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UFC Ultimate Brazil

October 21, 2011 2 comments

The UFC had a really great first half of 1998, putting on two of the better events in the promotions history.  UFC 16 and 17 showed off some lighter weight fighters and more talented fighters than we’re accustomed to seeing as a whole.  I also think the UFC reducing their tournaments from eight men to four men have made for more competitive events.

Unfortunately, it seems that most of the momentum the UFC built has deteriorated.  It’s now October 1998, five months since the last UFC event.  They’re struggling to stay on pay-per-view, are only active in a handful of states in the U.S., and are often relegated to put on international cards to stay alive.

The UFC is in Brazil for the first time ever, but they’ve left the tournament format back in America.  We’ll see just six main card fights, but they all look to be pretty interesting contests.  Frank Shamrock will defend his Middleweight Title and we’ll see the very first Lightweight Champion crowned in the UFC.  Vitor Belfort and Tank Abbott will both be in action against two familiar names making their UFC debuts.

Jeremy Horn and Pete Williams will also be in action during this event and this event looks as packed as any other we’ve seen in the UFC.  Only in the Ultimate Ultimate events did we see this kind of talent, since most of the early, non-superstar tournaments featured bar fighters and unqualified fat men.  Those days are fading away, though we’re getting closer to seeing Sean fucking Glennon in the UFC.  Ugh.

But forget that, we’re still seven or eight years away from that debacle.  For now, we’re in Sao Paulo and it’s time for the UFC!

UFC Ultimate Brazil – October 16, 1998

Previous Editions

Mike Goldberg and Jeff Blatnick open up the show by discussing the early success of Royce Gracie and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Is Gracie competing tonight?  Well no, but why not mention a fighter who hasn’t competed for your company in a number of years?  Certainly, it would do some good to discuss a competitor whose brothers are fighting for the rival PRIDE Fighting Championships instead of some of the men we’ll see in action tonight.

Goldie compares the popularity of MMA and all of combat sports in Brazil to that of Pele, a soccer player who was then 57 years old and who had retired from active competition 21 years ago.  I need to go back and watch UFC 134 to make sure Goldie didn’t say something like that during the broadcast.  I seriously wouldn’t doubt it.

Frank Shamrock will be defending his UFC Middleweight Title against John Lober, a Pancrase veteran who actually owns a split decision victory over Shamrock.  Lober’s 3-5-2 record is not very impressive, but it should be interesting since he’s apparently put on competitive fights with Frank in the past.

Blatnick goes to full hyperbole mode by saying that Lober is the only blemish on Shamrock’s record, disregarding his Pancrase losses to Manabu Yamada, Masakatsu Funaki, Yuki Kondo, and Kiuma Kunioku, along with two defeats to the legendary Bas Rutten.  Still, this will be a good fight.

The first Lightweight Title match features Mikey Burnett vs. Pat Miletich, a fight we would have seen in the tournament finals at UFC 16 if not for an injury sustained by Burnett.  We’ll also see Vitor Belfort make his UFC return against a newcomer in Wanderlei Silva.  Not a lot of people remember these early appearances by eventual PRIDE stars Dan Henderson (UFC 17) and Wanderlei, but they most certainly did happen.  Knowing both Vitor and Wandy, this could be a very awesome fight.  It should be noted that Wanderlei’s name is spelled as “Vanderlei” by the UFC.  Yeesh.

Tonight, we get a very special third man in the broadcast booth.  Is it Bruce Beck?  Joe Rogan?  No kiddies, it’s everybody’s favorite – “El Guapo”, Bas Rutten himself!  What a treat this is!  As Bas is presented, Goldie announces that Randy Couture will not be defending his title, which is a fancy way of saying he has left the promotion.  The heavyweight fights tonight will go a way to determining the new champion, while Bas will be in action at the next UFC to further clarify the title picture.  Bas is very excited to be competing in the UFC and says that the UFC Heavyweight Title is the most important in the world.

Before we proceed with these fights, there were two unaired preliminary fights from earlier in the evening featuring four Brazilian fighters.  Tulio Palhares defeated Adriano Santos and Cesar Marcucci defeated Paulo Santos, both fighters winning by TKO.

But now it’s time for the first contest between middleweights Ebenezer Fontes Braga and Jeremy Horn.  Though Braga is making his UFC debut, he has fights against some top competition.  He has losses to Dan Severn and Kevin Randleman, while he defeated future UFC fighter Branden Lee Hinkle earlier in 1998.  Horn lost in his UFC debut against Frank Shamrock, but looked pretty impressive in defeat.

Bruce Buffer has returned and looks absolutely preposterous in this white tuxedo.  My hope is that he lost his luggage on the way to Brazil and this was the only suit he could find on such short notice.  Either that, or the Brazilian fighters played a prank on Bruce and told him that Brazilian law only allows white tuxedos to be worn during sporting events.

Buffer seems to have regressed a bit, as the word he emphasizes the most during his prefight announcement is “the”.  I don’t think you’re supposed to do that.  I should note that the production for this event is absolutely atrocious.  The crowd is louder than any of the announcers and the video is also poor, though both could be due to this being an old VHS tape.

In a very welcomed instance of reverse xenophobia, Jeremy Horn is booed by the Brazilian crowd.  I guess I shouldn’t support a man being booed on racial grounds, but I’m so damn sick and tired of these stupid fucking “USA” chants and foreign fighters being booed for the sake of being foreign.

The fight starts quickly with Braga bull-rushing horn and pinning him against the cage in the clinch.  Horn is a little busier with glancing knee shots while Braga is working to respond in kind.   Horn attempts to push off the cage and take Braga down to the mat but is unsuccessful.  Braga is showing good balance by resisting these attempts from Horn.  The fighters continue to jockey for position, but Horn spends most of this fight with his back against the cage.

Goldie makes a point of telling us that Bas is still around, which Bas obliges by throwing out some disinterested thoughts about this fight.  Goldie and Blatnick seem to be in a bit of a groove together so I can understand him not wanting to speak up.  I wonder if he was even aware that he would be doing commentary here since Bas is generally the loquacious type.

Braga opens up with some strikes around 2:45 but goes back to the clinch.  Horn seems to have a tight body lock on Braga even though he’s up against the fence.  Braga is successful with a trip at the three minute mark and is throwing punches while standing in Horn’s guard.  As Horn works back to his feet, Braga sinks in a very, very tight guillotine choke!  Horn is forced to tap out, giving Braga a very impressive victory a 3:28!  The Brazilian crowd is absolutely elated by Braga’s victory.

The first heavyweight contest of the evening will pit Pete Williams against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.  Both men are a perfect 1-0 in the UFC, Kohsaka defeating Kimo at UFC 16 and Williams brutally knocking out Mark Coleman at UFC 17.  These men are understandably top contenders for the now vacant UFC Heavyweight Title, though a win over the fairly overrated Kimo only means so much.

Kohasaka is a member of the Alliance fighting camp with Frank Shamrock and Maurice Smith, while Pete Williams is fighting out of Shamrock’s former camp, the Lion’s Den.  Goldie reveals that Jerry Bohlander was supposed to be competing tonight but couldn’t do so on account of an injury.  We see a clip of Williams’ knockout win over Coleman, where Williams reveals that he “knew” he would beat Mark Coleman.  Easy to say that now, pal.  Williams makes no assertions about his fight with Kohsaka, though I’m sure he’ll do so after the fight.

Both men are on the lighter side of heavyweights, William weighing 230 pounds while Kohsaka is at 224 pounds.  Williams also holds a two inch height advantage in this contest.  Goldie claims that Kohsaka is in the best shape of his life, having worked on “sprint training” and “running”.  Wow, such extensive training!  I’m sure it was more complex than this, but we’re talking about a statement made by Mike Goldberg.  I’m sure he fucked it up somehow.

Williams opens up with a low kick and a high kick that’s off the mark.  Kohsaka weakly shoots and Williams is able to back away from the takedown attempt.  Williams is throwing head and body kicks like they’re jabs, but doesn’t have a lot of success.  Kohsaka lands a nice left on Williams and the fighters trade a bit before clinching.  Kohsaka lands a very impressive hip toss and quickly moves into half guard!

With Kohsaka in control, Bas apologizes for being so quiet since he’s working hard to scout these fighters.  Apparently, the winner of Kohsaka vs. Williams will likely be taking on Bas Rutten in the next UFC event.  Jeff Blatnick, who is also the commissioner of the UFC, won’t officially commit to that but says that Bas could likely fight one of these men.

Williams is able to adjust and move Kohsaka into full guard, but Kohsaka is able to regain half guard fairly quickly.  Kohsaka doesn’t seem interested in striking from the top and is working to advance positions and is threatening submissions.  Kohsaka works for a kimura on Williams’ left arm and is unsuccessful.  Blatnick interestingly notes that striking on the ground is not allowed in RINGS, so this is a real adjustment for Kohsaka.

Kohsaka moves into side control and briefly into north/south position before Williams turns over onto his knees.  Kohsaka tries to pull a guillotine choke, but Williams frees himself and now briefly claims half guard before standing up.  Unsurprising since Williams is a very formidable striker.  However, Kohsaka lands a nice right hand that drops Williams!  Petey is still with us, but this allows Kohsaka to move into Williams’ guard and transitions quickly to half guard.

Kohsaka is consistently working on Williams’ left arm for a submission but is unable to secure the hold.  He is, however, able to move into the full mount.  Williams quickly gives up his back and bucks Kohsaka off, getting back to his feet.  Williams is opening up with some leg kicks and Kohsaka responds in kind.  Kohsaka works to clinch with his opponent, but Williams shrugs him off.  Bas suspects that takedowns will be more difficult with both fighters being so sweaty at this point.

Kohsaka grabs onto Williams and tries for another judo throw, but he can’t finish the throw and Williams ends up in full mount after both fighters fall to the mat.  It doesn’t last long as Kohsaka attempts to reverse the position, but Williams is able to maintain half guard.  Kohsaka successfully reverses positions, though it’s not clear how he moves into Williams’ guard since Big John McCarthy is obstructing our view.

Williams looks for a triangle but never has the hold secured and Kohsaka moves to half guard upon his escape.  Kohsaka maintains the illusion of activity as he’s constantly moving and working to advance despite a lack of strikes or real submission attempts.  The Brazilian crowd is getting restless and Bas acknowledges as much.  Williams escapes and moves back to his feet with just 15 seconds left in regulation.  The fighters trade a bit before time expires with a three minute overtime ahead of us.

Both fighters open the overtime with some strikes, though neither gains a clear advantage.  Williams is a little more active though Kohsaka is landing some cleaner punches.  Kohsaka is able to trip Williams down to the mat after a kick attempt.  Kohsaka is in guard and has Williams backed against the cage.  Williams is able to reverse positions as Kohsaka tries for an arm submission, but Williams isn’t able to do much from Kohsaka’s guard.  He gets back to his feet with only ten seconds remaining.  Both fighters land some punches and Williams threatenes with a head kick, but this fight is over.

The decision seems pretty clear to me since Kohsaka spent the majority of the fight on top of Pete Williams.  Williams might have had more of an advantage on the feet, but not enough to outweigh Kohsaka’s effectiveness in controlling this fight.  Sure enough, all three judges score this fight in favor of Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a fairly unimpressive victory.

We move on to the first ever Lightweight Title fight between Mikey Burnett and Pat Miletich.  Though Miletich won the first ever lightweight tournament, it was Burnett who impressed in a TKO victory over Eugenio Tadeu at UFC 16.  Miletich is certainly the more boring of these two fighters, but he very well may be the more effective of the two fighters.  We’ll have to see if Burnett’s striking is more effective than Miletich’s grappling.  The crowd seems indifferent to both fighters, though Burnett gets a nicer hand since the ring girls come out when he’s announced.

While both men are around the lightweight limit, Miletich is four inches taller than his opponent.  Burnett is an extremely muscular 170 pound fighter and has great power, so that can’t be disregarded in this contest.  You know, since it’s MMA and fighters often punch one another.

As the fight begins, Mike Goldberg calls the UFC “the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts”.  Oh dear, how to pick this one apart.  The UFC isn’t a singular event like the Super Bowl, so wouldn’t it be the NFL of mixed martial arts?  Also, I’d argue that the fighters in PRIDE as a whole are more talented, though Goldie is a noted shill.  I’ll just leave it at that since he’s making my head hurt right now.

Mike Goldberg makes me mad, mostly because I know I could do his job better than he does.  I’m half-way good looking, smart, a good talker, and I know MMA.  Plus, I’m not mentally retarded.

Miletich opens up immediately with a lunging takedown attempt but Burnett sinks in a guillotine choke!  He maintains the hold and is squeezing tight as Miletich has Burnett backed against the fence.  After about a minute, Miletich frees himself though he liberally grabs Burnett’s shorts.  Big John briefly stops the action to physically adjust Burnett’s shorts in a moment of MMA homo-eroticism.  The fighters clinch after the stoppage and Burnett returns the favor by pulling up on Miletich’s trunks.

Burnett scores the first takedown of the fight, pulling Miletich down and moving into full guard.  Burnett hasn’t been very active and when he works to posture up, Miletich quickly kicks his opponent away.  Burnett moves in to strike when back on his feet and Miletich responds with some low leg kicks of his own.  Burnett shoots into the clinch when Miletich goes to kick.  The fighters jockey for position against the fence, trading control regularly.  The crowd hoots and hollers at Miletich, whose trunks have basically been wedgied by Mikey Burnett.

Big John stops the action again so Burnett’s shorts can be adjusted.  McCarthy tells Burnett to make the necessary adjustments, but he gestures toward Burnett’s nether-region.  Big John gets awful handsy with Burnett, tugging up his trunks himself while making this request.  Is this something that Big John teaches during his referee camps?

Miletich shoots again after the restart and Burnett again grabs Miletich’s head.  He doesn’t get close to a guillotine but is working to maintain control.  Mikey Burnett has no hair but does have sideburns in what appears to be an awful hair decision.  I also believe he’s a ginger which is bad news bears.

Miletich quickly changes levels and works for a takedown but Burnett defends the attempt.  Since that didn’t work, Miletich goes back to tugging on his opponent’s trunks.  Did I miss something or wasn’t this banned a number of events ago?  Has this change yet to happen?  I guess there’s no point in asking since this is the early UFC and they’re in Brazil.  It’s essentially a free-for-all at this point.

Burnett drags Miletich to the mat as he works for an arm submission.  Miletich almost ends up in control, but Burnett wisely rolls and ends up in Miletich’s guard.  Miletich is the more active fighter, throwing a lot of punches from the ground.  Burnett is landing punches of his own, but he’s not throwing as frequently as Miletich.  He seems content to just maintain position at this point.  Big John restarts the fight at 11:30 due to inactivity.  They also fix an issue with Miletich’s glove at this point.

Burnett has yet to land any significant strikes in this contest and Guy Mezger is yelling out that Pat Miletich is hurt.  I’m not sure where he’s getting this from since Burnett hasn’t done very much in this contest.  I think that’s just how Miletich fights: like he’s constantly hurt.  The fighters are clinched and the crowd seems very displeased.  They react by whistling at such high frequencies that the collective sounds like a dog whistle.  Burnett lands a low blow with little time left in regulation and he’s fouled by Big John.  This apparently only applies if the fight ends in a draw, though I’m not sure how that happens since judges have to pick winners.  Regulation expires as Big John goes to restart after the low blow.

The first three minute overtime begins and Miletich rushes in early for the clinch.  The fighters trade knees and Mikey is throwing some more punches.  He tries for a trip with no success.  Blatnick and Beck note how much the fighters are using the trunks for an advantage, leading me to believe that this is actually legal.  I remember that after excessive fence grabbing by Jerry Bohlander, the rule was change to disallow fence grabbing.  Let’s hope that trunk grabbing is corrected at UFC 18 or shortly thereafter.

At the one minute mark, Miletich pulls Burnett into his guard.  The next two minutes are spent with the fighters trading shots from this position.  Burnett opens the second three minute overtime with a nice right hand that drops Miletich!  Burnett moves into Miletich’s guard briefly but stands back up, opting to stand with Miletich.

The fighters clinch and Burnett starts to land some knees, but both men opt to grab each others shorts.  Miletich is pushing forward in this overtime and is trying to land some punches, but Burnett is landing harder elbows, knees, and punches from the clinch.  Burnett grabs Miletich’s head just as the fight expires rather uneventfully.

I feel like Mikey Burnett has won this fight, though it was a pretty even contest.  Both men spent time in advantageous positions on the ground and the fighters spent significant time in the clinch, though Burnett seemed to land more damaging strikes from that position.

The judges score a split decision in favor of Pat Miletich, who is the first ever UFC Lightweight (soon to be welterweight) Champion.  This was definitely a close fight, though I don’t necessarily agree with this decision.  Burnett angrily walks away as the decision is announced.  Miletich may have won this contest, though he didn’t do a whole lot to impress.  Still, he has won UFC gold at 170 pounds.

In his post fight interview, Miletich appropriately says that the fight was too close for either man to be declared the undisputed champion.  Despite having just won this title, Miletich talks about “eating some cinnamon rolls” to move up to fight Frank Shamrock if he’s successful against John Lober.  I definitely think that talk is premature with guys like Jerry Bohlander out there waiting to challenge for a title.

This next heavyweight contest features veteran Tank Abbott against the debuting Pedro Rizzo.  We know what Tank is all about, while the young Pedro Rizzo is a bit of an unknown.  Rizzo has a kickboxing background and holds a win over PRIDE veteran Vernon White so this should be an interesting bout.

I thought that we’d hear the Brazilian Rizzo get a bigger hand, but the crowd goes nuts when Tank makes his way to the cage!  Rizzo definitely has some support here, but Tank Abbott is truly a worldwide phenomenon at this point.  During his introduction, Tank gets a bit more of a mixed response.  Both fighters are around the same heights, though Tank does hold a 40 pound weight advantage.

Tank rushes in quickly to start the fight and is throwing some big punches, but Rizzo connects with a huge right that drops the veteran!  Rizzo follows Tank to the ground, but Tank is quickly back up and swinging!  These two are going at it and are slugging it out very early on!  The pace slows as Rizzo sinks in a couple of underhooks.  Tank breaks free from the clinch and follows a kick from Rizzo with a few big punches.

Tank is stalking after the circling Rizzo, who works for some leg kicks.  Tank tries to follow Rizzo’s leg kicks with punches, but to no effect.  Tank goes to clinch with Rizzo but is tossed aside as this crowd begins to chant for the Brazilian!  Rizzo’s leg kicks elicit a response from Tank every time.  After one kick, Tank pushes forward with some punches and is able to take Rizzo to the mat!  Tank ends up in Rizzo’s full guard at the three minute mark.

Tank’s not very active at this point and already seems gassed.  Tank briefly postures up to strike but gives up that idea when his body remembers that it’s not in very good shape and quits on him.  Rizzo is working to strike from the bottom, but Tank spends minutes laying on top of Rizzo and throwing weak punches.  At the 6:40 mark, the fight is restarted.

To nobody’s surprise, Tank is exhausted and is moving forward on fumes.  Rizzo is throwing a number of leg kicks while Tank lunges with his punches.  Rizzo ends up dropping Tank with a big 1-2 combination and Rizzo follows him to the mat, but Tank works back to his feet after eating some punches.  Tank has his hands on his knees as Rizzo follows up with a leg kick followed by a right hand that drops Tank!  Abbott is out and this fight is over!  Pedro Rizzo has convincingly knocked out Tank Abbott with a great striking display!

As he is wont to do, Mike Goldberg is sucking this fight’s dick, talking about how great of a heavyweight contest this was.  I mean, it was a good fight, but Tank spent half of the contest laying on top of Rizzo because he was too tired to do anything else.  How does that make a great fight?  Oh right, your an imbecile who doesn’t know how to use words.

Nonetheless, Rizzo should be very pleased with this result.  A big win over the biggest name in the UFC in his home country?  It doesn’t get much bigger than that.  Rizzo is mobbed by his entourage and this crowd is chanting his name with great enthusiasm.  This is the same story as we normally get in Tank Abbott losses, though the power we saw from Pedro Rizzo is very real and very scary.

This next fight is between middleweights Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.  The graphic above incorrectly labels this contest as a Title fight, yet another failure of the UFC production team.  Still, this should be a pretty good contest.  We know that Belfort has awesome skills, but Wanderlei is a bit more of an unknown.  Silva holds a win over Mike Van Arsdale, who we saw in the last UFC event.  The crowd reacts very favorably to the popular Vitor Belfort.

Silva opens the fight throwing some strikes that are off the mark, but lands a body kick.  Wanderlei moves in as if he wants to throw some punches, but he gets absolutely eaten alive by Vitor Belfort!  Belfort pushes forward with a brilliantly fast punching display the likes of which we’ve never seen in the UFC and is pulled off of Wanderlei as he slumps back against the cage!

You can see it sped up a bit above, but this was an absolutely brilliant showing by Vitor Belfort.  The moment he had an opening, he just unleashed on Wanderlei and won this fight in only 44 seconds.  Absolutely incredible.

Just like that, we move on to the actual Middleweight Title fight between Frank Shamrock and John Lober.  Shamrock has been running through each opponent in the UFC middleweight division, though he faced a bit of resistance in his fight with Jeremy Horn.  Lober has his sights on Shamrock’s Middleweight Title and hopes for a second win over Shamrock in this bout.  John Lober, any thoughts on tonight’s fight?

“My strength against Frank Shamrock is my striking.  So I intend to stand up and strike him until he falls to the mat again, and then I’m going to let him get back up, and then I’m going to knock him to the mat again, and then I’m going to let him get back up, and then I’m going to knock him to the mat again.  I’m definitely in Frank’s head right now and he knows that I’m superior mentally and physically than he is.  I think he’s worked real hard to catch up and…I think that night I’m still going to be in the back of his head.  And if I take it to him first, it’s going to remind him really quick of what happened last time.  And it’s going to be a long night for him.”

Umm…what?  So this guy holds a win over Frank Shamrock?  Was their first fight under modified MMA rules where the winner is the guy who slurs the most nonsense in a 30 minute time span?  Because I see no other way that Frank could have lost against Lober.  Goldie tells us that Frank Shamrock feels like he’s ten times better now than he was then, but I still can’t fathom this.  John Lober?  Really?  This guy seems to lack a human brain?

I’m really flummoxed by this.  Seriously.  What did I just hear?  It’s 5:22 in the morning as I’m typing this, did I just imagine this?  Is John Lober a fake fighter who never existed and I’m just hallucinating a fictional fight?  Frank Shamrock’s interview was coherent so I’m worried that this is actual footage of something that happened.  Jesus, this is bad.  John Lober is bouncing around in his corner and has a nasty goatee.  This guy somehow beat Frank Shamrock?  Are we sure it’s the same Frank Shamrock?  Are we even sure it’s the same John Lober?

Whatever, let’s just start the fight.  Lober’s initial strategy appears to be stay as far away from Frank Shamrock as possible, preferably by jogging around the outside of the cage.  Lober tries to take Frank down after Shamrock lands some leg kicks, but Shamrock grabs Lober’s head and maintains his balance.  He’s working to choke Lober who is forced to let go of Shamrock’s leg.  Shamrock is cranking this choke and is lifting lober off the ground.  It looks like Lober even tries to use the cage to get out of the hold, though it’s possible that Shamrock simply lifted Lober and dropped him to the mat.

Shamrock ends up in side control and Lober works to escape, but Shamrock works for another guillotine.  Lober pushes Frank back against the cage and manages to pull a takedown and move into half guard.  As Lober pulls free from the guillotine attempt, he’s moved back into full guard.  Shamrock works back to his feet, grabbing Lober’s head yet again.  Lober lifts Shamrock for a slam, but Shamrock does a nice job maneuvering in midair to wrap his legs around Lober to sink in the choke even tighter.

Shamrock quickly gives up the choke and Lober moves into half guard.  It looks like he’s trying for an arm triangle, but he’s not in much of a position to get any leverage.  He gives up the hold and throws some elbows, but Shamrock is able to maneuver himself near the cage.  He is able to push himself off the cage and reverse positions and both men are back to their feet.

Shamrock has Lober backed against the cage at the five minute mark and is throwing some low knees.  Lober gets a tight body lock and he enters Shamrock’s guard, though I can’t tell if Shamrock worked to pull Lober down or if Lober scored the takedown.  Lober is in half guard but Shamrock scores a nice sweep and moves into Lober’s guard.

Goldie claims that Lober calls himself “the Rodney Dangerfield of MMA”, not getting any respect after his win over Frank Shamrock.  Maybe because Lober has since gone 0-5-1 after that fight and is functionally illiterate?  I don’t know.

Shamrock decides to back off and allows Lober to get back to his feet.  Lober throws an ugly high kick while Shamrock lands a low kick of his own.  Lober’s high kicks are really ugly compared to Shamrock’s crisp and picture perfect kicks.  Lober moves in with a low kick but gets dropped by a right from Shamrock!  He gets back to his feet and clinches with Shamrock where he eats a big knee.  Lober is dropped and Shamrock moves into guard.  Shamrock is landing some punches and putting some pressure on Lober while he’s pinned against the cage.  Out of nowhere, Big John stops this fight and Frank Shamrock is the winner!

I can’t tell exactly what happened at first, but the replay shows us that Lober actually tapped out following some really big body shots from Shamrock.  This was a much better fight than I thought it would be and Lober had some success, but Shamrock came out on top in the end.  Shamrock said his gameplan was to beat the crap out of Lober and make him quit, which is exactly what we saw.  Shamrock was none too pleased with Lober’s pre fight comments.  Shamrock says that the UFC can bring on any and all comers, including the very devastating Vitor Belfort.

That wraps up a pretty fun night of fights, though it was a bit lacking compared to UFC 16 and 17.  The card was still pretty good overall and gave us something great to look forward to: Bas Rutten competing in the UFC.  Bas will indeed take on Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at the very next UFC event, though we don’t know anything else about the card.  Randy Couture’s departure is a big blow, but the UFC seems ready to recover with a new crop of heavyweights.

The UFC also teased at a Pat Miletich vs. Frank Shamrock fight, though I think Miletich needs to defend his title before we see him move up at all.  I’m not sure why he’s already looking past the title he won, but Miletich seemed set on a fight with Frank Shamrock.  We’ll have to wait and see what the UFC has in store for Miletich, Shamrock, and the heavyweight division in their coming events.

Greatest Fights of Ultimate Brazil

  1. Frank Shamrock vs. John Lober
  2. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva
  3. Pedro Rizzo vs. Tank Abbott
  4. Ebenezer Fontes Braga vs. Jeremy Horn
  5. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs. Pete Williams
  6. Pat Miletich vs. Mikey Burnett

Top Ten Fights Through Ultimate Brazil

  1. Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo – UFC 3
  2. Randy Couture vs. Vitor Belfort – UFC 15
  3. Don Frye vs. Tank Abbott – UU96
  4. Maurice Smith vs. Mark Coleman – UFC 14
  5. Dan Henderson vs. Carlos Newton – UFC 17
  6. Mikey Burnett vs. Eugenio Tadeu – UFC 16
  7. Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn – UFC 4
  8. Frank Shamrock vs. Jeremy Horn – UFC 17
  9. Royce Gracie vs. Keith Hackney – UFC 4
  10. Oleg Taktarov vs. Tank Abbott – UFC 6

Greatest Fighters of Ultimate Brazil

  1. Vitor Belfort (1-0)
  2. Pedro Rizzo (1-0)
  3. Ebenezer Fontes Braga (1-0)
  4. Frank Shamrock (1-0)
  5. Tulio Palhares (1-0)
  6. Cesar Marscucci (1-0)
  7. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (1-0)
  8. Pat Miletich (1-0)
  9. Mikey Burnett (0-1)
  10. Pete Williams (0-1)
  11. John Lober (0-1)
  12. Tank Abbott (0-1)
  13. Paulo Santos (0-1)
  14. Adriano Santos (0-1)
  15. Jeremy Horn (0-1)
  16. Wanderlei Silva (0-1)

Top Ten Fighters Through Ultimate Brazil

  1. Royce Gracie (11-1-1)
  2. Mark Coleman (6-2)
  3. Dan Severn (9-3)
  4. Ken Shamrock (6-2-2)
  5. Don Frye (9-1)
  6. Randy Couture (4-0)
  7. Oleg Taktarov (6-2-1)
  8. Vitor Belfort (5-1)
  9. Frank Shamrock (4-0)
  10. Maurice Smith (2-1)
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