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On This Day in MMA History…June 22

(Video courtesy of YouTube/Stemerm1)

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni went down 4 years ago.

Why it matters:

• Frank Shamrock became Strikeforce’s inaugural middleweight champion after he defeated Phil Baroni at the EliteXC co-promoted event held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California by choking “The New York Badass” unconscious with a rear-naked choke. Shamrock was criticized for “kicking” Baroni off of him after the bout. He explained the incident at the post-fight press conference. “He was heavy on top of me… he was squishing the life out of me… he was laying on my leg and on my chest… that’s it. And I thought it looked better on camera.” Shamrock would lose the strap one fight later to Cung Le.

• Following the bout California State Athletic Commission test results revealed that Baroni tested positive for Boldenone and Stanozolol steroid metabolites. He was fined $2,500 and suspended for a year from competing in California — a suspension that would be observed by every member agency in the Association of Boxing Commissions. Baroni denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision and on October 31, 2007 Baroni’s suspension was reduced to 6 months without a even a shred of evidence presented that exonerated him.

• Murilo Rua defeated Joey Vilasenor to become the first EliteXC middleweight champion. He would lose it in his next fight with Robbie Lawler.

• Carter Williams was found by the CSAC to have tested positive for cocaine. As a result he was fined $1,000 and suspended for six months.

Brian Bowles was born 31 years ago.

Why he matters:

• Bowles is the former WEC bantamweight champion

• He holds wins over Charlie Valencia, Miguel Torres and Damacio Page.

• All nine of his wins came by KO, TKO or submission giving him a 90% finish rate — one of the best in the UFC.

Randy Couture was born 48 years ago.
(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFCEdit)

Why he matters:

If you don’t know, you’re on the wrong website.

What Captain America has accomplished in his storied MMA career will likely never be duplicated.

• The three-time All-American Greco-Roman wrestler from at Oklahoma State University is the only UFC fighter to win both the heavyweight and light heavyweight straps. Couture won both belts twice and the interim light heavyweight belt once.

• He successfully defended the heavyweight belt three times, but never defended the light heavyweight belt.

• Although his 19-11 record betrays what just how much he accomplished in his career, the majority of his losses came against current, future or former champions including Chuck Liddell (x2), Vitor Belfort, Ricco Rodriguez, Josh Barnett, Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar.

• His trilogy of fights with Chuck Liddell are three of the best selling cards in UFC history.

• It’s unlikely any other fighter will fight until they are 47 with the rate of success that Couture had.

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suunyab- June 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm
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Spicymeatball- June 23, 2011 at 9:13 am
Couture is 19-11 (and two of those "wins" came against James Toney and the reanimated zombie body corpse of Mark Coleman) So let's just say he's 17-11.
Jugger- June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am
CP - keep these articles up. These rock.
Douchey McDoucherton- June 23, 2011 at 7:17 am
I am convinced that ccman is gabriel gonzaga
ccman- June 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm
@entisgood. My original post in support of the change you speak of. It did read as you say.
Others, I bought UFC 1-8 live, and looking back I now argue how fixed that shit was.... I also was a Gracie fan and now go sonnen... its a happy meal toy getting a belt from them and the nogs (except I would defend a triangle)ay and pray pisses me off, fighting not to lose pisses me off, but waaaaaay better than "from parts unknown, a ninja"
entisgood- June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm
the article was definitely changed after i posted that comment. initially it said he was the only guy to win belts in two weight classes.
FightZen- June 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm
@CCMan - Also agree. I don't miss much about the early days of MMA, but I do miss THAT Frank Shamrock. He should be considered an MMA fallen hero.
NukeBlast- June 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Read :

the only UFC fighter to win both the heavyweight and light heavyweight straps

Winning the heavyweight belt for a natural light heavyweight is something the toughest combo of belt you can earn. That's something I dont think we'll see in a near future.
CZ- June 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Wow that promo was one of the most poorly edited pieces of shit Ive ever seen. Even the audio cuts were hard, HOW ABOUT USING A DISSOLVE!
Maine Blazer- June 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm
*cough* Valentijn *cough*
hooligun- June 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm
@ccman - I got ya with the shamrock story 100%
hooligun- June 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm
great read
ccman- June 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm
you guys get deiting, we don't ... i see how it is. And F. shamrock (not the bought and paid braces cartoon SF keeps dragging out to make G.J> look legit) but the fighter before he told DW to fuck off, was honestly the most complete fighter ever. his current station in life (paycheck whore sell out) not withstanding. seriously, his tito fight with the book in his pocket during weigh ins will forever cement my love of this sport.
entisgood- June 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Couture was the only guy to ever win belts in two weight classes? have you ever heard of some guy named BJ Penn?