Completed MMA Event

UFC 79: Nemesis

UFC 79
  • Saturday 12.29.2007
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $4,994,000
  • Attendance: 11,075 (Paid: 10,968)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 700,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

  • Submission of the Night
    Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes III   |   $50,000 bonus to St. Pierre
  • Fight of the Night
    Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva   |   $50,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Knockout of the Night
    Eddie Sanchez vs. Soa Palelei   |   $50,000 bonus to Sanchez

Referees

  • Steve Mazzagatti
    St. Pierre vs. Hughes III (10)Irvin vs. Cané (5)Carneiro vs. DeSouza (2)
  • Herb Dean
    Liddell vs. Silva (9)Clementi vs. Guillard (6)Gamburyan vs. Mohr (4)Bocek vs. Evans (1)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Sanchez vs. Palelei (8)Machida vs. Sokoudjou (7)Lister vs. Radev (3)

Consensus Rankings Rankings FAQ

UFC 79 Wiki Update Wiki

Billed under the ominous title of “Nemesis,” UFC 79 featured two of the most anticipated fights of the year when former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell took on former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva, and former UFC Welterweight Champions Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre met in a rubber match to determine the next contender to Matt Serra’s title.


In a bout that was long overdue, Liddell and Silva delivered a savage contest for the fans, with Liddell getting the nod by Unanimous Decision. St-Pierre went up 2-1 over Hughes by finishing the Hall of Famer with an Armbar in the second round.


Serra was originally scheduled to defend his title against fellow TUF 6 coach Hughes, but was forced off of the card due to a back injury suffered in training. For his win, St-Pierre was awarded the Interim Welterweight Championship, but in his post-fight comments, he called Serra’s title the “real belt,” and expressed his desire to avenge his second career defeat.

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