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-It's gonna take a minor miracle to get all these preliminary fights in before the PPV starts at 10pm. Through an hour and fifteen minutes, two fights have happened. Maybe the Stout/Wiman fight will be moved to the main card.
Eliot Marshall vs Vinny Magalhaes
-Marshall Wins by Unanimous Decision
Ryo Chonan vs TJ Grant
-Grant Wins by Split Decision
Mark Bocek vs David Bielkheden
-Bocek Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
David Loiseau vs Ed Herman
-Herman Wins by Unanimous Decision
Jason MacDonald vs Nate Quarry
-Quarry Wins by 1st Rd TKO
Denis Kang vs Xavier Foupa-Pokam
-Kang Wins by Unanimous Decision
-They're playing up the "Liddell might retire" angle a ton.
Steve Cantwell vs Luiz Cane
-According to Rogan, this is "one of the most exciting fights on the card tonight."
-13 minutes in and Goldberg has talked for at least 11 of them. Guy is a machine.
-Bruce Buffer opens things up with a bunch of French words I do not understand. Crowd seemed to enjoy it, though.
Cane moves forward with combos. A solid uppercut lands. Cantwell responds with a head kick that slaps against Cane's arm and head. Cane's punches are getting through. A right-left combo by Cane gives Cantwell pause. Some knees from the clinch by Cane. Combos are landing at will for Cane. Everything Cantwell throws is getting blocked. Straight left connects for Cane. Body shot by Cane. He's landing the straight left whenever he wants. RNN Scores it 10-9 Cane.
Cane's hand speed is nuts. I feel like I'm watching a Tekken fight. He's hitting 2 to 3 punches every time. Straight left pops Cantwell's head back. Cane giving chase. Cantwell counters and lands. Another counter. A big time kick lands for Cantwell. Cane barely even blinked, but it was a solid shot. Another head kick lands, not quite as forceful as the first, but still kinda hard. Cane seems to be fine. I'm not sure how, exactly. A good uppercut lands for Cane as a right hook lands for Cantwell. RNN Scores it 10-9 Cantwell.
Cane moving forward to start the round. He lands a straight left. A nice body kick connects for Cane following a series of strikes. More combos from Cane. Cantwell unleashes a combo of his own and partially clips Cane with another head kick. Cane clinches and knees Cantwell to the body. Cantwell backs Cane into the cage and lands with a right. Cane charges back with some jabs and an uppercut. Two head kicks by Cantwell that are blocked. Cane lands a knee to the body followed by some big punches. Round ends with both trading, Cantwell getting the better of it slightly. RNN Scores it 10-9 Cane.
Luiz Cane Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Very good fight. Cantwell took heavy strikes and never seemed in too much trouble. He was impressive even though he lost. Cane is ready for a big time opponent.
Cheick Kongo vs Antoni Hardonk
-Kongo needs to be impressive to keep pace with the rest of the Heavyweights. A lackluster performance will put him way down the list of contenders.
-Kongo has a 4 inch reach advantage. That's a lot for a Heavyweight.
Both fighters throw some kicks that do not land. Hardonk connects with a heavy leg kick. Another leg kick lands. Hardonk has Kongo backed into a corner and lands another leg kick. Kongo moves forward and ties him up. Fans chanting Kongo's name. Referee breaks them up and it's back to the center. Kongo catches a body kick and sends Hardonk to the mat with a right. It didn't land fully. Back to standing, Hardonk stalking with leg kicks. A right hand and an uppercut land for Kongo. Tie-up by the cage. Kongo trying to take him down. Knees to the thigh by Kongo. Kongo gets him down. Short elbows to the head by Kongo. Some punches, but Hardonk did a great job of avoiding damage. RNN Scores it 10-9 Kongo.
Hardonk goes for a kick, but gets hit and falls down. Kongo connects with a big strike as he jumps on top of him. Kongo working from the top with hammerfists. A big right hand to the body then to the head. Very nice. Hardonk is cut. Kongo lands a big right that forces Hardonk to turn over then he pounds him with some more shots before the referee stops it.
Cheick Kongo Wins by 2nd Rd TKO
-They are moving right along. No post-fight interviews so far.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs Brian Stann
-Have you head Brian Stann was in the Marines?
Both fighters looking for leg kicks to start things out. Soszynski gets the takedown. Stann does a decent job avoiding punishment and gets back to his feet. Soszynski gets another takedown. He's going for a kimura. Stann trying to defend, but he's done. He sinks it in and Stann taps.
Krzysztof Soszynski Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Kimura)
Chuck Liddell vs Mauricio Rua
A leg kick by Rua. Liddell comes forward but doesn't connect. A nice exchange with both throwing in close. Liddell lands but Rua comes over the top with a left. Rua lands a right leg kick. Liddell is already sorta limping from the leg kicks. Liddell misses a punch and Rua takes him down. Liddell stands right up, but Rua grabs a leg. He's up and out of trouble. Wow, that looked bad for a second. Rua misses and Liddell takes Rua down. He lets him right up, though. Rua charges forward with a left and drops Liddell. He's on top raining down strikes. Ref stops it.
Mauricio Rua Wins by 1st Rd TKO
-Liddell never looked comfortable. He was moving slowly after the leg kicks and Rua kept looping punches that were barely missing. Another bad loss for Liddell.
-Rogan pressed him for an answer, but Liddell refused to say whether he's gonna retire. For whatever reason, I think he's done. He looked worn out following the loss.
Sam Stout vs Matt Wiman
-I'm sure there is a great reason for putting this fight after Rua/Liddell, but I have no idea what it is.
I erased what I wrote because I'm an idiot. RNN Scores it 10-9 Stout.
A nice combo to start the round by Stout. Wiman lands a right. Stout connects, but Wiman ends up scrambling to Stout's back. He slips off and Stout is on top. He lands a couple shots, but nothing major. Back to standing. Leg kick by Wiman. Wiman gets caught and is hurt. He took a nasty shot to the body. He falls to his back and tries to suck Stout into his guard. He briefly grabs an arm, but Stout gets free. Back to their feet and Stout is teeing off. Wiman is trying to survive. A solid right lands for Stout. RNN Scores it 10-9 Stout.
Wiman comes forward and eats a punch. A tie-up and Wiman going for a takedown. He gets his back. Wiman has a body lock and is going for a choke. Stout keeping control of Wiman's wrist. He turns and is now on top. Nice job by Stout. Wiman is trying to work from the bottom, but is taking some strikes. Back to their feet briefly before Wiman runs forward and takes him down again. Working from the top. He's not really throwing anything, just trying to pass his guard. Stout up for a second then slammed back down. Stout back up and gets hit with a punch. RNN Scores it 10-9 Wiman.
Sam Stout Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-An interview with Channing Tatum and Cung Le. They're in that stupid new movie "Fighting". Very odd seeing a non-UFC fighter get camera time during a PPV.
Thales Leites vs Anderson Silva (MW Title)
-Rogan building up a possible fight between Silva and St-Pierre. It seems like if they both win, they're fighting. Now lets watch Leites ruin everything. It happens every time.
-Leites wearing sunglasses to the cage. God, I hope this doesn't become a trend.
Silva standing back at first, as usual. Leites refusing to throw. Minute in without a punch thrown. Silva finally comes forward with a punch that doesn't land. Silva backing him up. Straight left lightly lands for Silva. Silva sweeps his leg then lets him right up. Leites grabs a leg and drives Silva into the cage. He was down for a second but popped up. Tie-up by the cage and Leites looking for a trip. RNN Scores it 10-9 Silva.
-I'm having Silva/Cote flashbacks after that round.
Leites lands a leg kick. He catches Silva off-balanced and gets a great takedown. Leites on top in Silva's half-guard. Silva now has a body triangle. Leites throwing from the top. Silva gets back to his feet. He was never in trouble on the ground. Neither throwing anything. Fans are growing restless. Silva lands a couple jabbing punches. Head kick partially blocked by Leites. RNN Scores it 10-9 Leites.
Silva catches a leg and a scramble ensues. Leites briefly down before Silva let him up. Leites gets poked in the eye and falls to the ground. Referee does not stop the fight. Awful. How did he miss that? Referee stands them up. Silva landing leg kicks. Fans chanting "G-S-P". Every time Silva touches Leites, he falls down on his back. A big body kick lands for Silva. A lunging left lands for Silva. Jumpkick connects for Silva. Punches coming in now and Leites is covering up. Leites falls down again. He's down again. I guess this is what happens when you put Thales Leites in a main event. RNN Scores it 10-9 Silva.
-Leites is literally falling to his back every time Silva gets close. It's kind of funny in a pathetic way.
Kick to the leg of Leites. He's hitting his knee straight up the middle. Leites is limping a little. A slapping leg kick lands for Silva. He's dancing around and kicking Leites at will. Another front kick to the knee. He's teeing off on Leites left lead leg. He goes for a takedown, but Silva stuffs it. I don't even know how to describe what he just did. He somehow kicked Leites low on the leg with his back leg. Leites is moving very slow. RNN Scores it 10-9 Silva.
Leg kick by Silva. Leites coming forward. A left lands for Silva. Leites goes for a takedown, but Silva defends nicely. Silva lands some solid punches on the downed Leites. Leites is bleeding pretty bad out of his nose. Another takedown attempt stuffed. Silva working from the top. Back to their feet and it's more of the same. Silva kicking his leg whenever he wants. Leites standing there and taking it. RNN Scores it 10-9 Silva.
Anderson Silva Wins by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46)
-God, that was brutal. At least Cote sorta tried to exchange. Leites didn't do a thing. He fought like a guy who was happy to be there. I don't think he ever believed he could win the fight. Time to get Silva some real opponents.