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    UFC XVI: Maximum Violence
    Press Conference/Weigh Ins


    March 12th, 1998
    Manhattan Center
    NYC, New York, USA



    The major headline coming out of the UFC XVI press conference is that the UFC has been cleared by Cablevision to be available through their PPV service. Cablevision is one of the main PPV providers in the state of New York, one of the first to ban the UFC during the controversy due to the violence. The UFC changed and added rules in hopes of returning to the major pay per view providers that barred them, even though they won a long and expensive legal battle with the states of New York and Rhode Island, Time Warner and Cablevision were both still not willing to budge. Now with the major hype surrounding UFC XVI in Madison Square Garden and the support of the fans emailing and calling, the UFC will return to Cablevision with UFC XVI. The event itself will be a single match card as the UFC has announced that they will no longer do one night tournaments. The major attraction for the show will be the return of Ken Shamrock after a 2 year hiatus doing pro wrestling with WCW...


    The Superfight
    "The Worlds Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock
    vs
    "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort


    vs



    Shamrock Tale of the Tape Belfort
    Nationality
    Hybrid Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Brazilian Jujitsu/Boxing
    6' Height 6'
    228 lbs Weight 218 lbs
    33 Age 20
    10-1-1 UFC record 3-0


    At 10-1-1 inside the Octagon, Ken Shamrock is widely considered the greatest UFC fighter of all time. Shamrock defeated Pat Smith, Rickson Gracie, and Alexandre Karelin in one night to win the first ever UFC tournament at UFC 1 in 1993. Shamrock returned and was defeated in the finals of UFC 3 by Rickson Gracie but he came back and ran the table at UFC 4, defeating heavyweight boxer Melton Bowen, Volk Han, and Dan Severn to win his second tournament championship. Shamrock and Rickson Gracie clashed for the 3rd time at UFC 5 for the first ever UFC Undisputed Championship. Shamrock dominated Rickson Gracie for over 85 minutes before Rickson's family finally threw in the towel. Shamrock defended the UFC Undisputed Championship by submitting Mike Tyson in the biggest fight in UFC history. The victory over Tyson earned Shamrock the moniker of "Worlds Most Dangerous Man" by ABC in a television special. Dan Severn took Shamrock the distance in their rematch at UFC 7 in a fight that was ruled a draw(no judges). Shortly after the fight with Severn Shamrock shocked the UFC fans by vacating his title and signing a 2 year contract with World Championship Wrestling in December 1995. Now Shamrock returns to the Octagon as the UFC debuts in the historic Madison Square Garden, the mecca for Combat Sports!

    Shamrock will face an undefeated 20 year old Phenom with the fastest hands ever seen in the Octagon, Carlson Gracie Jujitsu black belt Vitor Belfort! Belfort made his debut in the 16 man heavyweight tournament back in September 97 at UFC 15, where he shocked the world by running through Shamrock's Lions Den student Tre Telligman with a fast, brutal TKO finish. Belfort went on to upset Tank Abbott in the quarterfinals before TKO'ing the much bigger Dan "The Bull" Bobish in the semi finals. Belfort broke one of his fingers in his victory over Bobish and was pulled from the tournament finals match against Mark Kerr by UFC doctors. Now all of the hype, all of the pressure is on the shoulders of the 20 year old superstar as he prepares for the fight of his life against the greatest fighter in UFC history. The announcement was made at the press conference that whoever wins this fight will earn the shot at Mark Kerr's UFC Heavyweight Championship later on in 1998. It's going to be The Phenom vs The Worlds Most Dangerous Man, live on pay per view from Madison Square Garden in New York City!! Ken Shamrock vs Vitor Belfort!!


    World Title Unification Fight
    UFC World Middleweight Championship
    vs
    EFC World Middleweight Championship


    Frank Shamrock(c) vs Igor Zinoviev(c)


    vs



    Shamrock Tale of the Tape Zinoviev
    Nationality
    Hybrid Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Russian Sambo
    5' 11" Height 6' 1"
    199 lbs Weight 199 lbs
    25 Age 30
    4-0 UFC record 0-0


    The UFC World Middleweight Championship will be on the line when undefeated champion Frank Shamrock takes on undefeated EFC World Middleweight Champion from Russia, Igor Zinoviev. Frank is the younger brother of UFC legend Ken Shamrock, who he trained under at the Lions Den. Frank made waves by defeating Royce Alger, Olympic Gold medalist wrestler Kevin Jackson, and Jose "Pele" Landi to win the UFC 14 Middleweight Tournament Championship. Frank defeated Renzo Gracie to win the first ever UFC World Middleweight Championship back at UFC Ultimate Japan '97. Frank has broken off from the Lions Den fight team for this fight to train with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Maurice Smith in Seattle Washington. Frank's opponent Igor Zinoviev dominated the Extreme Fighting Championship promotion, the biggest and most successful North American competitor to the UFC until they closed their doors at the end of last year. Zinoviev won the first ever EFC Tournament back in 1995, then knocked out UFC veteran Enson Inoue in just 44 seconds at the Vale Tudo Japan event in 1996. Zinoviev will make his UFC debut with a 4-0-2 record in the sport. The two best Middleweights in the world will clash when Frank Shamrock takes on Igor Zinoviev live on pay per view at UFC XVI!


    Heavyweight Superfight
    Ricardo Morias vs Igor Vovchanchyn


    vs



    Morias Tale of the Tape Vovchanchyn
    Nationality
    Brazilian Jujitsu Martial Arts
    Background
    Kickboxing
    7' Height 5' 8"
    270 lbs Weight 225 lbs
    31 Age 24
    2-1 UFC record 4-1


    Heavyweights will clash when 7' tall beast Ricardo Morais takes on hard hitting striker from Ukraine Igor Vovchanchyn. Morias made his debut in the UFC Ultimate Japan '97 tournament where he defeated Akira Shoji and Tre Telligman to make it to the finals where he was defeated by Kazushi Sakuraba. Morais trains with Renzo Gracie. Vovchanchyn made his debut back at UFC 11 in 1996 where he used strong striking skills to defeat Brazilian Jujitsu black belt Fabio Gurgel and Brian Johnson to make it to the finals of the tournament. Igor lost a split decision to Mark Coleman in the finals in one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Igor went on to defeat Minoru Suzuki by decision at UFC Ultimate Japan '96 before defeating Dave Beneteau in the opening round of the UFC 15 tournament last year. Igor was pulled from the tournament by doctors due to a broken hand suffered in the fight. Now Igor is healed up and returns to the Octagon to face one of the biggest, most physically imposing fighters in the heavyweight division!


    No Time Limit/Catchweight Fight
    Royce Gracie vs Daijiro Matsui


    vs



    Gracie Tale of the Tape Matsui
    Nationality
    Brazilian Jujitsu Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid Wrestling
    6' Height 5' 9"
    176 lbs Weight 183 lbs
    31 Age 25
    0-0 UFC record 0-0

    Royce Gracie will be the latest of the Gracie family fighters to hit the Octagon when he makes his highly anticipated UFC debut at UFC XVI. Royce is the half brother of Rickson Gracie. While Rickson was dominating the UFC, Royce was taking the Gracie Jujitsu style to Japan where he won the 1994 and 1995 Vale Tudo Japan tournaments hosted by Shooto, defeating all 6 opponents in both tournaments by submission. Royce defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kimo by submission in an epic fight in Shooto in Japan last year. Gracie's opponent comes from the Takada Dojo where he trains with Kazushi Sakuraba and fellow UFC veterans such as Akira Shoji, Hiromitsu Kanehara, and Nobuhiko Takada among others. The Gracie family requested the bout be contested without a time limit or weight class limit, both of which were agreed upon by Matsui and his management.

    The undercard fights will focus on the debut of the new 170 pound Welterweight class:


    The Undercard


    Welterweight Fight
    Jose "Pele" Landi vs "The Westside Strangler" Chris Brennan

    vs


    2-1 UFC 12 tournament finalist Jose "Pele" Landi will take on the debuting American Jujitsu specialist from California, Chris Brennan.


    Welterweight Fight
    Pat Miletich vs Townsend Saunders

    vs

    Pat Miletich is a wrestler and kickboxer who has made waves in the Midwestern USA fight scene. Miletich will make his debut against NCAA Wrestling Champion Townsend Saunders.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Dan "The Bull" Bobish vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka

    vs

    2-1 Dan "The Bull" Bobish will make his return after making it to the semi-finals of the 16 man heavyweight tournament at UFC 15 last year. Bobish takes on Rings veteran and Frank Shamrock/Maurice Smith training partner Tsuyoshi Kohsaka making his UFC debut.


    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Eugenio Tadeau

    vs

    Mikey Burnett trains at Ken Shamrock's Lions Den with UFC veterans Frank Shamrock, Jerry Bohlander, and Tre Telligman. Tadeau is a Luta Livre specialist from Brazil.




    UFC XVI: Maximum Violence
    Final Card(Subject to Change)



    The Superfight
    Ken Shamrock vs Vitor Belfort

    UFC/EFC World Middleweight Championship Unification Fight
    Frank Shamrock(c) vs Igor Zinoviev(c)

    Heavyweight Superfight
    Ricardo Morias vs Igor Vovchanchyn

    Catchweight No Time Limit Fight
    Royce Gracie vs Daijiro Matsui

    Welterweight Fight
    Jose Landi vs Chris Brennan

    Welterweight Fight
    Pat Miletich vs Townsend Saunders

    Heavyweight Fight
    Dan Bobish vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka

    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Eugenio Tadeau

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    UFC XVI: Maximum Violence
    March 13th, 1998
    Madison Square Garden
    New York, NY



    They say that seeing is believing, and what you are about to see is the ultimate force in reality combat, the ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP... part 16!!! We are live from the mecca of combat sports, the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City! The battle to legalize the UFC in New York was a long, grueling, and expensive war, but through the support of all of the martial arts fans that fought for their rights, TONIGHT the Octagon has finally hit the BIG APPLE!!




    A sell out crowd of over 19,000 fans are on hand to witness the return of Ken Shamrock as he is set to take on "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort in tonight's main event! The Fight Professor Stephen Quadros and Olympic Gold medalist Jeff Blatnick open up tonight's historic event on commentary. Joe Rogan is onhand reporting from the backstage area talking about the unbelievable buzz and hype for tonight's event, briefly welcoming all of the new pay per view viewers from Cablevision, which just cleared the UFC starting with tonight's event. The rules of the Octagon are covered. Each fight is contested in one single 15 minute round, title fights will get a 3 minute overtime. If the fight goes the distance 3 judges will score the fight. All fighters will be wearing 4 oz. fingerless gloves. Headbutts, groin strikes, biting, eye gouging, holding the fence, and hair pulling is all illegal. For this specific event, at the request of the New York State Athletic Commission, knees and kicks will not be allowed to a downed fighter. The referee for tonight "Big" John Mccarthy is introduced, along with all 3 judges for tonight's fights, Dave Meltzer, "Judo" Gene Lebell, and action film star and star of the hit TV series Walker Texas Ranger, the legend himself Chuck Norris(huge pop!).

    Bruce Buffer goes through his intros for the opening match in the debuting 170 pound(77 kilos) weight class. Mikey Burnett is accompanied by the Lions Den fighters Guy Mezger, Vernon "Tiger" White, and Jerry Bohlander. The commentators talk about his incredible strength for a 170 pound man, a former powerlifting champion out of Tulsa Oklahoma with a 400 pound bench press, 600 pound squat, and 600 pound dead lift who comes out of the Lions Den with a ton of praise from his training partners and Ken Shamrock himself. Burnett's opponent Eugenio Tadeau is accompanied by Brazilian heavyweight fighter Hugo Duarte and his Luta Livre background is hyped up by the commentators, saying that Luta Livre is an offshoot and rival fighting style of Brazilian Jujitsu in Brazil, the term Luta Livre is Portugese for "Free Fighting". The Fight Professor talks about Tadeau's infamous fight against Renzo Gracie in Brazil that ended when the crowd broke out into a riot. Tadeau also fought Royler Gracie to a draw in a private dojo challenge match. Big John takes the center of the Octagon and gets the fight under way with his trademark "LETS GET IT ON!"...


    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Eugenio Tadeau


    vs


    Tadeau shoots in and manages to trip Burnett to the ground but Burnett immediately makes his way back up to his feet in the clinch. Burnett breaks the clinch and throws HEAVY leather but Tadeau manages to scramble and tie up with him. Mikey works his way into a standing guillotine and overpowers Tadeau to the canvas but Tadeau escapes and works his way into a full guard. Tadeau works the full guard to keep Mikey Burnett at bay and forcing a stall in the action. Finally the ref stops the fight and stands both men up for a restart. Both men go to their corners and get a quick drink of water from their coaches as the referee tries to get the fight going again. Tadeau clinches up but Mikey breaks his hands loose and connects with BOMBS. Tadeau is rocked! Tadeau desperately staggers into a clinch and ties Mikey up. Mikey breaks free and destroys Tadeau with heavy heavy hands. Tadeau is out on his feet! The ref steps in and calls it off to save Tadeau from any further damage. Mikey Burnett wins via TKO after 9:46!

    Burnett celebrates the win with the Lions Den fight team as Eugenio Tadeau is escorted out of the Octagon still wobbled as EMT's help him make his exit. Dan "The Bull" Bobish makes his way out for the next fight in the heavyweight division. The commentators briefly talk about his run in the 16 man heavyweight tournament back in September 97 at UFC XV, where the former Cleveland Browns football player defeated Moti Horenstein and Houston Dorr before losing to Vitor Belfort in the semi-finals. Bobish's opponent Tsuyoshi "TK" Kohsaka will be making his debut tonight coming from the Fighting Network Rings promotion in Japan, a training partner at the new "Alliance" fight team along with current UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock, kickboxing great Maurice Smith, and boxing trainer Javier Mendez.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Dan Bobish vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka


    vs


    Bobish comes out cautious at first as TK keeps his distance with jabs and low kicks. Bobish eats a leg kick but shoots in for a takedown. TK scrambles to evade the big man's aggressive shot but he's tripped and mauled on the canvas! Bobish pounces on TK and hammers him in the face from the half guard position! Kohsaka survives and works his way from the open half guard to the full guard, tying Bobish up with wrist and bicep control to contain him. Bobish grinds on Kohsaka with punches and elbows as he gradually works him up against the cage. Kohsaka manages to keep Bobish tied up in his guard until Bobish bounces a huge elbow off of his forehead that opens up a cut. Blood begins to pour as Bobish begins fighting more aggressively. TK survives and uses and active closed guard to avoid any serious blows. TK breaks Bobish's posture down into his guard and wraps him up for a complete stalemate. Bobish lands light strikes to TK's body as he's completely tied up. Big John finally stops the fight for a stand up but he calls the doctor into the cage to check the cut on TK's face! Bobish's corner leans over the Octagon wall to pour water on him and shout advice as the doctor works the cut and clears TK to continue!

    Bobish's shoulders move up and down as he gasps heavily for air while circling TK upon the restart. Blood pours from the cut on TK's forehead to cover his face as he circles the big man cautiously. Bobish tries to throw a right hand but TK backs out of range and blasts his leg with a kick! Bobish reacts by shooting in for a takedown but TK evades it by a mile! Bobish gets back up to his feet completely exhausted as TK closes in on him and nails him with a jab-cross that rocks him! Bobish backs away but TK tracks him down and nails his leg with another kick. Bobish swings wild with a looping left hand that misses. TK throws another leg kick but Bobish shoots in on him. TK sprawls and stuffs the takedown, hitting him in the chin with a brutal knee. Bobish is stunned! Bobish scrambles for a takedown but TK pushes him to the canvas and lands punches as he covers up! Big John steps in and calls it off! Kohsaka wins with a TKO after 10:55!

    Pat Miletich makes his entrance for the second Welterweight bout of the evening as the commentators talk about his 18-1-1 record in independent Ultimate Fighting, no holds barred style fights around the Midwestern US. Militech also holds Muay Thai kickboxing titles in the Midwest, and trains from time to time with professional boxers and the Iowa State wrestling team. Miletich's opponent Townsend Saunders is an Olympic silver medalist in Freestyle Wrestling at the 1996 Summer games in Atlanta.


    Welterweight Fight
    Pat Miletich vs Townsend Saunders


    vs


    Saunders wastes little time in coming out and shooting in for a takedown. Militich fights it off at first but it doesn't take long before he's on his back with Saunders in his guard pressing him towards the fence. Militich works to tie up Saunders and avoid any serious strikes from his back. Saunders keeps Miletich pinned on his back for a long stretch of the fight, with very little happening other than a light shot landed from both men from time to time. Saunders eventually works his way to his feet inside Militech's open guard, keeping cautious to avoid any upkicks. Miletich surprises Saunders by hooking his heels and sweeping him backwards, rolling along with him into the full mount position. Miletich tries to keep his position but Saunders overpowers him and rolls him back over to his back. Miletich works his way to the guard position and keeps Saunders tied up in another stalemate on the ground. Saunders presses Miletich up against the fence but only manages to land light strikes to the body. Finally referee Big John stops the fight for restart in the standing position with just 90 seconds left on the clock. Miletich opens his stance and throws a kick but Saunders immediately shoots in on it and takes him back down to the canvas in the guard position. Saunders postures up and throws a flurry of grazing strikes as the clock expires! Both Saunders and Miletich recover and show their respects towards each other as the judges render the first decision of the evening. Judge Dave Meltzer rules the fight for Saunders. Judge Gene Lebell scores the fight for Miletich. Judge Chuck Norris scores the fight for the winner, by SPLIT Decision, PAT MILETICH!!

    Chris Brennan makes his entrance for the next his UFC debut bout in the new Welterweight division. The commentators talk about Brennan's 4-1-1 record coming into his UFC debut tonight, all 4 of his wins are by submission, his loss and draw both came at the hands of Pat Miletich who fought earlier tonight. Jose "Pele" Landi makes his entrance next as the commentary team talks about his vicious striking skills that he displayed at UFC XII and XIV where he made it to the finals of both 8 man Middleweight(under 200 pounds) tournaments, losing to Renzo Gracie in the finals of UFC XII and to Frank Shamrock in the finals of UFC XIV. Now Pele returns in the new Welterweight division at 170 pounds but he's going to be facing a tough challenge tonight in the "Westside Strangler" Chris Brennan from California.


    Welterweight Fight
    Jose Landi vs Chris Brennan


    vs


    Pele comes out with a really loose stance almost daring Brennan to take a shot at him. Brennan keeps his distance and circles around Pele to feel him out. Pele eventually closes the Octagon off and moves in on Brennan with a jab. Brennan immediately drops and shoots for a takedown, just narrowly avoiding a brutal knee from Pele. Pele sprawls out on Brennan and defends his takedown, pushing his head into the canvas and loading up for a soccer kick! Brennan scrambles back and the kick just barely misses his head! Big John steps in and stops the fight to warn Pele about kicks to the head of a downed opponent. Pele and his corner men protest as John reminds them that kicks to the head of a downed opponent are illegal for this fight. The action gets restarted and Pele comes out with even more intensity, juking his hands around and feinting to make Brennan flinch. Pele backs Brennan up against the fence and unleashes a flying knee that connects! Brennan drops and eats several follow up punches before Big John can step in and call it off! Pele runs and throws his mouthpiece as his cornermen scramble into the ring to mob him in celebration with the Brazilian flag.

    EMT's work on Chris Brennan and pull the mouthpiece out of his mouth as he looks up at the lights completely knocked unconscious. The crowd goes nuts as the commentators show the instant replay of Brennan dropping and trying to cover up just as Pele leaped with the flying knee, just perfectly timed to catch Brennan right on the temple, followed by a barrage of hard punches after he went down. Jeff Blatnick on commentary talks about how Pele has certainly positioned himself atop the new Welterweight division with a victory like this.

    "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn makes his way out for tonight's featured heavyweight fight. Quadros and Blatnick talk about Igor's vicious punching power as he makes his way into the Octagon. At 5' 8" and 225 pounds Igor will be giving up a tremendous amount of height, reach, and weight against Morais, a grappler who has trained with the Gracies, standing at nearly 7' tall and weights 270 pounds. Morais makes his way out to the Octagon as the commentary duo talks about his run in the 8 man tournament at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 where he lost in the finals to Kazushi Sakuraba after scoring impressive victories over Akira Shoji and Tra Telligman.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Ricardo Morais vs Igor Vovchanchyn


    vs


    Igor comes out circling the giant Brazilian monster for several minutes with very little action happening while he paws out kicks and jabs to find his range. Morais steadily plods towards Vovchanchyn but never gets close enough to initiate. The crowd begins to grow restless as neither man throws or connects with anything significant after nearly 3 minutes of circling each other. Igor finally closes the distance and tries to throw a heavy handed overhand right but Morais shoots in and clinches up with him in a frantic attempt to trip him to the canvas. Igor wrestles the big man in the clinch and manages to stay upright but gets his back pinned to the cage. Igor keeps Morais tied up in the clinch as Morais' Brazilian cornermen get up against the cage shouting instructions to him. Morais connects with knees to Igor's body but fails to generate enough leverage to do any damage with them in the clinch. Igor keeps his position and avoids being tripped to the canvas. Finally Big John steps in and separates the two men after another stall in the action. Both men resume circling each other for a moment before Morais tries to close the distance. Morais throws a front push kick that misses. Igor lunges in and unloads with hard looping left and right hands but he fails to connect. Morais scrambles towards Igor during the flurry and manages to tie up with him in the clinch. Morais tries to trip Igor to the canvas but Igor pivots around and frees his hands to unload a vicious right hand to Ricardo's jaw! Morais is stunned! Igor follows up with rights and lefts until Morais goes down! Big John pushes Igor away and waves it off! The crowd goes nuts! Igor Vovchanchyn has knocked out Ricardo Morais!

    Vovchanchyn salutes the fans with his celebration before respectfully helping his fallen opponent recover to his feet. Igor shakes hands with Ricardo and his cornermen before having his hand raised in the middle of the ring. The commentators analyze the replay while talking about Igor's standing in the current landscape of the heavyweight division, with some of the best striking we've ever seen in the Octagon Igor has quietly put together an impressive 5-1 record in the UFC, one has to wonder how much more Igor will have to do before getting his shot at the UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Kerr.

    Daijiro Matsui makes his entrance for tonight's special attraction catchweight bout. Matsui, a training partner of Kazushi Sakuraba, will be squaring off against the half brother of Rickson Gracie. Matsui trains with Sakuraba at the Takada Dojo, the same Nobuhiko Takada that was destroyed by Rickson Gracie back at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 this past December. So there is a definite revenge factor on the line here for Matsui and the Takada Dojo. The original agreement for this fight was for no time limit, a fight to the finish, but due to pay per view obligations an agreement was made for a 30 minute time limit, with a major part of that being that if the fight goes the 30 minutes it will automatically be ruled a draw, no judges will score this fight. Royce makes his entrance accompanied by a train of family members, his father Helio Gracie, his half brother Rickson, his cousin Renzo, his brother Royler, Relson, Rorion, and several others. Rickson and Helio take Royce's corner as Sakuraba and Takada stand in Matsui's corner across the cage.


    Catchweight Fight
    Royce Gracie vs Daijiro Matsui


    vs


    Royce comes out with his head back and his hands up and out in a traditional Brazilian Jujitsu stance as Matsui hops around trying to feel him out with feints. Royce hits Matsui right in the knee with a front push kick. Matsui backs out of range for a moment before reengaging only to get hit with another low jab kick to the knee, followed immediately by a quick shot! Royce scrambles to tie up with Matsui in a clinch as Matsui grabs his gi and tries to grapple against it. Royce manages to tie up and trip Matsui to the canvas but Matsui overpowers Royce in a quick burst of explosiveness, forcing Royce over to his back and going crazy with strikes. Royce evades Matsui's flurry of strikes and manages to tie him up in his guard. Both men lay in the guard position for several minutes. Matsui stays tucked in and careful, throwing occasional body shots, covering up as Royce smacks him in the side of the head with open palms to get him to open up and move. Royce takes his time and looks up at his father shouting instructions to him in Portugese as Takada and Sakuraba shout out in Japanese to Matsui in a frantic tone. Matsui tries to posture up and throw punches but Royce rocks him off balance and quickly shifts his legs around into an armbar! Matsui fights the armbar off but Royce straitens it out and causes him to drop face down into the canvas tapping out! Royce Gracie wins by submission!




    Matsui lays on the canvas clutching his arm as the Gracie family swarm into the Octagon to hoist Royce up and carry him around in celebration. Takada and Sakuraba help Matsui out with his arm tied in a makeshift sling as Royce has his arm raised in victory. The commentary team show the instant replay of Royce making a smooth transition into the armbar, forcing the submission off of his back with incredible patience and technique, Matsui may have suffered an injury to his arm.


    ||||Intermission||||


    During the intermission we get a cageside interview with Joe Rogan standing and talking with former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mark "The Hammer" Coleman and Bas Rutten, breaking the announcement that Rutten vs Coleman has been signed for UFC 17 at the Nippon Budokan in Japan on June 24th 1998. Coleman talks briefly about how he has been chomping at the bit to get back inside the Octagon after losing his UFC Heavyweight Championship to Tom Erikson, then suffering a knee injury that required surgery that put him out of action for months. Bas Rutten talks about how he's very ready to fight Coleman, saying that he feels like this is the biggest fight of his career and that the winner will be in position to challenge for the heavyweight championship. Rutten and Coleman shake hands and face off with UFC President Robert Meyrowitz standing by. Meyrowitz and Rogan hype up UFC 17 live on pay per view June 24th as the return of The Hammer, Mark Coleman vs Bas Rutten, plus UFC Ultimate Japan '97 tournament winner Kazushi Sakuraba will return to the Octagon, live on pay per view June 24th, call your local cable or satellite provider for more details!

    Igor Zinoviev makes his entrance for tonight's co-main event wearing his Extreme Fighting Championship World Middleweight Title. The commentary team talks about Zinoviev's background in Russian Sambo in the Russian Special Forces, as well as his title reign as the final champion in EFC after the promotion closed it's doors late last year. Frank Shamrock makes his way out to a loud ovation as he is accompanied by Maurice Smith and Javier Mendez, his new coaches in "The Alliance" his new team after splintering off from his brother Ken Shamrock's Lions Den late last year. The commentators talk about Frank's falling out with his brother Ken, saying that he still has a good relationship with his former training partners at The Lions Den but his new home is at The Alliance with Mo Smith, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, and his striking coach Javier Mendez. Zinoviev and Shamrock stand across the Octagon from each other as Bruce Buffer hypes up tonight's co-main event as a World Middleweight Championship Title Unification Bout, the EFC World Middlweight Championship vs the UFC World Middleweight Championship in a clash between the two best Middleweight fighters in the world today! Only 1 man will be left standing as the undisputed Middleweight Champion of the world when this is all said and done. Big John steps into the center of the Octagon and asks each fighter if they are ready before getting it on!


    UFC World Middleweight Championship
    Frank Shamrock(c) vs Igor Zinoviev


    vs


    Both fighters come out keeping their distance from each other at first until Igor advances and tries to engage. Frank instantly drops levels and rips Igor up from his roots, slamming him with vicious power and knocking him out instantly!..


    Frank Shamrock has knocked out Igor Zinoviev with a vicious slam in just 22 SECONDS... OH MY GOD! Shamrock celebrates briefly before going to check on Igor while he's worked on by doctors. Blatnick and Quadros go over the replay of the slam as they talk about how Shamrock stands tall tonight as the 1 true Middlweight Champion of the World, undefeated in the Octagon now at 5-0. Shamrock cuts an interview after the fight saying that he's at the top of his game right now. Joe Rogan asks Shamrock who he would like to fight next, if he would like to go up to the heavyweight division and perhaps challenge for the heavyweight title. Shamrock says that he will fight any man, any weight class, let's do it!

    The energy and atmosphere in the Madison Square Garden is thick as Vitor Belfort makes his entrance accompanied by Carlson Gracie and several other various training partners from Carlson's academy in Brazil waving the Brazilian flag. Quadros and Blatnick hype Vitor up talking about his superstar making performance back at UFC XV last September where he made it to the finals of the 16 man heavyweight tournament before withdrawing with a hand injury. The question is whether or not the hand is healed or if this injury will effect his remarkable speed and accuracy that we seen from him last September. Ken Shamrock makes his way out looking bigger than he's ever been, completely jacked and intense, jerking his arm away from a fan that tries to reach out and grab him. Blatnick and Quadros talk about how Shamrock has been out of the sport for 2 years doing pro wrestling, make no mistake about it this is a whole new ball game here tonight, a lot has changed in that 2 year span while he's been away, and one has to wonder how much training he's been doing for no holds barred competition. Vitor shadow boxes and warms up as Shamrock enters the ring ready to go. Bruce Buffer goes through the intros before Big John steps out and asks each fighter, "Are you ready!?... Are you ready!?... WELL LETS GET IT ON!!!"...


    The Superfight
    Ken Shamrock vs Vitor Belfort


    vs


    The crowd is electric as Shamrock and Vitor close in on each other slowly in crouched down stances with their hands up. Shamrock bobs and weaves his head before lunging in with a jab that triggers an explosive outburst of punches from Vitor! Shamrock drops down and shoots in in a wild scramble that ends up with Vitor put on his back! Vitor instantly ties Shamrock up in the full guard but Shamrock postures up on a knee and digs in with hard vicious body shots. Shamrock tries to go high with punches but Vitor shifts and moves with the guard to avoid any damage. Carlson Gracie and Alan Goes shout intense instructions out to Vitor from his corner as he fights to keep Shamrock tied up in the guard. Shamrock begins to work Vitor into the cage where he postures up and lands a hard elbow that grazes Vitor's forehead and opens a small cut that trickles a small amount of blood. Vitor holds on and absorbs body shots as Shamrock holds his position and picks his shots. Several minutes go by Shamrock in Vitor's guard landing shots until fatigue sets in and the action stalls out. Referee Big John Mccarthy stops the action to stand both men up and the crowd goes crazy! Shamrock is completely exhausted as he works to adjust his knee pads. Both men show signs of fatigue as they circle each other after the restart as the fight hits the 5 minute mark. Shamrock closes the distance and forces Vitor up against the cage in the clinch. Vitor struggles in the clinch with Shamrock for a moment before ripping his hands free and BLASTING Shamrock with a hard strait left hand to the chin! Shamrock is rocked! Shamrock desperately tries to take Vitor down but Vitor sprawl on him and devastates him with a barrage of elbows downward into the side of his head! Shamrock goes limp! HE'S OUT!!! Big John tackles Vitor off of Shamrock to stop the fight! VITOR BELFORT!!! VITOR BELFORT!!! VITOR BELFORT!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!




    Shamrock recovers wondering what happened and disputing the stoppage all at the same time as Vitor is paraded around the Octagon like a hero in a mad celebration with his team. Shamrock finally recovers and shakes hands with Vitor showing his respect before bowing out. Joe Rogan talks to Vitor about defeating one of the all time greats, moving to 4-0, what is next for the Phenom? Vitor replies completely out of breath saying in broken English that he's just very happy right now, he loves Jesus, he loves his family, and he is very happy. Vitor continues celebrating and taking pictures with his family and friends as the commentators recap the event and bid their farewell, we will see you June 24th in Japan. Goodnight everybody!

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    Frank Shamrock vs Vitor Belfort, Royce Gracie vs Tiger Mask Double Main Event Set For UFC XVII in Japan

    UFC XVII is set for the Nippon Budokan in Japan on June 24th 1998 with a huge double main event and a massive undercard. The event is the second under the KRS parent company that bought 49% controlling interest in the UFC last year in what has been set up as a joint international partnership operating with 2 major offices, one in Japan run by KRS and the other run by SEG in North America. The UFC's biggest new star Vitor Belfort announced that he would be dropping down to the Middleweight division(200 pounds and under) shortly after his victory over Ken Shamrock at UFC XVI. Belfort will take on Frank Shamrock for his UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 17. Frank is coming off of a 22 second KO slam over Igor Zinoviev and has vowed to get revenge for Vitor's destruction of his older brother. Both Frank and Vitor are currently undefeated.

    The biggest fight announced and signed in Japan recently was the return of Royce Gracie to take on the popular Japanese pro wrestler Satoru "Tiger Mask" Sayama. Royce is the half brother of Rickson Gracie who made his debut with a submission win at UFC 16. Sayama, once described as the Bruce Lee of Pro Wrestling, now 40 years old, was popular in Japan while wrestling under the Tiger Mask persona before retiring and founding the Shooto promotion in the mid-80's. Sayama's Shooto promotion hosted the two Vale Tudo Japan tournaments won by Royce Gracie in 94 and 95, popularizing the Gracie's and their Jujitsu martial art in Japan. Sayama himself currently has a 1-0-2 record in MMA exhibition matches in Japan. The fight is being promoted in Japan with Sayama wearing the Tiger Mask and sources have confirmed that he intends to wear the mask into the fight against Royce on June 24th.

    The undercard features 2 huge heavyweight fights as the UFC scrambles for a new contender after Belfort announced that he was dropping down a weight class. Mark Coleman will return to the Octagon for the first time in 11 months when he takes on former King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten. Coleman lost the heavyweight championship and was defeated for the first time in his career back in July of last year when he was knocked out by Tom Erikson. Shortly after the loss to Erikson Coleman tore his knee and was put out of action. Rutten holds a victory over Frank Shamrock in Pancrase in Japan and is coming off of a thrilling victory over Harry Moskowitz back in the opening round of the 16 man heavyweight tournament at UFC 15 last year. The other heavyweight title eliminator fight will be a clash between two of the hardest hitting strikers ever seen in the Octagon when Tank Abbott returns to take on "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn. UFC Ultimate Japan '97 tournament winner Kazushi Sakuraba will face Carlos Newton. Nobuhiko Takada will face Kimo, Randy Couture will make his return to take on young Lions Den prospect Pete Williams, and Tank Abbott sparring partner Chuck Liddell will make his debut against debuting wrestler Noe Hernandez. Tickets for the event went on sale last month and sold out in less than an hour.


    Chuck Norris named new UFC North American Commissioner

    Martial arts film superstar and star of the hit TV series "Walker Texas Ranger" Chuck Norris was named the new North American Commissioner of the UFC this past Saturday at a big press conference in Los Angeles California. Norris, a black belt, instructor, and former bare nuckle Kiyokushin Karate competitor, announced that his goal was to help push the UFC to the next level as a sport with honor and done with safety to the fighters as the main priority. Norris noted that despite the criticism from media and government in the past, there have never been any serious injuries. Norris noted that the rules and regulations have been added, the precautions have been taken and he feels like the UFC is a safe and honorable sport. Norris announced that his goal as the new commissioner is to help get the UFC back on pay per view across the US and eventually get the UFC on cable television. SEG president Robert Meyrowitz was on hand along with his newly appointed head of the competition committee Jeff Blatnick, who announced the term "MMA", or "Mixed Martial Arts" as the proper name for the sport, disregarding the "No Holds Barred" or "NHB" term widely used to describe the sport in the past. Blatnick announced that the sport is no longer No Holds Barred because of increased regulation and the addition to rules and weight classes the term no longer applies to what the UFC is.


    Kurt Angle injures neck, out of UFC XVII

    News broke this week of Olympic Gold medalist Kurt Angle being pulled from his upcoming fight against Nobuhiko Takada at UFC 17 due to re injuring his neck in training. The injury will require surgery and Angle is expected to be out of action for up to 9 months. Angle was replaced by Kimo, who is coming off of a controversial victory over WWF wrestler Vader back at UFC Ultimate Japan '97.


    Roy Jones Jr. Denies Rumored Frank Shamrock/Vitor Belfort Fights

    WBC light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr shot down any speculation of a rumored UFC fight against either Frank Shamrock or Vitor Belfort on Tuesday, saying that he had never even heard of either one of them and that the UFC fighters would get eaten alive in the boxing ring. Jones is coming off of a KO victory over Montell Griffin in April where he regained his WBC title after losing it via Disqualification(hitting Griffin while he was down, the only loss in Jones 34-1 career). The question of a UFC fight was brought up during Jones' press conference for his upcoming fight against Lou Del Valle set for Madison Square Garden on July 18th.


    Ken Shamrock Signs Multi-Fight Contract With UFC, Denies WWF Rumors

    Ken Shamrock has signed a 2 fight deal with the UFC and has denied the rumors of him possibly signing with the World Wrestling Federation. Shamrock was defeated by Vitor Belfort at UFC 16 in his first fight back in the Octagon after a 2 year run in WCW. Rumors were running rampant online that Shamrock was negotiating to sign with the World Wrestling Federation after his fight against Vitor. Shamrock was interviewed on the radio shortly after his loss and he announced that he was focused on training and getting back inside the Octagon later in 1998.


    UFC Headed Back to Brazil in October for "Ultimate Brazil '98"

    The UFC will return to Brazil in October with Ultimate Brazil 98. Heavyweight Champion Mark Kerr is expected to defend his title at the event. The new Welterweight Championship is also expected to be on the line as the UFC looks to crown the first champion in the weight class.


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    UFC XVII: Redemption
    Press Conference/Weigh Ins


    June 23rd, 1998
    Tokyo Hilton
    Tokyo Japan



    We are less than 24 hours away from the most stacked UFC event of all time, UFC XVII: REDEMPTION! The Warriors of the Octagon will fight for redemption tomorrow night!...


    UFC World Middleweight Championship

    Frank Shamrock(c) vs "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort


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    Shamrock Tale of the Tape Belfort
    Nationality
    Hybrid Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Brazilian Jujitsu/Boxing
    5' 11" Height 6'
    198 lbs Weight 200 lbs
    25 Age 20
    5-0 UFC record 4-0


    The stage is set for the biggest fight in the UFC in a very long time, a clash for the UFC Middleweight Championship between two undefeated fighters with a personal grudge. Vitor Belfort has hit the UFC like a force to be reckoned with, laying waste to all of his opponents with unbelievably explosive offense and rapid fire fast hands. Belfort made his mark with his victory over Ken Shamrock at UFC 16 this past March. Now Ken's younger brother Frank is looking for revenge. Frank made his mark in the UFC by winning the UFC 14 Middleweight Championship tournament, then defeating Renzo Gracie to claim the first ever UFC World Middleweight Championship title at UFC Ultimate Japan '97. Frank defended his UFC title against EFC Middleweight Champion Igor Zinoviev and brutally laid him to waste with a slam knockout in just 22 seconds. Now, two of the most dangerous men in the world will face off for the UFC Middleweight Championship of the World!!! Shamrock vs Belfort, live on pay per view June 24th 1998 from the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo!


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Tiger Mask


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    Gracie Tale of the Tape Sayama
    Nationality
    Brazilian Jujitsu Martial Arts
    Background
    Karate/Pro Wrestling
    6' Height 5' 10"
    175 lbs Weight 175 lbs
    31 Age 40
    1-0 UFC record 0-0


    The most anticipated and covered fight in Japan will be Royce Gracie vs Satoryu "Tiger Mask" Sayama in a special attraction bout that has generated so much hype among hardcore fans in Japan. Royce is the half brother of Rickson Gracie. While Rickson was winning championships in the UFC, Royce was spreading the word of Gracie Jujitsu to Japan by winning the Shooto Value Tudo 94 and 95 tournaments, winning all 6 bouts by submission with relative ease. The fans were buzzing for a Tiger Mask vs Royce Gracie showdown until Sayama had a falling out with Shooto in 1996 when he stepped down from the board of directors. Royce made his debut at UFC Ultimate Japan by submitting Daijiro Matsui with a devastating armbar. Now the fight that Shooto fans wanted will be happening inside the Octagon!


    Heavyweight Superfight
    Mark "The Hammer" Coleman vs Bas Rutten


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    Coleman Tale of the Tape Rutten
    Nationality
    Freestyle Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid Wrestling
    6' 1" Height 6' 1"
    247 lbs Weight 206 lbs
    33 Age 33
    7-1 UFC record 5-2


    The Hammer returns to the Octagon for the first time in nearly 11 months, looking for redemption after suffering the first loss in his career. Coleman hit the UFC like a bat out of hell in 1996, running the table and winning the UFC 10 and 11 tournaments, going on to defeat Dan Severn to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 12. Coleman lost the title in his very first defense when he was upset by the gargantuan wrestler Tom "Big Cat" Erikson at UFC 14. Shortly after the loss Coleman suffered a knee injury that required surgery and months off to heal. Now The Hammer is back! Coleman's opponent is the former King of Pancrase, one of the most popular foreign fighters in Japan, Bas Rutten. Rutten was a 2 time tournament semi-finalist when he entered UFC 2 and 5 as a representative of Pancrase. After his loss to Dan Severn at UFC 5 Bas returned to the drawing board and improved his ground game, going on to defeat Funaki, Suzuki, and Frank Shamrock in Pancrase. Bas returned to defeat Cal Worsham at Ultimate Japan '96 before defeating the much larger Harry Moskowitz at UFC 15 last year.


    Heavyweight Superfight
    Nobuhiko Takada vs Kimo


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    Takada Tale of the Tape Kimo
    Nationality
    Hybrid Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Pankration
    6' 1" Height 6' 2"
    210 lbs Weight 232 lbs
    36 Age 30
    1-1 UFC record 4-5

    Nobuhiko Takada will seek redemption from his legion of Japanese fans when he returns to the Octagon for the first time since his crushing defeat to Rickson Gracie at Ultimate Japan '97 last December. Takada entered the Octagon with a ton of hype and buzz in Japan after his upset victory over UFC 9 tournament champion and Olympic Gold medalist wrestler Mark Shultz. Takada was originally scheduled to fight Kurt Angle but Angle pulled out recently with an injured neck. Kimo stepped in and took the fight with just 1 month notice. Kimo is coming off of his controversial victory over WWF wrestler Vader at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 in a fight that was stopped due to a cut.


    Middleweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton


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    Sakuraba Tale of the Tape Newton
    Nationality
    Hybrid Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Dragon Ball Jiu Jitsu
    6' Height 5' 9"
    183 lbs Weight 185 lbs
    28 Age 21
    2-0-1 UFC record 0-0

    A new star was born in Japan last December when Kazushi Sakuraba won the 8 man tournament at UFC Ultimate Japan '97, defeating 2 gigantic Brazilian heavyweights in Carlson Gracie Jujitsu black belt Conan Silveira and the massive 7' tall monster Ricardo Morais in the finals. Sakuraba returns to face young Carlos Newton, who will be making his UFC debut. Newton caught the eye of UFC matchmakers with an impressive submission win over UFC veteran Erik Paulson at the Shooto Vale Tudo Japan '97 event last year. Newton has a 3-1 record in MMA competition.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Tank Abbott vs "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn


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    Tank Tale of the Tape Igor
    Nationality
    Street Fighting Martial Arts
    Background
    Kickboxing
    6' Height 5' 8"
    254 lbs Weight 220 lbs
    33 Age 24
    9-5 UFC record 5-1

    Two of the hardest hitting strikers in the history of the UFC will clash when Tank Abbott goes toe to toe with Ice Cold Igor Vovchanchyn. Tank makes his return for the first time since his loss to Vitor Belfort in the quarterfinals of the 16 man heavyweight tournament last September, prior to that loss Tank was riding a 3 fight win streak with brutal stoppages over Steve Nelmark, Gary Goodridge, and Kurt Angle. Igor made his name in the Octagon with his performance in the UFC XI tournament back in 1996 where he lost one of the all time great fights in the finals to Mark Coleman. Igor returned to defeat Minoru Suzuki by split decision at Ultimate Japan '96, followed by another split decision in an epic battle against Dave Beneteau in the opening round of the 16 man tournament at UFC 15. The winner of this fight will most likely become the #1 contender for a title shot at Mark Kerr's UFC Heavyweight Title at Ultimate Brazil '98 in October.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Randy Couture vs Pete Williams


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    Couture Tale of the Tape Williams
    Nationality
    Greco-Roman Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid Wrestling
    6' 1" Height 6' 3"
    220 lbs Weight 229 lbs
    35 Age 22
    4-2 UFC record 0-0

    Randy Couture returns to the Octagon for the first time since his loss to curren UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Kerr in the semi-finals of the 16 man tournament last September. Couture is the only man to hold a win over Kerr in the UFC, a split decision victory in the semi-finals of the UFC 13 heavyweight tournament. Couture would lose in the finals of the UFC 13 tournament to the much larger Tom Erikson. Randy's opponent is one of the most promising young prospects out of the Lions Den, Pete Williams. Williams will make his UFC debut with a 7-1 record in MMA, including a run to the finals of the Pancrase 1996 Neo Blood Tournament.


    Middleweight Fight
    Chuck Liddell vs Noe Hernandez


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    Liddell Tale of the Tape Hernandez
    Nationality
    Kenpo Martial Arts
    Background
    Wrestling
    6' 3" Height 5' 11"
    200 lbs Weight 200 lbs
    28 Age 30
    0-0 UFC record 0-0

    The Middleweight Division will be featured in the opening bout with 2 new debut fighters going head to head. Chuck Liddell is a black belt in Kenpo Karate with a Division I wrestling background at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo California. Liddell will be making his MMA debut with a 20-2 amateur kickboxing record. Hernandez is a freestyle wrestler with a 3-2 record in MMA competition.


    UFC XVII: Redemption
    Final Card(Subject to Change)



    UFC World Middleweight Championship
    Frank Shamrock vs Vitor Belfort

    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Tiger Mask

    Heavyweight Superfight
    Mark Coleman vs Bas Rutten

    Heavyweight Superfight
    Nobuhiko Takada vs Kimo

    Middleweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton

    Heavyweight Fight
    Tank Abbott vs Igor Vovchanchyn

    Heavyweight Fight
    Randy Couture vs Pete Williams

    Middleweight Fight
    Chuck Liddell vs Noe Hernandez
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    UFC XVII: Redemption
    June 24th, 1998
    Nippon Budokan
    Tokyo, Japan



    Tonight's pay per view broadcast opens up with an outdoor shot taken earlier today of the historic Nippon Budokan in Tokyo Japan as the fans filed for tonight's historic event. Commentator Stephen Quadros narrates the opening with an introduction to the Budokan, the historic venue that was built here in the 1960's. Even though the Budokan has hosted legendary musicians such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Kiss, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan, it remains as the mecca for martial arts competition, everything from Judo, Aikido, Karate, and Sumo, the name Budokan literally means "Japan Martial Arts Hall". Tonight, the Budokan hosts the ultimate martial arts reality combat competition as the Ultimate Fighting Championship presents UFC XVII... REDEMPTION!!!




    The live opening inside the Budokan shows a sold out crowd of over 13,000 watching on as an elaborate laser light show accompanies a full Japanese Taiko drum performance of "Tsunami" by Seiichi Tanaka...




    The UFC Japan commissioner Antonio Inoki is introduced during the finale of the drum performance as he presents an honorary bouquet of flowers to the North American UFC commissioner Chuck Norris in an elaborate welcoming ceremony inside the Octagon. President Robert Meyrowitz of the North American UFC and executives of UFC Japan all unite inside the Octagon along with Inoki and Chuck Norris during the opening as Inoki presents flowers to the North American guests before welcoming and thanking the fans in the Budokan.




    Inoki speaks in Japanese about the honor of the UFC and the lineage that traces back, both in North America and in Japan and elsewhere around the world, Brazil, Europe, Africa, all nations and all people, martial arts is the universal language, the universal art form, the UFC unites all martial arts tonight here in the Budokan in Japan, in the Octagon! Inoki thanks all fans for their support of the UFC in Japan before kicking the show off with his "Ichi, Ni, San, DAAAAAA!!!" as the fans in the Budokan shout along with him!


    After the opening ceremonies "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros and Olympic Gold medalist Jeff Blatnick welcome the American pay per view audience from their booth hyping up tonight's stacked show. Joe Rogan checks in from the backstage area and talks briefly about what the feeling is like for the fighters as they get ready, saying that the atmosphere here is electric, everyone is ready for what should be one of the greatest marital arts events ever in Japan. Rogan gives his brief analysis for the Middleweight Championship fight between Vitor Belfort and the champion Frank Shamrock, talking about everyone's criticism of Vitor for his decision to forego a shot at the Heavyweight Championship against Mark Kerr and instead opting to drop down to the Middleweight division to challenge Frank here tonight. Rogan says that Vitor made the 200 pound weight limit without any problems, he seen him backstage warming up and seems to be in prime shape. Rogan talks about how there may be an extra motivating factor for Frank going into this fight after watching Vitor destroy his older brother Ken earlier this year at Madison Square Garden at UFC XVI. Rogan carries on about the rocky relationship between Frank and Ken over the past few months, saying that Frank no longer trains with Ken at the Lions Den instead opting to train at "The Alliance" in Seattle with kickboxing champion Maurice Smith, striking coach Javier Mendez, and ground specialist Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.

    The commentary team talks about the rules and weight classes before introducing the referee Big John Mccarthy, the three judges Octagon-side, and the sanctioning bodies and commissioners...

    UFC Weight Classes
    Heavyweight- Over 200 lbs(90 kg/14.2 st) and up(no limit)
    Middleweight- 200 lbs(90 kg/14.2 st) and under
    Welterweight- 170 lbs(77 kg/12 st) and under

    Rules of the Octagon
    NO ROUNDS- 12 minute time limit(3 minute overtime for title fights)
    Fights won by KO, TKO, Ref/Doctor/Corner(towel) Stoppage, Submission or Judges Decision
    Referee can stand the fight up due to lack of action on the ground/against the fence
    No headbutts, groin strikes, eye gouging, fish hooking, small joint manipulation, or strikes to the back of the head/neck
    Mandatory 4 oz. fingerless gloves
    Stomps and kicks to downed opponent are legal
    Elbows are legal

    Bruce Buffer gets the show underway with his traditional opening, "IT'S TIME, FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!". Both Chuck Liddell and Noe Hernandez are shown already in the Octagon pacing back and forth ready to go as Buffer goes through the intros for each of them. The commentators note that Liddell is a former sparring partner of Tank Abbott, a Kenpo Karate black belt with kickboxing and amateur wrestling experience. Noe Hernandez comes to the Octagon with a background in greco-roman wrestling. Referee Big John hypes the crowd up as he takes the center of the Octagon and looks to each fighter, asking both "ARE YOU READY!?" before slapping his hands together with intensity, "LETS GET IT ON!!!"...


    Middleweight Fight
    Chuck Liddell vs Noe Hernandez


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    The fight starts off slow as both men keep their distance early on. Hernandez shoots in for a tie up but Liddell keeps his distance and counters with leg kicks and looping punches. Hernandez eventually ties up with Liddell and backs him up into the fence in an over under clinch. Hernandez and Liddell struggle against each other for position up against the cage wall. Liddell creates enough space to land a brutal elbow that opens a small cut on Hernandez's forehead. Hernandez keeps Liddell tied up against the fence in a grueling back and forth exchange of body shots as both men continually grapple for double underhooks. The action stalls out until referee Big John steps in and separates both men. Hernandez shoots in high to clinch up with Liddell again but Chuck blasts him with straight punches. Hernandez fights back and lands a right hand before closing the distance and clinching up with Liddell again. Liddell pivots Hernandez up against the fence and lays into his side with body shots in the clinch. The crowd goes silent as Liddell and Hernandez stay tied up in a clinch with very little action. Liddell tries to create enough space to throw a knee but Hernandez pushes him off balance and goes for a trip takedown. Liddell fights to stay on his feet and manages to separate from Hernandez, pushing him off into the fence before opening up with a hard left and right hand followed by a high kick that knocks Noe's head back! Hernandez survives and rushes into Liddell to tie up with him once again against the fence. Liddell reverses Hernandez up against the cage and connects with knees and punches to the body as fatigue sets in and the fight slows to a grueling slow pace. Big John separates the fighters for the final minute. Hernandez lunges in with wild swings but Liddell keeps his distance and counters with leg kicks and straight punches. The final bell sounds after the 12 minute time limit expires, with both Hernandez and Liddell completely exhausted.

    Ring announcer Bruce Buffer collects the judges scorecards and announces that the all three judges rule the fight for the winner, by Unanimous Decision, CHUCK LIDDELL!!! The commentary team talk over the instant replay about Liddell's impressive ability to keep the fight from going to the ground, showcasing some impressive stand up here in his UFC debut, Liddell could be somebody to watch out for in the middleweight division.

    Pete Williams and Randy Couture make their entrances for the following heavyweight fight. Jeff Blatnick and Stephen Quadros talk about Pete Williams being a young prospect out of Ken Shamrock's Lions Den fight team with a 7-1 record in MMA, a finalist in the Pancrase 1996 Neo Blood Tournament. Blatnick notes how Williams would have to be considered quite an underdog here in his Octagon debut as he takes on the only man to hold a victory over the current UFC Heavyweight Champ Mark Kerr, UFC 13 tournament finalist Randy Couture. Couture is coming off of a loss to Kerr in their rematch at UFC 15 last year and he's hoping to work his way to a third match with The Smashing Machine, this time for the UFC Heavyweight title. Pete Williams has Ken Shamrock in his corner standing up against the Octagon wall giving him last second advice during Bruce Buffer's intros. Referee Big John checks with both men before getting the fight under way...


    Heavyweight Fight
    Randy Couture vs Pete Williams


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    Couture comes out circling Williams with a tight boxer stance, light on his feet as he gauge's the distance with jabs. Pete Williams tries to connect with low kicks but Couture quickly backs out of range. Williams closes the distance on Couture and tries to trade punches with him but Couture parries his strikes and counters with a crisp right uppercut followed by a left hook. Williams shoots in and clinches up with Couture but Couture quickly establishes double underhooks and trips him to the canvas! The fans in the Budokan watch in near silence as Pete Williams ties Randy Couture up in a half guard position. Randy stays patient and maintains his position before connecting with a hard forearm down into Williams' temple. Couture works his leg out of the half guard and moves into side mount where he pins Williams against the cage and nails him with a knee! Williams covers up and blocks Randy's knees before transitioning his legs back into half guard. Randy keeps Williams pinned up against the cage in the half guard position grinding on his face with his forearm while constantly working his body over with punches. Couture works his way into an upright posture as Williams holds on to the half guard position by a thread. Randy postures up and drops the point of his elbow into Pete's forehead, opening up a cut that immediately begins to bleed all over the place. Randy works his leg out of Williams' half guard but Pete scrambles and uses the fence to work his way back into a full guard. Randy stands up inside Pete's full guard and comes down with a huge elbow, catching Williams with his head against the fence! Williams' face is covered in blood as Randy drops down into his guard and begins working him over with body-body-head combos. Pete hangs on with a crimson mask and manages to stall the action by tying Randy up in the full guard. Big John steps in and restarts the fight, pulling Williams over to his corner for the doctor to check the cut.

    The doctor wipes the blood and checks the cut for a moment before clearing Williams to continue! Big John restarts the fight standing with both men exhausted. Williams closes in on Randy with a sense of urgency as the final minutes wind down. Pete opens up with punches and manages to catch Randy with a left hand! Randy swings back with an overhand right and follows through with a takedown attempt that drives Williams all the way across the Octagon into the cage wall! Williams manages to sprawl out and defend the takedown with an underhook but Randy catches him open and hammers him with repeated right hands in the clinch. Williams fights for position and catches Randy with a hard knee that backs him off of him! Randy is dazed! Williams swarms after Couture with right and left hands but Couture backs up with head movement to evade his strikes! Couture drops levels and scoops Williams up for a big slam takedown as he rushes after him!! Couture scrambles to try to take Williams' back but Pete fights his way to the half guard as the blood begins to cover his face again. Randy rains down hammer fists and vicious body shots as he slowly and gradually pushes Pete closer and closer to the cage wall, eventually pinning him up against the fence and wearing him down with strikes as the final minutes of the fight wind down. Pete Williams holds on and survives until the final bell!!

    Couture stands and raises his hands in celebration after the final while doctors swarm the Octagon to work on Pete Williams' cut forehead. Big John brings both Williams and Couture to the center of the Octagon as Bruce Buffer announces the winner, via Unanimous Decision... RANDY COUTURE!!! The commentators go over the highlights as they talk about Randy improving his UFC record to 5-2 with this dominant performance, putting his name in the mix as one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division right now.

    The tension heightens in the Budokan as Igor Vovchanchyn makes his entrance for the following featured heavyweight bout. Quadros and Blatnick talk about Igor being the top ranked contender to Mark Kerr's UFC Heavyweight Title right now as he stands with a 5-1 record inside the Octagon, with some of the most powerful, destructive punching power we've ever seen in the sport so far. Igor is coming off of wins over Minoru Suzuki and Dave Beneteau, his only defeat coming in the finals of the UFC XI tournament in an epic fight against Mark Coleman back in 1996. Tank Abbot makes his entrance next accompanied by his boisterous entourage. Quadros talks about Tank being the brash, loud, proud owner of some of the most brutal knockouts and some of the most violent fights this sport has ever seen. The fans stand during Bruce Buffer's introductions as Tank paces back and forth eyeing Igor with a gruff murderous look in his eyes. Igor stands humble with his head down, only raising his fist and smiling to the audience as his name is announced. The crowd swells with cheers as Big John takes the center and GETS IT ON!!!...


    Heavyweight Fight
    Tank Abbott vs Igor Vovchanchyn


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    Tank comes out hard and fast and shoots in for a takedown as soon as Igor sets his feet and fires away with a bomb right hook that just barely misses! Tank bullies Igor down into the canvas and opens up with a vicious flurry of heavy hands! Igor scrambles to his hands and knees as Tank takes his back and wails away on the side and back of his head with BOMBS! Igor covers up and tries to get to his feet but Tank rips him up and flings him around into a hard slam! Igor scrambles to get up as Tank is all over him! Tank rushes Igor into the fence but Igor cuts a sharp angle and uses Tank's own momentum against him, pushing him off against the cage wall and opening up with a wild flurry of right and left hooks! Tank trades with Igor and drops him backwards with a HUGE RIGHT HAND! Tank runs and tackles Igor as he rolls through and tries to recover. The crowd goes bananas as Tank loses his balance in the scramble! Igor scrambles to his feet and nails Tank in the jaw with vicious wide left and right hooks! Tank drops and tries to take Igor down in a dazed stupor but Igor sprawls out on him and drills him in the top of the head with knees until he goes limp! Igor gets up and soccer kicks Tank as hard as he can until Big John tackles him to stop it! TANK IS OUT COLD! IGOR VOVCHANCHYN HAS KNOCKED OUT TANK ABBOTT! OH MY GOD!!!

    The crowd goes crazy for Igor as he shadowboxes his trademark celebratory punching and kicking combos, jumping into the air for a spinning crescent kick before screaming in excitement. Vovchanchyn is mobbed by is cornermen in celebration as Tank rolls over to his back and begins to wake up with doctors standing over him trying to revive him. Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick are ecstatic on commentary as they go over the instant replay of the fight. UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Kerr is shown standing and applauding as Igor has his hand raised in victory. Quadros and Blatnick talk about a possible superfight between Vovchanchyn and Kerr for the UFC Title, what a matchup it would be, one of the most ferocious striker's we've seen up against one of the most dominant and powerful wrestlers.

    Carlos Newton and Kazushi Sakuraba make their entrances for the following bout as the commentators talk about Newton's big win over UFC veteran Erik Paulson in Shooto recently, the win that earned him the opportunity here tonight as he makes his UFC debut against the UFC Ultimate Japan 97 David vs Goliath II tournament champion Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba gets a huge pop from the crowd during his entrance and introduction. Sakuraba is coming off of one of the all time greatest tournament performances in UFC history at Ultimate Japan as he defeated Brazilian Jujitsu black belt Connan Silviera and then the gargantuan 7 foot tall Ricardo Morias in the finals.


    Middleweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton


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    Sakuraba comes out with a vicious leg kick to open the fight, forcing Newton to tie up and attempt to take the fight to the ground. Sakuraba defends Newton's takedown but Newton transitions and tries to trip him, only for Sakuraba to follow through with a cartwheel to land in Newton's guard! Newton tries to make a move only for Sakuraba to counter him with an armbar attempt! Newton escapes the armbar only for Sakuraba to make a move for his ankle! Newton escapes the ankle lock and takes Sakuraba's back. Sakuraba and Newton jockey for position with Sakuraba ending up forcing Newton back to his back in an open guard position. The chess match ensues with Newton and Sakuraba both working 2-3 moves ahead of each other. Sakuraba stands in Newton's open guard and tries to work his way to a sidemount but Newton spins around blocking him to keep him at bay. Sakuraba quickly makes a move on Newton's arm for an armbar but Newton manages to fight it off by flipping out of it, causing the crowd to swell with cheers. Sakuraba resumes his position in Newton's open guard as both men work for wrist control.

    Sakuraba captures Newton's ankle and stands up with it only to be kicked back away. Both men return to their feet briefly where they both miss with big strikes, eventually landing back on the ground with Sakuraba back in Newton's open guard. Newton works to isolate Sakuraba's wrists but Sakuraba uses unorthodox movement to create an opening for a punch, using the strike only to capture Newton's arm in the opening and work his way into a double wrist lock. Newton scrambles to take Sakuraba's back while defending the double wrist lock. Sakuraba transitions to his hands and knees with Newton clung to his back in the turtle position. Newton peppers Sakuraba with light strikes but Sakuraba covers up and blocks them. Sakuraba bucks Newton over and scrambles to take the top open guard position again. Both men fight cautiously before scrambling back up to their feet in the clinch. Newton lands a big knee to Sakuraba's body! Sakuraba works to take Newton back down to the canvas but Newton craftily manages to work his way around to take Saku's back in the scramble. Newton works for the choke but Sakuraba uses Newton's legs to transition and try to escape. Newton holds his position and stays on Sakuraba's back in the turtle position. Newton stays cautious until standing up and landing kicks and a knee to Sakuraba's body while he's down on his hands and knees! Newton goes back to take Sakuraba's back and manages to trap his right arm in a half crucifix position. Sakuraba fights through and keeps Newton from trapping his other arm. Newton gives up Sakuraba's other arm and hits him with punches to the body before getting back up and driving his knees into his ribs! Sakuraba spins around and pulls Newton into the open guard position. Sakuraba attacks Newton's arm with an armbar attempt but Newton fights to keep him from straightening his arm out! The crowd swells with cheers as Newton escapes Sakuraba's armbar and manages to take his back in the turtle position once again. Sakuraba manages to rock Newton off balance and roll forward, capturing his leg and straightening it out with a rolling kneebar! Checkmate! Carlos Newton taps out!!!

    The crowd in the Budokan goes wild as Sakuraba celebrates with his cornermen before having his arm raised in victory. Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick praise both Sakuraba and Carlos Newton while covering the replay, noting the scientific technical mat wrestling of both men. Sakuraba shakes Newton's hand and shows his respect after the fight as the commentators talk about his rise here in Japan in the UFC, moving to 3-0-1, Sakuraba looks like a true force to be reckoned with here in the UFC middleweight division.

    Kimo makes his way down to the Octagon carrying his trademark huge wooden cross as the commentators talk about how he has been one of the most outrageous characters we've ever seen in the UFC, the NBA has Dennis Rodman, here in the UFC we have Kimo. Kimo is coming off of a controversial victory over WWF wrestler Vader back at UFC Ultimate Japan in a wild fight that was stopped due to a cut that Vader suffered. Nobuhiko Takada makes his way out to the loudest ovation of the evening so far. Blatnick and Quadros mention his loss to Rickson Gracie at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 in the Tokyo Dome last December, tonight Takada fights for redemption!


    Heavyweight Fight
    Kimo vs Nobuhiko Takada


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    Both Kimo and Takada circle each other for a solid minute in a feeling out process. Takada throws a high kick that just barely misses, causing the crowd to come alive with cheers. Kimo backs Takada up and shoots in for a takedown but Takada fights it off and keeps it standing in the clinch. Both men clinch up and fight for position against the cage until Kimo manages to drop levels and scoop Takada's legs out from under him for the takedown! Kimo stays conservative on the ground as Takada ties him up in a full guard from his back. The action stalls out as Kimo lays in Takada's guard in a stalemate. Kimo works his way up to his feet and stands up inside Takada's closed guard. Kimo drops a hellacious right hand that just barely misses Takada's face! Takada manages to use the cage to work his feet up high and trap Kimo's right arm in a straight armbar! The crowd goes fucking nuts as Takada turns over and pulls to straighten Kimo's arm out! Kimo grimaces in pain as he uses his free hand to keep Takada from straightening his arm out in an all out struggle that has the fans on the edge of their seat! Takada finally manages to break Kimo's grip and straighten his arm in the armbar! Kimo collapses face down to the canvas and taps out!!! NOBUHIKO TAKADA SUBMITS KIMO!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

    Takada's cornermen swarm him in celebration as the crowd goes wild! The fans begin chanting, "TA-KA-DA, TA-KA-DA, TA-KA-DA!" as Takada has his arm raised in victory. Doctors work on Kimo's arm spraying it with cold spray and working dramatically to get it wrapped as he lays on the canvas in pain. Nobuhiko Takada gets a microphone after having his arm raised and cuts a promo in Japanese thanking his true fans that never gave up him, vowing to fight for their pride against the strongest of the strong.

    Mark Coleman makes the walk to the Octagon for the first time since he lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship to Tom Erikson last year. The commentators talk about Coleman's knee injury that put him out of action for the latter half of 1997 and all of 1998 so far, now The Hammer returns!


    Heavyweight Fight
    Mark Coleman vs Bas Rutten


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    Coleman comes out fierce and intense and shoots straight through Rutten's furious body kick to immediately take him to the mat with ease. Coleman balls Rutten up and unloads on him with heavy right hands to the head, one after the other! Bas covers up and takes a beating that swells his right eye within the first minute. Coleman gradually works Rutten up against the fence and postures up to rain down vicious rights and lefts that hit Rutten with a sickening audible thud. Coleman's "Hammer House" team is heard shouting over the quiet Budokan audience as Coleman systematically dismantles Rutten with punishing ground and pound for the first five minutes of the fight. Rutten holds on and survives and manages to fight back with strikes from his back but they have little effect. Coleman begins to fade as the time passes by. Finally Big John steps in and restarts the fight due to lack of action. Rutten's right eye is swollen shut and his nose bloodied as Coleman gasps heavily for oxygen in a dramatic stand off before the restart!

    Coleman comes back out slower and more tired as Rutten keeps his distance and prepares to defend the takedown. Coleman wings a wild right hand that misses by a mile as Bas makes him pay for it with a relentless thai kick right into the meat of his huge left leg. Coleman responds by shooting low for a takedown but Bas manages to back away into the open area of the Octagon to avoid it! Coleman continues to slowly plod towards Rutten looking to close the distance but Rutten stays away from him and keep shim back with crisp jabs. Rutten tries to follow up the jab with a hard right hand but Coleman drops and takes him down to the canvas! Coleman lays on Rutten completely exhausted as Bas continually peppers the side of his head with light strikes from his back. Coleman lays into Rutten's body and head with shots but grows more and more tired by the second as he lays his head down and fights for air. Finally Big John stops the fight for a restart due to lack of action! Coleman bends over with his hands on his knees as he gasps for air while Big John gets the fight going again! Bas cautiously circles in on Coleman and nails him in the thighs with nasty leg kicks that leave visible welts and bruises! Coleman tries to shoot in out of desperation but Bas pushes off of him and evades him! Coleman struggles to get back up to his feet due to fatigue! Bas closes in on Coleman and unloads with vicious punching combos, bouncing Coleman's head upwards with a nasty uppercut! Coleman is rocked! Bas unloads with a vicious muay thai combo, hammering Coleman with quick punches before digging into his leg with another sickening leg kick that buckles his knee! Coleman tries to shoot in for a takedown as the legkick collapses him. Bas sprawls out to defend it but Coleman pushes him up into the fence in a clinch! Bas works his way into a Muay Thai neck clinch and destroys Coleman with knees until he drops! Big John lunges in to pull Bas off of Coleman right as he drops! It's OVER! COLEMAN IS DONE!

    Blatnick and Quadros go over the replay in shock as the once invincible Mark Coleman has been destroyed by Bas Rutten in unbelievable fashion. Rutten has his arm raised in victory as he moves his UFC record to 6-2, the commentators note how he's struggled against bigger wrestlers in the past but here tonight's he's shown remarkable improvement, managing to survive Coleman's initial flurry on his back and pull off the huge upset with strikes, something nobody seen coming here tonight as Mark Coleman has thoroughly dominated every striker he's ever faced in the Octagon up to this point. What a huge victory for Bas Rutten. The crowd cheers Bas on as he salutes them with his trademark jumping splits celebration.


    Vitor Belfort makes his entrance for tonight's co-main event wearing his Brazilian Jujitsu gi and accompanied by the Carlson Gracie fight team. Blatnick and Quadros talk about Vitor's meteoric rise in the UFC since he debuted in stunning fashion back at UFC 15 last September. Vitor made a run to the finals of the 16 man heavyweight tournament that night with some of the fastest and most accurate hands we've ever seen inside the Octagon. Vitor suffered a hand injury that forced doctors to pull him from the finals of UFC 15 but he returned earlier this year to defeat Ken Shamrock by KO in Madison Square Garden. Vitor chose to drop down to the middleweight division to challenge Frank Shamrock for is title here tonight. Frank Shamrock makes his way out accompanied by Maurice Smith and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, wearing the UFC World Middleweight Championship belt. The commentators talk about how Frank Shamrock has been the most dominant pound for pound fighter in the world ever since debuting in the UFC back at UFC 14 last year. Frank won the UFC 14 Middleweight Tournament before defeating Renzo Gracie to win the first ever UFC Middleweight Title. Frank followed up by unifying the UFC belt with the EFC Middleweight Championship when he destroyed Igor Zinoviev with a brutal slam in just 22 seconds in Madison Square Garden, the same night that Vitor viciously knocked out his older brother Ken.


    UFC World Middleweight Championship
    Frank Shamrock(c) vs Vitor Belfort


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    Frank Shamrock and Vitor Belfort come out cautious feeling each other out early on. Vitor counters Frank's leg kick with a heat seeking missile of a left hand that just barely misses, initiating a wild flurry of punches with both men going toe to toe! Frank gets tagged but manages to tie up with Vitor only to get turned into the fence and assaulted with a lightning fast flurry from the Phenom! Frank covers up and answers back with vicious overhand rights and lefts, backing Vitor up before connecting with a hard roundhouse kick to the stomach! Vitor is hurt! Frank chases Vitor backwards until Vitory tries to take his head off with a straight left that just barely misses! Frank drops and shoots in to take Vitor down to his back! The action stalls out as Vitor ties Frank up from his back. Frank lays cautious in Vitor's guard with his arms completely wrapped up. Frank manages to land knees to Vitor's tailbone, causing Vitor to open his guard and try to make a move, explosively kicking Frank off of him and returning to his feet! The crowd loses it! Vitor backs away from Frank and keeps his distance as the action stalls out and the frantic pace takes it's toll on both men's stamina.

    Frank closes in on Vitor and connects with a huge leg kick, beating Vitor's left hand with an overhand right before tying up and backing him into the cage with a clinch. Frank hammers Vitor in the body with knees in the clinch as the pace slows down. Vitor pivots Frank around against the cage and tries to rip his hands free to throw punches but Frank stays in tight and manages to take Vitor back down to his back. Vitor works an open guard out in the middle of the Octagon as Frank stays cautious with conservative strikes to the body and side of his head. Frank manages to posture up and bounce Vitor's head off the canvas with a nasty elbow! Frank keeps Vitor down for the rest of the fight as both men trade punches. Big John steps in and stops the fight as the 12 minute regulation time expires. Both men stand up and are tended to in their corners for the 1 minute break before the overtime. Vitor slumps down to his knees in his corner as his cornermen frantically work to revive him while Maurice Smith waters and gives advice to Frank in his corner.

    Vitor is barely able to stand as Big John brings both men back up and clears their cornermen away to start the overtime! Frank comes out and closes the distance to set up a vicious body kick off of a punching combo, connecting with a hard roundhouse to the ribs just as Vitor opens up to counter him. Vitor absorbs the kick to the body and collapses to his back to the butt scoot position. Frank stands over Vitor and kicks his legs until Big John backs him up and calls for Vitor to stand. Vitor struggles to get up to his feet. Vitor fights to survive for the final minute, keeping his distance from Frank until the final overtime clock expires. Frank immediately begins to celebrate after the final bell as Vitor collapses in his corner being toweled off by his team mates. Big John brings both men to the center of the Octagon for the judges ruling. Vitor hangs his head in disappointment as Frank smiles and celebrates while Bruce Buffer announces that the judges have declared a winner by unanimous decision.... and.... STILL, UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.... FRANK SHAMROCK!!!

    Vitor makes his exit as Frank Shamrock has the UFC World Middleweight Championship belt strapped around his waist. Frank poses for pictures with his team mates as the commentators go over the replay. Frank Shamrock has improved his record to 6-0 and looks invincible as he handles what was undoubtedly his toughest opponent yet. The young Vitor suffers his very first loss and falls to 5-1. One has to wonder if there is anyone in the Middleweight division that can defeat Frank Shamrock after what we've seen him do in the Octagon.


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    During the intermission we get a cageside interview with Joe Rogan interviewing the UFC North American Commissioner, star of the hist TV show Walker Texas Ranger, martial arts legend Chuck Norris alongside the current UFC World Heavyweight Champion Mark "The Smashing Machine" Kerr. Norris and Kerr promote the next big UFC pay per view event, live on October 16th the UFC will return to Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio De Jeneiro Brazil, it will be UFC Ultimate Brazil '98!!!


    Norris talks about how Ultimate Brazil '98 will be a joint venture with both North American and Japanese UFC offices working together. Norris breaks the news that he's happy to announce the first fight will be signed to be UFC World Heavyweight Champion, "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr defending his title against an opponent yet to be determined. Rogan interviews Kerr about who he would like to fight in October and Kerr replies saying that he feels like the true #1 contender is Igor Vovchanchyn, he looks forward to the challenge of fighting Igor but he's ready to fight anybody that the UFC puts in front of him, whether it's Randy Couture or Igor or Frank Shamrock, it doesn't matter. Joe Rogan hypes up UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 with the return of The Smashing Machine!!! Call your PPV provider today and demand UFC Ultimate Brazil '98, live on pay per view from Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio De Jeneiro Brazil on October 16th!!


    The atmosphere in the Budokan is electric for the introductions for tonight's main event. Royce Gracie makes his way out first along with all of his family, his father Relio, his brothers, cousins all lined up behind him to show their support. The commentators talk about how this is the fight that everyone here tonight paid to see, the anticipation for this fight has been incredible here in Japan, this is a fight that has been years in the making as Royce won back to back Vale Tudo Japan tournaments in 1994 and 1995, both tournaments hosted by Tiger Mask Sayama's Shooto promotion that he founded. The fans were clamoring for Sayama to face Gracie but Sayama had a falling out with the Shooto promotion and severed ties. Royce made his UFC debut back earlier this year with an impressive submission win over Daijiro Matsui. The crowd rises and goes nuts when Satoru Sayama as he comes out in full Tiger Mask costume!!! Sayama is cheered as a hero as he enters the Octagon. Blatnick and Quadros note that Sayama has opted to fight with the Tiger Mask on!

    Royce stands in his white gi in his corner as the Brazilian national anthem is played. The camera shot shows the fans and the Japanese fighters standing ringside as the Japanese national anthem is played next. Takada, Sakuraba, and Inoki are shown ringside seated as Bruce Buffer goes through the intros for Gracie and Tiger Mask. The Budokan is at a fever pitch as everyone clears out of the Octagon and Big John checks with both men! ARE YOU READY!? ARE YOU READY!?! WELL LETS GET IT ON!!!..


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Tiger Mask


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    Tiger Mask bounces on his feet as he comes out cautiously keeping his distance from Royce, who comes out with the traditional Gracie Jujitsu stance, his hands out and his head up high and back. Gracie marches Tiger Mask down and throws front push kicks to his knees but Tiger Mask manages to use footwork to stay away from him. Tiger Mask takes the center of the Octagon and throws a high kick that hits Gracie's hands! The crowd swells with cheers as Gracie shoots in on Tiger's kick! Gracie scrambles for a takedown but Tiger Mask manages to keep him away! Gracie lays on his back and scoots on his butt towards Tiger Mask, kicking at his legs as Tiger Mask stays away from him. Tiger Mask nails Royce with a kick to his leg! Royce challenges Tiger to come down to his guard but Tiger won't do it! Big John backs Tiger Mask up and orders Royce to get back up to his feet! The crowd goes nut! Tiger Mask circles around Royce for a moment before unloading with a spinning back kick! Royce shoots in immediately and takes Tiger Masks' back, tripping him to the canvas! The crowd is loud as Royce stays clung to Tiger Mask's back in a dramatic fight. Tiger rolls around and tries to work for something but Royce ties him up like a spider in the web, using his legs to trap one of Tiger's arms. The crowd gets even louder as Royce slowly works the sleeve of his gi up around Tiger's neck! Tiger tries to fight off Royce's choke with his lone free arm but Royce sinks it in deep and locks it in! Tiger Mask struggles in the choke, fighting frantically to free one of his arms but Royce keeps him ties up and chokes the life out of him! Tiger Mask goes limp!!! HE'S OUT!!! Big John stops the fight!!! IT'S OVER!!! ROYCE GRACIE HAS CHOKED OUT TIGER MASK!!!

    The crowd begins to boo as Royce refuses to give up the choke until Big John forcibly pulls him off of Tiger Mask! Tiger Mask is choked completely unconscious and left face down as Royce gets up and is scooped up and carried around the Octagon on the shoulders of his family in a wild celebration...


    Medics work frantically to try to revive Tiger Mask, removing his mask and rolling him over to his back as the Gracie family continues their celebration. All of the Japanese fans and ringside wrestlers watch on in concern as Tiger Mask lays unconscious in a grim scene. Sakuraba is shown kneeling over the apron of the Octagon in tears as he watches his childhood hero fight to regain consciousness on the floor of the Octagon while being surrounded by EMT's. Tiger Mask is finally helped back up to his feet where the fans cheer him with a standing ovation. Sayama shakes hands with the Gracie family and shows respect before being helped out of the Octagon. Tonight's pay per view broadcast comes to a close with Royce and the Gracie family celebrating and posing for pictures together as confetti falls down over them. Jeff Blatnick and Stephen Quadros share their final thoughts on tonight's event before bidding farewell, saying that we will see you in Brazil on October 16th!!!

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    Frank Shamrock; "Show me the money"

    Undefeated UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock is reportedly at odds with the UFC and is threatening to leave the promotion due to his unhappiness with the money he's made in 1998. Frank was interviewed by Eyada.com and was quoted saying that the rumored fight against Roy Jones Jr was still a possibility but that it would be a boxing fight, not a UFC rules match. Frank threatened to take the Jones fight or to leave the UFC to fight in Shooto, Rings, or a return to Pancrase if he's not paid what he feels like he deserves by the UFC. Frank was critical of the UFC for paying Chuck Norris to be the new North American commissioner and also noted that his older brother Ken was paid far more than he was for his fight against Belfort in Madison Square Garden. In the interview Frank was unsure if he would fight again in 1998, saying that he will retire from the sport or explore other opportunities if the UFC is unwilling to negotiate a new deal.


    Kerr vs Vovchanchyn, Gracie vs Takada, Pele vs Miletich set for UFC Ultimate Brazil '98

    The UFC will return to Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio De Jeneiro Brazil on October 16th for UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 live on pay per view. The key main events have already been signed with Mark Kerr returning to defend his UFC Heavyweight strap against top contender Igor Vovchanchyn. The first ever UFC Welterweight Champion will be determined when Pat Miletich takes on Jose "Pele" Landi. Royce Gracie will also take on Nobuhiko Takada in a catchweight superfight. Former UFC Heavyweight Champ Tom Erikson will return to take on newcomer from Brazil Pedro Rizzo, a student of Marco Ruas. Mikey Burnett, Vitor Belfort, and Carlos Newton are all also expected to be on the card against opponents yet to be determined.


    UFC Ultimate Japan '98 set for Tokyo Dome in December

    The UFC returns to the Tokyo Dome in December with a card that is expected to feature all 3 UFC titles on the line as well as Ken Shamrock and Kazushi Sakuraba in action against opponents yet to be determined. One key fight that is being rumored at this time is a heavyweight fight between Randy Couture and Bas Rutten. Mark Coleman is also expected to return at Ultimate Japan '98.


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    UFC Ultimate Brazil '98
    Press Conference/Weigh Ins

    October 15th, 1998
    Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil



    With just 24 hours until UFC returns to Brazil with UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 the outdoor parking lot of the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho hosted the special mid afternoon weigh in press event promoted by the local radio station in Rio De Jeneiro. The UFC returns to Ginásio do Maracanãzinho tomorrow night for the first time since UFC XII back in February of last year. The history of the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho is the history of the young sport of Mixed Martial Arts, from Carlson Gracie's battles against Waldemar Santana in the 1950's to Rickson Gracie's duels against Zulu in the 1980's to Renzo Gracie's UFC 12 tournament championship victory in 1997, tomorrow night the next generation of the Gracie family carries the proud tradition as Royce Gracie is set to take The Octagon to defend his family's pride. The event will be headlined by 2 UFC title fights and the undercard features some of Brazil's sharpest young talent, including the returning Phenom, 21 year old Vitor Belfort...


    UFC World Heavyweight Championship

    "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr(c) vs "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn


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    Kerr Tale of the Tape Vovchanchyn
    Nationality
    Freestyle Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Kickboxing
    6' 1" Height 5' 8"
    255 lbs Weight 220 lbs
    29 Age 25
    5-1 UFC record 6-1


    Ukraine's "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn made a splash in his UFC debut in the UFC XI tournament back in 1996 when he made it to the finals and took Mark Coleman the distance in what many believe is the best UFC fight of all time. Ever since that loss to Coleman two years ago Igor has been on a 4 fight tear, with wins over Minoru Suzuki, Dave Beneteau, Ricardo Morias, and Tank Abbott. Igor has earned the reputation as one of the hardest hitting punchers in the history of the UFC and the clear cut #1 contender to the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

    The current reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Kerr has many nicknames, "The Titan", "The Specimen", but the one that fits the best was the one given to him by Brazilian fans after he massacred all 3 of his opponents in the World Vale Tudo Championships. Kerr dominated all 3 opponents to win the WVTC '97 tournament in his MMA debut, earning the nickname "The Smashing Machine". Kerr made his UFC debut later on in 1997, making it to the semifinals of the 8 man heavyweight tournament where he was defeated by Randy Couture(in a rematch of the 1992 NCAA Division I National Championships) via controversial split decision. Kerr returned on a rampage at UFC XV, destroying 3 men in one night to make it to the finals of the 16 man heavyweight tournament, which Kerr won via forfeit after his opponent in the finals(Vitor Belfort) was pulled by doctors, none of the alternates were able or willing to step into the Octagon with Kerr. Kerr would go on to defeat Tom Erikson to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC Ultimate Japan '97. Kerr missed most of 1998 with shoulder and elbow injuries but he returns to defend his title tomorrow night in Brazil!


    UFC World Welterweight Championship

    Jose "Pele" Landi vs Pat Miletich


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    Pele Tale of the Tape Miletich
    Nationality
    Muay Thai Martial Arts
    Background
    Wrestling/
    Kickboxing
    5' 11" Height 5' 10"
    170 lbs Weight 170 lbs
    29 Age 32
    5-2 UFC record 1-0


    Two of the top welterweight fighters in the world will meet inside the Octagon tomorrow night, only one of them will walk away as the first ever UFC World Welterweight Champion. American Pat Miletich dominated the midwest fight scene before making his UFC debut at UFC XVI with a decision win over Townsend Saunders. Pat's opponent is a 2 time UFC tournament finalist, Brazilian no holds barred fighting legend Jose "Pele" Landi. Pele made it to the finals of UFC 12 and UFC 14 Middleweight tournaments where he lost to the much bigger opponents Frank Shamrock and Renzo Gracie. Pele dropped down to the Welterweight class at UFC XVI with a huge flying knee knockout over Chris Brennan. Pat Miletich will represent USA in a hostile environment tomorrow night as he takes on one of the finest fighters that Brazil has to offer.


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Yoji Anjo


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    Gracie Tale of the Tape Anjo
    Nationality
    Brazilian Jujitsu Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid Wrestling
    6' Height 5' 11"
    175 lbs Weight 204 lbs
    31 Age 28
    2-0 UFC record 0-1


    One of the biggest and most heated rivalries in the sport has developed between Brazil's Gracie family and the Takada Dojo fighters out of Japan. The rivalry began when Japanese wrestling star Nobuhiko Takada began issuing grandstanding challenges to the Gracie family during the height of their success, as Rickson Gracie dominated the UFC in America, Royce Gracie dominated Shooto in Japan. Takada's UWFI wrestling group made countless offers to both Royce and Rickson to face him in UWFI but the Gracie family repeatedly turned them down. Takada boldly sent one of his students in the Takada Dojo, Yoji Anjo, to Rickson Gracie's Jujitsu academy in California to challenge him to a fight in his Dojo, with a Japanese television film crew filming it. Rickson accepted Anjo's challenge and faced him behind closed doors in his dojo, thrashing him within an inch of his life. The grandstanding stunt backfired on Takada and his UWFI promotion as Anjo was sent back to Japan with his face disfigured. The Japanese press and media covered the aftermath in detail.

    Takada's rivalry with Rickson became personal and intensified after Rickson defeated one of Takada's mentors and peers Akira Maeda in back to back matches at UFC 9 and Ultimate Japan '96. Takada made a statement in his UFC debut at Ultimate Japan '96 two years ago when he defeated Rickson's part time training partner, UFC 9 tournament champion, and Olympic gold medalist Mark Shultz by submission. Takada's UWFI group would fold as the investors made a move last year to purchase a stake in the UFC. Takada vs Rickson Gracie was finally signed for a huge showdown in the Tokyo Dome at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 last December, with Rickson defeating Takada easily in front of a sold out crowd.

    The Gracie vs Takada Dojo rivalry carried on as Rickson's cousin Royce made his debut with a brutal submission win over Takada Dojo student Daijiro Matsui at UFC XVI this past February. Royce choked one of Takada's peers and mentors out when he put Satoru "Tiger Mask" Sayama to sleep at UFC 17 in Japan this past June. Earlier that same night Takada redeemed himself to his loyal Japanese fans with a submission win over Kimo. Nobuhiko Takada was originally planned to face Royce Gracie at UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 but a back injury forced Takada to back out at the last minute. Takada's student Yoji Anjo took his place to fight Royce Gracie in hopes to get revenge for the embarrassing beating he took from Rickson four years ago, in a fight where the honor and pride of the two dojos will be on the line. The Gracie's insisted on special rules for the fight, as agreed upon by the Takada Dojo there will be no time limit and no referee stand ups in the fight, as well as no weight restrictions.




    Middleweight Fight
    "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlie Silva


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    Belfort Tale of the Tape Silva
    Nationality
    Boxing/
    Brazilian Jujitsu
    Martial Arts
    Background
    Muay Thai
    6' Height 5' 11"
    200 lbs Weight 192 lbs
    21 Age 22
    4-1 UFC record Debut


    Vitor Belfort hit the UFC like a bat out of hell at just 20 years old when he made it to the finals of the UFC XV 16 man heavyweight tournament, scoring a huge upset win over Tank Abbott in the semi finals before being pulled by doctors due to a broken bone in his hand. Vitor returned at UFC XVI where he destroyed the all time great Ken Shamrock with a vicious knockout. Vitor's hype train came to a screeching halt when he lost to Ken's younger brother Frank Shamrock at UFC 17 this past Summer. Now Vitor returns to the Octagon looking to get his career back on track. Standing in Vitor's way is 22 year old Wanderlei Silva, a veteran of the rough and violent no rules fighting circuit in Brazil.


    Heavyweight Fight
    "The Big Cat" Tom Erikson vs Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo


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    Erikson Tale of the Tape Rizzo
    Nationality
    Freestyle Wrestling Martial Arts
    Background
    Ruas Vale Tudo
    6' 4" Height 6' 1"
    291 lbs Weight 235 lbs
    33 Age 24
    4-1 UFC record Debut

    Tom Erikson returns to the Octagon for the first time since losing the UFC Heavyweight Championship to Mark Kerr at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 last December, his only loss in his career. Erikson will be facing student of UFC veteran Marco Ruas, young Muay Thai striker Pedro Rizzo, the hometown Brazilian babyface will take on the foreign American monster in a classic grappler vs striker confrontation.


    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Daiju Takase


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    Mikey Burnett is a product of Ken Shamrock's Lions Den fight team, a wrestler and former powerlifter out of Oklahoma with heavy heavy hands. Burnett made an impressive debut back at UFC 16 where he destroyed Eugenio Tadeau with strikes. Burnett will be taking on newcomer from Japan Daiju Takase, a student from Yoshinori Nishi's Wajyutsu Keishukai dojo making his MMA debut.


    Middleweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Allan Goes


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    Carlos Newton made a strong impression in his debut loss against Sakuraba back at UFC 17, putting on a scientific mat wrestling clinic even though he was caught with a submission in the end. Newton will return to take on Carlson Gracie Jujitsu black belt Allan Goes, a training partner of Vitor Belfort set to make his UFC debut. Goes is 3-0-1 in MMA coming into his UFC debut, with a draw against Frank Shamrock in Pancrase in 1995 in an absolute war.



    Welterweight Fight
    Townsend Saunders vs "The Westside Strangler" Chris Brennan


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    Townsend Saunders is an Olympic silver medalist wrestler and 2 time Pan American Games Gold Medalist. Saunders lost his UFC debut back at UFC 16 earlier this year with a somewhat controversial decision loss to Pat Miletich. Saunders' opponent Chris Brennan is one of the premier Jujitsu practitioners in the Western USA who will be returning to the Octagon after losing his debut fight against Pele earlier this year.



    UFC Ultimate Brazil '98
    Final Card(Subject to Change)



    UFC World Heavyweight Championship
    Mark Kerr vs Igor Vovchanchyn

    UFC World Welterweight Championship
    Jose "Pele" Landi vs Pat Miletich

    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Yoji Anjo

    Middleweight Fight
    Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlie Silva

    Heavyweight Fight
    Tom Erikson vs Pedro Rizzo

    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Daiju Takase

    Middleweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Allan Goes

    Welterweight Fight
    Townsend Saunders vs Chris Brennan
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    UFC Ultimate Brazil '98
    October 16th, 1998
    Ginásio do Maracanãzinho
    Rio De Jeneiro



    Tonight's show kicks off with an aerial helicopter shot of the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho earlier today as commentator "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros narrates an opening that tells the history of Carlson Gracie's legendary wars against Waldemar Santana in this building in the 1950's. Carlson Gracie's cousin Rickson would take down the 230 pound Brazilian brawler Zulu in this building 30 years later in a legendary fight that drew over 20,000 fans here in 1984. Just last year the UFC made it's debut in this building and the next generation of the Gracie family, Renzo Gracie carried on the proud tradition by winning the 8 man Middleweight tournament. Now, tonight, Royce Gracie the half brother of Rickson, cousin of Renzo, son of the legendary patriarch of the Gracie family Helio will carry on that family tradition in the Maracanazinho as the Octagon returns to the legendary arena for the second time. Ladies and gentleman this is UFC ULTIMATE BRAZIL '98!!!




    Stephen Quadros and Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick open up the show at their commentary booth welcoming the pay per view audience to the sold out Ginásio do Maracanãzinho. A crowd of 20,000 is on hand here in beautiful Rio De Janeiro Brazil for the return of the premier martial arts competition in the world. Quadros and Blatnick talk about tonight's fight card with 2 title fights and the continuation of the heated rivalry between the Gracie family and the Takada Dojo, Brazil vs Japan, tonight it is Brazil vs The World as some of the top fighters in Brazil will take on fighters from USA, Canada, and Japan and to top it all off we have the return of "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr, one of the most dominant heavyweights ever seen in the UFC. Mark Kerr started his MMA career here in Brazil, tonight he returns to defend his title against the #1 contender, one of the best strikers we've ever seen in the Octagon in "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn.


    Joe Rogan checks in from the backstage area hyping up the fight card and talking about the return of Mark Kerr after a nearly 10 month long layoff due to back and elbow injuries. Rogan says that the Brazilian fans have taken a liking to Kerr, saying that he was the only foreign fighter that was cheered during yesterday's weigh ins, it was these Brazilian fans that gave Kerr his nickname, The Smashing Machine. Rogan talks about Kerr leaving the Hammer House for his training for this fight, joining up with Bas Rutten and also training briefly with Marco Ruas and Pedro Rizzo. Rogan shoots it back down to Quadros and Blatnick who cover the weight classes and rules of the Octagon...



    UFC Weight Classes
    Heavyweight- Over 200 lbs(90 kg/14.2 st) and up(no limit)
    Middleweight- 200 lbs(90 kg/14.2 st) and under
    Welterweight- 170 lbs(77 kg/12 st) and under

    Rules of the Octagon
    NO ROUNDS- 12 minute time limit(3 minute overtime for title fights)
    Fights won by KO, TKO, Ref/Doctor/Corner(towel) Stoppage, Submission or Judges Decision
    Referee can restart the fight standing due to lack of action on the ground/against the fence
    No headbutts, groin strikes, eye gouging, fish hooking, or small joint(fingers/toes) manipulation
    No strikes to the back of the head/neck
    Mandatory 4 oz. fingerless gloves
    Stomps and kicks to downed opponent are legal
    Elbows are legal



    Tonight's judges, doctors, and sanctioning commissioners are introduced on camera before ring announcer Bruce Buffer gets the show underway with his trademark opening, "IT'S TIIIIIIIIME!!... FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!". Referee Big John McCarthy is introduced on camera as both fighters for tonight's opening bout are already shown inside the Octagon getting ready for the opening bout. Big John takes the center and kicks the show off with his traditional "LETS GET IT ON!"...



    Welterweight Fight
    Townsend Saunders vs Chris Brennan


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    Saunders comes out and wastes little time in taking Brennan down and pinning him to his back. Brennan locks on a guillotine choke from the full guard but Saunders pops his head out. Little to no action for the first few minutes as Saunders stays careful in Brennan's guard. Saunders eventually works Brennan's body over with punches but he keeps a conservative approach as he controls Brennan. Brennan works his way into a double wrist lock but Saunders muscles his arm out of Brennan's grip. Saunders drives Brennan up against the cage and continues to pick his shots with conservative punches to the body until referee Big John McCarthy stands the fight up due to lack of action. Both men circle each other briefly before Saunders shoots in and Brennan pulls guard, taking the fight right back down to the same position on the ground. Brennan tries to work his legs up into a high open guard position but Saunders maintains his base and lands a series of big right hands. Brennan scrambles to tie up Saunders in his guard and the action stalls out once again. Big John stands the fight back up with just 4 minutes left but nothing happens on the feet. Both men show signs of fatigue as they circle each other. Brennan tries to throw some hands but Saunders shoots in and takes him right down to his back once again. Saunders stays cautious and rides out the final minutes keeping Brennan down with occasional strikes. The final bell goes off after the time limit expires. Big John brings both men to the center of The Octagon as Bruce Buffer announces the judges decision. All three judges score the fight for the winner, by unanimous decision, Townsend Saunders!

    Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick go over the replay showing Saunders impressive takedowns throughout the fight, mentioning his stifling wrestling game that worked well against Pat Miletich in his last fight even though he lost by decision, many people feel like he dominated that fight and should have won. Tonight Saunders picks up his first win in the UFC Welterweight division, sending Chris Brennan to 0-2.

    Carlos Newton makes his entrance for the following fight as the commentators talk about his impressive performance in his debut in a scientific mat wrestling clinic against Sakuraba at UFC 17. Newton's opponent for tonight makes his entrance accompanied by the legendary Carlson Gracie and an entourage of his students from his academy.


    Welterweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Allan Goes


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    Newton and Goes come out very cautious for the first minute and a half as both men keep their distance while trying to find their range with jabs and kicks. Goes throws a vicious high kick that just barely goes over the top of Newton's head, forcing Goes to spin around due to the momentum. Newton shoots in on the opening and manages to clinch up with Goes in a quick scramble. Goes immediately pulls guard and works into an Omoplat but Newton quickly does a front roll out of it and takes the top position in Goes' guard. Goes works an open guard to keep Newton off balance, overhooking Newton's arms and working a butterfly guard to try to sweep him over. Newton scrambles during the sweep and manages to keep his position. Goes' corner goes crazy frantically shouting instructions in Portuguese. Newton free's one of his arms and lands a huge downward strike into Goes' face. Goes shifts his hips around and traps Newton's arm in an armbar! Newton does another front roll and pivots his body around to free his arm and take Goes' back in the turtle position. Newton tries to sink in his hooks and flatten Goes out but Goes scrambles and rolls back into an open guard position, kicking Goes up and hammering his heel into his body with a vicious upkick! Goes follows up with more upkicks that force Newton to stand up and back out of his guard. Goes crab walks towards Newton and hits his legs with upkicks. Newton answers back with kicks to Goes' legs from the standing position. Newton tries to lower his level and retake the top position in Goes' guard but Goes kicks him in the face with an upkick that rocks him! Newton staggers back and returns to his feet where he answers back with a vicious kick into Goes' legs. Goes continues to scoot towards Newton on his butt throwing upkicks until Big John stops it and orders him to stand up!

    Allan Goes corner goes crazy screaming instructions to him as he returns to his feet and circles around Carlos Newton. Goes fires with a low kick but Newton quickly answers back with a huge right uppercut that drops Goes to the mat! Newton pounces on Goes and tries to finish him with strikes but Goes manages to recover and evade most of his punches using his guard. The action stalls out for a moment until Newton postures up and isolates one of Goes' legs, dropping back with it into a heel hook! Goes counters by rolling up onto Newton and taking the full mount! Newton scrambles to sweep Goes over but Goes holds his position and takes his back! Goes hammers down with spiking elbows into the back of Newton's head and neck! Big John tackles Goes off of Carlos Newton!! The crowd goes crazy! Allan Goes' corner goes crazy but Big John stops them from jumping over the fence! It's not over! A dramatic and frantic scene unfolds in the Octagon as Big John calms everything down and breaks the news to Goes' corner that he committed a foul, the fight is not over! Big John warns Goes for the elbows to the back of the neck and head as his corner protests! Newton is given a minute to recover before Big John restarts the fight standing! Goes and Newton circle each other exhausted until Newton throws a high kick at Goes' head! Goes ducks under and shoots in to tie up in a high clinch. Newton frantically scrambles and whips Goes around into the fence, battling for double underhooks in the clinch before nailing Goes with a knee to the body! Goes drops down and pulls guard but Newton manages to rock him with a volley of punches! Goes ties Newton up and holds him for the final minutes as the clock expires!

    Big John brings both Newton and Goes to the center as ring announcer Bruce Buffer collects the judges cards and readies to announce the decision. Buffer announces that the first judge rules the fight for... Newton! The crowd boo's until Buffer announces that the second judge rules the fight for... GOES! The crowd cheers and hangs on the edge of it's seat for the final judge's decision. Buffer announces that the third judge rules the fight for the winner, by SPLIT decision... CARLOS NEWTON!!! The crowd boo's as Big John raises Newton's arm into the air in victory. Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick cover the instant replay showing the illegal strikes by Goes before praising the fight and both competitors for their impressive skills, with Carlos Newton scoring a huge win here to bring his UFC record to 1-1 with a win over one of the best Carlson Gracie fighters here in Brazil.


    Welterweight Fight
    Mikey Burnett vs Daiju Takase


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    Mikey Burnett comes out methodically working to close the distance and open up with heavy hands. Just as Burnett sets his feet to unload Takase shoots in for a low single leg takedown. Burnett sprawls out and defends the takedown by underhooking Takase and bullying him over into the canvas, taking a side position as Takase turtles up near the cage. Burnett works for his position and picks his shots with knees to the body and vicious hammer strikes to Takase's head. Takase covers up and works his way to his back into the half guard position. Mikey grinds his forearm across Takase's face and throat before dropping a vicious elbow across his temple. Mikey digs in and lands huge shots into Takase's exposed ribcage. Takase gets pounded into hamburger meat for several minutes as he remains stuck in half guard unable to make any moves to improve his position or go for any submissions. Burnett slows down as the fight goes on, forcing Big John to stand both men up for a restart. Takase circles around Burnett throwing leg kicks before standing his ground and trying to trade punches with Burnett. Mikey Burnett drops Takase with a massive left hook that lands flush! Takase goes down but regains his composure and keeps Burnett at bay with his legs. Mikey pounces on Takase as he tries to get back up, tackling him back down into the turtle position and hammering him with punches. Takase covers up and tries to roll underneath Mikey to capture his leg with a hold but Burnett scrambles out of it and punishes him with a vicious left hand. Takase moves to the full guard from his back and keeps Mikey tied up. Mikey stays active with light shots and knees to the tailbone until the final bell rings.

    Ring announcer Bruce Buffer announces the judges ruling, all three judges rule the fight for the winner by unanimous decision, MIKEY BURNETT! The Lions Den fighters celebrate with the now 2-0 Mikey Burnett as the commentators show the replay of his devastating punching power dropping Takase earlier in the fight. Stephen Quadros notes how Burnett completely dominated Takase and moved up to the top of the young welterweight division with this win here tonight. Jeff Blatnick notes that Mikey Burnett could be one of the next in line for a shot at whoever wins tonight's Welterweight Championship fight between Miletich and Pele.

    The tension in the sold out Maracanãzinho is high as big 300 pound foreign American monster wrestler Tom Erikson, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion makes his entrance to The Octagon. The fans shower Pedro Rizzo with chears as he walks out with Marco Ruas. The commentators talk about the debuting 24 year old Brazilian heavyweight who is 5-0 in MMA fights coming into tonight, the winner of an 8 man tournament here in Brazil at the World Vale Tudo Championships in 1996.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Tom Erikson vs Pedro Rizzo


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    Tom Erikson comes out and looks to keep it standing with Rizzo early on. Rizzo keeps Erikson back with jabs as he circles around the outer perimeter of The Octagon looking to set up a leg kick. Erikson immediately shoots in hard as Rizzo unloads with a ferocious leg kick, barreling him into the fence so hard it rocks The Octagon to it's core and puts an indention in the fence! Erikson quickly overpowers Rizzo to the canvas and lands in his half guard. Erikson drains the life out of the crowd by hammering Pedro Rizzo with heavy club fists, swelling his eye shut and busting it open within the first minutes. Pedro takes a beating on the ground as Erikson works him over from the half guard. Pedro manages to get to the full guard as Erikson pounds on him with vicious heavy punches and elbows in a grueling manhandling against the fence. Pedro hangs on and survives in spite of having his eye closed shut and bloodied, his head repeatedly bounced off of the canvas with brutal shots from Erikson. The clock ticks away with Erikson completely dominating Pedro on the ground, brutalizing his bloodied eye, smothering his mouth with his huge manbearpig hands to cut his oxygen off. The action stalls out as the fight goes on and fatigue sets in for the later minutes. Finally Big John stops it and stands both men up!

    The crowd goes nuts as Pedro stands up with his eye swollen shut and bleeding. Erikson is shown breathing heavily as he gets a quick drink of water from his cornermen while Big John takes Pedro over to get his eye checked by the doctor. The doctor wipes the blood away from Pedro's swollen eye and asks him if he wants to continue. Pedro nods that he can still go and the doctor clears him to continue! The crowd stands and shakes the rafters of the arena as Big John restarts the fight! Pedro circles around Erikson and keeps him on edge with feints before unleashing a leg kick from hell, right into the meat of Erikson's thigh! Erikson responds with a sloppy takedown attempt but Pedro pushes off of him and lights him up with a quick combo of punches, left jab, right straight, left uppercut! Erikson absorbs Pedro's strikes and bull rushes him up against the cage wall! Pedro clinches up with Erikson and sprawls out as the big man rushes him for a trip takedown attempt! Pedro nails Erikson with a huge right hand! Erikson is rocked! Pedro batters Erikson with vicious leg kicks over and over again before flinging him to the ground as he sloppily barrels towards him trying to tie him up! Pedro throws a soccer kick at Erikson's head as he tries to get up but it just barely misses! Erikson desperately tries to shoot in low on Rizzo's ankles to take him down but Pedro destroys him with hammer fists until he goes limp! Big John stops the fight and all out pandemonium erupts in the arena! PEDRO THE ROCK RIZZO HAS STOPPED TOM ERIKSON!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

    Pedro is stormed by his cornermen as the fans go nuts! Tom Erikson has been knocked out! What an upset! What a debut here tonight by Pedro Rizzo! Pedro is draped with the Brazilian flag and hoisted up onto the shoulders of his cornermen after Big John raises his arm in victory.


    Middleweight Fight
    Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlei Silva


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    Both Vitor and Wanderlei come out cautiously circling each other for the first 30 seconds. Wanderlei makes a wrong move and Vitor stings him with a left hand that stuns him! Vitor blitzes Wanderlei across the Octagon with 19 unanswered punches in 4 seconds before Big John tackles him off to stop it!...


    OH MY GOD!!! VITOR BELFORT!!! THE PHENOM IS BACK!!! The arena turns into a madhouse as Vitor's team mates from the Carlson Gracie Jujitsu academy fly into the Octagon to hoist him up in a wild celebration. Wanderlei is shown recovering on the canvas asking his cornermen what happened. Blatnick and Quadros go over the instant replay several times showing the incredible hand speed and explosiveness of Vitor as he just completely blows the debuting Wanderlei Silva out of the water in just a matter of seconds. What a way for Vitor to bounce back after a disappointing performance in his loss to Frank Shamrock at UFC 17 in Japan.


    UFC World Welterweight Championship
    Jose "Pele" Landi vs Pat Miletich


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    Pele and Miletich go through a feeling out process where very little happens in the first two minutes. The crowd chants for Pele as both men circle each other looking for an opening. Miletich tries to close the distance with strikes but Pele looks to counter with a huge flying knee that just barely misses the top of Miletich's head! Pat ties up with Pele in the scramble and forces him down to the canvas, landing in his full guard. Pele stays active from his back landing shots to the side of Miletich's head. Pat responds with shots of his own but Pele keeps him tied up to where he can't generate enough leverage to do any damage. Miletich gradually works Pele closer to the cage wall but Pele uses his legs to push off of it and turn his body to keep from being pinned up against the fence. Both men remain deadlocked in the same position on the ground exchanging light strikes until finally Big John stands them up for a restart! Both men resume circling each other cautiously for a while until Miletich opens up with low kicks. Pele checks Miletich's kicks and counters with punches before tying up and battering him with knees from the Thai clinch. Miletich covers up and blocks Pele's knees before catching one of them and using it to take him down to the ground. Pele locks up Miletich in his full guard and hits him in the top of the head with elbows. Miletich postures up and answers back with ground and pound combos, working body-body-head combos.

    Miletich keeps Pele grounded until the final minutes of regulation expire. Both men are stood up and are tended to by their corners for a moment before Big John brings them out for the 3 minute overtime period for the championship! The crowd backs Pele as he comes out and flies towards Miletich with a flying knee to the body! Miletich clinches up with Pele and drives up against the cage! Both men lock up in the clinch against the cage and battle for underhooks, punching and kneeing each other. Miletich finally manages to take Pele down with a trip takedown, landing in the half guard position where he rides out the final minute working ground and pound. The final bell rings and both men show signs of fatigue as they are brought out to the center of the Octagon for the judges decision. Bruce Buffer announces that the first judge rules the bout for... Miletich! The second judge rules the bout for... PELE! The third judge rules the fight for the winner, by SPLIT decision.... aaaaaaaand NEW UFC WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION.... PAT MILETICH!!!

    Pat has the belt strapped around his waist as Pele and his corner look unhappy about the decision, while the fans boo and throw trash into the ring. The commentators show the replay of Miletich being able to ground Pele to eliminate his Muay Thai skills and ride out a tough decision victory here to become the very first ever UFC Welterweight Champion, scoring somewhat of an upset here in what was expected to be Pele's coming out party in front of his home country fans.

    "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn comes out for tonight's Heavyweight Championship as the commentary duo talks about how he is the most devastating and feared striker in the entire history of the UFC. Quadros talks about how Igor's punching power is unbelievable but he's never been able to defeat a grappler on the level of the Champion, "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr. Kerr comes out absolutely fucking jacked to the gills with Bas Rutten and Marco Ruas in his corner carrying the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt. Stephen Quadros talks about how Kerr has never faced a striker on the level of Vovchanchyn, citing how Kerr's mentor Mark Coleman defeated Igor back two years ago in the finals of UFC 11, a fight that went down to a razor close split decision that some feel Igor should have won. The commentators feel the hype as Igor and Kerr are brought to the center for Big John's final instructions, this truly is a monumental matchup for the UFC Heavyweight Championship of the WORLD!!! LETS GET IT ON!!!


    UFC World Heavyweight Championship
    Mark Kerr vs Igor Vovchanchyn


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    Kerr comes out and throws a front push kick just as Igor lunges in for a murderous overhand right that misses. Both men end up in the clinch against the cage for a moment before Igor creates space and connects with a left hook! Kerr shoots in and drives Igor the full distance of the cage to slam him down into the fence on the ground! Igor shows a cut over his eyebrow from a clashing of heads. Kerr is unable to mount any offense as he has Igor pinned in the guard position. Kerr tries to posture up and throw power shots but Igor kicks him away and scrambles to his feet! Kerr overpowers Igor back down and unloads with a massive meathook punch but Igor scrambles back up to his feet! Igor staggers Kerr with a huge hook to the side of the head! Kerr recovers and chases Igor down for a clinch, eating a HUGE right hand! Kerr regains his senses and takes Igor to the mat! Igor stays calm on his back and holds Kerr in his guard, constantly peppering the back of his head with strikes as Kerr stays down tight in his guard. Kerr gets restless from the constant strikes from Igor and stands up to go for a standing straight foothold! Igor kicks his way out but Kerr goes right back down to pin him in his guard. Igor continues to land light shots to Kerr's head from his back as Kerr lays in his guard not really doing anything.

    Finally Big John steps in and stops the fight for a restart. Kerr complains to Big John about punches to the back of the head but Big John pushes him to his corner and tells him to get ready! LETS GET IT ON!! Kerr comes out and throws a low kick but Igor catches it and BLASTS him with an overhand right! Kerr goes down!!! Kerr lands on his butt and looks up at Igor for a moment before recovering to his feet! The crowd goes nuts as both men circle each other! Kerr shoots in with a sweeping double leg takedown that puts Igor straight to his back. Igor resumes the guard position and continues to hit Kerr with light strikes off his back. Kerr lays inactive in Igor's guard just holding him down. Igor uses his legs to kick Kerr off of him and scramble to his feet! Kerr shoots in and immediately slams Igor up against the fence before putting him on his back! Igor stays calm and active on his back with punches to the sides of Kerr's head. Igor manages to kick Kerr back off of him again but Kerr pounces back on him landing right back in his guard to keep him down.

    Kerr finally postures up and tries to land some punches but Igor manages to block or evade all of his shots. Igor continues peppering Kerr with shots from his back as the clock grinds on into the 12 minute regulation period! The bell rings and Big John stands both men up to get ready for the 3 minute overtime period! Kerr looks completely exhausted as he drinks water from his cornermen. Big John gets both men ready for the overtime before calling for them to get it on! Kerr comes out and immediately drops down to take Igor back to his back! Igor stays calm with Kerr in his guard, continually peppering him with shots. Kerry continues to just lay on Igor to keep him pinned down and ride out the overtime! Igor manages to kick Kerr off of him one more time, scrambling up to his feet as Kerr desperately tries to get him back down! Igor nails Kerr with a HUGE uppercut! Kerr is rocked!!! Kerr tries to shoot for a double leg but Igor sprawls out on him and nails him with brutal knees and punches until Kerr slumps over forward knocked out face down on the canvas!!! Big John pushes Igor away and stops the fight!!! IGOR VOVCHANCHYN!!!! NEW UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!!!

    Igor jumps up to the top of the Octagon fence and screams to the fans as they cheer him on. Big John brings Igor to the center for the official decision where the UFC World Heavyweight Title is strapped around his waist, with Bruce Buffer making it official, the winner by KNOCKOUT after 14:02, and NEW UFC Heavyweight Champion OF THE WORLD.... "ICE COLD" IGOR VOVCHANCHYN!!!! Igor continues to celebrate and pose for pictures with the title as Kerr is revived and helped out of the Octagon by his cornermen. Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick go over the instant replay showing Igor taking down The Titan of The Octagon in stunning fashion in overtime, unbelievable!


    ||||Intermission||||


    During the intermission we get a special honorary lifetime achievement award presented to two of the patriarchs of the Gracie family, Helio Gracie and his nephew Carlson Gracie. Helio and Carlson were two of the original Gracie Jujitsu masters, both students of Carlos Gracie who learned from legendary Judoka Mitsuyo Maeda. Carlos passed Gracie Jujitsu on to his son Carlson and his younger brother Helio. It was in this building in the 1950's where Carlson defeated Valdemar Santana, getting revenge for Santana's win over Helio. Helio and Carlson eventually parted ways and developed a rivalry between their two dojos but tonight the UFC brings the 2 biggest pioneers in this sport together to honor their achievements in martial arts...




    Both Helio and Carlson are given honorary plaques in the Octagon before posing for pictures and thanking the fans for their ongoing support. After the ceremony we get a special cageside interview with the president of UFC North American office, SEG president Robert Meyrowitz who is accompanied by key UFC Japan officials to promote the next UFC pay per view, a grand extravaganza set to return to the Tokyo Dome in UFC Ultimate Japan '98! Ultimate Japan 98 will feature a huge fight card in the Tokyo Dome on December 29th 1998!

    The commentators talk about the special rules for tonight's main event as Yoji Anjo makes his entrance accompanied by Nobuhiko Takada and Kazushi Sakuraba along with other various students from the Takada Dojo in Japan. The commentators talk about how Anjo took this fight with just 6 days notice after Takada injured his shoulder in training. Due to the last minute change of opponent the Gracie family and the Takada Dojo agreed upon special rules for this bout, there will be no weight class, no restarts by the referee, and no time limit. Jeff Blatnick notes that this was a major reason why this fight headlined tonight, in the event that this goes past the allotted time for tonight's pay per view broadcast we would bring you the rest of the fight on the next UFC pay per view. Stephen Quadros talks about how there have been some long and grueling fights here in Brazil involving the Gracie family, this could be another one here tonight as Royce gives up well over 20 pounds of weight to Anjo. Royce makes his entrance to one of the loudest reactions of the night as he makes his way to the Octagon in the Gracie train, his father Helio leading the way as his cousins and brothers follow him to the cage. Gracie and Anjo eye each other from across the cage with intensity as Helio watches on from Gracie's corner and Takada and Sakuraba watch on from Anjo's corner. Big John asks both men if they are ready before getting the fight on!!!


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Yoji Anjo


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    Royce comes out and closes the distance quickly, throwing a front kick to Anjo's knee before shooting in for a high clinch! Anjo grabs Gracie's gi and fights desperately to stay off the ground, spinning around and pressing Royce up against the cage in a standing clinch! Royce stays clinched up on Anjo on the fence for a moment before tripping his leg and falling on top of him in the half guard position!! Gracie stays cautious and careful on top of Anjo in the half guard before spiking downward elbows into the side of his face and ear, creating an opening for him to slide his way into the full mount as Anjo tries to scramble to cover up! Blood begins coming out of Anjo's ear as Gracie hits him with aggravating punches to his ears from the full mount, opening up his gi and using it to smother Anjo to force him to make a move. Anjo thrashes around to try to buck Gracie off of him but Gracie keeps his position. Gracie postures up and continues to spike downward elbows into Anjo's face. Anjo thrashes around again to try to buck Royce off of him but Royce rides him and manages to transition around to take his back during the struggle! Anjo rolls over on top of Royce with his back to him as Royce stays cold and calm, slowly and gradually working his choke in a little at a time. Royce finally works his arm up under Anjo's chin and locks a grip on his gi to cut the oxygen and blood flow off to his brain. Yoji Anjo's face turns blue and the blood runs out of his ear as he is forced to tap out!!! It's over!! Big John steps in and forces Gracie to give up the choke and get off of him, and he's instantly hoisted up by the Gracie family and carried around the Octagon in victory!

    Royce has his arm raised in victory as the commentators talk about how he has carried on the tradition of the Gracie family here tonight with a big win in the Maracanãzinho. Yoji Anjo is consoled by his Takada Dojo team mates and helped out of the cage as the Gracie family celebrates and poses for pictures together. Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick are shown with their final analysis at their booth talking about another impressive performance by Royce here tonight, we were prepared for a very long grueling fight due to the time limit and the special rules but it was quite clear that Anjo was no match for Royce. Quadros notes how many of the Japanese fans want to see Royce take on Takada and we very well may see that happen at UFC Ultimate Japan. But how about 2 new Champions tonight in Pat Miletich with the UFC Welterweight Title and the new UFC World Heavyweight Champion, Igor Vovchanchyn, what a performance tonight by the Ukrainian to take the title off of one of the most dominant fighters we've seen in the UFC to date. The Gracie family is shown celebrating in the Octagon as Blatnick and Quadros bid farewell for tonight's PPV broadcast, we will see you in Japan for UFC Ultimate Japan '98 on December 28th!!!

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    Vovchanchyn vs Kerr II, Gracie vs Takada to headline 12 fight card at Ultimate Japan '98

    The UFC will hold a massive 12 fight card at the Tokyo Dome on December 28th for Ultimate Japan '98. The headline fights have been signed for a rematch between Igor Vovchanchyn and Mark Kerr for Igor's UFC Heavyweight Title. Royce Gracie will face Nobuhiko Takada in a catchweight bout. Pat Miletich will defend the UFC Welterweight Championship against Mikey Burnett in a clash between undefeated fighters. Ken Shamrock will make his return to the Octagon to take on former Karate and Kickboxing champion Masaaki Satake. Bas Rutten is set to face Randy Couture in a #1 contenders fight for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title. Kazushi Sakuraba, Pedro Rizzo, and Carlos Newton are all set to face opponents yet to be determined. Shooto star Hayato "Mach" Sakurai is rumored to be in negotiations to fight on the card, as is Royler Gracie the younger brother of Royce and Rickson. Advanced ticket sales for the Tokyo Dome are said to have sold out in record time as Royce Gracie vs Nobuhiko Takada has generated a ton of buzz in Japan.


    Frank Shamrock Wants New UFC Contract

    Undefeated UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock continues to feud with UFC management over his contract after reportedly being very unhappy about the money he was paid for his wins over Igor Zinoviev and Vitor Belfort earlier this year. Frank has threatened retirement if he's not paid what he's worth for his next fight. Rumors picked up this year about a possible Frank Shamrock vs Roy Jones Jr. exhibition boxing match but nothing has materialized. Frank's negotiations for a fight at the Ultimate Japan '98 Tokyo Dome show reportedly did not go well.


    UFC Set To Return to Brazil with UFC 18

    Due to the success of Ultimate Brazil '98 officials have booked a return to the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho on January 8th 1999 for UFC 18. No matches have been announced but Tank Abbott is rumored to have agreed to make his return at the show. The UFC has been in negotiations with Vitor Belfort and the Carlson Gracie Jujitsu academy as well as the Gracie family to all be featured on the show.


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    UFC Ultimate Japan '98
    Press Conference/Weigh Ins

    December 27th, 1998
    Tokyo Hilton Hotel Lobby
    Tokyo, Japan



    The weigh ins and press conference event takes place on the eve of the 3rd annual UFC Japan year end super show, Ultimate Japan '98. The event will be held in the Tokyo Dome, the UFC's 4th event at the historic venue. The main draw of the card will be Nobuhiko Takada, wildly popular Japanese shootfighter that became a massive star in UWFI and UWF before scoring a huge upset win over Olympic gold medalist and UFC 9 tournament champ Mark Shultz at UFC Ultimate Japan '96. Takada suffered a crushing defeat in a highly anticipated showdown with Rickson Gracie in the Tokyo Dome at UFC Ultimate Japan '97 but he made a strong comeback with a huge win over Kimo at UFC 17 in the Nippon Budokan here in Japan this past Summer. Takada was set to face the undefeated pride of the Gracie family, Rickson's half brother Royce Gracie. Royce defeated Takada's student Daijiro Matsui at UFC 16 in New York before choking out Tiger Mask at UFC 17. Takada vs Gracie was set for UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 but Takada had to pull out of the fight at the last minute due to a shoulder injury. Takada's training partner Yoji Anjo took his spot in the match and was systematically destroyed by Royce before being choked out. Now the fight has finally been agreed upon, Royce Gracie vs Nobuhiko Takada in a fight with no weight restrictions and no time limit, live tomorrow night from the Tokyo Dome!


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Nobuhiko Takada


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    Gracie Tale of the Tape Takada
    Nationality
    Brazilian Jujitsu Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid Wrestling
    6' Height 6' 1"
    175 lbs Weight 210 lbs
    31 Age 37
    3-0 UFC record 2-1


    The UFC Heavyweight Championship of the World will be on the line when "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn defends his title against "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr in a rematch of their fight at Ultimate Brazil '98. Igor pulled off an upset by defeating Kerr by TKO in Brazil to win the title. Now the rematch is set, two of the most feared fighters in the world going head to head for the UFC Heavyweight Championship!...


    UFC World Heavyweight Championship

    "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn(C) vs "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr II


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    Vovchanchyn Tale of the Tape Kerr
    Nationality
    Kickboxing Martial Arts
    Background
    Freestyle
    Wrestling
    5' 8" Height 6' 1"
    217 lbs Weight 252 lbs
    25 Age 295
    7-1 UFC record 5-2


    The second title fight on the card will be the UFC Welterweight Championship of the World as Champion Pat Miletich takes on undefeated slugger from Shamrock's Lions Den, Mikey Burnett. Miletich went to Brazil and scored a tough win over Jose "Pele" to win the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship. Prior to winning the title Miletich won his debut with a split decision over Townsend Saunders at UFC 16. Mikey Burnett made his UFC debut at UFC 16 with a stoppage of Eugenio Tadeau followed by a dominant beat down of Daiju Takase at UFC Ultiamte Brazil '98 this past October.


    UFC World Welterweight Championship

    Pat Miletich(c) vs Mikey Burnett


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    Miletich Tale of the Tape Burnett
    Nationality
    Wrestling/
    Kickboxing
    Martial Arts
    Background
    Hybrid
    Wrestling
    5' 10" Height 5' 9"
    170 lbs Weight 170 lbs
    32 Age 24
    2-0 UFC record 2-0


    Another featured bout tomorrow night will be a #1 contenders match in the heavyweight division as Bas Rutten takes on Randy Couture, with the winner being first in line for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 1999. Bas Rutten is another popular fighter in Japan due to his success in the Pancrase association where he was former King of Pancrase, holding wins over Suzuki, Funaki, and current UFC Middleweight Champ Frank Shamrock. Both of Bas' losses on his record came from earlier on in his career when he was competing as a representative of Pancrase in the UFC 2 and UFC 5 tournaments. Bas lost to Dan Severn and Volk Han in the semi finals of both tournaments before returning to Pancrase to work on his ground game. Bas dominated Pancrase until he was signed by the UFC last year. Since signing with the UFC Bas has won 3 fights in a row, taking out Cal Worsham, Harry Moskowitz, and former Heavyweight Champ Mark Coleman back at UFC 17 at the Budokan. Bas will be taking on Randy Couture, who is coming off of a win over Pete Williams at UFC 17, a finalist in the UFC 13 tournament and a semi-finalist in the UFC 15 tournament.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Bas Rutten vs Randy Couture


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    Rutten Tale of the Tape Couture
    Nationality
    Hybrid
    Wrestling
    Martial Arts
    Background
    Greco-Roman
    Wrestling
    6' 1" Height 6' 1"
    204 lbs Weight 220 lbs
    33 Age 35
    6-2 UFC record 5-2


    Also making a huge buzz at the box office for tomorrow's show is the return of Ken Shamrock to Japan where he was a major star in Pancrase and Fujiwara Gumi shootfighting promotions. Shamrock became the biggest star in UFC history after he defeated Rickson Gracie at UFC 5, then tapped out Mike Tyson at UFC 6. Shamrock abandoned his UFC Undisputed Championship and signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1995. The Worlds Most Dangerous Man made his return at UFC 16 this past February where he was promptly knocked out by the young Vitor Belfort. Now Shamrock returns to the Octagon in a superfight against popular K-1 kickboxer, Fighting Network Rings veteran and Karate black belt Masaaki Sataki.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Ken Shamrock vs Masaaki Satake


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    Shamrock Tale of the Tape Satake
    Nationality
    Hybrid
    Wrestling
    Martial Arts
    Background
    Karate
    6' Height 6' 1"
    218 lbs Weight 234 lbs
    33 Age 33
    10-2-1 UFC record Debut


    One of the fastest rising stars in Japan will make his return to the Octagon tomorrow night when Kazushi Sakuraba takes on Jeremy Horn from the USA. Sakuraba won over the hearts of the Japanese fans with his victories over massive giant opponents in the UFC Ultimate Japan 97 tournament, taking out 250 pound Gracie Jujitsu black belt Connan Silveira and the 7' tall beast Ricardo Morias in the finals, defeating both men by submission. Sakuraba returned with a submission victory over Carlos Newton in a mat classic in the Budokan at UFC 17. Sakuraba's opponent Jeremy Horn is an experienced veteran from the midwestern USA fight scene with a 16-2-3 record, including a 20 minute draw against former UFC Heavyweight Champ Dan Severn at an independent event last year. Horn trains with current UFC Welterweight Champ Pat Miletich.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Jeremy Horn


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    Sakuraba Tale of the Tape Horn
    Nationality
    Hybrid
    Wrestling
    Martial Arts
    Background
    Jujitsu
    6' 1" Height 6' 1"
    183 lbs Weight 192 lbs
    28 Age 23
    3-0-1 UFC record Debut



    Underneath the main card the UFC Japan offices have put together a huge undercard, featuring some of the best new talent in 6 featured bouts...



    Openweight Fight
    Royler Gracie vs Naoki Sano


    vs


    One of the most highly anticipated debuts will finally happen tomorrow night when Royler Gracie steps into the Octagon for the first time. Royler is the son of Helio and younger brother of Royce and Rickson Gracie, a three time Brazilian Jujitsu World Championships gold medalist in 96, 97, and 98, many feel that Royler is one of the most dynamic and technical grapplers of the Gracie family. Royler will make his debut against Naoki Sano, a popular shoot style wrestler and training partner of Sakuraba at the Takada Dojo, a veteran of New Japan and SWS pro wrestling promotions as well as PWFG and UWFI shoot wrestling leagues in Japan. The fight was agreed upon as an openweight bout as Royler weighed in at 157 pounds while Sano tipped the scales at nearly 200 pounds.



    Welterweight Fight
    Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs Townsend Saunders


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    The UFC will be debuting a huge coup tomorrow night with the debut of their latest signing, Hayato Sakurai, one of the rising stars of the Shooto promotion in Japan where he was undefeated at 7-0-2. Sakurai left Shooto as their reigning 167 lb. champion and one of the highest ranked welterweights in the world. Sakurai will make his debut against 1-1 UFC veteran, former Olympic silver medalist wrestler Townsend Saunders. Saunders made his debut with a controversial split decision loss to current Welterweight Champion Pat Miletich. Saunders rebounded at UFC Ultimate Brazil '98 with a dominant win over Chris Brennan.



    Heavyweight Fight
    Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo vs Mike Van Arsdale


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    Pedro Rizzo is a student of UFC veteran Marco Ruas, making his return after winning a huge upset over former Heavyweight Champ Tom Erikson at Ultimate Brazil '98. Rizzo will face 1988 NCAA Division I champion at Iowa State Mike Van Arsdale, a debuting fighting bringing a 7-1 record into the Octagon, including winning the IVC 4 no rules tournament in Brazil last year.


    Middleweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Ebenezer Fontas Braga


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    Carlos Newton made a strong impression with the Japanese fans even though he lost to Sakuraba by submission back at the Budokan at UFC 17. Newton returned and scored a victory over Carlson Gracie Jujitsu black belt Allan Goes at UFC Ultimate Brazil 98. Newton will be taking on Ebenezer Fontas Braga, a veteran of the Brazilian Vale Tudo circuit with a 9-3 record.


    Welterweight Fight
    Frank Trigg vs Jutaro Nakao


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    Two new welterweight fighters will make their debut when NCAA Division I wrestler Frank Trigg takes on Shooto veteran Jutaro Nakao. Trigg comes into his UFC debut with a 5-0 record, including a brutal bloody stoppage of Jujitsu master Jean Jacques Machado at the Vale Tudo Japan 98 event this past October. Nakao is a top ranked welterweight in Shooto with a 6-3-1 record with 5 wins by submission and 1 by TKO.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Vladimir Matyushenko vs Kyle Sturgeon


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    Matyushenko is an undefeated 6-0 Belarusian with an accomplished background in freestyle wrestling. Sturgeon is a bouncer and former amateur boxer from Los Angeles California set to make his MMA and UFC debut.



    UFC Ultimate Japan '98
    Final Card(Subject to Change)


    The Superfight
    Royce Gracie vs Nobuhiko Takada

    UFC World Heavyweight Championship
    Igor Vovchanchyn(c) vs Mark Kerr II

    UFC World Welterweight Championship
    Pat Miletich(c) vs Mikey Burnett

    Heavyweight Fight
    Bas Rutten vs Randy Couture

    Heavywieght Fight
    Ken Shamrock vs Masaaki Satake

    Middleweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Jeremy Horn

    Openweight Fight
    Royler Gracie vs Naoki Sano

    Welterweight Fight
    Hayato Sakurai vs Townsend Saunders

    Heavyweight Fight
    Pedro Rizzo vs Mike Van Arsdale

    Middleweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Ebenezer Fontas Braga

    Welterweight Fight
    Frank Trigg vs Jutaro Nakao

    Heavyweight Fight
    Vladimir Matyushenko vs Kyle Sturgeon

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    UFC Ultimate Japan '98
    December 28th, 1998
    Tokyo Dome(Tokyo, Japan)



    UFC attendance and live gate records are broken with tonight's historic event as over 61,230 fans packed into the Tokyo Dome to witness a grudge match years in the making, generating an estimated box office revenue in excess of $3.3 million to see Japanese star Nobuhiko Takada take on undefeated Royce Gracie in what will go down as the biggest UFC event in the company's 5 year history.




    The Octagon was set up in the middle of the Tokyo Dome with a huge elevated catwalk ramp connecting it to a large stage flanked by massive jumbo screens. The opening ceremonies featured Japanese UFC commissioner Antonio Inoki being introduced as a live orchestra played from the stage. One by one all of the fighters were brought out to the stage and lined up as the orchestra played on in the background while the fighters were introduced by the Japanese ring announcer. The elaborate introduction was capped by huge pyro explosions over the ring. Big John McCarthy was the senior official in charge of tonight's bouts. "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros and Olympic Gold medalist Jeff Blatnick are the American commentary duo with backstage reports from Joe Rogan, star of the hit NBC sitcom "Newsweek".


    The rules of the Octagon are covered with computer graphics on the television broadcast. Each fight is contested in one single 15 minute round, title fights will get a 3 minute overtime. If the fight goes the distance 3 judges will score the fight. All fighters will be wearing 4 oz. fingerless gloves. Headbutts, groin strikes, biting, eye gouging, holding the fence, and hair pulling is all illegal. Knees and kicks are allowed to a downed fighter.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Vladimir Matyushenko vs Kyle Sturgeon


    vs


    Two debut heavyweights open up the show with undefeated Russian wrestler Vladimir Matyushenko making quick work of Sturgeon, taking him down with ease early on and punishing him with a barrage of strikes up against the fence. The fight is stopped by the doctor due to a gnarly cut on Sturgeon's eyebrow that leaves a huge red bloodstain on the mat of the Octagon where Vladimir held him down. Matyushenko wins via TKO(doctor stoppage) at just 1:27, moving his undefeated MMA record to 7-0.


    Welterweight Fight
    Frank Trigg vs Jutaro Nakao


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    The Tokyo Dome crowd sits in silence for a slow paced 15 minute fight as Frank Trigg keeps the dangerous veteran Shooto striker down on his back. Trigg is cornered by Rico Chiaparelli and the RAW team(Real American Wrestlers). The fight is stood up twice but Trigg quickly ties up with Nakao and puts him back on the canvas, conservatively grinding on him with elbows and punches from the guard and half guard positions. Nakao's only offense through the fight are light strikes from his back. After the 15 minute regulation time limit expires the three Japanese judges render a unanimous decision for the winner, Frank Trigg.


    Middleweight Fight
    Carlos Newton vs Ebenezer Fontes Braga


    vs


    Carlos Newton is cheered by the Japanese fans during his introductions. He's really starting to catch on with the Japanese fans after his win over Erik Paulson in Shooto last year and his mat wrestling chess match against Sakuraba at the Budokan at UFC 17 earlier this year. Newton's Bushido spirit is on full display as rough Vale Tudo fighter Ebenezer Braga gives him all he can handle in an explosive 15 minute barnburner of a fight. Both fighters are rocked early on, Newton almost finished with a knee in the clinch, Braga from a huge right hand on the jaw followed by flurries of punches from Newton on the ground. The new young generation of dynamic grapplers in the sport are pushing the action on the mats with some incredible scrambles and counter-reversal struggles. Carlos Newton has shown to be on the cutting edge of this new generation with his performance on the ground in this fight. Newton managed to escape a guillotine choke midway through the fight with a slam followed by an explosive spin into an armbar attempt. Braga is impressive in his UFC debut, seemingly taking control in the final minutes of the fight as fatigue starts to set in. Newton looks to keep trying to take the fight to the ground but Braga is able to keep it standing and begins to pick him apart with strikes as the clock winds down. Braga wobbled Newton with a crisp boxing combination of left and right straights followed by a left hook. Braga also just barely misses a high kick late in the fight. The fight goes the distance and the judges rule it for Carlos Newton via split decision. Newton shows his respect to his opponent before saluting the crowd with his trademark fireball postfight celebration. Newton improves his record to 2-1 in the Octagon in another entertaining fight.



    Heavyweight Fight
    Pedro Rizzo vs Mike Van Arsdale


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    Pedro Rizzo chops Mike Van Arsdale down with brutal leg kicks early on. Van Arsdale shoots in on Rizzo for a takedown but Rizzo sprawls out and defends it momentarily. Van Arsdale blocks one of Rizzo's knees and trips him to the canvas, taking the top position in Rizzo's full guard. Marco Ruas is shown in Rizzo's corner shouting instructions as Van Arsdale drives him towards the fence and connects with body shots. The camera shows Van Arsdale's left leg turning black with bruises from Rizzo's leg kicks earlier on. Van Arsdale begins to open up and connect with brutal shots to Rizzo's face on the ground, bloodying his nose and opening a small cut on his forehead with an elbow. Rizzo manages to tie Van Arsdale up in his full guard to cause a stalemate in the action. Big John stops the fight to let the doctors check Rizzo's cut. The doctor inspects Rizzo's cut and wipes the blood off of his face before clearing him to continue. Big John restarts the fight standing and Rizzo nails Van Arsdale with another brutal leg kick before being taken right back down to his back. Van Arsdale shows signs of fatigue as he fails to mount any offense on the ground, forcing the ref to stand it back up due to lack of action. Rizzo chops Van Arsdale down with leg kicks over and over again to his left leg. Van Arsdale limps and winces in pain but he fights through and shoots for another takedown. Rizzo pushes off and defends the takedown before opening up with a flurry of punches that force Van Arsdale to cage up and try to defend himself. Rizzo nails Van Arsdale with another sickening leg kick that sends him collapsing to the canvas. Rizzo swarms Van Arsdale with follow up shots until Big John stops it! Pedro Rizzo wins via TKO after 7:21! Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo moves his UFC record to 2-0 with some of the most vicious leg kicks we've seen in the Octagon since his mentor Marco Ruas used them to win the UFC 7 tournament back four years ago.



    Welterweight Fight
    Hayato Sakurai vs Townsend Saunders


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    Hayato "Mach" Sakurai makes a splash in his highly anticipated UFC debut by finishing Townsend Saunders with a knee in the clinch followed by a volley of unanswered downward elbows to the side of the head as Saunders dropped to try to take him down. Saunders went limp and the ref stopped it at just 1:09! The UFC stole Sakurai away from Shooto while he was the undefeated reigning Welterweight Champion for the promotion, he's just cemented himself as one of the top welterweights in the world. Sakurai's victory over the American Olympic silver medalist wrestler drew the loudest crowd reaction so far tonight.



    Openweight Fight
    Royler Gracie vs Naoki Sano


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    The Gracie family requested special rules for this bout as Sano outweighs Royler by nearly 50 pounds. To make up for the weight difference there is an extended 30 minute time limit with a 5 minute overtime period. There will be no judges, if the fight goes the distance it will be automatically ruled a draw, also no stand ups allowed by the referee. The Japanese fans are firmly behind Sano, cheering for him and chanting his name at times during the bout. Sano is a veteran of the New Japan Pro Wrestling and SWS promotions as well as a member of the Takada Dojo where he competed in UWFI. This fight stays on the ground for 20 minutes with very little happening as Sano looks lost in Royler's guard. Sano never lands an offensive maneuver even though he keeps top position, he just keeps his chin and arms tucked in tight to survive. The full 30 minute regulation period goes by with very little happening outside of a butterfly guard sweep by Royler early on. Sano looks very winded at the start of the 5 minute overtime period. Sano shoots in and falls back into Royler's guard but Royler opens up with strikes from the bottom, bloodying Sano's face with vicious upkicks and punches. Royler finishes him off with an armbar submission finally after 33 minutes.



    Middleweight Fight
    Kazushi Sakuraba vs Jeremy Horn


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    Sakuraba picks Horn apart with low kicks and spinning back kicks, using clever feints to connect with vicious shots in the opening minutes of the fight. The crowd goes gaga for everything Sakuraba does, with one of the loudest reactions coming when Sakuraba drops Horn to the canvas with a straight punch. Horn lays on his back kicking up at Sakuraba with upkicks to keep him back. Sakuraba hammers vicious kicks into Horn's legs from the standing position. Sakuraba sets the crowd off with a flying leap over Horn's guard into a stomp that just barely misses his head! Sakuraba scrambles to try to pass Horn's guard but Horn makes a move and takes Sakuraba's back. Sakuraba locks Horn's arm up into a reverse double wrist lock but Horn escapes and takes his back in the turtle position. Sakuraba rolls underneath Horn and traps his leg in a kneebar! The crowd gasps as Horn's knee is fully extended but he manages to twist his way out of it! Sakuraba keeps the pressure on Horn by scrambling to take him down with a single leg takedown, landing on top in Horn's guard. Horn holds his own and keeps Sakuraba at bay with solid guard work from his back. Sakuraba eventually stands up and backs out of Horn's guard before landing a brutal kick to his leg. Horn scoots on his but throwing upkicks at Sakuraba's knees. Sakuraba sends the Tokyo Dome into a frenzy by feinting a flying guard pass and hitting Horn with a devastating flying side kick to the body! Horn kicks Sakuraba off of him during the scramble but Sakuraba passes his guard with a cartwheel! Sakuraba passes Horn's guard and moves into the side mount position where he traps his left arm and folds it up like a pretzel with a double wristlock! Horn fights off the hold by trying to straighten out his arm but Sakuraba torques on it and forces the tap! Crowd goes crazy, Sakuraba defeats Jeremy Horn with a submission at 6:55! What a performance! Sakuraba is now 4-0 in the Octagon and is quickly becoming one of the hottest stars in Japan.


    Heavyweight Fight
    Ken Shamrock vs Masaaki Satake


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    The Tokyo Dome crowd is on edge for the next bout as Ken Shamrock comes out absolutely jacked and intense for his second fight back since he returned from a 2 year stint in World Championship Wrestling. Shamrock was knocked out by Vitor Belfort in his return fight in February of this year. The popular K-1 kickboxing star Satake gets a huge pop during his entrance for his UFC debut as he comes out to his trademark Godzilla theme song. This is absolute madness as Satake stands his ground and trades punches with Shamrock. Satake lands straight lefts and rights in a flurry but Shamrock lands a huge right hook that staggers Satake backwards into the cage! Shamrock shoots in and clinches up with Satake against the cage, eventually fighting to get the double underhooks and trip him to the canvas! Satake holds on and keeps Shamrock locked up in the half guard position but Shamrock manages to free his hands and swell his eye shut with vicious strikes. Satake hangs in there and peppers Shamrock with bothersome punches from his back. Shamrock moves into side mount and goes wild with strikes but Satake manages to push himself up and stand up against the cage! Shamrock muscles Satake up against the cage and unloads with a flurry of wild right and left hands. Satake covers up and blocks Shamrock's punches before tying up with him in the clinch! Both men gasp for air in the clinch as the action slows down. Shamrock breaks the clinch with a huge right hand but Satake circles away from him. Shamrock breathes heavily as he circles in on Satake and backs him up against the fence. Satake unloads with a high kick that lands clean right to the side of Shamrock's head! DOWN GOES SHAMROCK! HE'S OUT! OH MY GOD IT'S OVER! THE TOKYO DOME GOES NUTS! MASAAKI SATAKE HAS KNOCKED KEN SHAMROCK OUT WITH A HEAD KICK!!!!

    The Octagon turns into a madhouse as Shamrock is out cold on his back while Satake is swarmed by his cornermen. Unfuckingbelievable! What an upset! Satake is in tears of joy as the crowd chants his name. Shamrock is still down and out with doctors and his cornermen working to revive him and work him up to a seated position. Satake's hand is raised and is announced as the winner and the crowd goes nuts for him. This is a moment that will live on in UFC history forever, what a kick, what a fight, what a debut for Satake. Holy shit!


    Heavyweight Fight
    Bas Rutten vs Randy Couture


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    A shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship is at stake as both Rutten and Couture come out cautious in a tactical stand off on the feet early on. Couture circles around Rutten with his hands up high, weary of Rutten's thunderous kicks. Rutten is careful to avoid Couture's takedowns and clinch game. Both men trade jabs for the early parts of the fight as Couture uses good head movement to hang in the pocket with Rutten. Couture misses with a right hook and gets countered with a left from Rutten that stuns him. Couture ties up with Rutten and goes for a collar tie but Rutten works his way into a thai clinch. Rutten blasts Couture with knees in the thai clinch but Couture absorbes them with his forearms before tripping him to the canvas! The action slows down as Couture keeps Rutten pinned on his back in the guard position chipping away at him with punches and elbows. Rutten stays active and answers back with punches from his back but Couture connects with a huge elbow that immediately begins to swell Rutten's eye shut. Couture completely dominates Rutten on the ground for the first five minutes. Finally Big John stands the fight up due to lack of action. Rutten connects with a huge kick to the body but Couture soldiers through it and scoops him up for a big double leg takedown slam! Couture moves into half guard position and drives Rutten up against the fence. Rutten works his way into the full guard and pushes his way off the fence.

    Rutten's eye swells all the way shut as Couture grinds on it with his elbows and forearms. Big John stands the fight up again due to the lack of action. The crowd comes alive as Rutten nails Couture with a vicious leg kick followed by a flurry of straight rights and lefts! Couture fights back by circling out to his right and tagging Rutten with a big left hand! Couture clinches with Rutten and drives him against the fence where he wears him down with dirty boxing. Rutten's eye begins bleeding from a small cut but he survives and fights back with punches and knees in the clinch. Both men wear down in the clinch as the clock winds down. Big John separates them again for the final 2 minutes. Both men circle each other totally exhausted, with Rutten opening up and countering Couture's punches. Rutten throws a vicious high kick that just barely goes over the top of Couture's head! Couture manages to take Rutten back down to the mat! Rutten and Couture trade punches on the ground as the final bell goes off! This fight is going to the judges!


    The ref brings both men to the center of the Octagon as the ring announcer reads the judges decisions. The first judge rules the fight for.... RUTTEN!


    The second judge rules the fight for.... COUTURE!!!


    The third judge rules the fight for the winner, by SPLIT decision.... BAS RUTTEN!!!


    Couture shakes hands with Rutten out of respect before bowing out of the cage. Rutten celebrates with his trademark leaping splits salute to the four sides of the Tokyo Dome as the commentators go over the instant replay. Bas Rutten has defeated Randy Couture by split decision that has to be somewhat disputed as it appeared that Randy was in control for a majority of the fight, and he certainly inflicted more damage as Rutten's eye is in pretty bad shape. Either way that was a damn good heavyweight fight that shows the remarkable evolution the technical aspect of this sport has seen over the last couple of years.



    UFC World Welterweight Championship
    Pat Miletich(c) vs Mikey Burnett


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    Miletich and Burnett put the Tokyo Dome crowd into silence with another very long and uneventful fight that goes the full distance. Both men spend a majority of the fight clinched up against the cage trading body shots and grabbing each other's shorts in a stalemate. Big John restarted the fight multiple times but neither man was able to land any significant strikes in the stand up phase, while neither man was able to take the fight to the ground either. Miletich was able to land some jabs and low kicks in overtime but Burnett tied up with him again and dug in with body shots in the over/under clinch. After 15 minutes of regulation time and another 3 minutes of overtime the fight goes to the judges for a decision. In a shocking twist that we have never seen in the Octagon up to this point, all 3 judges ruled the fight as a draw! Both fighters and their corners are unhappy about the decision. Pat Miletich retains his UFC World Welterweight Championship by going to a draw decision with Burnett.



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    During the intermission we get a backstage interview with Joe Rogan talking to Randy Couture about his controversial decision loss to Bas Rutten. Couture says that he feels like he should have won but he still has a lot of respect for Bas Rutten. Couture puts Rutten over as one of the best in the sport but he says that he feels like he was able to take him down and dominate him on the ground as well as overwhelm him in the clinch for what should have been a pretty clear cut victory. Couture says that it's unfortunate that the judges didn't see it that was but he will make a comeback and hopefully fights his way to a rematch in the near future.

    Stephen Quadros is shown cageside with an interview with UFC North American president Robert Meyrowitz standing with Tank Abbott to his left and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman to his right. The president makes a special announcement for the first UFC show of 1999. The president breaks the news that the UFC has signed and been cleared for 6 pay per view events in 1999, starting with UFC XVIII on January 8th 1999 when the Octagon returns to Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio De Jeneiro Brazil for UFC Ultimate Brazil '99! The president announces that the card will feature the return of Renzo Gracie, as well as a UFC Heavyweight Championship match between whoever wins tonight's title fight between Mark Kerr and Igor Vovchanchyn against the new #1 contender Bas Rutten! Also, the big Superfight has been signed for UFC Ultimate Brazil '99, The Tank vs The Hammer, as Tank Abbott returns to take on the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark "The Hammer" Coleman in the ultimate striker vs grappler matchup!

    UFC XVIII: Ultimate Brazil '99 Superfight!
    Tank Abbott vs Mark "The Hammer" Coleman

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    Live on pay per view on January 8th 1999 from the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio De Jeneiro Brazil!

    Quadros interviews both Tank and Coleman about their upcoming Superfight, with Tank cutting a promo saying that he's usually counting down the days to get out of a cage, now for the first time in his life he's counting down the days to get back INTO a cage. Tank says the people know what to expect from his fights, whether he wins or he loses his opponents have to go to the hospital after his fights, while he's drinking cocktails at the bar. Tank says his fight against Coleman is going to be no different, when it's all over Coleman will need serious medical treatment. Coleman cuts a much more humble promo talking about how hard he's been training to get back to prime form and return to his spot at the top of the sport. Coleman says that he doesn't like Tank because he has a loud mouth, on January 8th when they step into the Octagon there's not going to be any talking, he's going to put Tank on his back and make him quit! Tank and Coleman stare each other down as Quadros hypes UFC XVIII: Ultimate Brazil '99 on pay per view live on January 8th 1999, call and order today!



    UFC World Heavyweight Championship
    Igor Vovchanchyn(c) vs Mark Kerr II


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    Kerr and Vovchanchyn are treated with flowers by in the prematch ceremony by special guest Elton John before Japanese UFC commissioner Antonio Inoki accepted the belt from Vovchanchyn and delivered a speech to commemorate tonight's UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between the two best heavyweight fighters in the world today. The United States and Ukrainian national anthems were played before both fighters were brought to the center of the Octagon for Big John's final instructions. After a brief feeling out process standing Igor closes the distance and unloads with a home run overhand right! Kerr just barely avoids the shot as he shoots in and trips Igor to the canvas. Kerr stays on top of Igor just holding him down for most of the 15 minute regulation period. The fight is stood up on two occasions but Kerr immediately takes it back down with sharp takedowns. The crowd grows restless and begins showing signs of indigestion as Kerr grinds the action to a dead stop, just laying on Vovchanchyn without mounting any offense. Igor continually strikes Kerr from his back until the 15 minute time limit expires. Kerr is showing signs of fatigue as his cornermen work on him during the 1 minute break before the overtime period begins. In overtime Kerr shoots in for another takedown but Igor sprawls out and defends it! Kerr circles Vovchanchyn and waits for another opening to shoot but Igor turns a sharp angle and punishes him with left and right hooks! Kerr loses his balance and slips to the canvas! Igor takes Kerr's back and peppers him with punches and hammer fists in the turtle position. Kerr tries to make a move but he's totally exhausted. Igor lands knees to the body! Igor keeps Kerr's back with constant ground and pound until the final bell rings for the end of the 3 minute overtime! This fight is going to a decision!

    Kerr and Igor both are spent as the ref brings them to the center of the ring for the judges ruling. All three judges rule the bout for the winner, by UNANIMOUS decision.... AAAAAAAAAND... STILL UFC World Heavyweight Champion... ICE COLD IGOR VOVCHANCHYN!!!

    Vovchanchyn has the UFC World Heavyweight Championship strapped around his waist as his hand is raised in victory by the referee. The commentators talk about how Kerr was very inactive on the ground throughout the fight even though he was able to keep Igor down, it appeared that Kerr got very tired going into the overtime round where Igor was able to pull away with a decision with a late flurry.


    The Superfight
    Nobuhiko Takada vs Royce Gracie


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    Royce Gracie makes his entrance to the Octagon with his father Helio and his cousins and various other relatives in his corner. The commentators talk about the rules set for this openweight bout, there will be a 30 minute time limit with a 5 minute overtime, there will be no restarts or stand ups and there are no judges decisions for this fight, if it goes the distance it will automatically be ruled a draw. The Tokyo Dome crowd comes to life for the main attraction Nobuhiko Takada making a grand entrance with his new theme music with two live Lions in cages on both sides of the entrance stage and confetti falling from the ceiling. Kazushi Sakuraba is shown in Takada's corner during the introductions, while Renzo, Royler, and Rickson are each in Gracie's corner along with Helio.

    The Tokyo Dome is at a fever pitch for the final staredown and the start of the fight! Royce comes out throwing his low jab kicks at Takada's legs. Royce hits Takada with a front push kick to the abdomen before shooting in for a tie up! Takada fights to avoid Royce's trip takedown attempts in a wild clinch battle. Takada manages to stay up and overpower Royce backwards into the fence and land a hard knee to the body! Royce fires back with a knee to Takada's groin! The ref doesn't see it! Takada winces and tries to break away from Royce but Royce trips him to the canvas and lands in the full mount position! The crowd is furious as referee Big John completely missed Royce's low blow. Takada hangs in there with Royce on top of him working to get his gi around his throat for a choke. Takada thrashes to free his neck from Royce's gi as the crowd gasps along with every move he makes. Royce holds his position and lets Takada roll over to give up his back. Royce drills Takada with elbows to the side of the head from the back mount position but Takada covers up! Royce tries to go for a rear choke but Takada manages to defend it! The entire Tokyo Dome crowd starts chanting TA-KA-DA!, TA-KA-DA!, TA-KA-DA!

    Takada fights off Royce's choke and tries to roll back over. Royce works Takada right into an armbar during the scramble, sweeping his legs around and straightening it out! Takada tries to fight it off but Royce pulls and cranks on his arm! Takada taps out! Royce Gracie wins by armbar in just 3:34!!

    The Gracie family blitz into the Octagon to pull Royce up and carry him around the Octagon in a wild celebration. Takada lays in pain still wincing and clutching his groin as his arm hangs limp by his side. The replay is shown with Royce drilling Takada right in the balls early on while Big John was watching to see if he was holding the fence. The crowd is displeased as Royce has his arm raised with Takada's cornermen protesting with the referee about the illegal groin shot. Either way the final decision stands with Royce Gracie moving his UFC record to a perfect 4-0 with all four wins coming via submission against much larger opponents.




    Royce is shown celebrating with his family in the Octagon as Stephen Quadros and Jeff Blatnick bid farewell to the television audience, we will see you in Brazil in January for the UFC XVIII: Ultimate Brazil '99 pay per view!!!

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