UFC 110 took place earlier this evening at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
In the night’s main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira took on Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight bout that could determine Brock Lesnar’s next opponent.
In the co-main event, Wanderlei Silva made his middleweight debut against Michael Bisping.
Joe Stevenson and George Sotiropoulos met in a lightweight bout.
Ryan Bader looked to climb the light heavyweight ladder against Keith Jardine.
Anthony Perosh stepped in on short-notice to take on Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Wanderlei Silva defeats Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- George Sotiropoulos defeats Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Bader defeats Keith Jardine via Knockout in Round Three
- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic defeats Anthony Perosh via TKO (Cut) end of Round Two
- Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Stephan Bonnar via TKO (Cut) in Round Three
- Chris Lytle defeats Brian Foster via Submission (Knee Bar) in Round One
- CB Dollaway defeats Goran Reljic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- James Te Huna defeats Igor Pokrajac via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Anthony Perosh: Well Cro Cop won, but it wasn’t pretty. He looked like the same Cro Cop we’ve unfortunately grown accustomed to seeing in the UFC. He chased Perosh around the edge of cage for the majority of the fight. He landed a few solid left hands but Perosh was able to avoid the majority of them since Cro Cop was telegraphing nearly everything he threw. If there was a highlight of Cro Cop’s performance tonight, it was his sprawl. He stuffed every takedown attempt and made Perosh pay for it. Unfortunately, the end of the fight was very anti-climatic. Cro Cop landed a huge elbow in Perosh’s guard opening up a huge cut on his forehead. Herb Dean was forced to stop it when the doctors got a better look in between rounds. I don’t know exactly what it is with Mirko, but his new training camp definitely didn’t bring back the old Cro Cop.
Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader: Ryan Bader gets a big win against Keith Jardine. It was a pretty even fight through two and a half rounds. Jardine landed some big leg kicks, Bader scored a couple takedowns, but nothing too significant until Bader stunned Jardine in the third. He followed it up with a flying knee to the chest, and huge left hand putting Jardine out long enough for the ref to call it. Bader continues to climb the ladder with his biggest win in the UFC yet.
Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos: I think I underestimated George Sotiropoulos. I didn’t think he had much for Joe Stevenson, and he sure proved me wrong. Sotiropoulos basically outgrappled Stevenson for three rounds. George never really came close to finishing him, but he completely controlled the action on the ground. Joe just couldn’t find an answer to Sotiropoulos’ jiu-jitsu. When Joe managed to get on top, George would completely neutralize him with his rubber guard. Joe threatened with an ankle lock and landed a huge upkick in the first, but it wasn’t enough to convince the judges to even give him a round. Sotiropoulos pulls off a big win in front his hometown crowd.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping: It wasn’t the balls out war we hoped it would be, but it was still a solid fight. Wand and Bisping stood toe-to-toe trading strikes for the majority of the fight. Bisping attempted several takedowns but either got stuffed or couldn’t do anything with them before Wand scrambled back to his feet. We really didn’t see the hyper-aggressive homicidal maniac Wand from the past. He was very patient picking his shots and scoring with leg kicks while Bisping scored with his quick jab. It was a very close fight, but Wand sealed the win at the end of the third when he stormed Bisping and dropped him with an overhand right behind the ear. If Wand had another 10 seconds, he may have been able to finish him. Great win for Wand, but I wished he would have went after him a little sooner. He probably could have got the knockout or TKO he was looking for. Still, a win’s a win and Wand needed one bad tonight. Props to Bisping for being very respectful and gracious in defeat.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez: Wow, Cain Velasquez just lit up a legend. Midway through the first round, both fighters threw right hands, Cain’s landed first and right on the button dropping Big Nog. He immediately pounced and drilled Nogueira four or five more times. Herb Dean had no choice but to stop it. Cain’s been known for his wrestling up to this point, but tonight he didn’t even need it. He was very sharp on the feet and noticeably quicker to the punch than Nogueira. Cain tagged him several times with crisp punches and powerful leg kicks before landing the knockout blow. His striking is definitely improving, and deserves to be in the mix for a title shot. If the Mir-Carwin winner gets Brock, and Dos Santos beats Gonzaga, I’d love to see a Velasquez-Dos Santos number one contender’s match sometime this summer.
Submission of the Night: Chris Lytle
Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez
Fight of the Night: George Sotiropoulos & Joe Stevenson
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: 17,831
Attendance: $2.5 million