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UFC 24: First Defense

UFC 24
  • Friday 03.10.2000
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Blatnick
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: James Werme
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 7
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Fight Card

Referees

  • John McCarthy
    Williams vs. Judson (7)Gibson Sr. vs. Andre (6)Menne vs. Iha (5)Cook vs. Ghosn (4)Pulver vs. Velasquez (3)
  • Dan Severn
    Adams vs. Freeman (2)Carter vs. Gumm (1)

UFC 24 Wiki Update Wiki

The second UFC event not to see a DvD or home video release due to UFC parent company SEG’s near bankruptcy, UFC 24: First Defense was also one of the worst-performing events in company history. The main event, which was set to be a title fight between Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo, was scrapped when Randleman knocked himself unconscious after slipping on the concrete floor warming up backstage.


As a silver lining, the event marked the television debut of scrappy lightweight and soon-to-be fan favorite Jens “Little Evil” Pulver, as well as the promotional debuts of Dave Menne and Shonie Carter. Dan “The Beast” Severn, a champion from earlier UFC events, served as a guest referee for the preliminary fights.

Last updated 04.19.2014, 1:26 AM ET
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