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Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 58: USA vs CANADA
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March 4, 2006 - Live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, UFC Middleweight Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin makes his first title defense against top contender David "The Crow" Loiseau.
This action-packed eight-bout card also features a welter weight title eliminator bout between former champion BJ Penn and top-rated Canadian, George "Rush" St. Pierre. The winner gets a shot at Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes.
Other top fighters include Spencer Fisher, Mike Swick, Nate Marquardt and Yves Edwards.
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Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nevada
UFC 58 lays out a great fight card. We have the highly anticipated return of "The Prodigy", BJ Penn and a title bout between Rich Franklin and David Louseau. Along with some other good matchups, this promised to be another exciting UFC event that would contribute to the meteoric rise of MMA in mainstream media.
Yves Edwards v. Mark Hominick:
These are two very strong strikers with excellent speed going head to head. The fight surprisingly ends with a submission! This was the first time I'd seen Mark Hominick in action. He should do very well in the UFC lightweight division...
Joe Doerksen v. Nate Marquardt:
This is an even matchup... even their MMA fighting records are nearly identical. They provide some good action throughout the fight. It ultimately goes to a decision.
BJ "The Prodigy" Penn v. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre:
The Prodigy returns to the UFC and takes on the top contender in the welterweight division. St. Pierre, in my opinion, has been the champion in waiting since he lost to Matt Hughes. He has taken down every single opponent he has faced since then - and made them look bad in the process. BJ Penn is obviously an amazing fighter, so I was looking forward to this fight even more than the main event here at UFC 58. The fight begins and GSP is poked in the eye early on. He begins bleeding (a sight we are not used to seeing) and appears to lose the 1st round to Penn. He comes back strong during the fight, but it remains fairly close in a mostly standing bout. This fight goes to a split decision and the better, more talented fighter, I believe, is indeed awarded the victory.
Mike "Quick" Swick v. Steve Vinegault:
Mike Swick is coming off the hype of winning his first 2 UFC fights. He comes out to 2Pac and lives up to his nickname, "Quick"... Pretty bad@ss.
Rich "Ace" Franklin v. David "The Crow" Louseau:
Louseau is very deserving of this title shot. He has had many impressive performances in the octagon - and his time finally comes on this night, at this event... Franklin intends to dominate the middleweight division and he certainly has the skills to stay on top. Franklin looks good in the 1st round. He loves to stand and Louseau appears to be caught and hurt a few times. This is an exciting fight throughout, although it is pretty one-sided, with the exception of a brief moment in the 3rd round. Franklin breaks his hand in the 2nd round, yet it doesn't appear to hamper his performance too significantly. He looks great against a great opponent and makes a mess of Louseau's face with his striking. This fight is a war.
Great event. Great matchups. Highly recommended!
The fight of the night in my opinion was Nathan Marquardt vs. Joe Doerksen. Marquardt was boo'ed in his UFC debut when he faced Ivan Salaverry in the inaugural "Ultimate Fight Night", but didn't dissappoint this time around. Doerksen lived up to his word by keeping this fight from being dull/boring. These 2 went toe-to-toe on the ground and standing. They were timid at first, but they let their hands fly as the fight progressed and the ground game was fantastic.
The other fight that I loved was Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout. Stout's original opponent was Kenny Florian who was forced off of the card due to a back injury during training. On short notice, literally 2 days, Fisher made the cut from 170lbs+ down to 155lbs. Fisher dominated the first round, but the short notice and weight cutting took it's toll in the final 2 rounds. A valiant effort by both men which took the fight to a split decision....great fight, other nominee for fight of the night by die hard fans.
In this event, you can see one man run 2.7 miles in one fight. David Loiseau looked more like a cross country runner than a mixed martial artist. You can't blame him, he was out-gunned by the stronger, hungrier, and more skilled defending Middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
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