History in the Making

HITM: Silva's MMA debut nets B2B wins in Brazil

Before he ever stepped foot inside the Octagon and became the greatest middleweight fighter of all time, Anderson Silva was just a 22 year-old rookie looking to get his feet wet in the sport of MMA, taking on Raimundo Pinheiro in Brazil back in 1997.

HITM: Weidman outworks Sakara to win UFC debut

Before he was the 185-pound number one contender, fighting Anderson Silva at UFC 162 over July Fourth Weekend in Las Vegas, Chris Weidman was just another up-and-coming middleweight, who made his debut against Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3.

HITM: Hendo flattens Feijao, wins Strikeforce belt

After faltering at middleweight, Dan Henderson made his return to the light heavyweight division by knocking out Renato Sobral. One fight later, he was paired off against Rafael Cavalcante for the Strikeforce 205-pound title. "H-Bomb" in 3, 2, 1 ...

HITM: Evans beats Imes, wins TUF 2 at heavyweight

Ahead of his UFC 161 main event against Dan Henderson this weekend (June 15, 2013) in Winnipeg, we look back at Rashad Evans' official UFC debut, a split decision victory over Brad Imes at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 Finale in Nov. 2005.

HITM: Werdum shocks Fedor (and the world)

Fabricio Werdum, a massive +600 underdog, submitted Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, on June 26, 2010. The victory earned him a title shot, as well as a trip back to UFC.

HITM: Nogueira eliminates Werdum from PRIDE OWGP

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira advanced to the semifinals of the PRIDE 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix with a three round unanimous decision win over Fabricio Werdum back on July 1, 2006 in Saitama, Japan.

HITM: Cain Velasquez makes his Strikeforce debut

Long before he was UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez was a highly-touted prospect making his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut under the Strikeforce banner. Let's just say it did not end well for his opponent, Jesse Fujarczyk

HITM: Bigfoot makes MMA debut in Essex annihlation

Before he challenges Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title at the UFC 160 pay-per-view (PPV) event on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, we take a brief look back at the mixed martial arts (MMA) debut of Brazilian "Bigfoot," Antonio Silva.

HITM: Phenom drops to 185, then drops Terry Martin

Vitor Belfort made his middleweight debut at Affliction: "Banned" back in 2008, knocking out fellow UFC veteran Terry Martin and dumping him through the ropes in the process. It would also lead to a second chance inside the Octagon.

HITM: Rocky slips by Souza for Strikeforce title

On September 10, 2011, Luke Rockhold entered the Hexagon as a +400 underdog against Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza. "Rocky" then did what all great underdogs do -- and that's upset the champion.

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