A behind-the-scenes changing of the guard, UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey was the first Octagon event ran by the new and current owners: Zuffa. Who better to headline it than UFC light-heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz.
A landmark moment in Octagon history! UFC 28: High Stakes was the first event held under the “Unified Rules of MMA” and first show in New Jersey. Filled with future stars and headlined by UFC heavyweight championship Kevin Randleman vs. Randy Couture.
The ill-fated UFC 24: First Defense was to be headlined by UFC heavyweight champ Kevin Randleman’s “first (title) defense”, but a mishap backstage nixed that. Instead, the Octagon held a solid card of young fighters like future champ Dave Menne’s debut.
In what could be his last fight of his Hall of Fame career, Tito Ortiz faces Ryan Bader at UFC 132. Ortiz knows that with a loss to Bader, his fighting days will be over in the UFC. With his back up against the wall, can Ortiz extend his legendary career?
The student is set to take on his teacher as Matt Hamill faces his TUF coach, Tito Ortiz. Both fighters have excellent wrestling pedigrees, so the determining factor may come down to Tito’s experience vs Hamill’s power.
After a highly contentious decision in their first meeting, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz are set to square off again. Both fighters will be looking to put on a more decisive show in order to keep the judges from deciding the outcome this time.
Tito Ortiz stepped into the Octagon™ for what was probably his final UFC® appearance to take on the undefeated Lyoto Machida. This back-and-forth battle left the fans wishing that this was a 5 round fight.
After back-to-back stoppage wins inside the Octagon and improving to an overall 6-3, Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt “King of Armbar” Fabiano Iha was set to enter the cage for the 5th time against the UFC debuting 21-9 “Little Giant” Phil Johns.
The first Australian to compete inside the Octagon, “The King of Rock n’ Rumble” Elvis Sinosic made his UFC debut by putting his Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt to the test against the highly experienced, submission savvy Jeremy “Gumby” Horn.
In his second UFC appearance, ex-NFL football player turned 23-4 MMA heavyweight Bobby “The Truth” Hoffman stepped into the Octagon to square off with the massive submission wrestler Mark “White Rhino” Robinson in his debut.
A former NCAA D1 wrestler, bodybuilder, amateur boxer/kickboxer, and UFC fighter, “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni was born to entertain and in his Octagon debut he took on fellow New Yorker in jiu-jitsu specialist Curtis Stout.
UFC 30's fight of the night was waged between heavyweights Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, and included of some of the best striking attacks seen in a heavyweight match. The two combatants slugged it out on even terms until one combatant fell.