The Fight Nerd remembers MMA history

Matthew Kaplowitz, or The Fight Nerd as he is often known, brings us a well researched perspective on classic MMA events, matchups and historical moments.

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OSMMA: UFC 6 - Tank Abbott fights a Polar Bear

The debut of "Tank" Abbott in the octagon, Oleg Taktarov returns, and the superfight between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn (the good one)!

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Old School MMA Review: SAFTA showdown special

Dan Severn's glorious return to the UFC, Oleg Taktarov makes his debut, and Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie finally fight again... or something like it.

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Old School MMA Review: UFC 3

Royce Gracie gets his toughest test in the octagon, bizarre matches, and a startling turn of events in the finals, as we look back on "UFC 3: The American Dream"!

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Old School MMA Review: UFC 2

UFC 2 was the biggest tournament in the history of the promotion, and may have been the greatest no-holds-barred tourney ever! Take a trip down memory lane with this Old School MMA Review!

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The night Kimbo Slice closed Elite XC

When Kimbo Slice fought Seth Petruzelli, fans thought it would be an easy win for the "Youtube Sensation". Instead, it led to the death spiral of an entire company.

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The Riot Over Renzo Gracie VS Eugenio Tadeu

Fans remember the riot during Renzo Gracie's fight against Eugenio Tadeu, but what sparked the insanity and what was the story leading up to that battle to end the feud between BJJ and Luta-Livre?

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Worst UFC injury ever- Corey Hill's Leg

UFC 159 saw some horrific injuries, but no one will forget when Corey Hill's leg snapped in half against Dale Hartt back in 2008.

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Remembering Anderson Silva VS Ryo Chonan

One of the most well-known submissions by MMA fans, Anderson Silva's loss to Ryo Chonan in Pride FC was a huge fight for both men. What led up to this match and why was it so critical at the time?

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Remembering YAMMA Pit Fighting five years later

MMA fans recall the name "YAMMA" as one of the worst one-and-done promotions in the history of the sport. What led up to the creation of this concept, and was it really as bad as we think it was?

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Pro Wrestling meets MMA with the WWF Brawl for Al

What happens when pro wrestlers decide to fight for real? Injuries, diluted storylines, wastes of money and talent, and hatred from fans. Read all about the infamous WWF Brawl for All tournament that tested this concept out!

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The history of BJ Penn VS Caol Uno

BJ Penn and Caol Uno met twice in the UFC (and almost a third time) before those two historic matches in the octagon, ending first with a highlight reel KO, and followed by a five-round war for the lightweight title.

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The story of Jens Pulver's controversial UFC debut

Before he became the UFC lightweight champion under the tutelage of Pat Miletich, Jens Pulver was a disciple of Bob Shamrock. It was under the adopted father of Ken and Frank that Jens had his first UFC fight, and what an odd match that was!

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From WWE to MMA: Brock Lesnar's MMA Debut

Gaining a huge fanbase from pro wrestling with WWE, Brock Lesnar was in need of a new life after wrestling and his failed attempt at joining the NFL. It was not long before he turned to MMA at an event that would go on to become one of the worst MMA shows of all time.

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The Iceman Cometh: The UFC Debut of Chuck Liddell

Before he became one of the most dominant light-heavyweights in the UFC, Chuck Liddell had to earn his way into the company. With his life at a crucial point, it was either make his dreams a reality or enter the 9 to 5 grind.

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Story behind Goodridge's knockout debut at UFC 8

"Big Daddy" Gary Goodridge left a mark at his MMA debut at UFC 8 against Paul Herrera - what led up to that explosive first match that left fight fans craving more of Goodridge?

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The secret story behind the worst UFC fight ever

UFC 9 is remembered for one infamous bout, the rematch between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn. 30 minutes of dancing back and forth with zero action, what caused this fight to turn out the way it did?

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