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Old 02-03-2012, 07:21 PM
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Default UFC Gladiator Has Finally Been Defeated

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Dave's not gonna be happy that there's one less Roman reference in the UFC!
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Feb 2, 2012 - LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White revealed to the press on Thursday that the organization will unveil a new pay-per-view open Saturday night prior to UFC 143.

The open was created by Digital Domain Productions, a company founded by legendary film director James Cameron, whose resume includes "The Terminator," "Aliens" and "The Titanic." The music for the open was composed by award-winning film composer and music producer Hans Zimmer, who has written scores for motion pictures "The Lion King," "Crimson Tide," "The Dark Knight" and "Inception."

According to White, it took six months to create the 60-second open. The UFC hired two production companies to work on the new open -- the other being a company owned by Primetime producer Jason Hehir -- and ended up choosing Digital Domain's piece.

"Probably the most important part of this new piece is that it pays tribute to all the guys who have helped build the company and the sport over the last ten years during the Zuffa era," White said.

The new PPV open, which is called "Evolution" and has a much different look and feel than the old Gladiator one, is a nod to the UFC's almost 19-year history. It kicks off in a simple dojo as Royce Gracie is tapping out Ken Shamrock at UFC 1 and gradually progresses through the greatest moments in UFC history until we find ourselves inside the Rogers Centre with 55,000 fans. In total, 18 different iconic UFC fights are featured, and the UFC made a point to highlight all seven current champs. There are no plans of changing the open in the near future because as White put it, "when we signed this deal with FOX, these are the guys, almost in chronological order who have helped us get here."

The reason why the new open, which White said cost "an obscene amount of money," didn't premiere prior to 2012's first pay-per-view, UFC 142, was because the UFC forgot to include former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the piece, and according to White, "it cost us a (expletive) load of money and a bunch of time to fix it because there was no way I was going to air this thing without Franklin being in there too."

So after eight years of the Gladiator, a new era kicks off on Saturday night. Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to the now infamous UFC Gladiator, the UFC tried to find him for a viral video sendoff, but according to White, they could not get in touch with him.

Below is a list of the fights featured in the new opening:

Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock -- UFC 1
Tito Ortiz vs. Evan Tanner -- UFC 30
Matt Hughes -- Frank Trigg -- UFC 52
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz -- UFC 47
BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk -- UFC 84
Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Hughes -- UFC 65
Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia -- UFC 68
Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva -- UFC 92
Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring -- UFC 87
Rich Franklin vs. Nate Quarry -- UFC 56
Junior dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel -- UFC 108
Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson -- UFC on VS 6
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar -- TUF 1 Finale
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar -- UFC 121
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard -- UFC 125
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick -- UFC 129
Jon Jones vs. Stephan Bonnar -- UFC 94
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort -- UFC 126
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Sounds pretty sweet and Matt's in there twice.
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Sounds pretty sweet and Matt's in there twice.
I'll blink the second time.
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how, exactly, does one "forget" Rich Franklin

And...Where is Jens Pulver and Patrick Miletich

They should have put Penn/Pulver 1 instead of Lesnar/Herring and Miletich/anyone (except Newton ) instead of Edgar/Maynard

Then it would have been more or less perfect.

I will forgive them if the Zimmer music makes up for it.

Its really foolish to do this sort of thing...because it becomes so dated so quickly when you use footage of people...two years from now all the current champions could be gone and BETTER champions arrived who wont be featured for the next decade in the introits???

The good thing about the Gladiator was that he, essentially, was noone. or rather, he was everyone, being a personification of an ideal...not a specific champion.

Really...if they were tired of playing the Roman Card...they should have moved towards a Samurai or something. They dont think about this evidently...I mean if they had even written all the champions down they couldnt have missed Franklin in the first place.

Five years from now, this introit will seem at odds with everything.

If they wanted to do it about people, then, maybe just limit it to The Hall of Fame only...and update it each year with the new editions...basically...they shouldnt...its such a badly thought out idea!
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Sounds pretty sweet and Matt's in there twice.
so is bloody stephan bonner...
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so is bloody stephan bonner...
Yeah, but he's on the wrong end of the highlight both times. (Maybe call it neutral with the Forest fight. They both put on a great show.)
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where is Frank Mir and am I the only one who thinks they should have included Mask?? ahahaha
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Yeah, but he's on the wrong end of the highlight both times. (Maybe call it neutral with the Forest fight. They both put on a great show.)
I just dont think he deserves to be in such a reel period
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so is bloody stephan bonner...


It looks very professional and exciting but...I want my Gladiator and Face the Pain!

although the new open sounds good...but still...
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how, exactly, does one "forget" Rich Franklin

And...Where is Jens Pulver and Patrick Miletich

They should have put Penn/Pulver 1 instead of Lesnar/Herring and Miletich/anyone (except Newton ) instead of Edgar/Maynard

Then it would have been more or less perfect.
This is supposed to be the history of who helped build Zuffa. Pat & Jens, while former champions, did not do much to help build Zuffa. Pat lost the title on Zuffa's second ever PPV & Jens was gone 3 events later.

Edgar, on the other hand, is a current champ & therefore much more relevant.
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Really...if they were tired of playing the Roman Card...they should have moved towards a Samurai or something. They dont think about this evidently...I mean if they had even written all the champions down they couldnt have missed Franklin in the first place.
This isn't a list of all the champions, Dave, just the men who helped to build the UFC. If it were all the champions, you'd also have to include Carlos Newton, Matt Serra, Dave Menne, Murilo Bustemante, Frank Shamrock, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, Mark Coleman, Maurice Smith, Bas Rutten, Kevin Randleman, Josh Barnett, Ricco Rodriguez, Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rogerio Nogiuero & Shane Carwin.
Did I call the Roman thing or what? Hahaha
Also, Dana's not the one that missed Rich, it was the production company. It's because Dana caught the mistake that this intro took so long to come out.

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so is bloody stephan bonner...
If not for him & Forrest, this sport isn't popular. Were you a fan of MMA before that fight? I wasn't. I didn't even know it existed.
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