UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" takes place tonight (Saturday, March 1) at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The star-studded pay-per-view (PPV) event features a stacked line up of fights from the prelims on up to the main event between UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, and the last man to hold the Pride FC 183-pound title, Dan Henderson.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 82 results. (Note — This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
UFC 82 QUICK RESULTS:
Anderson Silva defeats Dan Henderson via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Heath Herring defeats Cheick Kongo via split decision
Yushin Okami defeats Evan Tanner via TKO (Knee) Round 2
Chris Leben defeats Alessio Sakara via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Jon Fitch defeats Chris Wilson via unanimous decision
Andrei Arlovski defeats Jake O'Brien via technical (strikes) in round two
Luigi Fioravanti defeats Luke Cummo via unanimous decision
Josh Koscheck defeats Dustin Hazelett via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Diego Sanchez defeats David Bielkheden via submission (verbal tapout because of strikes) in round one
Jorge Gurgel defeats John Halverson via unanimous decision
UFC 82 BLOW-BY-BLOW LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
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Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson (185-pound limit)
Round one: Silva doesnt touch gloves on the way out it seems like a sign of disrespect for the Pride champ. Hendo with a leg kick. ANother leg kick from Hendo. Silva with a leg kick. Hendo misses with a haymaker right. Head kick from Silva. Hendo chasing. Hendo with a clinch and a take down. Hendo with some hammer fists from the top. Hendo covering the mouth to try and disrupt Silvas breathing pattern. Very slow pace as Hendo just keeps control on top but Silva is doing a great job of avoiding damage. Silva spins out and gets to guard. Thats the round. Dirty Dan with a dominant round using his wrestling skills and easily won that round. 10-9 Dangerous Dan.
Round two: Front kick from SIlva. Body kick from Silva. Body kick from Hendo and Silva answers with a combo. Hendo lands a overhand right and then a looping right. Silva with a solid head kick that stuns Hendo a little bit. Now their clinched up against the fence. Knees to the thigh from Hendo. Great knee from Hendo and then a great right. Silva lands a HUGE knee and then a pucnh and Hendo is Hurt bad!!! Now Silva hops on top and lands a vicious elbow!!! Hendo is hurt and Silva has side control!!! But hes holding on and slowly recouperating. Silva has the back and now he has the hooks in. Silva with a variety of elbows and punches that are landing sharp and crisp. Silva locks in a rear naked choke and sinks it in and now thats it. It over, Anderson Silva just solidified his position as the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC. Anderson Silva just dominated one of the best fighters in MMA history and whiled im shocked, I cannot say that I am surprised. Figure that one out. Great fight to end a good overall night.
Final result: Anderson Silva defeats Dan Henderson via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Cheick Kongo vs. Heath Herring (265-pound limit)
Round one: Herring comes out like gangbusters and lands a HUGE right that rocks Kongo off his feet, but Kongo quickly back up and clinches instantly with Herring. Now Kongo takes down Herring!! Kongo lands some punishing shots. Herring with a high kick. Kongo catches a kick and gets another take down. Herring reverses!!! Now Herring on top. Kongo back to the feet. Clinched up against the fence and Kongo is kneeing Herrings thighs viciously. Kongo with another take down and a full mount. Kongo punishing the body of Herring from the top. Kongo with some good punches to the head. Now Herring reverses and is on top, but now their both to the feet. Kongo now back on top in full mount. Thats the round, id give that one to Kongo 10-9 for the take downs.
Round two: Herring comes out quick again but Kongo with another take down. He looks as impressive as hes ever been on the ground tonight. HUGE upkick by Herring. Herring comes in fast again and now their clinched up against the fence. HUGE take down by Kongo!! Now he has north-south position. Landing some punches on Herring. Kongo now has the back looking for a choke. Herring reverses again!!! Now Herring is on top raining body punches on Kongo. Herring with side control now. Now knees to the body from Herring that are doing some serious damage. Thats the bell and it was an extremely close round. Id give it to Herring 10-9.
Round three: Herring comes out quick again and both fighters lands kicks at the same time. Now Kongo is on top. Kongo now with his own knees to the ribs and they are vicious! Nice head kick by Kongo. Kongo with knees to the body from the clinch and gets Herring to the mat again. Herring reverses. Herring with side control. Kongo breathing heavy from the bottom. Herring with an array of elbows, knees, and punches to the body. Kongo tries to get it to the feet but Heath thwarts him. Herring dominating in this side control position and is doing some SERIOUS damage to the body of Kongo. Full mount for Herring, hes trying to rain some punches as the round comes to an end. thats the bell. This is going to be a close one.
Final result: Heath Herring defeats Cheick Kongo via split decision
Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Leben (185-pound limit)
Round one: Leben comes out with a leg kick. Body kick from Leben. Leben with a huge left hook and another left hook and Sakara answers with one of his own. Sakara with a stiff right while Leben comes forward/ Knee from Leben. Left from Leben. Body kick from Leben and now Leben lands two hard lefts. But Sakara answers with a hard right. Sakara with a right and Leben with a solid combo. Sakara with a quick right and huge left. Leg kick from Leben. Body kick from Leben and now Leben has a leg but lets it go. Huge right from Leben and a knee then he lands a HUGE LEFT HOOK!!!!! Now hes pounding on Sakara with 4 unanswered punches and its over Leben wins impressively.
Final result: Chris Leben defeats Alessio Sakara via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Evan Tanner vs. Yushin Okami (185-pound limit)
Round one: Both fighters feeling each other out. Tanner with a blistering straight right hand. Okami with a solid right himself. Okami high kick. Great right by Tanner lands flush and follows with a left hook. Okami lands a HUGE left!!! It knocks down Tanner!!!! But Tanner survives and their back to the feet. Their clinched up against the fence. Tanner with some knees. Tanner is already cut above his right eye, and as we all know Hes a Bleeder. Inside leg kick from Tanner. Okami with a knee from the body then locks up the clinch against the fence and lands a couple more knees. Okami with a strong left. Tanner with a good right. Inside leg kick from Tanner. Nice right by Tanner. Okami with a stiff left. Head kick from Okami. Tanner with a glancing right to end the round. That was a close one but I would give it to Okami 10-9 for doing more damage.
Round two: Tanner with a inside leg kick. Another leg kick. Straight left from Okami. Great body kick from Okami. Uppercut from Okami. Front kick by Tanner. Okami with the clinch. Body kick from Tanner. Nice left hook from Tanner but Okami answers with a great left. Okami with a sharp combo and buckles Tanners knees with a straight left. Okami in the clinch and lands a HUGE KNEE!!!! Thats it Tanner is out cold its over and Yushin Okami has his most impressive showing in the octagon to date.
Final result: Yushin Okami defeats Evan Tanner via TKO (Knee) Round 2
Jon Fitch vs. Chris Wilson (170-pound limit)
Round one: Fitch stalking Wilson. Circling around the octagon. Fitch with a leg kick. Knee from the clinch from Wilson after Wilson avoids a take down. Fitch shoots in. Doesnt get the take down. Fitch with a sloppy one two combo then follows with a leg kick. Wilson catches Fitch with a big right and another, and then a kick to the head. Knee to the body from Wilson. Fitch gets the double leg take down. Fitch with elbows to the calf. Ref stands them up. Fitch looking more cautious now. Fitch with another take down. Fitch still on top. Thats the round. Fitch took some good shots but with the take downs id give the round to Fitch while Wilson caused more damage.
Round two: Fitch shoots Wilson with great defense. Fitch with a good right. Wilson with a jab. Fitch shoots Wilson avoid the take down, but Fitch is relentless and takes down Wilson again. Full guard for Wilson. Fitch jumps to half guard. Back to full guard. Side control for Fitch but only briefly. Back to side control again for Fitch however. Fitch with some elbows. Fitch with the full mount now!! Wilson gets right to half guard though. Wilson scrambles but Fitch gets him right back down instantly. Thats the round and Fitch dominated thoroughly the entire round. 10-9 Fitch.
Round three: Inside leg kick from Fitch. Wilson with a good body kick and uppercut. Wilson misses with a combo of strikes. Inside leg kick from Fitch. Left right combo from Fitch lands flush. Inside leg kick from Fitch and another. Good combo form Fitch. Fitch with a great left to the body and huge right to the head that wobbles Wilson. Fitch with another great combo which does some damage. Now Fitch follows with two hard inside leg kicks. Nice overhand right from Fitch followed by a take down. Fitch now back on top. Fitch raining down punches from the top and Wilson looks like he has nothing left. Fitch still raining blows. Wilson has a triangle but Fitch is raining vicious elbows and has cut Wilson. Thats the round. Fitch looks to have won this one easily after a feeling out process in the 1st round.
Final result: Jon Fitch defeats Chris Wilson via unanimous decision