They did what the fighters do, putting their friendship aside for 15 minutes or less to go to work. This resulted in a finish that will remain forever on the highlight coils of the UFC.
This is how I called him that night in Las Vegas…
Scott Smith and Pete Sell, TUF 4 middleweights, promised the fight of the night, and the two buddies certainly did their best to keep that promise, with an entertaining war that ended with what was undoubtedly THE KO of 2006.
After a first round punctuated by a laser left hand from Smith, a series of hellish haymakers from Sell, and a few stops that saw the two fighters stop, smile and get high, the two fighters continued to throw leather into the second frame.
Sell painfully ahead after Smith, fighting through a cut under his right eye, and finally hit the payroll with a brutal left on the body. Smith doubled in pain and Sell moved in to kill him.
“I was drilled,” said Smith. “I knew I only had one punch left.”
This punch, a right to the jaw of the current sale, immediately dropped the New Yorker and brought referee John McCarthy to stop the fight at the 3:25 mark. As soon as the fight was over, Smith joined Sell in pain on the web. It was an unforgettable end.
Almost 14 years later, it’s still unforgettable. And if you haven’t seen it, go immediately to UFC FIGHT PASS and check it.