Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UFC 29: Out With The Old Owners

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UFC 29: Defense of the Belts – Tokyo, Japan – Differ Ariake Arena – Dec. 16, 2000

Tito Ortiz and Pat Miletich successfully defended their titles in Japan at UFC 29, the final show under the ownership of Semaphore Entertainment Group.

Ortiz retained the light heavyweight belt by defeating Yuki Kondo with a neck crank at the 1:52 mark. Kondo was no slouch, as he racked up 59 wins in his career.

Pat Miletich continued to dominate as lightweight champion. He beat Kenichi Yamamoto with a guillotine choke in Round 2 for his fourth title defense.

Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland made an impressive UFC debut, beating “Mr. 200 Percent” Yoji Anjo by TKO in 2:57.

Other TKO finishes included Fabiano Iha over Daiju Takase at 2:25; and the debuting Evan Tanner over Lance Gibson at 4:58.

In a preliminary bout, future welterweight champion Matt Hughes lost to Dennis Hallman via submission to an armbar in 20 seconds. Two years earlier, Hallman had defeated Hughes in 17 seconds.

Chuck Liddell also fought a prelim bout, defeating Jeff Monson by unanimous decision.

One month after the show, the Fertitta brothers (Zuffa LLC) bought the UFC from Semaphore.

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