UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008

Date: December 27, 2008
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View

The UFC’s year-end show will feature another main event-worthy showdown in the 205-pound division, as Griffin (16-4) defends his belt for th

e first-time against the fast-rising Rashad Evans (12-0-1).

UFC 92 features a three-headed main event with Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira vs Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin vs Rashad Evans, and Quinton Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva. There has never been a better trio of bouts on any MMA card in the history of the sport. Any one of them could stand on its own as a headliner for a PPV event.

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Rampage Jackson

Forrest Griffin is coming off back-to-back victories against Jackson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Based out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, he has won nine of his last 11 bouts, including three straight.

Evans (12-0-1), meanwhile, announced his arrival as an elite light heavyweight in September, when he scored a devastating second-round KO against Liddell at UFC 88 in Atlanta. Once criticized for his plodding style and inability to finish, Evans has delivered three of his last four wins by knockout. A draw with former champion Tito Ortiz in July 2007 remains the only blemish on his resume.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir will challenge current interim division titlist Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira for the right to advance to the final round of the heavyweight tournament arranged to declare an undisputed champion. Frank and Nogueira are opposing coaches on this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) that airs on the Spike TV network on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

The winner of the match will face the victor of the bout between UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, which takes place at UFC 91 on November 15, at a later date sometime in early 2009.

Jackson and Silva is the only non-title fight of the main three events at UFC 92 but it might be the most anticipated. Both fighters bring brutal, violent styles to the octagon and Jackson is seeking to avenge two past losses to Silva. The fight is also huge for the career prospects of each fighter.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (28-7) has not competed since he surrendered the light heavyweight title to Griffin in a unanimous decision loss at UFC 86. He was arrested 10 days later in Costa Mesa, Calif., after he allegedly took authorities on a vehicular chase through the streets and sidewalks of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The 30-year-old Memphis, Tenn., native still faces two felony charges and four misdemeanors that could put him behind bars for three years.

Silva (32-8-1), meanwhile, has electrified UFC crowds with his unique brand of violence since he returned to the promotion in December 2007. The 32-year-old Brazilian once went more than four years without tasting defeat. He last appeared at UFC 84 in May, when he annihilated the highly regarded Keith Jardine in just 36 seconds. One of the sport’s premier finishers, he has secured 26 of his 32 wins by KO, TKO or submission.

UFC 92 Fight Card

Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans – confirmed

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva -confirmed

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir – confirmed

Cheick Kongo vs. Mustapha Al-Turk

C.B. Dollaway vs. Jorge Rivera

Dean Lister vs. Yushin Okami

Brad Blackburn vs. Ryo Chonan

Ivan Serati vs. TBA

UFC 92 Results

Rashad Evans defeats Forrest Griffin via technical knockout (strikes) in round three to become UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Frank Mir defeats Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira via technical knockout in round two to become UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeats Wanderlei Silva via KO (Strikes) Round 1

Cheick Kongo defeats Mustafa Al-Turk via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

CB Dollaway defeats Mike Massenzio via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

Yushin Okami defeats Dean Lister via unanimous decision

Antoni Hardonk defeats Mike Wessel via technical knockout (strikes) in round two

Matt Hamill defeats Reese Andy via technical knockout (strikes) in round two

Brad Blackburn defeats Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision

Pat Barry defeats Dan Evensen via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

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