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Ken Shamrock vs Kimo! UFC 48

Tito Ortiz vs Vitor Belfort! UFC 51


Beginning this April, Tito Ortiz will square off against Ken Shamrock once again as they both coach the 3rd season of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter.

Watch for UFC Unleashed on Spike TV every Monday night!

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Tito Ortiz & I


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George St. Piere & I


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Diego Sanchez & I


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Nick Diaz & I


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David "The Crow" Loiseau & I

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Randy "The Natural" Couture & I

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UFC 51 Heavyweight Champ Andre Arlovski (& I)


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Paul BuentelIo & I


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Frank Trigg & I


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Current Welteweight Champ Matt Hughes & I


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UFC President Dana White & I


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Zuffa President Joel Silva (& I)


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"Big" John McCarthy & I


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UFC 35 Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett & I


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UFC 51 Middleweight Champ Evan Tanner (& I)


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Forrest Griffen & I


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Current Light-Heavyweight Champ Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell


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Stephen Bonnar & I


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Dana awards Vitor Belfort the Light-Heavyweight Champioship belt at UFC 46


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Heavyweight Champ Tim Sylvia & I


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UFC 58 "USA vs Canada" 

Two main events- Rich "Ace" Franklin defends his title against top Middleweight contender and Canadian powerhouse David "The Crow" Loiseau, while top Welterweight contender and Canadian phenom George "Rush" St. Pierre fights to earn another shot at the belt, as he takes on "The Prodigy" B.J. Penn in his long-awaited return to The Octagon. 


Penn's last appearance in The Octagon won him the Welterweight Championship title against current Champ Matt Hughes.  Due to contractual complications, The Prodigy had to immediately forfeit the belt, allowing Hughes another shot to win back and carry the title ever since. 


Penn has been quite busy over the past few years, competing in the far east and solidifying his reputation as a dominant force in the Welterweight division, and quite possibly, the best fighter in MMA, pound for pound.


Along with some other great match-ups, this proved to be very good fight night.  Unfortunately, New Mexico favorite & Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Champ Diago Sanchez was unable to fight due to an illness he had been suffering during training.  No replacement fighter was available.  His bout was cancelled and replaced with some alternate fighters.  We wish Sanchez a speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing him continue to ground & pound his way up the ranks. 





"Ace" vs  "The Crow" 

These are 2 highly trained, skilled, & talented fighters, each well-respected around the world.  The anticipation leading up to this fight was extremely intense.  There wasn't a single viewer who could stay seated, and that goes for the home audience as well!


It was a bloody mess!  For 5 strait rounds, Rich "Ace" Franklin demonstrated why you should think twice before challenging the UFC's Middleweight World Champ.  Even though David "The Crow" Loiseau has been the top Middleweight contender for quite a while now (winning his past 4 bouts by K.O!), fans could barely recognize the Canadian Kick-Boxer after the continuous beating he'd suffered at the hands (& feet) of the Champ.  "Ace" completely dominated the fight from the start (landing numerous take-downs in each round), despite the fact the he considers it his worst performance yet.  "I couldn't keep it from going to a [Ref's] decision.  I don't consider it a dominant victory!" said the Champ after the fight.  It should also be noted that Franklin wound up breaking both his left hand & foot early in the fight!  What a worrier!


Despite his best efforts, Loiseau was never able to mount any kind of successful offense.  Franklin just kept pushing forward with intelligent combinations from all angles.  He's definitely a clever fighter with a big bag of tricks.  He stays on the outside reining in with unexpected flurries, and doesn't stand still long enough to become a target.  He was able to take Louasso out of his game, virtually disarming him, never giving him a chance to unleash those deadly elbows of his.  It was obvious that the Champ had done his homework on the French-Canadian, who himself, had had trained harder than ever for this bout.  We definitely haven't seen the last of "The Crow".  He's a tremendous athlete, and a still a top contender in the Middleweight weight class.


Full-contact, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and Championship challenges aside, Rich Franklin & David Loiseau consider each other to be great friends, and can't say enough positive things about one-another as a fighter, and as a human.  These two individuals raise the quality of the game, by far!


*Editorial Note*  I never dreamed that Franklin would be able to run right through Loiseau as easy as he did.  That's not a shot against "The Crow".  I was just really impressed with "Ace".  I new he was a solid fighter, but he demonstrated skills & heart that had not been tested in any of his previous fights.  Now, being a fellow south-paw from Cincinnati, you would think that the Champ would have been my favorite.  Oddly enough, I didn't even take those elements into consideration.  I guess I was never convinced that Franklin even deserved his bout against Ken Shamrock, earning him his shot for the title against the then-Champ Even Tanner.  Suffice to say, Rich "Ace" Franklin proved himself beyond a doubt.  He truly is the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion of the world.  His injuries will keep him in rehab for the next 6 months.  That should be just enough time for any new top contenders to prove themselves worthy of a title challenge.  Do I hear any takers?





"Rush" vs "The Prodigy"

Review coming soon!












UFC 57 "Liddell vs Couture III"

"The Ice Man" Chuck Liddell defends his Light Heavyweight Championship belt against Randy "The Natural" Couture for the second time, making it the third time these 2 champs have met in The Octagon.





UFC 56 "Full Force"

The run-down of the night- Beginning the Pay-Per-View event was Jeremy Horn vs Trevor Prangley. Jeremy Horn, fresh off his loss to Chuck Liddell, dropped from Light Heavyweight to Middleweight to take on the tough Trevor Prangley. Despite being on the bottom nearly the whole time, Horn managed to pull off a controversial victory.


Next on the bill was George St Pierre vs Sean Sherk. Once again, demonstrating his unbelievable natural abilities & true heart, the French Canadian George St Pierre pulled out an impressive victory after Referee Dean Herb stopped bout at 2:53 of the second round, due to a flurry of unanswered ground & pound bombs to the bloody face of the Minnesota native. Immediately after the fight, announcer Joe Rogan finds the Frenchman on his knees in the center of The Octogon begging & pleading the UFC for another Championship Title fight against the current champ. As if Matt Hughes doesn't have enough trouble on his hands already...



Then came the Hughes/ Riggs bout. This was supposed to be a 5 round Championship fight, but was downgraded to a 3 round no-title bout due to Riggs not being able to make weight. I'm still not sure how it worked out that way, but Joe "Diesel" Riggs was 1 pound away from making perfect weight, but couldn't safely continue dropping weight for the Championship match. Instead of calling off the bout, the 2 worriers decided to continue with the match-up, but without Hughes putting his belt on the line. Not that it mattered, as the champ made light work of the hard-hitting Riggs by tapping him out at 3:28 of the first round by kimura. After stepping in to replace Kyro Paresian due to injury, this was supposed to be Joe "Diesel" Riggs' 1st title challenge. He will be back!



The main event of the evening was Rich "Ace" Franklin vs Nate "The Rock" Quarry in the Middleweight Championship bout. After loosing his opportunity to show off (& advance) his skills in TUF season 1 due to injury during training, Nate Quarry quickly worked his way up the rankings to challenge current champ Rich Franklin for the Middleweight Championship belt. Some may say that "The Rock" still has yet to prove himself as championship material, and his efforts that night may back up that theory. Though Quarry is a very tuff & talented fighter, he just couldn't defend himself against the proven skills & punching power of Franklin, who delivered 2 knock-down punches early in the 1st round. Quarry received a broken nose from the first bomb, but was able to recover. The second bomb knocked out the novice challenger before he hit the floor. Rich "Ace" Franklin defends his belt once again!



Some Major announcements were made by UFC President Dana White midway through the event. The headlining card is already set for UFC 57, taking place February 4th, 2006 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The re-match that everyone knew was coming... Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell will defend his Light Heavyweight Championship belt against Randy "The Natural" Couture. This will be the 3rd time these two worriers have met in The Octagon. The first two times, Randy was wearing the championship belt. Chuck was able to catch "the Natural" with a hard knock-out punch that won him the belt the last time they met. This 3-match should reveal, once and for all, who is the true undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of the the world. This 5 round championship bout promises to be an all-out war. Randy & I just happened to be getting our Press Passes at the same time, and I was able to get a couple of words with the former champ. He says that he will be doing some special high-elevation training in preparation to win back the belt. He seems very focused, and is determined to redeem himself against the Ice Man. The rest of the card has not yet been announced, but in addition to the Light Heavyweight Championship Belt being on the line, current Heavyweight Champ Ivan Arlovsky will defend his belt against former Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir. This fight has been speculated about for years. Frank Mir finally makes his triumphant to The Octagon after a 2-year long recovery from a motorcycle injury that forced the champ to relinquish the belt. An amazing line-up, so far. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.



Coaches for TUF Season 3 were announced, and promise to pull in some serious ratings. This next season will welcome former Super Fight Champ & UFC Hall-A-Famer, "The world's most dangerous man" Ken Shamrock as coach of one the next TUF teams. And as if that wasn't enough, opposite the former champ as coach of the other TUF team will be the always outspoken, ever-popular UFC legend Tito Ortiz! Dana White has previously gone on record stating his dislike for Tito Ortiz, and that he is not good for the sport. I'm not sure what got the UFC President to consider this line-up, but like him or not, Tito Ortiz is a top contender, a very strong and tough worrier with the charisma of a movie star, and a real crowd-puller. Everyone wants to see this

Also announced that night was the triumphant return to the Welterweight division of former Champ B.J. Penn. This guy represents current Welterweight Champ Matt Hughes' only professional loss. I just happened to be checking out of the hotel at the same time Hughes was, and caught a few words with the champ. He is definitely worried about Penn's return to The Octagon, but takes all challengers just a serious as the next. A strategy clearly displayed against previous challenger Joe "Diesel" Riggs...






UFC 51 - The fight card & results

MAIN EVENT (Non-title) Light Heavyweight Bout
TITO ORTIZ vs VITOR BELFORT
Tito wins by decision.  
      
***Click on link below for fight pictures and post-fight audio from Tito***


Interim Heavyweight Championship Bout
TIM SILVIA vs ANDREI ARSLOVSKI
Andrei wins by submission (ankle lock)


Middleweight Championship Bout
EVAN TANNER vs DAVID TERRELL
Evan (finally) wins the title by submission


Heavyweight bout
JUSTIN EILERS vs PAUL BUENTELLO
Paul wins by K.O.


Middleweight Bout
PETE SELL vs (NEW YORK BADASS) PHIL BARONI
Pete wins by decision


Heavyweight Bout
JAMES IRVIN vs MIKE KYLE
Mike wins by K.O.


Middleweight Bout
DAVID LOISEAU vs GIDEON RAY
David wins by T.K.O. (Gideon could not continue after 1st round due to a huge open head wound!)


Welterweight Bout
KARO PARISYAN vs CHRIS LYTLE
Karo wins!


Welterweight Bout
NICK DIAZ vs DREW FICKETT
Nick wins!