Tuf 2 Finalists Come To Fight;sanchez Shuts Down Diaz
TUF 2 Finalists Come to Fight;
Sanchez Shuts Down Diaz
Morgan KO’d by Slam, Jardine Chops Down Schall,
Guillard a Speed Demon in Dark Bouts
By Loretta Hunt
(November 5th, Las Vegas, Nevada) The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 had its final word tonight from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the culmination of a 13-week reality show that whittled down eighteen hopefuls into potentially four future stars of the UFC. Of the quartet, two walked walk away with UFC contracts, while FCF, perched above the Octagon on the standing-room-only balcony, was there to witness and report on the entire evening’s happenings.
Luckily for the promotion, for Spike TV (which has hosted a plethora of UFC programming along with the series since August), and chiefly for the fans, heavyweights Brad Imes and Rashad Evans waged a heavy-handed battle in their finals bout, while welterweights Joe Stevenson and Luke Cummo dragged each other through the ringer in a mostly mat-friendly, 3-round affair. At the tail end of a night brimming with action in front of the cameras, Evans bested Imes with the split decision and odds-on favorite Stevenson unanimously surpassed the "Rocky"-esque underdog Cummo – earning both winners the right to call themselves the ultimate fighter.
The cherry on the top came from headliners Diego Sanchez and Nick Diaz, who proved the most technical pair of the night as their bodies tangled into positions reserved for the most versed of ground practitioners. If there was any doubt of TUF 1 victor and UFC golden boy Sanchez’s abilities, his handling of Cesar Gracie purple belt Diaz can only serve to silence the most adamant of non-believers. With a practically perfect strategy, Sanchez all but neutralized Diaz for the first two rounds, then rode out his opponent’s third round rally for the unanimous decision. Both traded war wounds in the process, with Diaz getting cut along his hairline and Sanchez cutting above his right eye. The two fighters were treated separately at the hospital with stitches.
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Mixed Fighting Championship 5: Japanese Jam
By Jim Genia
(November 5th, Atlantic City, New Jersey) It was "USA vs. Japan" here at Mixed Fighting Championship 5, but really it was all about overwhelming striking and unstoppable submissions. Tonight the star from Fight Factory shone brightly, the hard-hitting local veteran proved to be too much for the Japanese rookie, and the heavy-handed American Top Team heavyweight was too much for the submission master from the Far East. Highlights of the event included:
The full results:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Daisuke "13" Hanazawa
Alvarez via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 4:00 of R1.
Wilson Gouviea vs. Kazuhiro Hamanaka
Hiroyuki Abe vs. Joey "Knockdown" Brown
Carlo Prater vs. Pat Healy
Toraji vs. Chris Ligouri
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Kazuki Okubo
Jose Rodriguez vs. Yuichirou Tsuchida
Shinichi "BJ" Kojima vs. Chris MacGrath
Kojima via rear choke at 3:17 of R1.
Yuji Miyazaki vs. Stephen Haigh
Mark Burch vs. Jay White
Bristol Marunde vs. Rich Attonito
Jason Guida vs. Pat Stano
Steve Bruno vs. Jay Jack