Ladies and gentleman ... It's time!
UFC 71: "Liddell vs. Jackson" is set for this evening, May 26, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The pay-per-view (PPV) portion of the card will begin as usual at 10 p.m.
We'll provide up-to-the-minute quick updates for the entire show, which begins around 8 p.m. EST, as well as live blow-by-blow blogging during the main card action.
UFCmania.com reader DrubySunshine will check in a little before the main card starts at 10 p.m. to deliver a detailed account as it happens, LIVE.
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Ok, enough housekeeping ... it's time to get down to bit-ness.
For UFC 71 results just click the link below. WARNING: There are potential spoilers contained in the jump.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson defeats Chuck Liddell via knockout in round one
Karo Parisyan defeats Josh Burkman via unanimous decision
Terry Martin defeats Ivan Salaverry via technical knockout in round one
Houston Alexander defeats Keith Jardine via knockout in round one
Kalib Starnes defeats Chris Leben via unanimous decision
Thiago Silva defeats James Irvin via referee stoppage (grizzly knee injury from what we hear)
Alan Belcher defeats Sean Salmon via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Din Thomas defeats Jeremy Stephens via submission (armbar) in round two
Wilson Gouveia defeats Carmelo Marrero via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Play-by-play live main card commentary:
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Drubysunshine here to do the live blow by blow coverage of the fights. I know your all as excited as I am for one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history so with that said, Its Time!!! Also HUGE news. Dan Henderson is officially the newest 205lb UFC fighter. UFCMANIA will have further coverage after the fights, but we all know this is absolute blockbuster news and the light heavyweights better beware.
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (205-pound limit)
Starts off with both feeling each other out. Both looking for distance. Chuck gets an uppercut rampage lands a right foloowed by a left hook. Rampage lands a HUUGE right chuck is hurt!! Rampage jumps on top and finishes him off!!! Rampage WINS!!! Rampage WINS!!!!
Result: Quinton "Rampage Jackson defeats Chuck Liddell via knockout in round one
Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Burkman (170-pound limit)
Huge flurry to start off. Burkman with a leg kick. Huge right by Karo both fighters are letting their hands go. Legkick by Karo. Huge right by Karo followed by another right
Leg kick by Karo. Burkman with the takedown. Karo scrambles then uses his classic judo throw. Both feel each other out at the end of the rd.
Nice right by Karo. Body shot by Karo. Sick leg kick by burkaman. Knee from Burkman. 2 sick rights by Karo Burkman looks hurt bad. Knee and a combo by Karo. Huge right by Karo to end the rd.
Big right by Burkamn he looks desperate. Clicnch by Burkman. Slam by Burkman. Karo scrambles and gets a sweep while going for the Kumura. Scramble back to the feet. Body lock. Both fighters end the round with a flurry.
Karo Parysian Unanimous Decision
Keith Jardine vs. Houston Alexander (205-pound limit)
Round one: Jardine with a good right. Huge left hook by Jardine! Houston with a huge right hand! Hes dropping bombs!! Jardines hurt!!! Hes out cold!!! Its over! What a vicious knockout!!
Result: Houston Alexander by KO 48 seconds of the first round
Ivan Salaverry vs. Terry Martin (185-pound limit)
Teryy High kick by Ivan. Leg kick by Ivan, both fighters feeling each other out. Another high kick by Ivan followed by a leg kick. Martin working the jab, and caught him with a solid right cross. Both fighters lock up. Martin goes for a slam. Ivan stops the slam! Martine slams him, then continues to punch him out with a huge flurry. That fight was stopped a little too early for my taste, but give credit to Martin for his vicious slam followed by 4 or 5 hammer fists.
Terry Martin TKO 2:04 1st round.
Chris Leben vs. Kalib Starnes (185-pound limit)
Round one: Leben with a high kick. Kalib gets a takedown. FLurry by Lebem. Taledown by Kalib with a huge flurry to end the round.
Round two: Great right by starnes Leben is rocked, followed by a takedown. Leben in rubber guard.Starnes working on the top with punches. Grst right cross! Lebens up. Starnes goes for another takedown but gets stopped. Both working knees from the clinch. Leben looking for his left hook, while landing some knees. Leg kick by Leben. Starnes looks tired. Leben dropping bombs! Knee by starnes. Leben is pushing foward.
Round three: STarnes is hurt by a leg kick to the body. Leben is on top. Great sweep by Kalib and now hes on top. Vicious elbow by Kalib. Kalib dominates from the top, and both end the round with a flurry. Sorry about the brief descriptions we are experiencing some technical difficulties.
Result: Kalib Starnes Unanimous Decision