By Jason Moles
Over the last 18 months, we’ve been lucky enough to get six live fight cards on Versus, completely free of charge. This past Saturday marked the end of Versus’s run as the “home away from home” for the UFC on basic cable. Not to worry, though: More free, live fights will be coming your way soon on FOX, FX, and Fuel TV. We thought we’d take a look back at the best of the best from the “UFC Live” series, but first, here’s how those sixty-five fights were decided: 24 (T)KOs, 15 Submissions, 23 Judges Decision, 2 Doctor Stoppages, and 1 No Contest.
Now let’s hand out some hardware, shall we?
Biggest Upset: Charlie Brenneman Beating Rick Story
I’m the last dude you want to talk to about betting MMA, or anything else for that matter. When you guys bring up underdogs and overdogs, I just assume you really like old cartoons and big pushes on the swing. I know I was pretty freaking upset when Pat Barry knocked Cheick Kongo out twice (TWICE!) and still lost the fight, but I’m sure that’s not what I’m supposed to be talking about. So instead of just pretending I know what I’m talking about, which clearly I do not, I asked a talented gambler friend of mine who said the biggest upset of all the UFC on Versus cards was Charlie Brenneman’s win over Rick Story at +425.
Story entered the cage that night riding a six-fight win streak, the most recent against Thiago Alves just a few short weeks earlier. Conversely, the relatively unknown, late replacement Brenneman had split his last two fights. As soon as the first round started, Story looked as if he’d never wrestled a day in his life — that’s how spectacularly “The Spaniard” handled him.
After the fight had ended, Bruce Buffer announce the judge’s decision and even the hometown crowd was stunned at the realization that their boy Brenneman had defeated the rising star.
In what would be Chris Lytle’s last fight, Lights Out submitted Dan Hardy at 4:16 of the third round, promptly collected his usually large paycheck and rode off into the sunset on his brand new Harley. This is the equivalent of throwing the game winning touchdown pass in the Superbowl and then retiring. What an incredible storybook ending! You could argue that the honors should have been given to Brian Bowles for subbing Damacio Page at UFC on Versus 3. Then again, you could argue that Quinton Jackson will actually step foot in a boxing ring or that Brazil has computers. You see where this nonsense is headed?
Looking back at all fifteen submissions on the Versus broadcasts, we have to admit that we were happiest to see Lytle — a soft-spoken veteran who had paid his dues in dozens of thrilling wars — choke out that mohawked Brit.
On the next page: UFC on Versus’s most legendary knockout and a fight for the ages.