Despite the NSAC warning him about a $250,000 fine, Chael Sonnen returned to action for the first time since failing two drug tests and subsequently being cut by the UFC, but this time he will do so under Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules. He faced off against world class grappler Andre Galvao, and the former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender was submitted with less than eight minutes remaining in the contest.
Galvao was active off his back throughout, and once handed an opportunity due to a mistake by Sonnen, he grasped it, proceeding to the back and working on the choke. Eventually, the Brazilian was able to get the body triangle and sink in the rear naked choke to tap out the popular American in the main event.
Ranked UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett pulled off a huge upset against former UFC middleweight and world renowned BJJ expert Dean Lister. Not only that, ‘Warmaster’ became the only person to submit Lister in his 16-year career, and did so to earn himself the Metamoris heavyweight title. Barnett dominated the fight, though it looked like it would go the distance and, as a result, end in a draw, but Barnett was able to grab a neck crank with around 11 seconds remaining to force the tap.
Vinny Magalhaes and Keenan Cornelius proved why they are two of the best grapplers in the world in a fun contest that ended in a draw. Both fighters were close to being tapped after deep heel hook attempts from both parties, but showed great defence as well as their world class offence to go the distance. Magalhaes was cut by the UFC after suffering consecutive losses to Phil Davis and Anthony Perosh, though is now set to compete in MMA in just over a month against Jason Brilz for the Titan light heavyweight crown.
Also on the card was the marketed ‘secret match’, with commentator Jeff Glover taking on Baret Yoshida in an entertaining battle which went the distance. It was a bout full of unusual techniques and twists and turns, and a draw was a fair result overall.
Marcos Galvao def. Chael Sonnen via submission (rear naked choke).
Josh Barnett def. Dean Lister via submission (scarf hold neck crank).
Baret Yoshida and Jeff Glover fight to a draw (secret match).
Keenan Cornelius and Vinny Magalhaes fight to a draw.
Saulo Ribeiro and Rodrigo Medeiros fight to a draw.
Garry Tonon def. Kit Dale via submission (guillotine choke).