Ultimate Ultimate 1996
|Ultimate Ultimate 1996|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||December 7, 1996|
|Venue||Fair Park Arena|
The Ultimate Ultimate 2 (also referred to as "Ultimate Ultimate 1996" and "UFC 11.5") was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 7, 1996. The event took place at the Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and released on home video.
The card featured an eight man tournament with two alternate bouts, and was the UFC's second "Ultimate Ultimate" tournament, held to find the best of the winners and runners up from past UFC events. This event was the first to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.
The Ultimate Ultimate 1996 also marked the final appearance of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock before leaving the UFC to go to the World Wrestling Federation. Shamrock would not return to the UFC until 2002 at UFC 40.
|Don Frye||def.||Tank Abbott||submission (rear-naked choke)||1:22|
|Tank Abbott||def.||Steve Nelmark||KO (punch)||1:03||[a]|
|Don Frye||def.||Mark Hall||submission (Achilles lock)||0:20||[b]|
|Ken Shamrock||def.||Brian Johnston||submission (forearm choke)||5:48||[c]|
|Tank Abbott||def.||Cal Worsham||submission (punches)||2:51|
|Don Frye||def.||Gary Goodridge||submission (fatigue)||11:19|
|Kimo Leopoldo||def.||Paul Varelans||TKO (corner stoppage)||9:08||[d]|
|Mark Hall||def.||Felix Mitchell||TKO (punches)||1:45|
|Steve Nelmark||def.||Marcus Bossett||submission (choke)||1:37|
|Tai Bowden||def.||Jack Nilson||submission (headbutts)||4:46|
- Nelmark was an alternate for Ken Shamrock, who could not continue due to an injured hand.
- Hall was an alternate for Kimo Leopoldo, who could not continue due to fatigue.
- Shamrock was unable to continue in the tournament because of a broken hand he suffered after pinning Johnston up against the cage and unleashing a series of punches.
- Leopoldo was unable to continue in the tournament due to fatigue.
Ultimate Ultimate 96 bracket
|Steve Nelmark 1||1:03|
|Mark Hall 2||0:20|
1Ken Shamrock withdrew due to injury, and was replaced by alternate Steve Nelmark.
2Kimo Leopoldo withdrew due to fatigue, and was replaced by alternate Mark Hall.
- UU 96 results at Sherdog.com
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- Official UFC website
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