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



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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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

UFC Fight Night 7: One for the Corps


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UFC Fight Night 7: Sanchez vs. Riggs – San Diego, Calif. – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar - Dec. 13, 2006

UFC put on a show for the Marines, and Diego Sanchez remained undefeated at UFC Fight Night 7.

Sanchez knocked out Joe “Diesel” Riggs with a knee strike and punches to improve his record to 17-0.

U.S. Marines made up almost the entire crowd, and an auction raised money for military families.

Monday, October 30, 2017

UFC 65: Welterweight Excellence


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UFC 65: Bad Intentions – Sacramento, Calif. – Arco Arena - Nov. 18, 2006

Georges St. Pierre rose to the top of the welterweight division at UFC 65.

GSP blasted Matt Hughes with a left head kick and finished him with punches on the crowd to win the championship.

In the process, St. Pierre also avenged his loss to Hughes two years earlier at UFC 50.

Tim Sylvia retained the UFC heavyweight title by defeating Jeff “The Snowman” Monson by unanimous decision. The 6-foot-8 champion enjoyed an 11-inch height advantage.

The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale: Killer Comeback


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TUF 4: The Comeback Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Nov. 11, 2006

Matt Serra and Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter won championships on the fourth-season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback.

Instead of introducing new stars, TUF 4 gave former UFC competitors the chance to earn their way back into the Octagon and earn a title shot.

Serra compiled a 4-4 UFC record and hadn’t competed in the Octagon for a year. He defeated Pete Spratt and Shone Carter to earn a spot in the welterweight finals.

The judges had varying opinions on Serra’s final bout against Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. Two judges saw it 30-27 for Serra, while the other gave the same score in Lytle's favor.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

UFC 64: Dawn of a Dynasty


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UFC 64: Unstoppable – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Oct. 14, 2006

Anderson Silva began a long reign atop the middleweight division at UFC 64.

“The Spider” captured the title with a series of knee strikes and punches as he beat Rich Franklin by TKO in just under three minutes.

UFC also crowned a new lightweight champion after a four-year title vacancy. “The Muscle Shark” Sean Sherk won the belt by scoring a unanimous decision over Kenny Florian.

Jon Fitch moved up in the welterweight division with a unanimous decision win over Kuniyoshi Hironaka.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tito Ortiz-Ken Shamrock 3: Clean Sweep


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Ortiz-Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter – Hollywood, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Oct. 10, 2006

Ken Shamrock got a third chance to beat Tito Ortiz, but he came up short again.

The two TUF 3 coaches had battled just three months earlier at UFC 61, with Shamrock winning on a first-round TKO.

However, the fight ended in controversy over whether Herb Dean stopped fight too early.

Unfortunately for Shamrock, his third meeting with Ortiz ended on another first-round TKO. Shamrock retired after the fight, but he came back less than two years later.

Ortiz won the first battle at UFC 40, so he won all three fights in the rivalry. The “Final Chapter” fight drew a huge 4.3 rating on Spike TV.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

UFC 63: Are You Impressed?


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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


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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



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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



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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.