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UFC 8: David vs Goliath

UFC 8
  • Friday 02.16.1996 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum
  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bruce Beck, Don Wilson
  • Ring Announcer: Rich Goins
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jeff Blatnick
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 13,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 160,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 9
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Surely one of the best UFC cards of the 1990s, UFC 8: David vs. Goliath was the first UFC event of 1996 and featured the promotional debuts of some of the biggest stars of that era, including Don “The Predator” Frye and “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge, both of whom battled their way to the finals, where Frye earned the victory by way of submission due to strikes just 2:14 into the fight. Also on the card was the Superfight Championship bout between Ken Shamrock and Kimo Leopoldo, both of whom competed in the original UFC tournament three years earlier. Shamrock reaffirmed his position as the best fighter in the UFC at the time with a kneebar submission at the 4:24 mark to retain the Superfight Championship.


UFC 8 was unique in the fact that every match of the tournament carried a ten-minute time limit, perhaps in response to previous cards stretching beyond the allotted time slots of the Pay Per View broadcast. As was the case at UFC 7.5, three judges scored the bouts to avoid the prospect of any fights resulting in a draw.

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UFC 8 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Gary Goodridge   defeats   Paul Herrera   via KO/TKO, Elbows
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
#30 Greatest Knockout of All Time
  0:13 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Ken Shamrock   defeats   Kimo Leopoldo   via Submission, Kneebar
Co-Main Event
  4:24 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Gary Goodridge   defeats   Jerry Bohlander   via KO/TKO, Strikes
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  5:31 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   Sam Adkins   via KO/TKO, Cut
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  0:48 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   Gary Goodridge   via Submission, Position
Main Event | Tournament Finals
  2:14 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jerry Bohlander   defeats   Scott Ferrozzo   via Submission, Guillotine Choke
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  9:03 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Paul Varelans   defeats   Joe Moreira   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  1 Round Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Don Frye   defeats   Thomas Ramirez   via KO/TKO, Punch
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  0:08 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Sam Adkins   defeats   Keith Mielke   via Submission, Strikes
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate
  0:50 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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