UFC 85: Bedlam took place this afternoon at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Thiago Alves faced off against Matt Hughes for the opportunity to get a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Michael Bisping looked to take his second victory at middleweight against Jason Day.
Mike Swick looked to redeem himself after a disappointing debut at middleweight against the Marcus Davis, who was riding on six fight win streak in the UFC.
Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites squared off to stay in the title hunt in the UFC middleweight division.
Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum faced off to possibly determine who will get a crack at the winner of the UFC Heavyweight Championship match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir that’s set to take place later this year.
Results after the jump.
- Thiago Alves defeats Matt Hughes via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Michael Bisping defeats Jason Day via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Mike Swick defeats Marcus Davis via Unanimous Decision
- Thales Leites defeats Nate Marquardt via Split Decision
- Fabricio Werdum defeats Brandon Vera via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Martin Kampmann defeats Jorge Rivera via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Luiz Cane defeats Jason Lambert via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Matt Wiman defeats Thiago Tavares via Knockout in Round Two
- Kevin Burns defeats Roan Carneiro via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Two
- Paul Taylor defeats Jess Liaudin via Split Decision
- Antoni Hardonk defeats Eddie Sanchez via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
The event was decent for what the UFC had to work with. The lineup was initially much different, but with all the injuries, you can’t fault the UFC for what they put together.
The Brandon Vera stoppage was just ridiculous. He was clearly OK as Werdum rained punches down from the mount. Miragliotta should have let the 15 seconds in the round run out. Another early stoppage from Miragliotta. The next heavyweight title fight is on hold till December thanks to TUF, so there really should be a rematch.
The Leites/Marquardt fight was good. I got interrupted during the middle of it so I didn’t catch it all, but from what I saw Marquardt definitely should have won if it wasn’t for the point deductions from the illegal knee and elbow.
Mike Swick definitely looked better in his second outing as a welterweight. He still looks like 170lbs is too small for him, but it probably doesn’t matter. I don’t see Swick be a legitimate title contender in either division.
Wow, Bisping absolutely overwhelmed Jason Day. He looked fantastic in his second fight at middleweight. Its quite clear he belongs at 185lbs. He can definitely go far in the division, but I’ll never be convinced he’s good enough to take out the champ, Anderson Silva. Although, I seriously doubt there’s many people that would argue that he could.
Maybe Matt Hughes has lost it a little as he’s gotten older, but I think it’s more the fact that the game has evolved and he hasn’t. Regardless, Thiago looked great in the fight, but did missing weight taint his victory? He was significantly larger. He claimed a sprained ankle prevented him from the dropping the weight in time, but he’s had issues making weight in the past, so we’ll see if Dana still gives him the title shot against the winner of GSP/Fitch at UFC 87.
Submission of the Night: Kevin Burns
Knockout of the Night: Thiago Alves
Fight of the Night: Matt Wiman & Thiago Tavares ($50k each)