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Monday, September 24, 2007

UFC 76 Results

UFC 76 - KNOCKOUT produced yet another main event underdog winner when ''The Dean of Mean'' Keith Jardine upset former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck ''The Iceman'' Liddell on Saturday night.

Judges scored the fight 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Jardine.

Round one featured many leg kicks from both fighters, in particularly from Jardine. Jardine was more the aggressor throughout a majority of the opening round. The final 30 seconds got the crowd roaring as the war began, but neither man took the round.

Early in round two, Liddell used his left jab with accuracy but it was Jardine who landed a right hand that dropped the former champion. Liddell quickly rose to his 37-year old feet, but the tone of the fight was claimed by Jardine with the bomb.

It was clear in round three that both fighters wanted to end matters before the judges had their say, as the bombs kept flying and Jardine continued to score. It was Liddell though who finished strong, but it obviously wasn't enough for Liddell.

With the win, Jardine improves to 13-4-1 and Liddell falls to 20-5. What next for Liddell? It seems like a long road back from here.

Forrest Griffin also won in UFC 76. UFC newboy Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was the healthy favorite, but his chances were ended at 4:45 in the 3rd round, as Griffin ended the fight with a rear naked choke.

In an evenly matched fight, Jon Fitch (-130) also scored a victory for his investors over Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez (Even). Fitch got the job done by way of a split decision.

Remaining UFC 76 Results:

- Lyoto Machida won by unanimous decision over Kazuhiro "Kaz" Nakamura.
- Tyson Griffin won by unanimous decision over Thiago Tavares.
- Rich "No Love" Clementi won by submission at 3:05 in the 2nd round with a rear naked choke over Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
- Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens won by unanimous decision over Diego "The Octopus" Saraiva.
- Christian "The Hungarian Nightmare" Wellisch won by submission at 3:19 in the 1st round with a heel hook over Scott Junk.
- Matt "Handsome" Wiman won by unanimous decision over Michihiro "Micci" Omigawa.

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