UFC 80: Rapid Fire was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on January 19, 2008, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, United Kingdom.[1]

UFC 80: Rapid Fire
UFC 80 Official Promotional Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 80: Rapid Fire.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 19, 2008
VenueMetro Radio Arena
CityNewcastle, United Kingdom
Total gate$1,250,000
Event chronology
UFC 79: Nemesis UFC 80: Rapid Fire UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman


The main event was originally scheduled as an interim lightweight championship fight; however, then-lightweight champion Sean Sherk was stripped of his title after the California State Athletic Commission upheld his suspension for testing positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone. With the lightweight championship vacated, the Penn vs. Stevenson bout was altered to be for the undisputed lightweight championship.[2]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight B.J. Penn def. Joe Stevenson Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:02 [a]
Heavyweight Fabrício Werdum def. Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (punches) 2 4:34
Welterweight Marcus Davis def. Jess Liaudin KO (punch) 1 1:04
Light Heavyweight Wilson Gouveia def. Jason Lambert KO (punch) 2 0:37

Middleweight Jorge Rivera def. Kendall Grove TKO (punches) 1 1:20
Preliminary card
Lightweight Sam Stout def. Per Eklund Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. James Lee TKO (punches) 1 1:30 [b]
Welterweight Paul Kelly def. Paul Taylor Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00 [c]
Heavyweight Antoni Hardonk def. Colin Robinson TKO (leg kicks) 1 0:17 [d]
  1. ^ For the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Hardonk vs. Robinson fight.
  3. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Davis vs. Liaudin fight.
  4. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Penn vs. Stevenson fight.

Bonus awardsEdit

At the end of this event, $35,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UFC 80: Rapid Fire". UFC.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2007-12-08). "UFC ruling on Sherk". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  3. ^ " – DANA WHITE CONFIRMS PENN VS. SHERK AND MORE". mmaweekly.com. January 23, 2008. Archived from the original on January 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23.

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