After a long delay, the Old School MMA Review returns with a look at one of the worst (if not worst of all time) events in the history of the UFC.
From the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on May 17, 1996, “UFC 9: Clash of the Titans” was the first UFC event to bypass the one-night eight-man tournament format, and replace it with a card of single fights with essentially no meaning whatsoever, aside from the main event, a rematch between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn for the UFC Superfight Title, which featured 35 minutes of stalking around the ring and nary a strike thrown.
Also on UFC 9, the underwhelming octagon debuts of Amaury Bitetti, Matt Anderson, and Rafael Carino, the return of previous losers Zane Frazier and Cal Worsham, new up-and-comer’s Don Frye and Gary Goodridge showing us more about themselves, and the one-time appearance of arguably one of the greatest athletes that has ever graced the UFC, Mark Schultz. This is an event for the ages, stuffed to the brim with internet polls, filler, and all sorts of other irrelevant nonsense as Zane Simon and The Fight Nerd do their best to survive this awful event, and make you suffer in return for making us have to sit through it! Enjoy!
You can check out my article on what really happened during the Severn VS Shamrock 2 fight with quotes from Severn, Shamrock, Big John McCarthy, and Bob Meyrowitz at this link here!
If you want to torture yourself, you can order UFC 9 on Amazon.com at this link here , which has since been renamed Motor City Madness (because you would be mad to want to watch this).
After far too long, the Old School MMA Review has returned! This time, The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon of Bloodyelbow.com take a look at the UFC tournament to end all tournaments (in 1995), the first Ultimate Ultimate!
In the UU ’95, the best of the best were invited back to the octagon for a one-night tournament to see who was the most ultimate of the ultimates. Returning champs like Dan Severn and Oleg Taktarov battled the likes of Tank Abbott and Paul Varelans, plus Keith Hackney… for some reason. Polar bears, pit fighters, awkward interviews with Ken Shamrock & Kimo, and vampire hunters who are dragons, all in this episode and more!
Don’t forget to support the official DVD release of the Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which at this time is only available on DVD through the Silvervision release which also contains the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 (which we will review as well soon enough).
All the fighters made weight on their first try for Glory 12 in New York City. The event, which will be aired live on Spike TV tomorrow night starting at 9 PM EST, will take place in the historic Madison Square Garden, and will feature a lightweight championship tournament, as well as a headlining bout of Joe Schilling VS Wayne Barrett.
You may have read about the results of the weigh-ins on other sites, but now you can see them for yourself. Want to see Jamal Ben Saddik strip out of a full suit to hit the scales, Brian Collette and Warren Thompson’s intense staredown, or Andy Ristie get in Giorgio Petrosyan’s face and talk some smack? Check it out for yourself in the video above!
After his company debut and first knockout victory in five years at Bellator MMA 108, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson conducted a media scrum where he answered questions about his comeback fight against Joey Beltran, Tito Ortiz, his treatment at Bellator as opposed to the UFC, what is next for his career, and more. It looks like the old Rampage is back with a new pair of knees, so listen to what his plans are for the near-future and why he is enjoying MMA and fighting again.
All main card fighters were in attendance for the Bellator MMA 108 Post-fight Press Conference, along with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. Fighters like Quinton Jackson, Joey Beltran, Patricio Pitbull, and the newly-crowned heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov answered questions from the press about the fights that evening, as well as looked ahead to future challenges. Plus, plenty of Tito Ortiz bashing!
“Rampage” was glad to be back, and discussed his journey from a knee injury that crippled his career to his successful rebirth in Bellator MMA, while Rebney discussed what is next for Jackson, as well as informing us of a pending featherweight tournament and the plans in terms of who fights champion Daniel Straus next – either Magomedrasul Khasbulaev or Patricio Pitbull.
When asked about what some were calling early stoppages that evening, Rebney was happy with Dan Miragliotta’s performance, although the former champion, Alexander Volkov (who was off camera while this was being said), was shifting his body language and clearly disagreed with what happened to him that night.
If there is one key thing to take away from this press conference, it’s that both Joey Beltran and Rampage guffawed a bit at the mention of Tito’s neck injury. Beltran is ready to fight Tito Ortiz immediately, and while he was grateful that Ortiz withdrew from the card, he is ready to jump back in and fight “The People’s Champion” at a moment’s notice.
Pleny more tidbits and info in the video (and tons of laughs since it’s a press conference with a happy Rampage), so sit back and enjoy the show!
After one of the most exciting Bellator events that New Jersey has seen, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney sat down with The Fight Nerd to discuss the night and a whole mess of questions.
Rebney talked about what the plans are for Quinton Jackson after his big win over Joey Beltran, as well as what to do with Tito Ortiz after his neck injury, the potential for Chandler VS Alvarez 3 (which will headline their next attempt at a pay-per-view), the pending next season of “Fight Master” on Spike TV, and more.
I also poked the bear a bit with Bjorn about his relationship with UFC President Dana White. Way back when Bellator first started, I interviewed Bjorn at one of their earliest shows where he claimed that he was not in competition with the UFC. Fast forward to a few years later where Rebney is now tweeting with Dana White, it only makes sense to see what has changed. Perhaps it was in my sleep-deprivated state that I was not able to clearly ask what I wanted to ask, but Rebney gave me a response that answers some of the question and opens up some others.
The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon return to once again nitpick the no-holds-barred era of mixed martial arts, this time with a look at the SEG Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view, UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo!
On this episode, we take a look at one of the more forgettable UFC tournaments that features the octagon debut of Marco Ruas and his glorious foot stomping tactics, the triumphant return of veterans Paul Varelans, Remco Pardoel, and Harold Howard, and we lament the disappearance of Jim Brown in favor of Don “The Dragon” Wilson. Plus, the superfight between Ken Shamrock and Oleg Taktarov, which is just barely better than Shamrock VS Severn 2 from UFC 9. Just barely.
Don’t forget to check out Zane Simon’s UFC 7 Fighter Redux piece for more info on the combatants in this tournament, and support the official DVD release of UFC 7 in hopes that Zuffa keeps making more!
Team Fight Nerd was on hand for the Golovkin VS Stevens press conference to hype their upcoming boxing bout, which is set to take place on November 2 at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
Golovkin has the highest knockout ratio of any active world champion (89%) with a record of 27-0-0 (24KO’s). He has burst on to the international boxing scene with four sensational knockouts over the last twelve months. His bout against Stevens will be the ninth defense of his WBA title.
Fighting out of his native Brooklyn, New York, the 28-year-old Stevens, 25-3-0 (18KO’s), is coming off his most impressive performance of his career with a stunning first round knockout of durable veteran, Saul Roman on AUGUST 3
Stevens’ clash with Golovkin will also be his fourth start of the year.
A mainstay of New York City boxing, the heavy-hitting Stevens first shined as an amateur, amassing the third most knockouts in New York State history.
The octagon beckons once more, as The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon continue their arduous journey through the SEG UFC era, this time hitting Casper, Wyoming, for UFC 6: Clash of The Titans.
In this episode, we run down the heaviest eight-man tournament to date which includes the debuts of Cal Worsham, Dave Benetau, Paul Varelans, and a little guy named D.L. Tank Abbott. Plus, we look at the crowning of the first UFC Superfight champion, as Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn battle for the belt! All this plus the continuing legends of Andy Anderson and Pat Smith, Trap fighting, Pit fighting, and if “The Russian Bear” Oleg Taktarov was overrated.
Question time! After re-watching UFC 6 and our video, do you feel that Oleg Taktarov was an overrated fighter, or was his legacy justified? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!
Don’t forget to check out Zane’s UFC 6 Fighter Redux for more info on the fighters at this event, and support the official DVD release of UFC 6 in hopes that they will keep putting these out on DVD!
Welcome back to yet another episode of the Old School MMA Review! Join The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon as we leap back into the octagon to continue our in-depth journey down SEG UFC memory lane. This time, we look at “UFC 5: Return of the Beast”, which sees Dan Severn maul his way to the top of the eight-man tournament, the debut of Oleg Taktarov, the mystery of Andy Anderson solved at last, SAFTA in action, and the anti-climatic ending to the Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock feud.
Speaking of, Zane and I debate about who truly won that infamous first-ever superfight in the UFC, and it’s time for the people to weigh in, such as viewers like you. Leave a comment in the comments below and decide who, if anyone, should have walked away as the inaugural UFC Superfight Champ!
Check out Zane’s UFC 5 Fighter Redux piece for more nuggets of gold about the competitors at this event, and support the official DVD release of UFC 5 so that we don’t get sued.