- 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
Williams vs. Judson (7), Gibson Sr. vs. Andre (6), Menne vs. Iha (5), Cook vs. Ghosn (4), Pulver vs. Velasquez (3)
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.