Excellent article from Askmen.com, wanted to share it with everyone. Here’s an excerpt.
Depending on your vantage point, the golden days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship were either during the almost-anything-goes matches of the mid-’90s — when watching it made you feel like you were getting away with something seedy — or they are happening right now. Case in point: The upcoming dream match between Anderson “The Spider” Silva and “Hollywood” Dan Henderson, a fight that will unify two belts and decide the sport’s undisputed middleweight king.
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion has the potential to go down in sports history as either: 1) Everything a great UFC matchup should be, featuring the new science of disparate fighting styles; or 2) Proof that Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter the sport has ever seen, since he has absolutely plowed through every UFC fighter he’s faced, and is the fight’s odds-on favorite. To gear up for this titanic clash, we present five things you didn’t know about the UFC.
1- It was supposed to involve alligators
If nothing else, you can’t successfully accuse the original promoters of the UFC of failing to think big. Specifically, in addition to such outrageous ideas as putting electric fences around the ring, one of their many schemes was to include live alligators thrashing around in moats. Fortunately, UFC doctors were a bit more practical in their thinking, advising against such plans because of the potential harm these could do to the fighters.