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Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez and Josh “The Punk” Thompson completed one of the greatest MMA trilogies in MMA history on May 19th at the Strikeforce Barnett vs. Cormier event. The two MMA veterans completed their 15 round war just like the previous two, five-round championship bouts, with exciting, back and forth, well rounded MMA action.
Boxing is better known for providing great 3 act dramas in the form of the trilogy. The most famous trilogies in boxing are so etched in the minds of fans, they are known simply by the last names of the combatants. Arguably the most famous trilogy in combat sports history is “Ali/ Frazier”. The 3 contests played out from 1970 thru 1975, the final contest known as “The Thrilla in Manilla”. Other memorable boxing trilogies include “Gatti/ Ward”, “Bowe/ Holyfield”, “Barerra/ Morales”, “Pacquiao/ Marquez”, and “Marques/ Vasquez” which turned into a 4th fight and still left fans begging for more. What made these epic battles memorable is the hype and anticipation leading up to the bouts, and then the action inside the ring. In many cases one and even two fights weren’t enough to please the fans and a 3rd fight had to be fought so fans and the combatants could once and for all decide who the better man was. Quite often the fighters split the first two fights, and a 3rd fight is needed to decide who would have bragging rights.
Although modern Mixed Martial Arts doesn’t have the long history that boxing does, we have been blessed with great MMA trilogies by some of the best fighters in the sport’s history. In honor of the great 15 rounds of MMA action Josh and Gil treated us to let’s highlight some of the most memorable trilogies in Mixed Martial Arts history in no particular order. If I missed one you think should be added to the list, e-mail me and tell me why it should have made the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia vs. Andre’ “The Pitbull” Arlovski
Today it’s hard to imagine these two fighters being the top two heavyweights in the world, but from 2005-2006 they fought 3 times for the UFC heavyweight championship. Arlovski submitted Sylvia in the first fight at UFC 51, but “The Maine-iac” won the last two fights of the trilogy at UFC 59 & UFC 61.
Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. Randy “The Natural” Couture
This has to be the most lucrative MMA trilogy of all time. Couture and Liddell are two of the sport’s most popular fighters and their 3 fights are part of MMA legend. Couture shocked Liddell in the first fight in 2003 at UFC 43, winning in dominating fashion to capture the UFC interim Light Heavyweight belt. The 2nd fight at UFC 52 came after the two served as coaches on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series in 2005. Liddell got his revenge and won the light heavyweight title after a 1st round TKO, and won again in 2006 at UFC 57 to retain the light heavyweight title.
B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn vs. Matt Hughes
It took more than 6 years to complete this trilogy, but it was well worth it. B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes are guaranteed UFC and MMA hall of famers, and two of the most popular fighters in the history of MMA. In their first fight at UFC 46, B.J. Penn shocked Matt Hughes and the MMA community when he submitted Hughes to become UFC Welterweight Champion in 2004. Hughes had been on a 13 fight winning streak entering the bout, and had defended the UFC Welterweight belt 4 times. Hughes would rebound from the loss, winning 5 consecutive fights and regaining the UFC Welterweight title, before facing Penn again in 2006 at UFC 63. Hughes would return the favor and stop Penn to retain the title, evening the score. It would be another 4 years before the two matched up at UFC 123 to complete the trilogy. Penn knocked out Hughes in just 21 seconds to win the trilogy 2-1. The two are now good friends and occasionally train together.
Georges “Rush” St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes
Due to his long run as UFC Welterweight Champion, Hughes has had to defend his title against the best 170 lb. fighters in the world, and just like with B.J. Penn, Matt had to fight Georges St. Pierre 3 times. After winning the UFC Welterweight Title from Hughes at UFC 46, Penn vacated the title. As the two best welterweights in the UFC, St. Pierre and Hughes met at UFC 50 for the belt. Hughes submitted GSP to regain the title. Two years later at UFC 65 St. Pierre stopped Hughes in the 2nd round to capture the UFC Welterweight Title for the first time. The trilogy was completed Dec 29th 2007 at UFC 79 when St. Pierre submitted Hughes via arm-bar in the 2nd round to win the interim title. St. Pierre went on to become the undisputed champion at UFC 83 when he defeated Matt Serra, and is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion, with 6 consecutive title defenses.
Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock
November 22, 2002 was the beginning of one the most famous UFC feuds and MMA trilogies of all time. With the words “Tito Ortiz is a punk”, echoing in the arena, Ken Shamrock walked to “The Octagon” to face the then 4 time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz for the title. The two began their war of words 3 years earlier at UFC 19, when Tito defeated Shamrock’s Lion’s Den teammate Guy Mezger, and gave Mezger and his team double “middle fingers” in the middle of “The Octagon”. In the lead up to the fight the two did not mince words and the fight will go down as one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history. Ortiz used ground and pound to dominate Shamrock, whose corner stopped the fight before the beginning of the 4th round. The two picked up where they left off when they served as coaches on Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. The pushing, shoving and insults resumed and culminated when the two met for the 2nd time at UFC 61 setting North American PPV records with 775,000 pay per view buys for the highly anticipated re-match. The fight was stopped after less than 2 minutes. Ortiz again used ground and pound to land multiple undefended elbows to Shamrock’s head and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight to the disgust of Shamrock and many of the fans in attendance. Due to the controversy of the quick stoppage, UFC President Dana White organized the final fight of the trilogy, “Ortiz-Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter” October 10th 2006, and aired the fight live on free T.V. Just like the 2nd fight, Ortiz took Shamrock to the ground and landed multiple unanswered elbows the head, sweeping the trilogy 3-0 with another 1st round stoppage.
By “Big Al” Preston III for BAMFFightgear.com 06/14/2012
Great news BAMF Nation!! Our fellow BAMF , Reggie “The Regulator” Pena ( 9-5 MMA Record ) will be headling the June 22nd XFC 18 card, in his main event welterweight bout against John Slater (8-2 MMA record) . The fight takes place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, in Nashville, Tennessee and airs live on HDNet. Reggie has alternated wins and losses in his 4 most recent fights, but prior to that, he had a five fight winning streak. Over his career, Reggie has fought former UFC and WEC fighters Ben Saunders(13-5-2 MMA record), Justin Haskins (7-6 MMA record) and Matt Arroyo (3-3 MMA record). Now training under Ross Kellin at Champions MMA in Tampa, Florida, Reggie and Matt Arroyo are teammates, along with former UFC T.U.F. alums Corey Hill, Jonathan Brookins, and Jeremy May. At 29 years old, Reggie is in the prime of his career and is looking to make the most of this opportunity. “There is always a sense of pressure going into a fight but I think the longer you’re in the fight game the more you crave that pressure and it becomes excitement and motivation.” When asked about fighting big name opponents in the past, a very confident Pena remarked, “I have fought guys that have fought for the UFC before and trained with a few as well, and I feel am a better fighter because of it simply because I realized those guys weren't much better than I was they just had better opportunities.
Pena has a 7 year-old daughter and 4 year-old step-daughter and began wrestling at the age of 11. Reggie competed in wrestling all through high school, winning at the conference, regional and state levels, including a 49-0 record his senior year before losing the state championship. After high school, “The Regulator” began studying and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and decided to become a professional Mixed Martial Artist in 2005. When I asked him about the fight and his opponent, Reggie said “training camp has been great I am excited to be working towards a goal and can't wait to get in that cage again!” “I expect a tough fight I know he is a game opponent, I feel we have similar styles and I hope we can deliver and put on an exciting show for the fans. “
When I asked Reggie who he liked to thank, he had this to say, “In addition to my family, friends, fans, coaches and training partners, I would like to thank BAMF Fight Gear for their support I love the gear, it’s SICK!!! I’d also like to thank Champions MMA, the Relentless Sports Management & Marketing staff, Jason Ellis and Anthony Castellucci, and all of the people at Coyote Ugly! Being a fighter is tough. The love and support of my family and friends and the support of my sponsors means everything to me.”
If you’d like to wish Reggie good luck on his upcoming fight reach out to him on Facebook or by e-mail @ Regulatormma@gmail.com.
With over 25 years in the business and over 50 movies and television projects to his credit, the martial arts practitioner and father of two is highly sought after for action films due to his work on projects including G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, XXX: State of the Union, and is best known for his work as Swenson in the Hollywood blockbuster film “The Rundown”, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Their fight scene at the end of the movie, with Wilson yielding bull whips is the type of action movie fans long for.
Wilson and his fellow stuntmen and women take the bumps and bruises, in order to make movie magic come to life on the big screen and in our living rooms. For the past 5 years Stuart has spent most of his time doubling one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Bruce Willis. The pair first worked together in 2007 on the 4th installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free, Or Die Hard. Since then, Stuart has traveled the world doubling Bruce in films such as Red, Cop Out, Surrogates, Setup, Cold Light of Day, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Expendables 2 and Fire with Fire. Stuart and Bruce were recently on set in Budapest, Hungary filming the latest installment of Die Hard, A Good Day to Die Hard, due for release in 2013. In addition to his film and T.V. work, Stuart is a life-long martial artist who has studied Jeet-Kun-Do and teaches boxing and kickboxing during his spare time. Now that’s what we call a BAMF For Life!!!!