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On This Day in MMA History…June 24

(PRIDE never die…)

PRIDE 3 went down 13 years ago.

Why it matters:

Mark Kerr was still in his prime, which was how we want to remember “The Smashing Machine.” He easily handled IVC and IVF champ Pedro Otavio.

Gary Goodridge picked up his eighth MMA win.

Kazushi Sakuraba continued to assert his dominance over top competition by dispatching of Canadian rising star Carlos Newton, who would eventualy win the UFC welterweight strap.

• Prior to the Saku-Newton bout, Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten made a special appearance in the ring to talk about his upcoming UFC 18 title bout with Randy Couture and to announce that after that fight his intention to fight Rickson Gracie under the PRIDE banner. Neither bout ever happened. Couture forfeited his UFC HW strap because of a contract dispute, so Rutten instead fought and defeated Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at UFC 18 in May 1999 by TKO at the 14:15 mark (there were no rounds or time limits at that time). After defeating Kevin Randleman four months later at UFC 20 to win the vacant heavyweight title, Rutten promptly retired because of ongoing issues with his knees, so the fight with Gracie never materialized.

June 24, 1998
Nippon Budokan,
Tokyo, Japan

Akira Shoji and Daijiro Matsui fought to a draw after four rounds.
Daiju Takase Emmanuel def. Yarborough by submission (punches)  3:22 R2.
Kazushi Sakuraba def. Carlos Newton by submission (kneebar) 5:19 R2.
Gary Goodridge def. Amir Rahnavardi KO (punches) – 7:22 R1
Mark Kerr def. Pedro Otavio by technical submission (kimura) – 2:13 R1
Nobuhiko Takada def. Kyle Sturgeon by submission (heel hook) – 2:18 R1

MMA’s version of Rocky, Randy Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame 5 years ago.

Why it matters:
*See below*

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The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale went down five years ago.

Why it matters:

• Michael Bisping, who was actualy a fan favorite on the show, won the light heavyweight side of the bracket, while Kendall Grove took home the glass trophy for winning the middleweight side of the competition. Both fighters were from Tito Ortiz‘s team, which bolstered the opinion that Ken Shamrock was one of the worst coaches in the show’s history.

• The show participants were Mike Stine, Kendall Grove, Rory Singer, Danny Abbadi, Kalib Starnes, Solomon Hutcherson, Ed Herman, Ross Pointon, Michael Bisping, Noah Inhofer, Josh Haynes, Matt Hamill, Jesse Forbes, Kristian Rothaermel, Tait Fletcher and Mike Nickels.

• Of the 16 contestants, only three remain under UFC contract (Hamill, Bisping and Herman)

• Bisping went on to coach opposite Dan Henderson on TUF 9 and was knocked out by the former PRIDE champion at UFC 100. He is slated to appear on the next season of the SPIKE TV reality series opposite Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

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Big Shafty- June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm
I'm just waiting for the day that nothing happened in MMA. With that said, I like reading these.
Mofo- June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm
For the 20th time: all you little whiny bitchez who hate on this site, fuck off to some other site. Now back to our programming.

WTF? "He DID have the submission cleanly". Who the fuck was that ref and who was that play by play douche? There has never been a UFC event where the ref says "well you seem to have a submission 'cleanly' so I'll stop the fight now". And when something close to that happens, Rogan goes ape shit, rather than supporting the off base ref.
WK- June 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm
I read this article everyday
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I like these articles, ignore the haters
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DangadaDang- June 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm
All you need to do is change the title of this segment to "On this 2 days before the day after tomorrow in MMA"
LargeMidget- June 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm
I like this new column idea, it fits with our overall theme of posting news articles at least a day after they've been posted everywhere else.
ReX13- June 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm
ChrisH >> Agreed. This is a quality series, and i'm jealous of Mike for coming up with it.
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ChrisH- June 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm
I dunno man, I think its pretty sweet - I've read them all so far, gives me something to do with my time other than porno
ragner- June 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm
i know you guys are trying...but this "on this day..." is weak son.