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Throwback Video of the Day: Wanderlei Silva’s First UFC Win Against Tony Petarra


(Fight starts at the 5:45 mark.)

Cruising through a bad Wikipedia Hole this morning, I realized that I’d never seen the full video of Wanderlei Silva‘s first victory in the UFC, a knockout of Tony Petarra. This went down at UFC 20 on May 7th, 1999, about seven months after Silva’s steamrolling at the hands of Vitor Belfort, and a year before his unsuccessful light-heavyweight title bout against Tito Ortiz (which would be Wandy’s last Octagon appearance for seven years).

Petarra was a 32-year-old submission fighter from Rancho Cucamonga who was making his UFC debut that night, and was in way over his head. Petarra clinches immediately, looking to take the fight to the mat. Silva stays on his feet and starts firing knees, first to the body, and then right into the rookie’s grill. Wanderlei snatches the full plum at the fight’s 2:45 mark, and the fight is over seconds later.

Later in the video, Mike Goldberg has a sit-down with Ortiz, who gives it up to Silva’s performance and calls out Frank Shamrock. Also, Bruce Buffer looks so young in the fight introduction that he could pass for Shia LaBeouf‘s older brother. Ah, memories!

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Drinks2Much- July 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm
DAMN YOU CP FOR REMINDING ME THAT I ONCE TRUELY LIKED TITO!
Rampage Rules- July 15, 2011 at 10:48 am
I was training with Tony Petarra at the time of this fight, we all had no idea who Tony was really fighting lol. SHARK TANK BIATCH!
Onan- July 15, 2011 at 10:05 am
Back when Wandy was just scary looking instead of scary AND creepy looking.
Giblets- July 15, 2011 at 8:52 am
Back in the good old days when wandy was king and Shia was just a glint inthe milk mans eye......
Ps
Shia, megatron transformed inside your mums pussy without touching the sides
omunto- July 15, 2011 at 8:43 am
@Fried Taco

Those are some pretty powerful balls.
Fried Taco- July 15, 2011 at 7:50 am
And Jon Jones was just a sperm in my ballsack.
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