Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra Full Fight Video

UFC 83 was held in Montreal, Canada on April 19, 2008. The main event was a championship bout between welterweight champion, Matt Serra, and the challenger, Georges St. Pierre.

St. Pierre had lost the belt to Serra in a shocking upset at UFC 69. Serra had caught St. Pierre with a vicious right hook late in round one that stunned St. Pierre.  St. Pierre was stunned very badly, and Serra capitalized on that by catching him with several more solid punches.

One final right hook put St. Pierre on the canvas. Serra pounced on him in the mounted position, and pounded St. Pierre until he could no longer continue. The MMA world was turned upside down by Serra’s incredible win and St. Pierre’s shocking loss. Now they would rematch once again for the welterweight belt.

Round 1:  They meet in the center of the Octagon, touch gloves, and start the feeling out process. Within seconds, Serra attempts a punch. St. Pierre quickly dodges it, then immediately shoots and scores a takedown. St. Pierre gets in top position and starts working, throwing punches to Serra’s body and head. Serra struggles to hold on to St. Pierre and keep control, but St. Pierre dominates from top position.

Serra is unable to mount any kind of offense at all. St. Pierre starts reigning down punches, landing effectively to Serra’s face. At the 1:30 mark, Serra rolls over, giving up his back. St. Pierre starts landing hammer fists to the side of Serra’s head. Serra tries to stand up, but St. Pierre stays right on him, riding him on the side of the cage. About: 40 left, Serra is finally able to stand, with his face cut and bleeding. Serra attempts a few punches, none landing. 20 seconds later St. Pierre takes him down again, lands some solid punches, and a strong knee to the body, then the round ends.

Round 2:  They meet in the center again. Serra throws one kick which allows St. Pierre to quickly score another takedown. He backs Serra into the cage and starts working him with punches and knees. Serra struggles to get to his feet, but St. Pierre is relentless. After 30 seconds Serra is finally able to stand, but is unable to do any damage. St. Pierre throws several stiff, unanswered jabs, and then takes Serra down once again.

Serra looks tired as St. Pierre drops punches, hammer fists, and knees to Serra’s body. At the 1:30 mark, Serra has given up his back once again, and St. Pierre capitalizes by throwing vicious knees to Serra’s rib cage. After 3 or 4 knees, Serra rolls over and St. Pierre continues to reign down punches. Seconds later, Serra decides to roll over again, exposing his back. There are: 40 left in the round. St. Pierre starts landing vicious knees to Serra’s ribs once again, and Serra is not defending at this point. After rolling over another time, Serra exposes his body yet again with: 20 left.

Georges starts landing knee after knee to Serra’s body. Serra is just covering his face at this point and not doing anything to defend. After about the 4th unanswered knee, referee Yves Lavigne had seen enough, and steps in and stops the fight with: 15 left in the round. Georges St. Pierre has won the match by TKO in the second round, and is once again crowned the UFC welterweight champion.

Nate Marquardt vs Chael Sonnen Full Fight Video

UFC 109 took place in Las Vegas, NV on Feb 6, 2010. The co-main event was a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen. This fight would determine who would get the next shot of then champion, Anderson Silva.

Nate Marquardt had already fought Silva for the title, but came up short at UFC 73. Since UFC 73, Nate had won 4 of his last 5 bouts. He lost a split decision to Thales Leites at UFC 85, but had finished his last 3 opponents by KO, including Martin Kampmann, Wilson Gouveia, and Demian Maia. He felt revitalized, and was ready for another bout with Silva.

Sonnen, who is one of the best wrestlers in MMA, had just won 2 unanimous decisions over Dan Miller and Yushin Okami, and felt he was ready to take his career to the next level. He was more than up to the challenge of taking on Marquardt.

Round 1: They meet in the center of the Octagon and start engaging immediately, both throwing punches and kicks. Chael is pushing the action, and takes Nate down after one minute. Nate attempts a guillotine, but is unable to finish it. Chael breaks free and starts throwing serious ground and pound on Marquardt. Nate tries to hold on to Chael, but is unable to stop Chael’s attack. Nate is able to pop up for a few seconds, but Chael gets him right back down. Sonnen continues to work in Nate’s guard, landing punches to the face and the body. Chael is completely dominating Round 1, and Nate is unable to mount any kind of offense whatsoever. Chael ends the round in top position.

Round 2:  Chael gets Nate down in 5 seconds after the round starts and begins where he left off in Round 1. Nate gets a hold of one of Chael’s arms, attempting a kimura, but is unable to do anything with it. Chael breaks free and his assault continues. Chael is consistently working, constantly throwing punches to the face and the body, and some elbows.

At about the halfway mark, Nate is bloodied up from the punches he’s been absorbing, and manages to grab Chael’s leg, attempting a heel hook. He quickly loses it, and in the process gives up his back. Chael starts landing hammer fists and punches to the side of Nate’s face, while Nate throws a few back elbows of his own. Chael is just all over Nate, not giving him room to do anything. Chael continues in top position until the round ends.

Round 3:  Nate grabs Chael’s leg, attempting to take him down. He is unable to and they both stand momentarily. Chael throws a couple of feints, pushing Nate back into the cage. Chael shoots for another takedown and scores. He immediately starts working again, throwing punches while in Nate’s guard. Nate is simply trying to survive, but he has no answer at this point for scoring any offense. Chael dominates most of the round in top position, doing what he has done for the majority of the fight. Nate is able to scramble to his feet at the 2:00 mark.

Chael goes right in for another takedown, and Nate turns it into a guillotine attempt. Nate holds it tight, trying to finish, but Chael is able to pop his head out, and works back in top position. At 1:00, Nate is able to flip the position, and gets Chael on his back. They are in the north/south position, and time is ticking away for Nate. Nate stands up, and starts dropping punches on Chael with only :20 left in the fight. He is only able to land a handful of punches, but nothing strong enough to finish the fight. The round finally ends, and the decision goes to the judges. The winner by unanimous decision is Chael Sonnen, and Sonnen gets the next shot at the middleweight belt held by Anderson Silva.

Benson Henderson vs Frankie Edgar Full Fight Video

UFC 144 took place on Feb. 25, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The main event was a lightweight championship fight between champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, and Benson “Smooth” Henderson.

The champion, Edgar, had won the title by defeating BJ Penn at UFC 112, then successfully defending it in the rematch with Penn at UFC 118. He then fought Gray Maynard in part 2 and 3 of their exciting trilogy. Part 2 was a draw at UFC 125, and Part 3 saw Edgar defeat Maynard by KO at UFC 136.

Benson Henderson was on a 3 fight win streak, defeating Mark Bocek, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida, all by unanimous decision. Henderson hadn’t held a belt since 2010, when he lost the WEC lightweight belt to Anthony Pettis.

Round 1: Both fighters meet in the center, and they both start throwing jabs, attempting to feel each other out. Neither is landing anything significant. Henderson starts attempting leg kicks and body kicks, and after the first kick, Edgar starts catching them in mid-air and countering with punches. They both keep up a good pace throughout the round, trading kicks and punches in the center of the Octagon. Edgar gets a quick takedown at the 1:00 mark and Henderson pops right back up. They continue with the leg kicks and attempted punches right to the end of the round.

Round 2: They both meet in the center once again and both start attempting punches and kicks. Nothing particularly solid lands for either fighter. Edgar again catches several of Henderson’s attempted kicks while countering with punches. Henderson throws a couple of moderate knee shots to Edgar’s midsection, and Edgar lands a few leg kicks and jabs. Edgar gets Henderson down at about the 2:00 mark, and attempts to take his back. After a few seconds he is unable to and both fighters stand back up. They both continue a moderate pace, with Henderson and Edgar trading punches, knees, and kicks. Edgar once again gets Henderson down at the: 48 mark, this time on his back. Edgar starts landing some ground and pound, successfully scoring points. Henderson throws his legs up looking for submission attempts but is unable to find one. Edgar stands back up once again looking to reign down punches, but at :13 Henderson catches Edgar with a vicious up kick that almost puts him out. Henderson jumps on Edgar, landing elbows and punches, but time runs out.

Round 3: They come back out in the center and begin trading once again. Edgar’s nose is bleeding profusely from the up kick in the previous round, but he continues to trade with Henderson at the exact same pace as Rounds 1 and 2. Henderson takes Edgar down at the halfway mark, but is unable to do any damage. After 10 seconds Edgar pops back up to his feet and they square off once again. They both are throwing punches, kicks, and knees, nothing too damaging. In the last 10 seconds of the round, Edgar scores a quick takedown. He holds him there then time runs out.

Round 4: They meet out in the center again and continue where they left off. Henderson throws punches and body kicks, landing a few, but none doing any damage. Edgar lands many punches and counters, but is unable to do any real damage as well. Both men continue at the same incredible pace in the 4th round, seeming to have unlimited energy. At 2:50, Edgar attempts another takedown, but Henderson is able to transition into a tight guillotine. Henderson holds the choke for 10 to 20 seconds, but is unable to finish. Edgar pops his head out and seconds later, both men stand back up. They square off once again, trading in the center, and taking the fight all over the ring. Both fighters seem even at this point, both landing punches and kicks. The round ends.

Round 5: They meet for the last and final round right back in the center. Even though this is the 5th round, both fighters continue to fight at a frenetic pace. At 3:50, Edgar lands a solid punch to Henderson’s face. It is the most significant punch of the fight thus far, but Henderson just seems to eat the punch. They continue fighting in the same manner, both throwing punches, kicks, and knees. Henderson lands a hard punch at 2:34, but Edgar quickly shakes it off. Of the two, Edgar’s face shows the most damage, bleeding from his nose, and with one eye almost completely shut. At 1:48, Edgar throws a punch that drops Henderson on the canvas. He jumps on Henderson and holds his neck from the top position, looking like he wants a submission.

He slips around trying to take Henderson’s back, and Henderson uses that moment to stand back to his feet. They once again square off, trading punches, kicks and knees. They continue landing pretty much blow for blow. During the final seconds of the fight, Henderson throws a flying knee, then Edgar quickly tries a takedown and ends up on the bottom. Henderson reigns down some hard elbows to Edgar’s body during the final seconds, and then the round ends.

The final decision goes to the judges, and they award the victory to Benson Henderson, who becomes the new UFC lightweight champion after a hard fought, 5 round war with Frankie Edgar.