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Karo Parisyan and Matt Serra go the distance in a very exciting match. They're both masters on the ground, but also well rounded fighters who throw with aggression on their feet. Even though it went to a decision, both fighters tried to end it throughout the fight, so it's far from a boring decision fight.
Charles Mccarthy and David Loiseau is a classic grappler vs. striker match. Loiseau the striker, drops some vicious elbows from the top, while Mccarthy the grappler, makes several submission attempts. The explosive finish features one of the most brutal body shots in UFC history.
Even Tanner and Rich Franklin engage in a mostly stand up battle, which is surprising considering Tanner's tendency to unleash ground and pound fury on his opponents. Tanner worked hard on his boxing skills, and it shows when he drops Franklin, damn near knocking him out. Tanner's stand up has improved, but it's not quite up to Franklin's level yet, and Franklin turns his face into hamburger meat by the end.
In the main event, up and coming heavyweight Justin Eilers takes on dominant heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski. Eilers has heavy hands, and Arlovski has a questionable chin, but Eilers is a huge underdog against the superbly skilled Arlovski.Read more ›
The night was kicked off with a fight featuring young, but experienced Cesar Gracie fighter Nick Diaz. Diaz had already 4 fights under his belt with only one loss against the talented Karo Parisyan. His opponent was Pancrase fighter who was experienced and versatile. Koji Oishi was a solid fighter who had many decision victories in the Pancrase Organization. This fight Diaz and Oishi would end in an obvious knockout considering the strategy the loser would pathetically employ. Easily, the funniest fight of the night.
Canadian fighter David Loiseau and his sharp elbows was back to reestablish himself as a contender for Evan Tanner's 185lb belt. Loiseau nearly sliced Gideon Ray's head in two at UFC 51. In this awesome display, he lined himself up for a tough challenge against a UFC newcomer. As a smaller show standout, Charles "Chainsaw" McCarthy was pumped and ready for a shot at the big leagues. The fight between the Crow and Chainsaw would feature a rare spinning thrust kick that set up a match ending flying knee! A true highlight reel of a fight!
The sport of MMA has characters and veterans; the one fighter that has both of these two in check is "Mr. International" Shonie Carter. As a veteran of 50 MMA fights and other countless combat related arts, Carter was accustomed to a fight, regardless of what level. His charismatic behavior provides as a plucky comedy relief at times, but in the ring he is all business. This was to be his first fight in the UFC since losing via knockout to Pat Miletich at UFC 32 in June of 2001. His opposition this night would be against a veteran in age only, but certainly not a novice.Read more ›
David Loiseau vs. Charles McCarthy - SLOW first round, not helped by McCarthy's youth and not knowing what to do with a downed opponent, but after that.........one of the most amazing finishes I've ever seen to a fight 7/10 (3 for the finish)
Nate Quarry vs. Shonie Carter - TUF 1 veteran Quarry takes on the always hysterical Carter in a decent little slugfest, Carter is not ther most gifted fighter in the world, but it's always fun to watch "The Rock" 5/10
Forrest Griffin vs. Bill Mahood - Not too exciting of a fight, but Griffin showed he did have a submission game, Mahood looked like a completely different person in there, Griffin is finally getting a true test at UFC 59 4/10
Kevin Jordan vs. Paul Buentello - Good fight here, Buentello looked on top of his game, Jordan has not impressed me yet, but he may yet, I did not know Buentello could make people tap 6/10
Rich Franklin vs. Evan Tanner - Middleweight Championship - Hard fight to rate, slow first round with a decent knockdown, after that Tanner got BRUTALIZED by "Ace" Tanner has the heart of a lion to even stay in there after the third round, hard to watch someone take so much punishment, a good fight but like I said hard to watch 7/10
Matt Serra vs. Karo Parysian - Great fight from two vets, third round can get a little slow in parts, but first two rounds are excellent, I wish Serra would fight more than he does, because we'd get more fights like this, Karo too 7/10
Andrei Arlovski vs.Read more ›
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UFC 53 is one of my personal favorite UFC DVDs. Only one fight goes the distance, Serra/Parisyan, and it's actually really good for the full 15 minutes. Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by MMAPhreak21
I love it when the title lives up to it's name. Here are the bouts:
NICK DIAZ VS. KOJI OISHI-I rememebr seeing this on Ultimate Knockouts. Read more
There are some lame fights on this card without a doubt, but there are also some really good fights as well. Rich Franklin vs. Read morePublished on August 2, 2006 by death
Just terrible and not worth the money. The fights are horrible and the fighters have very little skill. Puchase PRIDE instead where the best fighters in the WORLD come to fight.Published on July 10, 2006 by jenspulver11
UFC 53 is a joke of an event, especially the main event. The heavyweight division in the UFC is complete drab and this prematurely ending main event is no exception. Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by masakatsufunaki7
Ultimate Fighting Championship is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized as the major MMA promotion in North America. Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by robbypark
This was a very good UFC event. We got to see the pay-per-view debut of Ultimate Fighter winner Forrest Griffin vs. Bill Mahood. Read morePublished on March 20, 2006 by Matt