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February 4, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
On a night surprisingly devoid of title implications, Irvine's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Croatia's Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic took to the Ultimate Fighting Championship stage for the first time Saturday and won by knockouts. Those performances cushioned the stripped title implications of the main event, which featured middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Travis Lutter.
September 24, 2006 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Matt Hughes figured if he could survive the opening rounds Saturday night against B.J. Penn, in the long run he'd be in good shape to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Hughes survived a brutal start at the Arrowhead Pond, but then overpowered Penn to score a technical knockout with a little more than a minute remaining in the third round. The victory allowed Hughes to retain his title and avenge a loss to Penn in January 2004.
September 23, 2006 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Past performances and head-to-head matchups might be relevant for some who pride themselves on pre-determining winners, but that information seems useless when comparing Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. The two fighters will meet tonight at the Arrowhead Pond in a rematch of their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout in January 2004. Penn ended that meeting with a submission hold, but it's Hughes who will again be putting his UFC welterweight belt on the line in the pay-per-view event.
Tank is big. Tank goes 270, easy, his belly bulging out, huge as a camel hump, and strong, my lord, he can bench-press 600 pounds. He is bad in a way you can see from the 49th row, the shaved head and heavy dark goatee and eyes that seem to glare from under the heavy line of his brow like a machine-gunner's under a helmet. Tank is a street fighter with a bazooka right hand, and he is stalking Cal Worsham, a 230-pound U.S. Marine who is no slouch either, a master of taekwondo.
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