Ajax loader

Completed Event

UFC 11.5: Ultimate Ultimate 1996

UFC 11.5
  • Saturday 12.07.1996 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Fair Park Arena
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Manny Garcia
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Tony Blauer
  • Attendance: 6,000
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 10
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia

Fight Card

Referees

  • John McCarthy
    Hall vs. Mitchell Nelmark vs. Bossett Frye vs. Goodridge II (8)Shamrock vs. Johnston (7)Leopoldo vs. Varelans (6)Abbott vs. Worsham (5)Frye vs. Abbott (4)Bowden vs. Nilson (3)Abbott vs. Nelmark (2)Frye vs. Hall (1)

UFC 11.5 Wiki Update Wiki

Continuing the tradition started at Ultimate Ultimate 1995 of creating a tournament to determine the best of the best among past UFC winners and runners up, the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 tournament was a groundbreaking moment for the sport of mixed martial arts in the United States. Prior to the event, the UFC’s biggest superstar, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock made an appearance on the NBC talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a groundbreaking moment in the sport’s mainstream recognition. Ultimate Ultimate 1996 marked the last UFC appearance of Don Frye, who transitioned to New Japan Pro Wrestling following his tournament win over Tank Abbott. Shamrock also left the promotion following the event, and would not return until UFC 40 in 2002.

Mark Coleman had just come off with winning two tournaments and was the favorite going into the event.  he pulled out shortly before due to the flu.  Paul Varelans was the replacement for him.


The night also marked the first event to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

A unique occurance happened in the Octagon in this event.  It was the first and last time that a ref stopped a fight and then started it back up and the origianl loser won the first.  In the Jack Nilson- Tai Bowden fight, the ref made a stoppage in which Nilson won but the fight was started up again and Bowden later got the win.  This fight was never aired live and was only aired once which was the Ultimate New Years 97 marathon.

Last updated 05.21.2015, 8:20 PM ET
Wiki Contributors:

  • MMA Weekly : Andrei Arlovski and Takanori Gomi Among Fighters Added to UFC Singapore
  • MMAFighting.com : Bellator’s Neiman Gracie says Dillon Danis backed out of fight against him at MSG
  • MMAFighting.com : Chael Sonnen had a tough time dealing with loss to ‘absolutely terrible’ Tito Ortiz
  • MMAFighting.com : Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura among additions to UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore
  • MMAFighting.com : Bellator 180 press conference video
  • MMA Weekly : Luke Rockhold: ‘Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping is a Joke’
  • MMAFighting.com : Morning Report: Michael Bisping says if Georges St-Pierre isn’t ready by July, Yoel Romero gets title shot
  • MMA Weekly : If Georges St-Pierre Delays, Michael Bisping Says Yoel Romero Gets Title Shot First
  • MMA Weekly : Got $3.1 Million? If So, You Can Buy Kenny Florian’s Hollywood House
  • MMAFighting.com : Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori added to UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma
  • MMA Weekly : LFA 10: Heinisch vs. Rota Gets Huge, 7-Fight Main Card
  • MMAFighting.com : Monday Morning Analyst: Armbar defense at Invicta 22
  • MMAFighting.com : Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to meet Jessica Middleton in Bellator 178 co-main event
  • MMA Weekly : With Cris Cyborg Out of the Way, Megan Anderson Claims Undisputed Invicta FC Title
  • MMAFighting.com : CSAC study: Nearly 30 percent of fighters step in cage at more than 10 percent above weight class
  • MMAFighting.com : Chael Sonnen explains van incident that started Wanderlei Silva rivalry, Silva angrily responds
  • MMAFighting.com : Dillon Danis boasts he’s the ‘highest-paid guy in Bellator now’
  • MMA Weekly : Floyd Mayweather Has Pointed Response for Conor McGregor and Dana White
  • MMAFighting.com : Scott Coker reveals price tag for second Bellator pay-per-view
  • MMAFighting.com : James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida set for Bellator 180