TFC PPV 1 - Recap/Summary (pg 1) TFC PPV 1 = IGNITION Venue: Madison Square Garden Referee: Steve Mazzagati Deadline: Saturday 6/6/09 (at the latest, hopefully sooner) Main Event #1 Heavyweight Title Match (5 rounds) Andrei Arlovski (3-0-0, 2 KO / Sweetness) vs. Cheick Kongo (3-1-0, 3 KO / Hot Rod) Round 1 Both fighters keeping their distance at the start on the fight. Kongo comes out trying to kick the Pitbull's legs and lands a couple shots. Arlovski comes out swinging hard landing only a couple shots. Both fighters are obviously tentative as they know what's on the line. The fighters continue to throw shots that don't land due to both men keeping their distance. Finally Kongo counter grapples one of Arlovski's punches and goes for the slam but the Pitbull counters into a full mount. Kongo is able to pull Arlovski down and then Arlovski goes for the armbar. Kongo is able to get out and both fighter are back to their feet. They continue to trade shots albeit weak ones. Kongo converts a slam into side control and gets into full mount but the round ends before he can mount much offense. Round 1 is over without either fighter taking too much damage. Round 2 This round starts starts with Arlvoski being the aggressive fighter throwing left and right hooks. Kongo is expecting this and counter grapples the punch and quickly slams Arlovski into side control. He then gets into full mount where he stays in control landing body shots. He lands a shot that dazes the Pitbull but Arlvoski seems to be ok. Kongo lands one more body blow and suddenly referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the fight. The crowd is shocked, Kongo is shocked, and Arlovski is besides himself. It seems that the stoppage was premature Winner by TKO at 1:48 of Round 2 and NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD CHEICK KONGO Post fight interview Joe Rogan: Champ how do you feel about the stoppage? Kongo: [FRENCH ACCENT]I think ref stopped it a little too early. I do feel like I was going to end it at some point but Andrei did not look like he was in too much trouble. That part is disappointing because we're both great competitors and it's a shame the fight ended this way.[/FRENCH ACCENT] JR: You both seemed a little tentative out there, what was the deal with that? Kongo: [FRENCH ACCENT]We both know what each of us is capable of. Last time I dominated but got caught in the submission after being too aggressive and getting too gassed to work my way out. I knew this fight is 5 rounds so I could take my time and look for my opportunities.[/FRENCH ACCENT] JR: How does it feel to be the champ? Kongo: [FRENCH ACCENT]It feels great to be the first TFC HW Champion but you aren't really the champ until you successfully defend the belt. I hope France is proud of me. I'm coming home with the belt [/FRENCH ACCENT] Main Event #2 Light-Heavyweight Title Match (5 rounds) Wanderlei Silva (3-0-0, 2 KO / Coleman) vs. Lyoto Machida (3-1-0, 2 KO / Bahnzo) And we have a new LHW Champion.....Lyoto Machida Round 1 - Both fighters came out swinging, but Lyoto had the better of it with some vicious body blows, his striking game was on point tonight. Wanderlei did manage to get Lyoto in full mount, but Machida reversed it and was able avoid the dangerous Silva. Machida continued to pummel Wanderlei with quick strikes, and the the round ended with Machida the winner of round 1. Round 2 - Machida again came out swinging, throwing fists at Wanderlei. Silva then took Machida down, but Lyoto was able to gain rubber guard. From rubber guard, Machida attempted the submission....sunk in the triangle choke....and Wanderlei was forced to tap Winner: Lyoto Machida at 2:09 of Round 2 by submission via a triangle choke. Submission of the night perhaps? Main Event #3 Middleweight Title Match (5 rounds) Dan Henderson (3-0-0, 3 KO / Eagles) vs. Thales Leites (3-1-0, 3 KO / Bahnzo) Forca Com a Dor has it's second TFC champ...Thales Leites Dan Henderson was no match for the well rounded skills of the Brazilian as he first punished Hendo with his fists, and then forced him to tap with a kneebar. Winner by submission at 4:54 of Round 1 via a kneebar, Thales Leites Main Event #4 Welterweight Title Match (5 rounds) Georges St. Pierre (3-0-0, 2 KO / NYJuggs) vs. Thiago Alves (3-1-0, 2 KO / Blaza) In TFC Ignition's 3rd Title Fight of the night, George St-Pierre and Thiago Alves continued their rivalry in exciting fashion. After mowing through the pre-season tournament, the two Welterweights fought to an exhausting 3 Round Final Match that saw GSP come away with the unanimous decision. Round 1 saw both men pepper shots from the outside without getting too close. GSP had 2 very nice takedowns and spent most of the round on top of Alves raining knees from sidemount. Just before the final bell, GSP transitioned into a beautiful arm-bar that was fought off at the last moment. Round 2 saw the tide turn slightly, with Alves landing some heavy knees and elbows inside. He was able to drop some shots to GSP's face from the up guard position. Alves did slightly more damage this round In Round 3, both men turned up the heat slightly landing big kicks to the head and body. Midway through the 3rd, GSP went in for a takedown that was foiled by Alves. As the two battled for position, Alves dropped into a smooth Guillotine choke and sunk it in tight as he controlled GSP's body with a closed guard. The choke was too much for GSP as he tapped at 3:46 of round 3. The winner and NEW Welterweight champion of the World. Thiago Alves. Alves, had a quick word with Joe Rogan in the ring after the fight. Joe Rogan - ...somebody pass that blunt....Oh, Uh sorry, are we live? Thiago, GSP beat your ass your first bout, what was different this time around? Thiago Alves - After our first fiiigh, I go home, I train, I practice my stwiking and my Jiu-Jitsu wit my coaaches. We wok really hahd to be heer. Joe Rogan - Well you're the champ now, whats next for you in the UFC? Thiago Alves - Joe, I jus fiiiigh whoever my managers put in front of me. I don't think I can be beat when I wok hahd in de geem. I just gonna go back home to Miami and have sex with a few weemen and enjoy this veectory Joe Rogan - Thanks Thiago. Congratulations Main Event #5 Lightweight Title Match (5 rounds) Sean Sherk (3-0-0, 3 KO / Hot Rod) vs. Roger Huerta (2-0-0, 2 KO / Marcman) Round 1 Huerta comes out attacking and gets in some shots as Sherk is a little slow in his attack. Sherk gets a hold of Huerta and goes for the slam but Huerta is ready and lands on top of Sherk in the mount. Huerta is trying to end the fight early as he throws a flurry of punches but Sherk is able to block all of the punches and reverses Huerta to get into offensive position. The Muscle Shark works his way into full mount and lands a few shots but Huerta is resilient and gets back into open guard. Sherk pushes Huerta off and both fighters are back on their feet. El Matador continues to be aggressive with his attack and Sherk's see an opportunity for a takedown. Huerta gets out without taking much damage. Back on their feet again, both men continue to go at each other, this time Sherk landing the punches. Huerta fights back and now both men are giving it to each other. This is an absolute battle Sherk scores another takedown. He works his way into full mount once again, but Huerta is proving to be a tough finish. The round ends with Sherk unable to end the fight. Both men have visible cuts on their cheeks. Round 2 Round 2 begins like round 1 as both men are trading blows again. Sherk grabs Huerta and scores a pick up slam. He works his way back into full mount for the third time. This time he starts to land solid shots to the head and body. A hammerfist stuns Huerta. El matador tries to grab Sherk's punch but a roundhouse gets through and knocks Huerta out cold This one is over Winner by Ground and Pound KO at 2:08 of Round 2 AND NEW LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD SEAN THE MUSCLE SHARK SHERK Sherk joins fellow HotRod coached fighter Cheick Kongo as a TFC Champion. Coach HotRod looks to be one of the top fight coaches in the TFC.