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It was a strong night of fights as the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its first visit to Memphis and its second visit to Tennessee. FIGHT! Magazine was on the scene – below you’ll find results for each fight, a breakdown of fighter bonuses, and numbers for attendance and gate receipts.
T.J. Grant def. Kevin Burns by TKO at 4:57 of round one.
DaMarques Johnson def. Edgar Garcia by triangle at 4:03 of round one.
Matt Wiman def. Shane Nelson by unanimous decision.
Rousimar Palhares def. Lucio Linhares by heel hook at 3:21 of round two.
Johny Hendricks def. Ricardo Funch by unanimous decision.
Alan Belcher def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO at 3:03 of round one.
Stefan Struve def. Paul Buentello by majority decision.
Jon Fitch def. Mike Pierce by unanimous decision.
Kenny Florian def. Clay Guida by rear naked choke, 2:19 of round two.
Frank Mir def. Cheick Kongo by guillotine, 1:12 of round one.
B.J. Penn def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (doctor stoppage).
Alan Belcher and Wilson Gouveia took home a “Fight of the Night” bonus, DaMarques Johnson earned “Submission of the Night” gratuity, and T.J. Grant scored an extra paycheck for “Knockout of the Night.” All bonuses were in the amount of $65,000.
Attendance & Gate
At the post-fight presser, UFC President Dana White reported attendance of 13,896 and gate receipts of “over $1.5 million.”
Referee Dan Mirgliotta had to remove a bit of broken tooth from Stefan Struve’s mouthpiece in between the second and third rounds.
Dana White said at the press conference that after the main event, Diego Sanchez looked “as bad as anyone I’ve seen” in the Octagon and that he had been transported to the hospital. White estimated that Sanchez’s nose was broken in the second round but was impressed that the challenger kept coming after Penn. “That Tony Robbins shit really works,” White said.