UFC 105 liveblogging

I'm liveblogging UFC 105.


The show airs tonight on tape delay on Spike TV.

1 p.m. OK, we're set.

Of course, my TV is tuned to Sportsnet and it's showing DARTS (thanks for NOTHING, Sportsnet West) but we're gonna work around that.

Well, nothing has actually happened yet. We're still getting commercials.

1:06 p.m. And here we go. That was weird ... a commercial just aired for UFC 105 that said it was "Live, only on PPV!"

1:09 p.m. Randy, that scarf and hat combo is NOT a good look on you.

1:10 p.m. Video package and another video package all for Couture vs. Vera. OK, we get it. Can we please get on with, you know, actual fights? They just ran the "Live only on PPV" promo AGAIN!

1:12 p.m. I so badly want to see Bisping lose tonight.

1:13 p.m. OK, we've just switched to Ross Pearson coming to the Octagon. He's vs. Aaron Riley. Never heard of him. Unsurprisingly, Pearson gets huge cheers being the hometown guy.

1:17 p.m. Riley's had six fights in UFC. Why don't I remember this guy?

1:21 p.m. Close first round. Probably went to Pearson, but my impressions of who won the round may be clouded by the pro-Ross Pearson announcing. Aaron's corner seems confident they can beat Pearson.

1:26 p.m. Riley gushing blood.

1:27 p.m. Fight stopped due to the cut. Pearson wins on blood stoppage (from a flying knee to the face) with less than a minute to go in the second round.

1:32 p.m. Matt Brown vs. James Wilks

1:37 p.m. Matt "The Immortal" Brown?  Someone thinks highly of themselves.

1:41 p.m. UFC Poker Room? Really? Isn't online poker in decline? I'd think UFC is about five years too late to that party.

1:43 p.m. I'd give the first round to Brown - he went for more submission attempts, did most of the damage in the striking.

1:45 p.m. Brown rocked Wilks with a flying knee, and is pounding on him. Wilks turns it into a leglock, but Brown escapes. Great sequence.

1:48 p.m. Brown rocks Wilks again. Slightly surprised the fight wasn't stopped.

1:50 p.m. Wilks got side control near the end of the round, but it wasn't enough. Brown is up two rounds to one and Wilks is exhausted. I don't think this is going to make it to the end of round 3.

1:52 p.m. Wilks attempting a kimura. Brown survives, but it was close.

1:53 p.m. Brown grounds and pounds Wilks into a TKO. Brown wins at 2:27 of round 3.

1:56 p.m. Matt Brown, being shown the replay of the kimura, "I was lucky to get out of this." Cut to clips from earlier in the day of 46-year-old Randy Couture arriving with what looks to be a 21-year-old girlfriend. Yeah.

1:57 p.m. Andre Winner vs. Rolando Delgado in a prelim fight from earlier today.

2 p.m. WOW! Winner KOs Delgado with one of those "timberrrrrr" punches. Delgado fell like a tree.

2:08 p.m. Whoo! Bisping vs. Dennis Kang. I really want Kang to win. Can't stand Bisping ever since he got that bogus decision over Matt Hamill.

2:10 p.m. Joe Rogan putting Kang over big-time, although it makes me laugh to hear Rogan say Kang did well against "Professor X."

2:12 p.m. Bisping comes out to a huge ovation fighting in his hometown.

2:14 p.m. "Bisping looks psychotic. Kang looks like he's walking his dog." - Rogan

2:17 p.m. Kang ROCKS Bisping and knocks him down!

2:22 p.m. Good first round. 10-9 Kang. Or 9-7 using the Bryan Alvarez Scoring System. Bisping plays to the crowd between rounds. Bisping doesn't know how he got knocked to the ground. So he was pretty close to being done.

2:24 p.m. Bisping gets Kang to the ground. Uh-oh. Kang took some shots and Bisping takes him to the ground again. Easier than the first time. Kang is cut.

2:27 p.m. Kang's done. Bisping TKO's him. Dagnabit! Now I have to deal with smug Bisping again.

2:29 p.m. Bisping is upset that people don't give him the respect he thinks he deserves. Ugh.

2:31 p.m. Two guys with names I can't spell are fighting now in another prelim. The guy with the longer Swedish name just clobbered the other guy. According to Figure Four Online: "2. Alexander Gustafsson knocked out Jared Hamman in 41 seconds. Great brawl, it'll get on TV for sure." And it did.

2:36 p.m. Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy in a Battle To Determine Who Loses to Georges. St. Pierre in 2010.

2:37 p.m. "Mike One Trick Swick" - Dan Hardy. OK, I'm rooting for him to lose to GSP.

2:42 p.m. Hahahahahah! Someone stole Swick's hat on the way to the octagon.

2:46 p.m. GSP shown at octagon-side. Gets big ovation.

2:48 p.m. Hardy get low-blowed by a knee from Swick. Ouch.

2:52 p.m. Joe Rogan with the understatement of the day, "This is a very difficult round to score." Yeah, two guys pressed against the fence in a pushing match. Round 1 over. I have no idea how to score that. On the Bryan Alvarez Scoring System, it'd be about 2-2.

3:02 p.m. OK, I'm back. I missed all of round 2 and most of round 3 because I was putting away groceries.

3:05 p.m. We're going to a decision. I missed too much, but the announcers are making it sound like Hardy is going to win. Scorecards: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 for Dan Hardy.

3:08 p.m Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera - the Aging Overachiever vs. the Young Underachiever.

3:11 p.m. "To be the man, you gotta beat the man." Brandon "Ric Flair" Vera.

3:16 p.m. Someone stole Randy's hat! Rogan: "Bunch of hat thieves here!"

3:18 p.m. Whew! Cecil Peoples isn't a judge!

3:20 p.m. It's kind of weird to hear about Randy's 5 world championships in two different weight classes and his legendary accomplishments, and then realize he's 16-10.

3:22 p.m. Vera rocks Randy off the start. Randy's now got Vera pressed against the fence.

3:23 p.m. Ref breaks up the clinching, they go right back at it. Randy gets Vera down. Crowd starts chanting "knees" as they clinch again.

3:25 p.m. More clinching. Ref breaks it up. Brandon throws a punch, misses, and right back to the clinch. Using the Bryan Alvarez Scoring System, that's a 3-1 round for Randy.

3:27 p.m. Randy got poked in the eye to start round 2.

3:29 p.m. One of my cats just laid down on my chest. Makes typing tough. Good thing nothing is happening in this fight.

3:30 p.m. Ref breaks up the clinch for the third time. Vera nails Couture with some kicks and a knee and Couture is hurt.

3:32 p.m. Couture back to the clinch against the fence.

3:33 p.m. 1-1 in rounds. Couture's corner encouraging the clinch.

3:34 p.m. Third round. Couture unloading on Vera.

3:35 p.m. Randy doing exactly what is corner told him to do - clinch, fake the takedown, and punch.

3:36 p.m. Mike Goldberg just said that Vera was born in 1997. Yeah, he's 12. He quickly corrected himself - 1977. Crowd is cheering the ref breaking up the clinching.

3:37 p.m. Vera's body kicks are pretty effective the one time in a round he uses them. Hey, another clinch!

3:38 p.m. Vera gets Randy down in the mount. That might be enough to get the win on points.

3:39 p.m. Last 10 seconds of them exchanging was the most exciting 10 seconds of the fight. The decision could go either way.

3:40 p.m. Crowd cheers the fighters. Weird, considering they just booed the fight. Decision: 29-28 for Randy Couture. All three judges scored the same. Vera left the octagon immediately.

3:42 p.m. Randy puts Vera over on his interview, which was nice. Randy admits that he can't fight at heavyweight anymore giving up 50 lbs on most of them.

3:43 p.m. Vera says he thought he won. Rogan seems to agree. "Thanks, judges," says Vera, sarcastically. Rogan says this is another example of poor judging in MMA. Oh, get real. It was a close fight. Randy won round 1. Vera won round 2. Round 3 was a toss up. It wasn't like Randy won 30-26.

3:45 p.m. Rogan is STILL going on about how he thinks Vera won. C'mon, this was not a Bisping-Hamill robbery. This wasn't even Machida-Shogun. Why Rogan would pick this fight - a legit close fight that was a coin toss - to complain about poor judging is ridiculous.

That's it for me. Thanks very much for reading.


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