UFC 76 - Knockout

UFC 76 – Knockout

UFC 76 – Knockout

UFC 76 - Knockout

UFC 76

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HISTORY

UFC 76: Knockout was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event took place on September 22, 2007 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Although the event was advertised with the subtitle Knockout, the entire card produced no knockouts whatsoever.

The main event was anticipated to be Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva, a long-awaited match between the two popular former champions of the UFC and PRIDE, respectively; however, the main event featured a fight between former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and The Ultimate Fighter 2 alum Keith Jardine, with both fighters returning from knockout losses at UFC 71.

Also appearing on the card was 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and #1 pound-for-pound Mixed Martial Arts fighter in the world Mauricio Rua, who made his Octagon debut against TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin.

Welterweight Diego Sanchez returned after his decision loss at UFC 69 to Josh Koscheck when he faced Jon Fitch, a training partner of Koscheck and a former Purdue University wrestler who was in the midst of a thirteen-fight win streak.

A scheduled bout between light heavyweights Jason Lambert and Wilson Gouveia was removed from the card after Gouveia suffered a severely broken nose during training. A replacement for Gouveia was not found.[2]

The card left with eight bouts instead of nine, the UFC scheduled a fight between Rich Clementi and Anthony Johnson to fill out the remainder of the card.[3]

None of the preliminary bouts made it to the PPV due to the length of all the main card bouts.

RESULTS SPOILER

Main card (PPV)
Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
Light HeavyweightKeith Jardinedef.Chuck LiddellDecision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)35:00
Light HeavyweightForrest Griffindef.Mauricio RuaSubmission (rear-naked choke)34:45
WelterweightJon Fitchdef.Diego SanchezDecision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 29–28)35:00
Light HeavyweightLyoto Machidadef.Kazuhiro NakamuraDecision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)35:00[a]
LightweightTyson Griffindef.Thiago TavaresDecision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)35:00
Preliminary card
Catchweight (177 lbs)Rich Clementidef.Anthony JohnsonSubmission (rear-naked choke)23:05
LightweightJeremy Stephensdef.Diego SaraivaDecision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)35:00
HeavyweightChristian Wellischdef.Scott JunkSubmission (heel hook)13:19
LightweightMatt Wimandef.Michihiro OmigawaDecision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)35:00
  1.  Nakamura testing positive for marijuana after the fight.[4]

$40,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards:

  • Fight of the Night: Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares [5]
  • Knockout of the Night: None
  • Submission of the Night: Forrest Griffin[6]