UFC 115 took place earlier this evening at GM Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
In the main event, Chuck Liddell took on Rich Franklin in a light heavyweight battle.
In the co-main event, Pat Barry’s childhood dream came true when he faced his idol Mirko Cro Cop.
Paulo Thiago took on Martin Kampmann in a welterweight battle.
Ben Rothwell and Gilbert Yvel looked for a much needed win a heavyweight match-up.
Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald met in a welterweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Rich Franklin defeats Chuck Liddell via Knockout in Round One
- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic defeats Patrick Barry via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Martin Kampmann defeats Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ben Rothwell defeats Gilbert Yvel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Carlos Condit defeats Rory MacDonald via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Evan Dunham defeats Tyson Griffin via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Matt Wiman defeats Mac Danzig via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Claude Patrick defeats Ricardo Funch via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Mario Miranda defeats David Loiseau via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- James Wilks defeats Peter Sobotta via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
- Mike Pyle defeats Jesse Lennox via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
Recap & Thoughts
Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig: Referee Yves Lavigne screwed up the first fight of the Spike TV prelim special. Matt Wiman had Mac Danzig in a tight guillotine choke. After several moments, Yves checked to see if Mac was out and called it. Problem was Mac wasn’t out nor did he tap. The fight clearly shouldn’t have been stopped. Lavigne is usually good, but he made a big mistake tonight.
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald: Great fight to kick off the pay-per-view. 20-yr old Rory MacDonald dictated the first two rounds with his striking and wrestling in the clinch. Condit was making it a fight, but MacDonald just kept beating him to the punch. Condit came into the third round needing a finish — Greg Jackson told him it was time for war — and man did Condit bring it. Early in the third, Condit tagged MacDonald in the temple with a right hook, and it was like flipping a switch on the momentum of the fight. MacDonald immediately went into survival mode, tried to take Condit down, but Condit landed on top instead. From there, he beat the living daylights out of him. Elbows, punches, you name it. Condit went to work resulting in a beaten and battered MacDonald. The ref finally saw enough and called it with 10 seconds left to go in the fight, which might have cost MacDonald the win on the scorecards. Could have he let it go another 10 seconds? Yeah, probably, and the fight either would have went to MacDonald or scored a draw if the judges scored the third a 10-8 for Condit. Interesting to see all the reactions to this one.
Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel: Sorta like the Josh Barnett fight, Gilbert Yvel spent the majority of the fight on his back with his opponent in the mount and other dominant positions. The difference was Ben Rothwell wasn’t able to beat the hell out of Yvel like Barnett did, plus Yvel was able to escape a couple times. When he did, Yvel inflicted the most damage in the fight, but he just couldn’t stay off his back long enough to deliver the knockout blow or earn the decision. Rothwell needed the win, but it wasn’t the kind that’s going to push his career forward.
Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann: So maybe Paulo Thiago isn’t quite as good as everyone thought he was. Martin Kampmann unexpectedly, but handily outworked Thiago with relative ease over the course of three rounds. I’ll stop short of calling it a domination, because it wasn’t like Thiago failed to do anything, but Kampmann clearly got the better of Thiago on the feet, in the clinch and on the ground. Definitely the best performance we’ve seen out of Kampmann in a long time.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Patrick Barry: CRO COP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mirko Cro Cop easily turned in his best UFC performance to date tonight. It didn’t start well for Mirko though. He had trouble with Barry’s speed in the first round, got knocked down twice, but got better as the fight progressed. Cro Cop started landing in the second and even scored a takedown and controlled Barry long enough to take the round. Then Mirko turned it up in the third. He went after Pat throwing quick, short combinations like we haven’t seen him throw since PRIDE. It was enough to put Barry on the ground where Cro Cop finished him off with a rear-naked choke. I’m not going to say Cro Cop’s “back,” but he certainly proved tonight he’s not done. The difference between the Cro Cop tonight and the Cro Cop we’ve seen for the past three years? Tonight, Mirko fought like he actually wanted to be there.
Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin: Man, Chuck Liddell got knocked out again. Chuck looked great all throughout the first round. He was landing huge kicks — one of which broke Rich Franklin’s left forearm — and had Rich on his heels for most of the round. The problem was Chuck kept making the same mistake he’s always made. Every time he chased Rich, he got sloppy, overcommitted and left himself wide open to be countered. Unfortunately for Chuck, Rich timed one of his haymakers and countered him perfectly with a right hook straight to the chin, putting Chuck’s lights out.
Bummer. This may have been Chuck’s last fight. Like I said, he looked great early in the fight, not someone who shouldn’t be out there, but then he gets “caught” again, suffers another concussion, and its like, when is enough, enough? It should be, but that’s a question only Chuck can answer. Dana may refuse to re-sign him, but he can’t stop him from fighting elsewhere if that’s what Chuck really wants. I don’t see that happening, but that competitive fire Chuck has burning inside him might prove to be too strong to ignore. Time will tell, but for now, the pressure will certainly be on him to “ride off into the sunset ” as Joe Rogan so eloquently put it.
Submission of the Night: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Knockout of the Night: Rich Franklin
Fight of the Night: Carlos Condit & Rory MacDonald
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: 17,669
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie