Flashback Friday: UFC 31: Locked and Loaded Play-by-Play

Here’s play-by-play of UFC 31: Locked and Loaded, which first happened on May 4th, 2001. A formal report of the event can be viewed here.

Quick Results:

Bout 1: Tony DeSouza def. Steve Berger via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: BJ Penn def. Joey Gilbert via KO, Punches (RD 1, 4:57)

Bout 3: Matt Lindland def. Ricardo Almeida via Disqualification, Grounded Kicks (RD 3, 4:21)

Bout 4: Semmy Schilt def. Pete Williams via KO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:28)

Bout 5: Shonie Carter def. Matt Serra via KO, Spinning Back Fist (RD 3, 4:51)

Bout 6: Chuck Liddell def. Kevin Randleman via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 1:18)

Bout 7: Carlos Newton def. Pat Miletich via Submission, Bulldog Choke (RD 3, 2:50) (UFC Welterweight Championship)

Bout 8: Randy Couture def. Pedro Rizzo via Decision, Unanimous (UFC Heavyweight Championship)

Full Report:

Preliminary Card

Bout 1: Steve Berger (14-5-2) vs. Tony DeSouza (2-0) (Welterweight)

Kicking off the two-fight preliminary card was 2-0 Tony DeSouza facing Steve Berger. It was the promotional debut for both fighters. DeSouza was landing little jabs to start the fight. He got a takedown moments later. He landed some punches from the position. When DeSouza tried getting up, Berger got ahold of a leg, trying for an ankle lock. DeSouza was able to escape, getting to the feet. Berger was kept against the cage by DeSouza for a moment before he was taken down again. DeSouzan landed some punches before settling in a full guard. He stayed in the position until the round ended.

DeSouza scored another takedown to start the second round. He landed lots of punches from the top, but, just like in the round before, he almost got caught in a leg hold after standing up. They got up with Berger against the cage. DeSouza got a takedown from the position. The round ended with DeSouza in control on the ground again.

After a minute or so of inactive stand-up, DeSouza got another takedown, this time in the third round. Both fighters were landing punches on the ground. Berger was eventually able to reverse the position, although he got stuck in a guillotine choke for a while. Escaping the choke, he tried for an armbar, however he could never extend DeSouza’s arm out. Going to the judges, Tony DeSouza got the unanimous decision win.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Berger 9 9 9 27
DeSouza 10 10 10 30

Bout 2: Joey Gilbert (1-1) vs. BJ Penn (0-0) (Lightweight)

The second prelim fight saw the recognizable name BJ Penn make his MMA debut, fighting Joey Gilbert. This fight was also the first appearance in the UFC for Gilbert. Penn landed good punches early, connecting with knees from a clinch as well. Penn got a takedown in the first minute. From the bottom, Gilbert threatened a guillotine choke. Penn moved into full mount while in the choke, popping out of it eventually. He got on the back of Gilbert, trying for a choke. Gilbert escaped and got back to the feet, however Penn got another takedown moments after. Gilbert tried for the guillotine choke from the bottom again, but just like last time Penn was able to get out. Penn got on the back again, picking up the pace of punches until the referee stepped in an ended the fight. A strong five-minute debut for Penn.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Main Card

Bout 3: Ricardo Almeida (4-0) vs. Matt Lindland (1-0) (Light Heavyweight)

Starting off the main card, Ricardo Almeida fought Matt Lindland. It was the UFC debut for Almeida. Lindland appeared once before, defeating Yoji Anjo. After both throwing some punches, Almeida pulled guard, allowing Lindland to take top position. Almeida tried pushing his hips up for an armbar but was stuck in full guard. Lindland landed some punches to the body and head from the top. After Lindland was in control for most of the round, they stood up in the final minute. Almeida pulled guard again, letting Lindland take top position. Almeida was given a foul for kicking Lindland to the head while he was grounded.

Lindland was able to get another takedown in the second minute of the second round. From bottom position, Almeida landed a kick to Lindland while he was grounded, causing another foul. They restarted on the feet, with Lindland slamming Almeida down. The round ended with Almeida on his back again.

In the final round, Lindland got a takedown from a clinch. They got back up with three minutes to go. Lindland got another takedown seconds after. Lindland backed up to give Almeida space. Almeida threw another kick to the head. Three strikes and you’re out, so Almeida was disqualified. With a less desirable outcome, Matt Lindland got his second win in the UFC.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Almeida 9 9
Lindland 10 10

Bout 4: Pete Williams (12-3) vs. Semmy Schilt (18-9-1) (Heavyweight)

The first heavyweight fight of the evening saw fighter from the Hollands, Semmy Schilt fight Pete Williams. Schilt was making his first UFC appearance. This was the return to UFC for Williams, who lost his last appearance in the promotion to Kevin Randleman. Schilt had a seven inch height advantage over Williams. Schilt was rushing Williams with strikes early. Williams countered by getting a takedown. Schilt as able to hold the arms of Williams, stopping him from throwing punches. Williams moved into full mount with half of the round to go. He let some punches go before the round concluded.

Schilt stopped a takedown attempt early in the second round. In the first minute, Schilt landed a body kick followed by a punch that dropped Williams. Since Schilt didn’t go down, Williams was forced to stand up. He was hit with knees to the body while failing to shoot for a takedown. Another body kick and head punch combination dropped Williams, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Williams 10
Schilt 9

Bout 5: Matt Serra (4-0) vs. Shonie Carter (18-5-5) (Welterweight)

Matt Serra made his UFC debut in the next fight, putting his 4-0 undefeated record on the line against Shonie Carter. Carter was seen in the UFC many times before, but this was the first time he showed more character, walking out in a suit and hat. Serra caught a kick early for a takedown. He took half guard on the ground. He got into full guard shortly after, throwing some punches before Carter got up. In a clinch, Serra pulled guard, getting the fight back to the ground. Serra tried for an armbar, forcing Carter to roll out of the position. They got back up with three minutes to go. After Serra landed a head kick, Carter got a takedown. Serra was able to quickly reverse the position to get on top in full mount. He transitioned onto the back of Carter, Carter got into top position in full guard before getting up. Serra shot in for a takedown, pulling guard again not before hanging on Carter for a moment. Carter allowed Serra to get up in the final few seconds, dropping him with a spinning elbow before the round concluded.

Serra put Carter against the fence at the start of the second round. Carter got a takedown, getting full guard on top. Carter got up a minute later, allowing Serra to stand up as well. Serra threatened a heel hook from bottom position with two minutes to go. They got on the feet, with Carter getting another takedown. Carter reversed a takedown attempt to end the second round.

Serra pulled guard to start the final round. When they got back up, Carter got a takedown a minute later. After getting a takedown halfway through the round, Serra got on the back of Carter. Carter was able to flip round, getting full guard in top position. They got up in a clinch with two minutes to go, separating after Serra failed to get a takedown. On the feet, another takedown was stopped by Carter, with Carter getting a takedown of his own shortly after. They got back up with Carter landing a spinning back fist that dropped Serra and ended the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Serra 9 9
Carter 10 10

Bout 6: Chuck Liddell (6-1) vs. Kevin Randleman (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)

Attempting to bounce back from losing his UFC Heavyweight Championship to Randy Couture, Kevin Randleman came down to light heavyweight to fight Chuck Liddell. Randleman was advancing to start, keeping Liddell on the outside of the octagon. Randleman put Liddell against the cage, separating the clinch shortly after. Liddell landed a left hook that dropped Randleman. A few follow-up punches were scored before it was ended.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 7: Pat Miletich (27-4-2) vs. Carlos Newton (9-4) (UFC Welterweight Championship)

With the new weight class changes, Pat Miletich was crowned the new UFC Welterweight Champion, after defending his belt many times before. Miletich fought Carlos Newton, who got three wins in Pride FC most recently before this. They clinched up in the first minute after some striking. Newton landed a knee and then tried for a takedown, reaching for a leg. Miletich landed a good two-punch combination in the second minute. Playing a counter-striking role, Miletich was catching Newton with lots of shots. Newton got a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the round.

Newton got a takedown early in the second round, landing in side control. Miletich was able to get up moments after, getting a takedown of his own in side control. Miletich landed some punches before they got up. Newton landed with a knee to the head on the feet that hurt Miletich. Newton scored with another takedown halfway through the round. Landing some punches throughout, Newton kept the position until the round ended.

Miletich was the more active striker to open the third round. They clinched up, with Miletich landing a knee to the body. A pause came as Newton seemingly got poked in the eye. Shortly after they resumed, Newton got a double leg takedown. They got up, with Miletich trying to escape the position. While on the feet, Newton slipped in a bulldog choke which made Miletich tap out. Carlos Newton was crowned the new UFC Welterweight Champion.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Miletich 10 9
Newton 9 10

Bout 8: Randy Couture (8-3) vs. Pedro Rizzo (11-1) (UFC Heavyweight Championship)


In the main event, Randy Couture put his heavyweight championship on the line for the first time, facing Pedro Rizzo. Couture started with a leg kick and a jab. Rizzo laded a good jab later in the first minute, making them lock up right after. Staying in a clinch for a while, Couture landed some punches from the position eventually. They separated, with Couture getting a takedown seconds later. From top position, Couture was able to get ground and pound going. He threw some strikes to the head with his shoulder. Couture also scored with some forearms to the head. The punches picked up in the final minute, with Couture hitting what was now a bloody Rizzo. Rizzo was able to endure until the round ended.

Rizzo landed a kick to the body early in the second round that dropped Couture. They got up after being on the ground for a moment. Rizzo stopped a takedown attempt in the second minute, landing a punch and a leg kick moments later. Couture charged forward, getting hit with a series of punches. Rizzo was piecing together great combinations of kicks and punches on the feet. In the fourth minute, Rizzo landed a head kick which snapped Couture’s head back. Couture was bleeding quite a bit from the nose after. Rizzo landed some knees to the body and head in a clinch as the round was closing out. Couture dropped and was hit with more punches just as the round ended.

Rizzo threw jabs to start the third round. Couture landed some uppercut punches while holding the back of Rizzo’s head. Rizzo stopped a takedown attempt. A pause came in the second minute of the round to let a cut on Couture get checked out. Couture got a takedown when they resumed. Couture kept top position, striking every once in a while until the round ended.

Rizzo hit Couture with two hard punches to start the fourth round. Couture got a takedown with two minutes to go, quickly switching into side control. He went into full guard after Rizzo shifted. The round ended with Couture in control.

Fatigue played quite a factor in the final round, with the fighters competing at a much slower pace. Rizzo stopped a takedown attempt from Couture, with them staying on the ground for many minutes after. They got up with a minute and a half to go. Couture shot for another takedown in the closing seconds, although Rizzo was able to stop it. Rizzo landed some punches on the ground before the fight ended. Going to the judges, Randy Couture got the unanimous decision win, retaining his UFC Heavyweight Championship for the first time. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Couture 10 9 10 10 9 48
Rizzo 8 10 9 9 10 46

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