MMA Flashback 2004: Gilbert Yvel knocks out referee

Legendary bad boy Gilbert Yvel will be given a chance to fight in MMA’s premiere organization this weekend when he takes on Junior dos Santos at UFC 108 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has granted Yvel a special one-fight license. If everything goes well, and Yvel can control his urge to … Read more

MMA Flashback 2004: Sean Sherk makes his PRIDE debut against Ryuki Ueyama

Part 1: Sean Sherk vs. Ryuki Ueyama

The year was 2004. At this point, Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships had been putting on several events a year for over six years, and they had began a new series of shows entitled “PRIDE – Bushido.”

On Feb. 15, 2004, “PRIDE – Bushido 2” took place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Wanderlei Silva was on his legendary win streak in PRIDE and was fighting Ikuhisa Minowa in the main event. Also fighting on the card was Shogun, Gomi, Sakurai, Cro Cop, Mario Sperry, and Yushin Okami.

Along with the some of the biggest names in PRIDE history on the card, was a 30-year-old American by the name of Sean Sherk, who was making his PRIDE debut. By this time, Sherk had already been fighting professionally for nearly five years and was on an incredible run of 21-1-1.

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MMA Flashback 2006: Gina Carano vs. Leiticia Pestova

On June 10, 2006 Gina Carano entered the cage for her first ever professional MMA fight. It was the first sanctioned women’s MMA fight in Nevada. Gina took on Leiticia Pestova and put on a first round ground and pound beat down clinic, and just like that, a star was born.

Fast-forward three years and six fights later and Gina Carano remains undefeated at 7-0. On Aug. 15, 2009 she will face the toughest opponent of her career as she battles Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the undisputed Strikeforce 145 lbs. women’s title.

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MMA Flashback: 2002 – Ben Rothwell vs. Johnathan Ivey

The year was 2002. The organization was UNITED STATES MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. The name of the show was “USMMA 2: RING OF FURY” and it took place in Lowell, Massachusetts on September 21st at the Tsongas Arena. In this edition of PRO MMA’s ( “MMA FLASHBACK” we are focusing on the heavyweight co-main event title fight between a young 20-year-old kid named Ben Rothwell and 25-year-old Johnathan Ivey (Travis Lutter was fighting Jorge Rivera in the main event on this card).

Most people now know Ben Rothwell as the fighter who went undefeated and dominated the IFL heavyweight division as a member of Pat Miletich’s Quad-City Silverbacks. After the IFL shut down it was time for Rothwell to really test himself. He faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at “Affliction:Banned” in July 2008. It just so happened that the “old Pitbull” decided to show up that night and left Rothwell crumpled on the canvas after a vicious knockout. However, Rothwell bounced back in his next and most recent fight last December at “Adrenaline MMA 2” and finished off one Chris Guillen midway through round one via submission from elbow strikes.

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