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Cage Gear: SUGA Rashad Shirt

JACO SUGA Rashad Shirt

SUGA Rashad Evans shirt

from @sugarashadevans instagram

BUY on AMZN: $19.99

Rashad Evans coming out with the SUGA Rashad Shirt. Rashad Evans made his mark on MMA during the most tumultuous time of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. A period of time when the belt changed hands without any successful defences. Rashad Evans earned his title short with a devastating knockout win against the legend Chuck Liddell. He then won the championship from Forrest Griffin.

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Cage Gear: Chuck Liddell Sleeveless Hoodie

Roots of Fight: Chuck Liddell Sleeveless Hoodie

chuck liddell sleeveless hoodie

from @cody_nolove instagram

BUY on AMZN: $54.95 (while supplies last)

Chuck Liddell was on his way to become an accountant. After graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a degree in accounting, Chuck Liddell was about to embark on his career as a number cruncher and bean counter.

Fortunate for us, he never quit wrestling and never quit karate. Growing up in Santa Barbara, Chuck Liddell developed a passion for boxing, karate, and wrestling. His toughness built from those sport as well as playing high school football.

I often try and imagine Chuck Liddell sitting in his accounting classes. Learning T charts, debits, credits, and how to properly manage a cash flow statement. With his mohawk and skull tattoo, the picture just doesn’t sit quite right.

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Cage Gear: King Mo Venum Hoodie

Venum Contender Sleeveless Hoodie: King Mo Venum Hoodie

king mo venum hoodie

from @kingmofh instagram

BUY on AMZN: $59.99

King Mo was one of the most exciting prospects making the bridge from Strikeforce to the UFC during the acquisition. Coming off a win against Gegard Mousasi and Roger Gracie, the fight world was excited for what the wrestling based fighter could do. Unfortunately, the contract between King Mo and UFC never materialized. Resulting in one of the biggest MMA disappointments as a result of contractual issues.

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UFC vs Pride 2003 (Full Fights)

UFC vs Pride 2003, Japan, August – November 2003

ufc-vs-pride-2003Full fight videos including commentary from Dana White as well as history of UFC vs Pride 2003. Chuck Liddell enters the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix against the top Pride fighters at the time.

By 2003, Pride had established itself as the premier MMA promotion in the world. Pride had most of the legendary fighters of today including the Nogueira brothers, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem and many more. The UFC also had their own stable of legends including Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell. Both of these organizations had put on incredible events drawing crowds and building the sport of MMA.

Even though Pride was the leading MMA promotion at the time, the UFC and Pride were on an inevitable collision course. Having UFC fighters compete against Pride fighters would have been a fight fans ultimate fantasy come true. Not only would the fights be exciting, but this would also be a great marketing opportunity for the UFC. Pride fighters were considered the best in the world. With the UFC putting their fighters against the Pride fighters, win or lose it would be a great marketing campaign to promote the UFC and the quality of UFC fighters. Dana White had spent a good amount of time and effort campaigning for a UFC vs Pride show down. This would be a fight for the Pride Middleweight Championship between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

Click and scroll to watch Chuck Liddell represent UFC in UFC vs Pride 2003

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