The first MMA event I ever watched was when Matt Hughes KO Carlos Newton with the power bomb off the cage. I wrestled in HS so it was cool to see these wrestlers throwing guys around and just destroying people. Soon after that my friend showed me some pride fights and I immediately fell in love with the sport. The first Silva fight I ever saw was ironically enough against Carlos Newton and Silva almost took his head off with a flying knee. Silva's style is what made me a huge fan of his. When he debuted in the UFC he faced Chris Leben who was in a six fight winning streak. Most people knew Chris Leben from TUF and so many people not to familiar with pride or much MMA didn't give Silva much of a chance. Silva wrecking Leben in his debut is probably in my top 3 moments of UFC history.
UFC 27 was the first UFC event I ever saw. I think I am probably the only person in the world who got into the UFC off of that event. I had seen a segment on the UFC on a sports business show and 27 was the next event happening so it was the first I saw.
Been a fan every since. Worked for sherdog for over 10 years which was amazing. Met so many people because of it.
I'm a "TUF noob" that show is what brought me to the dance. and like myers mentioned I was one of the noobs amazed at the destruction of leben by the spider. hopped my fat ass on the bandwagon and been riding shotgun ever since. I knew chris would probably beat him last week, but never expected such a horrible end to the fight and possibly the GOAT'S career. Really sad to see things go down the way they did, but I'm still glad I got to witness a once in a lifetime caliber athlete do his thing for so long
If it's the morn, it's corn,dawg
I'm wondering how everyone here themselves got into MMA?
The earliest memory I have is GSP regaining the title vs Serra but I can't help shake the feeling I saw a few earlier events prior that. That is the big stand out moment though and the morning after that PPV I had my dad on the phone to a gym in my city sorting out my membership for the classes.
Originally Posted by Old_John
In the words of Joey Diaz, "Vitor Belfort gets dizzy anytime he walks past Foot Locker".
"Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breath their final breath. And if what that man did in his life, makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalised by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory, of those who honour him and make whatever the man did live forever."