Referee Yves Lavigne admits he screwed up

As PRO MMA (promma.info) was covering UFC 96 this past Saturday night, we were witness to one of the strangest moments inside the Octagon in recent memory. The curious thing is, it had nothing to do with the actions of a fighter, rather it had to do with a peculiar call made by referee, Yves Lavigne, during the match between Matt Brown and Pete Sell.

Brown started the fight with a head kick that was partially blocked, but then hit Sell with a big left right combination that dropped him. Brown continued to land punches until Lavigne stepped in between the fighters and grabbed hold of Matt Brown to stop the assault, but then Lavigne seemed to have a change of heart and backed off after he saw Sell moving and starting to recover. Then much to the shock of Brown and everyone else, he ordered the fight to continue.

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Dana White UFC 96 video blog #5

Here it is; PRO MMA (promma.info) is proud to feature the UFC President’s final video blog for UFC 96. Viewers get to see Dana and other people’s reaction at cage-side when the referee in the Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell fight stepped in to stop the fight for a TKO but then apparently changed his mind and allowed it to go on, and go on, and go on, while Sell continued to take enormous amounts of punishment.

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UFC 96: JACKSON vs JARDINE live round by round results

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE took place Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. PRO MMA (promma.info) provided live results for the preliminary card beginning at 7pm CST/5pm PST and round by round updates for the main card starting at 9pm CST/7pm PST.

Quinton Jackson secured his position as number one contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title with a win over Keith Jardine in the main event. He will face the champion, Rashad Evans on May 23, 2009.

The PRO MMA (promma.info ) “Knockout of the Night” unquestionably goes to Matt Hamill for a devastating head kick KO that knocked Mark Munoz out cold. It was unexpected, extremely loud, and a beautiful example of the progression this wrestler turned MMA fighter has made. Here are the full results:

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PRO MMA staff picks for UFC 96

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE takes place tonight, March 7, in Columbus, Ohio. We have collected the predictions for each fight from the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff elders. Check them out and then share with us your thoughts on who looks like they know what they are talking about and which staff member may be way off in left field with their pick (be nice). Here are the ‘PRO MMA STAFF PICKS’ for UFC 96:

Aaron Riley (27-10-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Shane Nelson (11-3, 1-0 UFC)
DENNY: Riley brings in a ton of experience with numerous organizations including more than one stint with the UFC. Nelson is TUF 8 veteran, but will be over matched in this fight. Riley by decision.
EDDIE: Riley. Definitely too experienced and will put Nelson away. 1rd TKO.
MATT: Aaron Riley out pointing Nelson on the feet for a Unanimous Decision Victory.
JACK: Due to Aaron Riley’s experience and having been in there with so many top fighters, I have to go with him as the winner. Nelson has only fought outside Hawaii one time in his whole career, he has never really fought anyone with a name, and this will be a huge stage and experience for him that could also affect his nerves.

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UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE in-depth preview

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE takes place this Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card is headlined by two top-ranked light heavyweights, Keith Jardine and Quinton Jackson who are battling for the division’s top contender status. PRO MMA (http://promma.info) will be providing live round by round coverage of UFC 96 starting at 9pm CST/7pm PST Saturday night.

Aaron Riley (27-10-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Shane Nelson (11-3, 1-0 UFC)
At twenty-eight years old, Aaron Riley has a ton of experience. He first appeared in the UFC back in 2002 at UFC 37 where he lost a decision to Robbie Lawler. His most recent Octagon appearance was a unanimous decision victory at UFC 91 where he became one more fighter to use Jorge Gurgel to help build their name. Riley is a submission specialist, having won nearly half his fights by making his opponents tap out.

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Video cram session for UFC 96

This weekend UFC 96 goes down in Columbus, Ohio. As always, we here at PRO MMA (promma.info) wanted to provide our readers with an opportunity to get ready for the event with some choice videos of the fighters. Most of the videos will be fights, but there will also be interviews or other types that give insight into a fighter’s personality. You will get to see Quinton Jackson’s power bomb on Ricardo Arona, Mark Munoz during his wrestling days, Ryan Madigan in Chuck Norris’ WCL, and more.

All videos after the jump…

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