What a wild night it was at UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans, LA! Tons of finishes is all UFC fans ever ask for and that is exactly what we got at this event. With 10 finishes on record, 6 of which came from the whole main card, it seemed like just about every fighter took the old saying ‘don’t let it go to the judges’ very serious. Before we get to the main event between former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan “Hendo” Henderson and UFC veteran Tim Boetsch, here is a summary of the preliminary card and main card fights leading up to it:
- Derrick Lewis Shawn Jordan (heavyweight bout): Shawn Jordan defeats Derrick Lewis via TKO (strikes) at 0:48 in the second round.
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Brian Ebersole (welterweight bout): Akhmedov defeats Ebersole via TKO (injury) at 5:00 in the first round.
- Christos Giagos vs. Chris Wade (lightweight bout): Wade defeats Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
- Justin Edwards vs. Joe Proctor (lightweight bout): Proctor defeats Edwards via submission (guillotine) at 4:58 in the third round.
- Ricardo Abreu vs. Jake Collier (middleweight bout): Collier defeats Abreu via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Leonardo Morales vs. Jose Quinonez: Quinonez defeats Morales via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:34 in the first round.
- Alex Caceres Francisco Rivera (bantamweight bout): Rivera defeats Caceres via KO (strikes) at 0:21 in the first round. Rivera’s knockout is officially the third fastest knockout in bantamweight history.
- Joe Soto Anthony Birchak (bantamweight bout): Birchak defeats Soto via KO (strikes) at 1:37 in the first round.
- Thiago Tavares Brian Ortega (featherweight bout): Ortega defeats Tavares via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 in the third round. This fight received Fight of the Night honors.
Main event – Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch
Round 1: Boetsch comes out throwing a combination of punches and Henderson counters him with a hard right hand. Boetsch is staggered and Henderson clinches him and lands a left knee. Henderson pushes Boetsch against the cage, lands a right uppercut that drops him, and just keeps punching until the referee pulls him off. The fight is all over.
Henderson defeats Boetsch via KO at 4:33 in the first round. With that win, Dan Henderson now has the fourth most knockouts (14) in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history and the second most wins (24) in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history. Don’t mention it to him, but he is now the oldest fighter (44) to win via KO/TKO in the octagon.