UFC on FOX 8 - results and highlights


UFC on Fox 8 is in the books.

This event was the very definition of edge of your seat entertainment. There were four women fighting on the card, a brutal knockout, a fight that turned into a tag match and the main event which saw history being made.

Starting off with the main card.


There were many questions coming into this fight: is Liz Carmouche the real deal? At the age of 21, will experience be a factor for Jessica Andrade? Will women's MMA continue in the UFC?

And all of those were answered.

The former marine and Iraq-war veteran Carmouche is the real deal. It took her two rounds to get her finish but she put an exclamation mark on the fight. Age and experience was a factor in why Andrade did so poorly in her UFC debut and without a shadow of a doubt, women's MMA will continue and flourish in the UFC.

Carmouche used her superior grappling, wrestling and ground and pound to finish off Andrade early in the second round with strikes. The stoppage was her eighth win via TKO or submission of her nine wins in her career.

Interesting to note that this was the first time two openly gay athletes have fought against each other inside the UFC.


Short and simple Robbie Lawler lived up to his nickname, RUTHLESS.

Bobby Voelker took the fight against the surging Lawler on just three weeks notice which is commendable but ultimately lead to his night being finished via a head kick.

The Ruthless one dominated the first round controlling where the fight went including stand up, on the ground, in the clinch and did his best to turn Voelker's face into hamburger meat. The second round began with a flurry of action from Bobby Voelker, but Lawler realized he need to regroup so he stepped out of Voelker's pocket and delivered a left head kick that put Voelker tumbling to the mat. Robbie Lawler wins via TKO (head kick) at 0:24 of the second round.

This is the first two fight win streak for Robbie Lawler since 2006. While Bobby Voelker is now on the first two fight losing skid of his career and this was the first time since May 9, 2008 that he has been knocked out, a span of 1,905 days.


The co-main event was sold on BAD BLOOD.

Jake Ellenberger talked a lot of trash about how MacDonald should not be ranked in the top ten in the welterweight division and how he gets a lot of perks because he trains with the champion. While Rory stayed oddly calm and told Ellenberger that he will find out why he is in the top ten on fight night.

The majority of the time when fights are built on bad blood, they don't follow through. This fight.....was one of those times.

If you needed to use the washroom, make a beer run or do some dishes the co-main event was a perfect time to do any one of those things. The two men did not engage themselves, they did not push forward and they did not entertain.

In the final minute of the fight the stats showed that both men combined for only sixty punches being thrown. Rory MacDonald did find a home for his patented jab which did do some damage to Ellenberger's face but other than that there was very little drama. The highlight of the fight was when both fighters refused to touch gloves before the bell rang.

Rory MacDonald defeated Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision.


The main event was a palette cleaner after watching the ugly....ugly fight before.

Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson took on relatively unknown John Moraga in the night's main event.

Johnson is known for his speed and his technical ability to get a shot in and get out before his opponent can even touch him. Johnson did exactly that during this fight.

For the few people that knew about Moraga before this fight they would have told you that he is known for his powerful right hand. Sadly for Moraga, we did not get to see his hands come into play. Might Mouse Johnson quickly took over the fight while standing and with a blink of an eye he took the fight to the ground where it remained for the majority of the contest.

Heading into the fifth and final round Mighty Mouse was up on everyone's scorecards taking the last four rounds decisively. He could have coasted the final five minutes and would have won via unanimous decision. But he did not do that.

In the final frame Johnson continuously went for the kimura and nearly had it locked in when he switched to an arm bar with just over a minute to go in the fight. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight because Moraga refused to tap and it was a good thing that Dean did because his arm was about to snap.

This is the latest submission stoppage in UFC history and only the fourth fifth-round finish in UFC history.

UFC on FOX 8 took place in Seattle, Washington and was taken in by 7,816 fans for a live gate of $735,000. The big winners of the night were Demetrious Johnson who took home submission of the night, Melvin Guillard who had the knockout of the night and Ed Herman/Trevor Smith with fight of the night. Each fighter took home $50,000 in bonuses.

For full video highlights of the main card:

Dana White met with reporters after the card wrapped up and talked about how disappointed he was in the co-main event, how excited he was about the main event and even worked in time to talk about fighter's pay.

The next event takes place Saturday August 3rd in Brazil where the Korean Zombie looks to take the Featherweight title from Jose Aldo at UFC 163.

The UFC is back on network television August 17th on the newly revamped Fox Sports 1. Chael Sonnen takes on Maurico Shogun Rua in the night's main event.


Article Added: 2013-07-28



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