Completed Event

UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan

UFC 15.5
  • Sunday 12.21.1997 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Yokohama Arena
  • Location: Yokohama, Japan
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jeff Blatnick
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 5,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: N/A | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 7
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UFC 15.5 Wiki Update Wiki

Continuing the tradition of ending the year with an "Ultimate" tournament in which it presented all of its best champions and company stars, the UFC came to Yokohama, Japan in December 1997 with the most stacked card in its four-year history.


Along with featuring the promotional debuts of MMA legends Frank Shamrock and Kazushi Sakuraba, UFC 15.5 featured the first Heavyweight Championship win by Randy Couture, as well as yet another Superfight win by Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort. Mike Goldberg replaced longtime UFC play-by-play announcer Bruce Beck at this event.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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UFC 15.5 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Randy Couture   defeats   Maurice Smith   via Decision
Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight |
  1 Round Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Kazushi Sakuraba   defeats   Marcus Silveira   via Submission, Armbar
Co-Main Event | Tournament Finals | Heavyweight |
#81 Greatest Submission of All Time
  3:44 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Vitor Belfort   defeats   Joe Charles   via Submission, Armbar
Main Card | Heavyweight |
  4:03 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Frank Shamrock   defeats   Kevin Jackson   via Submission, Armbar
Main Card | Title Fight | Middleweight | 90 kg (199.0 lbs)
#78 Greatest Submission of All Time
  0:16 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Kazushi Sakuraba   vs.   Marcus Silveira   Ends in a No Contest, Armbar
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Heavyweight |
  3:44 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
David Abbott   defeats   Yoji Anjo   via Decision
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Heavyweight |
  1 Round Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Tra Telligman   defeats   Brad Kohler   via Submission, Armbar
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate | Heavyweight |
  10:05 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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