Completed Event

UFC 5: Return of the Beast

UFC 5
  • Friday 04.07.1995 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Independence Arena
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bruce Beck, Jim Brown
  • Ring Announcer: Ron Jeremy
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jeff Blatnick
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 6,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 260,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 10
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UFC 5 Wiki Update Wiki

UFC 5, held on April 7, 1995, was a successful mixed martial arts tournament that saw fan favorite fighter Dan “The Beast” Severn make his second appearance in a UFC tournament, after losing in the Finals of UFC 4 to Royce Gracie. Earning his nickname, Severn tore through the competition, stopping Joe Charles, premier Russian fighter Oleg Taktarov, and Dave Beneteau to win the UFC 5 tournament and a $50,000 check. UFC 5 marked the first tournament to introduce the concept of the “Superfight,” as Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock battled for the Superfight Championship in a rematch of their classic from UFC 1. Although the Superfight was supposed to incorporate a new 30-minute time limit, it was allowed to continue beyond that. At the 36:06 mark, the fight was ruled a draw by default, as there were no judges.


Following UFC 5, the Gracie family officially ceased their involvement with the UFC after Rorion Gracie felt that the introduction of new rules had soured his vision of a “pure” fighting contest. It would mark Royce Gracie’s last appearance in the UFC until he returned to fight Matt Hughes in May 2006, and his last ever Octagon appearance in a Gi.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
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UFC 5 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Todd Medina   defeats   Larry Cureton   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  2:55 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Oleg Taktarov   defeats   Ernie Verdicia   via Submission, Choke
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  2:23 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Ken Shamrock   vs.   Royce Gracie   Ends in a Draw
Co-Main Event
  1 Round Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Dave Beneteau   defeats   Asbel Cancio   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate
  0:21 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Ronny Foster
Dan Severn   defeats   Joe Charles   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  1:38 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Dan Severn   defeats   Oleg Taktarov   via KO/TKO, Cut
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  4:21 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Dave Beneteau   defeats   Todd Medina   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  2:12 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jon Hess   defeats   Andy Anderson   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  1:23 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Guy Mezger   defeats   John Dowdy   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate
  2:02 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Dan Severn   defeats   Dave Beneteau   via Submission, Keylock
Main Event | Tournament Finals
  3:01 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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