UFC 79

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UFC 79: Nemesis
A poster or logo for UFC 79: Nemesis.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date December 29, 2007
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 11,075 (10,968 paid)
Total gate $4,994,000
Buyrate 750,000+
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale UFC 79: Nemesis UFC 80: Rapid Fire

UFC 79: Nemesis was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on December 29, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Background[edit]

The main events featured the long anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva,[2] as well as the highly anticipated rubber match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes for the interim Welterweight championship.[3]

Additionally, Pride Light Heavyweight sensation Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou made his UFC debut against undefeated Lyoto Machida.[4]

The main event was originally to pit The Ultimate Fighter 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes for Serra's UFC Welterweight Championship, which Serra won at UFC 69: Shootout on April 7, 2007 in an upset victory over Georges St-Pierre.[1] Serra, however, withdrew from the fight due to a back injury,[5] and was replaced by St-Pierre, though the fight would now be contested for the Interim Welterweight Championship, with the winner facing Serra afterwards.

Results[edit]

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Interim Welterweight Georges St-Pierre def Matt Hughes Verbal submission (armbar) 2 4:54 [a]
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell def Wanderlei Silva unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Eddie Sanchez def Soa Palelei TKO (strikes) 3 3:24
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida def Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 4:20
Lightweight Rich Clementi def Melvin Guillard submission (rear naked choke) 1 4:40
Preliminary card
Light Heavyweight James Irvin def Luiz Cane disqualification (illegal knee) 1 1:51
Lightweight Manny Gamburyan def Nate Mohr submission (achillies lock) 1 1:31 [b]
Middleweight Dean Lister def Jordan Radev unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Roan Carneiro def Tony DeSouza TKO (strikes) 2 3:33
Lightweight Mark Bocek def Doug Evans unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Interim Welterweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout was aired at the end of the broadcast.


Bonus awards[edit]

At the end of this event, $50,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[6]

Fighter payouts[edit]

The disclosed fighter payroll for UFC 79 was $1,199,000. The figures do not include sponsor payments, fees, taxes, or special award bonuses[7]

Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Hughes

  • St-Pierre – $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
  • Hughes – $100,000

Chuck Liddell def. Wanderlei Silva

  • Liddell – $500,000 (no win bonus)
  • Silva – $150,000

Eddie Sanchez def. Soa Palelei

  • Sanchez – $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
  • Palelei – $5,000

Lyoto Machida def. Sokoudjou

  • Machida – $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
  • Sokoudjou – $40,000

Rich Clementi def. Melvin Guillard

  • Clementi – $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
  • Guillard – $10,000

James Irvin def. Luiz Arthur Cane

  • Irvin – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
  • Cane – $5,000

Manny Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr

  • Gamburyan – $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
  • Mohr – $6,000

Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev

  • Lister – $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
  • Radev – $5,000

Roan Carneiro def. Tony DeSouza

  • Carneiro – $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
  • DeSouza – $7,000

Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans

  • Bocek – $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
  • Evans – $3,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UFC 79: Nemesis features Serra vs Hughes on December 29th". UFC.com. October 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Finally, Two Legends Meet". ufc.com. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  3. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Matt Fighting Georges St-Pierre at UFC 79!". ufc.com. November 24, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  4. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (November 15, 2007). "UFC Inks Sokoudjou; “The African Assassin” to Debut vs Machida at UFC 79". ufc.com. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Serra Injured, Withdraws From UFC 79 Card". ufc.com. November 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ Stupp, Dan (December 30, 2007). "UFC Issues $200,000 in UFC 79 Bonuses". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "FIGHTER SALARY BREAKDOWN FOR UFC 79". ufcdaily.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 

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