UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop
UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop was a mixed martial arts event held at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sept. 25, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event held in Indiana.
The main fight on the card was the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. The match was a lackluster affair until Mir knocked out Cro Cop with a vicious knee to the head near the end of the third round. In the co-headlining match, Ryan Bader won a unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
In preliminary fights, Sean McCorkle and Thiago Tavares each claimed first-round victories after their opponents tapped out, while Matt Mitrione, T.J. Grant and Waylon Lowe won their matches by decision.
Frank Mir def. Mirko Filipovic (heavyweight bout)
Frank Mir regained some momentum in UFC's heavyweight division with a stunning third-round knockout of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. The match started slowly with Mir able to pin his opponent against the fence and control the action in the opening round. The two were content to throw standing in the next frame, though the exchanges failed to generate much activity. The lackluster pace continued into the third round, until Mir delivered a vicious standing knee to the head of Cro Cop, knocking out the Croatian instantly. Mir added a couple of punches before the referee stopped the fight at 4:02 of round three.
Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (light heavyweight bout)
Ryan Bader stayed undefeated by virtue of a unanimous decision victory over Rogerio Nogueira. The young American, who was TUF: Season 8 winner, started strong with a first-round takedown and some ground-and-pound damage. But Little Nog, who came into the match with seven straight wins, gained momentum in round two by stuffing Bader's takedown attempts and getting the better of the exchanges. The third round followed that same scenario before Bader was able to take down the Brazilian one final time and earn the decision from the judges.
Chris Lytle def. Matt Serra (welterweight bout)
In a rematch of the TUF: Season 4 finale, Chris Lytle was a victor by unanimous decision over Matt Serra. The hometown favorite gained the upper hand early by landing strikes and opening a cut near Serra's left eye in the opening round. With both men settling for a standing fight, Lytle continued to dominate as Serra tired as the match wore on. The result gave Lytle a fourth-straight victory in UFC competition.
Sean Sherk def. Evan Dunham (lightweight bout)
Returning to the Octagon after a 16-month layoff, Sean Sherk won by split decision over Evan Dunham. Going for takedowns early in the match, Sherk got caught in a number of deep chokes but was able to worm out of each. A Sherk elbow near the end of round one opened a nasty gash near Dunham's eye, but the younger fighter battled back in the next round by connecting with numerous kicks and punches. Dunham again landed blows in the final round, but the split decision -- which was booed by the crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse -- went the veteran Sherk's way.
Melvin Guillard def. Jeremy Stephens (lightweight bout)
In a matchup of two young veterans, Melvin Guillard defeated Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens by split decision. With both men content with a standing fight, neither connected often during the three rounds as Guillard's speed frustrated Stephens throughout and proved the difference in the match.
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C.B. Dollaway def. Joe Doerksen (middleweight bout)
C.B. Dollaway triumphed over Joe Doerksen by locking up a modified guillotine in the first round. Dolloway started impressively with a front headlock takedown into an arm-in guillotine. Doerksen was able to scramble out of that, but Dolloway regained hold of his opponent's neck and forced him to tap out at 2:47 of round one.
Matt Mitrione def. Joey Beltran (heavyweight bout)
Joey Beltran suffered his first loss in UFC, falling to Matt Mitrione by decision. Beltran was able to take down the former NFL defensive tackle in the opening round and work the body, but Mitrione battled back in the next frame by playing the aggressor and connecting on a number of punches. With Beltran's face bloodied from an early cut, round three saw each fighter land some blows, before Mitrione was awarded the unanimous decision.
Waylon Lowe def. Steve Lopez (lightweight bout)
Waylon Lowe rebounded from a loss to Melvin Guillard to win via split decision over Steve Lopez. After a lackluster first round, action picked up in the second frame with the former Division II wrestling champ taking down Lopez but also receiving a number of strikes from his opponent. Lowe opened up a gash on the head of Lopez with some elbows in the final round, and earned the victory by outscoring Lopez on two of the three judges' counts.
T.J. Grant def. Julio Paulino (welterweight bout)
T.J Grant was the victor by unanimous decision over Dominican Julio Paulino. The Canadian grappler won each round by taking the action to the mat, and is now 3-2 in his UFC career. The defeat for Paulino comes after a loss in his UFC debut (in March) to Mike Pierce.
Sean McCorkle def. Mark Hunt (heavyweight bout)
Local favorite Sean McCorkle opened the night's action with a first-round victory over Mark Hunt, who is defeated in his UFC debut. Hunt was able to shrug off his opponent's opening move for a takedown, but McCorkle's attempt at a kimura was successful after a short struggle, with the tapout coming at 1:03 of the first round. While Hunt's losing skid continues, McCorkle is now unbeaten in ten fights.
Thiago Tavares def. Pat Audinwood (lightweight bout)
Pat Audinwood's UFC debut ended in disappointing fashion as Thiago Tavares won via guillotine submission at 3:47 of the first round. Tavares took Audinwood to the mat early and then slammed his opponent again to the floor before striking with elbows and punches. Audinwood again got to his feet before Tavares jumped into a guillotine, with Audinwood tapping out.
Conseco Fieldhouse is a multipurpose indoor arena in Indianapolis that serves as the home of the NBA's Indiana Pacers and WNBA's Indiana Fever. The arena opened in 1999, replacing Market Square Arena, which had been the home of the Pacers since the mid-1970s.
Construction began on Conseco Fieldhouse in 1997, and the first event held there was a Pacers game on Nov. 6, 1999. The arena, designed by the Ellerbe Becket architectural firm, contains retro touches intended to evoke imagery of Indiana's high school basketball heritage. It was named the best venue in the NBA by the Sports Business Journal each year between 2005 and 2007.
In addition to Pacers and Fever games, the venue regularly hosts major concerts and has been the home of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament all but one year since opening. The venue also became the home of the Big Ten men's basketball tournament in 2008 (after previously splitting hosting duties with the United Center in Chicago) and will host the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four.
Conseco Fieldhouse was built with a combination of public and private funding at a cost of $183 million. The arena is owned by the city of Indianapolis. Naming rights were sold to Conseco (an insurance company based in Indiana) at an annual cost of $2 million through 2019.
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