UFC 103 took place earlier this evening at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
In the night’s main event, Vitor Belfort returned to the Octagon for the first time in over four years to take on Rich Franklin.
In the co-main event, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ looked to prove his doubters wrong by taking out young up-and-comer Junior dos Santos.
Frank Trigg returned to the UFC to face off against Josh Koscheck.
Paul Daley looked to make a statement in his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann.
Tyson Griffin faced off against Hermes Franca.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Vitor Belfort defeats Rich Franklin via Knockout in Round One
- Junior dos Santos defeats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via TKO (Eye Injury) in Round Three
- Paul Daley defeats Martin Kampmann via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Josh Koscheck defeats Frank Trigg via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Tyson Griffin defeats Hermes Franca via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Efrain Escudero defeats Cole Miller via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Tomasz Drwal defeats Drew McFedries via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Jim Miller defeats Steve Lopez via TKO (Shoulder Injury) in Round Two
- Nik Lentz defeats Rafaello Oliveira via Unanimous Decision
- Rick Story defeats Brian Foster via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round Two
- Eliot Marshall defeats Jason Brilz via Split Decision
- Vladimir Matyushenko defeats Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
- Rafael dos Anjos defeats Rob Emerson via Unanimous Decision
Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin: Tyson Griffin starts off the pay-per-view doing something he hasn’t done since he debuted in the UFC back in 2006, he finished a fight. Great performance by Tyson Griffin. He started off the fight leg kicking Hermes Franca to death. In the second, Hermes almost caught him with a flurry of bombs, but nothing landed clean enough to do any significant damage. Griffin stayed relaxed, technical and eventually caught Franca right on the button sending him to the mat. He followed him down and rained bombs until he put Franca out. Awesome win for Tyson Griffin.
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg: Man, that didn’t last long. Koscheck dropped Trigg fairly early in the first round, Trigg was barely responding as Koscheck unloaded and the ref called it. Real disappointing comeback fight for Trigg. I’d like to see him get another chance against an easier opponent, but I think it’s pretty clear he won’t be making any title runs. At least he went for it though, better than not trying and wondering what would have happened. Meanwhile, Koscheck calls out Matt Hughes. Sounds like a good match-up, but one I’m afraid would be another passing of the torch type fight.
Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley: Welcome to the UFC Paul Daley. He gets a huge victory over Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut. Both fighters came out swinging. Daley immediately showed how dangerous he was on the feet. Kampmann looked good too though. It was pretty clear early on who ever landed clean first was probably going to take it. Kampmann’s smart move was to go for the takedown, he tried a couple times, but Daley was able to stay on his feet. Daley eventually landed that first big shot wobbling Kampmann. He went in for the kill, Kampmann managed to cover up, but the ref called it before Daley could land the kill shot. It may have been early, I won’t dispute that, but I don’t think the call warrants an egging of Yves Lavigne’s house. Huge win for Daley. If Hughes ends up fighting Koscheck instead of Swick, I’d love to see Swick and Daley go at it. That would be a fun one.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Junior dos Santos: Ugh, Mirko “Cro Cop” is not back. He didn’t look as bad as he has before, but he’s not the same fighter he used to be. Dos Santos came out early as the aggressor keeping Cro Cop on his heels for much of the first round. CC was able to keep JDS off him for the most part, but JDS was clearly dictating the pace of the fight. Not good for CC. There was a little hope though. CC landed a few straight lefts and kicks. CC didn’t seem to want to engage in the second though. He threw a couple punches and kicks but spent most of the round repeatedly pushing off Dos Santos instead of trying to inflict damage. He did land one blow that hurt JDS though, a Cro Cop left kick to the balls. God that had to hurt. JDS recovered though and unloaded on a visibly fatigued Mirko in the third. He landed devastating knees to CC’s body and head clearly hurting him. While trying to finish him JDS landed a huge right hook that temporarily blinded CC in the left eye. CC said he couldn’t see and that was that.
Ugh, I think I feel like JDS’ balls. I really don’t know where Cro Cop goes from here. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done for good in the UFC. I thought he would be closer in size to JDS, but he was significantly smaller. I wouldn’t mind seeing him cut down to 205, but I seriously doubt he’d be willing to at this point in his career. We’ll see, but definitely a another heart breaker for Cro Cop fans. Kudos to JDS though. Huge win for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort: Cro Cop may not be back, but after three straight impressive knockouts, I think it’s safe to say Vitor Belfort is. He gets a huge win over Rich Franklin, his toughest challenge since facing Dan Henderson back in 2006. Not a whole lot to talk about with this one. There wasn’t much action until Vitor clipped Franklin on the top of the head with a left hook sending Rich to the mat in the first. Vitor swarmed and that was all she wrote for Rich Franklin.
Rogan steered the post-talk to Anderson Silva. Vitor will obviously be in the title picture, but will he get the next shot? I don’t know, I’d say Henderson and Marquardt deserve it more, but you never know what the UFC’s going to do. Vitor hasn’t fought (read: lost to) Anderson, so he’s probably the more attractive option to not only them, but also Silva. I don’t see Vitor having too much of a chance, but he’s proved he’s still capable of ending a fight in the blink of an eye. Only problem is he’d have to actually hit Anderson to do that, and that’s something hardly anyone has been able to do.
Submission of the Night: Rick Story
Knockout of the Night: Vitor Belfort
Fight of the Night: Rick Story & Brian Foster ($65,000 each)
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: 17,428
Attendance: $2.4 million