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:
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
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