UFC 31: Locked and Loaded was one for the books! One of the greatest title fights ever as UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture faced Pedro Rizzo, the unforgettable Matt Serra vs. Shonie Carter bout, the debut of BJ Penn, and reformed weightclasses.
In what would be these great heavyweights final Octagon appearances, former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez looked to rebound from losing the title by taking on Brazilian striker Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo who just scored his 9th career KO/TKO.
Losing 4 of his last 5 Octagon appearances, Brazilian knockout artist Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo was standing on the precipice of his UFC exit if he couldn’t beat a returning Tra Telligman in a rematch with the Lion’s Den heavyweight.
In the co-main event, undefeated UFC heavyweight star Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo aimed his heavy hands and, even, heavier leg kicks at fan-favorite Japanese MMA fighter and professional wrestler Tsuyoshi “TK” Kosaka.
Following his win over the former UFC heavyweight champion, the undefeated Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo with his unstoppable punching power entered the Octagon to go toe-to-toe with Lion’s Den stalwart Tra Telligman with his solid 6-1-1 pro record.
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.
After their controversial first match at UFC 31, Couture and Rizzo meet once again to settle the score. Though this time there was no doubt of who won when Couture knocked out Rizzo in the third round of the spectacular rematch.
Two-time welterweight champ and Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes, picks one great fight from each of the 10 men in the UFC Hall of Fame, starting with Randy Couture at UFC 44, when everyone counted Couture out, he had one of the defining fights of his career.
With a drop to the Light Heavyweight Bouts division, Randy 'The Natural' Couture reinvented himself and stunned the mixed martial arts world, not only by taking on Chuck Liddell in his first 205-pound fight at UFC® 43, but by beating 'The Iceman' via a decisive third round TKO.
Randy Couture was fighting for respect at UFC® 74 against the much younger up-and-coming Gabriel Gonzaga. What he ended up finding was his form as he successfully defended his Heavyweight Bouts Championship.