UFC 111 took place earlier this evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In the night’s main event, Georges St. Pierre put his UFC welterweight title up for grabs against hard-hitting Dan Hardy.
In the co-main event, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin went to war for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship and the right to face Brock Lesnar.
Kurt Pellegrino faced off against Fabricio Camoes in a lightweight bout.
Ben Saunders stepped in to face Jon Fitch in a welterweight match-up.
Jim Miller and Mark Bocek met in a lightweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Georges St. Pierre defeats Dan Hardy via Unanimous Decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45)
- Shane Carwin defeats Frank Mir via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Kurt Pellegrino defeats Fabricio Camoes via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Jon Fitch defeats Ben Saunders via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jim Miller defeats Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nate Diaz defeats Rory Markham via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Ricardo Almeida defeats Matt Brown via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Jared Hamman defeats Rodney Wallace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Rousimar Palhares defeats Tomasz Drwal via Submission (Heel Hook) in Round One
- Matt Riddle defeats Greg Soto via Disqualification (Illegal Upkick) in Round Three
Recap & Thoughts
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown: It took Ricardo Almeida a round and a half to get Matt Brown on the mat and keep him there, but once he did he only had to work for a minute or so to sink in the rear-naked choke.
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham: Nate Diaz looked phenomenal at welterweight. He was sharper on his feet and threw his strikes with power than we’ve seen before. Rory Markham just didn’t have an answer to Nate’s unique style. Diaz overwhelmed him early with punches and eventually dropped him with a knee to the face. Diaz took his back signaling the beginning of the end. A few moments later the ref stopped the fight as Nate rained down bombs from Markham’s back. I still don’t know how Nate would fare against the top welterweights right now, but what we saw tonight might be a preview of Nate’s future as he continues to develop. Like his brother Nick, the kid is only getting better.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal: Rousimar Palhares just destroyed Tomasz Drwal’s left leg. Drawl slipped early on the Bud Light logo while attempting a kick. Palhares immediately dove on top, grabbed Drwal’s leg, and sunk in a wicked heel hook. Drawl immediately tapped but approximately five seconds passed before the ref was able to get Palhares to let go which was all it took to tear up Drwal’s knee. I don’t know the extent of his injuries, but the poor guy was clearly in agonizing pain after the fight.
Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller: Great fight between Bocek and Miller. Both fighters came close to finishing the fight. In the first, Miller cranked a wicked kimura well behind Bocek’s back. Bocek looked like he was toast, but was somehow able to spin out of it. The tide turned in the second when Bocek locked up Miller’s right arm in a body triangle ala BJ Penn. With well over a minute to go, there’s no way Miller would be able to defend the rear-naked choke with one arm, right? Wrong, Miller did and made it to the third tied at one round a piece. Neither fighter really did any spectacular in the third though to steal the fight. A large part of the round consisted of the fighters locked in a stalemate against the cage. Bocek was eventually able to score a quick takedown, but didn’t do much with it. Miller managed to take Bocek’s back with five seconds to go, but ran out of time before he could do anything. Tough one to call, but all three judges thought Miller did enough awarding him the unanimous decision.
Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders: Textbook Jon Fitch. Fitch is a master at grinding out wins against his opponents, and that’s exactly what he did tonight against Ben Saunders. Everywhere Fitch took the fight he relentlessly pounded on Saunders. Props to Saunders for asking for the fight, but he just didn’t have an answer for anything Fitch brought to the fight. Fitch rolls on, hopefully to that Thiago Alves rematch sometime this summer.
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes: Heck of a grappling battle between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes tonight. There was a ton of back-and-forth action on the ground in the early moments of the first round. Camoes took the lead first though when he locked himself on Pellegrino’s back in the standing position. Camoes was close to sinking in the choke, but Pellegrino struck first dumping Camoes right on his head. Pellegrino transitioned straight into a rear-naked choke attempt of his own but Camoes spun out. Camoes was never the same after the face plant though. Pellegrino took control over the rest of the fight, eventually wore down Camoes and locked in a rear-naked choke in the second for the win.
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin: Wow, Shane Carwin brought the thunder tonight. It was a slow start with two exchanges leading to two stalled clinches against the cage, Dan Miragliota didn’t need to break up the second one. Out of nowhere, Shane Carwin exploded and unloaded a barrage of uppercuts into Mir’s head dropping him to his knees. Carwin went absolutely bezerk and kept raining down bombs until he knocked Mir unconscious. It was incredible. HUGE win for Carwin. He gets Brock Lesnar who called him out on his “make-believe belt” after the fight. Of course, the belt isn’t Carwin’s choice but that will be the storyline leading into their big title fight this summer. Can’t wait to see those two freight trains collide.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy: No shocking upset tonight. Georges St. Pierre did what he does. He completely dominated Dan Hardy with takedowns, superior grappling, ground-n-pound and submission attempts. Hardy wasn’t able to mount an ounce of offense, but he showed a ton of heart by not tapping out when GSP nearly ripped his arm off on two separate occasions — once in the first with an armbar and other in the fourth with a kimura. “There’s no quit in me… I don’t know the meaning of tap,” Hardy told the crowd in his post-fight interview. Heart alone doesn’t equal victory though. GSP rolls on earning another unanimous decision win and retains his UFC welterweight title.
Submission of the Night: Kurt Pellegrino
Knockout of the Night: Shane Carwin
Fight of the Night: Jared Hamman & Rodney Wallace
Bonus info via MMA Junkie
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $4,000,000
Attendance: 17,000 (2,200 Radio City Music Hall)