UFC 80

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UFC 80: Rapid Fire
A poster or logo for UFC 80: Rapid Fire.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date January 19, 2008
Venue Metro Radio Arena
City Newcastle, United Kingdom
Attendance 8,412
Total gate $1,250,000
Buyrate 225,000
Event chronology
UFC 79: Nemesis UFC 80: Rapid Fire UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman

UFC 80: Rapid Fire was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on January 19, 2008 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, United Kingdom.[1]


The main event was originally scheduled as an interim lightweight championship fight; however, then-lightweight champion Sean Sherk was stripped of his title after the California State Athletic Commission upheld his suspension for testing positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone. With the lightweight championship vacated, the Penn vs. Stevenson bout was altered to be for the undisputed lightweight championship.[2]


Preliminary card[edit]

Hardonk defeated Robinson via TKO (leg kicks) at 0:17 of round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Penn vs. Stevenson fight.
Kelly defeated Taylor via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Davis vs. Liaudin fight.
Sakara defeated Lee via TKO (punches) at 1:30 of round 1. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Robinson vs. Hardonk fight.
Stout defeated Eklund via unanimous decision (29–27, 30–27, 30–27).

Main card[edit]

Gouveia defeated Lambert via KO (punch) at 0:37 of round 2.
Rivera defeated Grove via TKO (punches) at 1:20 of round 1.
Davis defeated Liaudin via KO (punch) at 1:04 of round 1.
Werdum defeated Gonzaga via TKO (strikes) at 4:34 of round 2.
Penn defeated Stevenson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:02 of round 2 to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion.

Bonus awards[edit]

At the end of this event, $35,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[3]


  1. ^ "UFC 80: Rapid Fire". UFC.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2007-12-08). "UFC ruling on Sherk". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  3. ^ "– DANA WHITE CONFIRMS PENN VS. SHERK AND MORE"". mmaweekly.com. January 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 

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