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UFC 79: Nemesis
UFC 79 Official Promotional Poster.jpg
A poster or logo for UFC 79: Nemesis.
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]


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 schedule to have 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] Serra was replaced by St-Pierre, though the fight would now be contested for the Interim Welterweight Championship, with the winner facing Serra afterwards.


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Hughes Verbal Submission (armbar) 2 4:54 [a]
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell def. Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Eddie Sanchez def. Soa Palelei TKO (punches) 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 Manvel Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr Submission (ankle lock) 1 1:31 [b]
Middleweight Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Roan Carneiro def. Tony DeSouza TKO (punches) 2 3:33
Lightweight Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Interim Welterweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout was aired on the broadcast following the St-Pierre vs Hughes bout.

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]

See also[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. 

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