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Date: June 26, 2010 Event: Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum Fighters: Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum “This is one of the most memorable fights because it was the first true loss Fedor ever had inside a ring or cage. Werdum did a great job of utilizing his jiu-jitsu to attack Fedor with beautiful setups and transitions from one submission attempt to another. “I also admired the way Fedor handled himself after the loss, stating, ‘Every man falls down; it’s how you get up that counts.’” Date: December 19, 2009 Event: Strikeforce Evolution Fighters: Cung Le and Scott Smith “This fight was another miracle comeback for Scott Smith. Cung Le was undefeated in both sanshou and MMA coming into it. For two rounds, Le hit Smith with just about every kind of kick/punch combination you can think of, and [he] hurt Smith several times. “But as he’s done so many times before, Smith was waiting for the opportunity to land that one game-changing punch — and he got his chance, hurting Le and ending the fight with a barrage of punches that broke Le’s nose. In MMA, the tide of the battle can turn in an instant, and in this fight, another undefeated record bit the dust.” Date: June 6, 2003 Event: UFC 43: Meltdown Fighters: Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell “Randy Couture was [over 40], and many people thought the odds were entirely in the favor of the younger fighter, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell. It also looked like a mismatch because the fighters’ careers seemed to be going in different directions: Randy was coming off a few tough losses in the heavyweight division, while Chuck was the rising star in the light-heavyweight division. “But Randy fought a beautiful fight and caught Chuck off-guard with a straight-forward attack that utilized good footwork and straight punches that landed before the wide, arcing punches thrown by Chuck ever reached him. It was a great fight that brought Randy Couture back into the spotlight with his first light-heavyweight championship victory.” Date: May 10, 2002 Event: UFC 37: High Impact Fighters: Murilo Bustamante and Matt Lindland “This was a fight where I screwed up big time. Bustamante put Lindland in an armbar, and I saw Lindland tap. I moved down to stop the fight, but then Lindland yelled at me that he didn’t tap, and it made me second-guess myself. I didn’t stop the fight. “I immediately realized that I should have — and learned a valuable lesson in the process. Unfortunately, Bustamante had to beat Lindland twice in the one fight on this night to finally get the win he earned. This is the one fight where in the end, I did care about who won because I felt I had screwed Murilo Bustamante by not being decisive.”
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Date: October 14, 2006 Event: UFC 64: Unstoppable Fighters: Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin “In my opinion, this was one of the most dominating performances in a championship fight ever. Rich Franklin was a very good champion who had defended his title several times in a convincing fashion. But Anderson Silva utterly dominated Rich in the clinch, throwing knees to the body that were unbelievable. Silva’s middleweight-championship run started in this fight, and he’s never looked back.” Date: March 11, 1994 Event: UFC 2: No Way Out Fighters: Royce Gracie and four opponents “I have never seen anyone accomplish the same feat. It was, and is, truly amazing. Having to get yourself ready to fight four times in one night and then to come out of it basically untouched and undefeated is an absolutely remarkable achievement.”
Date: November 22, 2002 Event: UFC 40: Vendetta Fighters: Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock “This was the show, and the fight, that made me believe that MMA and the UFC were going to make it, despite all the tough times and controversy the sport faced in the early days. There was so much hype around the fight and so much electricity in the air as the fighters were making their way to the octagon. I stood inside the cage and said to myself, ‘This sport is going to be huge.’” Date: April 30, 2011 Event: UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields Fighters: Mark Hominick and Jose Aldo “This fight for me was similar to the UFC 40 fight with Tito and Ken, only magnified by a factor of three because it was at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. When the lights went down and Mark Hominick started his walk to the cage, the place was going crazy. The 55,000 fans in attendance were louder than you can possibly imagine. “The fight itself was the kind where one fighter shows so much skill while the other fighter shows so much heart. Jose Aldo is a beast, and Mark showed his heart and went after him with everything he had until the last second on the clock ticked away. Jose won by decision, but the main thing that everyone will remember is that it was an epic fight by two great fighters on the biggest stage in North American history.” Patrick Bamburak is a professional musician, recording artist and martial artist who studies combat isshin-ryu karate under Black Belt Hall of Fame member Gary Alexander. John McCarthy’s book is titled Let’s Get It On! The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee. Photos taken at Big John McCarthy's Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, CA.