Flashback Friday: UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz

In September of 2000, UFC returned with UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz. In the main event of the show, Pedro Rizzo came back from a loss to fight Dan Severn in the main event. Severn was fighting in the promotion since his early run. Let’s look at the entire UFC 27 card from the Lake Front Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to it’s part:

Bout 1: Brad Gumm vs. CJ Fernandes via Decision, Draw

Bout 2: Jeff Monson def. Tim Lajcik via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Ian Freeman def. Tedd Williams via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Yuki Kondo def. Alexandre Dantas via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 2:28)

Bout 5: Fabiano Iha def. LaVerne Clark via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 1:10)

Bout 6: Jeremy Horn def. Eugene Jackson via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 4:32)

Bout 7: Maurice Smith def. Bobby Hoffman via Decision, Majority

Bout 8: Pedro Rizzo def. Dan Severn via Submission, Leg Kicks (RD 1, 1:33)

Full Report

Bout 3: Tedd Williams (7-0) vs. Ian Freeman (9-1) (Heavyweight)

Unfortunately, UFC Fight Pass, which has a pretty consistent library, did not have the preliminary fights for this card. Kicking off the main card, Ian Freeman made his main card debut against Tedd Williams. In his debut, Williams got a stoppage win. In this fight, both fighters were wearing shoes. Williams landed a jab to start. In the first minute, Williams tried for a takedown, getting it after having Freeman against the cage. When they went down, Williams got side control. He scored with hammerfist punches to the head and knees to the body. He kept this position until the round ended.

To start the second round, Williams threw down Freeman. He landed a knee to the head before Freeman stood up against the cage. Williams tried to get another takedown while having Freeman against the cage. They separated, where Williams shot for a takedown. Freeman was able to get on the back of Williams as they went down. He landed some strikes before he went into full guard on Williams. The punches he landed were heavy from the position. Williams moved around a little on the ground, however Freeman stayed dominant on the ground until the round ended.

Williams, who was quite fatigued, failed to secure a takedown at the start of the final round. Freeman stuffed it, eventually getting back to the feet as well. Williams shot for another takedown, with Freeman staying on the feet for a while. Williams dropped to his knees eventually, where Freeman landed a knee. Freeman took top position with Williams on his back. Freeman threw punches from top position that went unanswered. Freeman kept the position until the round ended. Bouncing back from a rough first round, Ian Freeman earned the win with two dominant rounds. This was the last MMA fight Tedd Williams would compete in.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Williams 10 9 9 28
Freeman 9 10 10 29

Bout 4: Alexandre Dantas (0-0) vs. Yuki Kondo (28-8) (199 lbs)

Before the second main card fight, it was announced that Kevin Randleman will fight Randy Couture on November 17th at UFC 28. The next fight saw Japan’s Yuki Kondo fight Alexandre Dantas. This was the first UFC fight for Kondo, who had fought mostly in Pancrase before then. In a rarity, a recent fight from Kondo was covered on this site, as he fought on Pancrase 312 in February. Dantas clinched up to start the fight. Kondo got a takedown from the clinch, but Dantas flipped it almost immediately, taking side control. He went into full mount eventually, letting some punches go from the position. After a real flurry of punches from Dantas, Kondo got out of the position and took full guard on top. Kondo had his own series of punches from the position. They got up in the final few seconds of the first round. Dantas shot for a takedown, staying clinched up until the round ended. Kondo landed a knee to the body from the position

Dantas ate a kick to start the second round. Dantas shot for a single leg takedown immediately, eventually getting a takedown. Just like his first takedown, he went back into side control. Dantas got into full mount for a moment. He went on his back, trying to put Kondo in a triangle choke. Kondo escaped, assuming full guard on top after. Kondo stood up from the position, making Dantas get up as well. Kondo scored with punches on the feet. Dantas stopped his little momentum on the feet by getting another takedown. Dantas did not do much on top until the end of the round.

Kondo landed a few strikes before Dantas clinched up again. Unlike how the first two rounds started, they separated instead of going down. Kondo landed a close right hook which dropped Dantas. Kondo continued with punches from top position, albeit at a slow pace. Kondo got out of the position eventually, forcing Dantas to the feet again. Dantas shot for a takedown, but Kondo stuffed it, making them stand back up. Kondo landed a knee that dropped Dantas, landing another punch on the ground before the referee stepped in to end it. Exhausting his oppon ent and outsmarting him eventually, Yuki Kondo got his first win.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Dantas 10 10
Kondo 9 9

Bout 5: LaVerne Clark (11-4) vs. Fabiano Iha (4-3) (Welterweight)

We saw gameplay of the UFC game for Dreamcast before the next fight. Also, Tito Ortiz was interviewed backstage, announcing he signed a deal with UFC. It was mentioned that Ortiz will defend his UFC Middleweight Championship on UFC 29, mentioning interest in fighting Yuki Kondo. He also told an anecdote about him and his wife being hit by a bus while in Japan. The next fight saw Fabiano Iha try to bounce back from a previous loss in the UFC, fighting LaVerne Clark. They first fought in 1999, where Clark won via doctor stoppage. Clark was wearing shoes in this fight. In the first minute, Iha shot for a takedown. After scrambling around, Iha tried for an armbar. Clark tried breaking the hold by slamming Iha. Clark stood up while still in the armbar, eventually taping out. Fabiano Iha avenged his first loss to LaVerne Clark with a quick submission. This was the last time Clark fought in the UFC. The crowd was a mixed reaction of boos and cheers.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 6: Jeremy Horn (42-8) vs. Eugene Jackson (11-4) (199 lbs)

The next match saw Jeremy Horn return to fight Eugene Jackson. Jackson was last seen on UFC 25, losing to Sanae Kituka. Jackson was sporting shoes in this competition. Horn tried clinching, although Jackson shoved him off. Upon second attempt of a clinch, Horn was able to land a takedown. Horn was in half guard, eventually slipping out of the position and getting back to his feet. He went back down in a north south position. Horn went into a full mount, throwing punches to the body. After going into side control, Horn put in an armbar that made Jackson tap out fast. With absolute skill on the ground, Jeremy Horn picked up another win in the UFC.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 7: Bobby Hoffman (20-2) vs. Maurice Smith (10-12) (Heavyweight)

The co-main event saw Maurice Smith return, fighting Bobby Hoffman, who was making his UFC debut. Hoffman was the only fighter to wear shoes in this fight. Hoffman charged at Smith at the very start, putting in a body lock. Hoffman got a takedown immediately, getting full guard on the ground. He quickly went into side control. He didn’t do much before going into half guard. He started to throw strikes as the round was winding down. Smith got up in the final minute, being kept against the cage. They stayed in that position as the round ended.

Hoffman had an identical start to the second round, charging forward and eventually getting a takedown. A timeout was called by the referee in the first minute as one of Hoffman’s shoes was untied. Smith was given corner advice during this entire break. They resumed on the feet even though Hoffman had top position on the ground. Hoffman tried for another takedown, however this time Smith kept it on the feet. In a clinch on the feet, Smith landed a few strikes. They separated, going back to the feet. Another pause came as the mouthpiece of Hoffman fell out. It fell out again seconds later as they were clinched against the cage. When leaving the clinch, Hoffman landed a few punches before getting a takedown. He stayed in top position until the round ended.

They clinched up in the first minute of the final round. Hoffman took lots of strikes in the clinch, bleeding in the position. Hoffman was clearly quite tired. Surprisingly, they stayed in a clinch for the entire round. In a majority split decision, Maurice Smith got the win.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hoffman 10 10 9 29
Smith 9 9 10 28

Bout 8: Pedro Rizzo (9-1) vs. Dan Severn (41-4) (Heavyweight)

In the main event of the card, Pedro Rizzo returned from a failed championship shot against Kevin Randleman, fighting Dan Severn in this fight. Severn had a takedown stopped immediately, putting him on his back. Rizzo let Severn get back up. Rizzo landed a leg kick that knocked Severn down for a moment. Rizzo landed yet another leg kick, hurting Severn again and making him verbally tap out. Disposing of a rigid moving and barely active Dan Severn, Pedro Rizzo bounced back from a loss. This was the last UFC fight for Severn.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

UFC returned with UFC 28: High Stakes in November of 2000. We’ll take a look at that show on Saturday, seeing Kevin Randleman put his UFC Heavyweight Championship against Randy Couture. But before then, on Friday we’ll head to Japan to watch Pride 11: Battle of the Rising Sun.

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