(Two seconds later, GSP was in half-guard – he’s just that fast.)
The UFC’s return to Jersey was stellar from stem to stern. As usual, FIGHT! brings you everything you need to know in bite-size chunks. Go here to check out Paul Thatcher’s best shots from fight night!
Georges St-Pierre def. Dan Hardy by unanimous decision to remain UFC Welterweight Champion.
Shane Carwin def. Frank Mir by KO (punches) at 3:48 of Round 1 to win the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship.
Kurt Pellegrino def. Fabricio Camoes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:20 of Round 2.
Jon Fitch def. Ben Saunders by unanimous decision.
Jim Miller def. Mark Bocek by unanimous decision.
Nate Diaz def. Rory Markham by TKO (strikes) at
Ricardo Almeida def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:30.
Rousimar Palhares def. Tomasz Drwal via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 0:45.
Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Matthew Riddle def. Greg Soto via disqualification (illegal upkick) – Round 3, 1:30.
(Wallace dumps Hamman in Newark.)
Light Heavyweights Jared Hamman and Rodney Wallace won Fight of the Night, Shane Carwin won Knockout of the Night for putting Frank Mir to sleep, and Kurt Pellegrino won Submission of the Night for his finish of Fabricio Camoes. All bonuses were in the amount of $65,000.
UFC 111 was an announced sellout with a gate of $4 million.
Including Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers picks, we are now 35-14 in 2010.
FIGHT! Pick: St-Pierre Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Shane Carwin (+130) vs. Frank Mir (-160)
FIGHT! Pick: Mir Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Mark Bocek (+325) vs. Jim Miller (-500)
FIGHT! Pick: Miller Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Fabricio Camoes (+190) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (-250)
FIGHT! Pick: Pellegrino Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Nathan Diaz (-300) vs. Rory Markham (+240)
FIGHT! Pick: Diaz Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Ricardo Almeida (-160) vs. Matt Brown (+130)
FIGHT! Pick: Almeida Resulting Outcome: CORRECT