UFC 50: The War of ‘04 marked the beginning of an eventual torch passing trilogy between UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and Georges “Rush” St-Pierre. In the co-main event, former champ Tito Ortiz took on debuting Patrick “The Predator” Cote.
Undefeated Canadian knockout artist was expecting to make his UFC debut, but not in the co-main event against a former champ(!). Filling-in for an injured Guy Mezger, Patrick “The Predator” Cote took on the 10-4, ground & pounding Tito Ortiz.
In his first drop to middleweight, the 16-1, 1 NC rampaging Rich “Ace” Franklin entered the Octagon for only the third time to take on a fellow heavy-handed, stand-up specialist in the 9-2 Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera.
Matt Hughes had redemption on his mind after losing his title to BJ Penn in January of 2004, and what better way to get it than to win back the UFC®® belt Penn was stripped of. Standing in his way was young Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre, who gave Hughes all he could handle until the Illinois native locked in an armbar and submitted 'Rush' with just one second left in the first round.
Middleweight melees don’t come much bigger than this, the 29-4 Evan Tanner was coming off back-to-back wins over Phil Baroni after his drop to 185 pounds and ready to meet Miletich Fighting Systems’ head-hunting striker “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
Ivan Salaverry bested a submission ace in his UFC debut, lost to an Olympian in his second appearance, and, heading into his third Octagon bout, he would go up against the returning 11-3 Miletich Fighting System’s product Tony “The Freak” Fryklund.
Only in the UFC do we get to see a former NCAA D1 football player turned Muay Thai striker - Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman - go toe-to-toe with a high school wrestler turned highly-decorated BJJ blackbelt - Travis Lutter - to an unforgettable finish.