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UFC 80: Rapid Fire

UFC 80
  • Saturday 01.19.2008 at 03:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Metro Radio Arena
  • Location: Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,250,000
  • Attendance: 8,412
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 225,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 9
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG

Fight Card

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Submission of the Night
    BJ Penn vs. Joe Stevenson   |   $35,000 bonus to Penn
  • Knockout of the Night
    Jason Lambert vs. Wilson Gouveia   |   $35,000 bonus to Gouveia
  • Fight of the Night
    Paul Taylor vs. Paul Kelly   |   $35,000 bonus to each fighter
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Referees

  • Herb Dean
    Penn vs. Stevenson (9)Lambert vs. Gouveia (6)Taylor vs. Kelly (3)
  • Dan Miragliotta
    Gonzaga vs. Werdum II (8)Grove vs. Rivera (5)Sakara vs. Lee (2)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Davis vs. Liaudin (7)Robinson vs. Hardonk (4)Eklund vs. Stout (1)

UFC 80 Wiki Update Wiki

Although the lightweight main event between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson was supposed to be for the Interim Lightweight Championship, Sean Sherk’s positive steroid test forced the UFC to strip him of his title, promoting the main event of UFC 80 from Interim to Undisputed Lightweight Championship.


While the event was a disappointment in terms of Pay Per View buys, drawing just 225,000, Penn reemerged as top dog in the lightweight division by dominating Stevenson en route to a second-round Rear Naked Choke submission in one of the bloodiest fights ever.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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