UFC 74 RESPECT Couture VS Gonzaga & St Pierre VS Koscheck Aug 25 2007

UFC 74 RESPECTUFC 74 RESPECT features Couture Vs. Gonzaga and St. Pierre Vs. Koscheck on August 25, 2007 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada. Randy “The Natural” Couture is the only mixed martial arts fighter to win the UFC World Heavyweight title three times with his last win against Tim Sylvia. Almost two months later, Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga landed a career turning punch over mma fighter Mirko “Cro Cop”. At that time, he was one of the most feared and skilled heavyweights in the world. Now the Ultimate Fighting Championship put these two winners together, Couture and Gonzaga, for one of the most anticipated bouts in fighting history in Las Vegas real estate. The main event at UFC 74 RESPECT will feature Couture vs. Gonzaga the championship main event and Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck, as the special feature August 25.

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UFC 62 Ultimate Fighting Championship Liddell And Sobral Tonight

UFC 62 Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC 62 Ultimate Fighting Championship tonight between Chuck Liddell and Sobral at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas. Defending UFC champion Chuck Liddell, 36, has 18 wins, 11 by knockout.

Chuck Liddell could be dabbling in other ventures. There is the accounting degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo collecting dust somewhere and a soft-spoken demeanor outside the octagon that betrays his proficiency inside of it. But an office job would have never sufficed for Chuck Liddell, who will defend his 205-pound title tonight against Renato Sobral at Ultimate Fighting Challenge UFC 62 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas. After all, it would have wasted his best asset: a devastating right hand that has sent a procession of the top names in mixed martial arts spiraling to the canvas while vaulting him to the top of the sport.

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World Fighting Alliance Rampage Jackson Win Over Matt Lindland

World Fighting AllianceWorld Fighting Alliance MMA Rampage Jackson win over Matt Lindland. The Los Angeles Forum hosted about 8,000 people, I saw Jason “Mayhem” Miller choke his opponent into submission, then show love to his followers (he dubs them “Mayhem Monkeys”) by shouting: “Woo-WOO!” I saw a Dutch man with a Spanish nickname — Bas “El Guapo” Rutten. “El Guapo” means handsome, and when the bald-headed Rutten was asked where he ranks among the fighters, he said: “The best-looking one, that’s for sure.”

Finally, in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s split decision victory over Matt Lindland in Saturday night’s main event, I saw one of the most amazing feats of strength I’ve seen in sports. With Lindland trying to choke him into submission, Jackson was somehow able to get to his feet and toss Lindland off. When asked in the ring if he’d be down for a rematch, Jackson said: “As long as I get paid. Cha-ching!”

As Jackson explained, “A lot of people in my sport are crazy. You’ve got to be crazy to get locked in a cage.”

Among the faces in the crowd: Shaquille O’Neal and Bruce Willis. O’Neal, in town to fulfill his duties as a reserve member of the Los Angeles Port Police, said he was in his hotel room when he heard about the World Fighting Alliance event and decided to come over. O’Neal likes to consider himself a martial arts expert, well versed in his own discipline of Shaq Fu, but he said you won’t find him in the ring.

If you’ve heard of mixed martial arts — in which everything short of eye-gouging, rabbit punches and kicks to the groin are legal — you’re probably familiar with UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship, which pulled an almost $3-million gate and $24-million pay-per-view haul for an event at Staples Center in May and is selling out the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. One sign that mixed martial arts is gaining legitimacy is that one of the most familiar faces in boxing, Marc Ratner, whom you might remember from the Mike Tyson hearings, left his job as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission to become Ultimate Fighting Challenge vice president of government and regulatory affairs.

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UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship 62 Liddell Vs Sobral

UFC Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC Ultimate Fighting Championship 62 light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell takes to the Octagon to defend his crown against Brazil’s Renato “Babalu” Sobral as the main event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization’s UFC 62: LIDDELL vs. SOBRAL live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, August 26, 2006.

One of the UFC’s true superstars, Chuck Liddell has defended the crown he won from Randy Couture in April of 2005 twice, most recently with a second round knockout of Couture in their February rubber match. Sidelined since then due to a toe injury, Liddell knows that a victory on August 26 will set-up perhaps the most anticipated matchup in MMA this year with the San Luis Obispo resident taking on Brazilian superstar Wanderlei Silva.

Renato Sobral has had a ten fight winning streak since the first bout between the two, won by Liddell in November of 2002. In that almost four year period, Sobral has truly fought his way to the number one contender’s slot, submitting Travis Wiuff,

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