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Completely Unnecessary Rematch Alert, pt. 2: Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman

 

Closing out the preliminary card of UFC 110 this Saturday will be a light-heavyweight bout between Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman, which will make minor history as the first UFC fight contested between two Australians. While the local Sydney crowd will surely mark out for the scrap, it’s a shame that the competitors have to be so unworthy. Sinosic (8-11-2, 1-6 UFC) has dropped his last two fights, and hasn’t won a match in over three years. The semi-retired Haseman (20-16, 0-1 UFC) last competed in November 2008 when he knocked out Yuji "The Pink Typhoon" Hisamatsu, breaking a four-fight losing streak that dated back to 2002. Basically, neither of these guys would be getting another shot in the UFC if they weren’t both Australian, and available on the day of the show. (It says a lot about the state of Australian MMA that these are the two biggest/best stars they could pull for their Aussie vs. Aussie feature.)

But there is one hook to hang the fight on: The King of Rock ‘n’ Rumble and the Hammer met once before, way back in March 1997, at an eight-man Caged Combat: Australian Ultimate Fighting tournament that was won by Brazilian Top Team co-founder Mario Sperry. Haseman’s performance in the tourney was notable because he scored two wins via chin-to-eye submission. The video above shows the semi-final match between Sinosic and Haseman; Haseman chins Elvis out at the 4:00 mark. Though the technique is currently outlawed by the Unified Rules under the "no gouging" clause, it would be a fitting tribute to Australia’s colorful MMA history if the refs could look the other way this weekend. Do you really think those descendants of criminals will give a shit?

Previously: Completely Unnecessary Rematch Alert: Wes Sims vs. Tim Sylvia II

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Charming Charlie- February 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm
I thought the quip about chin-to-eye submissions was just another picture caption. Apparently that really happened.
mma samurai- February 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm
So this was obviously a slow day at CP if this is worthy of a story. I have never been impressed with Elvis. He was considered nothing more than a gatekeeper back when Tito beat him and as you can see little has changed. Like someone said about the Frank Trigg and Matt Serra fight, "Loser retires, winner retires".
WeTheCecilPeoples- February 16, 2010 at 9:51 am
Chris Haseman fought, and lost to Fedor, which by itself says something- but add to that a win over a guy named "Joe Slick" and now you're talking contender. Was Joe Slick was one the bosses in the nintendo game Bad Dudes?
clutchy hopkins- February 16, 2010 at 9:07 am
haseman took the term head to head combat a bit too seriously, i see
HeadsWillRoll- February 16, 2010 at 8:15 am
Although the chin-to-eye technique speaks volumes about the state of MMA at the time, I think the fact that they could only get a Pizza Hut delivery man to ref the fight is a bit more telling.
imalebowski- February 16, 2010 at 8:03 am
i feel like the world hates on elvis a little too much. he has lost to only the best, at least in his ufc career. sure, PURELY LOSING to the best is never impressive, but the ufc should definitely have given him more suitable opponents to build himself up. after reading alot about him, and always reading the books he writes on sherdog for his fight picks, it's really hard to not like the guy. and yeah, thank god he beat jeremy horn, at least that's one good fighter at the end of his career that he can say he bested. horn isn't some top tier guy, but he's definitely a tough fight. so. good luck elvis!
PortlandMMA- February 16, 2010 at 7:39 am
The best thing about Sinosic is he was allowed to go 1-6 before getting cut and he's getting another shot...what makes even less sense is that the guy's lone victory was a submission over Jeremy Horn, what the fuck Jeremy? There's no decent up and comer you could put in there? The best you could do was a guy who lost his last fight (3 years ago) in 21 seconds to another guy with a losing record...Seriously though this fights gonna be an old fashioned barn burner.
robthom- February 16, 2010 at 7:18 am
IMO any Elvis Sinosic fight is pretty much unnecessary.

Phil Baroni is at least exciting at getting beaten up.

But I can't recall my favorite Elvis Sinosic fight for the life of me.
Viva Hate- February 16, 2010 at 6:26 am
Winner fights Crocodile Dundee, loser fighters Kangaroo Jack.
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