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.
|UFC 80: Rapid Fire|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||January 19, 2008|
|Venue||Metro Radio Arena|
|City||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
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.
|Main card (PPV)|
|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|
|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]|
- For the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
- This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Hardonk vs. Robinson fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Davis vs. Liaudin fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Penn vs. Stevenson fight.
At the end of this event, $35,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.
- "UFC 80: Rapid Fire". UFC.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
- Meltzer, Dave (2007-12-08). "UFC ruling on Sherk". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- " – 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.