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UFC 37: High Impact

UFC 37
  • Friday 05.10.2002 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: CenturyTel Center
  • Location: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Osborne, Frank Mir
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Ryan Bennett
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 7,200
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 50,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
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UFC 37 Wiki Update Wiki

In the main event of UFC 37, UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante defeated Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland twice, according to many fans. The controversy arose when Lindland, who was caught in an armbar early on into the fight, supposedly tapped out, causing Bustamante to release the hold. After the stoppage, Lindland complained that he did not tap, causing referee "Big" John McCarthy to restart the action. Bustamante caught Lindland again in a Guillotine Choke in the third round, ending what became known as the "double tap" fight.


Following the win, Bustamante was stripped of his middleweight title when he signed an exclusive contract with Pride Fighting Championships, the Japanese-based competitor to the UFC, which was offering more lucrative contracts to many fighters at the time. The event also featured the first UFC appearances of Robbie Lawler and Ivan Salaverry.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
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UFC 37 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Murilo Bustamante   defeats   Matt Lindland   via Submission, Guillotine Choke
Main Event | Title Fight | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
#84 Greatest Submission of All Time
  1:33 Round 3 of 5, 11:33 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Ricco Rodriguez   defeats   Tsuyoshi Kosaka   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3:25 Round 2 of 3, 8:25 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
BJ Penn   defeats   Paul Creighton   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3:23 Round 2 of 3, 8:23 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Phil Baroni   defeats   Amar Suloev   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  2:55 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Caol Uno   defeats   Yves Edwards   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Ivan Salaverry   defeats   Andrei Semenov   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  2:27 Round 3 of 3, 12:27 Total Bout Page
Benji Radach   vs.   Steve Berger   Ends in a No Contest, Overturned by State Commission
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  0:27 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Robbie Lawler   defeats   Aaron Riley   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
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