UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin took place this evening at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC Light Heavyweight Championship was on the line for the first time since September 2007. Forrest Griffin tried to become the first “Ultimate Fighter” to be crowned champion in the UFC by taking on champ, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
Ricardo Almeida and Patrick Cote battled it out in a clash of styles for a possible shot at UFC middleweight gold.
Josh Koscheck tried to stay in the title hunt by taking out the always tough Chris Lytle.
Tyson Griffin went out to prove that his name should be talked about in the UFC lightweight title picture with a match against submission artist Marcus Aurelio.
Joe Stevenson looked to get back on track after a devastating loss to BJ Penn at UFC 80 for the then vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
Results after the jump.
- Forrest Griffin defeats Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision
- Patrick Cote defeats Ricardo Almeida via Split Decision
- Joe Stevenson defeats Gleison Tibau via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Josh Koscheck defeats Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision
- Tyson Griffin defeats Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision
- Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Justin McCully via Submission (Kimura) in Round One
- Melvin Guillard defeats Dennis Siver via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Justin Buchholz defeats Corey Hill via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Cole Miller defeats Jorge Gurgel via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
I have to admit, besides the main event, i wasn’t really looking forward to this event. The undercard didn’t have any really compelling matchups, and for the most part they weren’t terribly exciting. The main event, however, delivered in a big way. It made the lackluster undercard worth watching. I didn’t see any of the prelims, but I would have to imagine it took Fight of the Night honors.
Forrest Griffin proved me wrong again. For the record, six months before this blog ever appeared on the internet, I thought Griffin had no chance against Shogun. Fast forward nine months and I thought the same against Rampage. And here Forrest is—the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. In my mind, Forrest was going to get mauled Keith Jardine style, but it didn’t happen. He took some big shots from Rampage and kept coming. The real difference maker was Forrest’s leg kicks though. He hurt Rampage in the second round. I don’t remember the last time I saw a corner man trying to bring the swelling down on a fighter’s leg. It’s usually his face! Regardless, Forrest deserves a lot of credit although I don’t necessarily agree with the decision, especially by the margin of 48-46, 48-46, 49-46. I thought Quinton with the more damaging strikes did enough to win the first, third and fourth rounds. I scored the fight 48-47 Jackson, with a 10-9 second round in favor of Griffin. Obviously, the judges disagreed. I could see it going Forrest’s way, but definitely by a smaller margin than the scorecards showed. Congrats, Forrest. You made me eat my words.
I didn’t think Cote/Almeida was gonna go to the scorecards. Cote was either going to knock Almeida out or Almeida was going to submit Cote. Neither happened. It was a close fight, but I thought Cote did enough to get the decision. Regardless, I don’t think either fighter deserves to be next in line after Okami for a shot at the middleweight title. Rather disappointing.
Tibau is a monster. That dude is is huge for a lightweight. The way the fight was going, I really thought Tibau was going to end up winning up until the moment he got caught in that guillotine choke. Props to Stevenson. He hung in there and pulled it off and is right back in the thick of things.
To say Chris Lytle was bloodied up is a massive understatement. That was a nasty cut and equally nasty to watch. Lytle’s tough though and tried to finish it all the way to end, so you gotta give him credit for sticking it out when at times it barely looked like he could stand up straight. I’ve never liked elbows and never will and this was just another example why.
Griffin/Aurelio went like pretty much everybody thought it would. Griffin beat Aurelio up on the feet and the ground. Aurelio had a few chances to get an armbar, but Tyson was ready for it. Fourth straight decision win for Tyson. I’m not sure that’s going to get him too much closer to a title shot in a deep division.
Submission of the Night: Cole Miller
Knockout of the Night: Melvin Guillard
Fight of the Night: Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin ($60k each)