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On This Day In MMA History: August 9

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy went down three years ago at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Why it Matters:

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Jon Jones made his UFC debut on the card, defeating fellow undefeated fighter Andre Gusmao by unanimous decision. Jones would go on to win five of his next six fights in dominating fashion against some of the promotion’s best fighters including Vladimir Matyushenko, Brandon Vera and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 to win the UFC light heavyweight strap in a little more than two-and-a-half years since he first competed in the Octagon. Analysts predict that he will go down as one of the sport’s best fighters. Time will tell.

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death-clutch-part-1%2F&ei=yLBBTsSlCoevsALu9-XkCQ&usg=AFQjCNGJXxXDzbajSO5NL-EACLQGYX_1Ig&sig2=fMbvQR-PTdjeqNhhdsWNQQ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Brock Lesnar got his first UFC win by decisively beating PRIDE veteran Heath Herring via unanimous decision (30-26 all) after getting submitted in his first bout by Frank Mir. In his next bout, which was only his fourth in MMA, he defeated Randy Couture to win the UFC heavyweight championship.

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Jon Fitch faced Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight strap and was dominated by the French Canadian champion for five rounds. In spite of a seven-fight undefeated streak since the bout, including a draw in a so-called title eliminator with BJ Penn at UFC 127 in February, Fitch has been passed over more than once for another shot at St-Pierre.

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Kenny Florian defeated Roger Huerta, effectively knocking “El Matador” off of his trajectory towards an inevitable title shot. Florian would defeat Joe Stevenson in his next bout at UFC 91 to earn a second shot at the lightweight strap against BJ Penn at UFC 101.

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ReX13- August 10, 2011 at 5:31 am
FightZen Says:

F those bitches, mRuss… This is good stuff!

SumDumGuy- August 10, 2011 at 1:17 am
UFC87 was an insane card!!!
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Jawbreaker_46- August 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm
I was there that night, Herring got retired that night, holy shit did he get beat down. and it was pretty obvious that Jones was going to be special. Maia also subbed Jason McDonald that night.
SouthpawGrammar- August 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm
First ufc event I ever saw/ordered.

FightZen- August 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm
F those bitches, mRuss... This is good stuff!
via. saku buttspank submission- August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I can't wait till someone stops the soultrain.
Evernette- August 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm
"Florian would defeat Joe Stevenson in his next bout at UFC 91 to earn a second shot at the light heavyweight strap against BJ Penn at UFC 101." Light heavyweight ey? I missed that one...
Mike Russell- August 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Can't please everyone. Some complain that they are too lean on important events. Others hate them.
Fried Taco- August 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Whoa, slow down! It's hard to keep up with all these "On This Day in MMA..." articles!