Thursday, October 19, 2017

UFC 63: Are You Impressed?


Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn (Photo: mixfight.nl)

UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn – Anaheim, Calif. – Arrowhead Pond – Sept. 23, 2006

Matt Hughes avenged his only loss in 20 fights when he beat B.J. Penn at UFC 63.

Hughes retained the UFC welterweight title over “The Prodigy” on a TKO in Round 3. He avenged the loss of his title to Penn two years earlier at UFC 46.

Georges St. Pierre was supposed to challenge Hughes for title, but he had to drop out of the fight due to a groin injury.

GSP came into the cage after the fight and told Hughes, “I’m not impressed with your performance.”

Take my money – I’m ready to see that fight!

Mike Swick beat David Loiseau in a middleweight, as all three judges scored the bout 29-28.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UFC 62: Take 2 for Babalu


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UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Aug. 26, 2006

Chuck Liddell continued his mastery of the light heavyweight division at UFC 62.

“The Iceman” scored his sixth win in a row, beating Renato “Babalu” Sobral by TKO in 95 seconds to retain the UFC light heavyweight title.

“Babalu” had earned the title shot by racking up 10 straight wins, but Liddell used a flurry of punches to put Sobral away.

Liddell also defeated Sobral four years earlier at UFC 40.

Forrest Griffin beat Stephan Bonnar in a rematch from their classic TUF 1 finale fight.  Griffin won again by unanimous decision in another crowd-pleasing brawl.

Nick Diaz broke a three-fight UFC losing streak by submitting Josh “The Dentist” Neer with a kimura in Round 3.

Heavyweight Cheick Kongo used a knee strike to knock out Christian Wellich at the 2:51 mark.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UFC Fight Night 6: Beat the Heat


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UFC Fight Night 6 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino – Aug. 17, 2006

Diego Sanchez and Karo Parisyan entertained the Spike TV audience with the Fight of the Year at UFC Fight Night 6.

Sanchez used a knee strike to knock out one of Parisyan’s teeth, but “The Heat” kept fighting back.

The judges awarded a unanimous decision to Sanchez, who improved his record to 16-0, while Parisyan dropped to 15-4.

The welterweight clash headlined Spike TV’s lead-in show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 4: The Comeback.

Chris Leben maintained his streak of competing at all six Fight Night events. He bounced back from a loss to Anderson Silva to knock out Jorge Santiago in the second round.

Dean Lister, who excelled in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club grappling competitions, improved his UFC record to 2-0 with a unanimous decision win over Yuki Sasaki.

In the TV opener, Josh Koscheck punched Jonathan Goulet into submission in 4 minutes, 10 seconds.

Joe Riggs beat Jason Von Flue with a triangle choke at the 2:01 mark in a preliminary bout that aired on TV.

Forrest “Meat Cleaver” Petz made a successful Octagon debut with a unanimous decision over Sam Morgan. One judge registered the most lopsided score in UFC history (30-23).


In other preliminary fights, Martin Kampmann beat Crafton Wallace with a rear naked choke in just under three minutes;  Jake O’Brien beat Kristof Midoux by TKO in Round 2; and Anthony Torres beat Pat Healy with a rear naked choke in 2:37.

Monday, October 9, 2017

UFC 61: Clash of the Coaches


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UFC 61: Bitter Rivals – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – July 8, 2006

Ken Shamrock’s grudge match against Tito Ortiz set a new pay-per-view record at UFC 61.
Ortiz and Shamrock had exchanged heated words as the coaches for Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter.

In the Octagon, Ortiz used a series of forearms to beat Shamrock by TKO in 78 seconds. Shamrock lost to Ortiz for the second time, but he felt the fight was stopped too early.

The two rivals would meet again later in the year.  

UFC was getting hot on PPV and at the box office, as UFC 61 set new records with 775,000 pay-per-view buys and $3.3 million in ticket sales.

Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia retained his UFC heavyweight title by defeating Andrei Arlovski in the rubber match of their three-fight series. Sylvia prevailed by unanimous decision.

TUF 2 alumnus Josh Burkman improved to 3-1 in the UFC by defeating Josh “The Dentist” Neer by unanimous decision.

Joe Stevenson dropped to the lightweight division and defeated “The Master of Thug-Jitsu” Yves Edwards when the doctor stopped the fight after Round 2.

Frank Mir moved up the heavyweight ranks with a UD over Dan Christison.

Jeff “The Snowman” Monson and Cheick Kongo also scored wins in the heavyweight division. In preliminary fights, Monson beat Anthony Perosh by TKO in 2:42, and Kongo beat Gilbert Aldana when the doctor stopped the fight at the 4:13 mark.

Other prelim results included Drew Fickett over Kurt Pellegrino with a rear naked choke in Round 3 and Hermes Franca over Joe Jordan with a triangle choke in Round 3.

Ultimate Fight Night 5: Along Came A Spider


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Ultimate Fight Night 5 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – June 28, 2006

Anderson Silva only needed 49 seconds to introduce himself to the UFC at Ultimate Fight Night 5.

“The Spider” knocked out the previously undefeated Chris Leben with a knee strike, heralding his arrival to an Octagon that he would eventually dominate as middleweight champion.

Silva entered the UFC with a 17-4 record in PRIDE, Cage Rage and other promotions around the world. The victory earned Silva a title shot against Rich Franklin.

Jonathan Goulet bounced back from an 11-second loss to Diego Sanchez, defeating Luke Cummo by majority decision.

Rashad “Suga” Evans improved his record to 8-0 by winning a majority decision over Stephen Bonnar.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale: Count on Victory


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TUF Season 3 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – June 24, 2006

Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock led their troops into battle for the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3.

Ortiz and Shamrock, the TUF 3 coaches, battled each other two weeks later in the main event of UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Ortiz won by TKO in 78 seconds.

Michael “The Count” Bisping won the TUF 3 light heavyweight tournament over fellow Team Ortiz member Josh Haynes on a TKO late in the second round.

Kendall Grove, also from Team Ortiz, won the middleweight tournament by unanimous decision over Ed Herman of Team Shamrock.

Bisping was a top challenger for a several years before finally capturing the UFC middleweight title from Luke Rockhold in 2016.

Grove compiled a 7-6 UFC record over the ensuing five years. Herman was so impressive in defeat that he earned a job and was a mainstay in the Octagon over the next decade. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UFC 60: Fights of Future Past


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UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie – Los Angeles – Staples Center – May 27, 2006

Royce Gracie returned to the Octagon for the first time in 11 years at UFC 60.

Gracie, who won three of the first four UFC tournaments, battled welterweight champion Matt Hughes in a non-title bout at a catchweight of 175 pounds.

The present beat the past, as Hughes prevailed by TKO at the 4:39 mark.

The nostalgia trip was a big hit, as UFC broke its pay-per-view record with 620,000 buys.

Dean Lister made a successful UFC debut, beating Alessio Sakara in 2:20. Lister entered the Octagon with a 7-4 record in PRIDE and King of the Cage.

TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez improved his record to 15-0 with a unanimous decision win over John Alessio.

The pay-per-view began with Mike Swick over Joe Riggs, followed by Brandon Vera defeating Assuerio Silva. Both fights ended with a guillotine choke in the third minute.

In the top preliminary fight, Jeremy Horn beat Chael Sonnen by submission to an armbar in Round 2. It was Horn’s third win over Sonnen.

Spencer Fisher knocked out Matt Wiman with a flying knee in Round 2.

Monday, October 2, 2017

UFC 59: California Knows How To Party



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UFC 59: Reality Check – Anaheim, Calif. – Arrowhead Pond – April 15, 2006

UFC debuted in California with a successful return to Octagon by one of the state’s most famous fighters.

Ortiz came back from a 14-month layoff to win a split decision over Forrest Griffin in a back-and-forth battle.

Another California favorite, Nick Diaz, lost a unanimous decision to Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk. Evan Tanner beat Justin Levens with a triangle choke in 3:14.

In the main event, Tim Sylvia recaptured the UFC heavyweight title with a TKO win over Andrei Arlovski at the 2:43 mark.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ultimate Fight Night 4: Night of the Decisions


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Ultimate Fight Night 4 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - April 6, 2006

UFC hyped the third season of The Ultimate Fighter by presenting Ultimate Fight Night 4 on Spike TV.

All of the bouts ended in decisions, and the show did a worse rating than the three previous Fight Night specials.

TUF 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar won the main event by unanimous decision over “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine.

TUF 2 heavyweight winner Rashad “Suga” Evans, scored a split decision over Sam Hogar in a light heavyweight bout.

TUF 2 welterweight winner Joe Stevenson lost to Josh “The Dentist” Neer by unanimous decision. Like Evans, Stevenson decided to drop to a lighter division.

UFC 58: My Left Foot (and Hand)


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UFC 58: USA vs. Canada – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center - March 4, 2006

UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin cruised to a lopsided win over David “The Crow” Loiseau in the main event of UFC 58.

Not only did Franklin retain his title, he secured a 5-3 win over America in the “USA vs. Canada” themed pay-per-view.

Even more impressive, Franklin broke his left hand and his left foot in the second round and still won the five-round bout.

Loiseau had earned the title shot with consecutive TKO victories over Gideon Ray, Charles McCarthy and Evan Tanner in 2005.

George St. Pierre tied the score for Canada at 3-3 by winning a split decision over B.J. Penn.
GSP’s win earned him another title shot against Matt Hughes at UFC 63, but Penn ended up getting the shot due an injury to GSP.

Monday, September 25, 2017

UFC 57: The Iceman-Natural Rubber Match


Chuck Liddell (Photo: lowkickmma.com)

UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 – Las Vegas, Nev. - Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 4, 2006

Chuck Liddell knocked Randy Couture into retirement in the rubber match of a trilogy at UFC 57.

Couture won their first meeting at UFC 43, but the “Iceman” evened the score at UFC 52.

The final fight was for the Liddell’s UFC light heavyweight title, and he knocked “The Natural” out with a right hand in Round 2.

The bout drew a UFC record $3.3 million at the box office along with 400,000 buys on pay-per-view.

Couture announced his retirement after the fight, but he came back one year later and fought in the Octagon eight more times.

In a pair of heavyweight bouts – Brandon Vera knocked out Justin Eilers at 1:25; and Marcio Cruz beat Frank Mir by TKO – elbows and punches

Ultimate Fight Night 3: Feel the Bang


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UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Jan. 16, 2006

Duane “Bang” Ludwig scored the fastest win in UFC history at Ultimate Fight Night 3.

In a preliminary fight, Ludwig only needed one punch to beat Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet in 11 seconds.

Tim Sylvia earned another shot at the UFC heavyweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Assuerio Silva. This set up a bout with champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59.

TUF 1 runnerup Stephan Bonnar used a kimura to submit James Irvin in four and a half minutes.

Monday, September 18, 2017

UFC 56: The Big Left


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UFC 56: Full Force – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Arena – Nov. 19, 2005

Nate “Rock” Quarry became the first alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter to receive a title shot at UFC 56.

Things didn’t go so well.

Rich Franklin knocked Quarry out in 2:34 to retain the UFC middleweight title. Check out this devastating left.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale: Suga and Stevenson


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The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Nov. 5, 2005

Rashad "Suga" Evans and Joe Stevenson won UFC jobs by triumphing in The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 finale.

Evans won the heavyweight tournament by scoring a split decision over Brad Imes, who deserves credit for almost winning after being the last coaches’ pick.

Stevenson captured the welterweight tournament with a unanimous decision over Luke Cummo, who was also the last pick in his division.

Evans overcame an eight-inch height disadvantage to beat the 6-foot-7 Imes. Stevenson won his bout despite the fact that he tore his clavicle from his sternum during training.

Evans had the most success from the TUF 2 crop, as he won the light heavyweight title three years later at UFC 92 over TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin.

The coaches for TUF 2 were welterweight champion Matt Hughes and middleweight champion Rich Franklin. 

However, we didn’t get this mouth-watering battle of the champs because they were friends and refused to fight each other.

UFC scored an all-time high rating of 2.0 for the finale. TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez headlined the show with a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz.

In the opener on Spike TV, Kenny Florian defeated Kit Cope by rear naked choke in Round 2.

Josh Burkman knocked out Sammy Morgan in 21 seconds in a preliminary bout. Burkman did not gel with Team Hughes and was eventually moved to Team Franklin.


In other prelim fights, Keith Jardine defeated Kerry "The Meat Truck" Schall by TKO in Round 2; and Melvin Guillard beat Marcus Davis on a second-round TKO.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

UFC 55: Fifteen Seconds to Glory


UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski

UFC 55: Fury – Uncasville, Conn. – Mohegan Sun Arena – Oct. 7, 2005

Andrei Arlovski only needed 15 seconds to retain the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 55.

The Belarus native plastered Paul Buentello with a right to the jaw, ending the main event almost as soon as it began.

Arlovski had been the interim champion, but was promoted to undisputed title holder due to Frank Mir’s injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Speaking of accidents, Ian “The Machine” Freeman missed the show due to a horse-riding mishap. He retired from the sport.

His scheduled opponent was TUF winner Forrest Griffin, who instead beat Elvis “The King of Rock & Rumble” Sinocic by TKO in 3½ minutes.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ultimate Fight Night 2: Don't Mess with Monday Night


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Ultimate Fight Night 2 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Oct. 3, 2005

UFC battled WWE for Monday night ratings at Ultimate Fight Night 2.

Who won? Well, there’s a reason why World Championship Wrestling no longer exists.

Invading the traditional night for pro wrestling, UFC drew a 1.6 rating on Spike TV. Monday Night Raw returned to USA Network that night after several years on Spike TV.

Raw blew out UFC in the ratings by presenting a three-hour reunion show, featuring the returns of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley.

In the UFC main event, David “The Crow” Loiseau beat Evan Tanner on a second-round TKO due to severe cuts.

Loiseau scored his fifth win in a row and earned a middleweight title shot against Rich Franklin at UFC 58.

Chris Leben remained undefeated in the Octagon, forcing Edwin DeWees to tap out to an armbar at the 3:26 mark.

Monday, August 28, 2017

UFC 54: Chuck Liddell Puts Another Foe on Ice


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UFC 54 – Boiling Point – Aug. 20, 2005 – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Chuck Liddell held onto the UFC light heavyweight title with a fourth-round TKO win over Jeremy Horn at UFC 54.

Liddell, who had won the title four months earlier by knocking out Randy Couture, scored his 12th UFC victory to break Royce Gracie’s record.

Horn returned to the UFC after racking up 31 wins during a four-year odyssey through Pride, WEC, IFC, King of the Cage and other smaller promotions.

The title fight ended when Liddell blasted Horn in the eye, and Horn told referee John McCarthy that he could not see.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ultimate Fight Night 1: Back to TV



Nate Quarry (Photo bloodyelbow.com)


UFC Ultimate Fight Night 1 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Cox Pavilion - Aug. 6, 2005

The Ultimate Fighter finale was such a huge success that UFC began airing “Ultimate Fight Night” shows on Spike TV later that summer.

Although Forrest Griffin and Diego Sanchez were the TUF winners, Nate Quarry became the first alumnus to earn a title shot.

Quarry beat Pete Sell by TKO in 42 seconds, although the fans protested that the fight was stopped too early. Quarry went on to challenge Rich Franklin for the middleweight belt at UFC 56.

Former King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt won a unanimous decision over Ivan Salaverry in the main event. However, Marquardt tested positive for a banned substance in his post-fight drug test.

UFC 53: School's Out



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UFC 53 – Heavy Hitters – Atlantic City, N.J. – Boardwalk Hall – June 4, 2005

Rich Franklin, a teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, won the UFC middleweight title from Evan Tanner at UFC 53.

Franklin had earned the title shot win a win over UFC legend Ken Shamrock at the finals of The Ultimate Fighter.

Franklin dominated Tanner in the second and third rounds before the doctor called for an end to the bout in the fourth.

Andrei Arlovski retained his UFC interim heavyweight title with a win over Justin Eilers, who got the title shot because fights with Mirko Cro Cop and Ricco Rodriguez fell through.

With less than a minute to go in Round 1, Eilers blew out his knee. Arlovski moved in for the kill and won by TKO.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

UFC 52: The Iceman Winneth the Title



Chuck Liddell (Photo: lowkickmma.com)

UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2– Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Arena – April 16, 2005

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell won the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Randy Couture at UFC 52.

The bout drew a crowd of 14,562, paying a record gate of $2.5 million. Couture and Liddell were the coaches for the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, which concluded one week earlier.

Liddell gained redemption for his loss to Couture at UFC 43 two years earlier by knocking out the champ at the 2:06 mark.

Matt Hughes retained the UFC welterweight title by defeating Frank Trigg with a rear naked choke at the 4:05 mark. This was the first fight to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale: The Fight That Changed Everything



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The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Cox Arena – April 9, 2005

An electric battle of newcomers launched UFC into the mainstream of the sports world at The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finale.

Forrest Griffin defeated Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision in the best fight of the year, drawing millions of fans to the first live MMA show on cable TV.

Everything UFC achieved later – fights on Fox TV, coverage on ESPN, million-selling pay-per-views – can be traced directly to this fight.

The Ultimate Fighter was a reality show that ran on Spike TV for 14 seasons before moving to the Fox family of networks. 

Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture were the coaches during Season 1, and they fought one week later on the UFC 52 pay-per-view.

TUF drew big numbers on Spike TV, retaining more than half of the viewers from WWE Monday Night Raw.

Bonnar was so impressive in defeat that he also earned a UFC contract from company president Dana White.

Three years after his big win, Griffin defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to win the UFC light heavyweight title.

At the TUF 1 reunion three years later, White said,"It's amazing to think how close we came to not being here today. If it weren't for what these guys did, I don't know if there would even be a UFC. I'll never forget these guys. Ever.”

In the main event of the telecast, Rich Franklin defeated Ken Shamrock by TKO at the 2:42 mark.

Diego Sanchez won TUF 1’s middleweight tournament by defeating Kenny Florian by TKO in 2:46.

Sanchez went on to challenge B.J. Penn for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 107. He also invented the “YES!” chant, which was popularized by Daniel Bryan in WWE.

Florian got three title shots (against Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn and Jose Aldo), but he was unsuccessful each time. Florian eventually moved on to become a UFC broadcaster.

The preliminary bouts also featured several fighters who went on to successful MMA careers.

Bobby Southworth lost by unanimous decision to Sam Hoger, but Southworth went on to become the first Strikeforce light heavyweight champion in 2006.

Josh Koscheck knocked out Chris Sanford at the 4:21 mark. Koscheck went on to challenge 
Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2010.

Nate Quarry beat Lodune Sincaid by TKO in 3:17. Quarry was fast-tracked to a middleweight title match later in the year. Sincaid won the WEC light heavyweight title in 2006.


In other bouts, Chris Leben defeated Jason Thacker by TKO in 1:35; Alex Karalexis by Josh Rafferty by TKO at the 1:40 mark; and Mike Swick knocked out Alex Schoenauer in 20 seconds.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UFC 51: Tito Ortiz vs. Vitor Belfort on Super Saturday



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UFC 51: Super Saturday – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 5, 2005

Tito Ortiz won a razor-thin decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51, the second annual Super Saturday show.

The judges scored the bout 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of Ortiz, who won his second straight pay-per-view main event.

The Ortiz-Belfort fight was a big hit, drawing 105,000 PPV buys and nearly $1.5 million at the gate.

Andrei Arlovski captured the UFC interim heavyweight title, defeating Tim Sylvia in 47 seconds with an Achilles lock. Frank Mir, the heavyweight champ, was sidelined after a motorcycle accident.

Evan Tanner won the UFC middleweight title, which had been vacant since 2002, when champ Murilo Bustamante defected to PRIDE Fighting Championships. Tanner beat Dave Terrell by TKO in 4:35 to win the title.

In another middleweight fight, Pete Sell beat Phil Baroni with a guillotine choke with 41 seconds left in the fight.

UFC 50: Welterweight Greatness



Revised DVD cover for UFC 50
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UFC 50 – The War of ’04 – Atlantic City, N.J. – Trump Plaza – Oct. 22, 2004

Matt Hughes conquered Georges St.-Pierre at UFC 50 in a battle of the two most dominant welterweights in MMA history.

BJ Penn held the welterweight title after upsetting Hughes at UFC 46, but he was stripped of the belt after he signed with K-1.

In the battle for the vacant title, Hughes used an armbar to force GSP to tap out with one second left in Round 1.

Tito Ortiz defeated Patrick Cote by unanimous decision in the main event. Ortiz was scheduled to face Guy Mezger, who had to drop out due to medical issues.

Monday, July 3, 2017

UFC 49: Four Titles For Randy Couture


Randy "The Natural" Couture (Photo: lowkickmma.com)

UFC 49: Unfinished Business – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Arena - Aug. 21, 2004

Randy Couture collected his fourth career UFC title by defeating Vitor Belfort at UFC 49.

This was a rematch from UFC 46, where the doctor stopped the fight due to a cut on Couture’s eye after just 49 seconds of action.

Belfort defended the title, and this time the doctor determined that he had taken enough punishment. At least the fans got three full rounds of action.

Couture, 41, earned his second UFC light heavyweight title to go with his two heavyweight titles.

UFC 48: Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo: Nostalgia Sells



Kimo (Photo: lowkickmma.com)


UFC 48: Payback – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center - June 19, 2004

Kimo returned to battle Ken Shamrock in a “classic” rematch at UFC 48.

The fans literally bought into the nostalgia act, as the rematch from UFC 8 drew slightly more buys on pay-per-view than the Tito Ortiz-Chuck Liddell matchup at UFC 47.

Shamrock won the first meeting, and he bested Kimo again here. Shamrock knocked out Kimo with a knee strike at 1:26 mark.

Frank Mir captured the vacant UFC heavyweight title by defeating Tim Sylvia with an armbar in just 50 seconds. 

UFC 47: Tito Ortiz Finally Battles Chuck Liddell


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UFC 47: It’s On! – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – April 2, 2004

Chuck Liddell knocked out Tito Ortiz in a a long-awaited grudge match at UFC 47.

The former training partners engaged in lengthy negotiations before finally deciding that “It’s On!”

Most of the fight was on the feet, and Liddell used a right-left combination to KO Ortiz at the 38-second mark of Round 2.

Andrei Arlovski was supposed to battle Tim Sylvia for the vacant heavyweight title, but the card was reshuffled.

Instead, Arlovski  beat Wesley “Cabbage” Correia by TKO in Round 2. Arlovski would have to wait until UFC 51 to battle Sylvia for the title.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UFC 46: Rise of The Prodigy and The Phenom


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UFC 46: Super Natural – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Jan. 31, 2004

UFC crowned two new champions on the night before the Super Bowl at UFC 46.

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort won the light heavyweight title from Randy Couture, ending an amazing run by the 40-year-old champion.

In the opening minute, Couture’s eyelid was cut by the seam of Belfort’s glove. The doctor stopped the fight at the 54-second mark, and Belfort was the new champion.

BJ Penn captured the UFC welterweight title from Matt Hughes, whose 13-fight win streak came to an end. Penn won with a rear naked choke at 4:37.

Penn had been unable to win the lightweight title on two occasions, but he ended Hughes’ quest for a record-breaking sixth title defense.