UFC 13

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UFC 13: The Ultimate Force
The poster for UFC 13: The Ultimate Force.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 30, 1997
VenueAugusta Civic Center
CityAugusta, Georgia
Event chronology
UFC 12: Judgement Day UFC 13: The Ultimate Force UFC 14: Showdown

UFC 13: The Ultimate Force was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 30, 1997 in Augusta, Georgia. The event was seen live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 13 featured two four man tournaments, a heavyweight tournament for fighters 200 lb or more, and a lightweight tournament for fighters under 200 lb, as well as two alternate bouts and a Superfight between Vitor Belfort and Tank Abbott.

This was the first appearance of two future UFC Champions and UFC Hall of Fame members Randy Couture[1][2] and Tito Ortiz,[3][4] who was an alternate in the lightweight tournament.

The show also featured the first and only UFC appearance of Tony Halme who had previously been a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment (then World Wrestling Federation) under the name of Ludvig Borga.

Bruce Buffer returned to announce the fights, after making his initial debut as an announcer at UFC 10.

This was the second UFC event to have two tournaments instead of one following UFC 12.


Lightweight Finals
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Guy Mezger def. Tito Ortiz Submission (guillotine choke) 3:00 [a]
Lightweight Semifinals
Lightweight Guy Mezger def. Christophe Leininger Decision (unanimous) 15:00
Lightweight Enson Inoue def. Royce Alger Submission (armbar) 1:36
Lightweight Alternate bout
Lightweight Tito Ortiz def. Wes Albritton TKO (corner stoppage) 0:31
Heavyweight Finals
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Randy Couture def. Steven Graham TKO (punches) 3:13
Heavyweight Semifinals
Heavyweight Steven Graham def. Dmitri Stepanov Submission (armlock) 1:30
Heavyweight Randy Couture def. Tony Halme Submission (rear-naked choke) 1:00
Heavyweight Alternate bout
Heavyweight Jack Nilson def. Saeed Hosseini TKO (punches) 1:23
Heavyweight bout
Heavyweight Vitor Belfort def. Tank Abbott TKO (punches) 0:52
  1. ^ Ortiz replaced Inoue who was unable to continue due to injury.

UFC 13 Lightweight Tournament Bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Guy Mezger DEC
Christophe Leininger 15:00
Guy Mezger SUB
Tito Ortiz1 3:00
Enson Inoue SUB
Royce Alger 1:36

1 Tito Ortiz replaced Enson Inoue who withdrew due to injury.

UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Steven Graham SUB
Dmitri Stepanov 1:30
Steven Graham 3:13
Randy Couture TKO
Randy Couture SUB
Tony Halme 0:56

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Randy 'The Natural' Couture MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography – Sherdog.com". sherdog.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ Krauss, Erich (2004). "The Wrestlers". Warriors of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Kensington: Citadel Press. pp. 63, 65. ISBN 0-8065-2657-2.
  3. ^ "Tito 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' Ortiz MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography – Sherdog.com". sherdog.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Tito Ortiz heads to UFC Hall of Fame, retirement – latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Co. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 13

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