Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 47 - It's On!
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Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
The first fight truly worth watching is between Ruthless Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz. These are two of the youngest stars of the UFC. Diaz is a better technical fighter, but Lawler is far more powerful, bringing straight heat and rage. Lawler seems to have more immediate "fight-stopping" ability. On this night, however, we see Diaz taunting Lawler throughout the fight. Lawler grows increasingly angry and reckless - leading to the startling ending to the fight.
Cabbage then faces off against Andrei Arlovski (a personal favorite to watch). Arlovski strikes accurately and effectively, as usual, but Cabbage has a seemingly inhuman ability to take punishment, which keeps him in this fight for a while. Pretty exciting.
Chris Lytle takes on Tiki in a decent fight. Lytle is impressive, as always.
The main event of the evening: the bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. There was a great deal of hype behind this fight. It should have happened before they both lost to "The Natural" Randy Couture. Tito originally didn't take the fight, but after losing to Couture, he has to save some face and finally face the Iceman. Chuck Liddell is always ferocious, but he is particularly frenzied during this fight. He barely gives Ortiz a chance to breathe. Tito strangely allows the fight to stay on the feet, which is obviously a poor choice against Liddell. This was a superfight a long time in the making - and the finish to the fight is equally dramatic.
As always, there are some good behind-the-scenes bonus features that provide insight into the fighers' preparation for their fights, as well as post-fight footage. Great stuff.
I was there live and had a great time. Zuffa really put on a good show and the fighters all had heart.
The fighters on the card was nothing stellar, but every single fight was action packed. Only one fight went to decision (which was a great fight anyway) and the rest were finished by TKO/KO or submission.
Genki vs Brown
More than 1/2 the building was empty for this fight. I was disappointed . Genki got a great pop anyway for whoever was in attendance. He was very calm and composed throughout the fight. Brown looked great but just got overzealous with his GnP and got caught. On a side note, Brown was wearing an awesome Sudo shirt after hs fight. Anyone know where I can get one?
Shipp vs Wiezorek(sp)
Looked like a b/c level fight. Both guys were in terrible shape but fought their hearts out. No holding back in that one.
Mike Mak Kyle vs Wes Sims:
Props to Sims for taking this fight on short notice. I spoke with Mark Coleman and Sims before his fight as they were near where I was sitting. Both are really nice guys. Sims was really cool. All the fans loved him. He came out and interacted with everyone before and after his fight. Having said that he took a real beating. Sims got mad props even after he lost and Kyle got the boos because of that controversial bite.
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler
Nick was smack talking Lawler the whole fight telling him not to run away. Both got rocked in the 1st round and the whole crowd went nuts when Lawler did that flurry at the 4 minute mark and capped it with a flying knee. However, I can't believe Lawler went down on that shot. Everyone in the building was stunned because from our persepective it looked like a 'weak' shot and Lawler fell like it was a temple shot.Read more ›
In spite of all the pre fight predictions promising that Tito would prevail...surpise! surprise! surprise! Chuck Lid dell got busy and unleashed a massive blitz of power punches that put Tito Ortiz down on the canvas..and out for the night. It was the first time that the cocky and always animated former UFC light heavyweight champion had been knocked out. Down for the count and unable to defend himself, Tito was saved by the ref for the event, Big John McCarthy. The official cause of death..technical knockout.
Once again Joe Rogan, better known to most television addicts as the host of fear factor, is in charge of describing all the blow by blow action for this event. And he delivers on the goods. I love Joe Rogan hosting UFC..he is an interviewer that knows the MMA! As a former 4x Kick boxing champ from mass, he has been in the ring and can comment with intelligence..unlike some of the yahoos that stumble into the octagon to do the post fight wrap up lately. Get Joe Rogan...acept no substitutes.
This DVD features video stories chronicling the rise to fame for both Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz and how they came to be the most anticipated match up in UFC history.
Other mini clips include:
Randy Couture Back in Training
Wes Sims and Mike Kyle Post-Fight Controversy
Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz Prepare for Battle
Nick Diaz Post-Fight
Yves Edwards Breaks Down His Win With Coach Lewis Wood
The Ultimate Grudge Match: Ortiz Vs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This what people had been waiting for. Always the question, what if? What if Tito Ortiz ever took on Chuck Liddell? Read morePublished on February 28, 2007 by Wolfe Moffat
Yeah, what else is new right? SO Tito has to be acting like a little baby sayign that "oh me and Chuck said we would never fight". Read morePublished on August 28, 2006 by morgoth
Great video for martial artists to watch not just for entertainment but also to learn about what is effective and what is not in a fight. Read more
Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will meet again for sure, I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen UFC 47 yet, but this was a damn good fight. Read morePublished on August 27, 2004 by B. Fitzgerald
I'm not sure what fights the other reviewers were watching, but the Ortiz vs. Liddel fight was boring as hell. Read morePublished on August 23, 2004 by Anonymous