Sunday, July 8, 2012

UFC 3: Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Alternate Reality

Kimo's memorable entrance 

UFC 3: The American Dream – Grady Cole Center – Charlotte, NC – Sept. 9, 1994

Royce Gracie entered UFC 3 with the chance to continue his legacy as the Michael Jordan of the fledgling sport of mixed martial arts.

While the eight-man tournament was set up like the first two UFC events, as a battle to see which style of martial arts was superior, everyone knew that one athlete – Royce Gracie – had to be knocked off to keep everyone else from being irrelevant.

Big John McCarthy was the referee for all of the fights, and for the first time, he had the discretion to stop the fight, rather than waiting for the cornerman to throw in the towel.

Bryan Kilmeade, Jim Brown and Ben Perry returned as the announce crew, and they worked together very smoothly. Rich “G-Man” Goins continued his streak as ring announcer for all three UFC shows.

UFC 3: an eight-man tournament for $60,000. Let’s fight!

1. Emanuel Yarborough (Sumo) vs. Keith Hackney (kempo karate)

Hackney was facing a man more than three times his weight (200 pounds to 616). There’s something you don’t see these days.