UFC 122 “Marquardt vs. Okami” took place earlier this afternoon at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
In the main event, Nate Marquardt met Yushin Okami in a middleweight title eliminator.
Dennis Siver faced Andre Winner in a lightweight match-up.
Amir Sadollah took on Peter Sobotta in a welterweight bout.
Krzysztof Soszynski and Goran Reljic met in a light heavyweight bout.
Duane Ludwig took on Nick Osipczak in a welterweight match-up.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Yushin Okami defeats Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Dennis Siver defeats Andre Winner via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Amir Sadollah defeats Peter Sobotta via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Goran Reljic via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Duane “Bang” Ludwig defeats Nick Osipczak via Split Decision (28-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Vladimir Matyushenko defeats Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Pascal Krauss defeats Mark Scanlon via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Kyle Noke defeats Rob Kimmons via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Karlos Vemola defeats Seth Petruzelli via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Carlos Eduardo Rocha defeats Kris McCray via Submission (Kneebar) in Round One
- Alessio Sakara vs. Jorge Rivera – Canceled due to Sakara illness
Recap & Thoughts
Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak: Due to Alessio Sakara coming down with an unexpected illness today his fight with Jorge Rivera was scrapped and Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak was promoted to the main card to kick of the broadcast. Ludwig scored early in the first round but Osipczak ended up doing the most damage. He caught Ludwig with a hard right hook and followed it up with a flurry of punches that sent Ludwig to the mat and into survival mode. Osipczak couldn’t finish but he opened up a nice cut above Ludwig’s eye. The second round wasn’t as eventful. Osipczak scored a takedown but that was about it in what turned out to be a very close round. The momentum swung back into Ludwig’s favor in the third. Osipczak was clearly fading as the round wore on and Ludwig started to tee off. It seemed like Ludwig needed to finish Osipczak off to pull off the win, and had the perfect opportunity to do since Osipczak couldn’t do much more than cover up, but Ludwig too was running out of gas and couldn’t put him away. Turns out it didn’t matter though because two judges thought Ludwig did enough to win.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic: Krzysztof Soszynski stayed a step ahead of Goran Reljic in the afternoon’s second fight. Soszynski scored on the feet and stuffed enough of Reljic’s takedown attempts to convince all three judges to give him all three rounds. It was closer than the 30-27 scores suggested, but by the end of the fight as Soszynski beat down Reljic with ground and pound, it was clear who deserved the win.
Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta: Amir Sadollah used his superior Muay Thai game to outpoint Peter Sobotta over the course of all three rounds. Sobotta fought back hard, but was clearly outmatched on the feet. Easy 30-27 decision win for the TUF 7 champ.
Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner: After three straight decisions, Dennis Siver injected some life back into the crowd with a big first round finish. Andre Winner missed with a combination minutes into the first round and ate a big counter strike to the face for his trouble. It sent him to the mat where Siver pounced, tried to pound him out, but ended up getting on his back and choking him out with a RNC.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami: Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami closed out the show with a very technical fight that garnered more boos from the crowd than cheers. The fight wasn’t bad, just very technical and slow at times. While the fight did go all three rounds, Marquardt attempted to finish it early with two guillotine choke attempts. Neither were very tight though and Okami slipped out and stole the round at the end with a takedown. Besides a takedown Marquardt was unable to do anything with, not much to speak happened in the second. Okami took the center of the cage and controlled the action in the third. Marquardt appeared to land more, but wasn’t able to land anything terribly effective. It was close, but all three judges thought Okami did enough to win. Unless UFC brass changes their minds, Yushin Okami moves on to face the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort winner for the title.
Submission of the Night: Dennis Siver
Knockout of the Night: Karlos Vemola
Fight of the Night: Pascal Krauss & Mark Scanlon
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $600,000 est.
Attendance: 8,421 tickets sold
Bonus and gate info via Fighters Only Magazine