UFC 52 Results

Play by Play \ Notes

 

April 16, 2005

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada



Notes

 

Preliminary Bouts

Heavyweight Bout

Mike Van Arsdale wins a three round unanimous decision over John Marsh

 

Middleweight Bout

Ivan Salaverry wins by submission (triangle choke) at 2:42 of the first round over Joe Riggs

 

Middleweight Bout

Joe Doerksen wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 of the third round over Patrick Cote

 

Fight 1 - Welterweight Bout

Georges St. Pierre wins a three round unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Jason Miller

 

Fight 2 - Middleweight Bout

Matt Lindland wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:13 of the second round over Travis Lutter

 

Fight 3 - Welterweight Title Bout

Matt Hughes wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:05 of the first round over Frank Trigg

 

Fight 4 - Light Heavyweight Bout

Renato Sobral wins by submission (arm bar) at :24 of the second round over Travis Wuiff

 

Fight 5 - Light Heavyweight Title Bout

Chuck Liddell wins by knockout (straight right) at 2:06 of the first round over Randy Couture

 

 

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Play by Play \ Notes

 

 

Preliminary Bouts

Middleweight Bout

Ivan Salaverry wins by submission (triangle choke) at 2:42 of the first round over Joe Riggs

 

Rd 1

They come to the center and touch gloves - Riggs circling - Salaverry throws a high kick but it is blocked -

Riggs still circling - Both throw a few punches but they miss - Riggs lands an inside leg kick - Riggs comes

in with some punches, Salaverry ducks under and Riggs gets him in a loose guillotine choke - Salaverry

pulls Riggs down and gets the full guard - Riggs throws a few punches and pulls up and out - Salaverry turns

around and stands-up - Riggs gets Salaverry's back - Riggs gets him in a bear hug and looks like he is going

to attempt a suplex - Salaverry defending well - Salaverry goes to his knees and is now on all fours with

Riggs still in the bear hug - Salaverry goes for a kimura - Salaverry spins Riggs all the way around and then

goes for the arm bar - Riggs is able to pull away - Salaverry then puts Riggs back in full guard - Riggs is able

to pull up and way and is now standing - Salaverry is still on his back - Riggs comes down and Salaverry

lands two good up-kicks - Riggs still came down and Salaverry is able to put him in a triangle choke which

forces Riggs to tap.

 

 

Middleweight Bout

Joe Doerksen wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 of the third round over Patrick Cote

 

Rd 1

They come to the center, Doerksen coming forward - Both exchange punches - Doerksen is able to push

Cote against the cage - they scramble to the center of the ring, still clinching - Doerksen is able to bring

Cote down with a Judo throw - After a few seconds, Cote tries to turn and Doerksen gets his back with Cote

facing the ceiling - Doerksen goes for a rear naked choke - Cote doing a good job at defending - They stay in

that position - Cote finally turns and pulls up and out - Doerksen gets up and they both exchange punches

but then Doerksen takes Cote back down - Cote is in the full guard - Doerksen trying to punch but Cote is

doing a job blocking - Cote goes for a triangle choke but Doerksen pulls away - Doerksen comes back and

grabs Cote's left arm and goes for a kimura and then transitions to an arm-bar and then to a triangle choke

as the horn sounds to end the round.

 

Rd 2

They both come to the center and Doerksen comes in with a kick, Cote counters with some punches - Cote

lands a few more punches and then a high kick to the head - Doerksen takes Cote down but Cote bounces

right back up - Doerksen takes Cote back down and lands in side-mount - Doerksen throws a knee to the

side of Cote - Doerksen tries to put the knee on the belly but Cote grabs the leg and is able to put Doerksen

on his back - Doerksen goes for a triangle but Cote is able to defend it - Doerksen from the bottom doing a

good job - Cote stands back up - Doerksen stands-up - Cote delivers a flying knee that lands right on the

face of Doerksen - they clinch and Cote delivers a few more knees - Cote pushes Doerksen down - Doerksen

is able to get the guard - Cote is able to get half-guard - they scramble on the floor for position - Doerksen

is able to get full guard - Cote delivering some strong elbows on Doerksen - Doerksen holding on - Doerksen

changes position and goes for what looked like an arm bar \ triangle choke but Cote pushes him off and they

both stand-up - Cote is able to land a few punches while standing - Doerksen then brings Cote down -

Doerksen tries to punch Cote but Cote defending well as the horn sounded to end the round.

 

Rd 3

Both come out to the center and touch gloves - Cote lands a left and then a right and then another combo -

Cote lands an inside leg kick - Both just circling the ring - Cote lands a body shot and then a few more

punches - Doerksen looks like he lost his balanced as he was cooing forward and got hit - Cote followed him

down - Doerksen is able to put Cote into the guard - Doerksen is able to flip Cote over - Doerksen now has

Cote's back with Cote on the bottom - Cote turns with Doerksen on his back - Doerksen in now on his back

with Cote on top of him facing the ceiling - Doerksen is able to trap Cote's arm with his left foot so he can't

defend the rear naked choke - Doerksen sinks in the rear naked choke and Cote has to tap.

 

 

Fight 1 - Welterweight Bout

Georges St. Pierre wins a three round unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Jason Miller

 

Rd 1

(Miller is all smiles, St. Pierre is serious) - Both come out to center of the ring and touch gloves - both

throw jabs - Miller throws a low Thai kick - St. Pierre catches shim with a straight right - Miller goes down

but not all due to the punch - St. Pierre does not follow, he stays up - St. Pierre lands an axe kick straight

down on Miller's gut - Miller tries to takedown St. Pierre by the leg that he threw the axe kick with but St.

Pierre turns and pulls out of it - both are now standing - both exchange punches - they feel each out -

St. Pierre tries and spinning back fist but misses - both exchange jabs - Miller tries to deliver a couple of

kicks, one to the mid-section and one to the top - finally they clinch and St. Pierre takes Miller down -

Miller extremely flexible, tries to keep St. Pierre down in the half-guard - Miller goes for St. Pierre's right leg

again - St. Pierre just stands up and pulls away - After standing for a few seconds, they go back to the

ground - This time, St. Pierre delivers some good strikes to Miller's face - Miller now bleeding - both are now

standing - now they go back to the ground - St. Pierre being the most dominant fighter on the ground while

on top throwing short elbows and a couple of punches - round ends.

 

Rd 2

Both fighters come out punching - Miller pushes St. Pierre against the cage and tries to lift him up for a slam

- St. Pierre, extremely strong and well balanced, is able to counter the slam attempt - St. Pierre is able to

push Miller straight down and land on top of him - St. Pierre in the half-guard landing some punches - St.

Pierre goes for a kimura - It looks like St. Pierre has it but Miller is extremely flexible, turns over and gets out

of it - St. Pierre back to a dominant position on top throwing punches down on Miller - Miller scrambles and

St. Pierre is able to get his back - Miller is able to roll out of it - Back it goes to St. Pierre on top with Miller

on the bottom - Once again, Miller scrambles and St. Pierre goes for the arm bar - it looks like St. Pierre has

it with five seconds to go - Miller throws his legs toward St. Pierre's face and is able to hold on until the horn

sounded to end the round.

 

Rd 3

Both come out to the center of the ring - Miller comes out throwing punches and kicks - this time, St. Pierre

takes Miller down and pushes Miller against the cage - Miller doing a decent job at defending against St.

Pierre's attacks - St. Pierre now lands three consecutive elbows to the face of Miller - Miller scrambles and

gets on all fours with St. Pierre in the north, south position over him - St. Pierre finally turns him over after a

short struggle - back it goes to St. Pierre throwing short punches from the top - after a short struggle, St.

Pierre gets Miller in  a arm bar position but Miller to his credit is able to roll out of it - Miller now gets top

position on St. Pierre - crowd goes a little wild - St. Pierre is now able to turn Miller and regain the top

position - after a short struggle on the floor, they stand - 10 seconds left - St. Pierre throws a few punches

and goes for a takedown as the round ends.

 

 

Fight 2 - Middleweight Bout

Matt Lindland wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:13 of the second round over Travis Lutter

 

Rd 1

Both fighters come out to the center of the ring and touch gloves - both clinch really quick - Lindland trying to

punch while in the clinch - Lindland throws a knee to the mid-section of Lutter - Lutter turns away and

Lindland gets Lutter in a bear hug from the back and goes for a suplex - Lutter is able to land on all fours -

Lindland starts to attack from the top position - Lutter is able to get a head and arm of Lindland and is able

to roll Lindland over - Lutter is now on top and gets the full mount - Lutter is able to land a few punches

before Lindland pushes him off - both scramble up -  Lindland pushing Lutter against the cage - Lindland is

able to land some short body punches and then some short elbows to the face of Lutter - Lutter reverses

position and gets Lindland up against the cage - Lutter now takes him down with a double leg - Lindland

doing a good job at keeping Lutter at bay - Lutter tries to go for a side mount - Lutter is in the half-guard -

Lindland pulls away and gets up - both stand - Lindland pushes Lutter against the cage - they clinch -

Lindland lands a couple of good punches to the face of Lutter - Lindland now attempts to take Lutter down

with a single leg as the round ends.

 

Rd 2

Both come out swinging - Lindland takes Lutter down - Lindland is in half-guard on top trying to pass Lutter's

guard - Lutter is able to put Lindland in the full guard using an open guard with butterfly hooks - but Lindland

is able to land some punches from that position and some short elbows to the face - Lutter is able to

position himself for a knee bar on Lindland - Lindland is extremely well-based and is able to stop the knee

bar attempt - they scramble for a bit on the ground - Lindland lands a few punches and elbows - Lutter turns

to all fours and tries to stand-up - Lindland now is able to sink in a guillotine choke from the standing position

- as he is sinking in the choke, Lutter falls straight down trying to get out of it - Lindland has the choke sunk

in deep and goes with Lutter to the floor and wraps his leg around Lutter's back and forces Lutter to tap.

 

 

Fight 3 - Welterweight Title Bout

Matt Hughes wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:05 of the first round over Frank Trigg

 

Rd 1

(as Hughes entered the ring, Trigg was looking and kept looking the other way for a while) - Both come to the

center of the ring throwing short jabs - Hughes throws a high right kick that is blocked by Trigg - Hughes

comes in and ties up Trigg - Hughes pushes him against the cage as they clinch - Trigg delivers a couple of

knees, one of which seemed low - As Hughes paused for a second to see what the ref was going to do about

it, Trigg takes advantage and lands a couple of short punches to the face of Hughes - Hughes moves away

Trigg follows him and throws continuous punches and tags Hughes - Hughes goes down with Trigg following

him throwing punches - Trigg now on the ground on top of Hughes delivering punches and elbows to face of

Hughes - Trigg is now able to get the full mount - Hughes pushes and bridges and turns away - Trigg able to

get the back of Hughes - Trigg now goes for a rear naked choke with hooks - Hughes doing a great job of

defending - Hughes scrambles with Trigg holding on to the rear naked choke - Hughes turns his body to one

side and escapes the choke - Trigg tries to stand-up but he's against the cage now facing Hughes - Hughes

picks Trigg up as he is standing - He carries Trigg across the ring and slams him hard - Hughes now gets

the full mount and starts to ground and pound - Trigg tries to roll onto all fours but does a full circle - Hughes

still on top delivering blows straight down - Trigg is able to get on all fours but Hughes has his back with his

hooks in - Hughes delivers a couple of punches - Trigg turns to the side with Hughes on his back but Hughes

didn't stop rolling and Hughes is now on his back with Trigg on top facing the ceiling - Hughes sinks in the

rear naked choke and Trigg taps. Hughes retains title.

 

 

Fight 4 - Light Heavyweight

Renato Sobral wins by submission (arm bar) at :24 of the second round over Travis Wuiff

 

Rd 1

Both come out to the center and touch gloves - Wuiff comes forward and throws a couple of punches -

Sobral counter with his own punches - they clinch - Wuiff lands a knee, no damage - Sobral lands a couple

of short elbows - Wuiff takes Sobral down with what looked like a Judo throw - Wuiff has side-mount - Sobral

does a good job at putting Wuiff in the full guard - Wuiff pushes Sobral against the cage - Sobral is able to

stand-up - Sobral now takes Wuiff down - Wuiff in the full guard - Sobral is able to land some short elbows to

the face of Wuiff - Wuiff finally is able to stand-up - They scramble up - Wuiff loses his mouth piece - ref

stops the fight for a few seconds to get the mouth piece - they come out to the center and Sobral is able to

take Wuiff down - Wuiff is in the full guard - Wuiff scrambles and gets on all fours - As they scramble, Sobral

falls on his butt and goes for a guillotine choke - Wuiff is able to escape - they scramble a bit and this time

Wuiff goes for a guillotine choke from his knees - Sobral pulls out and lands in Wuiff's full guard - Sobral

delivering some short elbows and punches from the top position - Sobral pulls away and stands-up - As Wuiff

starts to stand, Sobral lands a few good punches - they clinch and the horn sounds to end the round.

 

Rd 2

Wuiff comes out aggressive and takes Sobral down - Sobral right away goes for an arm bar - Sobral sinks it

and makes Wuiff tap.

 

 

Fight 5 - Light Heavyweight Title Bout

Chuck Liddell wins by knockout (straight right) at 2:06 of the first round over Randy Couture

 

Rd 1

(Both fighters look great) - They both come out to the center of the ring and touch gloves - Couture pushes

forward with Liddell landing some short jabs as he circles - Couture trying to punch but Liddell circling and

punching very well - they both come in and Couture lands a punch and they clinch - Both fighters landing

short punches - As they break apart, Couture is holding his eye and the ref calls time-out - The ref, then the

doctor checking Couture's eye - Doctor gives the okay - The fight is resumed - they come out to the center

with Couture pushing forward - Liddell lands a short left hook that kind of dazes Couture - Then they both

unleash bombs with Liddell landing a stunning straight right, right on the jaw of Couture that sends Couture

down and out - Liddell follows Couture down and lands a few more punches before the ref steps in and stops

the fight. Liddell wins title from Couture.

 

 

Notes:

- When Georges St. Pierre was asked by Joe Rogan about him being sick before the fight, St. Pierre

  answered he didn't want to make any excuses, that he gives a lot of credit to Miller for a great fight.

 

- Hughes stated that the ref couldn't see the low blow from his position and he puts no blame on the ref or

  Trigg - Hughes also said that if Matt Lindland was looking for someone to fight that he has a couple of

  guys at his gym or himself who would fight him

 

- Liddell was asked by Joe Rogan what was next for him, Liddell responded that he wanted the PRIDE FC

  belt - that he wanted to fight Wanderlei Silva

 

- Couture was asked how he felt, he stated that if you are here long enough, sooner or later, it is bound to

  happen - He said this was the first time he has ever been knocked out

 

 

 

 

 


(4/16/05)