UFC 82

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event that took place on 1st March, 2008 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The main event was a UFC & Pride FC middleweight title unification match between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and PRIDE FC welterweight champion Dan Henderson.

A welterweight matchup between Jon Fitch and Akihiro Gono was originally scheduled, but Gono was forced to withdraw after suffering a hand injury in training. Gono was replaced by Chris Wilson.

At the event, former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame



Preliminary card

* Lightweight bout: Brazil Jorge Gurgel vs. United States John Halverson

Gurgel wins by unanimous decision. The Judges scored the fight 30–27, 30–27, 30–27

* Welterweight bout: United States Luke Cummo vs. United States Luigi Fioravanti

Fioravanti wins by unanimous decision. The Judges scored the fight 29–28, 29–28, 29–28

* Welterweight bout: United States Diego Sanchez vs. Sweden David Bielkheden

Sanchez wins by submission (strikes) at 4:43 of Round 1.

* Welterweight bout: United States Josh Koscheck vs. United States Dustin Hazelett

Koscheck wins by KO (strikes) at 1:24 of Round 2. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Silva vs. Henderson fight.

* Heavyweight bout: Belarus Andrei Arlovski vs. United States Jake O'Brien

Arlovski wins by TKO (Punches) at 4:17 of Round 2.

Main card

* Welterweight bout: United States Chris Wilson vs. United States Jon Fitch

Fitch wins by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 30–27, 29–28, and 30–27.

* Middleweight bout: United States Chris Leben vs. Italy Alessio Sakara

Leben wins by TKO (punches) at 3:16 of Round 1.

* Middleweight bout: United States Evan Tanner vs. Japan Yushin Okami

Okami wins by KO (knee) at 3:00 of Round 2.

* Heavyweight bout: United States Heath Herring vs. France Cheick Kongo

Herring wins by split decision. Two judges had the fight 29–28 for Herring & one judge had it 29–28 for Kongo.

* UFC & Pride FC Middleweight unification bout: Brazil Anderson Silva (UFC) vs. United States Dan Henderson (PFC)

Silva wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:52 of Round 2.

  • Fight of the Night: Brazil Anderson Silva vs. United States Dan Henderson
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Anderson Silva
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Chris Leben