This Week in MMA History: June 17-23 edition

AndersonSilvaHere’s this week in MMA history covering the week of June 17-23 as compiled by Phil Devine.

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UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets June 22, 2002

This event was put together on five days notice for Fox Sports Net promotion. Named 37.5 caused UFC 38 was already booked. Three days later the Robbie Lawler vs. Steve Berger fight aired on The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Lawler won by second round TKO.

Chuck Liddell beat Vitor Belfort by unanimous decision.

Pete Spratt submitted Zach Light with an armbar in the second round.

Benji Radach beat Nick Serra by Zach Light.

Also, it was the first time color commentary was done by Joe Rogan.

UFC 48: Payback June 19, 2004

The main event was Ken Shamrock vs Kimo Leopoldo. Shamrock won by TKO

Frank Mir squared off opposite Tim Sylvia for the vacant Heavyweight title. Mir snapped Sylvia’s arm 50 seconds into the fight. Sylvia didn’t tap and wanted to continue.

In first fight since losing the welterweight title to BJ Penn, Matt Hughes took on Penn’s training partner Renato ‘Charuto’ Verissimo. Hughes won by unanimous decision despite being caught in a deep triangle choke in the first round.

Evan Tanner beat Phil Baroni by unanimous decision in their rematch from UFC 45.

Jay Hieron made his UFC debut, on short notice, taking on Georges St-Pierre and got TKO’d in the first round.

TUF 5: Pulver vs Penn Finale June 23, 2007

BJ Penn submitted Jens Pulver with a second round rear-naked choke.

Nate Diaz won The Ultimate Fighter season 5 with a win over at just 20 seconds into the second round when Manny Gamburyan suffered an injury.

Submission of the Night went to Joe Lauzon, meaning he’d notched his second bonus in the UFC in just two fights. 

Knockout of the Night went to Cole Miller for his TKO of Andy Wang.

Fight of the Night went to Gray Maynard and Rob Emerson, a scrap which ended in a No Contest when it seemed apparent that neither fighter could continue. In a controversial ending, Maynard apparently had knocked himself out on the mat after executing a slam in the second round and Emerson had suffered a rib injury. 

TUF 7: Rampage vs Griffin Finale June 21, 2008

Amir Sadollah submitted CB Dolloway to win The Ultimate Fighter season 7.

Kendall Grove defeated Evan Tanner by split decision in what would be Tanner’s last fight before his untimely death.

Fight of the Night went to Dustin Hazelett and Josh Burkman. Hazlett defeated Burkman with a armbar in the second round. Hazelett also pocketed the Submission of the Night for the finish.

Knockout of the Night went to Drew McFedries for his TKO win over Marvin Eastman.

TUF 9: USA vs UK Finale June 20, 2009

In a very entertaining night of fights, the first three fights all ended in the first round. The rest went to a decision. For the first time in UFC history, three “Fight of the Night” bonuses were given out. The fight that earned those bonuses were: Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson vs Nate Diaz and Chris Lytle vs Kevin Burns.

Submission of the Night went to Jason Dent for his anaconda choke on Cameron Dollar.

Tomasz Drwal knocked out Mike Ciesnolevicz and got the Knockout of the Night bonus.

TUF 11: Liddell vs Ortiz Finale June 19, 2010

Travis Browne made his UFC debut and stopped James McSweeney in the first round with strikes.

Court McGee beat Kris McCray by Rear-Naked Choke to win season 11. He also won Submission of the Night for his performance.

“The Crippler” Chris Leben earned Knockout of the Night for his (T)KO stoppage of Aaron Simpson.

Fight of the Night went to Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill with Hamill taking the majority decision. Following the event, Jardine, who had seven losses with the promotion, was cut from the UFC.

Pride 21: Demolition June 23, 2002

At this event, Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva made their Pride debuts. Fedor won a unanimous decision over Semmy Schilt and Silva stopped Alex Stiebling in the first round when a doctor stoppage drew a close to the fight.

Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama had the Fight of the Century! During the fight, the two grabbed the back of each others heads and began pounding away at will. Frye would get the better of the exchanges and won by way of TKO in the first round. 

Pride FC: Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004

Critical Countdown was the second round of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix. Fedor faced Kevin Randleman and finished him with a first round submission.

Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira submitted Heath Herring with an anaconda choke; the same submission he used to win in the first round of the tournament against Hirotaka Yokoi

As round one drew to a close, Sergei Kharitonov stopped Semmy Schilt with strikes. 

Also that night, Rampage fought Ricardo Arona and finished him with one of his trademark slams.

WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus June 20, 2010

WEC 49 took place in Canada’s Rexall Place. Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus fought to a draw. Shalorus had a point deducted for kicking Varner in the groin twice during the fight.

Renan Barao left Brazil for the first time ever and made his WEC debut.

Fight of the Night went to Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin. Eddie Wineland earned Knockout of the Night for his TKO over Will Campuzano.

Josh Grispi for choked out LC Davis and earned Submission of the Night.

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni June 22, 2007

The event took place in the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Ca and was co-promoted between Strikeforce and EliteXC. Frank Shamrock defeated Phil Baroni by Rear-Naked Choke in the second round to become the first ever Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. The win  also meant he’d become the first man to hold titles in UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua knocked out Joey Villasenor in the second round.

In just his fourth MMA scrap, Cung Le stopped Tony Fryklund in the 3rd round with a TKO.

Josh Thomson, Paul Daley and Mike Pyle all picked up wins that night as well.

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