UFC 57: LIDDELL KO’S COUTURE!

It was a sports betting historic night at the Mandalay Bay Event Center, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight championship by knocking out Randy “The Natural” Couture in the opening minutes of the second round of what would soon to be known as “The Natural’s” final fight of his long, illustrious career. The opening moments of the round saw both me extremely cautious and respectful of the abilities of their opponents. As Liddell circled awaiting his time to strike, Couture inched his way closer to the reigning light heavyweight champion.

Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell

As Couture landed a right cross to Liddell’s head, the crowd came alive when “The Iceman” landed two hard lefts to his opponent. It was then that Randy Couture, seizing the moment, slammed Liddell to the mat much to the enjoyment of the sold out Mandalay Bay Event Center. But, in typical Chuck Liddell fashion, he rose to his feet right away and pressed Couture to the fence. Blood poured from the left eye of “The Natural” as the round ended apparently from a punch earlier in the round. As round two began, the two men initiatedtheir mutual display of respect once again. Randy Couture, still stalking to get to the champion, chanced a lunging left hook that Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell countered perfectly blasting his opponent with a devastating left hook. Couture dropped to the floor immediately and Liddell pounced to finish the job with hard pounding punches at 1:28 of the second round. With this victory, “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell defends his title successfully for the second time.

QuickUFC 57 Match-By-Match Results:

-Keith Jardine def. Mike Whitehead via Unanimous Decision.

-Jeff Monson def. Branden Lee Hinkle via Submission (arm choke) in Round 1.

-Paul Buentello def. Gilbert Aldana via TKO (strikes) in Round 2.

-Alessio Sakara def. Elvis Sinosic via Unanimous Decision.

-Joe Riggs def. Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision.

-Renato “Babalu” Sobral def. Mike Van Arsdale via Submission (rear naked choke) in Round 1.

-Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz def. Frank Mir via TKO (strikes) in Round 1.

-Brandon Vera def. Justin Eilers via KO (high kick) in Round 1.

-Chuck Liddell def. Randy Couture via KO (punches) in Round 2.

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