2009
2009 in the UFC.
UFC 107: Penn vs Sanchez
UFC 107: Penn vs Sanchez from December 12, 2009. Unbeaten at 155 pounds for nearly eight years, BJ Penn has ruled the lightweight division with an iron fist, finishing top contenders Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, and Kenny Florian along the way. “The Prodigy” will face a challenger as willing as he is to leave it all on the line in The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez, who has reinvented himself as a relentless cardio machine that won’t stop moving forward until he wears the UFC championship belt around his waist. Plus, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir returns to the Octagon to begin his quest for a third title, and to move back up the ladder in one of the sport’s toughest divisions.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
TUF 10 Finale from December 5, 2009. The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale saw the colossal collision between finalists Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub and Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Also in action, Jon Jones vs. Matt Hamill, Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Veach, and the Octagon debut of Kimbo Slice.
UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin II
UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin 2 from November 21, 2009. In 2006, UFC superstars Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin engaged in a memorable battle for the ages. On Saturday, November 21st, they finally meet again in the main event of UFC 106, with Ortiz looking to make an immediate impact in his return to the Octagon and Griffin trying to settle the score with "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy." Also, two of the hardest hitting welterweights in the world, Josh Koscheck and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, square off in a match that will lead the winner closer to a shot at the welterweight title.
UFC 105: Couture vs Vera
UFC 105: Couture vs Vera from November 14, 2009. UFC Hall of Famer Randy "The Natural" Couture returns to the light heavyweight division for the first time in over three years, and he hopes to begin his quest for an unprecedented sixth world title with a victory over dynamic striker Brandon "The Truth" Vera in the main event of UFC 105. In the co-feature, British superstar Michael "The Count" Bisping is back home and looking for a knockout in front of his hometown fans when he squares off against fellow middleweight contender Denis Kang.
UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun from October 24, 2009. In May, Lyoto Machida electrified the mixed martial arts world with a stirring knockout of Rashad Evans. On Saturday, October 24th, “The Dragon” will make the first defense of his UFC light heavyweight crown in the main event of UFC 104 against former PRIDE star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is coming off back-to-back knockouts of Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman. In the co-feature, two of the top young heavyweight contenders in the sport will clash, as unbeatens Cain Velasquez takes on former IFL star “Big” Ben Rothwell in what promises to be one of the most memorable bouts of 2009.
UFC 103: Franklin vs Belfort
UFC 103: Franklin vs Belfort from September 19, 2009. The Ultimate Fighting Championship presents the fight the entire mixed martial arts world is talking about when “The Phenom”, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon to face UFC superstar Rich “Ace” Franklin in the main event of UFC 103. Also featured on the biggest MMA event to ever hit Texas will be perhaps the most explosive heavyweight battle of the year when one of the sport’s most feared strikers, Mirko Cro Cop, takes on Brazilian knockout artist Junior Dos Santos.
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Guillard
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Guillard from September 16, 2009. You’re welcome, Oklahoma! At UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard, the Octagon saw tons of high-octane action as Tim Credeur warred with Nate Quarry, Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Condit got nuts, and Nate Diaz battled Melvin Guillard in the main event.
UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira
UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira from August 29, 2009. When the history of mixed martial arts is written, two names will stand at the top of the heavyweight division - Randy "The Natural" Couture and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. But these two legendary former champions aren't thinking about the history books, they're looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, they must face each other in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira. In the co-feature, two of the light heavyweight division's heaviest hitters collide, when perennial contender Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine takes on Brazilian powerhouse Thiago Silva.
UFC 101: Declaration
UFC 101: Declaration from August 8, 2009. The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8th for UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. Penn has never lost at 155-pounds, and Florian is looking to change that stat this summer. In the co-feature, the pound-for-pound king of mixed martial arts, middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva, tests the waters at 205 pounds once again when he battles former light heavyweight champ and Ultimate Fighter season one winner Forrest Griffin.
UFC 100: Lesnar vs Mir II
UFC 100: Lesnar vs Mir 2 from July 11, 2009. It's the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago "Pitbull" Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael "The Count" Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown.
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
TUF 9 Finale from June 20, 2009. 3 Fight of the Night bonuses?! The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale hosted the lightweight & welterweight season finals as well as 3 tangles that were awarded FOTN bonuses including the main event - Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez.
UFC 99: The Comeback
UFC 99: The Comeback from June 13, 2009. The Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin squares off against former PRIDE champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match.
UFC 98: Evans vs Machida
UFC 98: Evans vs Machida from May 23, 2009. With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC history. Now in the main event of UFC 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge.
UFC 97: Redemption
UFC 97: Redemption from April 18, 2009. UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against number one contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. The pound for pound king has already defended his title more times than anyone in UFC middleweight history, but will his battle against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Leites - winner of five in a row - be his Waterloo? Also featured in the UFC's return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in what promises to be one of the most explosive bouts of 2009
UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann
UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann from April 1, 2009. At UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, the 3x defending WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit made his UFC debut against Octagon vet with scary striking & submission skills Martin Kampmann. Also in action, The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader.
UFC 96: Jackson vs Jardine
UFC 96: Jackson vs Jardine from March 7, 2009. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. Will Jackson earn the next shot at new champion Rashad Evans or will Jardine keep “Rampage” from his teammate by sending him crashing to defeat?
UFC 95: Sanchez vs Stevenson
UFC 95: Sanchez vs Stevenson from February 21, 2009. He was a top contender at welterweight, but how will he do at lightweight? At UFC 95 Diego Sanchez will make a weight class shift against Joe Stevenson in what is sure to be a hard fought main event. Also in action is the powerful welterweights Dan Hardy and Rory Markham as well as up-and-comer heavyweight Junior dos Santos.
UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs Stephens
UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs Stephens from February 7, 2009. At UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, rising stars from the Octagon’s next generation took center-stage including the undefeated Cain Velasquez, TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig, and, in the main event, Joe Lauzon squared off with Jeremy Stephens.
UFC 94: St-Pierre vs Penn II
UFC 94: St-Pierre vs Penn 2 from January 31, 2009. In 2004, BJ Penn did the impossible when he moved up a weight class to defeat the legendary Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight title. Penn, now the UFC lightweight champion, will attempt to become the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously when he squares off against one of the few men to ever defeat him in the Octagon, current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Who will be left standing when two champions collide in what promises to be one of the most epic battles in mixed martial arts history?
UFC 93: Franklin vs Henderson
UFC 93: Franklin vs Henderson from January 17, 2009. The UFC travels to Dublin, Ireland for the first time and the big guns of the light heavyweight division are coming along for the ride. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin battles former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson in a pivotal 205-pound battle that could determine the future for both superstars. Plus, UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman returns to the octagon for his long-awaited rematch with a man intent on revenge, Brazilian powerhouse Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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