Saturday, July 7, 2012

LIVE coverage of UFC 148 Silva v Sonnen II

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 1:55 to retain the UFC middleweight title.

Round 2 - Sonnen rushes forward again. Silva tries to move laterally, but Sonnen ties him up against the cage. Sonnen pressing in from the outside. Sonnen drops to pick the ankle. Silva stays upright, and he starts to punch. Brief striking battle, with Silva landing with his hands by his side. Spinning backfist misses from Sonnen, and he falls to the floor. Silva fires a knee inside. Close to illegal, but they fight on. Silva swarming, and the punches come non-stop. Sonnen against the cage covering up, but he doesn't defend it and that's the fight. More controversy.

Round 1 - Referee Yves Lavigne in the cage for the evening's main event. Sonnen rushes forward, avoids a few punches and takes the fight immediately to the floor. Chants of "U-S-A" fill the building. Silva tries to control the wrists underneath and keep Sonnen tight. The challenger lands a few right hands as Silva looks to move underneath. Silva in half-guard, pulling down on the head. Crowd is as loud as any in recent Las Vegas memory. Sonnen with a few knees to the body. Halfway mark. Sonnen has yet to do any damage, but just like in the first fight, he's spending a lot of time on top. Silva threatens with a triangle, but it's not there. Palm strikes from Sonnen. Silva holding tight, seemingly looking for a stand-up that's not coming. Sonnen with a few elbows from the top. He moves into full mount. Less than a minute. Sonnen controls until the bell, 10-8 Sonnen

Anderson Silva (c) v Chael Sonnen

Middleweight Championship of the world on the line

MAIN EVENT TIME Silva v Sonnen is up next.

Forrest interviewed Tito after the fight. Was very funny, two classy guys and Tito thanks everyone.

Official Decision - All 3 judges score the fight 29-28 to Forrest Griffin

I really hope that Tito has done enough.

Round 3 - It's Ortiz's final five minutes. Griffin is taking over this fight. Low kicks are rolling into punching combinations. Ortiz trying to roll an answer, and a big left counter does drop Griffin yet again. He pops right back up, but Ortiz drives in for a big takedown. He's in half-mount, and he keeps Griffin on the floor. Griffin tries to scramble away, but Ortiz remains tight to this foe Ortiz not scoring with any punches, but he's controlling the positioning. Griffin tries to lock in a kimura then switches to a triangle choke. Neither get beyond the initial stages. Griffin finally climbs up and back to his feet. Ortiz stays tight and looks at the clock. Griffin backs away and looks to strike. Ortiz is covering up against the fence. One minute remains. This fight is tighter than Ortiz's energy level would seem to indicate, and he lands a right hand. Griffin picks up the output with his punches. Ortiz is dead tired as he looks for a takedown. They swing away to close the final seconds. Gutsy finish for Ortiz,  the final round for Ortiz, 10-9, giving him the fight 29-28, but rounds one and two were very close. Griffin leaves the cage momentarily before coming back to boos from the crowd.

Round 2 - The two move forward looking to trade. Ortiz drops his opponent with a stiff right. Griffin pops back up, and they go toe-to-toe in the pocket. Fun stuff in the scramble as both guys landed shots. The pace slows a bit after the spirited exchange, but that brought the crowd to life. Griffin circling and mixing in kicks with his punches. Ortiz delivering in the pocket, but he looks very tired with his punches. Griffin scored with several low kicks, and the crowd is chanting both fighters' names. Halfway in. Griffin slips a punch and counters. Ortiz not backing down, but Griffin is the busier and more accurate fighter right now. Griffin lands a few shots from distance. He drops his hands, and Ortiz fires in with a straight. Griffin returns to the high kick, and he's outworking Ortiz right now. Ortiz spits out some blood, and he's tired. He shoots in to close the round, but Griffin sprawls and lands a few hammerfists. as much as i want Tito to win, i have to give the second for Griffin, 10-9.

Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in charge of the evening's co-main event. Griffin with an early high kick and a jab. Ortiz lands a nice right hand. Griffin busier to open, moving and striking, mixing in high kicks. Ortiz grabs hold of him and pushes the action to the floor, setting up in guard and looking to punch away. Ortiz scores with several right hands. Griffin bucks and creates space, getting bak to his feet and resetting. Griffin landing nice jabs and right hands in striking exchanges, and Ortiz looks to be slowing just a bit. He shoots from distance, but Griffin sprawls and backs away. Griffin starting to take over on the feet. Ortiz not backing away, but he's missing a bit of zip. Griffin looks to be the busier fighter. Ortiz with one late takedown. First round to Tito 10-9

(Light-Heavyweight) Forrest Griffin v Tito Ortiz

Next up is the very last fight in the storied career of  The former "Huntington Beach Bad Boy", The man now known as "The People's Champion" Tito Ortiz as he faces Forrest Griffin in the 3rd and deciding match of there trilogy.

Official Decision - All 3 judges score the fight 30-27 to Cung Le

Cung Le's takedown's win the fight for him.

Round 3 - Le looks fresh enough to go. He kicks high, and it's blocked. He kicks low to the cup, but Cote doesn't want to stop. They fight on. Cote really pressing now. He clinches and avoids a trip attempt from Le. Traded shots in the clinch as they break away. Le's output dropping, bt he's staying safely away. Cote switching stances, but he can't find the range. Le showing great footwork as he moves away. Halfway in. Cote moves inside, but Le scores a trip. Cote won't stay on the floor, and when he rises, he shoots in for his own takedown. No dice, and Le pulls away. Pace slow, but both fighters throwing with power. Le digs to the body, and Cote answers with a flurry up top. However, Le moves inside and takes the fight to the floor in the final minute, in what should seal the deal. Fight ends with Le on top, and the final round is his 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.

Round 2 - They meet again in the center. Le lands a low kick and a straight counter. Cote gets in tight but can't capitalize. Le just misses with an impressive high kick, and his hopping side kick comes forward. Cote scores with a combination, his best of the fight so far. Cote lands again with a right, and Le is cut over his left eye. Cote also seems to be bleeding from his head somewhere, and it's running down the side of his face. Cote starting to move forward with more success, but Le landing with counter. Both men bloodied Le spin kicks to the body. Big right hand from Le. Cote walks forward with a combination. He's trying to make it dirty, but he's not staying on top. Cote scoring more frequently, but Le still seems to have gas in the tank. Knee scores for Le, but Cote lands a big right. Le ties up the action, but Cote lands punches inside. Cote kicks at the end, and it's a close frame of back-and-forth action. Cote 10 -9

Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in the cage for what could be a very fun fight. Cote with an early kick, and Le grabs it and tosses him to the floor. He doesn't follow, and Cote stands. Le has a high kick blocked but lands to the legs. Le finding some success early and saying away from Cote's punches. Le firing off kicks and keeping Cote away two minutes in. Cote ducked for a takedown, but Le backs away. Le is in a groove to start. Cote is not offering the pressure he had hoped for. Nice left from Le. Cote's best weapon thus far has actually been the low kick as he struggles to find distance with his punches. Le answers with a nice kick to the ribs that scores. Crowd behind Le, who lands a side kick and evades Cote's rush forward. Round ends, Le 10-9.

(Middleweight)  Cung Le v Patrick Côté

You wait for one & two come along at once, Cote & Cung Le up next

Round 1 - Referee Mario Yamasaki oversees this welter