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First, fan favorite Chuck Liddell was effectively retired from the UFC after Shogun Rua finished the Iceman.  Then in the other main event Anderson Silva once again performed to a howl of boos from the crowd in one of the most forgettable championship matches in UFC history.  After reading through the results post your feelings on UFC 97.


185 MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE: Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites by Unanimous Decision

155 lbs: Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman by Unanimous decision

205 lbs: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Chuck Liddell by TKO (strikes) – Rd.1 @ 4:28

205 lbs: Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann by Submission (kimura) – Rd.1 @  3:53

HWT: Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO (strikes) – Rd.2 @ 2:29

205 lbs: Luiz Cane def. Steve Cantwell by Unanimous Decision


185 lbs: Denis Kang def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam Unanimous Decision

185 lbs: Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald by TKO (strikes) – Rd.1 @ 2:27

185 lbs: Ed Herman def. David Loiseau by Unanimous Decision

155 lbs: Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden by Submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd.1 @ 4:57

170 lbs: T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan by Split Decision

205 lbs: Eliot Marshall def. Vinicius Magalhaes by Unanimous Decision


*Each Fighter Earns $70,000 Bonus*

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Matt Wiman and Sam Stout


SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Krzysztof Soszynski


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  1. Matt

    Apr 20, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Perhaps I’m in the minority. I though SIlva fought his fight. And I enjoyed watching him pick apart Leites. Not his fault Leites would not engage. Am I nuts?

  2. kung fu hustler

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    On Chuck/Shogun – I was disappointed in Dana putting unneeded extra pressure on Chuck by making those statements before the fight. As for Chuck actually retiring, Shogun is a pretty good pick to pass the torch to. Shogun showcased the same fearlessness he had back in the Pride days. Plus he avenged his old training partner, Wanderlei. It’s actually a pretty good story. The young lion takes out old lion and old lion leaves the pride. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time.
    On the Silva/Leites debacle – That whole fight seemed very strange to me. I don’t know what happened there. I gotta say though that the phrase, “fight ending in spectacular fashion” is silly to expect for every outcome. You can’t blame Anderson though for Thales not attempting much offense. Every time he went for the thai plum Thales would drop straight down, which I get that from him, kind of, but going in to round 5 of the fight knowing you are behind, and it being a title fight he really should have gone for broke. He had nothing to lose. I think as multi talented as Anderson it’s starting to look like his gameplans are becoming one-dimensional.

  3. Matt

    Apr 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Amen to this: “but going in to round 5 of the fight knowing you are behind, and it being a title fight he really should have gone for broke. He had nothing to lose.”

    That was the strangest part to me. But I still enjoyed watching Silva. He is so creative.

  4. BigAl

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Silva fought an intelligent fight to nullify his opponent’s attack and win conclusively without taking any damage. Still, I would not pay to see his next fight.

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