- Friday 06.09.2000
- U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
- Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
- Venue: Five Seasons Events Center
- Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
- Enclosure: Octagon
- TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Blatnick
- Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
- Post-Fight Interviews: James Werme, Jeff Blatnick
- Number of MMA Bouts: 8
Randleman vs. Rizzo (8), Roberts vs. Dodd (7), Miletich vs. Alessio (6), Bitetti vs. Andrade (5)
Hughes vs. Aguiar (4), Pulver vs. Roque (3)
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While parent company SEG would sell the badly flagging UFC business to Zuffa, LLC just six months after UFC 26, the event proved to be a favorite among diehard MMA fans. It featured championship fights between Pat Miletich and John Alessio as well as Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo, which had been rescheduled since the pair's original meeting at UFC 24 was cancelled due to Randleman slipping in the back room and sustaining a concussion.
The event also featured the debut of the new Bantamweight division (155lbs), later renamed its Lightweight division, which future champion Jens Pulver competed in in the first televised bout of the evening.
This was the first UFC event to have a disqualification when Alex Andrade got the loss against Amaury Bitetti. Alex was repeatedly warned to not kick while wearing shoes.