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UFC 67: Mirko's debut

UFC 67 was planned as one of the company's most star-filled events. It was scheduled to feature welterweight and middleweight title fights as well as the UFC debuts of one-time PRIDE stars Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

But it turned out that on Feb. 3, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, there were no championship bouts. A welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Matt Serra was postponed when St. Pierre injured a knee and was forced to withdraw.

And the main event became a non-title fight when Travis Lutter, who had won the middleweight division in "The Ultimate Fighter 4" to become the challenger to Anderson Silva, failed to make weight.

Lutter inexplicably came in at 187 pounds, two pounds over the limit. He lost only a half-pound after being given another two hours to make weight and thus lost his title shot.

Lutter performed well in the first round becoming one of the few fighters to claim a single round over Silva on the scorecards in his UFC career, but was submitted in the second. Silva slapped on a triangle choke and ended the fight with strikes to the head as Lutter was trying to escape.

Both Jackson and Filipovic won their UFC debuts. Jackson knocked out Marvin Eastman in the second round, avenging an earlier loss. Filipovic defeated Eddie Sanchez, but was not impressive.

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The pay-per-view broadcast was offered in high definition, the first time the UFC had done so.

This was a card with a couple of extraordinarily fast knockouts. Terry Martin knocked out Jorge Rivera in 14 seconds of a middleweight bout and Roger Huerta needed just 19 seconds to defeat John Halverson via strikes in their lightweight bout.

Filipovic, who had made his reputation in PRIDE, walked to the cage to the PRIDE theme song. He wouldn't explain why, though its use was approved by UFC president Dana White.

RESULTS

Dustin Hazelett def. Diego Saraiva, unanimous decision
Lyoto Machida def. Sam Hoger, unanimous decision
Frank Edgar def. Tyson Griffin, unanimous decision
Patrick Cote def. Scott Smith, unanimous decision
Quinton Jackson def. Marvin Eastman, TKO, 3:49 R2
Roger Huerta def. John Halverson, TKO, 0:19 R1
Mirko Cro Cop def. Eddie Sanchez, TKO, 4:33 R1
Anderson Silva def. Travis Lutter, submission (triangle choke), 2:11 R2