Monday, July 3, 2017

UFC 48: Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo: Nostalgia Sells

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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. 

While Sylvia and the fans felt that referee Herb Dean had stopped the bout too soon, Sylvia had suffered multiple arm fractures.

Frank Trigg scored his biggest UFC win to date, defeating Dennis Hallman by technical knockout with a barrage of punches at the 4:15 mark.

Matt Hughes bounced back from his welterweight title loss by winning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Renato Verissimo.

In the pay-per-view opener, Evan Tanner defeated Phil Baroni by unanimous decision.

Georges St. Pierre won a preliminary fight, scoring a TKO victory over Jay Hieron.

Other prelim results included Matt Serra over Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision; and debuting South African Trevor Prangley over Curtis Stout by submission to a neck crank 

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