Eddie Goldman's MMA Articles

April 2011 // Quick Hits
Monumental Moments In MMA

It was one of the most significant fights in the pre-history of modern mixed martial arts—and perhaps the worst. It was famous and infamous at the same time, and it almost wasn’t even an actual fight. There are numerous, conflicting versions of what transpired during the bout, yet we still are intrigued by it today. [...]

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November 2010 // Quick Hits
Monumental Moments in MMA

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s stoppage of both Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett on the same night, in the semifinals and finals of the Pride Fighting Championships’ Open-Weight Grand Prix Tournament on September 10, 2006, in Saitama, Japan, is a feat that will never be duplicated.   Cro Cop had faced Wanderlei Silva in the semifinals [...]

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October 2010 // Quick Hits
Monumental Moments in MMA

In order to establish itself as the pinnacle of combat sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship had to compete directly with a sport that already held rank as the most popular fighting art and was widely regarded as the best fighting style—boxing.   For Rorion Gracie, co founder of the UFC, there was but one purpose [...]

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January 2011
Monumental Moments In MMA

Hanging prominently—but curiously—in the front office of the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York is an enlarged photograph of one of the most seminal victories of Kazushi “The Gracie Hunter” Sakuraba. The photo is from the closing moments of the fight between Sakuraba and Renzo Gracie at Pride 10, won by Sakuraba from a standing [...]

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September 2010 // Names in the Game
Monumental Moments in MMA

The showdown between Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz at UFC 22 was regarded at the time as the greatest fight in MMA history, and it is still seen as such by many people who saw it in person or watched it live on television.   The drama going into this fight was immense. Shamrock, 26 [...]

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August 2010 // Names in the Game
When Champions Collide

It was Igor Zinoviev’s time in early 1998. The highly touted former captain of the Russian judo team had amassed a record of 7-0-2 in mixed martial arts, defeated the legendary Mario Sperry and Enson Inoue, and was the only man ever to hold the Extreme Fighting Middleweight Title. A phenomenally gifted athlete with a [...]

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May 2010 // Names in the Game
Monumental Moments In MMA

The idea behind the Ultimate Ultimate 1995—also referred to as UFC 7.5—was that an annual, one-night, eight-man tournament between the top fighters of the UFC would be a marquee event that would bolster the credibility and popularity of the now Gracie-less organization. But the first—of only an eventual two events—held Dec. 16,1995, in Denver, Colo., [...]

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April 2010 // Names in the Game
Monumental Moments In MMA

Things were not going well for mixed martial arts in the United States in 1997. With politicians slandering the sport as “human cockfighting,” cable companies decided to censor the pay-per-views, which was hurting revenue. This led to major financial problems for the UFC and the death of Extreme Fighting. The sport was banned in New [...]

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June 2010 // Names in the Game
The Gracie Hunter

There are two main currents that produced the modern sport of mixed martial arts. The first is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu—through Brazil and then the U.S. which is based on teachings learned a century earlier in Japan. The second is catch wrestling,a submission style handed down over the years through icons like Karl Gotch, who brought it [...]

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March 2010 // Names in the Game
Monumental Moments In MMA

When John Perretti was making the matches for the inaugural Battlecade Extreme Fighting show on November 18, 1995, he wanted to do something different from their slightly older rival promotion, The Ultimate Fighting Championship. Perretti, along with many others, thought that the UFC was staging “purposeful mismatches” to showcase Royce Gracie and Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu [...]

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February 2010 // Names in the Game
Monumental Moments In MMA

Things were mighty different in the early UFCs. Fighters threw elbows to the back of their opponents’ heads, struck the groin, and grabbed hair, all with impunity. None of this mayhem, however, was the point of the show. On one side of the Octagon at UFC 1 stood “the shark,” that skinny, chosen representative of [...]

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October 2008 // Quick Hits
Grappling Oasis

Shortly after the fi rst UFC in 1993, a college student who called himself Ben signed up for lessons at Nelson Monteiro’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Del Mar, California. Ben, a student at the United States International University at San Diego, was a karate practitioner and a fan of combat sports and martial arts that [...]

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February 2008 // Names in the Game
The Lawman’s Next Fight

When John McCarthy entered the police academy of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in his early twenties, some two decades ago, he already was curious about a hot topic in martial arts circles: which fighting style was best?   “I came from a background of wrestling and boxing,” he said in December in a [...]

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