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Phrost
4/10/2005 10:01am,
Last night, what was already a historic occasion for Mixed Martial Arts by way of being the sport's first live broadcast on cable television, proved to be one of the best MMA events shown anywhere, live, pay per view, or otherwise!

<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/DiegoSanchez.jpg" align="left">In the first of three bouts, Diego Sanchez showed himself to be too much for Kenny Florian's Brazillian Jiujitsu skills. "Ken-Flo", who many feel would dominate at 170 or 155, fought valiantly against the natural 185 pounder but was ultimately out muscled by Sanchez who finished the fight in the first round by ref stoppage.

In the final bout, Rich Franklin defeated UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock in the first round again by ref stoppage from punches. Shamrock nearly pulled off a heelhook on Franklin in the first few seconds of the fight, but Franklin weathered it to later capitalize on a Shamrock slip and stun him on the ground with a flurry of punches. The discussions of Shamrock's possible retirement will likely begin, and he even hinted at this himself in his post-fight interview.

However, the second fight of the night was the true main event. In what was described by Bruce Buffer as "The greatest fight in the history of the UFC", Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin stood toe to toe for three full rounds throwing <img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/ForrestGriffin.jpg" align="right">heavy hands, knees, and feet. By the end of the first round it became apparent that we were watching something extraordinary. By the end of the second, something amazing, and by the end of the third, everyone watching knew that they'd just seen one of the greatest fights in Mixed Martial Arts history.

I won't do the fight disservice by trying to describe it. Watch the encore on Spike TV.

<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/StephanBonner.jpg" align="left">However, after this great fight that left fans both in the arena and at home, standing on their feet, the decision went to Forrest Griffin, securing him the six-figure UFC contract. But in a surprise acknowledgement of the absolutely mindblowing heart and talent of both competitors, Dana White and the Fertitta brothers (Lorenzo and Frank) decided on the spot to award another contract to Bonnar.

We cannot stress enough how much this move demonstrates the love and commitment to the sport by the guys running the show. Not only did Zuffa win fans tonight by way of the exposure, it won even more dedicated fans through this clear statement of respect for the fighters who make the sport great.

Rashomon
4/10/2005 1:45pm,
I only caught the last two fights.

I think Shamrock is washed up. He just curled up under the punches. No real defense. Sad. :(

The Griffin / Bonner fight was as Phrost described - indescribable. I think Bonner should have taken it to the ground, but what the heck? Besides, Griffin is apparently no slouch on the ground, anyway. I was impressed when they said that some guy broke his arm in an arm bar, but Griffin didn't tap, but, instead knocked the guy out with his other hand. Amazing.

I was praying that White and Zuffa would do the "right" thing by giving them both contracts. I was pleasantly surprised when they actually did. Both guys fought amazingly well and showed a lot of heart. They will both be draws on their UFC debuts.

My only regret is that I only got to see one other episode of the series. Well, at least I got to see this one.

Props to "the powers that be" on a great promotional event (the series and the finale). NOW, maybe the uneducated masses will finally see what we've been talking about for so long.

Carbon
4/10/2005 2:24pm,
Yeah that was an amazing fight.

I was glad they gave Stephan a contract as well, I felt that Stephan was landing some really hard shots, but Griffin just wouldn't give up.

As for the Ken and Rich fight I think Ken was landing some hard shots. It was just a shame that he did the repeat process of falling when trying a high kick. Then he got hit with a couple of solid shots which is why he wasn't moving.

Kind of sad since even though Ken does talk a lot of **** I still like watching him fight.

Wasn't Leben on the untelevised card? I saw him smiling so I am guessing he won?

PeedeeShaolin
4/10/2005 2:31pm,
They both deserve it.

Almost anyone can throw hands for money but very few people show the kind if heart they showed last night; exhausted and beat up but not ready to quit and throwing until the final bell.

Hats off to the UFC for recognizing how valuable a fighter is when he wants to FIGHT and not just collect a paycheck.

It is Fake
4/10/2005 3:03pm,
I would of been happy to have this one on PPV. That is how enjoyable the fights were. Diego's ended the way I thought so it was anti-climatic. Forrest and Stephan damn that was beautiful. Even the points awarded were perfect. I was worried it would end the way they usually do. 30-27 or some other outlandish scoring.

I was glad they gave Bonnar a contract. I was hoping they would when the commentators were talking about it. I was watching it with my wife saying it would be the perfect cap to the TV SHow, if it ended with a surprise contract.

dadaggie
4/10/2005 5:55pm,
Awesome fights!

Forrest and Bonnar both got what they deserved.

punchingdummy
4/10/2005 9:09pm,
I was getting a little worried after how slow the first televised fight started...and then abruptly ended. Not a horrible fight, but not the kind of event which creates new fans.

The second fight was just that.

Mr. Mantis
4/10/2005 9:15pm,
I was getting a little worried after how slow the first televised fight started...and then abruptly ended. Not a horrible fight, but not the kind of event which creates new fans.

The second fight was just that.

Crazy isn't it? The crowd boo'd Florian for dancing around Sanchez, and witnessed a less than 3 min. beating. Then they are served up 2 well matched warriors!

qwerty123
4/10/2005 9:39pm,
haven't seen the show, will definitly look to dl the second fight but,


Last night, what was already a historic occasion for Mixed Martial Arts by way of being the sport's first live broadcast on cable television, proved to be one of the best MMA events shown anywhere, live, pay per view, or otherwise!

that claim of being the "the sport's first live broadcast on cable television" is incorrect. i've been watching TKO on RDS for quite some time now.

meng_mao
4/10/2005 10:33pm,
I only caught the last two fights.

I think Shamrock is washed up. He just curled up under the punches. No real defense. Sad. :(

There's a lot of activity on the sherdog forums about whether Shammy
took a dive in this fight. The key evidence is the weird slip he does when
he falls down in front of Franklin. I really don't know if it was a work or not,
but if it was, that's ok, because it's gonna make the UFC's future.

Dochter
4/11/2005 2:45am,
He slipped twice, both times left side. First one he recovered from by attacking Franklin's leg. The second, well you know.

Is that the leg he's had problems with?

punchingdummy
4/11/2005 5:58am,
If you watch the first one closely it was not a slip. Perhaps a wierd trip with his left toes pointed down, but it's hard to figure out what Shammy was thinking.

Meex
4/11/2005 3:43pm,
Great event for UFC & MMA.
Zuffa scored, big time!
They OWE Griffin & Bonner for that fight.
Props to them for paying up.
Diego Sanchez look good.
Shamrock looked like it's time.

`~/

edward
4/11/2005 6:05pm,
Why do you think the fight between Griffin and Bonnar was that special? Neither one can fight for ****. They have no idea how to get in on their opponent without leaving themselves wide open.

Griffin got his face BEATEN IN by Bonnar. He must have had 5 cuts on his face. The worse of course was the one on his nose. The only thing that Griffin almost got was that armbar but Bonnar was too buff for him to pull it off. They were totally gassed too, after the first round. Talk about no endurance.

Overall, UFC sucks ... gotta drop the boxing emphasis and do some martial arts. Bonnar at least got a couple of good kicks off. I'd have given the contract to Bonnar. He had way less damage than Griffin at the end.

One thing, though, Griffin's got more personality than Bonnar. That's probably why the judges gave him the decision. Bonnar is a bit too stiff even if he is the better fighter.

Dochter
4/11/2005 6:25pm,
I think the early leg kicks took the kicking out of them both.
Though there was at least one really good body kick by Bonnar late in the fight as well.

Anyway, I forgot, none of these guys have any skill anyways right?

Renn
4/11/2005 6:57pm,
Why do you think the fight between Griffin and Bonnar was that special? Neither one can fight for ****. They have no idea how to get in on their opponent without leaving themselves wide open.

Griffin got his face BEATEN IN by Bonnar. He must have had 5 cuts on his face. The worse of course was the one on his nose. The only thing that Griffin almost got was that armbar but Bonnar was too buff for him to pull it off. They were totally gassed too, after the first round. Talk about no endurance.

Overall, UFC sucks ... gotta drop the boxing emphasis and do some martial arts. Bonnar at least got a couple of good kicks off. I'd have given the contract to Bonnar. He had way less damage than Griffin at the end.

One thing, though, Griffin's got more personality than Bonnar. That's probably why the judges gave him the decision. Bonnar is a bit too stiff even if he is the better fighter.
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