Right here’s the way it appeared that evening at American Airways Enviornment…
Unbeaten in 20 professional fights, powerhouse Minnesota wrestler Sean Sherk was anticipated to be the stiffest check for powerhouse Illinois wrestler Matt Hughes in the principle occasion of UFC 43 on the American Airways Enviornment in Miami, however after 25 minutes, it was Hughes who nonetheless walked away with the UFC welterweight championship belt in his possession as he scored a 5 spherical unanimous choice to retain the title for the fourth time.
Scores had been 49-46, 48-45, and 48-47.
Virtually mirror pictures of one another, Hughes and Sherk squared off, with Hughes nailing his first takedown. The champion pushed Sherk to the fence and stayed busy along with his strikes. Halfway by way of the spherical, Sherk was displaying blood from over his proper eye, however seconds later he was capable of spring to his ft. He wasn’t upright lengthy, as Hughes scored one other takedown. Sherk threw strikes from the underside place, however issues weren’t wanting good for the Minnesotan as Hughes centered on the lower and completed up a dominant spherical.
The second spherical was a digital repeat of the primary, with Hughes remaining in management. Sherk wanted to start to make a cost if he wished to show issues round, and after being turned again on his first takedown try of the third stanza, he secured the second a minute in, and he shortly bulled Hughes to the fence. Sherk fired off strikes from the highest, whereas Hughes virtually locked up a kimura earlier than “The Muscle Shark” powered free. Again on high, Sherk landed some pictures, bloodying Hughes, however with a minute left referee John McCarthy restarted the motion. That was fantastic with Sherk, who used an uppercut to arrange one other takedown.
Because the championship rounds started, Sherk was again within the combat, however Hughes shortly subtle his opponent’s early cost for a takedown and guillotine choke with a takedown, and he saved him there, punishing his foe for almost your complete 5 minute interval.
Needing a end to win, Sherk tried for a takedown to begin spherical 5, and after a protracted interval towards the fence, he lastly received it. Sherk threw brief punches at shut vary, however whereas factors scoring, they weren’t doing sufficient injury. With two minutes left, McCarthy stood the combat up, and Hughes refused to get taken down once more. As a substitute, it was Hughes who ended up on high on the mat, and in the end within the combat.WATCH ON UFC FIGHT PASS
Within the co-feature, rising welterweight star Robbie Lawler suffered the primary lack of his professional profession as he was compelled to submit on account of damage within the second spherical towards Pete Spratt.
The end got here at 2:28 of the second spherical, when a dislocated hip ended Lawler’s evening.WATCH ON UFC FIGHT PASS
Grappling ace Sean Alvarez had excessive hopes in his UFC debut, however they had been dashed by Hawaiian brawler Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, who used an efficient spawl and brawl technique to put on his foe down after which end him through TKO in spherical two.WATCH ON UFC FIGHT PASS