Welcome to MMAFrenzy.com’s fight-by-fight UFC 84 “ILL WILL” coverage. The 11-fight card is took place on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired on pay-per-view.
MMAFrenzy.com provided quick results, extended results, and commentary of the entire event which included Tito Ortiz versus Lyoto Machida, Keith Jardine versus Wanderlei Silva, and a main event lightweight championship bout between current champion BJ Penn and Sean Sherk.
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- BJ Penn def. Sean Sherk via TKO – Round 3, 5:00
UFC Lightweight Championship
- Wanderlei Silva def. Keith Jardine via KO – Round 1, 0:36
- Goran Reljic def. Wilson Gouveia via TKO – Round 2, 3:15
- Lyoto Machida def. Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision
- Thiago Silva def. Antonio Mendes via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
- Rousimar Palhares def. Ivan Salaverry via submission – Round 1, 2:36
- Rameau Sokodjou def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via TKO – Round 1, 5:00
- Rich Clementi def. Terry Etim via unanimous decision
- Yoshiyuki Yoshida def, Jon Koppenhaver via submission – Round 1, 0:56
- Dong Hyun Kim def. Jason Tan via TKO – Round 3, 0:25
- Shane Carwin def. Christian Wellisch via KO – Round 1, 0:44
NEWS AND NOTES
- Shane Carwin was touted as the next big thing in the heavyweight division by some of the industry’s most prominent analysts and he just went a long way in proving it on the biggest MMA stage in the world. Given the quick knockout and Carwin’s marketable status, this fight is a strong candidate for being shown during the PPV broadcast.
- Dong Hyun Kim also makes an impressive debut, thoroughly drubbing Jason Tan en route to an early third-round technical knockout win via strikes.
- It’s not a good night to be a UFC veteran against a newcomer as Yoshida becomes the third straight UFC rookie to score an impressive win over a UFC veteran in his debut. The fight is another candidate to be shown on the PPV broadcast, though Carwin’s win will likely be give priorty status. Whether or not the UFC opts to show this fight given the time during the broadcast will reveal whether they’re interested in promoting a new fighter in Yoshida or a familiar fan favorite in “War Machine”.
- Though his performance tonight was not overly-spectacular, Clementi is surely on the rise in 155-pound division after posting six-straight wins, including wins in the UFC over Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout, and, tonight at UFC 84, Terry Etim.
- After posting a late-first-round victory over Kazuhiro Nakamura, Sokoudjou called out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
- At 37-years-old Ivan Salaverry has likely fought professionally for the last time in his career. He has expressed recently that retirement was looming and a first-round loss to a UFC newcomer doesn’t help his cause. With tonight’s loss he’s dropped three of his last four bouts, UFC losses to Nate Marquardt, Terry Martin, and now Palhares, and has fought just four times in the past 36-months.
- The heavy underdog Mendes looked good early against Thiago Silva, landing a solid head kick but it didn’t take long for the favorite, Silva, to capitalize on a botched judo throw and pound his way to a victory. Silva, now 13-0 in his career, will almost surely receive a step up in competition as he’s now emerged as a legitimate 205-pound contender.
- Though he nearly submitted his opponent Lyoto Machida very late in round three via triangle choke, Tito Ortiz was sent away from the UFC on a losing note as scripted. Stating that the feud between him and Dana White was personal, Ortiz surprisingly didn’t use what is likely his final octagon moment to ridicule his longtime rival. Instead, Ortiz thanked UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta as well as the UFC fans for their support. After Ortiz stated that he will be fighting for up to four more years in what he hopes are greener pastures, UFC commentator Joe Rogan sent Ortiz out on a high note, thanking him for his contributions to the sport and the UFC.
- In another bout between a UFC veteran and a UFC newcomer the newcomer was again the victor. After going back-and-forth for the entire fight and nearly being pounded out by Gouveia, Reljic, a protege of Mirko “Cro Cop”, returned to his feet and nailed Gouveia with a left to the temple that dropped him to the mat. Reljic then pounded his way to a TKO victory, his first inside the UFC octagon. A very impressive and entertaining debut by the Croatian newcomer.
- In a very surprising bout, former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva dropped Keith Jardine less than 30-seconds into the opening round of their featured bout and pounded Jardine out cold to secure a surprising, and much-needed, win.
- Penn’s victory over Sherk appeared to be inevitable from the outset of the match as Penn looked cool and collected, controlling the bout and doing most of the damage while evading the majorty of Sherk’s punches and takedown attempts. After being crowned the undisputed lightweight champ, and at the prodding of Joe Rogan, Penn laid the framework for a future welterweight fightahainst champion George St. Pierre. GSP, however, faces Jon Fitch in August while Penn likely has a future date with Roger Huerta or Kenny Florian pending their UFC 87 throwdown.
BJ PENN DEF. SEAN SHERK
UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 1 – Sherk grabs Penn’s leg immediately but Penn avoids the early takedown. Penn connects with a kick. Sherk lands a solid hook. Penn comes back with some punches of his own but is rocked by a Sherk punch. Penn immediately comes back with another punch as the back-and-forth standup trades continue. Penn lands some mild combinations and jabs late to steal the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Penn.
Round 2 – The frantaic pace resumes in the second as Penn and Sherk go back and forth with combinations and hard punches. Penn starts to throw knees but they’ve yet to connect. The dirty boxing match continues and both Penn and BJ continue to go back and forth. Penn landing his jabs while Sherk’s hook is missing. The reach is helping BJ evade most of Sherk’s strikes. Solid kick by Sherk that is countered by Penn. Sherk is cut under both eyes. Sherk’s left hook finally finds its mark but Penn comes back with a kick. Sherk quickly looks for a takedown but BJ evades. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Penn.
Round 3 – Sherk finds the mark and Penn quickly counters. Neither is willing to take the fight to the gorund as both are content to stand and trade, albeit wildly. We pass the midway point and it’s more of the same as both continue to go back-and-forth with mild punches and an occasional kick. Sherk’s right hand appears to be injured as he’s transitioned to a leg kick focused gameplan as the title bout wages on. Penn presses the action late, pushing Sherk to the cage before landing a knee that crumples Sherk. BJ jumps on top and pounds on Sherk until the horn sounds to wrap up the round. Sherk appeared to have been saved by the bell but he’s unable to continue and the fight is called.
BJ Penn defeats Sean Sherk via TKO – Round 3, 5:00
WANDERLEI SILVA DEF. KEITH JARDINE
Round 1 – Silva immediately tags Jardine with a brutal right-left-right-left combination that drops Jardine to the ground. Silva goes to the ground and mounts his opponent and continues the assault. The referee steps in but Jardine is already out cold.
Wanderlei Silva defeats Keith Jardine via KO – Round 1, 0:36
GORAN RELJIC DEF. WILSON GOUVEIA
Round 1 – Gouveia opens with some solid leg kicks. Reljic swings wildly before landing a hard leg kick. Another body kick by Gouveia. A pair of head kicks by Reljic that land down on Gouveia’s shoulder. Hard left punches and kicks from Reljic. Both connect with punches. More hard kicks by Reljic. Gouveia connects solidly but Reljic pulls guard. Reljic attempts an omoplata just before the opening round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Reljic.
Round 2 – Little action early in round two and they trade mild punches back-and-forth. Reljic connects with a kick.s Gouveia returns with a flurry. He connect with a hard left that drops Reljic and Gouveia gets on top and starts to pound away. Reljic does a good job of controlling Gouveia’s head and minimizing damage. Reljic gets back to his feet but eats a right. Back on his feet, Reljic quickly connects with a left to the temple that knocks Gouveia to the mat. Reljic pounds away and Gouveia is able to defend early but the barrage is too much and the referee stops the bout in favor of yet another UFC newcomer.
Goran Reljic defeats Wilson Gouveia via TKO – Round 2, 3:15
LYOTO MACHIDA DEF. TITO ORTIZ
Round 1 – A brief feeling out perios to open the fight. Machida works leg kicks early while Tito looks for a takedown. Tito grabs a leg on several occasions but Machida is able to work out of the attempts. Machida throws a head kick that is blocked by Ortiz. Machida lands several switch kicks late then easily takes Ortiz to the ground, immediately claims side control, and pounds on Ortiz to wrap up the round. Ortiz is (likely) saved the the bell at the end of round 1. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Round 2 – Machida opens with a solid body kick. Ortiz charges but Machida evades him. Lyoto continues his offense with another kick to maintain the distance. Ortiz is chasing Machida around the octagon but Machida is remaining active and carefully employing his offense. Ortiz pulls guard late following a takedown but it’s too little, too late for Ortiz. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Round 3 – The pair dance early and there’s excitement early on as referee Yves Lavigne falls and quickly returns to his feet. Ortiz clinches and works body shots against the cage. They trade kicks then Ortiz lands a knee. Ortiz grabs a leg but Machida is again able to slip away. They clinch and trade with Ortiz getting the better of the lockup. They stall and are separated. Machida lands a shot that knocks Ortiz to the mat and he immediately follows with some punches but is unable to finish Ortiz. Ortiz secures what appeared to be a near-fight-ending triangle choke but the slippery Machida was able to escape and survive the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Machida. All three judges agree with MMAFrenzy.com’s 30-27 scoring and award Machida the unanimous decision win.
Lyoto Machida defeats Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision
THIAGO SILVA DEF. ANTONIO MENDES
Round 1 – Mendes lands a head kick that sends Silva to the mat but he’s able to recover and returns to his feet. They clinch against the cage and Silva ends up on top of Mendes after Mendes fell while attempting a judo throw. Silva quickly moves to mount and unleashes some hard ground and pound that eventually forces Mendes to tap to the barrage.
Thiago Silva defeats Antonio Mendes via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
ROUSIMAR PALHARES DEF. IVAN SALAVERRY
Round 1 – Palhares secures an early takedown and transitions into mount. After giving up his back, Salaverry successfully defends a rear naked choke attempt but Palhares secures a fight-ending armbar during a scramble. Salaverry taps out midway through the opening round.
Rousimar Palhares defeats Ivan Salaverry via submission – Round 1, 2:36
RAMEAU SOKOUDJOU DEF. KAZUHIRO NAKAMURA
Round 1 – Sokoudjou connects with a series of kicks to open the fight then closes in and lands some strikes. The fight slows but Sokoudjou connects late with a strong kick to the body and a hard right to the head that stuns Nakamura and sends him to the mat. Sokoudjou pounces and quickly lands several more punches before the round ends. The round concludes but Nakamura is unable to continue and referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the fight.
Rameau Sokodjou def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via TKO – Round 1, 5:00
RICH CLEMENTI DEF. TERRY ETIM
Round 1 – Etim works kicks early before clinching with Clementi. They quickly break and Etim attempts to use his reach to his advantage but Clementi closes the gap and secures a takedown. They stall on the ground and are re-started on their feet. Etim resumes his earlier strategy and connects with a combination that knocks Clementi down. Etim lands several more punches before Clementi returns to his feet and they briefly trade before the first round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Etim.
Round 2 – After briefly trading to start the second round Clementi secures a takedown. Etim attempts a guillotine but Clementi escapes and they again stall and are re-started. Etim pulls guard and again applies a guillotine. It looks deeper than the first but Clementi again escapes. In Etim’s guard, Clementi is finally able to connect with some solid punches though Etim keeps Clementi in his guard to minimize the damage. It’s a close round that could go either way. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Clementi.
Round 3 – Clementi gets a takedown to open the final round but is unable to do little damage from Etim’s guard. The majority of the round is spent on the ground with little damage being done by either fighter. At the crowds urging, the fighters are again stood up.Â Etim connects with a knee but Clementi again takes his opponent down and maintains control to finish up the bout. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Clementi. It’s 29-28 Clementi on our scorecards and the judges agree, awarding Clementi the unanimous decision win with 29-28 scores on all three cards.
Rich Clementi defeats Terry Etim via unanimous decision
YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA DEF. JON KOPPENHAVER
Round 1 – Koppenhaver and Yoshida standup briefly before they clinch and Yoshida tosses Koppenhaver to the mat. Yoshida immediately applies a guillotine choke and Koppenhaver is unable to escape the submission. Yoshida rolls and switches to an anaconda choke before putting “War Machine” to sleep after he refused to tap.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida defeats Jon Koppenhaver via submission – Round 1, 0:56
DONG HYUN KIM DEF. JASON TAN
Round 1 – They touch gloves and Kim tags Tan with a punch that sends him to the mat. Tan grabs onto a leg to avoid major damage but Kim lands a series of elbows that opens up a cut. Kim continues to land elbows through the rest of the round from the top position and Tan narrowly survives. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 – Tan is on the offensive to start the second round but does little damage before locking up his opponent against the cage for an attempted takedown. Kim instead secures the takedown and looks to pass guard. The flurry of elbows continues and Kim works to pass guard and uses ground and pound to dominate another round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Kim.
Round 3 – Tan again comes out throwing but Kim quickly sends Tan to the ground again. Kim lands several more elbows on the ground and the fight is halted by referee Steve Mazzagatti.
Dong Hyun Kim defeats Jason Tan via TKO – Round 3, 0:25
SHANE CARWIN DEF. CHRISTIAN WELLISCH
Round 1 – The pair touch gloves and Carwin starts swinging. Wellisch dodges several of the punches but Carwin connects with a big right that drops Wellisch. The fight is immediately halted as Wellisch is out cold.
Shane Carwin defeats Christian Wellisch via KO – Round 1, 0:44