Less than three weeks after 9/11, the UFC held a show in Las Vegas that was notable for a few reasons. First, the card marked the organization’s first time setting up shop in Sin City. It also featured stars like Matt Serra, Jens Pulver, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell. However, what many fans most likely remember about UFC 33 was the PPV feed cutting out after a number of decisions forced things to run long. To this day UFC President Dana White refers to UFC 33 as the worst event in promotional history.
Nearly everyone over the age of 25 remembers exactly where they were twelve years ago on September 11, 2001 when hijacked passenger planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania in what ultimately marked the worst terrorist attack in American history. Since then society has changed in countless ways, some positive and others not so much. Rather than focus on the bleaker side of the story, it’s time to instead take a glimpse at the world of MMA from that time and see how different the world looked back then in that regard instead. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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