So I recently just got to watching MMA from the original PPVs. I am watching 15 as we speak and have watched pretty much everything up to it, and man, you really do get the feeling of having so many beasts around the table. I didn't know it was quite as cool as it is.
You have Mark Coleman in there, who had the title and lost it to Maurice Smith.
Smith is fighting Abbot on this card, and although is an underdog, he's still the champ.
Abbot himself is still a big name.
Vitor Belfort is a wrecking machine.
Randy Couture just earned a title shot and is undefeated.
Mark Kerr isn't even getting in the picture despite having two tournament wins now because there is so many other guys in the picture, even though Smith and Abbot never really earned their shots.
This isn't really a thread with much meaning, just thought I'd talk about my appreciation of it. You already have the old guard of Kimo, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie out of the picture, so it's like there's a new guard coming in even at such an early age in the sport's life. It's really cool to see.
Tito Ortiz also was dope in his two fights he had before this, but he got guillotined and lost his tournament which I didn't expect, and to a Lion's Den fighter too.
About to watch Pride 1 too since it was on a few days before UFC 15.