Saturday, February 16, 2013

UFC 6: Can Ken Shamrock Tame The Beast?

Tank Abbott (Photo:

UFC 6: Clash of the Titans - July 14, 1995 - Casper (Wyoming) Center

Ken Shamrock got the big win he had been seeking since the Ultimate Fighting Championship began, and Tank Abbott emerged as a new star at UFC 6.

Bruce Beck, Jim Brown and Jeff Blatnick are calling the action and Michael Buffer is back as our ring announcer.

First, we take a peek at highlights from the two alternate fights. Joel Sutton beat Jack McLouglin at 1:58, and Anthony Macias defeated "He-Man" Ali Gipson in 3:06. Both fights ended when the loser tapped to strikes.

Sutton got hurt, so Guy Mezger is the second alternate. This poor guy won a fight at UFC 4 to earn a spot in UFC 5, and they keep sticking him in the alternate pool and never letting him fight. Mezger needs The Ultimate Lawyer.

IFC commissioner "The Black Dragon" Ron Van Clief is at ringside to award the title to the winner. John McCarthy is the referee for all the fights again. For the first time, he has the authority to stand the fighters up if the action slows to a crawl. As McCarthy would say, "Let's get it on!"

1. David "Tank" Abbott (Pit fighting) vs. John Matua (Kuialua)

Pit fighting is basically "whatever works in a fight," Beck tells us. Kuialua is "the ancient Hawaiian art of bone breaking." Nice! Abbott is 265 pounds, while Matua weighs 400.

Matua is not playing defense, so he presents a big target for Abbott, who drills him with several shots. Tank knocks him out into a shaking, catatonic state, which Tank mocks. The whole fight lasted 21 seconds.

“Cakewalk, baby,” Abbott says.

2. Cal Worsham (Tae Kwon Do) vs. Paul Varelans (Trap fighting)

Worsham is a former Marine who is ready to “party in the octagon.” He's fighting on nine days notice and is 5'10", 230 pounds. Varelans is 6'8, 300 pounds. Trap fighting is a "hybrid" form in which "you bait the trap and then you take your prey," Beck explains. When you're that size, do you really need to be that sneaky?

Windmill brawling to start, and Worsham is more accurate, busting Varelans open. However, Varelans uses his size advantage, dropping an elbow to the back of Worsham’s head that turns out his lights at 1:04.

Leon Spinks and David Hasselhoff are in the crowd, and another fan has a giant “Where’s Tyson?” sign. Good question!

3. Rudyard “The Pitbull”  Moncayo (Kempo karate) vs. Pat Smith (Kickboxing)

The whole country of Ecuador is pulling for Moncayo, and he says he doesn’t want to let his nation down.  No pressure. Smith lost at UFC 1 to Shamrock and at UFC 2 to Gracie. He said he has the most experience, and "this is my big chance to win."

Smith blasts Moncayo with a huge kick to the chest. Smith takes Moncayo down and transitions to a rear-naked choke for the win in 1:09.

“That’s what it takes to win this,” says Smith. “If you can’t fight on the ground, you can’t fight.”

4. Dave Beneteau (Wrestling/judo) vs. Oleg Taktarov (Sambo)

Both men lost to Severn in UFC 5: Taktarov in the semis and Beneteau in the finals. Beneteau is from Canada, while Taktarov is a champion in the Russian sambo style (hybrid of judo and wrestling), so both men have similar styles.

Taktarov pounds Beneteau but falls victim to a takedown. This offensive pattern continues until Taktarov catches a bloody Beneteau in a guillotine choke for the submission in 57 seconds.

So the final four looks great, with Tank Abbott vs. Paul Varelans and Pat Smith vs. Oleg Taktarov. Now, I don’t want to say this too loudly, but let’s hope none of these four are too injured to keep going.

5. Semifinal No. 1: Tank Abbott (Pit fighting) vs. Paul Varelans (Trap fighting)

Abbott is fresh, since he fought first and only for 21 seconds. Varelans has eight inches on him, though. The crowd chants “Tank!” Abbott takes the big man down and lays in some good shots.

Abbott also grabs the fence for leverage while driving his knee into Varelans’ head. Abbott smirks at the crowd. Now I wish WCW would have let Vince Russo put the title on this guy. Hey, nothing else worked.

McCarthy doesn’t think Varelans can keep going after a few more shots from Abbott, so he stops the fight at 1:51.

Noooooooooo! Pat Smith has stomach cramps and he can’t continue! Anthony Macias will get the nod. Guy Mezger still doesn't get to fight! This is The Ultimate Injustice!

6. Semifinal No. 2:  Oleg Taktarov (Sambo) vs. Anthony Macias (Kickboxing)

According to Beck, Macias said if he doesn’t win, his career is over. The fighters are friends and have the same promoter. Macias walks right into a takedown and is choked out in 21 seconds. 

Uh-oh. The announcers think something fishy is afoot. Let's move on.

Marco Ruas is from Brazil and he’s coming to UFC. He’s the “King of the Streets,” so he can wear an Armani T-shirt under his sport coat and still look tough.

7. Superfight! Dan “The Beast” Severn (Wrestling) vs. Ken Shamrock (Shootfighting)

In a poll conducted on a new thing called “the Internet,” 55 percent of the fans pick Severn to win, with 39 percent going for Shamrock. Six percent call it a draw.

Shamrock comes out with his Lion’s Den crew, including his adoptive father, Bob Shamrock. Severn’s entourage brings his NWA World title (pro wrestling) along with his UFC V tournament title belt. His manager, Phyllis Lee, says hello to Ohio. Hello, Phyllis!

Shamrock has bulked up from 205 to 225 pounds, while Severn checks in at 260. After an early Greco-Roman wrestling standoff, Shamrock tries a guillotine choke but Severn slips out. Shamrock grabs the guillotine again and Severn taps out at 2:14!

Shamrock said his scouting showed that Severn drops his head on takedown attempts, leaving himself open for the guillotine.

8. UFC 6 Finals: Tank Abbott (Pit fighting) vs. Oleg Taktarov (Sambo)

Abbott has a 70-pound weight advantage and the fans on his side.  He’s brawling at the outset, but Taktarov avoids major damage.  Taktarov almost wins with a guillotine choke, but Abbott moves out.

Now both guys are very tired, fighting for the third time at mile-high altitude. They slog through the next 10 minutes with Abbott on top for most of the time and neither man able to land anything big.

Finally, McCarthy uses his newfound power to stand the men up, after a ton of warnings. Abbott backs Taktarov to the fence, but Oleg sinks in a guillotine choke. Tank escapes, but Oleg sinks in a rear naked choke and Tank taps out at 17:47!

Both men need oxygen. Abbott is minted as a new star, and Oleg Taktarov is crowned the winner of UFC 6. 

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