Flashback Friday: UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands Play-by-Play

This is the play-by-play to accompany this week’s Flashback Friday article. The main article can be viewed here.

Quick Results:


Bout 1: Tony DeSouza def. Paul Rodriguez via Submission, Guillotine Choke

Bout 2: Ricco Rodriguez def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO, Punches (RD 3, 1:23)

Main Card:

Bout 3: Vladimir Matyushenko def. Yuki Kondo via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Caol Uno def. Fabiano Iha via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 1:48)

Bout 5: Pat Miletich def. Shonie Carter via KO, Head Kick (RD 2, 2:42)

Bout 6: Josh Barnett def. Semmy Schilt via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 4:21)

Bout 7: BJ Penn def. Din Thomas via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:42)

Bout 8: Tito Ortiz def. Elvis Sisonic via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:32) (UFC Light Heavyweight Championship)

Live Coverage

Bout 1: Paul Rodriguez (6-3-1) vs. Tony DeSouza (3-0) (Welterweight)

DeSouza was poking Rodriguez with his jab to start. DeSouza stopped a takedown attempt from Rodriguez, trying for a guillotine as they got to the feet. DeSouza was able to mount himself on Rodriguez, who was standing. Caught in the choke, Rodriguez tapped out, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 2: Andrei Arlovski (4-1) vs. Ricco Rodriguez (9-1) (Heavyweight)

Rodriguez shot for a takedown early that Arlovski stopped. Another attempt was stuffed in the first minute, although they stayed in a body lock for quite a while this time. Rodriguez threw Arlovski for a takedown, with both of them getting back to their feet immediately. They both landed some hard punches before Rodriguez had another takedown stopped. Rodriguez got a takedown after another body lock, getting half guard with a minute and a half to go. He tried for a knee bar in the final minute, with Arlovski evading trouble in the position. Rodriguez went back into top position in half guard, moving into full mount just before the round ended.

When Rodriguez tried for a takedown early in the second round, Arlovski stopped it, countering with punches. Rodriguez was able to want some strikes of his own, including a knee to the head. Another takedown was stopped, with an uppercut from Arlovski landing after. Arlovski laid on his back after, seemingly being somewhat shook by the punch. In the second minute, Rodriguez charged forward with punches that made Arlovski drop to his knees. Arlovski was able to what was sort-of a knockdown to take top position in the ground. After scoring with some punches in half guard, Rodriguez stepped into full mount, continuing his striking. Arlovski turned his back, moving around again before Rodriguez could try for a choke. The round ended with Rodriguez throwing punches from above.

Arlovski threw Rodriguez down to start the final round, missing with a kick as Rodriguez got up. Rodriguez connected with a right-cross that hurt Arlovski. Rodriguez got a takedown, landing knees to the body in side control before going into full mount again. Rodriguez eventually picked up the pace of punches, continuing the striking until the referee stepped in.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Arlovski 9 9
Rodriguez 10 10

Bout 3: Vladimir Matyushenko (9-1) vs. Yuki Kondo (31-9-3) (Light Heavyweight)

After both fighters started with a kick, Kondo shot for a takedown that was stuffed. They got back to the feet in a clinch, where Matyushenko put Kondo against the fence. Matyushenko got a takedown from the clinch in the second minute of the round. Kondo threw open-fist strikes to Matyushenko’s head from bottom position. Matyushenko stayed in full guard, moving to the side with two minutes to go in the round. They got on their feet, going back down moments later. Kondo continued with the palm strikes, with Matyushenko throwing punches from the top. They stayed on the ground until the round ended.

Kondo started the second round with a flying knee that Matyushenko caught for a takedown. They went to their knees after Matyushenko held full guard for a few minutes. Mayushenko connected with a right hand before putting Kondo on his back again. They stayed on the ground until the round concluded.

Matyushenko started the third round with a teep kick that knocked Kondo down. Matyushenko went down, taking side control. Matyushenko moved into full guard eventually. Just like in the rounds before, Kondo did palm strikes from the bottom position. Switching position many times in the round, Matyushenko stayed in control for the entire time.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Matyushenko 10 10 10 30
Kondo 9 9 9 27

Bout 4: Caol Uno (12-4-2) vs. Fabiano Iha (9-2-1) (Lightweight)

Iha came forward with kicks early. Uno caught Iha after one kick, but didn’t do anything before letting go. Uno was caught with a leg kick. Iha followed up with punches, being taken down by Uno moments later. Iha tried for an armbar from bottom position before they got back up. Iha landed another punch that hurt Uno. Uno countered by landing a second takedown. In full guard, Uno unleashed a flurry of punches that eventually put Iha out cold.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 5: Shonie Carter (19-5-5) vs. Pat Miletich (27-5-2) (Welterweight)

Carter was the more active strike at the start, throwing kicks and punches. Miletich connected with a knee to the head. A minute into the fight, they clinched up. Miletich got a takedown from the clinch, going into half guard on the ground. Two minutes in, Miletich got into full mount. While Carter was able to stop Miletich from landing many punches, they stayed in the position until the round ended.

They clinched up early in the second round, with both fighters scoring punches to the body. Miletich landed a knee to the head before they separated. They clinched up again in the second minute, with Miletich landing punches when exiting. After leaving another clinch, Miletich scored with a right hook. Moments later, a head kick from Miletich dropped Carter cold, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

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

Bout 6: Semmy Schilt (19-9-1) vs. Josh Barnett (10-1) (Heavyweight)

Like most Schilt fights, the height difference was apparent from the start. Barnett got a takedown quickly, getting into half guard. He moved into side guard moments after. Barnett started to land strikes from his position. Barnett got into full mount with half of a round to work. The punches and elbows cause Schilt to bleed. Barnett tried for an armbar which Schilt escaped, allowing him to top position. Barnett tried for the submission again as both of them bled. Barnett eventually locked in the armbar, causing Schilt to tap out.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 7: Din Thomas (12-1) vs. BJ Penn (1-0) (Lightweight)

Penn tried for a takedown immediately, putting Thomas against the fence. When they went down after the clinch, it was Thomas who was in top position. From the bottom, Penn used legs to gard an arm of Thomas. Thomas got up, landing some punches when going back to the ground. They stood up with half of the round left. Penn landed a knee to the head which dropped Thomas, landing some punches on the ground before the fight ended.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 8: Tito Ortiz (7-2) vs. Elvis Sinosic (4-3-1) (UFC Light Heavyweight Championship


Ortiz came forward with punches early. He clinched up, landing two knees to Sinosic. After Sinosic threw a high kick, Ortiz came forward and got a takedown. Ortiz landed punches from full guard. Ortiz postured up and then got to his feet, giving him more room to land. Punches and elbows from Ortiz would come in flurries. After an elbow cut Sinosic open, the referee stepped in and ended the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total

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