Saturday, November 14, 2015

UFC Ultimate Brazil: A Taste of Home

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UFC Ultimate Brazil - Oct. 16, 1998 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - Portuguesa Gymnasium

UFC made its first trip to its spiritual homeland at the "Ultimate Brazil" pay-per-view.

Frank Shamrock retained the UFC Light Heavyweight title in the main event. He forced John "The Machine" Lober to submit to punches at 7:40.

Lober entered the night on a six-fight winless streak, but his most recent win was over Shamrock 21 months earlier.

Wanderlei Silva made his UFC debut, entering the show with a 5-1 record. However, Vitor Belfort spoiled "The Axe Murderer's" debut with a TKO in 44 seconds.

Pedro Rizzo, on the other hand, made his first trip to the Octagon a successful one, as he knocked out Tank Abbott at the 8:07 mark.

Pat Miletich became the first UFC lightweight champion, scoring a decision win over Mikey Burnett.

Another grueling decision win went to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, who defeated Pete Williams. Kohsaka's win earned him a spot in the semifinals of a tournament for the UFC heavyweight title, which had been vacated by Randy Couture.

Also,  Ebenezer Fontes Braga defeated Jeremy Horn with a guillotine choke at 3:27.

Before the pay-per-view went on the air, Tulio Parhares beat Adriano Santos by TKO at 9:00; and Cesar Marcussi beat Paulo Santos by TKO at 10:27.

Monday, October 12, 2015

UFC 17: Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson Invade the Octagon

Chuck Liddell (Photo: Yahoo)

Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson debuted at UFC 17, giving the company a double dose of future greatness at one of its “dark ages” pay-per-views.

UFC 17 took place on May 15, 1998, at the Mobile (Ala.) Civic Center.

The theme was “Redemption,” as former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman was scheduled to face Randy Couture in an attempt to regain the crown that he lost to Maurice Smith.

However, Couture was unable to compete due to an injury. Coleman lost to his replacement, Lion’s Den fighter Pete Williams, on a head-kick knockout.   

Liddell, the “Iceman” who would become a UFC legend, made his MMA debut by defeating Noe Hernandez by unanimous decision.

Henderson won a four-man middleweight tournament by defeating Allan Goes by unanimous decision in the semifinals and Carlos Newton on a split decision in the finals.

Tank Abbott improved his UFC record to 7-6 by defeating Hugo Duarte by TKO in 43 seconds.

In the main event, Frank Shamrock continued his dominant run as UFC middleweight champion. He defeated Jeremy Horn by submission to a kneebar at 16:28.

Don’t cry for Horn, though, because he racked up an amazing 91 wins in his MMA career.