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1. Matt Brown (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (170)
This fight was bumped up to the main card due to Karo Parisyan's last minute injury forcing him to pull out yesterday against Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Kim is the second Korean to fight in the UFC. The first? The founder of "Joe Son Do" himself, Joe Son.
R1: Brown throws a jab first, and glances two leg kicks. Kim agressively attacks Brown. Kim climbs on Brown's back. Brown fights Kim off, but Kim aggressively hops on Browns back and applies a standing rear-naked choke. Brown escapes. Kim again hops on Brown's back. Kim ends up on his back in guard. Kim gets back to his feet and eats a knee to his stomach. They kickbox with 2:31 left. Kim connects with a hard left. Kim goes for the takedown but Brown avoids it. They battle for the takedown in clinch. Kim goes for a Judo takedown but Brown ends up in position for a choke. Kim climbs Brown's back and looks for a kimura or inverted armbar.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Kim.
R2: Brown boxes low to attack Kim's body. Kim throws a jumping knee but falls to his back. Brown lets him up with 4:16 left. Brown hurts Kim with Muay Thai knees. Kim catches a leg but is unable to finish the takedown. Kim drops down for the takedown but Brown stuffs it. Brown lands punches on a sitting Kim. They go to the floor and Brown is inside Kim's guard. Kim times a nice upkick. Brown interestingly tries to pass with a spinning back fist-type. They are back up at 1:46. They fight in clinch. Kim misses a left cross and eats a punch combo. Brown takes down Kim and goes for an arm-triangle choke in halfguard. He lets it go and pounds on Kim.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Brown.
R3: Brown confident coming into the third. The fight is paused because Brown forgot his mouthpiece. Kim gets the takedown at 3:56, and has side control. Brown escapes when Kim tried to go for full mount. Back to their feet Kim is against the fence looking for a throw. Kim lands a elbow. Kim takes Brown down. Brown closes his guard with 1:40 left. Kim drops a couple of elbows. Brown is cut under his left eye.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Kim, and the fight 29-28 for Kim.
Two of the judges agree with us: 29-28 for Kim, 29-28 for Brown and 29-28 for Kim.
Kim wins via split decision and remains undefeated at 11-0-1.
Not an impressive win by any means, but those two takedowns and two elbows that cut Brown was enough for Kim to win. Brown looked better than Kim, but Kim did just enough to win on points.
In the post-fight interview, Rogan says he thought Brown should have won. Brown says he doesn't care about the judges' decision, as he fights to finish.
R1: They miss punches. They kick each other at 4:37. Kampmann lands a right in the midst of a combo. Marquardt stuns Kampmann with a headkick, and Marquardt goes for the finish with rights. Kampmann almost looks like he can survive but Marquardt lands a knee. Marquardt again chases down Kampmann with punches. He's destroying Kampmann with punches now. Kampmann gives up, by sitting down with his hands covering his face. The referee steps in to save Kampman.
Marquardt wins via TKO - R1 (1:22)
Excellent display of striking by Marquardt, who hands Kampmann his first loss in the Octagon.
3. Dan Henderson (185) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5)
R1: They size each other up to start. Palhares shoots 30 seconds in but Henderson immediately stuffs it. Henderson goes right on the attack and Palhares falls to his back. Palhares shoots and misses. Palhares shoots again, and gets it stuffed. Palhares lands a body kick and goes right for the takedown, unsuccessfully. Palhares fakes a jab and shoots again, but Henderson stuffs it. Henderson drops Palhares with an uppercut and lands punches. Palhares is on his back. Henderson signals for Palhares to stand up. Palhares throws wild kicks. Palhares shoots, he rolls overup on top of Henderson with 30 seconds left.The fight ends with Palhares rolling for kneebar from halfguard.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
R2: Palhares shoots, misses and throws a high kick, but Henderson catches the leg and tosses him down. Palhares picks Henderson up and slams him! Palhares goes for a heel hook, but Henderson breaks free. Palhares shoots and Henderson stuffs it into a possible D'arce choke. They stand back up at 2:29. Henderson is in the guard of Palhares. Henderson putting his hand over Palhare' mouth, just like he did against Anderson Silva. Referee Herb Dean stands them back up and they restart with 45 seconds left. They ride out the round.
It's a close round, we'll give the edge to Palhares.
R3: Palhares shoots 30 seconds in, misses but almost lands a hook kick. Henderson stuffs another takedown. Henderson connects on punches. Palhares misses wildly on punches. The crowd is booing. Palhares shoots, and almost gets the takedown, but Henderson gets back up. Henderson throws an overhand, and Palhares falls to his back on purpose. Henderson takes the bait as Palhares attempts a leglock. Henderson escapes. Palhares shoots and misses. The fight ends with Henderson landing two punches on a grounded Palhares.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson, and the fight 29-28 for Henderson.
Henderson wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
4. Rich Franklin (204.5) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
R1: Franklin lands two leg kicks. Franklin misses one and then hits another. Hamill switches to southpaw. He tries a Superman punch but misses. Hamill is looking to stick an uppercut. Franklin continues to attack Hamill's legs. Franklin has a nasty cut under his right eyebrow. Hamill takes Franklin down with 51 seconds left. Franklin attempts the armbar but Hamill escapes. Hamill tries to pass but Franklin scrambles up and lands a knee. Hamill is cut on his right eyebrow.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Franklin.
R2: Hamill catches a legkick but Franklin pulls his leg out. Franklin lands punch combos. The referee and doctor checks Franklin's cut. It's looks really bad, but they're letting the fight continue. Hamill dives to catch Franklin's leg, but again Franklin pulls out. Franklin is picking apart Hamill with kicks. One inside legkick goes low and Hamill takes a breather. Franklin is clearly the superior striker. Hamill catches a leg at 0:55, but Franklin escapes and hits Hamill with more punches. Franklin lands more kicks. Hamill catches another, but Franklin escapes. Franklin throws a light flying knee.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Franklin.
R3: Franklin lands kick to the body of Hamill. Hamill crumbles and the referee stops the fight.
Franklin wins via TKO - R3 (0:39)
R1: Liddell stalks Evans. Evans throws an overhand but Liddell blocks it. Liddell pops in a right hand, and Evans does his dance. Evans lands a body kick. Liddell again stalks Evans. Evans lands another leg kick. Liddell connects with a jab. Evans lands another leg kick. Liddell moves in with a short combo but Evans backs away.
R2: Liddell looking for the knockout, as Evans continues to not allow him to get close. Evans starts to engage more. Evans lands hooks. Evans sticks a jab out, Liddell misses an uppercut and at the same time Evans connects with a right! Evans doesn't even need to follow up, Liddell is OUT COLD.
Liddell wins via KO - R2 (1:51)
UFC 88: Breakthrough
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
1. Ryo Chonan def.
Roan Carneiro via split decision
2. Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambet via submission (RNC) - R2 (1:20)
3. Tim Boetsch def. Mike Patt via TKO (strikes) - R1 (2:03)
4. Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision
5. Dong Hyun Kim def. Matt Brown via split decision
6. Nate Marquardt def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (strikes) - R1 (1:22)
7. Dan Henderson def. Rousimar Palhares via unanimous decision
8. Rich Franklin def. Matt Hamill via TKO (kick to the body) - R3 (0:39)
9. Rashad Evans def. Chuck Liddell via KO - R2 (1:51)