The first UFC fight ever broadcast ended dramatically - Teila Tuli's tooth went flying out of his mouth and was lost in the crowd, compliments of a Gerard Gordeau front kick. At least one other tooth lodges in Gordeau's foot.
“I think it was…totally in the face," explained commentator Jim Brown. "And I mean…awesome. Awesome. Tooth came out.”
It may have taken until last night to see something quite like Teila Tuli's toothy, as Cub Swanson landed a perfectly timed counter right, sending George Roop's mouthpiece on a journey, sailing out of his mouth, bouncing off the fence, and landing some six feet away.
Cub Swanson's KO even made ESPN top 10 plays. The crazy thing is, Swanson over Roop didn't even win Knockout of the Night. That honor went to Lavar Johnson for taking the iron-chinned Joey Beltran, who had never been kayoed before.
"This win shows that the Strikeforce heavyweights belong here," of the KO which earned him and extra $65,000. "We're all on the same level and now we're getting a chance to prove it. And the fans are the ones benefitting from it the most because they're getting to see action like this."
The three fights broadcast on FOX were widely panned as not representing the sport adequately, but the undercard on FUEL delivered. With performances like the undercard, and the track record of the UFC in building Spike, expect big things for FUEL.