Template:Infobox MMA event UFC 79: Nemesis was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on December 29, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]


The main events featured the long anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva,[2] as well as the highly anticipated rubber match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes.[3]

Additionally, PRIDE light heavyweight sensation Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou made his UFC debut against undefeated Lyoto Machida.[4]

The main event was originally to pit The Ultimate Fighter 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes for Serra's UFC Welterweight Championship, which Serra won at UFC 69: Shootout on April 7, 2007 in an upset victory over Georges St-Pierre.[1] Serra, however, withdrew from the fight due to a back injury,[5] and was replaced by St-Pierre.


Preliminary cardEdit

Bocek wins via unanimous decision. All judges scored the bout 29-28. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.
Carneiro wins via TKO (strikes) at 3:30 of round two. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.
Lister wins via unanimous decision. All judges scored the bout 30-27. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.
Gamburyan wins via submission (achillies lock) at 1:31 of round one. This bout was aired at the end of the broadcast.
Irvin wins via disqualification (illegal knee) at 1:51 of round one. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.

Main cardEdit

Clementi wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:40 of round one.
Machida wins via submission (arm triangle) at 4:20 of round two.
Sanchez wins via TKO (strikes) at 3:24 of round three.
Liddell wins via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.
St-Pierre wins via submission (armbar) at 4:52 of round two to become the Interim UFC Welterweight Champion.

Fighter payoutsEdit

The disclosed fighter payroll for UFC 79 was $1,199,000. The figures do not include sponsor payments, fees, taxes, or special award bonuses[6]

Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Hughes

  • St-Pierre - $160,000
  • Hughes - $100,000

Chuck Liddell def. Wanderlei Silva

  • Liddell - $500,000
  • Silva - $150,000

Eddie Sanchez def. Soa Palelei

  • Sanchez - $46,000
  • Palelei - $5,000

Lyoto Machida def. Sokoudjou

  • Machida - $60,000
  • Sokoudjou - $40,000

Rich Clementi def. Melvin Guillard

  • Clementi - $28,000
  • Guillard - $10,000

James Irvin def. Luiz Arthur Cane

  • Irvin - $16,000
  • Cane - $5,000

Manny Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr

  • Gamburyan - $20,000
  • Mohr - $6,000

Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev

  • Lister - $22,000
  • Radev - $5,000

Roan Carneiro def. Tony DeSouza

  • Carneiro - $10,000
  • DeSouza - $7,000

Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans

  • Bocek - $6,000
  • Evans - $3,000

Bonus awardsEdit

At the end of this event, $50,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 UFC 79: Nemesis features Serra vs Hughes on December 29th. (October 17, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-17.
  2. Finally, Two Legends Meet. (October 24, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-24.
  3. BREAKING NEWS: Matt Fighting Georges St. Pierre at UFC 79!. (November 24, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-11-24.
  4. Gerbasi, Thomas (November 15, 2007). UFC Inks Sokoudjou; “The African Assassin” to Debut vs Machida at UFC 79. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  5. Serra Injured, Withdraws From UFC 79 Card. (November 22, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-11-22.
  6. Template:Cite news
  7. Stupp, Dan (December 30, 2007). UFC Issues $200,000 in UFC 79 Bonuses. Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

External linksEdit

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