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Date: 10/2/2005

Article Type: TV Live

 

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UFC AND SPIKE TV ANNOUNCE ?ULTIMATE FIGHT NIGHT?? POST WEIGH-IN RESULTS

 

Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 2, 2005) ? The Ultimate Fighting Championship? (UFC?) organization and Spike TV today held the weigh-in event for Ultimate Fight Night? live from Las Vegas poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. All the fighters on the card, including the main event matchup Evan Tanner vs. David Loiseau, stepped on the scale between 4:00 ? 4:30pm/PT.

 

Ultimate Fight Night live takes place tomorrow night, Oct. 3, 2005, live in Las Vegas from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The live undercard action starts at 7:15pm ET/4:15pm PT. Spike TV will telecast the event live nationally starting at 9:00pm ET/PT.

 

Following is the list of fighters and official weigh-in results: [lbs.] (record x-x)

 

MAIN EVENT ? Middleweight non-title fight (170-185 lbs.)

Evan Tanner [186] (33-5) vs. David ?The Crow? Loiseau [185] (10-2)

 

Co-Features

Middleweights

Chris ?The Crippler? Leben [185] (13-1) vs. Edwin Dewees [184] (31-7)

 

Welterweights

Josh Koscheck [170](7-0) vs. Drew ?The Master? Fickett [171] (27-3)

 

Undercard

Heavyweights

Fabiano Scherner [257] (5-1) vs. Brandon Vera [225] (4-0)

 

Welterweights

Thiago Alves [170] (13-2) vs. Spencer Fisher [167] (15-1) Welterweights

Jonathan Goulet [169] (13-5-1) vs. Jay Hieron [168] (7-1-0)

Brock Larsen [184] (12-0) vs. Jon Fitch [185.5] (13-2-0-1)

 

*Card subject to change

 

The Ultimate Fight Night main event features Evan Tanner, former UFC middleweight champion, versus the high-flying Canadian Champ, David ?The Crow? Loiseau. The line-up also includes Chris Leben and Josh Koscheck, stars from the hit reality series The Ultimate Fighter? Season 1.

 

The main event is a sizzling match up between two skilled fighters with equal striking power. Evan Tanner, a veteran fighter with vicious ground elbow strikes is determined to fight his way back to a UFC middleweight championship. Tanner will have to tangle with David Loiseau, one of the most dangerous strikers ever to set foot in the Octagon?. Loiseau is an excellent striker known for having some of the most feared elbows in the sport, and spectacular jumping and spinning back kicks.

 

As co-features, ultimate fighters Chris ?The Crippler? Leben and Josh Koscheck will battle against Edwin Dewees and Drew Fickett, respectively.

 

Leben, one of the most controversial fighters on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, is a force to be reckoned with inside the Octagon?. Coming off a recent win at Ultimate Fight Night? 1, Leben is looking to continue his winning streak against Edwin ?Babyface? Dewees, a veteran fighter with twenty wins by first round submissions. Dewees plans to capitalize on his experience and increase this submission record against the up-and-coming Leben.

 

Koscheck, coming off two impressive UFC victories, was praised by the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter for his raw talent and superior wrestling skills. He will take on Drew ?The Master? Fickett, a much more experienced opponent with extremely well-rounded fighting skills.

 

Prior to the live fights, Spike TV will air a new episode of UFC Unleashed? at 7:00pm ET/PT, featuring previous bouts never before seen on basic cable including UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski vs. Vladimir Matyushenko and winner of The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale Forrest Griffin vs. Bill Mahood. A hard-hitting edition of Ultimate Knockouts? will then follow at 8:00pm. A new episode of The Ultimate Fighter? 2 will directly follow the live event at 11:00pm ET/PT.

 

The Ultimate Fighter 2 airs on Spike TV Mondays at 11:00pm ET/PT featuring 18 of the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters in the world. UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, and UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, are the coaches for Season 2. UFC President Dana White serves as host.

 

Executive Producers of ?Ultimate Fight Night? are Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White.

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I'm pumped. Main event should be good in the least. Louiseau and Tanner both have awesome clinches and ground and pound (ELBOWS~!), so this fight could end at any point. Should be fun, Tanner should be primed for a big return fight following the Franklin loss and Louiseau brings the excitement in spades.

 

Leben and Dewees should have a fun fight. Dewees has been knocked out once in his career against Rich Franklin, so Leben has his hands full. He's a submission guy so Leben will hopefully go sprawl-and-brawl.

 

Koscheck is the new stud of the welterweight division and should put Diego Sanchez to shame within a year. Strong wrestler with an evolving game; striking is weak but he should pick that up. Fickett is good on the ground and the question is if Koscheck's submission awareness and power will save him here. Fickett is a well-rounded guy.

 

Hieron and Goulet is the wildcard fight IMO. If they can fit this on, they probably should, as I have a good feeling about this. Hieron's one UFC fight was a loss against Pierre, and Goulet is a TKO vet who I've heard good things about.

 

I've heard good things about Scherner in jiu-jitsu circles. Everything else is a toss-up, but it's a free card and the UFC usually doesn't disappoint.

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It was a fun, good show. I'm watching RAW on tape right now and hands down, the UFC show was better. I can't comment too much because I'm way too disappointed in how Tanner lost that fight. All the fights were good.

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Guest Cam Chaos

Tanner had RNC opportunities but was crossfacing too much. He should have used the crossfacing to try set up the RNC rather than just making Loiseau uncomfortable. Rumour is Tanner may be dropped now with two losses in a row.

 

Loiseau's elbows are fantastic both standing and on the ground. I would like him to eventually get a shot at Franklin.

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Yeah, he definately had his shot. I thought he should have tried to position himself for more knees to the side since those looked really swank.

 

Show did a 1.6. Has to be considered a success considering competition and time issues (notice, promoting).

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Brandon Vera has the potential to be a pretty marketable guy for them.  Let him run his mouth and feed him some cans and you might have a star on your hands.

If they were going for that, maybe they shouldn't have shown Chuck laughing at him and shaking his head.
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Guest TheShawshankRudotion

Vera actually SOUNDS like Tito too :)

 

I realized something last night. I want live MMA on my TV every week. I love how they are able to take someone like Vera and turn him into a person of interest after *one* fight.

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