BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk at UFC 84 Las Vegas

UFC 84: Ill Will

Date: May 24, 2008

Location: Las

Vegas

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena

The pay-per-view event includes a main event lightweight championship bout between title-holder BJ Penn and former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk. Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine, Wilson Gouveia Vs. Goran Reljic, Tito Ortiz Vs. Lyoto Machida, and Thiago Silva VS. Antonio Mendes will also be featured on May 24th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 84 Fight Odds

African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face fellow judoka Kazuhiro Nakamura at May’s UFC 84

Shane Carwin (8-0, 0-0 UFC) will make his UFC debut against Christian Wellisch (8-3, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 84 “Ill Will”

Carwin – a Western State College NCAA Division II national wrestling champion and two-time football All-American – is a top heavyweight prospect who has gone undefeated in smaller promotions with the guidance of veterans such as Ron Waterman and Nate Marquardt.

He’s an extremely athletic fighter who has drawn comparisons to Brock Lesnar. Carwin, however, has more mixed martial arts experience. In fact, he has finished all of his opponents in the first round with a mix of knockouts and submissions.

Wellisch started his career with a mild, 6-3 professional MMA record including a UFC-debut loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 62 in late-2006. Following the loss, Wellisch secured back-to-back victories inside the octagon over Anthony Perosh and Scott Junk.

The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face fellow judoka Kazuhiro Nakamura at May’s UFC 84.

Sokoudjou burst onto the MMA scene last year with two devastating knockout wins over highly touted fighters, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Ricardo Arona in the now defunct Pride FC. However in his recent UFC debut at UFC 79: Nemesis, he was defeated by Lyoto Machida by 2nd round arm-triangle choke.

Kazuhiro Nakamura has fought a who’s who of Pride veterans, which is not a surprise considering that prior to UFC 76 it was the only organization he had fought for. He had mixed results in Pride going 11-6 in his time there. Just like Sokoudjou, Nakamura’s last defeat was at the hands of Machida at the UFC 76: Knockout. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following post-fight testing for UFC 76: Knockout.

UFC 84 Main Card

BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk

UFC Lightweight Championship

Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine

Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida

Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic

Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes

Preliminary Bouts

Rameau Sokodjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura

John Koppenhaver vs.Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Jason Tan vs. Dong Hyun Kim

UFC 84 Results

In the main event of UFC 84: Ill Will on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, B.J. Penn retained his UFC Lightweight Title by defeating former champion Shawn Sherk.

The fight was stopped by the referee after three complete rounds, ending with Penn (14-4-1) knocking Sherk (36-3-1) down and nearly out with a flying knee, followed by a barrage of punches on the mat. It appeared Sherk was saved by the bell, but the ref called the fight off anyway. Sherk didn’t dispute the decision.

This highly anticipated fight didn’t quite live up to the billing. The former champ Sherk, who had been stripped of his title late last year after failing a steroid test, endured taunts from the fans who twice started chants of “steroids, steroids.” Shrek was unable to take Penn to the mat despite an attempt in the early seconds. For the rest of the three five-minute rounds, Penn capitalized on his reach advantage by landing a much higher percentage of punches than Sherk. Sherk’s face showed it too, with cuts under both eyes and swelling on his face. Penn finished the fight without a scratch.

In the other UFC 84 bouts went as follows:

Wanderlei Silva def. Keith Jardine by TKO (Strikes) at 0:36, R1

Goran Reljic def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (Strikes) at 3:15, R2

Lyoto Machida def. Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision, R3

Thiago Silva def. Antonio Mendes by Submission (Strikes) at 2:24, R1

Rousimar Palhares def. Ivan Salaverry by Submission (Armbar) at 2:36, R1

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Kazuhiro Nakamura by TKO (Unable to Continue) at 5:00, R1

Rich Clementi def. Terry Etim by Unanimous Decision, R3

Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Jon Koppenhaver by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 0:56, R1

Dong-Hyun Kim def. Jason Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 0:25, R3

Shane Carwin def. Christian Wellisch by TKO (Strikes) at 0:44, R1

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