Fight fans were spoiled for choice last weekend, with the finale of The Ultimate Fighter's all-heavyweight season, Amir Khan's first ever title defence and the always-entertaining K-1 GP in Japan, where the world's eight toughest kickboxers fought in a one-night tournament.
Khan saw off Dmitry Salita in little over a minute to retain his WBA light-welterweight belt and Roy Nelson took the TUF title with similar ease, showing why he was tournament favourite (and why you shouldn't bet against the fat guy) with a vicious knockout of Brendan Schaub. Former street-fighter Kimbo Slice - who lost to Nelson earlier in the tournament - was less impressive on the undercard, edging a decision win over one-dimensional slugger Houston Alexander. Maybe Slice should stick to beating up magicians.
In other TUF news, after rumours spread that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Britain’s title contender Dan Hardy would be coaching the fighters in the next series, UFC chief Dana White announced that Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will be going head to head on the show instead - a clever move, since it matches up two fighters everyone loves to watch without delaying anyone's title shot. Liddell has beaten Ortiz twice in the Octagon, but he's suffered a couple of bad KOs since their last meeting – and the closest thing he's had to a fight in the past six months is a dance-off with the Iron Chef.
Meanwhile, the UFC is gearing up for another big event this weekend with UFC 107, where Diego 'Nightmare' Sanchez is set to take on lightweight champ BJ Penn. Both men are impressive physical specimens – Penn has been training by jumping out of pools, while Sanchez has been testing his hand speed against an iguana – but our money's on Penn, who seems unstoppable in the lightweight class.
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