UFC 97 Results

From Sherdog.com:

Steve Cantwell vs. Luis Arthur Cane
Round 1
Cantwell gets the fight started with a left hand lead and an uppercut. Cantwell moves laterally and kicks the body with his left foot. Cane returns the favor and fires a sharp body kick to the liver. Cane stalks his opponent across the cage and roughs him up with punches. The fighters clinch and Cane breaks the tieup with a standing elbow. Cane goes to the Thai plum, where he lands a knee to the chin. Cantwell throws several head kicks that are easily blocked. Cantwell goes to the body with a left hand that connects. Cane, despite leading with his power hand, pieces together a nice combination that ends with a right hook. Cane doubles up on his jab but he does not follow up. With 30 seconds left in the first frame, Cane slows down a bit, but holds the center of the Octagon.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cane.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cane.
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cane.

Round 2
Cane snaps back his opponent’s head with a straight left that was setup with a jab. Cane continues to jab and then bursts into a wild flurry that falls short. With blood trickling from his nose, Cantwell holds his hands high and blocks a three-punch combination. A crisp jab lands for Cane and he slips in a left hook behind it. Cane is dominating. Cantwell lands his best punch of the fight; a counter left hook that clips Cane on the chin. Cantwell puts together a rally with a right hand and a head kick. Cane is hurt for the first time tonight. Another kick grazes the right side of Cane’s face. Cantwell stands tight in the pocket and lands clean with a right and a left that sneak in under the defense of Cane. Another front-leg head kick lands for Cantwell. A short right hook from Cantwell backs Cane up against the fence. The second half of round two is all Cantwell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cantwell.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-10.
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cantwell.

Round 3
Cane absolutely tees off in the first minute of the final round with punches from in close. Cantwell hangs tough and eats a right hand. Cantwell connects with his right hand, but is roughed up in the clinch with two knees. Cantwell throws a lead right-hand straight that lands. Canrtwell backs Cane up against the fencing with a punching flurry. Cane drops levels for a takedown and Cantwell easily stuffs it. Cantwell is still bouncing on his toes while Cane shows fatigue. Cane goes for it and lands a right hook and a hard knee to the body. Cane lands a one-two and slips a right hand. Cantwell throws a quick-switch kick that is easily checked.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cane (29-28 Cane).
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cane (30-28 Cane).
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cane (29-28 Cane).

The official judges see the contest 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for Cane.


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