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UFC 11.5: Ultimate Ultimate 1996

UFC 11.5
  • Saturday 12.07.1996 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Fair Park Arena
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Manny Garcia
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Tony Blauer
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 6,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: N/A | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 10
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Continuing the tradition started at Ultimate Ultimate 1995 of creating a tournament to determine the best of the best among past UFC winners and runners up, the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 tournament was a groundbreaking moment for the sport of mixed martial arts in the United States. Prior to the event, the UFC’s biggest superstar, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock made an appearance on the NBC talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a groundbreaking moment in the sport’s mainstream recognition. Ultimate Ultimate 1996 marked the last UFC appearance of Don Frye, who transitioned to New Japan Pro Wrestling following his tournament win over Tank Abbott. Shamrock also left the promotion following the event, and would not return until UFC 40 in 2002.

Mark Coleman had just come off with winning two tournaments and was the favorite going into the event.  he pulled out shortly before due to the flu.  Paul Varelans was the replacement for him.


The night also marked the first event to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

Last updated 07.18.2014, 1:06 AM ET
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UFC 11.5 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Mark Hall   defeats   Felix Mitchell   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate
  1:45 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Steve Nelmark   defeats   Marcus Bossett   via Submission, Choke
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate
  1:37 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   Gary Goodridge   via Submission, Fatigue
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  11:19 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Ken Shamrock   defeats   Brian Johnston   via Submission, Forearm Choke
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  5:48 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Kimo Leopoldo   defeats   Paul Varelans   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  9:08 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
David Abbott   defeats   Cal Worsham   via Submission, Strikes
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  2:51 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   David Abbott   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Event | Tournament Finals
  1:22 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Tai Bowden   defeats   Jack Nilson   via Submission, Headbutts
Main Card
  4:46 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
David Abbott   defeats   Steve Nelmark   via KO/TKO, Punch
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
#71 Greatest Knockout of All Time
  1:03 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   Mark Hall   via Submission, Achilles Hold
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  0:20 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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