UFC 5

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UFC 5: The Return of the Beast
A poster or logo for UFC 5: The Return of the Beast.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date April 7, 1995
Venue Independence Arena
City Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance 6,000
Buyrate 260,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors UFC 5: The Return of the Beast UFC 6: Clash of the Titans

UFC 5: The Return of the Beast was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 7, 1995, at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

History[edit]

UFC 5 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The event also featured the first ever UFC Superfight, as well as two alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. The fights had to end by knockout or submission; therefore no judges were used.

The Superfight match was the main attraction, and the winner of this fight would become the reigning UFC Champion. It consisted of rivals Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock facing off in the most anticipated match in UFC history to that date. Up to this point, Ken Shamrock's only defeat in the UFC was to Royce Gracie in UFC 1.

UFC 5 was the first UFC event to feature any kind of time limits since UFC 1. A 20 minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30 minute time limit. The Superfight overran to 31 minutes before incorporating an on-the-spot decision to extend the fight by a further five minutes. As there was still no winner, the match was declared a draw. The referee for the night was 'Big' John McCarthy. Dan Severn won the tournament by defeating Dave Beneteau with a keylock.

This UFC event was the last with the involvement of Rorion Gracie, ostensibly because the introduction of new rules had diluted Gracie's (and his family's) vision for the UFC and vale tudo fighting. MMA Columnist Steve Cofield also noted that the Gracies left the UFC just as the talent level was beginning to increase. This is debatable, however, considering that many of the Gracies, including Royce, continued to fight in Japan against similar competition. Gracie and his partner Art Davie later sold WOW Promotions, co-promoters of the event, to WOW's partner, Semaphore Entertainment Group. Royce Gracie also ended his involvement following Rorion's departure, however Royce returned for UFC 60.

Results[edit]

Superfight Championship
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie Draw 36:00 [a]
Final
Dan Severn def. Dave Beneteau Submission (keylock) 3:01
Semifinals
Dave Beneteau def. Todd Medina Submission (Strikes) 2:12 [b]
Dan Severn def. Oleg Taktarov TKO (cut) 4:21
Quarterfinals
Jon Hess def. Andy Anderson TKO (punches) 1:23
Todd Medina def. Larry Cureton Submission (forearm choke)[2] 2:55
Oleg Taktarov def. Ernie Verdicia Submission (choke) 2:23
Dan Severn def. Joe Charles Submission (rear-naked choke) 1:38
Alternate bouts
Dave Beneteau def. Asbel Cancio TKO (punches) 0:21
Guy Mezger def. John Dowdy TKO (punches) 2:02
  1. ^ Superfight Championship bout: Gracie and Shamrock fought to a draw after 36:00 because there were no judges. This was a new record length for a UFC fight.
  2. ^ Beneteau replaced Jon Hess, who had broken his hand during his first match.


Ken Shamrock, seen here wearing a t-shirt for this event, fought Royce Gracie to a 30 minute draw.

UFC 5 bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
Jon Hess TKO
Andy Anderson 1:23
Dave Beneteau1 TKO
Todd Medina 2:12
Todd Medina TKO
Larry Cureton 2:55
Dave Beneteau 3:01
Dan Severn SUB
Oleg Taktarov SUB
Ernie Verdicia 2:23
Oleg Taktarov 4:21
Dan Severn TKO
Dan Severn SUB
Joe Charles 1:38

1Jon Hess was fined $2,000 for fouls committed in his fight. He withdrew with a hand injury, and was replaced by Dave Beneteau.

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