Tonight (Sat., Oct. 1, 2011) in Washington D.C., the main card of UFC on Versus 6: "Cruz vs. Johnson" will kick off with a lightweight rematch of a controversial June 2010 bout between Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman.
The first meeting lasted just under two minutes but was shrouded in controversy.
Shortly after the fight started, Wiman locked in a guillotine choke and squeezed like his life depended on it. Danzig, although in trouble, persevered. But it didn't look that way to the referee nor feel that way to his opponent, who told the ref Danzig had gone limp.
So the referee stopped the fight. The problem, of course, was that Danzig was simply conserving energy and did not tap or go to sleep. Wiman was essentially awarded a victory he did not earn while Danzig was handed a loss he should not have.
Now it's time to settle the score.
These two were penciled in for an immediate rematch back in September of last year but Danzig was forced to pull out with a chest injury.
He would return in December against Joe Stevenson having lost four of five fights and badly needing a victory not just to save his job but to maintain some sort of relevance in the UFC. A one punch knockout did the trick.
Wiman, for his part, didn't fight again until January of this year, turning in a dominant performance in a unanimous decision victory over Cole Miller.
He followed that up with a controversial loss of his own, a three-round bloodbath against Dennis Siver that judges felt he came up short in. He didn't agree.
Whatever frustration he still feels from that July 2 loss will come in handy tonight when he finally attempts to put to rest any talk that he's not the better man. Danzig gets his chance to show more than conservative submission defense.
This is the rematch ... don't miss it.