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12/7/12 8:35 PM
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Funaki Masakatsu #1 - 
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Funaki Masakatsu #1 -  The UU96 remains one of my favorite MMA events ever, and is possibly my favorite UFC event ever. Phone Post

Same here. Can you imagine if Vitor and Coleman didn't get injured and were in it? Most stacked 8-man tournament ever.

That would have been insane.

IIRC, Shamrock originally demanded to Art Davie that Davie bracket it so that Ken fought Tank FIRST, in the semifinals, so that he wouldn't have to risk Tank losing in the first round and missing the chance to fight him. Davie declined because he wanted to match the top fighters with lesser fighters in the first round and build up the matchups from there.

That backfired pretty good on Art. Tank-Ken would have been a battle and both guys were probably at their peaks in skill at the UU96.


Yeah, never liked the first round matchmaking for the tournament. I understand the 1-8 seed-style of matchmaking for a tournament, but it also deprived the fans of the matches that they wanted to see.

Ken vs. Tank would have been amazing.

Why have a pointless rematch between Frye and Goodridge when there were so many more interesting matchups to be made? I would have loved to see Frye vs. Kimo in the first round.

Johnston vs. Worsham

Varelans vs. Goodridge

That would have been the ideal setup, imo.

Ironically, this line-up maintains the original brackets, but switches the fights around.
12/7/12 9:01 PM
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Varalens was a BEAST that night. both Ken & Frye would have had thier hands full with him in the 1st!
12/7/12 9:10 PM
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CLINTK9 - Varalens was a BEAST that night. both Ken & Frye would have had thier hands full with him in the 1st!
I don't know about that...Polar Bear was really big but he never struck me as particularly skilled. I think Frye's crisp boxing would make short work of him and Ken had way too many weapons. Phone Post
12/7/12 9:16 PM
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Good read
12/7/12 9:18 PM
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12/7/12 9:27 PM
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12/7/12 9:55 PM
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With the prima dona like egos of Ken, Tank, Ruas, and few of the other early UFC stars, it would have been interesting to see a chubby, unassuming Igor V come in a wreek havok on the field.
12/7/12 11:32 PM
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CLINTK9 - Varalens was a BEAST that night. both Ken & Frye would have had thier hands full with him in the 1st!
I don't know about that...Polar Bear was really big but he never struck me as particularly skilled. I think Frye's crisp boxing would make short work of him and Ken had way too many weapons. Phone Post

that particular night Varlens was HUGE and pumped ready to go. the skills obviously are in Kens and fryes favor, but if big Paul was holding his own up top, FRYE is MUCH Smaller, and one of those guys went for a TD and landed underneath like Kimo. they would have took beatings as well. Varelens wasnt great, but that night he was ready, and bigger than normal. would love to have seen it.
12/7/12 11:34 PM
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I was there live right by the aisle when Varelens was coming down yellin, he was game that night.
12/7/12 11:55 PM
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Ttt for a great thread and article! Love it! :)

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12/8/12 12:29 AM
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thomase - Ttt for a great thread and article! Love it! :)

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Great to see you posting Big Tom!!! Phone Post
12/8/12 12:47 AM
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What a great read, thanks for posting.
12/8/12 2:04 AM
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12/8/12 3:30 AM
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IF only UU96 was Actually the 8 BEST fighters in UFC up to that point. It would have been:

Royce, Ken, Severn, Oleg, Tank, Ruas, Frye & Coleman!

And I would have bracket them like this:

Gracie/Taktarov
Severn/Coleman
Frye/Ruas
Shamrock/Tank

MAN, THAT would have been AWESOME!
12/8/12 4:30 AM
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Awesome read, and lol@ nelmark saying he wasn't knocked out. Dude got totally nelmarked.
12/8/12 4:34 AM
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Hall accepted money from Frye to throw their fight so that Frye would have the energy to beat Tank. It's a known worked match. Hall came out later and told the whole story. It's pretty funny that the article in ESPN has a pic from that fight on the first page.
12/8/12 5:13 AM
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12/8/12 5:57 AM
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12/8/12 6:00 AM
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Fantastic read
12/8/12 8:12 AM
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12/8/12 8:37 AM
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12/8/12 8:52 AM
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Great article. Phone Post
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Awesome read!
12/8/12 10:19 AM
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Great read, reminds me of the old days, makes me feel old, but glad to have been a fan from waaay back. Phone Post

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