|UFC 77 in Cincinnati,Ohio,”Hostile Territory”. Former middleweight champion andhometown hero, Rich Franklin, will look to reclaim his185-pound title from current titleholder, Anderson Silva.||
UFC 77 scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the U.S.Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
UFC 77: “Hostile Territory”
Saturday, October 20 at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV)
U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio
UFC Middleweight ChampionAnderson “The Spider” Silva will travel to the hometown of theman he took the title from, Rich “Ace” Franklin, to defend hiscrown against the popular former title belt holder
in a highly anticipated rematch entitled UFC 77: HOSTILETERRITORY.
The October 20 showdown at theU.S. Bank Arena will be almost exactly one year to the day that”The Spider” crushed “Ace” en route to championship glory at UFC64: “Unstoppable” on October 14, 2006.
Silva (19-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil,is an extremely well-rounded fighter with phenomenal strikingskills as well as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Afterdefeating Chris Leben and Franklin in the first round in hisfirst two UFC fights, “The Spider” took on Travis Lutter inFebruary in what was supposed to be his first title defense, butLutter fell short of making weight by a half-pound. As a result,their fight was altered to athree-round non-championship bout, but Silva still finishedLutter by submission at 2:11 of the second round. Silva thentook on Nathan Marquardt at UFC 73 in July and finally got hisfirst successful title defense under his belt with an impressivefirst round TKO win.
(24-2) fought a good portion of his career as a lightheavyweight before moving to the middleweight division. At UFC53, he stopped UFC champion Evan Tanner to capture themiddleweight crown. He made his first title defense against NateQuarry at UFC 56, winning by first round KO, and his seconddefense against Canadian David Loiseau at UFC 58 showed hischampionship heart as he won a five round decision despitefighting much of the fight with a broken hand. Franklin facedAnderson Silva in his third UFC title defense, but was stoppedby the Brazilian in the first round. At UFC 68 in March, hereturned to the OctagonT, and in front of his home state crowd,stopped Jason MacDonald at the start of the second round. At UFC72, Franklin defeated Yushin Okami by unanimous decision to earna rematch with Silva and a shot at redemption.
This Fight did not happen – Maybe if Ortiz getshis contract right with the MMA. Then we may see if Titto iswashed up.
Evans Vs. Ortiz 2, are relatively even money again. Pick’em. I’ll be picking Ortiz because I think he’ll be betterprepared this time and he wont hold the fence. Back at UFC 73these two fought to an unanimous draw because Ortiz had beenwarned about grabbing the fence, yetin the second round did it again to prevent Evans from takinghim down to the mat. The one point penalty led to a draw, eventhough Ortiz should have won two rounds and the fight in allthree judges’s minds. Don’t think that means Ortiz is going tohave his way this time. Evans is still a young and inexperiencedfighter who will have learned from his first match and should bebetter this time around. Of course Ortiz still thinks hedeserves the limelight and isn’t going to get much more of it ifhe loses to an unproven fighter like Evans. It will beinteresting to see how this one plays out.
UFC 77 Fight Card
Main Event: UFC Middleweight ChampionAnderson Silva (19-4) vs. Rich Franklin (22-2)
Hvywt.: Tim Sylvia (23-3) vs. Brandon Vera (8-0)
185 lbs.: Jason MacDonald (19-8) vs. Yushin Okami (20-4)*
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman (8-4) vs. Forrest Petz (13-4)
185 lbs.: Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) vs. Alan Belcher (10-3)
205 lbs.: Stephan Bonnar (10-4) vs. Eric Schafer (7-2-2)*
155 lbs.: Jorge Gurgel (11-2) vs. Alvin Robinson (8-2)*
185 lbs.: Ryan Jensen (11-2) vs. Demian Maia (5-0)*
155 lbs.: Jason Black (21-3-1) vs. Matt Grice (8-1)*
Odds from Gamblerspalace.com
UFC 77 “Hostile Territory”Winner
77 HOSTILE TERRITORY Anderson Silva is 2nd roundwinner over Rich Franklin. The UFC MiddleweightChampion stopped the attack in the Octagon for asecond time from the mixed martial arts fighter RichFranklin from his hometown Cincinnati at the fullhouse U.S. Bank Arena October 20, 2007.
During UFC 64 in October 2006, Silva stopped Franklinduring the first round.
Franklin entered the Octagon very confident to the music”Welcome to the Jungle”. The fans were so excited to see himthat they let out a roar and gave him the confidence to seethe champion enter. The opening song for Silva was “Ain’t nosunshine” by DMX. The reception for Silva wasn’t spectacularas the crowd booed.
UFC 77 Results
UFC 77 QUICK RESULTS:
Tim Sylvia vs. Brandon Vera
CT Round 3: 10-9 Sylvia, Vera Looked Horrible, claiming a broken left hand in the 1st.
CT Round 2: 10-9 Vera, Vera Warned for a Knee to the head
CT Round 1: 10-9 Sylvia
Result: Tim Sylvia defeats Brandon Vera by Unanimous Decision. (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Jorge Gurgel vs. Alvin Robinson
CT Round 3: 10-9 Robinson
CT Round 2: 10-9 Robinson, Gurgel Bloody
CT Round 1: 10-9 Gurgel
Result: Alvin Robinson defeats Jorge Gurgel by Unanimous Decision. (29-28, 29-27 x2)
Stephan Bonnar vs. Eric Schafer
CT Round 1: 10-9 Schafer
Result: Stephan Bonnar defeats Eric Schafer by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 2:47 of R2
Alan Belcher vs. Kalib Starnes
CT Round 1: 10-9 Belcher, Huge cut over Starnes eye
Result: Alan Belcher defeats Kalib Starnes by TKO (Referee Stoppage Due To Cut) at 1:39 in R2
Jason MacDonald vs. Yushin Okami
Result: Yushin Okami defeats Jason MacDonald by Unanimous Decision.
Demian Maia vs. Ryan Jensen
Result: Demian Maia defeats Ryan Jensen by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:40 of R1
Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz
Result: Josh Burkman defeats Forrest Petz by Split Decision (29-28 Burkman, 29-28 Burkman, 29-28 Petz)
Jason Black vs. Matt Grice
Result: Bout is ruled a DRAW. (29-28 Black, 29-28 Grice, 28-28)