UFC Fight for the Troops: Recap & Results

The UFC was in Fayetteville, North Carolina tonight fighting for a good cause and they did not disappoint with their inaugural “Fight For The Troops” event.

In the main event, Josh Koscheck put an exclamation point on the evening by recording the most brutal knockout of his career against Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the first round. Koscheck established his right hand early and caught Yoshida flush with one against the cage that put Yoshida out on his feet. Koscheck landed another looping right hand directly on his jaw that put him down, out cold, for the count. It was without a doubt the most brutal knockout of the evening and the best knockout of Koscheck’s career.

In the co-main event, Mike Swick made very quick work of Jonathan Goulet in the first round via TKO. Swick landed a short right hand on the inside that dropped Goulet early in the first round and then rained down blows while Goulet was on the floor, knocking him out cold in only 33 seconds. The victory brings Swick to 3-0 since dropping to welterweight and to 13-2 overall. Swick, who is known for his striking, had not recorded a TKO victory at 170 lbs. until tonight’s contest.

In other action on the card, Steven Cantwell made an impressive UFC debut, submitting his opponent Razak Al-Hassan in the first round via armbar. Cantwell came out a bit tentative while Al-Hassan came out swinging for the fences and Cantwell was able to get away for the most part. Al-Hassan eventually shot for a takedown and got it, but was reversed by Cantwell who ended up on top. From there it was almost academic as Cantwell passed his guard to side control and then straight into mount. Hassan gave up an arm and Cantwell took it, locking in an armbar. Al-Hassan refused to tap and Cantwell ended up breaking the arm, forcing the ref to step in and stop the fight.

TUF 7′s Tim Credeur made a successful return to the Octagon tonight, taking out his opponent Nate Loughran in the second round via TKO. Credeur was able to get the best of Loughran on the feet all night long, landing his overhand right and left hook at will. When the fight did hit the floor, Credeur dominated the position. Loughran was unable to answer the bell for the third round due to a broken rib and Credeur was declared the winner.

Perhaps the most impressive victory of the evening came from Jim Miller, who took his fight against Matt Wiman on two weeks’ notice. Wiman was originally scheduled to fight Frankie Edgar but Edgar withdrew due to injury. Miller and Wiman fought an exciting first round where both men landed good exchanges on the feet and Miller locked in a deep guillotine choke that almost finished the fight. Both men expended a good amount of energy on the choke and gassed themselves out for the rest of the round. Rounds two and three were virtually identical as Miller took Wiman down, beat him up with ground and pound, and tried to pass Wiman’s guard. Wiman was game but the talented Miller was able to grind out the decision victory on a nearly empty gas tank and only two weeks’ notice.

Full results from the event are below:

MAIN CARD:

Jim Miller def. Matt Wiman via unanimous decision
Tim Credeur def. Nate Loughran via TKO Round 2 , 5:00
Steve Cantwell def. Razak Al-Hassan via submission Round 1, 4:04
Mike Swick def. Jonathan Goulet via TKO Round 1, 0:33
Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida via KO Round 1, 2:15

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Justin McCully def. Eddie Sanchez via unanimous decision
Dale Hartt def. Corey Hill via TKO (leg injury) Round 2, 0:20
Ben Saunders def. Brandon Wolff via TKO Round 1, 1:49
Steve Bruno def. Johnny Rees via submission Round 2, 3:44
Luigi Fioravanti def. Brodie Farber via unanimous decision

14 COMMENTS
  • detroit_fan says:

    That arm snap was nasty.

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  • Rich S. says:

    1. Wiman fought like an absolute idiot. All credit to Miller for sure, but good lord.. you wouldn’t think a guy that just knocked out Thiago Tavares would come out missing all sorts of punches, and leaving his head wide out in the open… not to mention how fast he gassed.

    2. Credeur’s looking better and better in the standup.. it’s kind of sloppy, but the power’s definitely there, and for a submission fighter it’s just fine..

    3. I love me some Steve Cantwell.. since the first fight i saw him in, i’ve liked him.. but after his VAST improvement for Cantwell/Stann 2, i like him that much more.. his striking is just on a whole ‘nother level than it used to be.. EXTREMELY TECHNICAL… and with all that said.. he won via submission.. i just love that..

    4. I’m a Swick fan, for sure.. but i don’t know if tonight was a rebirth of “Quick” Swick, or just a showcasing of Goulet’s bad chin.. I mean, let’s not forget, almost half the time we’ve seen Goulet in the octagon, he was getting [T]KO’d.. and despite winning, he got knocked silly in his last fight as well..

    5. Ever since the very first time i saw him on TUF, i’ve liked Ben Saunders.. he’s just hilarious.. but to see him improve so much, and get this devistating, just fills my heart with joy.. he’s perfectly well rounded, he comes off a sub win straight into a ko win.. i love it.. his display tonight was BEAUTIFUL.. i was laughing during it because i was just so happy for him.. good job.. beautiful knees :)

    6. I was actually having trouble picking the winner for Kos/Yoshida.. Kos just never loses, and when he does, it’s to guys like GSP and Alves [who also never lose :) ] but i know Yoshida’s a pretty smart fighter, and i thought Kos may underestimate him.. let’s just say, although i though Kos would win, i NEVER saw it happening like that.. i would’ve never picked a brutal standing knockout..
    good work, though :)

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  • JollyDV says:

    Great night of fights! Enjoyed them all. Hoo rah!

    And the icing on the cake was the money made from todays fight is going to a worthy and well needed facility for the soldiers who have T.B.I.

    For everyone that donated to the Intrepid Fund, thanks, you have helped make a difference.

    Melissa Whitebirch, SFC
    U.S. Army, Retired

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  • RUSH says:

    Check out UFC.com for the Corey Hill fight and youll see an even nastier break than Al-Hassan’s arm. Hill threw a leg kick and his own leg snapped at the bottom. Disgusting

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  • CMT says:

    This was one of the best UFC productions I have seen in a while. Kos – that was freaking brutal. Saunders – best display of knees in the clinch I have ever seen. The massive ostrich egg on Wolff’s head was sick. Cantwell – great arm bar, Al-Hassan is a nut, the expression on his face when the ref stopped the fight…. What did you do that for!! Swick – looked good, but fight ended to soon to really tell anything.
    Miller – give this guy some credit, great fight on such short notice…way to step up. Great show. Great cause.

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  • ttt says:

    great production by the UFC staff to support the cause
    helped me to forget the piss poor production from the boxing event last weekend

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  • Schlegel says:

    OMG, Corey Hill’s leg looked horrible, that and the arm put together made this one of the nastiest nights of submissions ever in my memory

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  • Schlegel says:

    well submissions and kicks gone wrong i should say

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  • Jackyl says:

    Sweet card! Good action. Good KO’s. What more could you ask for? What’s crazy is some of these fight night and TUF Finale cards have been better than a lot of the PPV’s. I hate quick stoppages but that Saunders fight should have been stopped way earlier. He looked like a giant Anderson Silva out there. You could call that fight Silva vs Franklin 3 !!!

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  • ACK! says:

    How does your leg snap from delivering a leg kick? Were his legs just poorly conditioned for muay thai kicks or what? Then why would even think about throwing them…?

    Sorry, but I’m trying to digest what I just saw…

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  • Rich S. says:

    ACK!, it’s happened a couple of other times in the sport..
    there are videos…
    it’s just that usually the fighter who’s leg snaps is fighting in a lower org. so you don’t hear about it..

    it’s nasty indeed..

    i would just like to wish the best of luck to Hill..
    This guys is an absolute monster.. but just some minor/unlucky setbacks are keeping him down..
    you know, in his last fight he was dominating and then had one TINY slip up and got choked out..
    now he’s doing good and his leg snaps?

    man i’d hate to be him..

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  • argentinian says:

    All of you, from the USA, are all really sick.
    This is no sport. This is for you crazy motherfuckers to musturbate with human pain.

    Victims of you own country that gives you all kind of violence via movies and television.

    Really sad for you people.

    I hope your world changes someday. Meanwhile you will continue supporting governments that invade foreing countries to activate your military business and to steal natural sources.

    please, just think about it.

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  • Jackyl says:

    Actually you may have hit the nail on the head there ACK! He is very green and has probably not properly conditioned for Muay Thai. That was crazy. The only thing crazier was Cote blowing out his knee……WHILE TAKING A STEP!

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  • Cathedron says:

    I feel really bad for Corey Hill. He’s going to be out for a long time. I work with a woman who is studying to be an EMT and she said it looked like he probly had a small fracture on the side of his shin going in to that fight for his leg to just snap like that.

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