Last Night In UFC, A Real-Life Rocky Was Born
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a fight is thrown into crisis when a competitor is suddenly unavailable. Promoter picks local unknown to fill in and take an expected beatdown, only for the underdog to surprise the world by going the distance and taking the fight to decision behind the chants of a rabid, partisan crowd.
Change the city from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and you have Sunday night's UFC on Versus 4 promotion. Oh, except for another small detail: this time, ROCKY WON:
Charlie Brenneman -- known as "The Spaniard" because of his past as a high school Spanish teacher -- entered the match with only three UFC matches under his belt and 24 hours' notice he'd be fighting top 10-ranked Rick Story. He walked out (clad in black & yellow Pittsburgh-styled trunks) with a unanimous decision in one of UFC's most memorable matches.
The film allegories didn't end there, though. The UFC on Versus 4 co-main event -- a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Patrick Barry -- gave the audience a taste of the "dead, then not dead, then dead, then not dead yet" usually found exhibited by killer Michael Myers in the Halloween film franchise:
UFC President Dana White called the evening "one of the greatest cards we've ever put together" afterward, and certainly kicked himself for not making it a pay-per-view event in hindsight.
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