Monday, November 26, 2018

UFC 100: Brock Lesnar Takes Control

Brock Lesnar (Photo: bankrate.com)


UFC 100 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – July 11, 2009

Brock Lesnar seized control of the heavyweight division and smashed the pay-per-view record at UFC 100.

Lesnar pounded Frank Mir en route to a second-round TKO, avenging  to avenge his UFC debut loss. Mir had been carrying the interim UFC heavyweight title.

Lesnar’s following from the WWE led to UFC 100 scoring 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, a new record.

Georges St. Pierre won his sixth fight in a row, beating Thiago Alves by unanimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight title.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale: Score a Brace for the British


Clay Guida (Photo: fightbookmma.com)


TUF 9: US vs. UK Finale – The Pearl at the Palms – Las Vegas, Nev. – June 20, 2009

Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez tore the house down in the main event of the TUF Season 9 finale.

Sanchez used submission attempts down the stretch to score a split decision over “The Carpenter” in one of the best fights of the year.

Michael Bisping coached the British team in The Ultimate Fighter competition, with Dan Henderson leading the Americans. Bisping and Henderson battled each other at UFC 100.

Ross Pearson won the TUF 9 lightweight tournament by unanimous decision over British teammate Andre Winner.  Pearson became a UFC mainstay over the next decade.

Monday, November 12, 2018

UFC 99: Call It A Comeback

Mirko Cro Cop (Photo: mirror.co.uk)


UFC 99: The Comeback – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena – June 13, 2009

Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva earned a standing ovation at UFC 99 from the German fans, who were witnessing their first live UFC action.

Franklin is a former middleweight champion in UFC, while “The Axe Murderer” held that title in PRIDE.  On this night, they competed at a 195-pound catchweight, and Franklin won a unanimous decision.

Cain Velasquez (6-0) moved closer to a heavyweight title shot with a unanimous decision over Cheick Kongo, who had been enjoying a three-fight winning streak.

Mirko Cro Cop made “The Comeback” a successful one, beating Mostapha al-Turk in 3:06 after a two-year absence from UFC.