Cain Velasquez emerged from the prospect shadow to become a bonafide contender in the UFC heavyweight division as the American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter put a beating on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira this evening at UFC 110 that will not soon be forgotten.
Velasquez had the upper hand for as long as the fight lasted; getting off first with his combinations standing, and utilizing much improved kicks to the head, midsection and legs of Nogueira to offset the decorated veteran’s chance of buliding any type of momentum. In the end it was a series of punches standing that sent Big Nog sailing to the canvas, and another brief flurry of ground and punch strikes that brought a conclusion to the one sided clinic in the opening round.
Everyone’s favorite “Axe Murderer”, Wanderlei Silva, returned to the win column this evening in Australia as the former Pride champion managed to impose his will on Michael Bisping for the duration of the pair’s three round battle, before nearly finishing off “The Count” with a swarm of punches at the bout’s conclusion. When the dust had a chance to settle it was Wanderlei who grabbed the unanimous decision nod on the judges scorecards during an impressive debut at 185 pounds.
Australian native George Sotiropoulos took many by surprise this evening as the fast rising lightweight thoroughly dismantled the much more experienced Joe Stevenson during a three round grappling clinic that resulted in a unanimous decision victory for the hometown hero.
Keith Jardine gave as good as he got from Ryan Bader for two and a half rounds before the champion of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter sent a heavy right hand crashing into the chin of “The Dean of Mean” that sent him realing. Just moments later it was a calculated and devastating left hook from Bader that brought an abrupt conclusion to the bout.
In no major surprise, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic came away with a much needed win this evening over an extremely game Anthony Perosh via cuts at the conclusion of the second round.
A full list of the results from UFC 110 are listed below:
IGOR POKRAJAC def. JAMES TE HUNA via TKO Round 3
C.B. DOLLAWAY def. GORAN RELJIC via unanimous decsion (29-28) all cards
CHRIS LYTLE def. BRIAN FOSTER via submission (kneebar) Round 1
KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI def. STEPHAN BONNAR via TKO (cut)
MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC def. ANTHONY PEROSH via TKO (cut) end of Round 2
RYAN BADER def. KEITH JARDINE via TKO Round 3
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS def. JOE STEVENSON via unanimous decision
WANDERLEI SILVA def. MICHAEL BISPING via unanimous decsion
CAIN VELASQUEZ def. ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA via KO Round 1