Headlining the card will be a light-heavyweight showdown between Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, with other notable match-ups like Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy and Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang set to go down.
Taking place this evening from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England, UFC 105 will be broadcast live on ESPN in the U.K. and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, but will be aired via tape delay stateside on Spike TV in the United States.
The prelim action kicks off live in Manchester right around 12:30 pm ET (9:30 am PT), but you can check in right here at 5 Oz. as we bring you the latest updates as they take place.
Enjoy the fights!!
Andre Winner vs. Rolando Delgado
Round 1: A big right hand drops Delgado early in the first but he manages back to his feet. Winner eats a few strikes and answers back with a series of his own. A left hand to the ribs and a huge right hand leaves Delgado in a heap. It’s going to be hard to top this one for “Knockout of the Night”. Picture perfect KO. Impressive performance for Andre Winner.
Andre Winner defeats Rolando Delgado via knockout – Round 1
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
Round 1: Both men come out winging with big shots. Hamman takes a finger to the eye and the action is temporarily halted. Gustafsson answers a kick with a big right that puts Hamman on his butt. Hamman’s mouthpiece is knocked from his jaw with a series of punches that forces a conclusion to the beating.
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Jared Hamman via knockout – Round 1
Dennis Siver vs. Paul Kelly
Round 1: Close first round with both fighters landing their shots, but nothing devastating. Kelly pushes the pace, but the fight is still up in the air at this point.
Round 2: Siver lands a devastating spinning heel kick to the ribs of Kelly that puts him on the canvas. Siver motions to Kelly to return standing, but the Brit will have none of it. Kelly decides he wants o continue after the referee checks on him, but the fight is already over; Siver flurries with a storm of strikes that causes Kelly to crumple. The fight is waved off.
Dennis Siver defeats Paul Kelly via TKO – Round 2
Nick Osipczak vs. Matt Riddle
Round 1: After a sizing up process Riddle attempts a couple of takedowns and is succesful on the second. Nick does more damage from the bottom with strikes and submission attempts. Riddle lands a hard headbutt to the chest of Osipczak and is warned. At the end of the round Nick attempts an armbar and ends up in the top position from his efforts.
Round 2: Riddle pushes Osipczak against the cage and scores a takedown but Nick does more damage again from the bottom before they’re restarted on the feet. Nick end up on top but Riddle puts him back into his guard. Osipczak landing effective shots from the top.
Round 3: Nick lands the better strikes on the feet before Riddle scores the takedown. The Brit is busy from the bottom and the action is brought back to the feet. They wind up on the canvas again and Nick sweeps to the mount. A barrage of punches forces the conclusion.
Nick Osipczak defeats Matt Riddle via TKO – Round 3
Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
Round 1: Not a whole lot of action in the first. A close round with both guys feeling the other out.
Round 2: Etim comes out firing in round 2 and staggers Gugerty with kicks. Shannon shoots but is trapped in a guillotine. He tries to fight out but it’s too tight.
Terry Etim defeats Shannon Gugerty via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2
John Hathaway vs. Paul Taylor
Round 1: Hathaway controls the first round with takedowns. It’s a takedown from Hathaway, and Taylor back to his feet, and rinse and repeat for the bulk of the round. The round ends with Hathaway stepping up the pace with his ground and pound a bit.
Round 2: The second looks a lot like the first, but with a more tenacious pace from both men. Taylor has no answer for Hathaway’s wrestling and the round finishes with Hathaway on top dropping punishment on a seemingly outmatched Taylor.
Round 3: Hathaway controls the third from the top virtually from beginning to end, punishing Taylor with a barrage of elbows and punches from the top. A one-sided mugging at it’s finest.
John Hathaway defeats Paul Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
Round 1: Pearson takes the first round handily, beating up Riley on the feet for the duration of the round with a variety of strikes.
Round 2: Ross shows that he is the boss once again in the second round as he picks apart Riley standing before landing a hard flying knee to the face of Riley that caused opened a big gash and brought an end to the contest after the refereee took a chance to evaluate the damage. Solid performance by Pearson.
Ross Pearson defeats Aaron Riley via TKO – Round 2
Matt Brown vs. James Wilks
Round 1: The pair size each other up before Wilks leaps on Brown’s back while Matt is standing. Wilks gets the better of the exchanges and much of the round is spent in the clinch. Wilks scores a takedown near the end of the round but does little with it.
Round 2: Brown lands a big flying knee in the opening moments and nearly finishes Wilks with punches from the top. Wilks latches onto a leg and looks for a submission. Back to their feet. They clinch and are seperated. Brown lands a good high kick and punishes Wilks with strikes. On the ground Wilks rolls Brown and winds up on top. Matt Brown locks up atriangle with a second left in the round. Too little too late.
Round 3: Wlks looking for a kimura, drags Brown to the canvas. Matt spins trying to free himself but it’s on tight. Brown is out. Matt gets the mount and drops bombs for the TKO.
Matt Brown defeats James Wilks via TKO – Round 3
Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
Round 1: They start out feeling each other out for the first minute before Kang rocks Bisping with a big right hand and follows him to the canvas. Bisping does a great job defending and keeping Kang under control from the bottom. Bisping looks for an armbar and Kang escapes. Round finishes with Kang controlling from the top.
Round 2: They start the second feeling each other out on the feet for a while, with neither willing to commit. Bisping scores a takedown and batters Kang with punches. Kang back to his feet but Bisping deposits him right back on the canvas. Kang back to his feet. Kang is visibly tired and hurt. Another takedown from Bisping and he tees off until the bout is appropriately waved off. Great showing by Michael Bisping.
Michael Bisping defeats Denis Kang via TKO – Round 2
Dan Hardy vs. Mike Swick
Round 1: Swick presses Hardy against the cage, but “The Outlaw” reverses positions. Not much happening for the first two minutes. A knee to the groin of Hardy forces a break in the action. Back to the clinch. Swick’s not giving Hardy any room to breathe. A whole lot of clinching going on here. Not much action outside of the clinch game, with a brief flurry by both men at the end of round one.
Round 2: Swick begins to engage and Hardy clips him with a punch. Swick is hurt and on his bicycle. Back to the clinch…. Big uppercut from Hardy in the clinch. Hardy imposing his will on Swick. Finally the referee separates them. Nice left hand by Swick. Another solid left hand from Swick, looking to counter. Hardy lands another hard shot at the end of the round.
Round 3: Swick looking to open up with big combos on Hardy. Both men exchanging with big strikes. Swick is rocked from a punch. Swick pulls for a guillotine and winds up underneath Hardy taking punishment. Swick is cut. They’re restarted on the feet. Crowd chanting, “Hardy, Hardy…”. With one minute remaining, Swick’s going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to win this one. Round ends with Dan Hardy pushing Swick against the fence. Fantastic showing from Dan Hardy.
Dan Hardy defeats Mike Swick via unanimous decision ( 30-27,30-27,29-28)
Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
Round 1: Vera lands a couple of hard strikes early but Randy recovers quickly and presses him against the cage. Couture scores a takedown at the midway point. Vera is back to his feet. Couture presses Vera against the fence. Round ends with Randy clinching Vera up against the cage. Lackluster first round…
Round 2: An eye poke from Vera forces a halt in the action early. Couture clinches Vera up and forces him against the fence. Vera reverses positions, but stays in the clinch. And it’s Randy with another clinch reversal…sigh…. Finally they separate and Vera lands a big kick to the body. A hard knee, and a brief spurt of strikes drops Couture and Vera closes in for the kill. He’s not able to do much with it though and the referee brings them to their feet. The round ends with them clinching up against the fence.
Round 3: Sharp leg kick from Vera, and Randy powers forward with a solid combination of punches. Randy working some good old fashioned dirty boxing against the cage. Couture just continues to impose his will on Vera, keeping him pinned against the fence. The refereee separates them. Big kick to the ribs of Couture. Randy clinches up, working knees and short strikes on the inside. Vera is actually trying to take Randy to the canvas. Back to the clinch. And Vera scores a takedown!! 30 seconds and Vera has the full mount. Couture gives up his back and he’s back standing. They finish the fight exchanging strikes.
Randy Couture defeats Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)