Javier Vazquez had a UFC contract in his fax machine the night he
went out to defend his King of the Cage lightweight title against
Alberto Crane in 2003. He promised a promoter he'd do the fight,
and he more than stuck to his word.
In what ESPN.com called the most inspiring MMA performance of the
decade, Vazquez went the distance with Crane despite tearing his
ACL in the first round. He fell every time he tried to punch. He
never fought under that UFC contract.
It's emotional for Vazquez to watch that fight still today. It
represents a visceral turning point for a gifted grappler and once
Sunday on the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind," Vazquez joins host
Jack Encarnacao in the Sitdown to chart his journey in MMA and
jiu-jitsu, an under-appreciated run. And, more than a year after
finally making his UFC debut, "Showtime" makes an announcement
about his future.
Listen to “Rewind” here.
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