UFC 99, the company’s first foray into Germany, definitely made an impact.
There was controversy before the fights even started, with huge opposition to the staging of the event, thanks largely to some crazy stories in the German press, including one article that claimed the bouts were ‘to the death’.
In Stefan Struve’s fight against Denis Stojnic, you could hear the concern in Joe Rogan’s voice when the Dutchman, Struve, was busted wide open. Even watching on DVD, it’s suprising that the match was allowed to continue, so when Rogan said “Oh no – not in Germany”, he was speaking from the heart. What’s even more surprising than the fight not being stopped though, is Struve’s victory through submission.
Although the main events of the night were billed as Mirko Cro Cop vs. Mostapha Al-turk and Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva, the real entertainment came elsewhere. Firstly on the preliminary card with Brit fighter Terry Etim taking on Justin Buchholz and then later on with gobby Notts lad Dan Hardy who taunted his Irish-American opponent Marcus Davis for being a pretend paddy.
While Hardy was just playing a game, Davis genuinely hated the The Outlaw, and it’s plain to see in this excellent battle.
The usual behind the scenes mini-documentary focuses on this heated rivalry, and check out the video below for more insight.