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UFC Fight for the Troops (December, 2008)

170 lbs. – Josh Koscheck [4] vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida [16]

  • MMA Records: Koscheck (11-3); Yoshida (10-2)
  • Result: Koscheck winner by 1st round KO.
  • This was one of the most brutal KO’s I can remember. Yoshida was commenting before the fight about how he was going to counter Koscheck’s looping right hands.  That was a mistake because Kos made an adjustment and sent his right hand straight down the pipe with brutal results. Yoshida is going to have a tough time bouncing back from this horrible loss. This was Koscheck’s best performance yet and he remains at the head of the division. Koscheck remains at 4. Yoshida drops to 21.

170 lbs. – Mike Swick [12] vs. Jonathan Goulet [29]

  • MMA Records: Swick (12-2); Goulet (22-9)
  • Result: Swick by 1st round KO
  • Mike Swick was on fire. He came out looking ferocious and devastated Goulet. This is the 4th opponent that Swick has discarded within 33 seconds. No one in the game has faster hands than “Quick.” Swick rises to 10. Goulet drops to 34.

205 lbs. – Steve Cantwell [35] vs. Razak Al-Hussan

  • MMA Records: Cantwell (6-1); Al-Hussan (6-0)
  • Result: Cantwell winner by 1st round TKO submission (armbar)
  • Steve Cantwell is known for his formidable striking game but he showed that he is far from being one-dimensional. He set up the armbar perfectly and sat down on it. Razak would not tap, so Cantwell broke his arm. Razak is going to need some plates and screws to rebuild his forearm. Cantwell is rising fast. Cantwell rises to 29.

185 lbs. – Tim Credeur vs. Nate Loughran

  • MMA Records: Credeur (10-2); Loughran (9-0)
  • Result: Credeur winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Tim Credeur took apart Laugran on the feet. I saw no chance for Nate to take Tim to the mat. His wrestling looked terrible and his striking even worse. Credeur pushed his win streak to 5 and cracks the rankings. Laughran’s striking and wrestling are nowhere near UFC-level right now. Credeur debuts at 75.

155 lbs. – Matt Wiman [33] vs. Jim Miller [50]

  • MMA Records: Wiman (10-3); Miller (12-1)
  • Result: Miller winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Jim Miller has arrived.  He dominated an incredibly durable Matt Wiman for 3 rounds. Despite the one-sided nature of it, I thought this was a great fight. The fortitude was palpable. Both guys fought on grit for the last 10 minutes. Miller was relentless in his attack but so was Wiman in his defense. Matt kept getting up but Jim kept putting him down. Miller rises to 34. Wiman drops to 40.

170 lbs. – Luigi Fioravanti [34] vs. Brodie Farber

  • MMA Records: Fioravanti (13-4); Farber (13-4)
  • Result: Fioravanti winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Luigi controlled this fight entirely. He took Farber down at will and dominated the grappling. The American Top Team product has improved greatly over the last year and a half. He looks very comfortable in the octagon right now and is a tough out for all but the best in the division. Luigi rises to 28.

170 lbs. – Steve Bruno vs. Johnny Rees

  • MMA Records: Bruno (11-4); Rees (10-1)
  • Result: Bruno winner by 2nd round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Nothing too notworthy here. Steve controlled the grappling by repeatedly taking Rees’s back and eventually finishing it from there.  Bruno is a solid but not spectacular fighter. In a top-heavy division, he scratches himself on the map. Bruno debuts at 69.

170 lbs. – Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff

  • MMA Records: Saunders (6-0-2); Wolff (7-2)
  • Result: Saunders winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Ben Saunders had Joe Rogan saying that he displayed the best Muay Thai clinch in octagon history. Even better than Anderson Silva. I wouldn’t go that far because of the quality of opponents but Saunders looks like he can make some serious noise in this division. He is a big guy for this weight (6’2) and he has a killer’s instinct. He’s tough as nails and his skills keep soaring. He needs a name opponent next. Saunders debuts at 50.

155 lbs. – Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt

  • MMA Records: Hill (2-1); Hartt (5-1)
  • Result: Hartt winner by 2nd round TKO (leg injury)
  • The fight was stopped due to the most disturbing injury ever in the UFC. Corey Hill threw a leg kick early in the 2nd round and it was checked by Dale Hartt. When shin met shin, Hill’s leg gave way and broke in half. When I watched the replay, I couldn’t believe what I saw. His leg looked like rubber and snapped at a 90 degree angle. Don’t watch it if you’re queasy.

HVY – Justin McCully [30] vs. Eddie Sanchez [33]

  • MMA Records: McCully (8-4-2); Sanchez (8-2)
  • Result: McCully winner by Unanimous Decision
  • This was a good, solid Heavyweight scrap. There were back-and-forth exchanges throughout. Sanchez started to fatigue towards the end and McCully dropped him with seconds left to cap off the victory. McCully rises to 27. Sanchez drops to 38.

Future Fights That Make Sense


  • Justin McCully [27] vs. winner of Jake O’Brien [28] vs. Christian Wellisch
  • Eddie Sanchez [38] vs. Josh Hendricks


  • Steve Cantwell [29] vs. winner of Matt Hamill [23] vs. Reese Andy [41]


  • Tim Credeur [75] vs. Ryan Jensen [61]
  • Nate Laughran vs. Nissen Osterneck [81]


  • Josh Koscheck [4] vs. Pete Sell [23]
  • Mike Swick [10] vs. Winner of Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson[17]
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida [21] vs. Winner of Brad Blackburn [18] vs. Ryo Chonan [19]
  • Luigi Fioravanti [28] vs. Ben Saunders [50]
  • Jonathan Goulet [34] vs. Loser of Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson [17]
  • Steve Bruno [69] vs. Brandon Wolff
  • Brodie Farber vs. Johnny Rees


  • Jim Miller [34] vs. Joe Stevenson [21]
  • Matt Wiman [40] vs. Jeremy Stephens [59]
  • Dale Hartt vs. winner of Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

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