Tuesday, December 5, 2017

UFC 67: PRIDE (In The Name of UFC)

Mirko Cro Cop (Photo: lowkickmma.com)

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.

Roger Huerta only needed 18 seconds to score a TKO win over John Halverson.

Patrick “The Predator” Cote won the PPV opener with a unanimous decision over Scott Smith.

Two future UFC champions made their Octagon debuts on the pre-show.

Frankie Edgar, who would go on to win the lightweight title, won a unanimous decision over Tyson Griffin.

Lyoto Machida, who later would capture the light heavyweight title, beat Sam Hoger by unanimous decision.

In other prelim fights, Terry Martin knocked out Jorge Rivera in 14 seconds; and Dustin Hazelett beat Diego Saraiva by unanimous decision.

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