“UFC 105: Couture vs Vera” Results & Details (1 Viewer)



“UFC 105: Couture vs Vera” Results & Details

<p><img style="FLOAT: left" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_winner_delgado_finish.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />UFC 105 is in the books. What was considered on paper to be one of the best matched cards of the year turned out to be one of the most explosive. Eight of the evening's eleven bouts failed to reach the judges scorecards. A new contender for Georges St.Pierre's welterweight title was crowned, and one of the most popular figures in the sport rebounded from a recent loss. Meanwhile, the fans at the M.E.N. Arena also exploded, setting a new attendance record for the UFC in Europe.<br /><br />Former "The Ultimate Fighter" finalist Andre Winner (10-3-1) would get the Manchester crowd excited early. Working behind a big right hand that already knocked Rolando Delgado (6-5-1) down early in the first, Winner would flatten his opponent with another at the 3:22mark of the same round. The big knockout by Winner would set the stage for a trend that seemed to factor throughout the night.<br /><br /><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_gustaff_hammond.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />Just in case Winner's win had not excited fans, Alexander Gustafsson (9-0) and Jared Hamman (10-2) would. The slugfest lasted just 0:41, but was packed with action. Hamman would be the one to taste the canvas though; being dropped by a big right hand that sent his mouthpiece flying. Gustafsson then pounced on top of his opponent, finishing off the fight via knockout.<br /><br />Veterans Dennis Siver (15-6) and Paul Kelly (9-2) continued the fireworks. Although it was a back and forth first round, Siver took a big advantage in the striking. In the second, Siver would shrug off a takedown attempt and would land a spinning back kick to the ribs of Kelly. Kelly would drop hard. After a brief exchange on the mat Siver let his opponent up. After a few more punches Kelly would wilt and Siver would score an impressive TKO win.<br /><br /><img style="float: left;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/UFC 105 Poster.jpg" alt="" width="175" height="251" />Nick Osipczak (5-0) would overcome relentless takedowns from Matthew Riddle (3-1) to score a big TKO victory over the previously undefeated Riddle. Riddle would score big throughout the fight with his successful takedowns, but would be unable to do much damage; largely due to Osipczak's brilliant work from the bottom. Riddle would spend the majority of his time on top defending submission attempts. In the third, the pace would catch up to Riddle allowing Osipczak to overpower him and earn the win by referee stoppage.<br /><br />After a rather uneventful first round between Terry Etim (14-2) and Shannon Gugerty (12-4), Etim would charge out hard in the second. He would open the round with a head kick attempt, then after stuffing a takedown Etim would lock in an arm-in guillotine choke. Gugerty would be forced to surrender to at the 1:24 mark of the second round.<br /><br />The final preliminary bout concluded with John Hathaway (12-0) working good wrestling and strong ground-and-pound on Paul Taylor. Taylor (10-5-1) never mounted much offense in the fight as he would spend most of the night on his back defending elbow strikes and punches from Hathaway. The judges rewarded Hathaway with a lopsided decision win; taking the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.<br /><br /><img style="FLOAT: right" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_pearson_riley_rd_2_finish.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />The main card would kick off with &ldquo;The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K.&rdquo; lightweight winner Ross Pearson (10-3) facing a tough test in Aaron Riley (28-11-1). Pearson, primarily seen as a wrestler on the reality series came out striking early. Utilizing a vast array of Muay Thai knees and elbows, Pearson was able to control the majority of the action in the first round. In the second Pearson would again control the action, looking very sharp in the stand up. As Riley came in to attempt to close the distance Pearson landed a knee to the abdomen and a flying knee to the bridge of Riley&rsquo;s nose. Blood immediately started pouring from Riley&rsquo;s face. The referee would step in and call a stop to the bout, at the doctor&rsquo;s advice, at 4:38 of the second round.<br /><br /><img style="FLOAT: left" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_wilks_brown_rd_3_finish.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />The next bout featured James Wilks, the welterweight winner of the same season of &ldquo;The Ultimate Fighter&rdquo;. Wilks (6-3) would have his hands full against the ever-improving Matt Brown (11-7). The first round was very close as both men would work for dominant positions throughout the round. At one point Wilks would have the back of Brown, but later Brown would seemingly lock in a guillotine. Neither man clearly took the first round. Brown took an early advantage in the second when he dropped Wilks with a big flying knee. Wilks would regain his senses enough to put up a solid defense the rest of the round, but by the end of the second Wilks looked to be much worse for the wear.<br /><br />As the third round began the pair would trade shots in the stand up, with Wilks looking noticeably slower than in the first. Wilks pressed Brown into the fence an began working for a standing kimura lock, but Brown rolled and defended well. As Wilks went for a takedown Brown pounced on the opening to finish the fight by going for a guillotine. Wilks would defend the choke but would be mounted and pounded out a few moments later. The fight was stopped and Matt Brown declared the winner at 2:27 of the third round.<br /><br /><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_bisping_kang_rd_2_finish.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />Back in the cage following his devastating knock out loss to Dan Henderson, Michael &lsquo;The Count&rsquo; Bisping (18-2) would square off with veteran Denis Kang (32-12-1). Kang would look sharp in the first, knocking Bisping to the at early with a right hand. From that point on, Kang would work from top position trying to ground-and-pound Bisping. Bisping defended well and did a masterful job of working back to full guard whenever Kang would get side control or mount. Kang would easily take round one though. In the second round, it looked like a different fight. A brief exchange on the feet and Bisping would take Kang to the mat. Kang would take several good shots from the guard before getting back to his feet. Bisping would continue to take Kang down and work him over until the referee halts the bout at the 4:24 mark, declaring Bisping the winner by TKO.</p>
<p>The co-main event of the night would determine the next challenger for the UFC welterweight championship. English native, Dan &lsquo;The Outlaw&rsquo; Hardy (23-6) took on Mike &lsquo;Quick&rsquo; Swick (14-3). The first round was a very even affair as both men jockeyed for position against the fence, trading knees and elbows as they switched back-and-forth pressing the other into the cage. When they would separate both fighters would again take it evenly, landing glancing blows before clinching again.<br /><br /><img style="float: left;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_swick_hardy_decision.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />In the second Hardy would make the first significant advance in the bout when he connected on a left hook that backed Swick up and he appeared to be hurt. Hardy rushed in to attack, but Swick defended and held on until he could compose himself. Pinned up against the cage again, neither man would take an advantage, landing only short punches from the position. Hardy would cap off a solid round with a crisp elbow to Swick.<br /><br />As round three began, the crowd was in a roar, supporting their native hero. Swick would come out strong nailing Hardy with an early barrage, but Hardy would walk right through it. Swick quickly began to look discouraged having landed sharply on Hardy only for Hardy to still be standing. Hardy would appear to hurt Swick again on the counter and finish it up with a takedown. Swick tied up successfully and forced a restart on the feet. The two would spend the rest of the round circling and feinting until the ended up clinched against the fence once again. In the end, Dan Hardy would be declared the winner (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) and will likely get the next shot at champion Georges St. Pierre.<br /><br />The only real controversy of the night came in the main event. Randy Couture (17-10) would make his return to the light heavyweight division against Brandon Vera (11-4). The fight would start in a typical Randy Couture fashion. The former champion would walk through a leg kick and a few punches and pin Vera against the fence, looking for takedowns and dirty boxing. After a stall in the action the referee would separate the pair. Vera again attempted to land punches, but Couture would run under them and pin Vera back against the cage. Couture would get the takedown, but Vera made it back to his feet quickly. The official would separate the two again as the round would near the close. Once separated, Couture would go right back to the same strategy, until the bell sounded.<br /><br /><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_couture_vera_rd_2_knockdown.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />The second round opened up with Vera inadvertently poking Couture in the eye. Once the action is restarted Couture again forced Vera into the cage. As Couture was unsuccessful on another takedown attempt the two would be separated again. Vera would take the opportunity to change his strategy a bit. After the break Vera would land a hard kick to the midsection of Couture. Couture would back up and Vera close in, but ended up in the full guard of Couture. &lsquo;The Natural&rsquo; would hold on and force a stand up from the position. Late in the round Couture would get Vera back against the fence, this time landing several punches from the clinch before the bell would sound.<br /><br />Opening the third Couture would again walk through the strikes of Vera to pin &lsquo;The Truth&rsquo; against the fence yet again. Couture would land some short punches in the clinch, but would still be unable to secure the takedown. Again the referee would have to break the action to reset the two in the center of the cage. Vera again landed a pair of kicks to the body, Couture would answer with some short punches. Then Vera would clinch and force Couture into the cage. Vera would get the takedown that Couture had seemingly been looking for the entire fight. Vera would be unable to capitalize as the two scrambled back to the feet. A small exchange before the bell would end the fight.<br /><br /><img style="float: left;" src="http://www.mmaspot.net/images/uploads/ufc_105_couture_vera_decision.gif" alt="" width="200" height="133" />As both fighters took the center of the age to hear Bruce Buffer read the decision, neither fighter had the look of a winner on their face. As the scores were read, 2-28, 29-28, 29-28, Couture&rsquo;s hand would be raised in victory, drawing loud boos from the crowd. Vera would look crushed as he sat on the cage steps with his head in his hands while Couture and his team celebrated in the cage.<br /><br />With the lackluster main event not withstanding, UFC 105 turned out to be a very successful night of fights. Couture would make another step towards a another potential title bout, while dan Hardy will be the next in line at 170 lbs. Alexander Gustafsson announced his presence loudly, as did Bisping with his return to contending at middleweight. Ross Pearson proved he is &lsquo;The Real Deal&rsquo;, and Matt Brown placed another feather in his cap as a name to watch out for at welterweight.<br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #ff0000;">UFC 105: Couture vs Vera<br /></span></span>Saurday, November 14,2009<br />M.E.N. Arena<br />Manchester, England<br /></strong><br />&bull; Randy Couture defeats Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) <br />&bull; Dan Hardy defeats Mike Swick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) <br />&bull; Michael Bisping defeats Denis Kang via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:24 <br />&bull; Matt Brown defeats James Wilks via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 2:27 <br />&bull; Ross Pearson defeats Aaron Riley via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 4:38 <br />&bull; John Hathaway defeats Paul Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) <br />&bull; Terry Etim defeats Shannon Gugerty via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2, 1:24 <br />&bull; Nick Osipczak defeats Matthew Riddle via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 3:53 <br />&bull; Dennis Siver defeats Paul Kelly via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:53 <br />&bull; Alexander Gustafsson defeats Jared Hamman via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 0:41 <br />&bull; Andre Winner defeats Rolando Delgado via knockout (punch) - Round 1, 3:22</p>


Spoke to an insider (worked ringside) last night. He said that Ratner and Zelnik (UK UFC Pres.) ordered all judges and refs to the back as soon as the event was over and raked them over the coals for the Hardy / Swick decision and especially the Couture / Vera decision.

The refs were flogged for not separating or standing the fights up enough, and the judges were verbally assaulted for giving 10-10 rounds and especially the Vera / Couture decision and what they were thinking.


Master of the Iron Claw
It showed that Vera can't gameplan worth shit and wasn't aggressive enough.

WHY did Vera stop his GNP assault?! Stuff like that kills me. He just nestled into Randy's guard until he was stood up. Wasted opportunity.



Your tears don't fall...
Spoke to an insider (worked ringside) last night. He said that Ratner and Zelnik (UK UFC Pres.) ordered all judges and refs to the back as soon as the event was over and raked them over the coals for the Hardy / Swick decision and especially the Couture / Vera decision.

The refs were flogged for not separating or standing the fights up enough, and the judges were verbally assaulted for giving 10-10 rounds and especially the Vera / Couture decision and what they were thinking.
What was wrong with the Hardy/Swick decision? The right man definitely won. And most agree that vera won so I can see them being upset with that. I don't mind 10-10 rounds. Especially when the round was so close that you can't pick a winner. Or when neither fighter has done enough to legitimately win the round.

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