This was the event that the UFC held that pit US fighters against those from Canada, and for the most part it was a good event. Of course like another time BJ Penn would get cheated in my opinion. I don't think their should really be a country vs country thing going on in MMA because it is [Mixed Martial Arts] and that is styles from all over the world that every fighter has to be well rounded in, this isn't wrestling [which I love] that can have a story line like this. Any way this event would see the first BJ Penn vs GSP fight and still to this day I believe that Penn won, that is just me though.
1.ICHO LARENAS VS TOM MURPHY-we get a good first round with back and forth action and we even get our first blood of the night. A decent first round with Tom coming out on top I think. The second round starts with Icho getting taken down by Tom, Tom controls from the top for most of this. The rest of the round is them getting stood up and Tom getting the take down. The third round looks just like the second one with Tom winning by a referee stoppage, USA takes this one I guess.
2.ROB MACDONALD VS JASON LAMBERT-the fight starts out with these two just banging away at each other with Jason swinging for the fences. Then Jason slams Rob hard but both pop up right after that, but once they are back on the ground Jason sinks in a nice kimura. This is an excellent but short fight, nice and exciting and USA takes another.
3.SAM STOUT VS SPENCER FISHER-the first round starts with Fisher just coming in and taking Sam down, but he gets up quick. Fisher throws Sam masterfully but gets nailed as Sam is coming back up, then they trade blows. These two guys battle it out standing and on the ground for the entire round, great first round. The second round is just like the first and is very close, and Fisher try's some nice submissions, excellent second round. The third round is just as exciting as the first and second and they even show some good sportsmanship when one losses his mouth piece. The fight goes to a split decision and Sam Stout ends up taking this hard fought battle, Canada takes this one.
4.MARK HOMINICK VS YVES EDWARDS-if you are an MMA fan then you know who Yves Edwards is, he is a deadly man in the octagon. Good first round between these two as they exchange blows for the entire round and stay in the clinch for a good amount of time while throwing some blows. In the second round Yves takes this to the ground after he is rocked but Mark lays in a tight triangle choke and forces Yves to tap, great fight, Canada takes this one.
5.JOE DOERKSEN VS NATHAN MARQUADT-these two came to entertain the crowd in this fight as they both just go at it full force. Both deliver a great stand up game and also go at it on the ground, great first round. These two put on another great showing in the second round as both take the other down and sweep each other, and go blow for blow. The second round is just as competitive as the first, maybe more so. The third round is just like the previous two as Nathan Marquadt takes the victory for the USA.
6.BJ PENN VS GEORGE ST. PIERRE-this fight was to see who would be taking on Matt Hughes for the welterweight title, GSP wanted to avenge himself against Hughes and BJ wanted his belt back that he never lost. An excellent first round as these two just throw blows with each other and GSP get s bloodied pretty bad. A wonderful first round that BJ takes as he lands the most shots, and bloodied GSP. The second round is extremely exciting and if you really look at it this is a very close round. They both are very close on the striking but BJ lands more times clean were as GSP gets most of his punches and kicks check by BJ, but GSP did deliver some nice strikes particularly a high kick. The debate comes in were the take downs are concerned and it is very close as well, really think about it. GSP gets two take downs on Penn one of quick is right before the round ends, and while he gets points for that fighters are also judged on their defense and what they do from the bottom. BJ gets up after the first showing amazing defense and recovery time and on the second one kept working angles preventing GSP from doing any real damage. The call is yours on who won that masterfully crafted second round. The third round is full of suspense and when I was watching it live I was getting really anxious and awaiting what the final verdict would be. As far as striking goes it is another even looking fight but Penn lands the cleanest blows, and both getting take downs two for GSP and one for Penn. That right there evens it up in my mind but after GSP's second take down he gets caught in an uma plata attempt and then a gogoplata submission attempt. Once again it is your call but by my scoring that makes it a 3 to 2 round for Penn, the two of the three judges thought differently, Canada takes this one by split decision. This was an outstanding fight no matter who you were rooting for, I still feel like Penn won this fight even if by the littlest bit.
7.STEVE VIGNEAULT VS MICK SWICK-this is a pretty good fight as both exchange blows for most of the first round, with it looking pretty even. But around half way through the first round Steve shoots in and is caught up in a tight guillotine choke and Swick the victory for the US, good but short fight.
8.[MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP]-RICH FRANKLIN VS DAVID LOISEAU-this was the biggest fight of Franklin's career since Ken Shamrock in my mind because these two are very similar, great stand up and explosive fighters. Pretty good first round as they pretty much feel each other out with some nice exchanges and combos but Rich gets the upper hand, he even drops David right as the round ends. The second round ends up looking much like the first round as Rich dominates the match and even gets on top of David twice. The third round is a little more exciting as David drops Rich and starts to give it to him, but Rich recovers and gets back into the fight. Also Rich has his back at one point, still Rich takes the round, very good round. The fourth round looks much like the first two as Rich controls this fight for the most part. The final round is another Franklin round as he controls most of this round, but still it goes the distance and Rich keeps his belt and gets a win for the US.
This was a pretty good event that saw competitors from the US and Canada go at it, and in my opinion saw BJ Penn defeat GSP in a close fight.
There is a great behind the scenes feature that shows Penn coming back to the UFC, as well as other things.
This was the event that the UFC held that pit US fighters against those from Canada, and for the most part it was a good event. Of course like another time BJ Penn would get cheated in my opinion. I don't think their should really be a country vs country thing going on in MMA because it is [Mixed Martial Arts] and that is styles from all over the world that every fighter has to be well rounded in, this isn't wrestling [which I love] that can have a story line like this. Any way this event … more
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UFC 58: USA vs Canada was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 4, 2006. It was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, and broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.
In keeping with the theme of the card, each fight featured an American fighter against a Canadian fighter.
Five of the seven Canadian fighters featured, Icho Larenas, Sam Stout, Mark Hominick, Georges St-Pierre, and David Loiseau, were at the time champions in the Canadian TKO Major League MMA promotion.
The show drew a live gate of $1,758,450. The disclosed fighter payroll for UFC 58 was $207,000.
The final scorecard for "USA VS Canada" was: United States 5, Canada 3.