**This is the ninth post in a lengthy series lifted from my MMA blog. Be sure to check Fight Rankings for more in this series, which includes cumulative fight and fighter rankings from the first nine UFC events.**
After the Ultimate Ultimate, we're back to the numbered Ultimate Fighting Championship events with UFC 8. The Ultimate Ultimate was good, but was a bit lackluster. To make things interesting for this next event, the event has a "David vs. Goliath" theme, pitting larger fighters against smaller fighters. You see what weight classes and sanctioning have ruined? Perfectly good freak show fights!
We know to expect the Superfight between Ken Shamrock and Kimo, while the ninth ever tournament will also take place. Though there aren't a lot of familiar faces, we've got some new, interesting names in this event. There's a former college wrestler with professional boxing experience who will be cornered by Dan Severn. We've also got another boxer with arm wrestling experience who practices kuk sool wan, but I'll discuss that a bit more later.
I think the biggest lingering question we have is whether or not Rich Goins will be doing the ring announcing. I'm almost scared to know the answer, but we've got to find out eventually. On with the fights!
UFC 8: David vs. Goliath - February 16, 1996
We're treated to a hype video before the event, which mostly focuses on the Shamrock/Kimo Superfight. Here's something I haven't thought about until now: how in the hell is Kimo in a Superfight? This guy is 0-1 in the UFC and gets a Superfight just because he got Royce Gracie tired? How about this guy actually wins a UFC fight before he gets elevated to the Superfight?
Anyway, onto the event. The UFC is down in Puerto Rico for this event and the reason I know this is because Bruce Beck is spitting some awful Spanish at us. Jeff Blatnick starts talking about these fighters being a mystery until they're introduced, so I'm not sure how this is going to work.
Blatnick also begins talking about the mysterious chupacabra monster, saying that UFC fighters don't worry about mystery. I wouldn't worry about the chupacabra either, since by definition, it is a goat sucking monster. Unless one of these fighters is a goat, there is likely no reason to be worried about the chupacabra. Wait, is one of the fighters a goat? This could be really awesome.
Beck and Blatnick start to discuss tournament participant Joe Moreira, who even today is one of the premier practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moreira is currently an 8th degree BJJ black and red belt, which is an incredible feat. I'm anxious to see how his UFC debut will go.
Don Wilson is also back as the third member of the broadcasting team. "The Dragon" calls Kimo an "x-factor", which I think means he has no clue what the Hawaiian brings to the octagon. Or maybe that's just a nice way of saying that he's not particularly good at anything.
Okay, now I thought these fighters were supposed to be a mystery? Whatever, here are the brackets. Paul Varelans is back and will fight the touted Joe Moreira. Two notable new names are Don Frye, who will be fighting a 400 pound fighter named Thomas Ramirez, and "Big Daddy" Gary Goodridge.
That's right, folks - Don Frye is here! I thought my UFC days would forever be sad with the absence of Harold Howard, but this wonderful news has turned my day around! The greatest Canadian UFC fighter has been replaced by the greatest American in the history of America. Now I'm excited!
The UFC continues taking advantage of the infancy of the internet, as Bruce Beck asks viewers to join the UFC's Compuserve conference room. I didn't think these early UFC events could feel any more like the 1990's, but I was absolutely wrong about that.
The rules are basically the same except that time limits have been shortened in fights. The tournament quarterfinals and semifinals will feature a 10 minute time limit with no overtime, while the finals and Superfight will feature 15 minute time limits with two 3 minute overtimes if needed.
We're introduced to the three judges for the night and I'm surprised to see the "Fight Professor" himself, Stephen Quadros. At least they say this man is Stephen Quadros, though it's hard to tell through all the stubble and grease. Quadros is described by Beck as "the executive editor of the Kickboxing Ring Report and contributing editor of Inside Kung Fu."
What on earth is this man wearing? Was he filming scenes as an extra for some unreleased 1996 reboot of Miami Vice? Seriously Quadros, where's your tie? Sadly, he may have actually looked good by 1996 standards. I was 12 in 1996 and my outfits consisted of oversized Saturday Night Live t-shirts and outfits that included Hypercolor. It's easy for me to pass judgment in hindsight, but I would have had absolutely no room to talk fifteen years ago.
Once again, we're given no information about the preliminary fight that took place prior to the event. Sam Adkins defeated Keith Mielke in 50 seconds with strikes. As usual, both fighters will be individually ranked but the fight will be excluded from the collective fight rankings.
The night begins with greatest American ever Don Frye facing Thomas Ramirez. As promised, Dan Severn has accompanied Frye to the cage. Thankfully, I know this because the UFC has started to show fighter entrances after failing to do so for a number of events. This can likely be attributed to numerous lengthy fights during the previous events, but we shouldn't have problems like that given the new time limits.
Puerto Rican Thomas Ramirez gets a very nice hand from his home crowd. He's also huge weighing in at 410 lbs. Ramirez is wearing all black, though I think he's overestimating the slimming capabilities of black clothing. Don Wilson notes that Ramirez has "questionable cardio", but I'm not sure that needed to be mentioned. I think we got the idea when he was billed at 410 lbs.
Mother fuck, you have got to be kidding me. Rich Goins, really? I'm all pumped up about Don Frye fighting this big fat monster and Rich Goins has to come and fuck it all up. Now I try not to swear very much, since this is a family blog about people who punch each other for a living. But this makes me so goddamn mad that I can't even stand it.
Who thought it was a good idea to bring Rich Goins to Puerto Rico? Did somebody read these blog entries, travel back in time, and somehow change the course of time to ensure that Rich Goins will be the UFC announcer for all times? Is this some kind of weird Back to the Future type scenario where I'll be watching UFC events from 2005 or 2006 and Rich Goins will still be shouting at us? Jesus, this is fucking miserable. I don't know that I can carry on like this.
I thought Bruce Beck speaking Spanish was bad, but Goins rips off that gimmick and opens his introduction with some mumbled Spanish phrases. And what the fuck is this moron wearing around his neck? Quadros didn't have a tie and now Goins is wearing some kind of strange black collar. The haircut also goes a long way in making Goins look like a total douche.
Goins starts to introduce Don Frye and it seems like his microphone might be cut off. Goins keeps repeating the same statistics over and over while flashing an angry look over at some technical people. It sounds like the microphone regains power at the end of Frye's introduction, but I'm glad to see that idiot embarrassed.
Deciding that his own mumbled "LETSROCKANDROLL" catch phrase was insufficient, Goins has decided to rip off UFC referee "Big" John McCarthy by announcing "let's get it on!" Granted, Big John basically took that from Mills Lane, so it's not exactly an original phrase. But Big John is right there in the cage with Goins! I can only hope that Big John choked Goins out and left him for dead and Puerto Rico, but that could just be wishful thinking.
For both my own sake and the sake of everyone reading this, I need to move on. Rich Goins is awful and that's not going to change, so I'll try my best to accept it and cover these fights. But seriously, fuck Rich Goins.
Don Frye is outweighed by more than 200 pounds, so the David and Goliath theme is in full effect here. The fight starts...and it's already over! Don Frye takes a few swings and connects with a big right hand knocking Ramirez out cold! Frye knocked out Ramirez in a new UFC record of eight seconds.
See? He's pretty out of it. It's clear that my excitement in Don Frye is well placed. Ramirez is helped up to a nice hand from the crowd, though it's clear that many of the Puerto Rican fans in attendance are very disappointed with this outcome.
There's some kind of long delay after the first fight and Bruce Beck is clearly trying to fill time. I worry that it's taking Thomas Ramirez a significant amount of time to get out of the octagon given his size. No explanations are given for the delay, which for whatever reason wasn't edited out of the home release.
Finally, it's time for the second quarterfinal fight between Joe Moreira and Paul Varelans. Beck wonders out loud of Moreira will be the next Royce Gracie or Marco Ruas, but honestly, he looks a lot like my old boss from when I worked at Baskin Robbins in high school. After careful consideration, I don't think it is the same guy.
Meanwhile, Paul Varelans appears to have gotten fatter and has grown a goatee. He's also wearing a Breathe Right strip, which I'm sure will do a lot to elevate his performance.
The fight begins and the fighters are feeling each other out. Moreira lunges in for a potential takedown, but quickly gives up that idea and lands some nice strikes when backing away. After a bit of circling, Varelans briefly gains control with an ugly clinch but Moreira is able to escape.
So far, there's been very little action in this fight. Lots of circling and useless striking attempts from both men. Varelans is getting the best of this fight, as he's landed a few clean shots and has completely thwarted any of Moreira's takedown attempts. We're somehow already five minutes through this fight, but it's a good sign that I haven't killed myself yet. This has been very unpleasant.
Bruce Beck says that Varelans' attack has been more "sophisticated" than Moreira's, which may be the most shameful think you could say about a fighter. I think this has been the first time that Paul Varelans has been described as sophisticated.
Jeff Blatnick makes note of a kick thrown by Varelans, but Don Wilson laughs at the notion and says it looked more like "a leg thrown in the direction of his opponent." I understand what "The Dragon" is trying to say in deriding Varelans, but I think that is actually how you define a kick.
The only strikes that either man is landing come when in the clinch or breaking away from the clinch. This has been an extremely inactive and boring fight so thank goodness there are only two minutes remaining. We get a lot more circling and another uneventful clinch, while Paul Varelans seems to get a little more aggressive in the last 30 seconds. Still, it isn't enough to save this fight. That was absolutely miserable.
Watching this fight was the worst thing to happen to my day, and I say that even having shit my pants earlier in the day. All three judges score this fight for Paul Varelans, which is unsurprising. Moreira did absolutely nothing in this fight, while Varelans did just more than nothing. Varelans may move on to the semifinals, but in this fight, everyone is a loser.
This next quarterfinal match is between Jerry Bohlander and Scott Ferrozzo. Beck tells us that Bohlander fights out of the Lion's Den, but is very inexperienced. It will be interesting to see how another Lion's Den fighter does in the octagon. Meanwhile, the 330 lbs. Scott Ferrozzo thinks its a good idea to wear a big yellow poncho that says "FEAR ME."
The fight begins and Ferrozzo quickly backs Bohlander against the cage. Ferrozzo lands a couple of big takedowns on Bohlender, but Ferrozzo has a hard time getting to a dominant position. Ferrozzo sinks in a pretty weak guillotine choke, but throws some knees to Bohlander's head.
Ferrozzo backs Bohlander against the fence again, but now Bohlander grabs Ferrozzo's head in his own guillotine attempt. This is similarly ineffective as Ferrozzo's choke, but at least Bohlander is controlling his opponent. That is, until Ferrozzo whips Bohlander to the mat with a violent takedown.
Ferrozzo is in Bohlander's guard and is trying to smother his smaller opponent. Ferrozzo is throwing some headbutts, but little else is happening. "Big" John McCarthy stops this fight to look at a cut on Ferrozzo's face, and after a quick look by the doctor, the fight continues.
The moment Bohlander decides to be aggressive, Ferrozzo bullrushes Bohlander and shoves his opponent against the cage once again. Ferrozzo has had the advantage thus far almost solely because of his weight. He's unable to stay active and Big John quickly breaks up the clinch and restarts the fight.
Bruce Beck discusses Scott Ferrozzo's fight camp, and apparently, Bruce Buffer is Ferrozzo's manager. Can that be right? Apparently it is, and I'm pleased to know that Bruce managed his half-brother Michael Buffer's career. It pleases me to know that Bruce has gotten his fair share of the "Let's get ready to rumble" money.
Back to the fight, Ferrozzo's strategy is to use his weight to keep Bohlander against the cage. It's not a bad idea with his significant weight advantage, but unfortunately, Big John isn't very tolerant of this and gives a warning.
We have 90 seconds left in the fight and Ferrozzo attempts a takedown, but Bohlander spins free and takes control. Bohlander throws a knee to his downed opponent and sinks in a guillotine choke. Ferrozzo makes one last attempt to slam Bohlander against the cage, but Ferrozzo is forced to tap out!
Bohlander has won the fight in a very exciting come from behind win. Ferrozzo had to be ahead with the judges so it's a really gutsy win from Bohlander. That was not a bad fight and Ferrozzo fought a lot better than I thought he would. He was pretty active for a bigger guy and had a nice gameplan, but in the end, he just ran out of gas and was submitted.
This fourth quarterfinal fight pits Paul Herrera against "Big Daddy" Gary Goodridge. Herrera is apparently a wrestler who has spent time training with Tank Abbott. I picture their training camp involving Tank sitting in a corner and drinking while Herrera does hundreds of push-ups.
Herrera apparently had to put his "modeling career" on hold for this fight, though Bruce Beck comments that modeling wasn't really going anywhere for Herrera. Wow, we're so lucky that Herrera was able to take time off from not getting modeling work to fight in the UFC.
Gary Goodridge makes his way to the octagon and Bruce Beck touts his kuk sool wan background. It's too bad that Goodridge's fourth degree black belt was pretty much gifted to him. A free gi and black belt in exchange for representing kuk sool wan in the UFC isn't a very bad deal.
Still, Goodridge is a very tough dude with a boxing and arm wrestling background. I wish that Goodridge would try to take advantage of his arm wrestling in the octagon by offering to compete against his opponents, kind of like how pro wrestlers used to do the convoluted "test of strength." Nothing would please me more than "arm wrestling" becoming a major MMA concentration, though it may not work given the lack of tables inside of MMA cages and rings. Too bad.
Rich Goins is thankfully having more microphone problems when introducing the fighters for this bout. I wish Rich Goins always had microphone problems. That son of a bitch.
Herrera is ambitious at the start of the fight, going for an immediate takedown. Goodridge quickly counters by putting Herrera in a crucifix and then...
Gary Goodridge uses this as an opportunity to demolish Paul Herrera's brain. This is the most stunning and incredible UFC knockout to date, and it is perhaps one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history. Gary Goodridge has announced his presence with authority, while Paul Herrera is likely looking for a skull donor. Goodridge has electrified this crowd with his devastating elbows and the people want to see more of "Big Daddy."
Herrera is attended to for quite a while in the octagon, so there's a bit of a break in the action. Pancrase's Masakatsu Funaki is shown in the crowd, odd considering Funaki never appeared in the UFC. I wonder if the UFC was trying to work out a deal for Funaki to appear but it just never worked out. Funaki in the UFC would have been really awesome, as he may have been the best fighter in the mid-1990's to not compete in the UFC.
The semifinals begin and we're notified that Paul Varelans is being replaced in this tournament by Sam Adkins. Blatnick speculates that Varelans may have broken his hand, but I have no idea how someone can be hurt after being so inactive for ten minutes. Whatever, this means no more Paul Varelans and I'm pleased with this development.
While the Beck and Blatnick discuss the alternate situation, you can hear that idiot Goins in the cage testing his microphone. He's convinced that his microphone isn't working and can be heard repeating "Ladies and gentlemen! Ladies and...ladies and gentlemen! Ladies..." Oh my God, this guy is a tool.
It's clarified that Varelans has a broken bone in his foot, likely due to a foot stomp by Joe Moreira. Sam Adkins will take on Don Frye in this first semifinal fight. We get a quick hype video for Don Frye and Sam Adkins, showing both fighters sparring on some kind of beach. I guess when you're in Puerto Rico, it would be a missed opportunity to not film MMA fighters showing off their skills on a beach.
Sam "The Experience" Adkins (yes, that's his nickname) makes his way to the cage and this guy looks awesome. He apparently teaches boxercise at a country club - I wonder if he knows Dana White? Adkins has a tattoo of a rose on his left shoulder and is wearing some awful, ugly orange trunks. If Don Frye is the definition of a man, then we're looking at his complete opposite on the other side of the cage. I'll take Frye's neatly trimmed mustache over Adkins' borderline ginger goatee any day of the week.
At the start of this fight, both men are feeling each other out until Frye lands a quick takedown and begins to pummel Adkins in the head and face. Both Beck and Blatnick think that Adkins tapped but McCarthy didn't see it. Nonetheless, Frye keeps pounding at his now bloodied opponent. Adkins is bleeding badly and Big John sees fit to stop this fight.
Adkins was very vulnerable and very bloody, so I think it's a good stoppage. Adkins and Frye shake hands and it looks like Frye is smiling at his handy work. Frye wins this fight in all of 48 seconds and has now won his first two fights in a combined time of under one minute. Don Frye is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his exciting style and, of course, his trademark mustache.
We get to see another beach training video, this one for Jerry Bohlander. The best part of his introduction video is that he's sparring with teammate Frank Shamrock. He's shown putting Shamrock, who is also in his corner, in different submission holds.
Gary Goodridge's beach traning video consists of him throwing punches, knees, and elbows at the camera. Goodridge tells us that he has a superior attitude, mind, and strength to anyone in the UFC. He finishes his pretape by saying "Big Daddy is bringing home the bacon." Can we book this guy to fight Tank Abbott ASAP?
The crowd starts to get rowdy, though I can't tell if they're changing because of the fighters or the prostitutes the UFC hired as ring girls. It looks like they got a couple of vampire strippers from the movie From Dusk 'Til Dawn to work as ring girls and I feel filthy just having to look at that. Next time, I hope the UFC picks women who look a little less scary to act as ring girls.
Bohlander shoots in pretty quickly at the beginning of the fight, but Goodridge grabs a front facelock. Bohlander escapes and attempts to throw Goodridge, but Goodridge takes Bohlander's back and slams him forward. Goodridge is in side control and spends quite a bit of time just holding position. Bohlander makes attempts to escape or better position, but Goodridge is too heavy and can't be budged.
Goodridge tries to advance into mount, but ends up in Bohlander's guard. Bohlander nicely reverses Goodridge and makes his way to the full mount. Bohlander begins to strike Goodridge, but "Big Daddy" grabs his opponent and holds on tightly. Goodridge is so strong that he basically sits-up out of the position and pushes Bohlander back to the mat, ending up in guard. Goodridge throws an occasional big punch and then uses the cage as leverage to get back to his feet.
Goodridge kneels and stands on top of his downed opponent, using his superior strength (and the cage) to control Bohlander. Bohlander appears to try for a leg submission, prompting Goodridge to throw a couple of heavy, undefended punches. Big John sees that Bohlander is in a seriously dangerous position and he steps in to stop the fight. Goodridge is the victor and moves on to fight Don Frye in the finals in what should be a fun fight.
Dan Severn will actually be joining the announce team for the upcoming Superfight. For as dangerous as Dan Severn is, he's unsettlingly soft spoken. He's got a strange Michigan accent where he sounds almost European, but I'm still very scared of him throwing me around like a ragdoll. Severn discusses some of his training with Don Frye as well as the need to be well-rounded in MMA.
Now it's time for the Superfight, featuring Ken Shamrock and the returning Kimo Leopoldo. The commentators spend a lot of time discussing this match and it seems like Ken Shamrock is the favorite. He's a bit more well-rounded than his opponent, though Kimo is massively strong. He also has Jesus on his side and we can't forget about that.
It's noted that Kimo is no longer affiliated with "the infamous" Joe Son. I don't think Joe Son had even been accused of rape at this point, so there must be some other shady happenings going on with the master of Joe Son Do. Very unsurprising if you ask me.
Kimo appears to be fighting in a pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs. You would figure that a guy who is supposed to be a world class fighter could afford some decent gym clothes.
Kimo rushes across the cage to start the fight, but Shamrock quickly grabs his opponent and scores the takedown. Kimo grabs Shamrock's head tightly on the mat, but quickly releases with Ken in half-guard. Kimo is working desperately to escape this position, but Shamrock is strong enough to hold the Hawaiian down.
Shamrock is looking to advance to full mount, but Kimo is working hard to hold onto Shamrock. Shamrock ends up moving to mount, but is quickly reversed to his back by Kimo. Kimo is now in half-guard and the crowd is going nuts for the Superfight challenger. Kimo lands a quick punch, but Shamrock shoves him off.
Kimo stands over his opponent and lunges in for a punch, but Shamrock uses that as an opportunity to grab Kimo's left leg. Kimo breaks free of the hold and takes Shamrock's back, but is absolutely clueless on the ground. Shamrock rolls through and grabs Kimo's left leg once again. Shamrock also has the leg grapevined and Kimo fights the hold, but he's left with no choice but to tap. Ken Shamrock has retained the Superfight Title, but has a nice mouse under his right eye for his trouble.
I have to say, Kimo is an absolutely overrated fighter at this point. He's 0-2 in the UFC and has little going for him other than strength. Any halfway decent fighter should have no problem defeating Kimo as he's shown nothing impressive in the UFC thus far. Hanging on in a fight against Royce Gracie doesn't make you a good fighter.
In his postfight interview with Ken Shamrock, Jeff Blatnick reveals that Shamrock will likely fight Dan Severn in the next Superfight. Severn further elaborates on that, saying that the next UFC will take place in his home state of Michigan. It should be an interesting rematch if this does indeed come to fruition.
Wow, I bet these tapes are terrible. The UFC is hyping their Secrets of the Octagon tape series and the prices are insane. $59.95 per tape and $199.95 for the entire lot of tapes, which includes a UFC hat, t-shirt, and poster program. I hope there's a section on this tape where Keith Hackney teaches you how to punch an opponent in the junk.
Just before the finals, a fight breaks out in the stands! Security is breaking up the fight when a folding chair comes flying in and hits somebody in the head. We're told that Gerry Harris, who is a former UFC fighter, is now the head of UFC security. Given his lack of skills in the octagon, I'm hopeful that the UFC can find a more capable security person in the coming fights.
And now, we're down to the final match between Don Frye and Gary Goodridge. It seems that Goodridge has given up his gi in favor of biker shorts. Goodridge is a massive guy and has been very dangerous tonight, but Don Frye has ended fights like few fighters. Rich Goins once again rips off "Big" John McCarthy's "Let's get it on" catch phrase and I'm hoping that's the last we hear from that turd tonight.
Frye looks very fresh at the beginning of this fight, which is to be expected given how little he's actually fought. Frye pressures Goodridge, backing him against the cage, but Goodridge uses his strength to gain control. He takes Frye down a couple of times, but Frye is very quickly back to his feet.
Frye gets Goodridge in the clinch against the fence and both men trade punches. Frye is clearly getting the better of the exchange and rocks Goodridge, who desperately grabs for Frye. Goodridge tries to take Frye down, but Frye grabs on to the top of the cage until "Big Daddy" slingshots him to the mat.
Goodridge is able to take Frye's back, but Goodridge gets too high and Frye reverses into a dominant position. Don Frye begins to throw some heavier shots at Goodridge, who doesn't take long to tap out (while his corner also throws in the towel.) It looks like Goodridge tapped due to position, making Don Frye the David vs. Goliath tournament champion.
Don Wilson ogles over Frye, calling him a dead ringer for Tom Selleck. There certainly is a bit of a resemblance, yes, but the Dragon could afford to sound less in love with Don Frye. It looks like Don Frye has been given an actual check for the victory, rather than the novelty check we've all come to know and love.
Jeff Blatnick interviews Gary Goodridge after the fight, who attributes the loss to getting winded. He gives Don Frye a lot of credit, but blames his stamina for this loss. It sounds liked Goodridge will be coming back to the octagon and I'm very pleased to hear that.
In a very frightening turn of events, Don Frye is confronted during his interview by a man who is clearly his mustache rival. Thankfully, Frye keeps his cool and talks about how he's spent a lot of time working on his striking. Don Frye waxes poetic about Dan Severn and calls him "the ultimate man", though he fails to refer to any of his opponents as ultimate meatballs.
Jeff Blatnick asks if Frye will be back in the octagon and he replies in the affirmative, saying he plans to make a career in the UFC. I'm thrilled to know that we'll see both finalists again - both men put on some impressive performances during this event.
The evening has now taken a turn for the absurd with Don Wilson interviewing his friend and training partner, the late Chris Penn. Penn lends his expertise, saying that Ken Shamrock is the most impressive fighter that he's seen and even teases an appearance in the octagon. I'm glad that didn't occur or else we might have seen Penn reach his demise at a much earlier date. Just because you were in Footloose doesn't mean you're a bad ass - though it's close.
Now all three commentators are huddled around a very old laptop with some 16 year old kid moderating the UFC CompuServe chat. Blatnick and Wilson are answering the fans' questions, which is actually pretty cool. They have a shot of the chat screen, which may not be the best idea.
I think my favorite comments are "can i get a t shirt", "they make up these questions", and "RICKSON RICKSON RICKSON RICKSON RICKSON RICKSON!!!!!" Honestly, I think potential chat rooms for modern UFC fights would look about the same.
This night of fights is finally complete and we've got some interesting new fighters to look forward to seeing. Frye and Goodridge looked impressive before meeting each other in the finals tonight, while the impending Severn/Shamrock rematch in the Superfight sounds like an exciting fight.
UFC 9 will mark the UFC's tenth event and the promotion seems to be doing well. However, politicians are beginning to turn the screws on the UFC on account of its unabashed displays of violence. Arizona Senator John McCain is the most vocal opponent of the UFC, equating the sport to "human cockfighting." The joke is on John McCain, that's a complement! The great cockfighters like Little Jerry Seinfeld have paved the way for the great human fighters in the UFC.
All kidding aside, the UFC will have to seriously confront these criticisms coming from American politicians. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the UFC will due to remedy these concerns going forward. We'll have to wait and see if there are any new developments by the time that UFC 9 comes around.
Greatest Fights of UFC 8
- Gary Goodridge vs. Jerry Bohlander
- Don Frye vs. Gary Goodridge
- Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo Leopoldo
- Jerry Bohlander vs. Scott Ferrozzo
- Gary Goodridge vs. Paul Herrera
- Don Frye vs. Sam Adkins
- Don Frye vs. Thomas Ramirez
- Paul Varelans vs. Joe Moreira
Top Ten Fights Through UFC 8
- Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo - UFC 3
- Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn - UFC 4
- Royce Gracie vs. Keith Hackney - UFC 4
- Oleg Taktarov vs. Tank Abbott - UFC 6
- Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock - UFC 1
- Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn - UFC 6
- Marco Ruas vs. Paul Varelans - UFC 7
- Ken Shamrock vs. Christophe Leininger - UFC 3
- Ken Shamrock vs. Patrick Smith - UFC 1
- Dan Severn vs. Oleg Taktarov - UFC 5
Greatest Fighters of UFC 8
- Don Frye (3-0)
- Gary Goodridge (2-1)
- Ken Shamrock (1-0)
- Jerry Bohlander (1-1)
- Paul Varelans (1-0)
- Sam Adkins (1-1)
- Scott Ferrozzo (0-1)
- Kimo Leopoldo (0-1)
- Keith Mielke (0-1)
- Joe Moreira (0-1)
- Paul Herrera (0-1)
- Thomas Ramirez (0-1)
Top Ten Fighters Through UFC 8
- Royce Gracie (11-1-1)
- Dan Severn (8-2)
- Ken Shamrock (5-1-2)
- Oleg Taktarov (6-2-1)
- Marco Ruas (4-1)
- Don Frye (3-0)
- Patrick Smith (4-2)
- Tank Abbott (3-2)
- Gary Goodridge (2-1)
- Gerard Gordeau (2-1)