UFC 22

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UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion
A poster or logo for UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date September 24, 1999
Venue Lake Charles Civic Center
City Lake Charles, Louisiana
Event chronology
UFC 21: Return of the Champions UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2

UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 24, 1999 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

History[edit]

The event was headlined by a Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. The Ortiz-Shamrock fight was notable for being widely considered one of the best MMA fights ever at the time it took place, due to the complete range of skills shown by both fighters. The bout featured back-and-forth action which saw multiple takedowns from Ortiz and crisp kickboxing displayed by Shamrock, who eventually forced Ortiz into submission with brutal punches, elbows, and hammerfists to the temple late in the 4th round. Shamrock would begin his short lived semi-retirement after this bout, citing a lack of competition.

UFC 22 marked the first UFC appearance of future UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, who would go on to dominate the UFC's Welterweight division, as well as Jens Pulver, who fought in a preliminary bout that was not televised.


Results[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Frank Shamrock def. Tito Ortiz Submission (strikes) 4 4:42 [a]
Lightweight Jens Pulver vs. Alfonso Alcarez Draw [b]
Heavyweight Brad Kohler def. Steve Judson KO (punch) 1 0:30
Heavyweight Tim Lajcik vs. Ron Waterman Draw 3 5:00 [c]
Middleweight John Lewis def. Lowell Anderson TKO (corner stoppage) 3 0:13
Lightweight Matt Hughes def. Valeri Ignatov Unanimous decision 3 5:00 [d]
Heavyweight Jeremy Horn def. Jason Godsey Submission (armlock) 1 2:08
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell def. Paul Jones TKO (cut) 1 3:53
  1. ^ Shamrock defeated Ortiz to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ The bout was ruled a draw after two five minute rounds. This bout was not televised.
  3. ^ The bout was ruled a draw after three five minute rounds.
  4. ^ Welterweight division did not exist yet.


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