UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2 takes place tonight, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The main event features a rematch between the original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz. The two first fought back in 2006 at UFC 59, and Ortiz squeaked out a controversial split decision win. With both fighters coming into the fight on the tail end of a couple of losses, look for these two veterans to leave it all inside the Octagon tonight.
Other fights on this card include: Anthony Johnson taking on Josh Koscheck in a welterweight match that will certainly have future title shot ramifications, Phil Baroni returns to the UFC against Amir Sadollah, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira makes his Octagon debut against dangerous light heavyweight Luiz Cane.
ProMMA.info will begin posting live results for UFC 106 Saturday night, Nov. 21, at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Live play-by-play commentary will begin right here coinciding with the Spike TV broadcast of two preliminary card bouts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and continue on with the main card which airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
•Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
•Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (4:47)
•Paulo Thiago def. Jacob Volkmann by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:56)
•Amir Sadollah def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ben Saunders def. Marcus Davis by Knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (3:24)
•Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (3:59)
•Brian Foster def. Brock Larson by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (3:25)
•Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
•George Sotiropoulos def. Jason Dent by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (4:36)
KENDALL GROVE VS. JAKE ROSHOLT
Round 1 – Here we go kids. Kendall with a nice haircut. Yamasaki is the ref. Both guys exchange jabs. Nothing hits yet. Rosholt picks Grove up high and slams him. Rosholt takes Grove’s back, Grove stands, and gets slammed. stands again, Rosholt drags him down, Kendall stands again, Rosholt still has a body lock. Kendall spins to face Rosholt and has him against the cage, drags Rosholt to the ground and is in Rosholt’s guard. Rosholt holding on to Kendall’s head. Rosholt stands, lands a couple of punches and hits Grove in the mid section with a flying knee. Rosholt shoots, gets the takedown. Rosholt in half guard, moves to full mount. Kendall gives up his back, then transitions to half guard. Kendall gets a triangle and Rosholt taps IMMEDIATELY. Beautiful performance by Kendall. Wow! I think he was setting Rosholt up moves ahead. Kendall says after the fight that his long legs allow him to excel at triangle chokes and “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” It’s not broke and Kendall shows he is still dangerous.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (3:59)
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS VS. JASON DENT (previously recorded)
Round 1 – George starts off with the first combos. Head kick by George. Dent defending everything well. Dent clinches and lands a nice right hand as he backs up and out of the clinch. Nice uppercut by Dent. George with a nice head kick. George with nice head movement and a good uppercut. Good left jab by George and a nice right by Dent. Left punch connects to the chin by George. Bright blue shorts on George. Red and white trunks on Dent. George shoots, gets the easy takedown, however George going crazy from the bottom with elbows, squirming, and punches. Dent has half guard. George stands up, moves to side control. Dent lands a big elbow to the back of George’s neck. George goes for Dent’s back, but Dent gets half guard. George gets full mount, George gives up his back, turns back over with George still in full mount. Dent has his feet on the cage and pushes them both a few feet. Bell sounds as George is pounding. George clearly got the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Nice inside leg kick by Dent. Nice punch connects by George. And another combo from George. But Dent fires back and connects with a combo of his own. Left jab by George. Dent does not seemed worried by George’s striking even though they are connecting. George catches Dent’s leg kick and sweeps his back leg, puts Dent on his back. Dent has half guard. George gets north-south, then takes Dent’s back. George gets side control, then half guard, back to side control, north-south. Dent smelling George’s private parts now, Dent stands as George still holds on, gets a body lock around Dent’s back and puts Dent back on the ground. George gets mount with a minute thirty to go. George starts with the ground and pound, softening Dent up. George looking for an armbar, is in spider-web position, pulls it out, and it’s all over my friends. Beatiful technical performance, on the feet and on the ground by George Sotiropoulos. With four straight wins (3 submissions, 1 TKO) George Sotiropoulos (11-2) is still undefeated inside the Octagon. The Australian has not lost a fight since 2006.
OFFICIAL RESULT: George Sotiropoulos def. Jason Dent by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (4:36)
MARCUS DAVIS VS. BEN SAUNDERS
Round 1 – This should be a great fight. Welterweights. Let’s see if Ben will stand and trade with Marcus. Ben throws a high kick that goes over Davis’s head. Marcus traps Ben against the cage. Ben looks huge compared to Marcus, like a different weight class. Ben grabs the plum and lands some knees to the body. Davis gets underhooks. Davis is cut on his face. I cannot get over how HUGE Saunders looks. Saunders lands some more knees, still clinched. Marcus lands some punches and another one. Leg kick by Davis. Big left by Saunders as Davis tries to get inside, Ben presses Davis against the cage, lands some big knees to the body. Davis bleeding rather significantly. Saunders with the reach lands some punches, then lands two big knees to the chin from a perfect muay Thai plum. The first knee rocks Davis, the second knee knocks Davis out cold, and he follows up with two big punches. I totally underestimated Ben Saunders’ size.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ben Saunders def. Marcus Davis by Knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (3:24)
BROCK LARSON VS. BRIAN FOSTER (previously recorded)
Round 1 – Foster lands the first couple of punches. Larson ties him up, and slips a big punch by Foster. Larson gets a single leg and eats some punches. Larson slams him to the mat, has Foster’s back against the cage. Larson has side control, the half-guard, then Foster’s back. Foster stands, Larson still has a body lock. Foster holds Larson’s leg, puts him to the ground, gets full mount, stands up and lands some big punches to the face of Larsen as he is still on his back. Foster takes side control. Larson looks for a kimura, but Foster gets full mount, starts landing some ground and pound. Foster standing, lands a left to a downed Larson. Larson up kicks and hits Foster in the face. Foster claims it was a poke in the eye. Time out is called. It was an illegal kick and Larson is deducted a point. Foster still wincing. Larson rushes in, Foster throws him but Larson stays on his feet. Larson grabs a standing guillotine with ten seconds left in the round. Foster has one hand on the ground and Larson hits him with a knee in the head. Larson is deducted one more point. End of round
Round 2 – Leg kick by Foster followed by several punches. Larson eats a big right as he tries to get inside. Larson obviously wants a takedown, but he’s not setting them up real well. He’s looking to counter Foster’s striking. Foster lands a left jab, then a spinning back kick that lands. Huge slam by Foster, followed by big ground and pound. Larson is getting punished badly. Larson shoots and Foster hits him one, two, three, four big haymakers to the sides of the head. That’s it, very impressive victory for Brian Foster.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brian Foster def. Brock Larsen by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:25)
PHIL BARONI VS. AMIR SADOLLAH
Round 1 – It’s the return of Bill Mahoney… I mean Phil Baroni!! What will the New York Badass show us? Anything new? One of the few fighters ever to get signed to the UFC after a LOSS. TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah ready to go. Yves Lavigne just got booed. NYBA drops Amir with a right, but he bounces up and clinches. Huge uppercuts connect by Baroni. Amir still looking for the muay Thai plum. Big leg kick by Amir. Amir lands some knees to the body. Baroni landed some big punches and another uppercut. Clinched against the cage now. Knees by Sadollah. Phil grabs the plum, lets it go. Amir grabs the plum but eats some big uppercuts. Amir’s defense is practically non existent. Baroni gets the takedown. Amir trying to transition for a submission, looking for an armbar but Baroni lets him up and makes him pay on his way up. Knee by Amir. Baroni lands a body shot. Sadollah lands a punch. Baroni bleeding over his left eye. Big knees by Sadollah. Baroni looks for another takedown, has a single leg. Let’s it go. Big knees by Sadollah and Baroni is bleeding. Great first round by both guys. The interesting part of this is the experience difference. Amir gets the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Baroni is so much more experienced. Amir lands a head kick, then a big knee. Amir moves in, has Baroni against the cage. Baroni fires back and lands some big punches, a loud punch. Front kick by Amir lands. They clinch. Knees to the body by Amir. They say he’s been training striking in Holland. Front kick twice by Amir. Two big punches by Baroni. Amir definitely has a chin cause he’s eaten some shots. Elbows by Amir, then a knee. Baroni looking tired, mouth wide open. Amir with a head kick then a front kick. Leg kick by Sadollah. Body shot by Amir. Front kick by Amir lands. Big elbow by Amir. Baroni catches Amir’s kick, throws him to the ground, as Amir stands he eats some shots. Baroni is exhausted. Amir definitely won that round 10-9.
Round 3 – Leg kick by Amir, and again. Front kick by Amir. Baroni lands some punches. Amir moves forward with shots. Amir grabs the plum and lands big knees. Huge leg kick while Baroni is caught sleeping. Front kick again by Amir, he lands almost every one of these. Amir dodges Phil’s punch, then an elbow from Sadollah, another one. 2:45 left in the fight. Flying knee by Sadollah. Front kick by Amir, body punch from Baroni. Leg kick by Amir. Two big leg kicks from Amir. Superman punch from Amir, then a head kick. Front kick by Amir. Amir putting on a striking clinic, tearing Baroni apart, head kick. Baroni has heart, but not much else at this point. Baroni still winging punches. Baroni’s corner tells him he has to get a knockout with 20 seconds left. Sadollah ends the fight with knees and elbows. Beautiful performance by Amir Sadollah. Baroni looked like… well, Baroni. This is the VERY REASON the UFC should not have brought in Baroni. He almost has a 50-50 record.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Amir Sadollah def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
LUIZ CANE VS. ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA
Round 1 – Oh my goodness. Leg kick by Cane. Again. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Nog. Cane swings misses, Nog with inside leg kick. Cane swings, misses. Double jab by Nog, then a big overhand left. Huge left by Nog rocks Cane. Cane is running and Nog is hunting. Huge left by Nog again. Lil Nog just knocked out Luiz Cane my friend. No one has ever done this. Lil Nog’s UFC debut was very impressive. It was a huge left haymaker that dropped Cane then he followed up with a big shot on the ground. That’s it! After the fight Lil’ Nog said this shows how hard he’s been training. He just made a statement to the whole UFC light heavyweight division. Look out fighters!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:56)
PAULO THIAGO VS. JACOB VOLKMANN
Round 1 – Volkmann is 9-0, fighting out of Minnesota. Thiago is 11-1 from Brazil, his job is to recover guns from drug dealers. Head kick by Thiago is blocked but pops. Body clinch. Volkmann using dirty boxing and legs to the knees. Thiago puts him on his back and lands in side control. Volkmann has half guard and tries to get up, eats a knee. Volkmann gets up and Thiago has him clinched around the waist. Volkmann bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Volkmann lands an uppercut. Thiago gets a takedown and gets full mount. Volkmann trying to escape, gets half guard. He has good BJJ defense. Volkmann gets full guard. Thiago lets him up. Leg kick by Thiago and Volkmann shoots, Thiago stuffs it. Clinched against the cage. They exchange knees from the clinch. Big elbows by Volkmann on the clinch exit. Uppercut by Thiago. One, two, three punch and Volkmann is dropped to the canvas as the bell sounds. Wow. Saved by the bell. Thiago 10-9.
Round 2 – That was almost a knockout and Thiago just landed two more punches. Volkmann throws a kick, it gets caught, and Thiago kicks his other leg out from under him. Lets him up, Volkmann gets a takedown, lands in side control. Thiago pulls half guard. Thiago tries to grab a leg and is eating some big shots. Volkmann trying to take his back and Thiago does have a leg but Thiago gets up, they are still clinched. Volkmann from the same camp as Sherk, Lesnar, etc. A very interesting clinch game takes place, Volkmann ends up on top of Thiago, and takes his back, mounted. Thiago gets out and stands. Thiago rains down a big punch and is in Volkmann’s guard. This is a close round. 45 seconds left in the round. Mazzagatti calls for action. OMG huge overhand right from the standing position connects to the downed Volkmann. He survives with Thiago in side control. Thiago wins the round 10-9.
Round 3 – Volkmann comes in swinging but gets dropped with a big punch from Thiago. Thiago tries to rain down shots from standing over Volkmann. Thiago goes into Volkmann’s full guar, side control, then to north-south. Volkmann gets out, takes advantage over Thiago as Thiago tries for a single leg. They both stand and square up. Volkmann shoots, gets stuffed. Volkmann secures a takedown and gets side control. Volkmann takes the back, Thiago rolls and Volkmann has side control. Volkmann has the crucifix position on Thiago and is pounding on Thiago. But Thiago is out, gives up his back. Thiago slips out the back door, now has advantage, standing over Volkmann, big overhand right misses but Thiago has side control. Volkmann locks in a D’arce choke from the bottom. Thiago escapes, gets side control, and is pounding away. That’s it. Great fight. Thiago wins the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 by ProMMA.info score.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Paulo Thiago def. Jacob Volkmann by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
How one judge scored a round for Volkmann is beyond me.
ANTHONY JOHNSON VS. JOSH KOSCHECK
Round 1 – Holy crap folks, buckle your seat belts, pull up your pants. Grab some toilet paper just in case you crap your self right here. This is gonna big a big one folks. Kos gets booed. Yamasaki is the ref. Here we go. Rumble throws the first jab, then leg kicks by both. Front kick misses by Rumble. Kos lands a left hook. Inside leg kick by Kos. Returned by Johnson. Head kick blocked by Kos. Overhand right by Kos is mostly blocked, but lands one next. Leg kick by someone…so fast I don’t remember. Leg kick by Rumble. Inside leg kick by Rumble. These are two of the BEST athletes in MMA. Kos eats a right hand and goes down briefly, but pops up. Kos clinches, tries to slam, but Johnson lands on his feet. Stalemate in a clinch, with Kos’s knee on the ground. Rumble knees Kos in the face while he has both knees on the ground. FUCK. It was BRUTAL. It was an illegal shot, Kos is still down, he’s holding his eye socket. NOW after watching a replay, it looks like the knee hits Kos in the eye. They start again. Johnson with a head kick that is blocked. Leg kick by Johnson. Johnson smells blood. Kos gets a single leg, drives it in. Presses Rumble against the cage, gets the takedown and has Rumble’s back. 45 seconds left in the round. Tries to get his hooks in. Big knee to Rumble’s side. Going for the rear naked. Johnson out of danger. Clinched on the ground as the bell sounds. I give that round a draw because of the point deduction.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Rumble. Again. Now Anthony Johnson gets poked in the eye. Brief time out. Kos with a head kick after a overhand right. Big right by Kos. Kos hits him in the stomach. Johnson takes another big big poke in the eye. Remember Johnson had to have surgery for this very reason in the past. Here they go. Kos still has his hands open. Johnson looks pissed. Lands a big left. And Kos landed one back. Kos shoots, gets the takedown, going for the mount, gets half guard. 2:30 left in the round. Kos using elbows big time, lands some nice ones. Kos lands a right hand. Rumble hanging on from the bottom. Johnson eating shots to the face, over and over, he’s bleeding badly – or someone is, I assume it’s Johnson. Kos trying to get his back. Kos has the rear naked sunk in, Anthony Johnson taps out. Holy mother f*cker! Unf*cking believable! That was the greatest performance of Kos’s career. You have to hand it to the guy, love him or hate him, he is a bad ass, and his game is DEFINITELY EVOLVING.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (4:47)
Kos calls out Dan Hardy and says Kos is the number one contender, not him. Kos says he’s going to talk more shit on his twitter at http://twitter.com/joshkoscheck
FORREST GRIFFIN VS. TITO ORTIZ
Round 1 – Tito has a bad black eye, from reportedly taking a head butt in training. It’s pretty bad. Here we go folks. Lots of people are picking Tito to win this one. Buffer laying it on. Powerful intro from Buff-man! Tito looks in great shape, has the eye of the tiger. They touch gloves. forrest with a left punch. Forrest lands a nice leg kick. Tito with a head kick that is blocked. Tito with a leg kick, and Forrest lands a big leg kick. Tito with a right hand. Tito shoots and gets the takedown, easily. Tito 101 here it comes. Tito with punches to the body then to the head. Tito looking for a kimura and literally throws him off. Tito still pressing. They clinch and Tito lands a knee to the body. Too pressing Forrest against the cage. Forrest reverses it, lands a knee. They square up. Combo from Forrest and a big leg kick. Forrest lands some punches. Tito eats some big punches. Tito shoots and Forrest evades. Leg kick Forrest. Head kick by Ortiz blocked. Forrest has added a front kick to his game. Inside leg kick Forrest. Front kick. Tito clinches, Forrest has underhooks as the bell sounds. Round was close. I will give it to Tito for the takedown and ground and pound. 10-9.
Round 2 – Forrest with a left hand. Tito lands a punch. Forrest with a leg kick, Tito catches it and puts him on his back. Tito in Forrest’s full guard. Big body shots from Tito. Forrest holding on tight. Tito pushes him against the cage, tries to move to side mount, Forrest escapes to his feet and lands some punches. Tito’s hands a re low, he eats a right. Forrest lands a front kick to the face and knocks his mouthpiece out. Inside leg kick by Forrest followed by some big punches. Nice combo by Forrest. Tito gets another takedown, and Forrest has butterfly guard. Forrest punching from the bottom, has full guard. Tito lands and elbow then punches. 1:00 left in the round. Elbow from Tito and Forrest is bleeding a faucet. Forrest sweeps and ends up on top, is in half guard. Forrest landing lots of short elbows and is bleeding all over Tito. Tito pushes him off after the bell. I still give the round to Tito 10-9.
Round 3 – See if Stitch can give Forrest ONE MORE ROUND. Tito lands a couple of punches again, then some leg kicks. Forrest is picking Tito apart on the feet. Tito winces every time Forrest swings. Tito has no offfense so far. Tito throws a combo. Forrest lands another combo of punches, elbow, leg kick. Tito is eating everything. Tito looks at the clock, times Forrest’s kick and tries for the takedown. Forrest stuffs it. Leg kick by Forrest and again. Forrest has landed so many punches you can’t count them. Head kick followed by a big right to the chin by Forrest. Tito isn’t even punching. Tito fires off some punches, but they look stiff and awkward. Tito shoots, gets stuffed immediately. Big right hand rocks Tito. Incredible performance by Forrest in the last round. It will be very interesting how they score that last round, because I had Tito up by two. I give Forrest a 10-8 in the last round and a draw overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)