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Couture edges Vera, Hardy earns title shot with win over Swick & Bisping TKO’s Kang at UFC 105

ufc 105Randy Couture survived a couple of scary moments during his UFC 105 showdown with Brandon Vera this evening in Manchester, England to end up on the winning side of things via unanimous decision.

Couture utilized his superior clinch control to dictate the pace of the bout, imposing his will on Vera despite being staggered with several hard kicks to the body from the dangerous Filipino-American striker, picking up the nod on all three judge’s scorecards with a unanimous score of 29-28.

Dan Hardy earned his crack at Georges St. Pierre and the UFC welterweight championshp with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Mike Swick. Hardy utilized a strong clinch game, durable chin and punishing stand up en route to his shot at the welterweight crown in the near future.

Michael Bisping overcame being controlled from the top by Denis Kang for the bulk of the first round to shift gears in the second and put away his foe in an impressive return to the Octagon. It was apparent that the end was near after Bisping followed a takedown in the second round with a barrage of punches that had Kang on queer street until a final ground and pound assault forced the bout’s conclusion.

The second round TKO over Denis Kang could easily be viewed as Bisping’s most impressive to date.

Matt Brown showed exactly why he’s widely viewed to be one of the grittiest fighters in the UFC as he fought his way out of a nasty James Wilks kimura attmmpt in the third round to pounce on his foe, stopping the Brit with a succession of punches on the ground that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest.

Also looking impressive during the main card of UFC 105 was the lightweight winner of TUF 9, Ross Pearson, as he had his way with the seasoned and respected Aaron Riley standing through the second round when a flying knee in the clinch forced a waterfall of blood from the face of Riley and the bout’s conclusion.