'Rampage' Jackson takes out Liddell in first round
Parisyan wins welterweight bout over Burkman by unanimous decision.
By Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
9:25 PM PDT, May 26, 2007
Quinton Jackson (27-6) defeats Chuck Liddell (20-4) for the UFC light-heavyweight championship.
First round: In the main event, a rematch of Liddell's 2003 second-round TKO loss to Jackson at a PRIDE Grand Prix event, Jackson strikes with a big right hand after a slow first minute. Liddell is stunned, then he's dropped to the mat by a quick right hand from Jackson. Jackson jumps on the champion, landing five strong punches that force referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and give Jackson the victory by technical knockout in 1:53.
Karo Parisyan (25-4) defeats Josh Burkman (19-4) in a welterweight bout. Judges score it: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Parisyan.
First round: After a literal nose-to-nose stare down, the pair open with a wild, equal exchange of punches. Parisyan shoots for a takedown to no avail. Parisyan, of North Hollywood, holds Burkman up by the right leg but can't follow through. Parisyan follows with a good judo throw. Burkman answers with a good right. Parisyan answers with one of his own. Burkman takes Parisyan down with 2:25 left. Parisyan gets up and lands a clean right, then takes down Burkman. Back upright, Burkman pushes Parisyan into the Octagon fencing.
Second round: Parisyan appears to be winning the fight's upright battle. He starts with a scoring combination of punches, then belts Burkman with two crisp rights. A good overhand right follows. Burkman lands his best punch of the round, a right counterpunch. Parisyan answers with another scoring right, and a snapping right knee shot. Parisyan ends some upright jostling with two more good right punches and a right leg kick.
Third round: Burkman slams Parisyan to the mat after the first minute. He bends Parisyan's knees backward, but can't find a submission hold. Parisyan leaps out of the grasp, then the fight returns briefly to the ground. Parisyan succeeds in the striking pose again, hitting Burkman with two lefts. A solid right knee in the final seconds ends the conflict. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...ck=1&cset=true