July 6, 2012 |
Anderson Silva is the Ultimate Fighting Championship's version of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the perfect mixed martial artist whose unbeaten run as middleweight champion since 2006 is testimony to the variety of his skills in the octagon. In winning 15 consecutive fights, Silva (29-4) has delivered a defining kung fu kick to the jaw to defeat Vitor Belfort, withstood the best wrestling effort of Dan Henderson to win a submission, ripped former champion Rich Franklin twice with fight-ending knees and knocked out another ex-champion, Forrest Griffin.
December 31, 2006 |
Nobody in Ultimate Fighting Championship has the punching power of Chuck Liddell, a point the light-heavyweight champion pounded home Saturday when he defended his title with a third-round technical knockout of Huntington Beach's Tito Ortiz. Liddell (20-3) continually evaded Ortiz's attempts to turn their rematch into a wrestling affair, and in the fight's defining moments, Liddell struck Ortiz in the head as Ortiz reassumed a wrestling pose.
July 5, 2008 |
Just as some began to sense Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was on the downside of his career, Juanito Ibarra saw a man with untapped potential. When other mixed martial artists considered Jackson nothing more than a brawler, Ibarra was convinced he could supply him with an arsenal of self-defense tactics. That was three years ago, after Jackson's third knockout loss in a six-fight span. Today, he's the light-heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, a title he secured in May 2007 with a surprising first-round technical knockout of Chuck Liddell.
September 21, 2007 |
Dogged by questions about the effects of his age, physical fitness and tendency to go night-clubbing as fight night has neared, Chuck Liddell says his Saturday night Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Keith Jardine will dismiss the doubters. "I made a mistake, got caught trading a body shot for a right hand, and that's where it ends," Liddell, 37, said as he concluded training in Anaheim for his fight at the Honda Center.
May 27, 2007 |
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has made a habit of entering his mixed martial arts fights by howling. He had a lot more to yell about Saturday night, stunning a sellout crowd of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by dropping light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with a sudden right hook in the first round, then pouncing atop him for another five-punch barrage that forced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and award Jackson a victory by technical knockout.
May 26, 2007 |
Dana White, the energetic president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't need to know the record-breaking pay-per-view and live gate numbers of boxing's Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight earlier this month in Las Vegas. White was ready to make a pronouncement, that mixed martial arts has surpassed boxing -- and the staged outcomes of World Wrestling Entertainment, for that matter -- as the most popular fight sport in the U.S.