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There were two odd quirks from last night's (4.2) UFC Fight Night installment: it was held in suburban Denver, Colorado (at the Broomfield Event Center), and it was broadcast on SipkeTV at 7PM EDT (rather than the usual 8PM, but if the fans wanted the early start, they got it). It was billed as the most exciting card in the FN series' history, and there was virtually no match that failed to dissapoint.
Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin (Light Heavyweight)
Aside from Irvin knocking out Alexander eight seconds into the match. there wasn't very much to write home about, except for the fact that Irvin's feat tied the quickest KO in UFC history. Alexander, 36, was briefly rent unconscious, BTW.
Nate Diaz vs. Kurt Pellegrino (Lightweight)
Diaz' third appearance on a FN main card ended in almost the same fashion as his second. The winner of the Ultimate Fighter 5 had to endure some furious Pellegrino punches, but managed to lure Batman into his ground game and turn him into Bruce Wayne with his signature triangle choke submission three minutes into the second round.
Tim Boetsch vs. Matt Hamill (Light Heavyweight)
Boetsch stepped in for Stephen Bonnar in this match, which was not for the first time. At UFC 81, he made his debut filling in for Tomasz Drwal in a match against David Heath. He and Hamill were virtually in a deadlock early on in the bout, but the Hammer, who was cut on the lip, dropped the hammer on Boetsch wuth some thundering lefts and won the match by TKO due to strikes at 1:25 of the second round, doing Utica, New York, the Mohawk Valley, and the Upstate proud. On an interesting (and maybe inspiring) sidenote: Hamill is hearing-impaired. The lesson learned here is that no matter what obstacles we face in life, we can overcome them; alli it takes is some willpower.
Karo Parisyan vs. Thiago Alves (Welterweight)
Two top-flight fighters in the welterweight division ramped up the intensity early on, only to have it drop off a bit later on. Parisyan showed some life near the end of round 1, but the Pitbull showed his fangs and went all out on Karo to end the match, though "The Heat" got hot about having referee Steve Mazzagatti just 34 seconds into the second round.
Tommy Speer vs. Anthony Johnson (Welterweight)
The first (and only) undercard match to air featured Speer, a finalist from The Ultimate Fighter 6. However, he was no match for Johnson, who had home field advantage going for him. Johnson "Rumble"d over Speer 51 seconds into the first round.
Frank Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (Light Heavyweight)
Two upandcoming light heavyweights were featured in the only fight to go the entire three rounds. Both fighters tried to finish each other so as not ot let the judges decide who was the winner, but alas, the judges spoke and all agreed that Maynard was the winner.
Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon (Light Heayvweight)
Finally, THE MAIN EVENT! The Battle of the Bay State started off on a somewhat bloody note when Florian got cut in the back of the head by Lauzon while on the ground. Lauzon was warned about what he did, but was not penalized a point by referee Herb Dean. "K-Flo" managed to come back as the second round began, and it translated into a TKO victory at 3:28.
All in all, the night of exciting action was hyped as Rocky Mountain high, and it lived up to its billing.