UFC Fight Night 15 Weigh-In Results

Official UFC Fight Night 15: “Diaz vs. Neer” weigh-in results which took place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.

UFN 15 Weigh-In Results

Nate Diaz (155) vs. Josh Neer (155)
Clay Guida (155) vs. Mac Danzig (155)
Ed Herman (185) vs. Alan Belcher (185)
Houston Alexander (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Alessio Sakara (185) vs. Joe Vedepo (185)
Ryan Jensen (185) vs. Wilson Gouveia (185)
Joe Lauzon (155) vs. Kyle Bradley (155)
Brad Morris (205) vs. Jason Brilz (205)
Drew McFedries (185) vs. Mike Massenzio (185)
Rob Kimmons (185) vs. Dan Miller (185)

The live show on SpikeTV will start around 8pm EST tomorrow Sept. 17th. CageToday will have live results of all the fights.

Following the show is the premier of The Ultimate Fighter 8 starting at 10pm EST.

UFC 84 Results LIVE

UFC 84 “ILL WILL” which features the long awaited battle for the 155lb title belt between UFC Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn and former UFC champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk.

CageToday will have the live results of the preliminary card starting around 8pm EST, followed by the complete play-by-play results of the main event starting at 10pm EST.

MAIN CARD

  • BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk

    Round 1: The fight starts out aggressively with both fighters trading punches. Penn goes for a strike and Sherk attempts a takedown, which Penn escapes. Both fighters exchange punches. Sherk lands several punches, but Penn counters with the same. Penn is just out pointing Sherk, landing more accurate strikes. Sherk has a cut below his right eye. Both fighters keep it standing and continue exchanging punches. Penn is landing a few more solid strikes than Sherk. CT: 10-9 Penn

    Round 2: The second round begins with both fighters continuing to exchange punches. The fighters spend the round boxing and exchanging strikes, Penn is definitely getting the upper hand. Both Sherks eyes are bleeding. CT: 10-9 Penn

    Round 3: Round three begins the same way as the previous rounds with both fighters exchanging strikes. Penn’s pace is slowing down a little as he attempts a lazy takedown, which is easily avoided by Sherk. The fighters keep exchanging punches, Sherk tries landing more leg kicks, with little success. Penn lands a good combination, Sherk backs up to the cage. Penn See’s an opportunity and lands a flying knee, dropping Sherk. Penn tastes blood and tries to end it. it looks like Sherk was saved by the bell, but the fight is stopped after referee, Mario Yamasaki evaluated the downed Sherk.
    Result: BJ Penn defeats Sean Sherk by TKO (Knee, Strikes) at 5:00 of R3.

  • Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
    Round 1: Jardine pushes the pace by aggressively going after Silva with punches and low leg kicks reminiscent of his fight with Chuck Liddell. Jardine lands a low kick, but Silva counters with a punch that rocks Jardine to the ground. Silva quickly pounces on Jardine and referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the fight at 0:36 of the first round. Jardine looks hurt and stiff like a board. He later slightly recovers just enough to stumble out of the cage with his team.
    Result: Wanderlei Silva defeats Keith Jardine by KO (Punches) at 0:36 of R1.
  • Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic

    Round 1: Gouveia lands and inside leg kick, Reljic counters and lands a kick to the head. Gouveia is landing leg kicks, while Reljic lands left kicks to the head of Gouveia. All of Reljic’s strikes are coming from the left side. Reljic lands two more left kicks and Gouveia’s shoulder is turning red. Gouveia gets more aggressive and lands several punches, but Reljic pulls guard and the round ends on the ground.

    Round 2: Both fighters are cautious starting out and Reljic lands the first effective kick to the head. Gouveia hits Reljic with a left hook that dropped him. Gouveia lands punch after punch from on top while Reljic was up pinned against the fence. Gouveia dominates on the ground and continues to punish Reljic from the top position. Reljic managed to get back to his feet and lands a left hook to the temple of Gouveia which hurts and drops him. Reljic continues to pound on him until referee Herb Dean stops the fight at the 3:15 mark.
    Result: Goran Reljic defeats Wilson Gouveia by TKO (Punches) at 3:15 of R2.

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz

    Round 1: Machida lands the first leg kick, both fighters attempt a kick and missed. Ortiz attempts a takedown and later lands a knee to the head of Machida. Machida continues to land leg kicks. Machida lands a head kick escapes takedown attempts. Machida lands several kicks and takes Ortiz down into side control and lands several punches until the end of the round. CT: 10-9 Machida.

    Round 2: Round two starts with both fighters playing it safe. Machida lands several kicks and avoids strikes from Ortiz. Ortiz is not playing aggressively and seems to be having trouble predicting Machida. Ortiz pulled guard but Machida quickly got back up. Machida lands a knee to the head of Ortiz. Ortiz drops his hands and taunts Machida who lands punches to his head. Ortiz ends the round with a body kick to Machida. CT: 10-9 Machida.

    Round 3: The most exciting part of beginning of this round is when the referee, Yves Lavigne, falls to the ground while running backwards. Machida gets Ortiz in the clinch and Ortiz attempts to take Machida down. Both fighters look tired and are separated by the referee. Machida drops Ortiz with a knee to the body and lands several more punches in Ortiz’ guard. Ortiz gets Machida in a triangle choke, turns it into an arm-bar, where Machida manages to escape. Ortiz ends the round with a few punches to the head of Machida. CT: 10-9 Machida

    Result: Lyoto Machida defeats Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision. (30-27 x3)

  • Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
    Round 1: Round one began with Mendes landing a partially blocked left roundhouse to the head of Silva, which dropped him to the floor. Mendes came out strong, however Silva was able to take Mendes to the ground. Silva had full mount where he landed punch after punch. Finally Mendes had enough and tapped out at 2:24.

    Result: Thiago Silva defeats Antonio Mendes by Tapout (Strikes from the Mount) at 2:24 of R1.

PRELIMINARY CARD

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UFC 84 Preview and Predictions

Boasting some of the most talented, well-known, and exciting fighters in the world, the light heavyweight division is the lynchpin of the UFC. It also happens to be one of the deepest, with several fighters looking to catapult themselves into the title picture. On May 24th at UFC 84: Ill Will, in Las Vegas, the true contenders will be determined, as the division looks to be sorted out with an array of critical light heavyweight fights.

In addition, rivals BJ Penn and Sean Sherk will try and settle the score in the main event, for the lightweight championship. These two have had bad blood for months and the mudslinging has intensified as the bout nears. Penn has been critical of Sherk since he was stripped of his title due to steroid allegations. Sherk has retaliated by disrespecting Penn’s lifestyle and motivation.

UFC 84 is establishing itself as a card with major stars, serious title implications, and what could be the end of the UFC/Tito Ortiz era. The winner of the grudge match between Penn and Sherk will capture lightweight supremacy. A title shot likely looms for the winner of Keith Jardine versus Wanderlei Silva in what is being touted as a fight with the potential to be highly explosive. And Tito Ortiz looks to cement his legacy, as he prepares for his fight against up and coming star Lyoto Machida, who wants to solidify his place amongst the elite. None the less, UFC 84 has the potential to be the event of the year.

BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk – (for the UFC lightweight title)

In his rematch against Matt Hughes in 2006, BJ Penn gassed out in the third round and has vowed never to allow that to happen again. Since losing that bout, Penn has looked like a man possessed. With seemingly renewed vigor and dreams of further bolstering his resume, Penn has won his last two bouts in dominating fashion. As Penn has accumulated two victories in a row, he has made it perfectly clear he is fighting for an eventual shot at redemption against Georges St. Pierre. To earn that opportunity, he needs to first get past the former lightweight champ Sean Sherk.

Since dropping down from welterweight, Sherk has consistently imposed his will on his opponents. He is a proficient wrestler with fluid takedowns and possesses explosive bursts of speed. Physically, Sherk may have no rival within the UFC. He is one of the pound for pound strongest men in the organization and prides himself on his intense training regimen.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Sherk is going to try and implement the same game plan he uses in the majority of his fights. Sherk will look to take Penn down and overwhelm him with his ground and pound. Hermes Franca was taken down at will in Sherk’s last bout and he won in decisive fashion. Expect Sherk to try and force the fight into the later rounds and put Penn’s cardio to the test. The longer the fight goes, the better Sherk’s chances are, because Penn’s conditioning has often been criticized and called into question.

Unfortunately for Sherk though, Penn has incredible take down defenses and being a black belt in jiu-jitsu, is also relaxed as well as dangerous from his back. Penn doesn’t mind standing either. He has heavy hands and possesses a stout chin. Penn is simply too skilled for Sherk and will give him fits wherever the fight goes. Penn will pick Sherk apart on his feet and decide where he feels comfortable taking the fight.

Prediction: BJ Penn via TKO round three

Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida

Love him or hate him, the outspoken Tito Ortiz elicits massive amounts of both fan and media reaction. Ortiz is marketing this bout as if he isn’t fighting just Machida, but Dana White and the entire UFC organization as well. Interestingly enough, this match will be one of the defining moments of his career regardless of the outcome. He is being matched against one of the elite fighters in the division and someone whose style is perplexing and hard to decipher. Furthermore, Ortiz has reached a crossroads in his career, not having gained a meaningful victory in several years. And after being one of the faces of the UFC for over 11 years, Ortiz has announced this will be his last fight in the octagon. Ortiz desperately needs to reestablish himself as a credible superstar with a solid performance, so he can once again become relevant in the sport he helped build.

In order to achieve victory, Ortiz must defeat a skilled and wily veteran. Lyoto Machida is the best fighter most casual fans have yet to hear of. He has notable wins over Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar, BJ Penn, and Rameau Sokoudjou. Machida fights with a unique and awkward style, which often frustrates his opponents. With a base in karate and a background in a variety of other disciplines, Machida is very dangerous. Although Machida lacks one-punch knockout power, he is a methodical fighter who is patient and gets better as the fight wears on. Thus far, Machida is undefeated in both his UFC and professional career and quickly moving up the light heavyweight ranks.

It will be critical for the Huntington Beach Bad Boy to establish the tempo early, because Machida is a notoriously slow starter. Ortiz will have the strength advantage and should use that to take Machida down as frequently as possible. Throughout his career, Ortiz has been at his best when smothering his opponents with ground and pound. He will need to adhere to this strategy in order to win against Machida. Ortiz has stood with some of the best punchers in the world and is fully aware that Machida is not a power puncher. However, he is accurate and crafty as he showed in his last bout against Sokoudjou. It would be in his best interest to pick Ortiz apart on his feet.

Despite the consensus that Ortiz is a shadow of his former self and that Machida is a rising star, Ortiz has more riding on this fight. Fans should witness a motivated Ortiz who is going to attempt to thrill the crowd. Ultimately, Ortiz will be able to disrupt Machida’s striking and punctuate the end to a great career in the UFC.

Prediction: Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision

Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine

Wanderlei Silva may be the better fighter skill wise, but defeating Keith Jardine will be a difficult task. Silva is one of the most celebrated athletes in MMA history. He became legendary in Japan for amassing an incredible win streak in the now defunct PRIDE organization and always being a part of electrifying fights. Despite having a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Silva is well known for being a vicious striker who is willing to take a punch in order to give one. This strategy, although entertaining, is also detrimental to his success at times.

Keith Jardine poses the same style difficulties to Silva as did Chuck Liddell. Because Silva is undersized (listed on the UFC website at 5’11), bigger opponents often have reach advantages on him. Against Liddell, Silva was unable to get inside on him. Expect Jardine to use his long jab and ferocious leg kicks to keep Silva at a distance. It’ll be crucial for Jardine to keep away from Silva’s muay Thai clinch. Silva albeit powerful, is small in stature compared to his light heavyweight contemporaries so he must find a way to get inside where he can inflict the most damage.

A tactic that would serve Silva well would be to shoot for the occasional take down. Jardine will be expecting a standing battle and by taking him down, it could throw off his game plan. Furthermore, when in-close, Jardine would not be able to use his size as an advantage. With Jardine on his back, Silva could choose to rain down punches or attempt to slap on a submission.

This bout has major implications for both fighters. Jardine is coming off a hard fought victory over Liddell (he also beat Forrest Griffin in late 2006). Stringing together wins of that magnitude would most likely earn him a title shot. Silva on the other hand, is looking for his first meaningful win in some time. He has lost three of his last four and is in dire need of an impressive performance. If Silva was to lose, a drop in weight to the middleweight division would be seemingly inevitable. This match could easily end up being the fight of the night. Both combatants like to bang and the fight might wind up with a knockout. If the always exciting but sometimes stubborn Silva refuses to adapt his game plan, it could be a quick night for him. Whichever strategy he chooses to employ, the fact remains the bout should be exciting.

Prediction: Keith Jardine via TKO round two

Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic

This bout is intriguing because it might reveal whether or not the UFC has unearthed the newest light heavyweight sensation in Reljic. Hailing from Croatia, Reljic is a 23-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who is currently 7-0 in his MMA career. It will be his debut fight in the UFC and a win over the established Gouveia would prove he belongs.

Since his initial UFC loss to Keith Jardine, Gouveia has strung together four respectable wins. He is coming off a come-from-behind, spectacular knockout of Jason Lambert, at UFC 80. While Gouveia also has a black belt in BJJ, he is more than comfortable on his feet.

Both fighters are well versed in submissions and BJJ so it will be interesting to see whose ground game is more developed. Despite the similarities, Gouveia has a destructive left hoot that he throws with wreckless abandon. He is not opposed to keeping the fight standing and has a tested chin. Reljic has won five of his previous seven fights via submission so expect him to try and take Gouveia down. Whoever is able to implement their strategy will obtain the win. Reljic is young with a high talent ceiling but ultimately, Reljic’s lack of experience in the octagon is considerable and will be hard to overcome.
Prediction: Wilson Gouveia via TKO round two

Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes

Thiago Silva thrust himself into the spotlight after the emphatic TKO of Houston Alexander. The 25-year-old Brazilian fighter who trains with American Top Team has continually garnered interest and hype as he has slowly begun to ascend up the light heavyweight ranks. Currently undefeated and 3-0 in the UFC, Silva has shown his explosive striking. He also boasts a well rounded Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu base. Even as a young fighter, Silva has proven his composure because he has great control and can transition into a submission when on his back (as he showed in a fight against Dave Dalgliesh which can be seen here: Video

Antonio Mendes is making his debut with the UFC and many expect him to be a showcase for Thiago Silva to display his skills. Still, Mendes is on an eleven fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2004. He is a Thai boxer who has managed to KO or TKO eight of his opponents.

Initially, Silva had been rumored to be fighting Rashad Evans, who would have been a fantastic opponent to gauge what level Silva is really on. But when Mauricio Rua dropped out of his fight with Chuck Liddell, Evans stepped up in leaving Silva without an opponent. Mendes was brought in to fill the void and Silva will want to push the pace immediately.

Silva is an effective striker who will tap into his arsenal against Mendes. He will continue to move forward and the fight should be over quick.

Prediction: Thiago Silva via KO round one

Other Notables
-In an attempt to inject talent into a suddenly lacking heavyweight division, the UFC signed three potential superstars, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez , and Shane Carwin. This influx of talent may have future implications in t he heavyweight division. On the undercard of UFC 84 Shane Carwin will make his debut against Christian Wellisch. Carwin is a decorated wrestler and physical specimen. The development and progress of those three prospects could very well determine the future of the division.

-If Wanderlei Silva loses and decides to drop in weight, many intriguing opponents await him. Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin, even a possible rematch with Dan Henderson would be must see action. More exciting even, would be a showdown against titleholder Anderson Silva. That match would be a huge main event for the UFC and a dream fight for MMA fans.