UNDEFEATED mixed martial arts fighter Filipino-American Brandon "The Truth" Vera takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight kingpin Tim Sylvia at UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Check out this trailer provided by our partner, Solar Sports. For more videos from INQUIRER.net and our partners, visit iVDO.
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FOR an event billed as "Knockout," UFC 76 didn't produce any, but it was sure exciting -- not least due to the stunning upsets. I caught it on Solar Sports, and up to now I'm shocked by former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightheavyweight champion Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell's split decision loss to Keith Jardine. It's the Iceman's second straight defeat, and what's even more remarkable is that Keith beat him in his own game, as the two men slugged it out and didn't make any attempt to take the fight to the ground. In fact, commentators Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan and reigning UFC heavyweight champ Randy "The Natural" Couture jokingly wondered if the two were aware that you could grapple in the UFC heh :) Now you hear talks of Chuck possibly retiring. What a reversal of fortune this has been for the UFC's biggest star, who was thought to be unbeatable just a few months ago. Wanderlei Silva may have been the most disappointed by Chuck's loss, next only to The Iceman and UFC president Dana White, who has been trying for the past five years to set up a megafight between Liddell and then Pride FC middleweight champ Silva. Maybe it's just not meant to be. The other, maybe even bigger upset that night was the victory of Forrest Griffin over Brazilian Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, whom many actually consider the best lightheavyweight in the world. Forrest spoiled Shogun's UFC debut with a rear naked choke submission victory with just 15 seconds left in the third round, after dominating a fight that a lot of people thought Shogun would win handily. Now we hear that Wanderlei is supposedly calling out Forrest. Let's see what happens.
SO, did you catch UFC 75? History was made in London as the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson squared off against Pride FC middleweight kingpin Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (despite the difference in naming conventions, both are champs in the 205-pound division). Jackson scored a unanimous decision to become the first undisputed mixed martial arts champ. That made me really happy because I was rooting for Rampage, who has to be the funniest guy in MMA heh :) Here's a clip of his post-fight interview courtesy of SPIKE Powered by IFILM. Another guy I was rooting for, light heavyweight Houston "The Assassin" Alexander, proved he was for real by knocking out Italian Alessio Sakara in the first round. Yup, Houston showed that his first round KO win over Keith Jardine in UFC 71, which was The Assassin's UFC debut, was no fluke. Unfortunately, Mirko Cro Cop suffered another upset loss -- his second straight defeat in the UFC -- when Cheick Kongo scored a unanimous decision. Cro Cop, what's happening to you? Read this article for the complete results.