UFC 87: Seek & Destroy took place this evening at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Georges St. Pierre looked to successfully defend his UFC welterweight title for the first time. His opponent, Jon Fitch, not only attempted to pull off the upset, he also tried to record his ninth straight UFC victory to break Royce Gracie’s record of eight.
Brock Lesnar, in front of his hometown crowd, went out to prove he was the real deal against the highly experienced Heath Herring.
Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta battled it out to possibly determine who will get next crack at BJ Penn’s lightweight title.
Results after the jump.
- Georges St. Pierre defeats Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision
- Brock Lesnar defeats Heath Herring via Unanimous Decision
- Kenny Florian defeats Roger Huerta via Unanimous Decision
- Demian Maia defeats Jason MacDonald via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Rob Emerson defeats Manny Gamburyan via Knockout in Round One
- Tamdan McCrory defeats Luke Cummo via Unanimous Decision
- Cheick Kongo defeats Dan Evensen via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jon Jones defeats Andre Gusmao via Unanimous Decision
- Chris Wilson defeats Steve Bruno via Unanimous Decision
- Ben Saunders defeats Ryan Thomas via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
Maia and MacDonald was a lot better than I was expecting. MacDonald deserves a lot of credit for getting out the triangle and rear naked choke in the first round, and surviving as long as he did. I don’t know how he got out of either of those, but he did. That first round on the ground was as entertaining as any stand-up battle. Great fight.
With the exception of a few moments in the third round, Huerta/Florian wasn’t quite the epic battle we all thought it would be. It was good fight, but Kenny’s technical superiority just proved to be too much for Huerta. Huerta’s got to find a way to set up his strikes better than wildly lunging forward over and over again. Definitely not a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Huerta’s going to have a much tougher time with those contract negotiations now.
Wow, I wasn’t expect Emerson to come out and knockout Gamburyan like he did. I complained about this fight being on the televised card, but I guess I shouldn’t have. Glad we got to see that. Should be “Knockout of the Night.”
Well, I guess we can call Brock Lesnar the real deal. His wrestling and control were impressive. If he hadn’t hurt Herring right out of the gate, I wonder if the fight might have gone a little different though. Maybe. Maybe not. We’ll see how far he can go in a very thin UFC heavyweight division, but as long as Nogueira has the belt, I don’t see Brock ever getting his hands on it. What I wasn’t impressed by was Brock’s unsportsmanlike conduct after the fight. The Octagon just isn’t the place for his pro wrestling antics. Fighters are some of the most respectful people I’ve ever seen, and his little show was anything but. If he was trying to be the “heel,” he succeeded. I’m not a fan.
How tough is Jon Fitch? I don’t know how he made it out of the first and third rounds. He deserves a lot of credit, and even though he lost tonight, he still came out a winner. Fans know who Jon Fitch is now, and I can’t imagine people wouldn’t be interested in seeing him fight again.
And of course, there’s Georges St. Pierre. That guy is just on another level. Before tonight, I wanted him to clean out his division before he fought BJ Penn (same goes for Penn), but honestly, is there really another welterweight out there that can beat him? Thiago Alves? I don’t think so. So yeah, bring on BJ Penn. It looks like its happening, and it damn sure will be a good one.
Submission of the Night: Demian Maia
Knockout of the Night: Rob Emerson
Fight of the Night: GSP & Jon Fitch ($60k each)
Live Gate & Attendance
- Live gate: $2.2 million (new record for the Target Center)
- Attendance: 15,082
- Tickets sold: just over 13,000