Join us here tonight at Inside Fights for live coverage of UFC 115 from the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The main card begins at 10 PM ET with Rich Franklin taking on Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry, Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann, Gilbert Yvel vs. Ben Rothwell.
Follow along for live results and play-by-play at 9 PM ET, as Spike TV kicks things off with live preliminaries with Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman and Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin.
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Up now: Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
Inside leg kick stumbles Chuck. Leg kick from Chuck as well. Both fighters tag one another with shots to the face. Franklin goes for a takedown, but Chuck stuffs it. Head kick from Chuck is blocked. Big body kick from Liddell lands. Chuck fakes a big punch and ankle picks Rich to the mat. Chuck is shrugged off by Franklin and we’re back on our feet. Chuck is cut over his left eye. Right from Chuck staggers Rich, but Rich counters with a big left. Both men stare a moment in pursuit, trying not to get knocked out. High kick from Chuck is deflected. Against the cage, Chuck lands a big elbow. Rich counters with a big right that drops Chuck unconscious, Herb Dean steps in to prevent another blow.
Winner: Rich Franklin by knockout (4:55)
Post-fight, we find out that Rich broke his arm early in the fight and could feel the bone clicking. It is noticeably swelling and he looks like he’s in a lot of pain. Either way, a sad end to a strong effort by “The Iceman” and possibly his career as well.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filopovic vs. Pat Barry
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Lots of respect from Pat Barry before we go. Barry shows an early burst of speed and presses in. A quick right hook drops Cro Cop, but he gets right back up. Outside leg kick by Barry. Side kick from Cro Cop. Body kick from Cro Cop. Another right drops Cro Cop and Barry lets him back to his feet. Cro Cop has a big knot on his face from that second big right punch. Cro Cop shoots for a takedown and flips Pat Barry around lands some shots as Barry scrambles to his feet. The two fighters touch gloves and hug like it’s a sparring session and the round ends.
Pat Barry comes out with a jab. Cro Cop throws the head kick two times and them charges forward with blasting punches. Mirko pushes Barry to the cage and pounds hammerfists into his thighs. Both fighters testing with jabs. Cro Cop with side kicks and punches. Pat Barry misses a high kick and Cro Cop gets into Barry’s half guard. Cro Cop takes full mount but Pat Barry rolls through and gives up his back. Cro Cop is pounding on Pat Barry trying to get the rear naked choke. Round 2 ends with Cro Cop controlling Barry on the mat.
Cro Cop 10-9
Cro Cop with the big left high kick. Axe kick from Cro Cop lands on Barry’s shoulder. The crowd is loving the old school striking. Cro Cop goes for high leg kick and Barry takes the leg out, causing Mirko to fall on his bottom. Cro Cop right back on his feet. Barry continues to switch stances and lands a big left. Cro Cop lands an uppercut and then another uppercut-left combo. Cro Cop presses Barry against the cage and rains some blows. Yves Lavigne pulls them away from the fence. Cro Cop presses in and begins connecting with rights and lefts. Back against the cage, Cro Cop mounts the partially seated Pat Barry and nails him with short left hands. Cro Cop tosses his arms around Barry’s next and puts him out via rear naked choke.
Winner: Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filopovic by submission (rear naked choke, 4:30)
Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago
Referee: Herb Dean
Feeling each other out early on. Martin looks ready to press the issue a bit and has landed with a jab. Big right by Kampmann. Inside leg kick by Kampmann, trying to get him unsettled. Martin is striking well to start the fight. Paulo throws a big left-right combo that barely misses. Two straight jabs by Kampmann connect. Thiago catches a knee, but is unable to get the takedown. Right hand hurts Thiago and he gets the takedown on Kampmann who tries for a guillotine. Thiago gets stuck in another guillotine that he has to wall walk to his side to get away. The round ends with Martin on top of Thiago.
Leg kicks from Martin to start the round. A good flurry with both men catching shots that they walk away from. Thiago is throwing big punches to finish the fight, but Kampmann slides away and takes Paulo to the mat. Thiago has a kimura and he uses it to sweep his way back to top position. Kampmann gets an underhook that gets him back to his free. Kampmann throws a knee that stumbles Thiago and they scramble as the round comes to an end.
Thiago misses a haymaker and Kampmann clinches, sweeping Thiago’s leg and taking guard. Axe kicks from the bottom by Thiago, but Kampmann mounts and takes an arm triangle. Thiago defends it well and gives up his back momentarily. Thiago gets back to his feet and is quickly taken back down. Kampmann is controlling the pace of the fight and ensuring that Paulo can’t throw those big punches on his feet, which might be his only chance to win the bout at this point. To end the fight, Kampmann has an arm triangle on Thiago in the center of the cage as Thiago is fighting to remain conscious.
Winner: Martin Kampmann by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Yvel vs. Ben Rothwell
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Rothwell comes out swinging, connecting right away. Yvel spins off the cage and returns favor, but Rothwell continues to press. Yvel with a guillotine, but Rothwell uses it as a chance to get into side control. Yvel back to his feet for a moment before being slammed to the mat by Rothwell. Rothwell works for the mounted crucifix, but Yvel gets free. Rothwell fully mounts Gilbert Yvel and he survives. Gilbert uses a leg lock to try and roll free but Ben ends up with a mounted crucifix. Yvel misses an opportunity to roll free, but gets it again after a second shot at it. Ben looks wobbled as they strike on their feet and Yvel is using the time to relax and takes some targeted shots before the round ends.
Rothwell shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Yvel tries for a triangle, but Rothwell pushes through and is in side control. Good grappling on the ground leads to Ben Rothwell mounting Yvel. Both fighters end back up on their feet. Big knee to the body from Yvel, Rothwell takes Yvel to the mat again. Yvel uses an americana to sweep and is on top. Rothwell is rocked and Ben is hurt. Yvel is rocking him with punches. Rothwell is able to get out of danger and roll back to his feet, taking Yvel down in the process. Full mount from Rothwell, who drops elbows to finish the round.
Gilbert plays possum, walking at Rothwell very slowly before shooting in for a double leg takedown. Rothwell stuffs the takedown and ends up in side control, dropping short elbows while working into the mount. Ben Rothwell has an americana, but cannot finish is. Mounted crucifix by Rothwell, Yvel takes a few short elbows in the face. Rothwell is really just laying on Yvel, making him hold his body weight for the remainder of the bout.
Winner: Ben Rothwell by decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Referee: Kevin Dornan
Condit goes for a body kick, but Rory catches it and sweeps his leg. MacDonald tells Condit to stand back up. The two begin to exchange on their feet and end up on their feet. Big takedown by Rory from the clinch. After a minute on their feet, Condit fights back up to his feet. Leg kick caught by MacDonald for another takedown. MacDonald is posturing up and raining down with punches as his corner calls for elbows. Condit spins up and gets back to their feet. Left body kick and right outside leg kick from Condit. MacDonald catches a knee from Carlos and clinches. Condit with a missed hook is taken down by MacDonald to end the round.
Two big hooks missed by Condit. Rory ends up in half guard after Carlos tries to pull guard. Both fighters are back to their feet. Superman punch from Carlos Condit misses and Rory MacDonald takes him to the mat. No ground and pound from Rory, as nothing connects. Missing spinning crescent kick from Condit. MacDonald lands a big combo. Condit shoots but is stuff. Spinning back fist from Condit misses. Good counters from Condit to MacDonald stepping in. Both fighters go for big front kicks to end the round, but Carlos ends up on the mat.
MacDonald catches the leg kick again, separates with some strikes. Big head kick from Rory. Rory presses in for strikes. Carlos Condit gets the takedown and is in half guard and hammering away on MacDonald. Condit temporarily has a mount, but a hip escape gets MacDonald half guard. Condit is swarming and the pressure from Carlos’ ground and pound. Rory’s face is completely messed up with a ton of swelling. Carlos is pressing in as the hometown fans chant for Rory. MacDonald is riding out a very bad beating with his defense. There is a lot of blood coming out of Rory’s face. Condit in half guard and there is brutal ground and pound. The referee stops the match with 10 seconds to go in the fight.
Winner: Carlos Condit by TKO (punches, 4:53)
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Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
Referee: Herb Dean
A leg kick by Tyson Griffin is caught by Dunham. Griffin hops across the ring to avoid the takedown and gets a big punch in the way. Push kick from Dunham followed up by an inside leg kick by Griffin. Punch and body kick combination by Dunham. Inside leg kick followed by a punch by Griffin. Dunham catches Griffin coming in and is working for back control with one hook in. Evan flattens Tyson out and is working for a body triangle. Evan is eating little fists while Griffin is flattened out on top. Dunham couldn’t sink the body triangle and we are into the next round.
Punch missed by Griffin, big counter by Dunham. Evan tries for a takedown, but Tyson grabs his neck in a guillotine as he lands on his back, but Dunhams gets free. Evan sets up a d’arce chooke, but Griffin defends and both fights are back on their feet. Dunham shoots under a punch and gets a takedown on Griffin. Tyson rolls into a backmount. Evan Dunham gets a body lock on Tyson Griffin but Griffin stands up. After over a minute, Griffin tries to headplant Dunham and succeeds, driving him face first into the mat. The round ends with Dunham still on Griffin’s back on their feet.
Griffin is going to press to get a knockout. Big right hands and leg kicks from Griffin. Combo from Evan is blocked by Tyson. Tyson leans back out of the way from a high kick. Tyson presses Dunham against the cage. Body kick by Dunham lands, a second such kick is caught by Griffin, but Dunham takes his back again. Evan gets another body triangle and Griffin is up on his feet. Evan holds onto the triangle as they’re standing, Griffin finally rolls through and tries to spike free again, but cannot break free and merely avoids the rear naked choke
Winner: Evan Dunham by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
Referee: Ives Lavigne
Both fighters come in on the attack. Very aggressive start to the fight. Danzig almost gets caught in a leg lock, but spins free and postures up into guard, raining blows on Wiman. Matt Wiman gets a tight guillotine in the mount, Danzig looks like he’s ready to tap but hangs in. Mac Danzig doesn’t tap, but Wiman tells the ref that Danzig is out so Lavigne steps in and stops the fight. Mac jumps back to his feet, he wasn’t out at all and Joe Rogan points out that the stoppage was an unfortunate mistake.
Winner: Matt Wiman by submission (guillotine, 1:45)
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