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12/21/13 11:59 PM
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If you beat your man bloody and the ref doesn't stop it, don't let him get his arm around your neck.
12/22/13 2:07 AM
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To this day that remains one of my favorite top 5 fights.

12/22/13 2:23 AM
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VTFU! Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 2:24 AM
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Frye had an insane chin.
12/22/13 3:42 AM
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tank should have won that tournament, but I am a huge frye fan as well.

 

12/22/13 3:55 AM
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Frye participated in a worked match to get into the finals and face tank Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 4:23 AM
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Love how frye just brawls Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 4:42 AM
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Don is definitely one of, if not my favorite fighter from the old days. Probably the most honest mixed martial artist of the first 10 UFCs being proficient in wrestling, judo, and boxing Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 5:14 AM
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It's crazy how close Tank came to winning 2 tournaments. He really got screwed both times. Don and Oleg were both fresh against Tank, because both had worked bouts with their semi final opponent prior to meeting Tank in the finals. They met their training partners in the semis and won by quick worked submission.

Tank was really about to finish Don too, to the point I believe Bob Meyorwitz was saying "he's actually going to do it" at ringside - the UFC was desperate for Tank to win their tournament and become the face of the UFC. However, Tank tripped over Don's foot when going in for the finish and ended up getting choked out seconds later.

What a bummer for Tank, he seriously came so close to winning the tournies twice (his 20ish minute battle with Oleg is the stuff of legend and either man could have pulled it off that night). People forget that about him and try to claim he always sucked, but he was a real threat in the early NHB days. The UFC really did want him to win like I said, and if he did I'd imagine history would be quite different.

12/22/13 11:41 AM
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Frye was a beast! I really wish he could have got his hands on Ruas and Shamrock back then. Too bad they were "injured". Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 11:55 AM
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Frye vs Shamrock at UU2 would have been amazing..

frye/Ruas would have been great

Shamrock/Ruas also would have answered many questions about both fighters..
12/22/13 12:12 PM
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just how i remember it, tank was mauling him til he tripped

12/22/13 2:02 PM
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Galanis -

It's crazy how close Tank came to winning 2 tournaments. He really got screwed both times. Don and Oleg were both fresh against Tank, because both had worked bouts with their semi final opponent prior to meeting Tank in the finals. They met their training partners in the semis and won by quick worked submission.

Tank was really about to finish Don too, to the point I believe Bob Meyorwitz was saying "he's actually going to do it" at ringside - the UFC was desperate for Tank to win their tournament and become the face of the UFC. However, Tank tripped over Don's foot when going in for the finish and ended up getting choked out seconds later.

What a bummer for Tank, he seriously came so close to winning the tournies twice (his 20ish minute battle with Oleg is the stuff of legend and either man could have pulled it off that night). People forget that about him and try to claim he always sucked, but he was a real threat in the early NHB days. The UFC really did want him to win like I said, and if he did I'd imagine history would be quite different.

I think SEG wanted Shamrock to win the tournament. Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 2:12 PM
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Frye grabbing the cage to get position on Tank was classic use of fence. Legal back then.
12/22/13 2:38 PM
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Galanis - 

It's crazy how close Tank came to winning 2 tournaments. He really got screwed both times. Don and Oleg were both fresh against Tank, because both had worked bouts with their semi final opponent prior to meeting Tank in the finals. They met their training partners in the semis and won by quick worked submission.

Tank was really about to finish Don too, to the point I believe Bob Meyorwitz was saying "he's actually going to do it" at ringside - the UFC was desperate for Tank to win their tournament and become the face of the UFC. However, Tank tripped over Don's foot when going in for the finish and ended up getting choked out seconds later.

What a bummer for Tank, he seriously came so close to winning the tournies twice (his 20ish minute battle with Oleg is the stuff of legend and either man could have pulled it off that night). People forget that about him and try to claim he always sucked, but he was a real threat in the early NHB days. The UFC really did want him to win like I said, and if he did I'd imagine history would be quite different.


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12/22/13 3:32 PM
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little known fact, tank was drunk for at least 1 of his ufc fights

12/22/13 4:01 PM
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Galanis -

It's crazy how close Tank came to winning 2 tournaments. He really got screwed both times. Don and Oleg were both fresh against Tank, because both had worked bouts with their semi final opponent prior to meeting Tank in the finals. They met their training partners in the semis and won by quick worked submission.

Tank was really about to finish Don too, to the point I believe Bob Meyorwitz was saying "he's actually going to do it" at ringside - the UFC was desperate for Tank to win their tournament and become the face of the UFC. However, Tank tripped over Don's foot when going in for the finish and ended up getting choked out seconds later.

What a bummer for Tank, he seriously came so close to winning the tournies twice (his 20ish minute battle with Oleg is the stuff of legend and either man could have pulled it off that night). People forget that about him and try to claim he always sucked, but he was a real threat in the early NHB days. The UFC really did want him to win like I said, and if he did I'd imagine history would be quite different.

I think SEG wanted Shamrock to win the tournament. Phone Post 3.0

Even if so, that is exactly what happened and what Bob said about Tank. Ken dropped out of that tournie in the first round and obviously by that point, even if they had hoped Ken would win, they were banking on Tank to do it. Not just in that tournie either, the UFC had tried to set up Tank to be a star more than once, but he just never put it together 100% on a given night back then - either he didn't train/take it seriously enough, or things like the UU96 happened - worked fights and tripping over his feet.

Fate is crazy sometimes. Tank is still a legend and I think he should be in the UFC HOF, along with at least 20 other guys from that era. He was the most popular fighter in the UFC for a while. Bullshit the way it is these days.

12/22/13 7:28 PM
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This would be a great "master's division" fight, I wish the UFC would have a division of old stars that still would like to make 10k or 20k and would bring probably attract the causal audience enough to pay for PPVS again. With out trimming the roster anymore then they already do. Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 8:04 PM
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I watched this live ,man could bruce beck call a fight. he left for nbc , now if he stuck around , it would of been the better career move , at least financialy
12/22/13 8:35 PM
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That's a quick jab for such a big dude. He was a killer. And how do you not love Frye? Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 9:19 PM
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Both those animals needed to be in HOF before Ken Shamrock Phone Post 3.0
12/22/13 10:27 PM
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Galanis -

It's crazy how close Tank came to winning 2 tournaments. He really got screwed both times. Don and Oleg were both fresh against Tank, because both had worked bouts with their semi final opponent prior to meeting Tank in the finals. They met their training partners in the semis and won by quick worked submission.

Tank was really about to finish Don too, to the point I believe Bob Meyorwitz was saying "he's actually going to do it" at ringside - the UFC was desperate for Tank to win their tournament and become the face of the UFC. However, Tank tripped over Don's foot when going in for the finish and ended up getting choked out seconds later.

What a bummer for Tank, he seriously came so close to winning the tournies twice (his 20ish minute battle with Oleg is the stuff of legend and either man could have pulled it off that night). People forget that about him and try to claim he always sucked, but he was a real threat in the early NHB days. The UFC really did want him to win like I said, and if he did I'd imagine history would be quite different.

VU galanis. Agree 100%. I would still pay to see Tank-KSham. Phone Post 3.0

Me too!!! Me tooooo!

 

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12/23/13 1:02 AM
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Tank is a great person.

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12/23/13 3:09 AM
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just how i remember it, tank was mauling him til he tripped


Tank had landed some good shots, but Frye was still in there, Tank was already gassing before he fell from Frye pushing him back.

Tank "slipped" because he was near empty in gas tank, and also why he didn't do anything once he went down.

That was Tank's style, go all out for about a minute throwing every punch as hard as he could, and if he didn't get the guy out of there he'd gas out and usually get rolled quickly or just give up.
12/23/13 3:39 AM
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little known fact, tank was drunk for at least 1 of his ufc fights

That's how he was used to fighting. He just immulated his trainig during the match instead of the other way around. Phone Post

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