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On This Day in MMA History…

(Thank Crom somewhere along the way, they decided to wear shorts.)

36 years ago: MMA’s version of Yoda, Greg Jackson, was born in Washington, DC.

34 years ago: UFC middleweight and former CagePotato TUF 11 guest blogger Rich Attonito was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

4 years ago: UFC 72: Victory took place in Ireland, marking the first time the Octagon made an appearance on the Emerald Isle.

Although the card was not a particularly great one, a few things of note happened:

• A number of notable fighters fought their last respective bouts in the Octagon that night, including Hector Ramirez, Scott Smith and Rory Singer.

Yushin Okami lost his first UFC bout against Rich Franklin. Had he won, he would have fought Anderson Silva next.

Martin Kampmann was originally scheduled to fight Franklin, but withdrew from the bout due to injury.

Jake O’Brien was scheduled to fight Tom Murphy, but was also forced to withdraw due to injury. Since no replacement for O’Brien could be found, Murphy too was pulled from the card.

Clay Guida lost by split decision to Tyson Griffin, which was his second loss in a row. He pulled out a close split decision in his next fight against Ed Herman for his second-round rear naked choke over Scott Smith.

• Knockout of the Night went to Marcus Davis for his 1:15 knockout of UFC newcomer Jason Tan.

• 7850 attended the event.

1 year ago: Strikeforce LA took place on a Wednesday night at at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The event, whose final line-up changed several times after Charles BennettJason MillerBobby Lashley, and Ron Sparks all ended up being pulled from the card for various reasons.

Two of the card’s bouts had title implications.

Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeated Robbie Lawler by decision in a 195-pound catchweight bout and was awarded a number one light heavyweight contendership bout his next fight against Dan Henderson after declaring that he would not face his friend and sometimes training partner Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Tim Kennedy defeated Trevor Prangley and got a shot at the Strikeforce middleweight strap (which was vacated by Jake Shields when he left for the UFC) against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Had Lawler defeated Sobral, he would have faced Souza instead.

It’s estimated that 164,000 viewers tuned in for the event with a peak audience of 197,000 watching it on Showtime.

5259 attended the show.

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flyingogoplata- June 17, 2011 at 5:32 am
@ ArmFarmer - nope it's a whizzer...just ask Joe Rogan
fatbellyfrank- June 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Is this feature gonna be permanent? cause i love this article, please make this a regular article, this is stuff i love from CP
Bob Reilly- June 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm
PingPong- June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Wow, Jackson and I share a birthday, and he's younger than me!

Thank fuck I still have my hair...
ReX13- June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Look, i know art when i see it, and that's porn.
RwilsonR- June 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Greg Jackson is only 36? Wow. The years have been tough on that dude.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm
El Guapo- June 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm
*Anaheim, of Orange County, California, United States, North America.
El Guapo- June 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm
I went to that Strikeforce LA! Woulda went to UFC LA* if it didn't cost 10x as much. LITERALLY
Dagnut- June 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm
ancient Greeks liked wrestling and kicking each others backdoor I think that one is up for debate
Fried Taco- June 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm
That's a statue of Greg Jackson's camp during a normal training day. Now do you understand the nipple tweaks?
danomite- June 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm
how can we be sure this is a sculpture of two guys wrestling and not a sculpture of one guy man-raping another guy?
ArmFarmer- June 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm
That statue is a guy in the midst of a twister, or guillotine in wrestling. I think that's the statue from the movie dodgeball cuz I remember seeing it in Ben Stiller's house and being like "hey that dudes doing a guillotine".
Pen Fifteen- June 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Wasn't UFC 72 where Guida almost ripped Griffin's leg off with a kneebar? Can't believe that was 4 years ago, I feel old as shit now.