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Columbus, Ohio - On the brink of defeat, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson scores a last second knockdown of Keith Jardine Saturday night cementing a victory during the main event of UFC 96: 'Jackson vs. Jardine.' Find out who came out on top right here!

Columbus, Ohio - On the brink of defeat, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson scores a last second knockdown of Keith Jardine Saturday night cementing a victory during the main event of UFC 96: "Jackson vs. Jardine."

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
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Keith Jardine

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With a title shot on the line, former UFC Light-heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson struggled with the awkward fighting style of Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine, but was able to land a pair left hooks that sent Jardine to the canvas twice during the night's main event, earning a unanimous decision.

Eerily reminiscent of the nightmare that was UFC 86, Quinton Jackson's lead leg continued to absorb punishment. Keith Jardine continued the success that Forrest Griffin found by utilizing a combination of leg kicks and looping punches frustrating Jackson, earning him round one on two of three judges' scorecards.

Quinton Jackson Vs Keith Jardine
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Quinton Was Able To Land A Pair Left
Hooks That Sent Jardine To The Canvas.

Jackson quickly snapped out of his funk in round two and found his rhythm landing a left hook that sent Jardine to his knees. Smelling blood, Jackson quickly pounced on his wounded foe, but Jardine courageously survived the vicious onslaught and regained his footing.

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Jackson Quickly Pounced On His Wounded Foe.

It was anyone's fight going into the third and final round. Jardine continued the assault on the legs of Jackson, but it would not be enough as "Rampage" landed another devastating left hook dropping Jardine as time expired. The knockdown sealed each fighter's fate as Quinton Jackson earned his second victory in a row and a future title bout with Rashad "Sugar" Evans.

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The Knockdown Sealed Each Fighter's Fate.

"I feel good," Jackson said after the fight. "There was a lot of pressure on me coming into this fight. Keith's tough! I didn't expect him to be that tough. I won't call him 'Sardine' no more."

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I Didn't Expect Him To Be That Tough.

Jackson was later met inside the octagon by current UFC Light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. The two stood toe to toe jawing at one another hyping a possible UFC 98: "Black on Black Crime" title bout. Having only a few months to train, Jackson may decline the bout leaving the possibility of Evans defending against the undefeated Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.


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Shane Carwin
Vs.
Gabriel Gonzaga

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Heavyweight monster Shane Carwin continued his ascent up the heavyweight ladder as he made quick work of former number one contender Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga in the night's co-main event.

Overcoming a stiff combination of punches and a takedown, Carwin quickly regained his footing and composure. He landed a stiff right of his own, putting the Brazilian to sleep. Carwin made sure Gonzaga was "out" with a series of follow up blows ending his night in just 69 seconds.

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Carwin Made Sure Gonzaga Was
"Out" With A Series Of Follow Up Blows.

"Right off the bat, Gabe caught me a couple of times," Carwin said. "My head's a little extra-thick, so I was able to come back, just re-focus and get after it."

At 11-0, Carwin has yet to taste defeat or even a sniff at a second round. Could this be the man to stop the "Freight Train" that is Brock Lesnar?

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Carwin Has Yet To Taste Defeat
Or Even A Sniff At A Second Round.


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Matt Brown
Vs.
Pete "Drago" Sell

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Matt Brown didn't disappoint in front of his hometown fans as he knocked out Pete "Drago" Sell not once but twice during their welterweight bout.

After landing two head kicks and a superman punch, Matt Brown floored Sell with a one-two combo. The fight looked to be over as Referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to save Sell, but it appeared that Sell was OK and the action continued.

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Matt Brown Floored Sell With A One-Two Combo.

Out on his feet, "Drago" continued to be punished by Brown from the clinch. Sell finally dropped a second time and Brown finished him with a few standing punches. Lavigne finally stopped the fight 1:32 into round one.

"I could see he was out on his feet," Brown said. "I feel bad for Pete Sell, he's a warrior. He was smiling at me when I was punching him and the ref stopped it."

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"Drago" Continued To Be
Punished By Brown From The Clinch.

Brown has won three of his last four fights, while Sell dropped his first fight as a welterweight.


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Matt "The Hammer" Hamill
Vs.
Mark Munoz

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Another Ohio Native was victorious Saturday night as Matt "The Hammer" Hamill knocked UFC newcomer Mark Munoz silly in their Light-heavyweight bout.

"The Hammer" was relentless from the opening bell. He stalked Munoz and landed some powerful punches. Hamill was able to stuff any offense that Munoz fired and finally found "the button" as he landed a jaw-dropping head kick, rendering Munoz unconscious.

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"The Hammer" Was Relentless From The Opening Bell.

The fight was stopped at the 3:53 mark of round one. Munoz was motionless for some time, but was able to leave under his own power.

Hamill has now won two straight while Mark Munoz has tasted defeat for the first time professionally.

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Hamill Was Able To Stuff Any Offense That Munoz Fired.

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Gray Maynard
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Jim Miller

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Xtreme Couture lightweight Gray Maynard remained unbeaten as he pounded out a unanimous decision victory over Jim Miller.

A standout wrestler out of Michigan State University, Maynard opted to keep the fight standing and punished Miller for three rounds. Miller was a beaten and bloody mess entering the third round and nearly caught Maynard with a knee bar. The upset was not to be, as Maynard escaped and earned the clear cut decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Maynard.

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Hamill Was Able To Stuff Any Offense That Munoz Fired.

UFC Veterans Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove were also victorious in the night's preliminary bouts. Here are the results.


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  • Tamdan McCrory def. Ryan Madigan via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:35
  • Kendall Grove def. Jason Day via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:32
  • Jason Brilz def. Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brandon Vera def. Michael Patt via TKO (leg kicks) - Round, 1:27
  • Shane Nelson def. Aaron Riley via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0:44

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