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UFC 129 Preview

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Okay, so tonight’s fights are kind of a big deal.  Georges St-Pierre, perhaps the biggest star in mixed martial arts, will make his first Welterweight Title defense of 2011 against top contender Jake Shields.  The final WEC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, will make the first ever defense of the UFC Featherweight Title after being delayed by injury.

Randy Couture will face Lyoto Machida in what could be his last fight, top 25 light heavyweights Jason Brilz and Vladimir Matyushenko square off, and former WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson makes his UFC debut against Mark Bocek.  To top it all of, every single fight will be televised in some form – I’m not sure that this card could be any better.

UFC 129 will air live on pay-per-view at a new time – 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST.  The Spike TV preliminary fights (Diaz/McDonald and Pierson/Ellenberger) will begin at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST, while the remaing preliminary fights will be on Facebook starting at 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST.

Welterweight Title: (c) Georges St-Pierre (21-2, No.1 WW) vs. Jake Shields (26-4-1, No. 3 WW)

St-Pierre: As well-rounded a fighter as there is in MMA, BJJ black belt with outstanding wrestling and powerful striking, 16-2 in the UFC with losses to Matt Serra and Matt Hughes, both losses were avenged by GSP, has successfully defended the UFC Welterweight Title five times in a row, turned Josh Koscheck’s orbital bone into mush at UFC 124.

Shields: Cesar Gracie BJJ black belt, two time NCAA Division 2 wrestling All-American, Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission wrestling bronze medalist, has won fifteen fights in a row dating back to 2005, has key wins over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, and Dan Henderson, won his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann, not exactly a fan friendly fighter.

Remarks: That is, many fans think that Jake Shields is boring.  Hell, even fighters like Henderson, Kampmann, and Frank Shamrock think that Shields is a boring fighter.  Boring or not, Jake Shields wins fights.  In the end, it doesn’t matter how he wins so long as he gets the job done.  Unfortunately for him, he’s fighting one of the top fighters in MMA today in Georges St-Pierre.

Shields likes to use his wrestling to control fights, which is something GSP does with great effectiveness.  GSP is also a far better striker than Shields and it will be interesting to see St-Pierre’s gameplan against Shields.  I wonder if we’ll see a lot more of this fight on the feet than we normally see out of GSP.  I don’t know that Shields’ wrestling is effective enough to smother a great fighter like St-Pierre, but he’s done it to great fighters in the past.  Jake Shields is able to dictate the pace of his fights, but I don’t see him being as successful against a guy like GSP.

This could resemble Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva in certain ways, except that St-Pierre is far more capable on the ground than Silva.  I see this fight going Shields way early on.  Shields is such a good wrestler that I don’t know if St-Pierre can defend that for an entire 25 minutes.  As the fight goes on, St-Pierre will be able to make the necessary adjustments as the fight goes on and I see him scoring a TKO victory late.  GSP is too good and too balanced to be beat by a fairly one-dimensional fighter.

Featherweight Title: (c) Jose Aldo (18-1, No. 1 FEW) vs. Mark Hominick (20-8, No. 8 FEW)

Aldo: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with dangerous power, two-thirds of his 18 wins have come by knockout, his only loss was to Luciano Azevedo in 2005, has won 11 consecutive fights since that loss, went 8-0 in the WEC with wins over Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, and Manny Gamburyan, making his debut for the UFC as the first ever UFC Featherweight Champion.

Hominick: Kickboxer who pushes the pace, capable submission fighter with seven career submission victories, previously fought in the UFC has a lightweight going 2-0 with wins over Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel, has won five in a row since losing to Josh Grispi at WEC 32, defeated George Roop for the title opportunity in his UFC debut.

Remarks: I’m confident that someone is going to get knocked out in this fight, and by someone, I mean Mark Hominick.  Make no mistake, the Canadian is a very dangerous and technical striker who can finish fights.  But I’m not sure what Mark Hominick does better than Jose Aldo.  On the feet, Aldo is superior with his highlight reel power.  When it gets to the ground, Aldo is also a BJJ black belt who is very difficult to finish.  Often times, Aldo’s fights don’t even get that far, but he can definitely submit his opponents if need be.  Aldo is just too explosive and too good and will be score a KO victory over a tough opponent.

Light Heavyweight: Randy Couture (19-10, No. 17 LHW) vs. Lyoto Machida (16-2, No. 5 LHW)

Couture: “The Natural”, UFC Hall of Famer, former UFC Champion at Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight, 3-0 in his last three fights with wins over Brandon Vera, Mark Coleman, and James Toney, did I even need to write any of this?

Machida: BJJ black belt who primarily utilizes karate, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, undefeated before losing his last two fights to Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson, drinks his own pee, was responsible for Rashad Evans’ famous “stanky leg.”

Remarks: Randy Couture entered the octagon at UFC 118 using Van Halen’s “Mean Street” as his entrance music.  I love Van Halen and I think this trend needs to continue.  This is now the second fight in a row where Machida will be outmatched before the fight even begins, as Rampage used the epic PRIDE opening theme as his entrance music at UFC 123.  Machida needs to come out to something better than that Linkin Park garbage that he’s been using lately.  I’ll say this: the fighter with the more awesome entrance music will win the fight.  I’m leaning strongly toward Randy, so Machida will have to do something awesome to prove me wrong.

Light Heavyweight: Jason Brilz (18-3-1, No. 20 LHW) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5, No. 22 LHW)

Brilz: Wrestled collegiately at the Universtiy of Nebraska in Omaha, 3-2 in his UFC career, lost a controversial split decision to Antonio Reogerio Nogueira in the Fight of the Night at UFC 114, nine career submission victories, has only been finished once, hasn’t fought in almost a year due to injury.

Matyushenko: An experienced freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler, former National Junior College wrestling champion, balanced fighter with eight career knockout wins, seven submissions3-1 since returning to the UFC in 2009, his sole during this time was to Jon Jones, 3-2 in his initial stint in the UFC, last defeated Alexandre Ferreira in Germany at UFC 122, known as “The Janitor.”

Remarks: Does it matter who wins this fight?  Honestly, unless your last name is Brilz or Matyushenko, I’m not sure that you care about the outcome.  That’s not to disparage either fighter and this should be an entertaining fight, but little will change in the light heavyweight division based on the results of this bout.  I will take Jason Brilz because his name is shorter and will save me some keystrokes.

Lightweight: Mark Bocek (9-3) vs. Ben Henderson (12-2, No. 17 LW)

Bocek: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kempo, has studied BJJ under Rickson and Renzo Gracie, seven of nine wins by submission with two Submission of the Night awards, 5-3 in the UFC, three losses are to Jim Miller, Mac Danzig, and Frankie Edgar, last defeated Dustin Hazelett at UFC 124.

Henderson: Taekwondo black belt and BJJ brown belt, NAIA wrestling All-American, lost his WEC title to Anthony Pettis in the last fight of the WEC, making his UFC debut, ridiculously nicknamed “Smooth”, can’t managed to make weight for the biggest night of his professional life.

Remarks: I’m not sure that there’s anything Henderson can do to win this fight.  I know he’s in the top 25 and won some big fights in the WEC, but the UFC is a different story.  Mark Bocek is one of the more dangerous BJJ practitioners at 155 lbs.  Henderson might be in trouble if he tries to take Bocek down, since Bocek is a submission threat whenever his fights hit the mat.  Bocek submitted Dustin Hazelett, who has great BJJ, in two and a half minutes – that’s saying something.  It may be considered a bit of an upset, but I’m going to take Bocek by submission.  It scares me how weak Henderson looked at weigh-ins and he’ll have a hard time defending against a grappler like Bocek.

Welterweight: Nate Diaz (13-6) vs. Rory MacDonald (10-1)

Diaz: Cesar Gracie BJJ brown belt, four time Fight of the Night winner, 8-4 since joining the UFC in June 2007, lost a unanimous decision to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125 in January, once used precision punching to turn Marcus Davis into E.T., has a brother in MMA who seems to be successful.

MacDonald: Well-rounded fighter with good striking and good submissions, first ever loss came at the hands of Carlos Condit at UFC 115, defeated Mike Guymon in his UFC debut, all ten victories have come from stoppage with four (T)KOs and six submissions, known as “The Waterboy”, is lucky to not be fighting Captain Insano.

Remarks: Tonight’s winner will be determined by a number of questions.

  1. Has Rory MacDonald ever defeated Nick Diaz?  No.
  2. Could Rory MacDonald defeat Nick Diaz?  Probably not.
  3. What if Nick Diaz were uglier?  Still, I don’t think so.
  4. And what if Nick Diaz had less talent than previously shown?  Hmm, tough, but I still go with ugly, less-talented Nick Diaz.

Therefore, Nate Diaz will win this fight.

Welterweight: Sean Pierson (11-4) vs. Jake Ellenberger (23-5, No. 12 WW)

Pierson: Canadian national wrestling champion with a BJJ purple belt, six (T)KO and four submission victories in his career, only career decision win over Matt Riddle in his UFC debut, in the midst of a six fight winning streak, last lost to Jesse Bongfeldt in 2007, former police officer who resigned after his UFC 124 win.

Ellenberger: NCAA Division 2 wrestling National Champion, holds a BJJ blue belt, has won 15 career fights by TKO or KO with only five submission wins, has competed in Bellator, M-1, IFL, King of the Cage, and Bodog Fight, 3-0 in the UFC after losing his debut fight to Carlos Condit in 2009, defeated Jose Landi-Jons in 2007.

Remarks: I think this has the potential to be a great fight, though I’m not sure who has the edge.  Ellenberger is definitely the more skilled fighter, but he’s also taking this fight on short notice.  His win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha wasn’t very decisive, but he ended up getting the job done.  Pierson doesn’t have the wrestling to keep up with Ellenberger, while both fighters have displayed good knockout power.  I say this is going to go to the judges’ scorecards with Ellenberger taking the close decision win.  I think Pierson will be able to withstand Ellenberger’s power, but Ellenberger should still come away with the win.

Featherweight: Yves Jabouin (15-6) vs. Pablo Garza (10-1)

Welterweight: Claude Patrick (13-1) vs. Daniel Roberts (12-1)

Bantamweight: Ivan Menjivar (21-8) vs. Charlie Valencia (12-6, No. 17 BW)

Middleweight: Jason MacDonald (24-14) vs. Ryan Jensen (15-7)

Lightweight: John Makdessi (8-0) vs. Kyle Watson (13-6-1)

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Karl Gotch

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

If it’s not entirely clear from my previous musings, let me make one thing known: I love mixed martial arts.  There are few things I enjoy more than watching MMA and I’ll look for almost any excuse to enjoy some fights.  But that being said, my first real love was professional wrestling.

I would venture to say that quite a few fans of combat sports started out the same way as I did – with WCW Saturday Night, WWF Superstars, and just about any other pro wrestling I could find on my TV.  Now, I still enjoy tapes and DVDs of the older programming, but I’ve grown out of touch with the world of sports entertainment.  Perhaps it’s something that comes with age, or maybe wrestling is just really shitty right now, but my interest in wrestling has significantly faded.

Still, wrestling was something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and I look back fondly at the wrestlers of my youth.  As much as many MMA fans would hate to admit it, professional wrestling and mixed martial arts will forever be linked together.  Make no mistake, these are two very different forms of entertainment.  Professional wrestling is staged athletics while mixed martial arts is a (mostly) legitimate sport.

However, we have two entertainment entities in the UFC and WWE that utilize cable television and pay-per-views as their primary means of reaching an audience.  MMA and pro wrestling also compete for the attention of similar performers, college and professional athletes notable amongst those performers.

This will be the first post in a series where I choose a topic with overlap between pro wrestling and MMA.  It could be a performer, a promoter, a concept, or any other point of interest shared by these two entities.  I’m not interested in converting MMA fans into wrestling fans or vice versa, but it’s worthwhile to consider where there are similarities between these powerful industries.

I want to be clear that, in this series, I’m not arguing that mixed martial arts is a sport with a lineal birth out of professional wrestling.  MMA was not solely born from Antonio Inoki fighting Muhammad Ali, nor did it begin with the creation of the Jeet Kune Do discipline or the Shooto, RINGS, or the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotions.  Rather, these were all momentous events on the lengthy and storied timeline of MMA.

I’ve had some trouble determining who should start this series, so I think it’s best to go back to one of the true legends of professional wrestling – Karl Gotch.

Karl Gotch was born Karl Istaz on August 3, 1924 in Antwerp, Belgium.  Gotch would later move to Germany at the age of four and began wrestling at the age of nine.  Gotch competed in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, with his amateur wrestling career culminating with at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.  Gotch wrestled for Belgium under the name “Charles Gotch” and tied for eighth place in Greco-Roman at 192 pound weight class.

After the Olympics, Gotch moved on to the world of professional wrestling, training with legendary English catch wrestler Billy Riley at The Snake Pit in Wigan.  Riley was known as an authentic submission grappler who had no qualms about legitimately injuring his opponents.  Gotch and Billy Robinson, two of the greatest shoot wrestlers of all time, are both products of Riley’s Snake Pit.

Gotch spent much of the late 1950’s wrestling throughout Europe wrestling as Karl Krauser.  He would spend time wrestling in France, as well as his previous homes of Belgium and Germany.  With the assistance of his friend and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Edouard Carpentier, Gotch would seek greater success by moving to North America.

Gotch’s time in the United States and Canada was largely uneventful, though he did spend time in Quebec, Chicago, Ohio, California, and even the World Wide Wrestling Federation based out of New York.  Gotch won a handful of titles, but mostly made a name for himself due to a backstage fight with the legendary Buddy Rogers.

As the story goes, Rogers was distrustful of having his NWA World Heavyweight Title legitimately taken from him by shoot wrestlers like Gotch and Lou Thesz.  Meanwhile, Gotch didn’t appreciate flashy showmen like Rogers and took umbrage with Rogers’ refusal to provide Gotch with a title shot.  Rogers also felt there was no money to be made in a series of matches with Gotch, so Gotch responded by beating the champion down.  Gotch’s reputation with American promoters would forever be impacted, but it’s not America where Gotch would truly make a name for himself.

While Gotch was toiling on the mid-cards of various American promotions, a ambitious young wrestler named Kanji Inoki, better known by his ring name Antonio, was trying to make a name for himself.  After being trained by the legendary Japanese star Rikidozan, Inoki and Shohei “Giant” Baba were a rising tag team in Rikidozan’s Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance.

After more than a decade in wrestling, Inoki became dissatisfied with his position within the company.  This was especially true after Giant Baba defeated Gene Kiniski for the NWA International Heavyweight Title in December 1970.  Inoki was refused an opportunity at Baba’s title and was told that it was too early for a title shot.  Inoki, Baba, and numerous other wrestlers plotted a hostile takeover of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance, but management caught wind of the scheme.  Baba was convinced to stay loyal to the company and Inoki was fired from the promotion in 1971.

In 1972, Inoki formed his own wrestling promotion that would appropriately be named New Japan Pro Wrestling.  In the process, Inoki called upon numerous gaijin wrestlers, or non-Japanese wrestlers, to fill his roster for the initial NJPW tour.  Notable amongst those chosen were “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, Ivan Kalmikoff, and Karl Gotch.  In the main event of the very first NJPW event, Gotch defeated Inoki, but his role with the company was more than just as a performer.

It was Karl Gotch who helped to perfect Antonio Inoki’s wrestling style, which would be known as the “strong style.”  Rooted strongly in catch wrestling, strong style focused on high impact, realistic looking strike and grappling while maintaining the predetermined nature of professional wrestling.  Inoki was always a student of the martial arts, while Gotch was remarkable wrestler with a submission background, so strong style proved to be an effective integration of Gotch’s and Inoki’s unique wrestling styles.

Though the matches were never authentically competitive, the combination of martial arts striking and submission wrestling is the staged equivalent to mixed martial arts.  There were few wrestlers with the legitimate credentials of Karl Gotch, which helped to lend credence to the direction of Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling.  Antonio Inoki looked to create something of his own with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and he was successful in large part because of Gotch’s contributions.

Gotch would be an important figure for NJPW for a full decade, competing on a regular basis while training wrestling greats such as Satoru Sayama (the original Tiger Mask), Akira Maeda, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.  It was through these three wrestlers, along with Inoki, where Gotch has had his largest impact on mixed martial arts.  Over the years, many of Gotch’s students would move from the world of professional wrestling to legitimate combat sports.

Most prominent among these fighters was Inoki himself, who famously fought Muhammad Ali in an early mixed-style match in 1976.  Despite his professional wrestling background, Inoki has long been a proponent of mixed-martial arts.  He has promoted mixed-martial arts fights on his own NJPW and Inoki Genome wrestling cards and has often promoted MMA fighters in worked matches..  Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie both wrestled for NJPW, while Inoki’s very last professional wrestling match was against American star Don Frye.

Fujiwara, Maeda, and Sayama were amongst the initial competitors in the UWF, a Japanese shoot-style promotion that utilized more realistic wrestling-based fighting styles.  In later years, Fujiwara himself would found the Battlearts promotion, also based heavily on shoot-wrestling.  While these matches were still worked, the fights were as realistic as Japanese fans at ever seen.  Regarding their contributions to MMA, even the great Inoki’s accomplishments pale in comparison to Maeda and Sayama.

Following a controversial bout between Sayama and Maeda, the former would become the founder of Shooto in the mid-1980s.  Though there have been many rule changes and alterations over the years, the Shooto founded by Sayama is the same Shooto promotion still putting on events in Brazil, Japan, and all over the world.

Maeda himself would found the Fighting Network RINGS mixed martial arts promotion in 1991.  The promotion would famously feature fighters such as Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, and Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera.  Upon mounting competition from PRIDE, the RINGS promotion would eventually collapse in 2002.

These men have all become Japanese legends through their pro wrestling and MMA accomplishments, but before they were legends, they were all students of the great Karl Gotch.  It was Gotch who was amongst the first to both utilize and teach the shoot wrestling style in Japan.  Gotch only directly influenced a generation of professional wrestlers, but through the success of these fighters in combat sports, Gotch’s influence is still felt in MMA today.

Even beyond his time in competition, Gotch influenced modern MMA in some very interesting ways.  It was Gotch, influenced by the ancient sport of pankration, who chose the name for what would become Pancrase.  Gotch would also spend time training Ken Shamrock and Masakatsu Funaki, two of the biggest stars in the history of MMA.

It’s no wonder why Gotch has been dubbed “Kami-sama” by the Japanese people, which roughly translates into “wrestling god.”  The reverence that the Japanese people hold for Gotch is remarkable, as “god” isn’t exactly a term used often for athletes and pop culture figures.  Aside from Gotch and Lemmy Kilmister, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many public figures who have been deemed as “gods”.

Through the continued accomplishments of Fujiwara, Maeda, Inoki, and Sayama, Karl Gotch will always be remembered as a supremely influential figure in both MMA and pro wrestling.  These notable students of Gotch have done so much to shape MMA and owe much of their success to Gotch himself.

In his wildest dreams, I’m not sure that Karl Gotch could have imagined the impact he would have on a generation of athletes and the creation of a sport.

Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

MMA News – April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

  • All fighters have made weight for UFC 129 – except for the one pictured above, Ben Henderson.  I really hate fighters that miss weight, but this one really pisses me off.  Here you have the former WEC Lightweight Champion making his UFC debut on one of the biggest fight cards in UFC history and this guy can’t make weight.  What the hell have you been doing for the last few months?  Wouldn’t a key component of your training be making sure you are at the necessary weight?  Forget this guy, I hope Mark Bocek takes Henderson out tomorrow.
  • All fighters also made weight for this weekend’s Superior Challenge show in Sweden, though Yuya Shirai’s fight was canceled last minute.  My only hope for this card is a win for Jeremy Horn, who I hope fights until he’s 70.
  • It seems that a principle reason for Mayhem Miller’s departure from Strikeforce is a ban placed on Miller from Showtime and CBS.  This is due to the post-fight brawl involving Miller, the Diaz brothers, and Gilbert Melendez.  That’s certainly the smartest way to have handled this situation – not like CBS could have, you know, capitalized on the situation to make some money.
  • The UFC seems very close to implementing five-round non-title fights for select bouts.  I’m a very big fan of this idea and I’m very anxious for this to happen, though I wonder what the criteria would be for selecting which non-title fights get the extra two rounds.  I worry about this concept becoming quickly abused and ending up with something like Frank Mir and Stefan Struve fighting for five rounds.  This is an important stipulation, but should only be exercised on very rare occasions.
Categories: MMA News

MMA News – April 28, 2011

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MMA News – April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

  • Two new fights have been added to the UFC’s fourth Versus event: Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira and Matt Riddle vs. T.J. Grant.  I’ve included the picture of Nik Lentz so you can recognize him in order to turn off your TV.  Nik Lentz wins fights, but he’s also amongst the most boring fighters in MMA.  I love MMA fighters with wrestling skills, but I don’t love fighters who practice the discipline of hugging.
  • Strikeforce seems to have found Gina Carano a capable opponent: Sarah D’Alelio.  D’Alelio only has five fights in her young career and has only ever lost to Julie Kedzie.  She’ll definitely be a nice challenge for the returning Carano.
  • Rene Nazare is one of Bellator’s newest signings and he’ll likely be competing in the promotion’s next lightweight tournament.  Nazare holds a 7-0 record with a key win over PRIDE veteran Luiz Azeredo.  Bellator continues to sign promising young fighters and it seems like the best promotion for MMA prospects, especially at the lighter weight classes.
Categories: MMA News

UFC 11

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is now at their eleventh event and the promotion is sticking with a proven formula: the tournament.  For the second event in a row, the UFC has done away with individual bouts and Superfights in favor of the fan favorite eight man tournaments.

The tournament at UFC 11 will have at least one familiar name: Tank Abbott, who confirmed his participation during the UFC 10 broadcast.  I can also confirm that Brian Johnston will be returning from an impressive showing at the UFC 10 tournament, while defending champion Mark Coleman will be back to claim a second consecutive tournament crown.

These aren’t the only returning competitors, but you’ll have to wait and see the other fighters participating in this, the tenth UFC tournament.

UFC 11: The Proving Ground – September 20, 1996

Previous Editions

September 1996 – do you remember where you were?  I was probably just sitting around, being pudgy, waiting for my allowance so I could go buy fatty foods from the gas station.  But now I exercise and take care of my body, so go fuck yourself 12 year old me – I’m in charge now, I have self control!  You don’t tell me what to do anymore!

In September 1996, the UFC was in Augusta, Georgia with their newest mixed martial arts event.  Augusta is famously home to both golf and misogyny, but tonight, golf will take a backseat.  Early UFC events and misogyny coexisted quite comfortably, so misogyny will likely be in full effect tonight.

The opening video is hyping a potential tournament match between Mark Coleman and Tank Abbott, which I’m sure will have to take place beyond the opening round.  This is the big money match for the evening as Coleman and Abbott have proven to be two of the most compelling fighters in the UFC to date.

Bruce Beck greets us by stating five UFC veterans will be slotted in the main bracket of the tournament along with three fighters making their UFC debuts.  He throws to Jeff Blatnick who is interviewing UFC 10 champion Mark Coleman.  Coleman says that we can expect more of the same from him tonight and he says that Tank doesn’t have the skills to hang with him.

We then go to an interview with Tank Abbott conducted by the returning Don Wilson.  Tank says he’s here to do his job and that we’ll have to wait and see what happens.  Tank dismisses the term “pit fighting”, which was originally used by the UFC to label his fighting style.  Tank calls himself a street fighter and says he plans to use his power to defeat Mark Coleman.

But for Tank and Coleman to meet, they both have to win a pair of fights.  Tank Abbott will be fighting the 2-1 Sam Adkins while Mark Coleman squares off against newcomer Julian Sanchez.  Jerry Bohlander will also be making his return to the octagon against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabio Gurgel and Brian Johnston takes on Iranian Reza Nasri.

As always, the UFC fails to give the people what they want: footage of preliminary fights between below average fighters.  Somehow, Scott Ferrozzo was relegated to the prelims after a pretty impressive UFC 8 performance against Jerry Bohlander.  Ferrozzo managed to defeat Sam Fulton by TKO via referee stoppage, while Roberto Traven defeated Dave Berry in the same manner.  Ferrozzo and Fulton will serve as alternates for the evening.

The UFC is still using CompuServe for all of their internet needs, promising another post-UFC chat.  Beck also proposes the current poll question: would Mike Tyson win in the UFC?  No, Iron Mike would spend pretty much all of his time on his back.  Unless he fights Telia Tuli.  In that case, Mike Tyson would win.

The first fight of the night features Mark Coleman and Julian Sanchez.  The positives for Sanchez: he has two inches and fifty pounds on Coleman.  The negatives?  He is Julian Sanchez and he will be fighting Mark Coleman.  Sanchez could have 250 pounds on Coleman and he still wouldn’t win.  Oh yeah, big spoiler here: the three hundred pound UFC newcomer loses to the U.S. Olympian.  Like you didn’t see that coming?

Julian Sanchez appears to have a fairly pitiful entourage, as he’s accompanied to the octagon by some guy jogging behind him.  Even then, I can’t tell if he’s with Sanchez or just trying to rush back to cageside for some other reason.  According to Bruce Beck’s translation, Sanchez says some flattering things about Mark Coleman in Spanish and apparently wants to try and take Mark Coleman down.  Ugh, I really don’t want to see this nice, stupid man get beaten down, but I can’t just not watch the fight.  You people remember that these are the sacrifices that I make for you.

Mark Coleman enters the cage with a much more impressive group with matching “Team Phoenix” t-shirts.  Coleman is looking bigger than he did at UFC 10, and in his pre fight video, his neck looks absolutely massive.  It’s as if his neck was specifically created to look inhuman and impenetrable.  Some people are just blessed with meaty ham-necks.

Hey, looks who’s here to specifically piss me off!  It’s Ken Shamrock in a vest that he stole from Steve Austin’s closet and bedazzled!  No, actually, it’s Rich Goins.  I’ll somewhat curb the Rich Goins hate, as I’m pleased to inform you all that this will be Goins’ final event in the UFC.

We all knew this day had to come, mostly because I’ve yet to take my own life.  But the UFC is moving in a new direction: a far, far less shitty direction.  Part of that direction is getting rid of dead weight, and that means Rich Goins has to go.  I’m not being mean, I’m just being honest.  And a little mean.  For now, let’s go ahead and tolerate this schmuck one last time in the UFC.

Julian Sanchez is billed at 23 years old, but he looks closer to maybe 43 years old.  I’m not trying to say there’s some kind of age-shaving scandal in the early UFC, but my mother looks closer to 23 than this guy.

Onto the fight, where it appears that Sanchez’s strategy is wave his hands at Coleman while shaking his head back and forth.  Thank goodness Mike Goldberg isn’t here to tell us how great Sanchez’s head movement is.  Coleman lands a very quick takedown on his bigger opponent.  Coleman is throwing some heavy punches from side control, then locks in a head lock.  Coleman really sinks it in and forces Sanchez to submit to this side choke.  That took Coleman all of 44 seconds.  Hey, do you still think Sanchez wants to go to the ground with Coleman?

Coleman certainly didn’t expend a lot of energy in this fight and I’m thankful for that.  I want to see a fresh Coleman later in the night, and I didn’t want to see this poor Hispanic kid get destroyed by “The Hammer”.  I was expecting that fight to resemble a snuff film and I’m thankful that the fight was so short.

Something tells me that the UFC might have been a little short-handed in their graphics department 15 years ago.  Regardless, the second semifinal match will feature Reza Nasri and Brian Johnston.  Johnston, you will remember, put up a great fight against Don Frye at UFC 10.  He seems like a potential obstacle on the road to a Tank Abbott/Mark Coleman finals contest.

Nasri says he’s pretty good at all aspects of MMA, while Johnston is notably a boxer and kickboxer who plans on keeping this fight standing.  Johnston gets a really nice hand from the crowd, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the fact that his opponent is from Iran.  Even Bruce Beck calls this a battle of “USA versus Iran.”  What the fuck, did he suddenly turn into Gorilla Monsoon?

For Christ’s sake, it’s not like Nasri is wearing pointed shoes and yelling “IRAN NUMBER ONE”.  I’m not sure why I expect different from this Georgia crowd, but come on!  Cheering against a fighter from another country just because he’s from another country was cliche 20 years ago, let alone 15.  I’m cheering for Reza Nasri in an attempt to combat xenophobia, one mixed martial artist at a time.

Jeff Blatnick thinks that this will be a very competitive match between these two fighters.  Some heavily augmented ring girls circle the cage and this fight is under way!

Nasri is aggressive from the start and tries to shoot on Johnston, but gets a knee to the face for his trouble.  Johnston clinches with Nasri and lands a really great takedown.  It was hard to tell since “Big” John McCarthy was in the way, but it looked like a pretty violent arm sweep with Johnston ending up in side control.  Johnston quickly moves to full mount and looks primed to end this fight.  Johnston lands some headbutts and then starts throwing big, unanswered punches to his opponent’s face.  Nasri appears to go out for a bit and McCarthy stops this fight.

That was as violent a knockout as we’ve seen in the UFC, but Brian Johnston is pissed off.  It seems that Big John tackled Johnston to keep him from doing any additional damage to Nasri and bloodied Johnston’s nose in the process.  Johnston briefly curses out McCarthy for this mishap, but fortunately, he still advances to the semifinals.  If this is how mad he got after a win, I can’t imagine how pissed he would have been if he lost this fight.

The third quarterfinal bout will be a big one with Tank Abbott fighting Sam Adkins.  Fortunately, Adkins doesn’t seem to be donning the same ugly tie-dyed trunks as he did at UFC 8.  He says nothing notable in his pre fight interview, but it sounds like he combined the words “underestimate” and “me”, creating the amalgam “underestime”.

Tank makes his way to the cage and gets a big hand from the crowd.  The arena is full of Tank signs, though the fan favorite is notably terse in his pre fight interview.  Either way, these people are behind him.

The fight begins, and in a matter of a few seconds, Tank scores a takedown and pins Adkins against the cage fence.  Tank is throwing some big left hands to Adkins’ head as he tries his best to simultaneously defend and escape.  This approach is absolutely not working and Adkins is subjected to the ground and pound of Tank Abbott.  Abbott grabs onto the cage for leverage while he strikes his opponent, which appears to be an effective maneuver.

Tank is now pressing Adkins’s head against the cage, shoving his left forearm into the throat of his opponent.  Adkins’ head is bent badly, but Jeff Blatnick doesn’t think Adkins will be submitting to this hold.  Adkins then promptly taps out, with Tank Abbott the winner via neck crank.  Jeff Blatnick is doing a bad job with his predictions, even when they’re made mid-fight.  It takes Tank all of two minutes to submit his opponent and move on to the quarterfinals.

Holy shit, we’ve got a Tito Ortiz sighting.  Look how young he looks!  He’s like a little baby with a massive head!  Tito is only 21 at this event and won’t make his UFC debut for another year or so, but it’s pretty shocking to see him walking side by side with Tank Abbott.  Ortiz actually trained with Tank for a while, though it sounds like their relationship dissolved fairly quickly.  I’m no Tito Ortiz fan, but now I’m pretty pumped to see his early UFC fights.

The fourth and final quarterfinal match features Fabio Gurgel and Lion’s Den product Jerry Bohlander.  This seems like a pretty evenly matched fight, both fighters with submission skills and weighing in at 200 pounds.  Bohlander has looked pretty good in the octagon previously, but Gurgel is a top BJJ practitioner and could be dangerous in the UFC.

Bohlander is accompanied to the cage by Frank Shamrock, and now I want to see Frank in the Octagon!  This isn’t fair, why aren’t these cornermen fighting?  Don’t they know that Tito vs. Frank is going to be a really awesome fight?  Apparently not.

Believe it or not, Rich Goins does his part in combating the rampant xenophobia by imploring the crowd to give Gurgel a “nice American welcome.”  Or maybe he’s perpetuating the xenophobia since he knows that the typical American welcome consists of shitting on foreigners.  Ugh, stupid Rich Goins.

This fight begins with Gurgel clinching with Bohlander and pushing him against the cage.  Gurgel attempts a takedown, but Bohlander defends by grabbing onto the cage.  Bohlander tries to land some strikes while also defending against the takedown attempts of Gurgel.  Bohlander manages to gain control and scores a takedown of his own with the whizzer.  Bohlander moves into Gurgel’s guard and begins throwing shots to Gurgel’s body.

Bohlander continues to grab the fence to maintain control while in guard, but is eventually forced from guard to a standing position.  Bohlander throws a punch when standing and begins to throw kicks to Gurgel’s legs, but Bohlander is wearing shoes which makes these kicks illegal.  McCarthy warns Bohlander and allows Gurgel to get back to his feet.  Blatnick claims that another warning from McCarthy will result in disqualification, but I won’t believe that until I see it.

Gurgel and Bohlander trade punches and a cut opens up on Bohlander’s forehead.  Gurgel moves in to the clinch again, but Bohlander is more active with knees and body shots.  Gurgel tries for yet another takedown and scores, despite Bohlander’s attempt to grab the fence.  Gurgel seems interested in moving past the guard and manages to advance to half guard with Bohlander against the fence.  Despite all of this, Gurgel is doing very little striking.  I’m sure he’s looking for the submission, but he’s not scoring any points in the process.

Gurgel manages to free his left leg and moves to full mount, but Bohlander lands a nice sweep to reverse into Gurgel’s guard.  Bohlander is being far more active from the top, throwing headbutts and punches that mostly appear to be grazing.  Bohlander’s body shots seem to be most effective, but Bohlander is throwing whatever strikes he can to stay active.

Oh great, we hear those loveable “USA!” chants from the Georgia crowd.  Thank goodness these Georgians have the courage to root against an awful Brazilian.  Do you think people from the state of Georgia go into a rage when they get confused with people from the country Georgia?  Just a thought.

We’re more than halfway through the fight and Bohlander has been in control for the majority.  He hasn’t done significant damage, but he’s spent a lot of time on top of Gurgel while staying moderately active.  Bohlander has really made friends with the cage here.  He’s been grabbing onto the fence at every opportunity, doing his best to maintain control over Gurgel.  He even seems to have torn a portion of the bottom of the cage from the mat it was connected to – that’s how vigorously he’s been grabbing the fence.

Gurgel grabs a hold of Bohlander’s head, but he has little luck controlling Bohlander’s activity.  Bohlander spends a lot of time throwing punches and headbutts with no end in sight.  Bohlander gets a little high and Gurgel looks interested in an armbar or triangle as Bohlander stands up, but Bohlander shrugs that off and moves back into guard to the chagrin of the crowd.  Gurgel makes an attempt to scramble away, but Bohlander maintains his position.

Bohlander is throwing some knees to the tailbone, though I’m sure Jerry wouldn’t be disappointed if they landed near the groin.  With 90 seconds remaining, Bohlander seems more interested in holding on to a likely decision victory.  Gurgel does his best to sweep Bohlander and gain an advantageous position, but Bohlander is able to maintain his position.  Bohlander rides out the guard until the fight ends at the fifteen minute mark.  I don’t see anyway that Gurgel won that fight, but we’ll have to see what the judges think.

All three judges hold up their scorecards for the winner by unanimous decision, Jerry Bohlander.  I think this was the best quarterfinal fight, but that’s not saying a whole lot.  Abbott, Johnston, and Coleman won shorter, dominant victories while Bohlander took a grinding decision from Fabio Gurgel.  Gurgel appeared to be competitive early on, but this fight was over once Bohlander reversed Gurgel’s attempt at full mount.

I’m really looking forward to this first semifinal fight, where Mark Coleman will be fighting Brian Johnston.  This is the epitome of the striker vs. grappler battle, both men being very good in the respective disciplines.  Johnston and Coleman both had very short opening fights, so I’m guessing that both of these fighters are very fresh.

Johnston is the taller fighter by three inches, though Coleman outweighs Johnston by 15 pounds and is absolutely massive at 6’1″, 250 lbs.  Thankfully, Johnston appears to have recovered from his bloody nose caused by Big John McCarthy.  Coleman, however, is still suffering from whatever ailment that causes him to have a neck like a monster truck tire.

Both fighters are hesitant to start the fight, doing a lot of circling to begin.  Johnston feints a few strikes, peppering in some damaging leg kicks in the process.  Coleman is just biding his time until his first takedown attempt, which turns out to be successful.  Coleman is in half guard with Johnston doing his best to hold Coleman down by his head and upper back.  Coleman breaks free with some headbutts and begins to throw some left hands to Johnston’s head.  The shots land cleanly, prompting Johnston to roll to his stomach and tap out.

Coleman’s shots looked big, but I’m a bit surprised that Johnston tapped out.  He might have known that he had little chance of escaping and, rather than risk potential injury, Johnston figured that tapping out was best.  The camera pans to Connie Coleman, mother of Mark Coleman, who seems beside herself.  The poor woman is surely grateful that her son has advanced to the finals, though the prospect of fighting Tank Abbott might send Mrs. Coleman to her grave.

Prior to the semifinal fight between Tank Abbott and Jerry Bohlander, we’re told that Jerry Bohlander has been replaced by alternate Scott Ferrozzo.  Bohlander spent 15 minutes holding Fabio Gurgel down, so I can see where he might be a bit too exhausted to continue.  Oddly enough, it was Jerry Bohlander who submitted Scott Ferrozzo at UFC 8, and now it’s Ferrozzo replacing Bohlander at UFC 11.

We’re shown clips of Ferrozzo’s earlier fight against Sam Fulton which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.  Fulton appears to have taken time off from his day job of working at the carnival to fight in the UFC, so Ferrozzo’s TKO victory seems slightly less impressive.  Still, he had to win to get here and I won’t hold that against him.

Prior to this next fight, Beck, Blatnick, and Wilson spend time discussing the next UFC event – Ultimate Ultimate 1996.  Blatnick lists Frye, Abbott, Coleman, and Shamrock as potential tournament participants and this tournament sounds even better than the first Ultimate Ultimate.  Appearances from Severn and Gracie would be welcomed, but I’m just going to keep my expectations low.

An update is also provided on the CompuServe poll, with 76% responding saying that Mike Tyson would be unsuccessful in the UFC.  This is pretty surprising, especially considering how little people knew about MMA in 1996.  I definitely agree with the votes and am quite glad to hear this.

After many minutes of stalling, it’s time for the second semifinal fight between Tank Abbott vs. Scott Ferrozzo.  Ferrozzo tears his shirt off like a fat Hulk Hogan, but he looks more like Andre the Giant.  Tank makes his way to the cage, yet, all I can do is try to pick Tito Ortiz out from the group.  1996 Tito Ortiz is still so young and full of promise, I feel bad knowing that he’ll just be a melon-headed fool in a mere 15 years.

Rich Goins reminds us all how much we know and love Tank Abbott during his introductions.  Rich Goins, you don’t tell me who I know and love.  I don’t love Tank Abbott, so stop trying to force this shit on me.  JEEZ.

Whatever, it’s fight time.  Ferrozzo and Abbott approach and Abbott throws some heavy strikes before pushing Ferrozzo back against the cage.  Ferrozzo breaks free and Abbott follows with a number of punches that miss.  Tank gets in closer and lands some heavier shots, but Ferrozzo grabs tank and attempts to throw him to the mat.  This allows Tank to take Ferrozzo’s back a mere 45 seconds into the fight.

Ferrozzo is pressed face first against the cage and appears to be bleeding over his right eye.  Tank is holding onto the fence to keep Ferrozzo from freeing himself.  Tank is throwing so little from this position that Ferrozzo seems to be the more active fighter, strange from such a vulnerable position.  He’s throwing some elbows back at Tank and making an effort to escape, but Tank’s pretty content leaning against Ferrozzo.

At one point, Ferrozzo exclaims “fuck you!”, which seems to be aimed toward Tank.  It’s hard to tell what prompted this, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that this was deserved.  Don Frye is shown cageside, as he’s apparently Ferrozzo’s cornerman – I had no idea!  I’ve yet to see anything in Ferrozzo’s skillset that reminded me of Frye, so I’m not surprised that this is the first time I’m aware of this.

Back to the fight, Ferrozzo manages to turn around and face Tank.  Ferrozzo follows-up with some big knees which allow him to move away from the cage and back to the center of the octagon.  Tank throws some wild shots, but Ferrozzo gets the better of the exchange with some big uppercuts.  Tank is backed against the cage and Ferrozzo lands some big knees to Tank’s ample midsection.  Unfortunately for Ferrozzo, Big John temporarily halts the fight to look at the cut over his eye.

The fight is restarted and Tank is swinging again, but Ferrozzo lands some shots of his own in the process.  Tank backs Ferrozzo against the fence, but Ferrozzo is continuing to throw some painful looking knees to Abbott’s stomach.  Abbott grabs the fence, but Ferrozzo’s knees break Abbott’s grasp and actually lift Abbott off of the mat.  We’re five minutes into the fight and I’m giving the slight edge to Ferrozzo thus far.

Abbott is doing just about nothing to generate offense, with Ferrozzo throwing knees and body punches that appear to do damage.  Jeff Blatnick is confused why Tank isn’t being more active, forgetting that Tank has some pretty miserable cardio.  Half way into the fight, Tank seems completely gassed, which Bruce Beck calls “patience”.  Ferrozzo isn’t in much better shape, but he’s been active enough while being held against the cage.  Ferrozzo can’t do a whole lot more than what he’s been doing thus far.

Ferrozzo loudly calls Abbott a “pussy”, but again, there’s no way to tell what might have caused this.  At one point, Abbott attempts to trip Ferrozzo to the mat to no avail.  Tank also throws a handful of punches to Ferrozzo’s head, but it’s still Ferrozzo doing most of the work.  Much like Jerry Bohlander did earlier, Tank has been using the fence as a significant aspect of his gameplan.  With only 2:30 to go in the fight, John McCarthy finally sees fit to break the fighters apart and calls for a restart.

Ferrozzo seems quite pleased with this, even smiling at the restart.  Tank lands maybe one clean shot, but Ferrozzo is throwing a couple of punches at a time and seems to be landing better than Abbott.  To the surprise of nobody, Abbott pushes Ferrozzo against the fence once again and we’re back to where we were before the restart.  This crowd is chanting “pit bull” and seems to be favoring Scott Ferrozzo at this point.

With 30 seconds to go in regulation, Ferrozzo continues with knees and punches while Abbott holds the fence and stares into the crowd.  Big John breaks the fighters at the 15 minute mark and these fighters prepare for overtime.  Ferrozzo gestures to the crowd and receives a favorable reaction.  This once Tank-partisan crowd is now cheering for an even fatter fighter.

Both fighters come out of the break swinging, but I think either fighter lands anything too solid.  Tank slips in some clean shots, but again, he resorts to pushing Ferrozzo against the cage and grabbing the fence.  Ferrozzo’s cut seems to be bleeding worse than before, but there’s really no good reason to check the cut with only a minute remaining.  Big John thinks that it will do some good to restart the fighters with 15 seconds remaining, which just results in some sloppy punches being traded by Ferrozzo and Abbott.  The fight comes to an end and Scott Ferrozzo may have scored an upset victory over Tank Abbott.

All three judges score this fight for the clear winner and the second finalist, Scott Ferrozzo.  Ferrozzo dances around and seems pleased with the outcome of this fight.  Jeff Blatnick interviews Scott Ferrozzo, who claims that he just “whooped” Tank Abbott.  Ferrozzo seems awful full of himself but gives all of the credit to Don Frye, who happens to be wearing a snazzy outfit with his t-shirt tucked into a pair of black slacks.

Ferrozzo also sees his fight with Mark Coleman going the “same way” as his fight with Tank Abbott.  I wonder if Scott Ferrozzo is confusing Mark Coleman with Emmanuel Yarborough?  Does he expect Mark Coleman to get winded after 90 seconds and lean against Ferrozzo for the rest of the fight?  Does Tank Abbott have Olympic-caliber wrestling?  This Scott Ferrozzo is an awfully confident, whale-sized man.

Jeff Blatnick speculates whether or not Tank Abbott is a “falling star” after this loss, but I don’t think anything has changed.  Tank Abbott was, is, and will always be a windbag with awful cardio.  He couldn’t finish his opponent, got tired, and lost.  Nothing has changed for Tank.

Bruce Beck takes some time to interview Don Frye prior to the finals of the UFC 11 tournament.  Frye gives Scott Ferrozzo all of the credit for his victory, accepting none of the accolades for himself.  Don Frye calls his loss to Mark Coleman “a bad night.”  Beck reveals that Coleman and Frye are on the same side of the bracket at the Ultimate Ultimate 1996, but Frye expects to come back and beat Coleman.  Asked to send a message to Coleman, Don Frye looks at the camera and says “I’ll be back, baby.”  Man, Don Frye is awesome.

Beck moves on to interview Ken Shamrock, who looks pretty greased up.  Slicked back hair, gold chains, and ugly vest – this isn’t a good look for anyone, let alone somebody who has to go out in public.  Shamrock is disappointed in his last fight against Dan Severn, claiming that he should have been more aggressive in the fight.  He says that the way to get back on track is to win the tournament at Ultimate Ultimate ’96.  Beck says that Shamrock and Tank will be on the same side of the bracket in the next tournament, so it’s clear which matches the UFC is hoping for.  Shamrock becomes visibly upset when discussing Tank, threatening to crush Abbott if he comes to the Ultimate Ultimate out of shape.

After significant stalling by the announcers, we have yet another change: Roberto Traven will be replacing Scott Ferrozzo in the finals.  It seems that the very confident Ferrozzo cannot continue, so the second alternate will be bumped up to the finals.  Clips of Traven’s victory over Dave Berry are shown and it’s not a particularly impressive performance.  Traven got Berry to the ground and Berry had no clue how to defend himself, which describes so many of Royce Gracie’s earlier fights.

Blatnick speculates that the cut over Ferrozzo’s eye contributed to his decision to withdraw from the finals, though I think the 350 pounds is a more than contributing factor.  I don’t care who he has to face, but Mark Coleman is going to win.  Coleman is shown backstage asking “what’s the word?”, since apparently he’s been kept in the dark as well.

And now the word is out that Alberto Traven has broken his hand and will not be competing in the finals.  While they try to sort out the finals situation, Blatnick and Wilson answer questions from the fans on CompuServe.  There’s not much to take away from this, except that Don Wilson is still threatening to fight in the UFC sometime in 1997.  Bruce Beck also calls radio stations “D.J. stations”.

Tank is interview by Jeff Blatnick and says that he was not prepared to fight a larger fighter.  He’s disappointed in his performance tonight, but doesn’t care about having let his fans down.  He says that he’ll train with bigger fighters for the next UFC event, which I’m sure will solve all of Tank’s issues.

It’s now announced that Mark Coleman is the winner of this tournament by default, as no other fighter can continue into the finals.  They’re looking for an opponent for Mark Coleman to put on an exhibition fight, but that never comes to fruition.  Coleman also says he’ll be competing in wrestling while in the UFC and also says he’s trying to get one of his training partners, Kevin Randleman, into the world of MMA.

To fill the time, the Tank Abbott/Scott Ferrozzo fight is shown one more time, so I’ll go ahead and call it a night.  For the first time ever in the UFC, the finals could not be completed due to a lack of healthy fighters.  All the same, Mark Coleman would have won this tournament.  There was no fighter in this tournament who could have competed with Coleman’s wrestling, which is proving to be dominant in the UFC.

UFC 11 was not a particularly good event, given the below average fights and the lack of a final match.  But now, we have the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 to look forward to.  The UFC is looking for Shamrock, Abbott, Coleman, and Frye to be the semifinalists, but things don’t always go as planned.  What other UFC fighters will be participating in the second Ultimate Ultimate?  Will this event live up to the expectations given the fighters involved?

Ultimate Ultimate 1996 will take place just a few months from UFC 11, but it looks to be one of the biggest UFC events to date.  We will have to wait and see what the next event holds in store for the world of MMA.

Greatest Fights of UFC 11

  1. Mark Coleman vs. Brian Johnston
  2. Jerry Bohlander vs. Fabio Gurgel
  3. Brian Johnston vs. Reza Nasri
  4. Tank Abbott vs. Sam Adkins
  5. Mark Coleman vs. Julian Sanchez
  6. Scott Ferrozzo vs. Tank Abbott

Top Ten Fights Through UFC 11

  1. Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo – UFC 3
  2. Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn – UFC 4
  3. Royce Gracie vs. Keith Hackney – UFC 4
  4. Oleg Taktarov vs. Tank Abbott – UFC 6
  5. Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock – UFC 1
  6. Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn – UFC 6
  7. Marco Ruas vs. Paul Varelans – UFC 7
  8. Don Frye vs. Brian Johnston – UFC 10
  9. Ken Shamrock vs. Christophe Leininger – UFC 3
  10. Ken Shamrock vs. Patrick Smith – UFC 1

Greatest Fighters of UFC 11

  1. Mark Coleman (2-0)
  2. Scott Ferrozzo (2-0)
  3. Brian Johnston (1-1)
  4. Jerry Bohlander (1-0)
  5. Tank Abbott (1-1)
  6. Roberto Traven (1-0)
  7. Fabio Gurgel (0-1)
  8. Sam Fulton (0-1)
  9. Sam Adkins (0-1)
  10. Dave Berry (0-1)
  11. Reza Nasri (0-1)
  12. Julian Sanchez (0-1)

Top Ten Fighters Through UFC 11

  1. Royce Gracie (11-1-1)
  2. Dan Severn (9-2)
  3. Ken Shamrock (5-2-2)
  4. Mark Coleman (5-0)
  5. Oleg Taktarov (6-2-1)
  6. Don Frye (6-1)
  7. Marco Ruas (4-1)
  8. Patrick Smith (4-2)
  9. Gerard Gordeau (2-1)
  10. Gary Goodridge (3-3)
Categories: Ranking the UFC

MMA News – April 26, 2011

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