In the two championship bouts, Forrest Griffin defends his light heavyweight title defense for the first time when he takes on Rashad Evans, while Frank Mir fights interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for a shot at Brock Lesnar.
And in a grudge match, Wanderlei Silva will look to sweep Quinton "Rampage" Jackson 3 to 0
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Click here for undercard results.1. Heavyweights: Cheick Kongo (233) vs. Mustafa Al-Turk (237) - Discuss
Kongo has a 4.5-inch reach advantage.
R1: Kongo catches a right leg kick and throws Al-Turk down. Kongo lands leg kicks before Al-Turk is able to get up. Al-Turk goes for the takedown and they end up battling in clinch. Kongo connects on a knee as Al-Turk continues to try to finish the takedown. Al-Turk is working hard for the takedown. Kongo pushes Al-Turk against the fence at the 2:43 mark. Al-Turk hits Kongo with a right knee to the groin. The referee gives Kongo time to rest. They touch glove and the fight resumes with 2:09 left. Al-Turk swings a huge overhand right and misses. Kongo lands a kick while Al-Turk shoots for a leg. Kongo defends it and they are back in clinch. Kongo returns the favor by landing an even heavier knee below Al-Turk's belt. Al-Turk walks it off. They resume with a minute left. Kongo lands Al-Turk with a right punch and Al-Turk is down. Kongo ground and pounds Al-Turk against the fence. Al-Turk's face is a mess. The referee saves Al-Turk.
Kongo wins via TKO - R1 (4:37)
Kongo says he wants to be next in line for the heavyweight title.
2. Light Heavyweights: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (206) vs. Wanderlei Silva (203) - Discuss
They choose not to touch gloves before the fight starts.
R1: They briefly exchange punches and back off. Silva lands a leg kick. Silva throws a punch combo that's blocked. Jackson counters with a leg kick. Silva lands another leg kick. Jackson jabs. Jackson shoots at 3:18 and Silva quickly stuffs it and they go back to kickboxing. Silva connects loudly on two leg kicks. Silva tries another but almost gets taken down. Jackson lands a jab. Jackson drops Silva with a left hook and Silva is immediately out cold. Jackson knocks out Silva!!!
Jackson wins via KO - R1 (3:21)
3. Middleweights: CB Dollaway (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184) - Discuss
Dollaway holds a victory over Massenzio from a junior college wrestling national tournament.
R1: They miss punches. Dollaway lands a body kick. They clinch and Dollaway lands two knees. Dollaway throws a wild kick and almost slips. Massenzio stuns with lefts. Dollaway is dropped. Massenzio attempts a guillotine choke but Dollaway eventually pulls out of it. Massenzio, in guard, tries a quick triangle choke attempt. Dollaway escapes and works on strikes. Dollaway passes to full mount. Massenzio gives up his back. Dollaway repeatedly drops lefts and rights. Massenzio does nothing and the referee stops the fight.
Dollaway wins via TKO (punches) - R1 (3:01)
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is interviewed cageside. Lesnar says he's rooting for Mir tonight so that he can avenge his loss.
4. Heavyweights: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (246) vs. Frank Mir (251) - Discuss
Mir walks out to Nas "Hate Me Now" and Nogueira enters to the Rolling Stones's "Gimme Shelter."
R1: Mir thows a high kick that's blocked. Nogueira throws a flurry of punches. Mir misses a 2-punch combo. He tries it again and lands a right uppercut. Mir takes Nogueira down. Mir walks away to let Nogueira up. Nogueira lands a jab. Mir lands another right with his 1-2. Mir throws a combo that ends with a blocked kick. Nogueira snaps Mir's head back with another jab. Mir is winning the standup game here. Mir drops Nogueira! Unable to finish with ground and pound, Mir lets Nogueira back up. Mir connects again with the right uppercut. Nogueira fires away with 20 seconds left, but they're blocked. Mir drops Nogueira again with two punches right before the bell sounds!
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Mir.
R2: Mir throws a high kick that's blocked. Nogueira lands an inside leg kick. Mir stumbles Noguiera with a left. He follows with another left that drops Nogueira for the third time. Mir pounces. The referee stops the fight!
Mir wins via TKO (strikes) - R2 (1:54)
Mir becomes the interim UFC heavyweight champion and will fight Brock Lesnar for the right to be the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.
Mir covers his face with his cap to cover up his tears during the result announcement. An emotional Mir gives an inspirational message to the crowd.
This was the first time Nogueira has even been finished in his prior 36 fights since 1999.
5. Light Heavyweights: Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Rashad Evans (203) - Discuss
R1: They circle for the first 20 seconds. Griffin sneaks in a punch. Griffin throws a high leg kick and Evans dodges it. Griffin with a kick and punch combo. Evans misses with a right and eats a leg kick. Griffin lands another leg kick. Griffin lands a body kick. Evans answers back at the 3:03 mark with a leg kick. Evans lands a jab. Griffin lands a leg kick and throws a punch combo. Griffin is winning this fight so far with leg kicks. They exchange. Evans lands a leg kick that trips up Griffin. Griffin back with another leg kick. They exchange missed punches. Evans scores with jabs. Griffin lands a right at the end of a combo. Griffin hurts Evans with a kick to the body. Griffin misses a Superman punch.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin.
R2: Evans lands a jab. Evans backs away from a kick and loses his balance, but quickly recomposes. Griffin misses a huge right. They land jabs. Evans pops in a jab. Griffin lands a nice right. They trade. Griffin is landing knees to Evans. Evans mocks Griffin by blowing a kiss, touching his own cup cup and then slapping Griffin. Griffin lands another leg kick with 2 minutes left. Evans lands jabs and Griffin just answers back with leg kicks. Griffin lands an inside leg kick, and at the same time Evans lands a punch. Griffin connects on a punch combo. Evans lands a nice right punch. Griffin hits Evans with a Superman punch.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin.
R3: Griffin taps a leg kick. Griffin with a combo. Evans catches a kick and lands big rights on the side of a grounded Griffin. Griffin survives the onslaught and closes his guard. Griffin's mouth is bloodied. Evans lands more punches while trying to pass. Griffin closes his guard. Evan hits a hammerfist and there's 2:36 left. Evans drops big rights. Evans continues raining down punches, switching to lefts, and Griffin is out! The referee allows Griffin time to fight back but Griffin is out. The referee stops the fight.
Evans wins via TKO (punches) - R3 (2:46)
Evans becomes the UFC light heavyweight champion.