Monday, July 24, 2017

Ultimate Fight Night 1: Back to TV

Nate Quarry (Photo

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.

Stephan Bonnar, who earned a contract in the TUF finale, also won a unanimous decision, defeating Sam Hoger.

In other bouts on Spike TV, Josh Koscheck defeated Pete Spratt with a rear naked choke at the 1:53 mark; Chris Leben beat Patrick Cote by split decision; and Mike Swick beat Gideon Ray by TKO in 22 seconds.

Before the show went on the air, Drew Fickett beat Josh Neer with a rear naked choke in 95 seconds; and Kenny Florian beat Alex Karalexis when the doctor stopped the fight in Round 2.

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