Roan Carneiro ($10,000) def. Tony DeSouza ($7,000)
Mark Bocek ($6,000) def. Doug Evans ($3,000)
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 79 was a $1,199,000.
$50,000 bonuses were handed out as follows:
Fight of the Night: Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva
Knockout of the Night: Eddie Sanchez (wtf?)
Submission of the Night: Georges. St Pierre for defeating Matt Hughes by armbar.
*Note: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. The figures do not include money paid by sponsors. They also do not include any bonuses paid to some of the main-card fighters who sometimes earn a small cut of pay-per-view revenue. They also do not include other special/non-disclosed bonuses the UFC sometimes pays.
The UFC ended 2007 with a great card in UFC 79 capped off by an epic battle that has been years in the making. and Wandy vs Chuck didn't disappoint. 15 minutes of 2 of the greatest 205 lbers ever going toe to toe. We also saw the "passing of the torch" so to speak with St. Pierre defeating Matt Hughes by armbar. (Ironically enough the first time they fought Hughes won by armbar) We also got to see a much anticipated fight two up and coming light heavyweights Sokoudjou and Machida. From that fight I took away that Machida is good. Damn good. A master of his craft even. His stand up is just on another level. He's the #2 light heavyweight fighter in my book right now.
As usual there were tons of post fight reviews, press conferences, audio, recaps etc. Here a list of all the goods:
- 12:56:00 AM -
UFC 79: Nemesis Results; St. Pierre interim welterweight champion
Chuck Liddell took a unanimous decision victory over Wanderlei Silva in the co-main event while Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes with an Armbar at 1:54 in the second round to capture the Interim Welterweight Championship.
Here's the results for UFC 79:
Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) at 5:00, R3
Roan Carneiro def. Tony DeSouza by TKO at 3:33, R2.
Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 3) at 5:00, R3
Manny Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr by submission (ankle lock) at , at 1:31, R1
James Irvin def. Luis Cane by Disqualification (illegal strike to downed opponent) at 1:51, R1
Rich Clementi def. Melvin Guillard by Submission (rear naked choke) at 4:40, R1
Lyoto Machida def. Sokoudjou by Submission (head and arm triangle choke) at 4:20, R2
Eddie Sanchez def. Soa Palelei by TKO (referee's stoppage due to strikes) at 3:24, R3
11.25.2007 - 5:14:00 PM -
UFC 79: Hughes vs GSP III
Matt Hughes (41-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) broke the news yesterday that he was going to be fighting George St. Pierre (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 79 for the interim title:
I'm going to fight Georges St. Pierre on December 29th. I've got a couple reasons why I've made this decision and I will share those at a later time. I've asked for this to be for an interim title and if Matt Serra can't fight in a year, then this would just be the title fight; but I don't know if that is going to happen right now. I will keep you all posted. -Matt
EDIT: This WILL BE for the interim title, so it will be a 5-round fight. -Matt
In the UFC, when one door closes, another opens, and on December 29th, that adage will ring true once against when Matt Hughes battles Georges St-Pierre for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event of UFC 79: Nemesis, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
St-Pierre replaces UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, who was forced to withdraw from his bout with Hughes last week due to a herniated disc in his back.
I wasn't expecting this to come out of Serra's withdrawal. I don't think that Serra's a slouch by any means but on paper this is a much better match up. The UFC has stepped up in a big way with this matchup. The UFC brass could have easily selected an insequential fight to the undercard and just left it as is. Instead we get to see an interim title fight against two of the best fighters in the game right now. I was completely disappointed when I found out Serra had to pull out with all the TUF 6 hype leading up to the event but when they announced Hughes vs GSP III you really have to give credit to Hughes, GSP and the UFC where credit is due.
11.24.2007 - 5:00:00 PM -
Thiago Alves or Jon Fitch could replace Serra at UFC 79
According to Dave MeltzerJon Fitch and Thiago Alves are likely candidates to replace Matt Serra in a fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 79: Nemesis.
According to a UFC official, if Serra is out for a long period of time and Hughes agrees to fight on Dec. 29, the two most likely candidates to for an opponent would be Jon Fitch or Thiago Alves. Josh Koscheck and Diego Sanchez are both coming off losses, and Sanchez has talked about cutting to 155.
MMA Mania got word that Fitch won't be available to fight at UFC 79.
MMAmania.com can confirm that Fitch is not available to fight that weekend. In fact, he told us today, "I'm not even going to be in the country. I'll be in Vietnam tending to some personal matters."
I highly doubt that we'll see Thiago Alves fight again so soon after fighting what would be a little over a month ago. He last fought a week ago today at UFC 78. Everything really depends on how long Matt Serra's going to be out for. It doesn't make sense for Matt Hughes to take another fight if Serra would be ready in February/March. But if its going to be another few months then they'll have to decide on what to do with the title.
The welterweight title has been in limbo since April at UFC 69. They really can't shelf the belt any longer with the heavyweight title being in limbo with the randy couture situation and the lightweight title with the Sean Sherk steroid appeal. Anderson Silva last defended his title at UFC 77 just a month and his next fight will be against Dan Henderson at UFC 82. Rampage hurt his hand in the fight against Dan Henderson and I've heard that he will be out for a little bit. The point I'm trying to make is that it is very well possible that we'll see quite a few PPV's like UFC 76 and UFC 78 without title fights.
11.23.2007 - 3:57:00 PM -
Matt Serra injured; withdraws from UFC 79
The UFC announced today that Matt Serra had to withdraw from his Welterweight Championship fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 79 due to an injury. Serra sustained an injury to his back after a Jiu Jitsu seminar where he was demonstrating a move and fell to ground in excruciating pain.
After going to the hospital and having an MRI they found out that Serra had suffered a herniated disk. Serra has this to say about the injury:
"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," said Serra. "I've never had a back injury before; I could hardly get off the MRI table. There is no way I can train through this, and I'm devastated, especially because this was such an important fight. I was looking forward to fighting Matt Hughes. All my training was going phenomenally until Monday - All I can do now is to get better and to fight again as soon as possible."
Now I know that this isn't Matt Serra's fault but the fucking 170 lb. division has been frozen for 6 god damn months now because of this whole TUF 6 Serra vs Hughes thing and now it's not even going to happen. Well it may but then we'll put the welterweight division on freeze again for another 3 or 4 months. This not only effects Serra and Hughes but it also fucks over GSP, Fitch, Parisyan and all the other 170 lbers out there waiting for there chance.
The other bad thing for the UFC is that they could potentially have back to back PPV broadcasts without title fights. Now I don't really have shit else to do but we should be seeing some damn title defenses. I understand that Chuck vs Wandy is a big fight and definitely Main Event worthy but both are coming off 2 losses and I just have a bad feeling we're seeing the Iceman on a downward slope. I think this fight will probably end up being a little quicker than most think.
The article makes no mention of a replacement match or what's next for Hughes now. I'd bet they'd add another fight but it'll be an under card fight.
As of now, Matt Serra is out of the fight because of a herniated disc in his lower back. I believe Serra is actually hurt, so I don't think this is just a ploy not to fight. Before my Royce fight, I had three bulged discs that I was able to repair enough to fight. As everybody knows you never go into a fight 100%. So, I'm just going to continue to train until I find out what's next. -Matt
11.15.2007 - 12:31:00 PM -
UFC 79: Sokoudjou vs Lyoto Machida official
UFC.com officially announced that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has signed with the UFC and will make his octagon debut at UFC 79: Nemesis against Lyoto Machida.
Sokoudjou came out of no where earlier this year KOing Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Ricardo Arona for PRIDE. Since the UFC acquired PRIDE his status has been in limbo. It was originally thought that he would sign with EliteXC but after that fell through he was rumored to be looking into K-1. The last I heard he was going to sign with them up until earlier this week rumors circulated that he made the decision to fight in the UFC. UFC.com officially made the announcement today.
Here's the rumored fight card so far:
Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes (for welterweight title)
Today's been a busy day regarding Sokoudjou. HACNews.com kicked it off with an interview with the african assassin. It's your pretty standard interview but you know something was up whenever he let the cat out of the bag on this one:
LC- Before I let you go are there any sponsors you want to mention, any websites or anything else to plug, and anything you want to say to your fans anxiously awaiting your return to the ring?
RS- I would like to thank Light Force for all the support. Also fans can reach me at www.africanassassin.com or on myspace at www.myspace.com/african_assassin. And I'll be back not in the ring but in the cage DEC 29th in Vegas!
The only event that I know of that is going down December 29th in Vegas is UFC 79: Nemesis. Apparently it has been rumored that he would fight Lyoto Machida. Now wouldn't that be one hell of an addition to the fight card.
MMA Mania dug a little deeper and came out with this:
Not the case, according to Team Quest officials in Murrieta, Calif. However, the bout is "in the works."
According to our reliable source, no bout agreements have been signed despite indications that both sides are very close to hammering out a deal. "These things fall through all the time," he warns.
It's important to note that at press time Sokoudjou hasn't even been signed to a UFC contract.
He has made a decision, however, to fight for the UFC. Other offers from EliteXC and K-1 were "flaky." In addition, the Team Quest management team feels that his best long-term interests will be served fighting in the United States.
Dave Meltzer also had this to say about the Sokoudjou rumors:
Regarding rumors of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou fighting in UFC, there is no contract signed, but his deal with Hero's did fall apart and UFC is interested in him and talks have begun. There are talks of a potential fight with Lyoto Machida on 12/29, but it's nothing more than talk at ths point.
11.05.2007 - 1:56:00 AM -
UFC 79 Rumor: Manny Gamburyan vs Nate Mohr
UFC Daily is reporting that Manny Gamburyan will fight Nate Mohr at UFC 79: Nemesis. Here's what they're reporting:
Rumors are swirling that Manny Gamburyan, the runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 5, will return to the UFC in December at UFC 79 to take on Nate Mohr in a lightweight bout. It is unknown if agreements for the fight have been signed.
I don't know where the rumors are swirling around at but I haven't heard/seen this on any other site out there. Even UFC Daily says that its unknown if the contracts have been signed so announcing this may be a little premature. Regardless, it would be good to see Manvel the Anvil get back in action after the shoulder injury.
"It appears that Dan Henderson may very well be fighting on the UFC 79 Nemesis December 29th card. While on a trip to Vegas this weekend, Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his Satellite Radio program today that he ran into Henderson. He stated that Dan mentioned in conversation that he thought he would be fighting in December. Bubba went on to say that Dan would not say who he would be fighting, but did mention that he may be fighting at 185 lbs."
The Bubba the Love Sponge Show can be heard every Monday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. ET and on Friday from 6-10 a.m. ET on Sirius Channel 101.
The scream awards kick off tonight at 10PM EST, following the show "25 tuffest moments of all time" which delves into the 25 most entertaining moments in The Ultimate Fighter history which starts at 8PM EST.
10.21.2007 - 1:07:00 AM -
BJ Penn may not fight until February
The Fight Network is reporting that BJ Penn may not fight until the Superbowl weekend show on February 2nd. BJ Penn was first set to take on Sean Sherk for the light weight title at UFC 78. Sherk has an ongoing appeal for a suspension due to steroids. His hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31. If this appeal goes through then could this possibly give them enough time to make Sherk vs Penn happen? After all the legal mumbo jumbo going on with Sherk it was said that Penn could possibly take on Joe Stevenson if the title is vacated at UFC 79. It seems to me they are trying to give them as much time as possible to keep Sherk as the lightweight champ and get that fight with Penn.
10.19.2007 - 9:22:00 AM -
Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva confirmed by DirecTV
According to UFC Mania, DirecTV is running the following image as an advertisement for UFC 79. Silva is expected to announce his opponent this Saturday at UFC 77. Maybe DirecTV already let the cat out of the bag. The article also goes on to state that they have since removed the image from the site but it is quite interesting nonetheless. Yesterday I reported that the fight may have been pushed back to UFC 81. I guess only time will tell...
10.17.2007 - 1:26:00 PM -
UFC 79: Nemesis Officially Announced
The UFC has officially announced UFC 79: Nemesis. The event is set to take place December 29th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. This event will air live on PPV.
The only officially announced fight will be a battle of The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. Hughes and Serra don't really like each other, the name Nemesis is very fitting for this event.
Rumors have also been circulating we could possibly see the fan's dream matchup of Chuck Liddell takeing on Wanderlei Silva.
Champion Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes (for welterweight title) Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva Rich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard Dean Lister vs. Jordan Radev Roan Carneiro vs. Tony DeSouza Doug Evans vs. TBA
- 11:06:00 AM -
Q&A With Former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva
Former PRIDE Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva is set to make his return to the UFC at UFC 79. Rumors have been going around that there is still a possibility that he will fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 79.
MMAJunkie.com recently asked its readers to submit questions for Wanderlei. He recently had a Q&A session with Yahoo! Sports. When asked about a rematch with Rampage he answered the following question:
Q: Does your previous success in fights against the UFC light heavyweight champion Quentin "Rampage" Jackson make a potential title match with a fighter you've dominated extremely appealing to you? Finally, other than yourself, who would you list as the top five MMA fighters pound-for-pound in the world today?
WS: Yes, it's a very appealing fight to me. Because the two fights I had with him were good fights. And now he is the champ, so for me it will be a pleasure to fight him. I don't like him very much. So yes, it is an extremely appealing fight for me, because I would get to defeat him and win the belt.
I would say the top fighters pound-for-pound in the light heavyweight class are Shogun, Liddell and Lyoto Machida. Other fighters that I think are good are (Takanori) Gomi, (Gilbert) Melendez, Ninja (Murilo Rua) and Cyborg (Fedor Emelianenko).
When The Axe Murderer was asked about a possible fight with Shogun. He responded to the following question:
Q: Are you worried about receiving too many concussions and how that will effect you later in life? Are you still affiliated with Chute Boxe and Shogun Rua in any way or are you all separate now? Would you fight Shogun if the UFC asked?
WS: I have only one problem in my head, and that is that I am only more hungry to win. I'm training very hard this time around, because I need to give my next victory to my fans. I am not affiliated with Chute Boxe. We are separated, because I wanted to start my own team. I don't want to fight Shogun, because he is a good friend. I've trained with him for 10 years, so for me that fight would be very hard. There are a lot of other light heavyweights I could fight.