir, then a tittle shot. He moves so quick it is unreal. His striking is very crisp in my opinion. He might be a mean bastard, but he’s a skilled fighter.

    Cop – – – – – retire please.

  • MMApride19 says:

    hindsightufuk: pretty entertaining night of fights, great crows in Sydney too, first time in a long long while i seen a UFC show without booing.
    Please that the UFC gave George and Joe fight of the night, usually they would pick an entertaining yet sloppy slugfest (Bonnar/Kristof) over a grappling showcase. George did awesome, was really impressed by him, never stopped working for the subs, and his boxing was crisp too, landed a few nice punches. Joe was beaten all ends up. Would love to see George fight Nate Diaz, that would be super dope.Great sub from Chris Lyttle, havent seen anyone successfully try that rolling knee bar for years, cant remember seeing a decent one since the Pride days.Wonder if the doc let Anthony Perosh continue on with that cut because he’d stopped a decent fight earlier when Bonnar got cut. I thought Anthony’s cut looked worse, but who the fuck am iGreat conditioning for Wanderlei, really pleased for him.maybe Cro Cop and Nog should fight again, cos they both looked slow and off key. I really really love both those guys, been in some of the greatest fights on the planet, and they are both legends, but the days of top competition are done. I think Nog still has the ability, i just dont think his brain and his physical functions are in tune any more. I hope he sticks to coaching soon, and i hope he is secure financially cos i dont want to see him suffer in later life.anyone know how the CB/Reljic fight went down?  

    Angry Mike: There’s an obvious parallel between Velasquez/’Nog and Mir/’Nog.Sure, Nog was sick before he fought Mir, but Mir and Cain are both big guys with power who setga quick pace and got off first.Couture isn’t as big as either Mir or Cain and didn’t throw first.He lost.I’m as glad as the next fan to see Silva get a win, but I’m still unwilling to say he’s back.He looked tight and slow against Bisping.Bisping had that fight won imo until Silva’s last flurry in the third.And Bisping might have won anyway if he hadn’t been knocked down.Was that Silva’s power, or Bisping’s chin?Fighters change with time and age, but that wasn’t anything close to the way he fought in Pride.Sotiropolous was very impressive.His bjj has always been lethal, but his striking looked pretty good. last night.With his lanky build, he’s perfect for the weight class.As he continues to improve, he’s going to be a tough opponent for anybody in a tough weight class.Love to see him go up against Florian, for example.Bader’s got some real power, but if he swings that wildly against a more technical, proficient striker, it’ll be a short night for him.He wouldn’t get away with that against Evans or Machida, for example.  

    In regards to comment on Wanderlei, i understand what you mean, of course he isnt back, and he probebly will never fight how he used to fight. However i think that it is probebly for the better. If he continues to take all the risks he used to take, he will just continue losing. I think he fought an excellent fight against Bisping, wasnt his most exciting fight, but he fought smarter than he usually does, and actually paced himself ! I think he actually was playing it safe to be honest, which isnt like Wandy i know, but he REALLY needed a win, and he ensured he got the win. Also i actually think that flurry was all he needed to do the whole fight and he probebly would have finished Bisping, but as i said he probebly was playing it safe. Maybe after a few wins at MW, he will probebly get more comfortable and start unloading a little bit more. Anyway, i am extremely happy that Wandy actually got a win, over a good fighter. You could see how happy he was after the fight lol.

    I definetly agree with your comment about Bader , he needs to sort out that wild swinging technique as he is continuing to work his way up the LHW ladder, because as you said, he will get caught big time against a more proficient striker, or infact any good counter fighter.

    Anyways, fantastic event in Australia, was genuinly an extremely exciting UFC debut in Aus, i can only imagine the atmosphere there! It sounded crazy!

  • MMApride19 says:

    Oops, was only meant to qoute AngryMike! Dont know what happened there!

  • Matthew says:

    Either someone slipped something in my drink or Igor Pokrajac didn’t win that fight. I think its the latter.

    And hindsight, i was in that crowd and there was alot of booing but only when Bisping came out. Poor guy copped an absolute flogging from the Aussie crowd. Chants of “Bisping is a wanker” went on for most of the fight. Not to mention people in the crowd at the weigh ins trying to start him. He is a well hated man over here.

    But i got what you meant, there was actually booing when the ref stood people up. I was shocked.

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