The undercard has concluded at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and the fans are waiting for the main card to begin.
They are most likely hoping for some more finishes. Three of the five preliminary fights went to a decision, and one was stopped by the doctor late in the third and final round.
In fact, the bouts ran so long that one of the fights could not be contested. The bout between Aaron Riley and Shane Nelson will now become the second swing bout on the main card and will take place only if there is some extra time on the broadcast.
Matt Riddle, Alessio Sakara and John Howard won the decisions, with Sakara and Howard being awarded split decisions.
Jesse Lennox was awarded a victory when Danillo Villefort told the doctor that he could not see out of his eye because of a cut and the doctor was forced to stop the bout.
George Sotiropoulos submitted George Roop in the second round with a vicious kimura. The main card is about to begin. We will be providing the result at the end of each fight on the pay-per-view portion of the card.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Boxer Roy Jones, Jr. is in the building, but he is not here simply as a fan. Representatives of Jones sent out a press release yesterday saying Jones was taking a break from training for his upcoming fight to scout Anderson Silva.
The UFC middleweight champion has long talked of his desire to box Jones at some point in the near future. Jones appears to share the interest.
The obvious stumbling block would be that there is no way UFC president Dana White would allow one of his superstars to participate in a boxing match while he is under contract. Silva does, however, only have a few fights left on his current deal with the UFC.
Some fighters have been trying at recent cards to start entertaining the crowd before their fight even begins.
Local favorite Matthew Riddle, who hails from Allentown, Pa., smiled during his entire walk to the octagon as he entered to Michael Jackson’s hit, “Beat It.”
It looked as if he wouldn’t be so jovial leaving the octagon early on in the fight. Riddle was caught in a first-round guillotine by Dan Cramer, but survived the hold. He rebounded and proceeded to win by decision with a dominating third round performance.
There is no doubt that someone will come in to the theme song from “Rocky” to capitalize on the fact that the fights are in Philadelphia.
The crowd heartily booed the introduction on Thales Leites.
The last time the Brazilian was in action, he lured Anderson Silva into one of the more boring fights in recent UFC history. Leites, who was fighting for Silva’s middleweight title, lay on his back in the octagon on several occasions in an attempt to get Silva to compete in a jiu-jitsu contest instead of an MMA fight.
The fans in Philadelphia showed they have not forgotten that performance. He didn’t fare much better tonight.
Leites and Alessio Sakara danced around the cage for most of their three-round bout and were showered with boos The scorecards reflected just how difficult It is to score a fight in which nothing really happens.
One judge gave all three rounds to Leites. The other two judges gave Sakara two rounds, and the victory.
It was difficult to hear what the scores were, however, as the boos were growing to a point where even Bruce Buffer’s loud voice screaming into a microphone could not be heard in most of the arena.