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TUF 2 Finale: ‘Sanchez vs. Diaz’ - 6th Round Retro

Eddie Mercado & Victor M. Rodriguez are here to recap the TUF 2 Finale: ‘Sanchez vs. Diaz’ event from Nov. 5, 2005, featuring Diego Sanchez vs. Nick Diaz as the Main Event, as well as bouts featuring Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian & Joe Stevenson.

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Welcome to the 6th Round Retro Post-Fight Show. This is the show that digs into the archives and gives you a comprehensive review of classic MMA events, that span as far back as UFC 1. Join Eddie Mercado & Victor Rodriguez as they relive a UFC TUF Finale event this week, complete with results, analysis, and of course a few laughs.

This week we feature the Nov. 5th, 2005 TUF 2 Finale: ‘Sanchez vs. Diaz’ event, (last week we covered UFC Fight Night 11: ‘Thomas vs. Florian’). This was just a seven-fight card, three of which went to decision, but the other four had some fun finishes. The event went down from The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main event that night showcased one of the best fights of the year when welterweight standouts Diego ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez and Nick Diaz battled it out for three rounds. Diaz was entering the octagon after having had two decent wins at UFC 51 and UFC 53, having just beat Koji Oishi at 1:24 in Round 1 via Punches a few months back, at the top of June of that year. Sanchez was entering the octagon undefeated in all of his fights on record against fellow American, Diaz; having last defeated Brian Gassaway at UFC 54, via Punches at 1:56 of Round 2. Then, in the co-main event we were treated to a heavyweight brawl between future Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans and Brad Imes that ended in a Split Decision.

Also that night, on the main card we got to watch the future top contender, Joe Stevenson, go the distance against Luke Cummo and Kenny Florian sub Kit Cope. Meanwhile, during the prelims we had Josh Burkman slam Sam Morgan into defeat in just 0:21 seconds of Round 1.

Let’s take a look at the card, complete with fight results (SPOILERS):

Main Card:

  • MAIN EVENT FIGHT: Diego Sanchez DEF. Nick Diaz via DEC-Unanimous - 3 Rounds - 170 lbs
  • Co-Main: Rashad Evans DEF. Brad Imes via DEC-Split - 265 lbs
  • Joe Stevenson DEF. Luke Cummo via DEC-Unanimous - 170 lbs
  • Kenny Florian DEF. Kit Cope via SUB-Rear Naked Choke at 0:37 of Rd 2, Total 5:37 - 170 lbs

Prelims (untelevised):

  • Josh Burkman DEF. Sam Morgan via KO/TKO-Slam at 0:37 of Rd 1 - 170 lbs
  • Melvin Guillard DEF. Marcus Davis via KO/TKO-Cut at 2:55 of Rd 2, Total 7:55 - 170 las
  • Keith Jardine DEF. Kerry Schall via KO/TKO-Leg Kicks at 3:28 of Rd 2, Total 6:28 - 170 lbs

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