UFC 79 – Nemesis
UFC 79: Nemesis was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on December 29, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main events featured the long anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva, as well as the highly anticipated rubber match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes for the interim Welterweight championship.
Additionally, Pride Light Heavyweight sensation Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou made his UFC debut against undefeated Lyoto Machida.
The main event was originally schedule to have The Ultimate Fighter 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes for Serra’s UFC Welterweight Championship, which Serra won at UFC 69: Shootout on April 7, 2007 in an upset victory over Georges St-Pierre. Serra, however, withdrew from the fight due to a back injury, Serra was replaced by St-Pierre, though the fight would now be contested for the Interim Welterweight Championship, with the winner facing Serra afterwards.
|Welterweight||Georges St-Pierre||def.||Matt Hughes||Verbal Submission (armbar)||2||4:54||[a]|
|Light Heavyweight||Chuck Liddell||def.||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Eddie Sanchez||def.||Soa Palelei||TKO (punches)||3||3:24|
|Light Heavyweight||Lyoto Machida||def.||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||4:20|
|Lightweight||Rich Clementi||def.||Melvin Guillard||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:40|
|Light Heavyweight||James Irvin||def.||Luiz Cane||Disqualification (illegal knee)||1||1:51|
|Lightweight||Manvel Gamburyan||def.||Nate Mohr||Submission (ankle lock)||1||1:31||[b]|
|Middleweight||Dean Lister||def.||Jordan Radev||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Roan Carneiro||def.||Tony DeSouza||TKO (punches)||2||3:33|
|Lightweight||Mark Bocek||def.||Doug Evans||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
- For the Interim Welterweight Championship.
- This bout was aired on the broadcast following the St-Pierre vs Hughes bout.