UFC: Fight for the Troops

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UFC: Fight for the Troops
A poster or logo for UFC: Fight for the Troops.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date December 10, 2008
Venue Crown Coliseum
City Fayetteville, North Carolina
Attendance 8,200
Event chronology
UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar UFC: Fight for the Troops The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Finale

UFC: Fight for the Troops (also known as UFC Fight Night 16) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on December 10, 2008 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[1][2]


The event was the first of many the UFC held to support the military. It helped raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides support for severely wounded military personnel and veterans and the families of military personnel lost in service.[3] The event reportedly raised $4 million during its three-hour broadcast.[4]

The event was officially announced on September 17, 2008 during UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer.

Razak Al-Hassan replaced Brian Stann against Steve Cantwell on this card. Also, Jim Miller came in with only three weeks notice as a late replacement for Frankie Edgar against Matt Wiman.

The event resulted in an unusual number of serious injuries. Corey Hill, Razak Al-Hassan, Brandon Wolff, Jonathan Goulet, Nate Loughran, and Yoshiyuki Yoshida were all hospitalized for injuries sustained during their fights.[5]

The referees assigned for the event were Dan Miragliotta, Donnie Jessup, Al Coley and Mario Yamasaki.


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida KO (punch) 1 2:15
Welterweight Mike Swick def. Jonathan Goulet KO (punches) 1 0:33
Light Heavyweight Steve Cantwell def. Razak Al-Hassan Technical Submission (armbar) 1 4:04
Middleweight Tim Credeur def. Nate Loughran TKO (rib injury) 2 5:00
Lightweight Jim Miller def. Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Catchweight (173 lbs) Luigi Fioravanti def. Brodie Farber Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Steve Bruno def. Johnny Rees Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:44 [a]
Welterweight Ben Saunders def. Brandon Wolff TKO (knees) 1 1:49 [b]
Lightweight Dale Hartt def. Corey Hill TKO (leg injury) 2 0:20
Heavyweight Justin McCully def. Eddie Sanchez Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ This preliminary bout was aired on the broadcast.
  2. ^ This preliminary bout was aired on the broadcast.

Bonus awards[edit]

At the end of the night, the UFC awarded $30,000 to each of the fighters who received one of these awards:[6]

  • Fight of the Night: Jim Miller vs. Matt Wiman
  • Knockout of the Night: Josh Koscheck
  • Submission of the Night: Steve Cantwell


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