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This Week In MMA: Royce Gracie Wins Tourney, Kevin Randleman Slips, Strikeforce Debuts

Royce Gracie

Plenty of interesting things went down during this week in MMA history, as Royce Gracie won the first 16-person, one-night UFC tournament with a submission via strikes.

Gracie dominated the field at UFC 2, showing no remorse and strolling to the ultimate prize.

In a different turn, Kevin Randleman suffered a concussion when he slipped while preparing for a heavyweight title fight with Pedro Rizzo at UFC 24, and Strikeforce made its debut with the likes of Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Josh Thomson, Clay Guida, Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz competing.

Here’s a look at events from the UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce over the years between March 8-14:

UFC Fight Night 37: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa

After going the distance with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, Alexander Gustafsson was not given an immediate rematch. Instead, he had to take out unbeaten Jimi Manuwa on March 8, 2014.

Gustafsson had little problem with Manuwa, finishing him in the second round. He would not get his rematch with Jones, though, falling to Anthony Johnson in 2015.

The card also featured Michael Johnson and Brad Pickett scoring decisions, while Gunnar Nelson and Ilir Latifi submitted their foes. Other winners were Luke Barnatt, Claudio Silva, Igor Araujo and Louis Gaudinot. Gaudinot’s win, though, was overturned to a no-contest after he failed the post-fight drug test.

UFC 24: First Defense

This card took a turn for the worse when Kevin Randleman slipped and hit his head while warming up in the backstage area, knocking himself out and canceling a heavyweight title fight with Pedro Rizzo.

Jens Pulver earned a second round TKO over David Velasquez, while future trainers Bob Cook and Tiki Ghosn met, with Cook scoring a submission victory.

Other winners were Dave Menne, Lance Gibson, Tedd Williams, Shonie Carner and Scott Adams.

UFC legend Dan Severn worked the card as a referee for the first time on the prelims of this March 10, 2000 event.

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