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The event was headlined by a Middleweight Championship bout between Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, and also featured two preliminary bouts, a middleweight bout, two heavyweight bouts, and two lightweight bouts. The Ortiz-Shamrock fight was notable for being widely considered one of the best MMA fights ever at the time it took place, due to the complete range of skills showed by both fighters. The bout featured back-and-forth action which saw multiple takedowns from Ortiz and crisp kickboxing displayed by Shamrock, who eventually forced Ortiz into submission with brutal punches, elbows, and hammerfists to the temple late in the 4th round. It was also clear that Ortiz was exhausted by the 4th round, part of the strategy implemented by Shamrock. This match helped changed Ortiz's training routine to include more cardio training, and ironically he became one of the best cardio-fighters following this match. Unlike Ken Shamrock, Tito really respected Frank, wearing his shirt at the end of the match, conceding who is the true champion.
UFC 22 marked the first UFC appearance of future UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, who would go on to dominate the UFC's Welterweight division (which at the time was called "lightweight", until the UFC was sanctioned in 2001, when official weight classes were introduced), as well as Jens Pulver, who fought in a preliminary bout that was not televised. It also was the last UFC event that Frank Shamrock ever fought in.
UFC 22 was the last UFC event by SEG to see a home video release, as SEG was nearing bankruptcy and struggling to keep the UFC alive through extremely limited pay per view in the US, as well as minor coverage in Brazil and Japan. UFC 23 through UFC 29 were not released in the US on home video or DVD by SEG, and many consider this period to be the "Dark Ages" of the UFC. It wasn't until UFC 30, with new owners Zuffa, that the UFC returned to home video. Due to re-release, all UFC events are available on DVD with the exception of UFC - Ultimate Ultimate 1 and II.
UFC 22 was the first card where you start seeing opponents 'propping' each other before and/or during the match, something that has become a staple in UFC fighting.
The following are the bout results as reported by Sherdog.com.
- Lightweight bout: Jens Pulver vs. Alfonso Alcarez
- The bout was ruled a draw after two five minute rounds. This bout was not televised.
- Heavyweight bout: Brad Kohler vs. Steve Judson
- Kohler wins by KO (punch) at 0:30 of the first round. This bout was aired following the Liddell vs. Jones fight.
- The bout was ruled a draw after three five minute rounds.
- Middleweight bout: John Lewis vs. Lowell Anderson
- Lewis wins by TKO (corner stoppage) at 0:13 of the third round.
- Welterweight bout: Matt Hughes vs. Valeri Ignatov
- Hughes wins by unanimous decision at 5:00 of the third round.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Jeremy Horn vs. Jason Godsey
- Horn wins by submission (armlock) at 2:08 of the first round.
- Liddell wins by TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of the first round.
- Shamrock wins by submission (strikes) at 4:42 of the fourth round.
- ↑ Sherdog.com (1999-09-24). UFC 22 There Can Be Only One Champion Results, Fight Card, News, Videos, Pictures, and more. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
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