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End of an Era: Honoring the Greatest Moments From UFC on Versus

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.

Submission of the Series: Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy

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.

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CWill859- June 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm
The best UFC on Versus fight had to be Cerrone vs Henderson 1 for the interim lightweight title. I wasn't familiar at the time with either fighter but it was a helluva scrap. One of the best I've seen, IMHO.
MMA_Hole- October 6, 2011 at 2:22 am
The wording used is pretty blatantly xenophobic.

Also, sorry guys but I'm not British. It just pains me to see a website that genuinely used to be an entertaining source for cutting edge MMA news sinking so low. In between getting themselves blacklisted by the worlds biggest MMA org and losing their best writer, it seems to me that Cage Potato really isn't doing itself any favours by alienating what's presumably a fair percentage of their readership.
mmasommelier- October 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm
To go with the card this saturday I've prepared several indulgencies. Starting with Erath and Stonier Pinot's then ascending in palate weight to Hines fine Cigar reserve and a Montecristo #2. Does anybody else only visit CP when they're high as balls?
Todd M- October 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm
LOL @ Skeletor, kicking ass and taking names.
skeletor- October 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Thanks Danga you are growing on me. I actually gave you some props the other day. Now go suck a dick.
DangadaDang- October 5, 2011 at 11:51 am
Even though there is an apparent seething hatred between us I must admit that line is gold.
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 11:00 am
One of your boys has had can-level hype, been allowed to have too many decisions, and when he meet Henderson, he had no answer. The other is likeable, but lacks the full spectrum talent for the sharks he was thrown in with...absent Bisping and Hardy, there isn't much bad blood.
Fried Taco- October 5, 2011 at 10:35 am
Oh, I get it, Dan Hardy is like the UK version of Renato Laranja.
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
Its nothing to do with the dislike of Brits or the fact that many fight well, its the hype and pump from Zuffa that build such statements from others. If you think the Brits are being picked in, then go read the comments about the Joe Rogan interview. Brazilians are treated the same. Don't leave CP over the mere pride of ones nationality.
redeye138- October 5, 2011 at 10:07 am
Not even a mention of Kampman and Diego. WTF??????????
Fried Taco- October 5, 2011 at 9:28 am
@Jason - Is that like Marcus Bachmann not liking gays?
KarmaAteMyCat- October 5, 2011 at 9:19 am
ME TO ME TO !!! Ha Though I have a full blown fohawk.
Jason Moles- October 5, 2011 at 9:15 am
@ Skeletor - Great line, bro.

@FriedTaco - In fact, Seth and I both have mohawks. No hatred here.
HipHopHieronymus- October 5, 2011 at 9:02 am
He is a mohawked brit is he not? Where is the shame in that. I wouldn't take offense from someone calling me a non-mohawked American.
Fried Taco- October 5, 2011 at 9:01 am
I think CP just doesn't like mohawks, much like Chael Sonnen.
jimbonics- October 5, 2011 at 8:46 am
Or a limey Brit.
skeletor- October 5, 2011 at 8:40 am
MMA_Hole - The only thing that I learned about you from your comment is that you are most likely a terrible wrestler
MMA_Hole- October 5, 2011 at 8:33 am
'That Mohawked Brit?'

Shouldn't you guys at least try and hide your xenophobia? I can't be the only visiter who's just one more rant about a British fighter or anti-UK jibe away from removing Cage Potato from my bookmarks.
Fried Taco- October 5, 2011 at 7:59 am
Dangit jaijaidsg, you beat me to it!