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44 Date (4/4) of 2004 when Texan Travis Lutter made the long trip to Stockholm, Sweden to compete in European Vale Tudo 2 Hazard. In the eleventh and final fight of the night he went to work on Grzegorz Jakubowski and submitted him with a Kimura at 3:23 of round one.

The victory pushed Lutter's record to 4-1 and spring boarded him into the UFC where he met up with and knocked out Marvin Eastman at UFC 50. Things seemed to be going great for Travis, but in 2005 he dropped two of three fights, both losses came in the UFC and just like that he was out of the promotion.

Fast forward through two wins in 2006 when 8-3 Lutter became a middleweight contestant on the reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter 4, premiered on August 17th. The season brought back fighters who'd fought and struggled in the promotion. Lutter fit the bill and got a chance at redemption. He made good of it too by beating both Scott Smith and Pete Sell to earn a spot in the finals against Patrick Cote. On November of 2006 the two squared off and Lutter continued his hot streak by submitting Cote with an armbar.

Thanks to the opportunity and Lutter's outstanding effort he was suddenly standing only a win away from the belt. Of course his opponent was formidable in Anderson Silva, and in a shocking turn of events Lutter was derailed even before he climbed into the Octagon to face the champion...by the scale.

Amazingly, he was unable to make weight. On his first attempt he came in at 187 and his second at 186.5 lbs. The February 3rd fight was changed to a non-title bout and Silva ended up needing only two rounds to stop Lutter anyway.

Travis has not fought since, but will meet up with Rich Franklin at UFC 83 only 15 days from now. As you can see since Lutter made the trip to Sweden On April 4, 2004, four years ago, he's had a career of highs and lows. It will be interesting to see if Lutter's roller coaster ride will continue or if he will finally find a level of consistency.

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