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After checking out Ultimate Fighting for the first time, Tim Keown came away unimpressed. Story

Updated: May 29, 2007, 12:22 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Everyone had it wrong all along. The big moment for Ultimate Fighting, the moment the sport found itself ushered from the smoky basement to the big ballroom, wasn't Saturday night's bout between Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson.

Like every big-time American sport, the big moment came in the week or two leading up to the bout. That's when UFC 71 -- it only sounds like a spy plane -- got its sport all the validation it needed.

Liddell on the cover of ESPN The Magazine and another fighter ...

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