99 facts for the diehard MMA fan
- At the Pride FC event Final Conflict 2004, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira arrived late for his fight after being stuck in traffic. As a result, his twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira did his walk in for the opening ceremony.
- When they were both amateurs, Jorge Rivera, who normally fights at 185, defeated heavyweight Tim Sylvia via unanimous decision.
- Johil De Oliveira was scheduled to fight Matt Serra at Pride FC 9. During his entrance, Johil was injured by pyrotechnics which led to the fight being canceled. Matt Serra was never invited back to fight for Pride FC.
- As a child, Chuck Liddell starred in the 1981 movie “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (x)
- With 299 fights under his belt, Travis Fulton holds the record for most MMA fights, earning himself the nickname “The Iron Man”. Travis also holds the record for most ko’s (92) and most submissions (151) in MMA. (x)
- The song “feiticeira” by the deftones was actually written about a character played by Joana Prado, who is VItor Belfort’s wife. Nick DIaz walked out to this song against Carlos Condit.(x)
- The man behind the infamous “double rainbow” viral video, which has millions of views on youtube, is mixed martial artist Paul “Hungry Bear” Vasquez. Long before the double rainbow video, he was already known (although not by name) by the MMA community after he was a victim of photoshoppers in the following picture (x)
- Among Gilbert Yvel’s many tattoos is a tattoo of a ko list which tallies the number of people he has knocked out. He adds to the list with every new ko (x)
- In an attempt to promote the UFC, fighters Tim Sylvia, Wes Sims, Pete Spratt, Ricco Rodriguez, Tiki Ghosn, and Josh Thompson were on an episode of Blind Date. According to Urijah Faber, Nick Diaz was asked to be one of the fighters to do the show but he refused. “Nick had a girlfriend at the time and they wanted him to go on there for publicity and he wouldn’t do it.”
- Lee Murray was involved in the biggest bank heist in the history of the U.K.. As a result, Murray was sentenced to 10 years in a Moroccan prison. This sentence was then extended to 25 years in 2010.(x)
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All fighters make weight for UFC 170
Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135) - for women’s bantamweight title
Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)