My first experience with mixed martial arts was November 5, 2005. My family and I made a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to watch my brother, Brad Imes, compete in the Ultimate Finale at The Hard Rock Hotel. My only education into MMA was watching Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike; of course because Brad was a participant.
In the arena was a who’s who of MMA legends. We saw Chuck Liddell, Nick Diaz, Rich Franklin, Matt Hughes, Diego Sanchez and of course Dana White. I stood between my mother and sister holding on for every swing of Brad’s fifteen minute war with Rashad Evans. In the end it was Rashad who got the split decision victory.