"Moosin: God of Martial Arts" came to pay-per-view two years ago, and its impact is still felt in UFC today.
The first MMA PPV show in the commonwealth of Massachusetts was a big event in my announcing career, and these three fighters can also look back on that night at the DCU Center in Worcester with a smile.
The Brazilian middleweight punched his ticket to the UFC by knocking out The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 winner Travis Lutter in 4:12.
After a loss and a draw in his first three fights in the Octagon, "Sapo" (14-3) has scored unanimous-decision wins over Paul Bradley and Michael Kuiper.
The Gracie Fusion fighter will try to become the first man to defeat Andrew Craig (7-0) at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11 in San Jose, Calif.
Edwards lost his Moosin fight on a narrow decision to Mike Campbell, but he looked so impressive that he earned a return trip to the UFC.
After a brief and victorious stop in Bellator, the "Thugjitsu Master" returned to the Octagon after a five-year absence and beat fellow lightweight John Gunderson by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 22.
Edwards split his next four UFC fights and was supposed to fight Donald Cerrone last week on Fuel TV, but had to bow out due to an injury.
Before we went on the air with the pay-per-view, Cleveland heavyweight Stipe Miocic opened the show with a second-round knockout win over Paul Barry.
That win improved Miocic's record to 2-0. He won four more fights in Cleveland to earn a spot in the UFC, and Miocic proved he belonged on the big stage with wins over Joey Beltran and Philip De Fries.
Miocic will face another undefeated heavyweight in Strikeforce alumnus Shane del Rosario (11-0) this Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC 146.
Other Moosin Notes
Tim Sylvia, a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, won the main event over Polish powerhouse Mariusz Pudzianowski, who tapped out to strikes in the second round.
Forrest Petz opened the PPV with a unanimous decision win over Ralph Johnson. Petz also earned his job back with the UFC, but he was out of the promotion after losses to Daniel Roberts and Brian Foster.
The fight of the night was Tara LaRosa vs. Roxie Modaffieri, which you should really watch on YouTube if you haven't seen it yet. Roxie's performance earned her a Strikeforce title shot against Sarah Kaufman.
(Jeff Gorman announced Moosin: God of Martial Arts on live, global pay-per-view with Bas Rutten and Tom Megalis. Check out his MMA writing and announcing at his new blog, The MMA Specialist.)
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