UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion on Spike TV!
Reigning UFC(R) Champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Takes On PRIDE Champion
Dan Henderson in Historic Unification Bout in London
UFC 75 Also Features Top Heavyweight Contenders Mirko 'Cro Cop' vs. Cheick
Kongo and The Ultimate Fighter(R) 3 Alums Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
NEW YORK, July 16 -- Spike TV will telecast "UFC 75:
Champion vs. Champion," its most star-studded fight card ever, including
the network's first-ever UFC(R) title fight, a unification bout between UFC
Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and PRIDE's 205-pound
Champion Dan "Hollywood" Henderson, on Saturday, September 8 at 9:00 PM
ET/PT (same day tape) from The O2 Arena in London, England. UFC 75 also
features a major heavyweight battle with international superstar Mirko "Cro
Cop" when he takes on France's Cheick Kongo. As a special feature,
England's own and "The Ultimate Fighter(R) 3" Light Heavyweight Champion
Michael "The Count" Bisping takes on fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 3" cast
member Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.
"We are pleased that Spike TV will bring UFC 75 live from London to
millions of UFC fans in the U.S. and Canada," said Dana White, UFC
President. "UFC 75 will be the UFC and PRIDE's first ever unification match
- this fight between Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson will decide who is
the best 205- pound fighter in the two organizations. This is the
mega-fight that sports fans have always wanted, and after waiting almost a
decade not only do they finally get it, they get to watch it for free on
"Spike TV is thrilled to present such a monumental bout between these
two great champions, said Kevin Kay, General Manager, Spike TV. "Not only
will this be the first ever unification bout but it is Spike TV's first
ever UFC title fight."
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is coming off
a thrilling victory over Chuck Liddell. Knocking out "The Iceman" less than
two minutes into the first round of their fight at UFC 71 in May to capture
the light heavyweight crown, Jackson stopped a streak of four consecutive
title defenses by Liddell. The 29-year-old has been a rising star in mixed
martial arts since his 2001 debut with the PRIDE Fighting organization
(recently acquired by UFC ownership) he defeated many of the world's best
fighters, including a previous victory over Liddell in 2003. Jackson will
put his new UFC title on the line against Henderson, the pound-for-pound
superstar who holds two titles in PRIDE.
Henderson currently holds PRIDE's 205 pound and 185 pound title. He is
the only the only fighter in MMA history to hold two titles in two weight
classes concurrently in a major fight organization. He enters his fight
with Jackson after a stunning knockout victory over Wanderlei Silva last
February, which was compelling since Silva had beaten Jackson twice before.
Having represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics in
Greco-Roman wrestling, Henderson will look to impose his wrestling ability
during his bout with Jackson in an attempt to make history again, this time
by becoming the first fighter ever to hold both the UFC and PRIDE titles.
Mirko "Cro Cop" returns to the Octagon(TM) following his first UFC loss
to Brazil's Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in Manchester, England. The fearsome
kickboxer turned mixed martial artist was the 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand
Prix Champion and was expected by many to defeat Gonzaga en route to a
mega- fight with Randy Couture for the heavyweight title at UFC 74 in
August. Instead, Gonzaga turned the tables on "Cro Cop" and caught him with
a right leg kick to the head, sending him to the canvas in a stunning upset
nine seconds before the end of the first round. "Cro Cop" now goes back to
England in an attempt to defeat Kongo and start a new reign of terror in
the heavyweight division.
Kongo, like Cro Cop, is a kickboxer turned mixed martial artist. Not
much was known of the 6'4" 240-pound Parisian when he made his UFC 61 debut
in July of 2006 against Gilbert Aldana. He had an impressive record and a
stellar reputation as a kickboxer, but many wondered if he could compete in
the MMA arena. He answered that question quickly as he halted the rugged
Aldana in the first round. Kongo then jumped back and scored another first
round stoppage at UFC 62, this one over Christian Wellisch. At UFC 70,
Kongo triumphed with a majority decision over popular Brazilian heavyweight
Assuerio Silva, scoring his third win in the UFC.
In other undercard action, light heavyweights Michael Bisping and Matt
Hamill will each be putting their undefeated records on the line in a
match-up that most expected to see on "The Ultimate Fighter 3" before
Hamill was forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury. Fighting
out of Widnes, England, Bisping, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3 in the
light heavyweight division, comes into the bout off wins over Eric Schafer
and Elvis Sinosic at UFC 66 and UFC 70 respectively.
"The Hammer" trains with Tito Ortiz and Team Punishment in Southern
California, and most recently defeated Rex Holman at UFC 68. Hamill is a
2004 inductee in the Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame was the first U.S.
wrestler to win gold medals in freestyle and Greco Roman competition in the
1997 World Games for the Deaf. The three-time NCAA National Champion
attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester.
More details on the event to be announced shortly.
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