Saturday, January 19, 2008
Sherdog.com reports from the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, with live play-by-play of UFC 80, which is headlined by a lightweight title clash pitting B.J. Penn (Pictures) against Joe Stevenson.
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Per Eklund (Pictures) vs. Sam Stout (Pictures)
An uneventful opening frame gets us started in Newcastle. Eklund looked for the takedown throughout the frame, with stout stuffing them all. Eklund landed a knee to the mid-section against the fencing before Stout was able to trip the Swede to the canvas. From the top position, Stout dropped some elbows down on Eklund's face. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9 for Stout.
More of the same in the second. Stout showed great takedown defense as Eklund struggled to get close to the Canadian kickboxer. Stout, again took the top position in a scramble, where he landed an elbow. Eklund attempted an armbar from the bottom, but Stout had none of it and stood up. At the end of the round, the English crowd showered the cage with boos after 10 boring minutes in the Octagon. 10-9 for Stout.
Different round, same story. Even though nothing solid connected, Stout looked crisp with his striking and continued to defend the takedown. A pretty disappointing performance by both fighters. Sherdog.com sees the bout 30-27 for Stout, and two judges agree, awarding all three frames to Stout. A lone judge saw it 29-27 for the Canadian.
James Lee vs. Alessio Sakara (Pictures)
Lee was successful with a takedown in the opening seconds but Sakara was able to hop back to his feet. Lee again scored a takedown. Sakara stood up, and with Lee holding on to a fight, Sakara delivered right hands to the head, which prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to step in at the 1:30 mark. Sakara is back in the win column with a technical knockout. It looked as if Lee was complaining of injury after the contest, possibly to his back.
Paul Kelly vs. Paul Taylor (Pictures)
Taylor pulled guard and went for a guillotine, but Kelly was able to escape. Taylor elbowed the head from the bottom and went for another guillotine, but again Kelly was game. Kelly controlled the pace from the top position and took the first period on the strength of his ground-and-pound. 10-9 for Kelly.
Good action in the second round. Taylor got a quick takedown and worked from Kelly's back, where he looked for a rear-naked choke. Kelly escaped and started to pound away from the top. Much like the first round, Taylor was active from the bottom with punches and elbows, as well as two Kimura attempts. But it was Kelly who controlled the position and outworked his opponent with punches from the top. A razor-thin 10-9 round for Kelly.
The third round of a very competitive fight unfolded much like the first 10 minutes, with Kelly out-wrestling Taylor and striking from the top position on the ground. Taylor stayed active from the bottom and landed some decent shots, but it was not enough to take any rounds. Sherdog.com and all three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Paul Kelly.
Antoni Hardonk (Pictures) vs. Colin Robinson
The evening's final preliminary bout ends quickly in just 17 seconds. Hardonk came out with two hard knees to the body, two leg kicks, two jabs and the fight is called. The second stiff jab dazed Robinson, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to halt the contest.