Completed Event

UFC 12: Judgement Day

UFC 12
  • Friday 02.07.1997 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Dothan Civic Center
  • Location: Dothan, Alabama, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Manny Garcia
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 3,100
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: N/A | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 9
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UFC 12 was the first UFC event of 1997. Due to mounting efforts by Senator John McCain and other opponents of the sport, the UFC found it extremely difficult to find a venue to host UFC 12, finally deciding on the Dothan Civic Center in the small city of Dothan, Alabama.


UFC 12 marked the promotion's introduction of official weight classes, as competitors were split into two weight categories, heavyweight (200 lbs. and over) and lightweight (199 lbs. and under). The two weight classes competed in two separate tournaments. Jerry Bohlander won the Lightweight Tournament, Vitor Belfort won the Heavyweight Tournament in his debut for the promotion, and Mark Coleman won the first-ever UFC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Dan Severn.


The event also marked the debut of longstanding UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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UFC 12 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Scott Ferrozzo   defeats   Jim Mullen   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Heavyweight |
  8:02 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Mark Coleman   defeats   Dan Severn   via Submission, Choke
Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight |
#97 Greatest Submission of All Time
  2:57 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jerry Bohlander   defeats   Rainy Martinez   via Submission, Choke
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Lightweight | 199 lbs (90.3 kg)
  1:18 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Vitor Belfort   defeats   Tra Telligman   via KO/TKO, Cut
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Heavyweight |
  1:17 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Vitor Belfort   defeats   Scott Ferrozzo   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Tournament Finals | Heavyweight |
  0:43 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Kazuo Takahashi   defeats   Wallid Ismail   via Decision
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Lightweight | 199 lbs (90.3 kg)
  1 Round Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jerry Bohlander   defeats   Nick Sanzo   via Submission, Choke
Main Card | Tournament Finals | Lightweight | 199 lbs (90.3 kg)
  0:39 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Justin Martin   defeats   Eric Martin   via Submission, Heel Hook
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate | Heavyweight |
  0:14 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Nick Sanzo   defeats   Jackie Lee   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate | Lightweight | 199 lbs (90.3 kg)
  0:48 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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