UFC 111 was an action packed extravaganza which saw two sensational title belt fights in both the interim Heavyweight and the Welterweight divisions.
Here’s what went down:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy (Welterweight title fight)
St. Pierre successfully defended his Welterweight title and once again proved why is the best take-down artist in the UFC (and quite possibly the world). Dan Hardy was defenceless against his takedown attempts and spent the entire fight completely under Georges control.
It was almost as if St. Pierre knew what moves Hardy was going to make ahead of time as he appeared to have Hardy in any position he wanted at any time. However, Hardy did prove that he has an amazing “never tap out” attitude as he resisted both a St. Pierre kimura and arm bar from positions that would have snapped a lesser man’s arm. His sensational pain tolerance led to Pierre asking him afterwards if he was “made of rubber”.
Result: St. Pierre the victor by unanimous decision.
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin (Interim Heavyweight title fight)
Shane Carwin proved once again that he is a human wrecking machine as knocked out Frank Mir in the first round. Carwin continues his amazing streak which now stands at 12-o with none of his fights still yet to go into the second round!
An amazing flurry of punches saw Mir easily knocked out in a fight that the ref should have probably stopped about four punches earlier.
Carwin is now the interim Heavyweight title holder but as Brock Lesnar said in the ring after the fight, “it’s a made up title” and the real battle will now be when Lesnar faces Carwin in their upcoming title unification fight which is destined to be one of the biggest fights of the year.
Result: Carwin grabs the title by KO at 3:48 of round one
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Camoes faught valiantly and at one point had Pellegrino in a spectacular standing rear naked choke that looked like it would be the fight decider. However, Pellegrino proved why he is an up and coming potential title contender by getting the submission from Camoes at 4:20 of round 2.
Result: Pellegrino by subsmission with a rear naked choke
Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders
Somewhat of a boring ground fight that had the crowd booing and two referee separations to get the action moving. In the end, Fitch was the victor by unanimous decision.
Result: Fitch wins (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek
A surprising victory for Miller as Bocek had nearly all of the takedowns and had a lot of ground control in the fight. Although Bocek slammed Miller to the mat in each of the first two rounds, had top position for the first couple of minutes in the fight and took Miller’s back for much of the second, Miller walked away with a unanimous 29-28 decision in their lightweight affair.
Result: Miller on points (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Shane Carwin picked up an extra $65,000 for “Knockout of the Night” while Kurt Pellegrino also picked up $65,000 for “Submission of the Night”.
The preliminary card bout between Jared Hamman and Rodney Wallace picked up “Fight of the Night” honours and saw them get a matching $65k bonus each.
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