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UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2

UFC 23
  • Friday 11.19.1999
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Tokyo Bay NK Hall
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Senshiro Matsuyama
  • Post-Fight Interviews: James Werme
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 7
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Fight Card

Referees

  • Mario Yamasaki
    Fujii vs. Yano Yamamoto vs. Takase (2)
  • John McCarthy
    Randleman vs. Williams (7)Rizzo vs. Kosaka (6)Slick vs. DeLucia (4)Jackson vs. Yamamiya (3)Yamamoto vs. Fujii (1)

UFC 23 Wiki Update Wiki

In the second UFC event held in Japan, SEG, the parent company of the UFC at the time, attempted to seize on the zealous Japanese MMA fan base that Japanese promoters at Pride FC had taken hold of in recent months. Aside from featuring a Heavyweight Championship bout between Kevin Randleman and Pete Williams, the event featured the final tournament in UFC history, as the UFC Japan Tournament was held to crown a Japanese UFC champion. UFC 23 was the first UFC event not to see a DvD or home video release, as SEG was nearing bankruptcy due to extremely limited exposure in the United States and dismal performances on Pay Per View.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:58 PM ET
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