UFC 106 took place earlier this evening at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Tito Ortiz returned to the UFC in a rematch against Forrest Griffin.
Anthony Johnson and Josh Koscheck stepped up on short notice to take each other on in a welterweight match-up.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made his UFC debut against Luiz Cane.
Phil Baroni returned to the UFC to take on TUF 7 champ Amir Sadollah.
Paulo Thiago and Jacob Volkmann met in a welterweight contest.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Forrest Griffin defeats Tito Ortiz via Split Decision
- Josh Koscheck defeats Anthony Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Paulo Thiago defeats Jacob Volkmann via Unanimous Decision
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Luiz Cane via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Amir Sadollah defeats Phil Baroni via Unanimous Decision
- Ben Saunders defeats Marcus Davis via Knockout (Knee) in Round One
- Kendall Grove defeats Jake Rosholt via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Brian Foster defeats Brock Larson via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Fabricio Camoes vs. Caol Uno declared a Majority Draw
- George Sotiropoulos defeats Jason Dent via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni: Holy smokes, Amir Sadollah absolutely ate Phil Baroni alive with his Muay Thai. They started out pretty even, Amir weathered the storm and edged Baroni out in the first. Baroni was out of gas by the time the second round started. Amir really took over at this point. He damaged him with knees and elbows in clinch and destroyed Baroni’s leg with kicks. It was a very impressive display of striking from Sadollah. Baroni showed a lot of heart, but once again fell short.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luiz Cane: Lil Nog just put a whoopin’ on Luiz Cane. He drew Cane in with his jab and repeatedly drilled him with his left straight. Nog rocked Cane twice with it and the knocked him out with the third. I don’t know if there was a little too much hype behind Cane or what because Nog made that look easy. If Shogun beats Machida in the rematch, Shogun-Lil Nog 2 would make for one hell of a title fight. If Machida wins, let’s just hope they’re willing to fight.
Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann: Jacob Volkmann didn’t seem too comfortable standing with Paulo Thiago, but he held his own with him on the ground. Thiago knocked Volkmann down several times throughout the fight, but couldn’t put Volkmann away when he got on top. Volkmann was very resilient and manged to turn the tide a few times on the ground. he just couldn’t stay in a dominant position long enough to take the rounds. Thiago earns the decision.
Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson: What a crazy fight. At the start it looked like these two were going to stand and trade until someone got knocked out. Then it got weird. Anthony Johnson illegally kneed Koscheck in the face and fell over holding his left eye. Funny thing was on the replay the only thing that actually hit Kos’ eye was his own forearm. After a discussion between the doc and the ref about how much time Kos actually had to recover, they restarted it. Then in the second, Kos poked Johnson in the eye twice. I don’t know if it took him out of his game at that point or not, but Kos was able to take Johnson down pretty easily. Johnson almost survived till the end of the round, but Koscheck was able to sink in the rear-naked choke for the win. In the post-fight interview, Koscheck tried to stick himself right in the middle of the GSP-Hardy title fight. Koscheck says he’s the real number one contender in the division and Dana needs to make a number one contender’s match between him and Hardy. He has a point I think, and if it wasn’t going to keep GSP out of action for even longer, I’d be all for it. GSP needs to fight though, and quite frankly GSP already dominated Kos, so give it to Hardy if you ask me.
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin: Through the first two, it was as close as their first fight. Tito scored a few takedowns and unleashed his ground-n-pound. Forrest scored on the feet with leg kicks and punches. Then in the third, Forrest took over picking Tito apart on the feet. I don’t know if Tito was too tired at that point or what, but Tito didn’t do anything but cover up and go for a couple weak takedown attempts. Forrest earns the decision and offers Tito the rubber match in the post-fight interview.
We’ve been hearing for months how Tito was 100% now. He really didn’t look too much different than we’ve seen him in recent years. His stand-up is still poor and he’s not the terror on top that he used to be. In the post-fight interview, he revealed he was in fact injured coming into this fight, apparently a bulging disc and a cracked skull (the black eye). That didn’t go over well. The fans booed him, he yelled back and Forrest grabbed the mic to back him up. Odd night.
Submission of the Night: Josh Koscheck
Knockout of the Night: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Fight of the Night: Josh Koscheck & Anthony Johnson
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $3 million