UFC 80

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UFC 80: Rapid Fire
A poster or logo for UFC 80: Rapid Fire.
Information
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]

Background[edit]

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]

Results[edit]

Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight B.J. Penn def. Joe Stevenson Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:02 [a]
Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum def. Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (strikes) 2 4:34
Welterweight Marcus Davis def. Jess Liaudin KO (punch) 1 1:04
Middleweight Jorge Rivera def. Kendall Grove TKO (punches) 1 1:20
Light Heavyweight Wilson Gouveia def. Jason Lambert KO (punch) 2 0:37
Preliminary card
Lightweight Sam Stout def. Per Eklund Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. James Lee TKO (punches) 1 1:30 [b]
Welterweight Paul Kelly def. Paul Taylor Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00 [c]
Heavyweight Antoni Hardonk def. Colin Robinson TKO (leg kicks) 1 0:17 [d]
  1. ^ For the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Robinson vs. Hardonk fight.
  3. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Davis vs. Liaudin fight.
  4. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Penn vs. Stevenson fight.


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]

References[edit]

  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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