UFC 67 blow by blow

NEIL SPRINGER -- For SLAM! Sports

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UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva defends against "Ultimate Fighter 4" winner Travis Lutter in “UFC 67: All or Nothing.” Also, Quinton (Rampage) Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop look to prove that they’re not all hype in their UFC debuts.
 
Event card and predictions:
 
Patrick Cote vs. Scott Smith
Prediction: Cote by decision
 
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Prediction: Jackson, first round KO/TKO
 
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Prediction: Sanchez, I mean, Cro Cop, first round KO/TKO
 
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Prediction: Huerta, second round submission
 
Anderson Silva (c) vs. Travis Lutter (UFC Middleweight Title)
Prediction: Silva, first round KO/TKO
 
Pre-event update: Travis Lutter failed to make 185 lbs. His fight with Silva will now be a three-round, non-title match.
 
Live coverage of UFC 67 starts here Sat., Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. EST.
 
Blow by blow
 
Welcome to live coverage of “UFC 67: All or Nothing;” I’m your host Neil Springer. This show is the first UFC event to be broadcast in HD, so I expect the detail on all lacerations and bruising to be exquisite.
 
We start the show with talk of how Lutter was unable to shed the weight needed to make the title fight. Whoa, Silva seems pissed off. The only thing worse than fighting Silva, is fighting an angry Silva.
 
Patrick Cote (9-4-0) vs. Scott Smith (12-2-0)
 
Cote is really in a do-or-die situation here. His loss to Travis Lutter at the end of “Ultimate Fighter 4” marked his fourth UFC defeat in a row. If he doesn’t win tonight, expect him to be cut.
 
Round one
 
Cote starts out strong here, with some nice leg kicks. He counters a knee attempt with a huge slam; that was sweet! Smith does a great job of recovering from it and they square off again. First round definitely goes to Cote.
 
Round two
 
Cote rocks Smith with a punch, but doesn’t follow up. What the hell was that? Smith was stumbling and Cote just stood there and watched him. Nothing else of note happens in this round and the crowd is booing both fighters.
 
Round three
 
Both guys come out guns blazing; teasing some excitement, only to get locked on the fence. The crowd in not happy here; I can’t blame them. They exchange some flurries, but not much connects.
 
Winner: Patrick Cote by decision and I'm one for one in my predictions.
 
Quinton Jackson (25-6-0) vs. Marvin Eastman (13-6-1)
 
Eastman actually holds a decision victory over Jackson in King of the Cage. Of course, that was one of Jackson’s first MMA fights; call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure he’s improved since then. I expect Jackson to redefine SLAM! Sports in this match.
 
Round one
 
Eastman looks like the better man until Jackson comes alive and starts hitting some really stiff shots. I smell a rampage brewing.
 
Round two
 
The round starts slow, but Jackson is looking solid. Eventually he lands some inside uppercuts and that's all it takes to set up the TKO.
 
Winner: Quinton Jackson by TKO in the second round. Man, I was one round off; I'm one for two now. Strangely enough, there were no slams from Jackson here.
 
Roger Huerta (17-1-1) vs. John Halverson (13-4-0)
 
Both guys are pretty well-rounded, so this could be a nice mix of striking and mat stuff.
 
Round one
 
Before I can even take a sip of my beer Huerta is on top and TKOs the hell out of Halverson.
 
Winner: Roger Huerta in 19 seconds by TKO and I'm one for three.
 
Mirko Cro Cop (21-4-2) vs. Eddie Sanchez (8-0-0)
 
For those unfamiliar with Cro Cop’s work, his resume of wins is a practically an MMA who’s-who list – Wanderlei Silva, Bob Sapp, Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman; it goes on. I actually missed UFC 63 so I haven’t seen Sanchez yet.
 
Round one
 
Cro Cop receives a huge reaction here. This match is kind of like watching a cheetah stalk a gazelle. Cro Cop just keeps rocking Sanchez and it's over.
 
Winner: Cro Cop by first round TKO and I'm two for four.
 
Anderson Silva (17-4-0) vs. Travis Lutter (12-3-0)
 
I like Lutter; he’s got a lot of potential, but after seeing Silva dismantle Franklin, I can’t say I like his chances.
 
Round one
 
Lutter really gets booed here. Who would have thought that not being prepared for a fight would have such an adverse effect? Silva almost delivers an amazing knee, but they wind up in the guard.
 
They stand back up, but Lutter picks the ankle and they’re back to the guard. Lutter passes and gets to the mount but messes up both the ground-and-pound and an armbar attempt. Silva gets back up and wants Lutter to stand up, but he just lies there until the round expires.
 
Round two
 
Lutter takes Silva down, but gets caught in a triangle. Lutter manages to prevent a choke, but Silva just elbows him in the head until he taps out.
 
Winner: Silva by second round submission and I end the evening at two for five.
 
There's still an hour left of pay-per-view time; bring on the dark matches!
 
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
 
Round one
 
Edgar almost gets a guillotine early, but is slammed for his trouble. They stand back up and Edgar shoots him down. They go to the guard, Edgar passes and almost gets Griffin's back, but he escapes and they stand up as the round expires. Nice, competitive match so far.
 
Round two
 
They spend a good part of the round against the fence before being re-positioned to the centre. Edgar catches a leg kick, but can only take Griffin to the guard. They stand up and slug it out and Griffin literally kicks Edgar's legs right out from under him.
 
Griffin gets a rear-waist lock and tries to take him down, but Edgar counters into the mount. Nice! The round expires before Edgar can ground-and-pound him. Really nice fight here.
 
Round three
 
They just keep slugging it out; both men are starting to look a little tired. Edgar almost ends it with a series of punches against the fence, but they go to the mat. They stand up and Edgar manages to take Griffin down.
 
Griffin gets a kneebar, but Edgar doesn't tap and time expires. That kneebar was disgusting; I'm really surprised he didn't submit. This was a really good fight.
 
Winner: Frank Edgar by decision.
 
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
 
Rivera throws a kick, but Martin catches it and absolutely decks him and it's over.
 
Winner: Terry Martin by KO in 14 seconds.
 
That's it for "UFC 67: All or Nothing;" join me March 3 for "UFC 68: The Uprising."

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