Thursday, January 25, 2018

UFC 73: Aged to Perfection

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UFC 74: Respect – Las Vegas, Nev.  – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Aug. 25, 2007

Randy Couture added to his legend by retaining the UFC heavyweight title against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74.

Gonzaga had earned a title shot with a stunning upset over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70.

However, the 44-year-old Couture turned back the challenge by dominating the first two rounds and winning by TKO in Round 3.

Georges St. Pierre bounced back from the loss of his welterweight title by beating Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision.

UFC 72: Don't Grab the Fence

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UFC 73: Stacked – Sacramento, Calif. – ARCO Arena – July 7, 2007

Judges’ decisions can be controversial, so it’s safe to say that Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans had the most evenly scored fight in history of the Octagon at UFC 73.

All three judges called the bout a 28-28 draw. If Ortiz hadn’t been docked a point for grabbing the fence, he would have won by unanimous decision.

Fans had to wait four years for the rematch, as Evans beat Ortiz at UFC 133 by TKO in Round 2.

Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 73 with a TKO win over Nate Marquardt at the 4:50 mark. Silva pounded the challenger with a series of rights to earn the stoppage.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale: Nate Diaz Wins

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The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pearl at the Palms – June 23, 2007

Nate Diaz won The Ultimate Fighter Season 5’s lightweight tournament, beating Manny Gamburyan.

Diaz won in the second round when Gamburyan was unable to continue due to a dislocated shoulder.

The season consisted entirely of lightweights, with former lightweight champions Jens Pulver and BJ Penn serving as coaches.

In the main event coaches’ fight, Penn forced Pulver to submit to a rear naked choke in Round 2. Penn avenged the first loss of his career to Pulver at UFC 35 five years earlier.

UFC 72: The Battle of Belfast

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UFC 72: Victory – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Odyssey - June 16, 2007

Rich Franklin earned a chance to regain the middleweight title by defeating Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC 72.

The show marked UFC’s debut in Northern Ireland and the third event in the United Kingdom, as UFC 38 and UFC 70 took place in England.

Franklin won the first two rounds and held off a late charge from Okami to win 29-28 on all three scorecards.

Forrest Griffin moved up the light heavyweight division rankings with a unanimous decision over Hector Ramirez.

Monday, January 8, 2018

UFC Fight Night 10: Fishing for Victory

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UFC Fight Night 10: Stout vs. Fisher – Hollywood, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - June 12, 2007

Spencer “The King” Fisher avenged a loss to Sam Stout in the lightweight main event of UFC Fight Night 10.

This was a rematch from UFC 58, at which Stout won a split decision that turned out to be the 2006 Fight of the Year.
The fighters picked up the action where they left off, busting each other open with punches in the first round.  Fisher finally wore down Stout to capture a unanimous decision.

Lightweights also competed in the co-main event, as Thiago Tavares improved his record to 12-0 with a win over  Jason Black with triangle choke in Round 2.

Jon Fitch won his 14th fight in a row by defeating Roan Carneiro with a rear naked choke in Round 2.

Drew McFedries knocked out Jordan Radev in 33 seconds in the Spike TV opener.

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made his UFC debut on the preshow. He improved his overall record to 4-0 by knocking out Chad Reiner in 13 seconds.

Other preliminary results included Forrest “Meat Cleaver” Petz over Luigi Fioravanti by unanimous decision; Tamdan McCrory over Pete Spratt by submission to a triangle choke in Round 2; Gleison Tibau over Jeff Cox with an arm-triangle choke at the 1:52 mark; and Nate Mohr over Luke Caudillo by unanimous decision.

Monday, December 18, 2017

UFC 71: No Redemption Tonight

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UFC 71: Liddell vs. Rampage – Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena – May 26, 2007

Chuck Liddell sought to avenge a loss to Rampage Jackson, but Rampage took his title instead at UFC 71.

The two had met at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003, which Rampage winning by TKO.

“The Iceman” tried to even the score, but Jackson knocked him out in 1:53 to win the UFC light heavyweight title.

Dan Henderson, who held two PRIDE championships when the company closed, was announced as Jackson’s first challenger.

Karo Parisyan moved up the welterweight rankings in the co-main event, beating Josh Burkman by unanimous decision.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

UFC 70: Live By the Head Kick...

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UFC 70: Nations Collide – Manchester, England – Manchester Evening News Arena – April 21, 2007

Gabriel Gonzaga ruined UFC’s plans to deliver a Mirko Cro Cop-Randy Couture title fight.

Gonzaga faced Cro Cop in the main event of UFC 70 to determine Couture’s next challenger. Cro Cop, one of the top stars who had migrated from PRIDE, was the favorite.

However, Gonzaga knocked out Cro Cop with a head kick, which is usually Mirko’s specialty, to claim the title match for himself.

Michael Bisping thrilled the British fans with a TKO win over “The King of Rock & Rumble” Elvis Sinocic in Round 2.

Monday, December 11, 2017

UFC 69: Real-Life Rocky

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UFC 69: Shootout – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center – April 17, 2007

Matt Serra scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69.

Serra earned a shot at GSP’s welterweight title by winning the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

He knocked GSP off balance with a right and never let up, pounding away to win the title by TKO at the 3:25 mark.

“Tonight I got beat by a better fighter than myself,” St. Pierre said.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck ruined the 17-0 record of Diego Sanchez with a unanimous decision.

Koscheck avenged his loss to the Sanchez in the semifinals of the first TUF season, which Sanchez went on to win.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UFC Fight Night 9: Daddy's Home Soon

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UFC Fight Night 9 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Palms Casino Resort - April 5, 2007

Joe “Daddy” Stevenson won the main event of UFC Fight Night 9 in just 27 seconds.

Stevenson used a guillotine choke to beat “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard in the main event of the Spike TV broadcast.

After winning TUF 2’s welterweight tournament, Stevenson dropped lost his UFC debut to Josh Neer. He dropped down to lightweight, and this was his second straight win in that division.

Justin McCully, a well-traveled fighter and pro wrestler, substituted for Frank Mir and won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

UFC 68: Five Times A Champion


UFC 68: The Uprising – Columbus, Ohio –Nationwide Arena – March 3, 2007

Ohio broke the UFC attendance record with a crowd of 19,079 for UFC 68.

The pay-per-view took place as part of the annual Arnold Sports Festival.

Randy “The Natural” Couture returned from a year off to win the UFC heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia by unanimous decision.

Couture captured his third heavyweight championship to go with his two light heavyweight titles.

Former champions Rich Franklin (middleweight) and Matt Hughes (welterweight) also made successful returns to UFC action.

UFC 67: PRIDE (In The Name of UFC)

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UFC 67: All of Nothing – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 3, 2007

Mirko Cro Cop and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson made successful transitions from the PRIDE ring to the Octagon at UFC 67.

Cro Cop, coming of a win in the 2006 PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix, beat Eddie Sanchez by TKO.

Jackson, one of PRIDE’s most popular fighters, knocked out Marvin Eastman to avenge a loss earlier in his career.

UFC didn’t officially take over PRIDE for another month, but the influx of new talent came at the perfect time. Two championship matches were scrapped from the pay-per-view.

Georges St. Pierre suffered a knee injury and couldn’t defend his welterweight title against Matt Serra.

Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter was supposed to challenge Anderson Silva as a reward for winning TUF Season 4, but he missed weight.

The fight went on in the main event with no title on the line. Silva won with a triangle choke accompanied by a series of elbows.

Monday, December 4, 2017

UFC Fight Night 8: Perfect Sweetness

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UFC Fight Night 8 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock & Casino - Jan. 25, 2007

Rashad “Suga” Evans improved his record to 10-0 with a win over Sean Salmon at UFC Fight Night 8.

Evans earned a big PPV payday against Tito Ortiz by knocking Salmon out with a head kick in Round 2.

Salmon was making his UFC debut with a 9-1 record, but he suffered an absolutely brutal finish. Check it out

PRIDE and K-1 veteran Heath Herring debuted in the Octagon, but he lost a unanimous decision to Jake O’Brien in a heavyweight bout.

Monday, November 27, 2017

UFC 66: Feel Like A Million

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UFC 66: Liddell v. Ortiz – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Dec. 30, 2006

Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz gave the UFC its most successful show to date at UFC 66.

Their clash for Liddell’s light heavyweight title drew more than 1 million pay-per-view buys and over $5 million at the box office.

Liddell controlled the fight most of the way and retained his title with a TKO in Round 3.

In the co-main event, “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine beat Forrest Griffin by TKO at the 4:41 mark. Jardine floored Griffin with  a combination before pounding his way to victory.