It’s safe to say that last night’s (March 20, 2016) UR Fight ‘card’ from Phoenix, Arizona, was one of the more shall we say, diverse and unique combat sports events of all-time, as it featured a strange mix of violence.
There was actually a high-level UFC competitor in action, with No. 4-ranked middleweight Michael Bisping taking on former three-time title challenger Chael Sonnen in a grappling match that ended in a draw. There was also an actual MMA fight between Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Ritch and Maverick Harvey. Longtime pro wrestlers Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle also participated in a scripted match.
But the obvious crowning jewel of the night was the boxing ’bout’ that was billed as ‘Roy Jones Jr. vs. A Fan,’ where enthusiastic supporters of the illustrious champion could submit 90-second videos explaining why they should be the one to fight him for a chance at $100,000.
When the Arizona commission eventually ruled that could not happen, the honor went to 33-year-old Vyron Phillips, a pro MMA fighter with a 4-1 record and an amateur boxer with a 7-2 record who made his professional debut against Jones. The result, as you might have expected, didn’t go so well. Watch Jones stiffen Phillips with a brutal KO thanks to ESPN right here: