While Herschel Walker’s pro debut and Bobby Lashley’s Strikeforce debut have been more of the focal point of this show, it’s Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis that will be in the main event for the Strikeforce welterweight championship.
The rest of this card should be fun. Cris Cyborg is defending her title against Marloes Coenen and Robbie Lawler is fighting Melvin Manhoef in what should be a slugfest.
1. Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims
Well, we saw enough of Wes Sims on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter. Sims took the fight on one week notice and he doesn’t look in shape at all.
Sims tried to get Lashley to contest him in a test of strength but Lashley wasn’t having it. It wasn’t much of a fight. Lashley took Sims down and unloaded about 15 short rights to his face. Sims gave up his back because he couldn’t keep Lashley off and flattened himself out. Lashley landed a few more shots before the referee stopped the fight.
Winner: Bobby Lashley by way of 1st round TKO
2. Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef
Rampage and Rashad continue to make fun of each other being knocked out, which seems kind of odd when you think about it being that this is a violent sports.
Rampage calls Evans, “Gayshad” while he calls Rampage, “Wahhhmpage, the whiny bitch.” These guys are getting too immature.
Rashad picks the fight and it’s Matt Mitrione, aka “Meathead” versus Scott Junk. Dana says he’ll take the fighter over the NFL guy (Mitrione) any day.
That makes the last fight between Mike Wessell and Marcus Jones.
Rashad tells Rampage that he’s going to make him quit. They get into it seriously and it gets ugly. It’s an awesome segment to set up a fight. Too bad they won’t fight for a while.
Junk says that Mitrione told him that the reason they’re fighting is because Wessell was scared to fight Junk. It went back to Junk and Wessell says it didn’t happen that way at all.
The beginning of this show is just awesome.
Rampage and Rashad are just cracking on each other, talking about why they don’t like each other and Rashad says he’s going to beat Rampage because he’s too easy to hit.
Roy Nelson says that he thinks he’s the top dog of the house. Former NFL players Wes Shivers and Marcus Jones are very happy to be on the show.
Rampage wanted to know what Rashad was saying when Lyoto Machida knocked him out and then started to make fun of him. Dana White told them to cut it out.
Dana is ready to bring the last guy in the house and Rampage asked if it was Tank Abbott. Nope, it’s Kimbo Slice.
Rampage wants Kimbo. Brendan Schaub, who is also a former NFL guy, doesn’t seem to like Kimbo.
Rashad doesn’t even want Kimbo on his team. Rampage says he’s always been a fan of Kimbo. Rashad thinks there are more well-rounded fights than Kimbo.
Greg Jackson is with Rashad. I pick Rashad’s team to win the season. Rashad wants his teammates on his squad. Rampage thinks that Roy is fat with a big belly.
Rampage calls one of the pudgier guys by the name of “titties”.
Though I’d been following the UFC for about a year through newsletters and the Internet, I hadn’t bought a PPV until UFC 43. I was a big Chuck Liddell fan, mostly because my co-worker Jeremiah Miller was a college buddy of Chuck’s. He gave me a signed poster that I still have today and I’ve been a big Liddell fan since. Jeremiah was even named in Chuck’s biography.
I remember buying this show mostly because my then wife was out of town on business and I had two toddlers to watch all weekend. When they went to sleep, I didn’t really have anything to do and figured that because I was a young dad home alone with his two young boys, I deserved to spend some money on an event. But also, I expected Chuck Liddell to win the interim light heavyweight championship in his match with Randy Couture and I wanted to see it happen. Let’s just say that I wasn’t a happy Chuck fan that night.
Couture wasn’t necessarily a set up for Liddell that night, but the fight was there for Chuck to win. Couture was a former heavyweight champion, but he was 38 years old and people were saying that he was now over the hill. He dieted down to make the 205 lb weight limit and looked to have nearly zero body fat. The reason Randy and Chuck were fighting rather than Chuck and Tito Ortiz (who was the champion at the time) was because Ortiz bailed on the fight. After beating Ken Shamrock (which was actually the first UFC PPV I ever saw), Tito seemed noncommittal about fighting Chuck after pretty much saying that he had to take care of Shamrock first and then he’d be ready. When push came to shove, Tito wasn’t there so Dana White and company decided to put Liddell in there with Couture to determine the interim champ. And then, Ortiz would have to face the winner.