Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UFC 50: Welterweight Greatness

Revised DVD cover for UFC 50

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.
Mezger’s misfortune, which was nothing new to him, allowed Cote to rocket from the first preliminary fight to the main event.

In other action, Rich Franklin used an armbar to beat Jorge Rivera in Round 3; and Frank Trigg earned a welterweight title shot with a TKO win over Renato Verissimo in Round 2.

Evan Tanner opened the pay-per-view by defeating “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler with a triangle choke at the 2:22 mark. Lawler is a good example of perseverance, as he won the welterweight title 10 years later at UFC 181.

In the preliminary fights, Ivan Salaverry beat Tony Fryklund by submission to a body triangle in 96 seconds; and Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter knocked out Marvin Eastman in Round 2.

Lutter made his Octagon debut after Cote was elevated to the main event.

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