Monday, February 18, 2008

25 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About MMA



25. Tank Abbott was knocked out exactly 43 seconds in his fight against both Kimbo Slice and Paul Buentello.

24. UFC Light Heavyweight contender Forrest Griffin's very first MMA bout was against Dan "The Beast" Severn.

23. Evan Tanner has more triangle choke submission victories than anyone in MMA ever.

22. Karo Parisyan's last 8 of 11 fights have went to a unanimous decision, Karo going 6 and 2(GSP and Diego Sanchez).

21. The first publicized spectacle of MMA last century wasn't UFC 1 or even Vale Tudo it was a fight between Hercules O'Brien (a British Boxer) and Huo Yuan Jia (a Chinese Wushu fighter) in Shanghai in 1909.

20. Rickson Gracie (claims to have won over 400 fights without a loss) the supposedly undefeated in all competitions has at least one loss from the 1993 U.S. Sambo Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, where he was defeated by American Ron Tripp by Total Victory via uchi-mata in 45 seconds. Rickson disputed this loss, claiming he was misinformed of the rules of the event.(props cavar)

19. Anderson Silva allowed Travis Lutter to take him down in their fight at UFC 67 so that he could beat him on the ground to avenge Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons, Anderson's training partner who lost to Lutter via armbar.

18. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira doesn't lose fights he just runs out of time, 4 losses in 36 fights all decisions.(props to jrb655)

17. Chuck Liddell was in a 1981 movie with Jack Nicholson called "The Postman Always Rings Twice". Here is the video below.


16. UFC 14 was the first event where the "baby gloves" were made mandatory(props Bullitt68).

15. The UFC 28 fight between Josh Barnett and Gan McGee was the first and only Superheavyweight fight in UFC history.(props Bullitt68)

14. Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture both fought in the Rings King of Kings tournament in 2000. They would have fought but Fedor was cut by TK and Couture was submitted by Valentijn Overeem.

13. The much discussed Fedor loss due to a cut against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, was actually a cut reopened. Fedor suffered the cut in his fight with Ricardo Arona prior to fighting TK. Fedor still claims that TK used an illegal strike.

12. Brad Imes is the only fighter in MMA history to have 2 wins via gogoplata submission.

11. UFC Ring announcer Bruce Buffer has a Jiu Jitsu black belt and fought as a kick boxer.

10. Matt Serra was in Japan ready to fight in Pride 9. Unfortunately his opponent got injured by a pyrotechnic and he could not fight. He was never invited back to Pride.(props Deviant Icon)

9. Japanese Superstar Genki Sudo was a contestant on the show "Ninja Warrior" here is the video below.
Genki Sudo on Sasuke

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8. Aaron Brink who has fought fighters like Andrei Arlovski, Rich Franklin, Alistair Overeem and Jeremy Horn is also an ex porn star.

7. Travis Fulton has an MMA record of 185-45-9 and of those fights only 20 went to decision, his nickname of "Ironman" is fitting.

6. The 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix was the first to feature live American commentary. Bas and Quadros added commentary to the earlier events after they already happened. This is evident by the fact that Bas commentates on fights while at the same time cornering Mark Kerr.(props bullitt68)

5. PRIDE 12 was where the term Lay and Pray was coined. Quadros coined the term while calling the fight between Kazuyuki Fujita and Gilbert Yvel.(props bullitt68)

4. At the pre-fight staredown between Quinton Jackson and Igor Vovchanchyn at PRIDE 22, Rampage gave Igor a note allegedly from his mother that said, "Please don't hurt my son."(props bullitt68)

3. In the pre-fight staredown between Josh Barnett and Mark Hunt, while the referee was issuing the rules, Barnett added, "No flying ass drops."(props bullitt68)

2. Shooto is the oldest MMA organization on the planet. It started in 1985.(props cavar)

1. Japanese and Pride MMA Legend Kazushi Sakuraba actually won one of the very first UFC tournaments- UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan 1.

19 comments:

GreenBoneR said...

Dude
NIce Random FACTS

as Someone who is a huge fan of MMA
I really learned alot

Anonymous said...

sakuraba didn't win a ufc tournament. he only won a single match.

Anonymous said...

"and Jeremy Horn is also an ex porn star."

MMA BLASTER said...

Cool list, Another fact-

Phillip Miller hasn't fought since 2003 and has an MMA record of (16-0), (2-0) in the UFC. He had wins over Jake Shields (20-4, #7 WW in the world, Elite XC 170 pound champ), UFC/Cage Rage vet James Zikic, UFC/Cage Rage vet Mark Weir, Pride/K-1 vet Shungo Oyama (victory over Renzo Gracie) and IFL vet Brian Foster.

Anonymous said...

This list was originally compiled by a contributor to the Sherdog forums and can be viewed at:

http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=732745



...which means that the "author" of this blog entry is not the author of the information it contains. (FTW)

That said, this comment might not see the light of day because "Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."

Anonymous said...

Yes but the single match he won won him the tournament. His initial lost was made a no-contest and when no one else could continue to the finals Sakuraba and Silviera rematched for the final.

Anonymous said...

Concerning Evan Tanner and the triangle chokes, Sherdog fight finder has him listed as having won five fights by triangle choke. HOwever, Miguel Torres is listed as having seven wins by triangle choke. But if arm triangles count too, then that adds four to Tanner's total (9) and none to Torres' (7).

Chas said...

And since an arm triangle is still a triangle choke, the fact is true.

Anonymous said...

about minotauro having no lost,

actually he lost to rico rodrigues in pride. rodrigues dominated the fight but since it went to decision and rodrigues is a representative of ufc in the pride tornament that time, they give it to minotauro.

together with rodrigues are gan mc gee and chuck and lidell and i dont know the others!

mv gee lost to semmy schilt by submission and chuck lost to rampage by tko

Andrew Gladstone "Metal and MMA Junkie" said...

Those are very useful facts. I think people who are new to the sport should read this.

Anonymous said...

NICE FACTS, THE ONE ABOUT BRAD IMES IS NO LONGER THE SAME THOUGH, SHINYA AOKI ALSO HAS FINISHED WITH TWO GOGO PLATAS ONE IS ACTUALLY MODIFIED AND IS APPLIED FROM THE MOUNT POSITION :P

j. spos said...

where are u douchebags? getting your info about rickson gracie's loss to ron tripp? rickson is undefeated in mma and jui jitsu. prove that rumor 2 me via video. I've spent over $2000.00 on rickson gracie's rise to fame. i have every victory on vhs and dvd since 1980. quit runnin it and back it up u homos.
sincerely j. spos

j. sposito said...

where are u douchebags? getting your info about rickson gracie's loss to ron tripp? rickson is undefeated in mma and jui jitsu. prove that rumor 2 me via video. I've spent over $2000.00 on rickson gracie's rise to fame. i have every victory on vhs and dvd since 1976. quit runnin it and back it up u homos.
sincerely j. spos

Anonymous said...

In 1993 at the U.S. Sambo Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, undefeated Rickson Gracie was matched with Ron Tripp. The 6 foot, 205 pound Tripp threw the 5 foot 10 inch, 185 pound Gracie to the canvas by "Uchi mata" in 47 seconds and Gracie's shoulders touched the floor, thus giving Tripp "absolute" victory under U.S. Sambo rules. Rickson disputed this loss, claiming he was misinformed of the rules of the event.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Tripp

There is also a link in the footnotes to an interview with Rickson Gracie

Anonymous said...

In 1993 at the U.S. Sambo Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, undefeated Rickson Gracie was matched with Ron Tripp. The 6 foot, 205 pound Tripp threw the 5 foot 10 inch, 185 pound Gracie to the canvas by "Uchi mata" in 47 seconds and Gracie's shoulders touched the floor, thus giving Tripp "absolute" victory under U.S. Sambo rules. Rickson disputed this loss, claiming he was misinformed of the rules of the event.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Tripp

There is also a link in the footnotes to an interview with Rickson Gracie

Anonymous said...

Joe Pearson has more triangle choke victories than Evan Tanner.

Anonymous said...

ricson lost in 43 seconds biatch! The gracies are good in brazil but done in america now. Look at the hughes royce fight. hahahaha gracies reek!

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rickee said...

great post man ..really love it,,thanks for sharing