429 Date (4/29) of 2001 when King of the Cage held its eighth event at Colusa Casino in Williams, California. KOTC has now hosted 120 events, but the one seven years ago might be the only to feature future UFC champs fighting back to back.
The eighth fight of the evening saw an 8-1 Quinton Jackson stop Bryson Howvreck in only 1:48, of course this was understandable, it appeared Howvreck showed up in a pair of too tight khaki shorts, never a good sign. For certain, Jackson went on to fame in PRIDE and is now the UFC light heavyweight champ.
The following fight saw a 10-0 Sean Sherk coming off a tough decision win over Manvel Gamburyan, TKO Marty Armendarez at 2:07 of round three. Sherk, as we all know, is the UFC's lightweight champ and scheduled to tangle with B.J. Penn, the interim champ, in a matter of weeks.
This most likely is the only time in KOTC's history that two guys who fought back to back on one of their cards went on to win titles in the UFC, but get this. There were almost three in a row on this night seven years ago!
The tenth fight of the night, right after the Sherk TKO, saw Gil Castillo win a decision over Joe Hurley. In his next fight Castillo beat Nate Marquardt. And then met up with Dave Menne for the UFC's welterweight belt at UFC 33 on September 28, only five months after KOTC 8. It wasn't meant to be for Castillo though, Menne pulled out the five round decision to claim the belt.
So on April 29, 2001 fans in California were fortunate enough to see two future UFC champs (and almost a third) before they were stars fight back to back at this exciting event. And it was probably the only time it's ever occured and won't ever happen again!
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