|UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou|
The poster for UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||March 13, 1998|
UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 13, 1998 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.
UFC 16 featured the first ever UFC Lightweight tournament in the USA (for fighters under 170 lb), as well as a Middleweight Championship bout, a Heavyweight and a Middleweight Superfight, and two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.
The Middleweight Championship bout, was billed to be champion Frank Shamrock's biggest test, in Battlecade star, Igor Zinoviev. This would end up being the final match of Zinoviev's career, as he suffered a career-ending collarbone injury from Shamrock's victorious KO slam.
Kimo Leopoldo returned to the UFC at UFC 16 and fought top Japanese fighter Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Kimo dominated the first portion of the fight but began to fatigue and eventually lost the fight by decision.
A UFC lightweight championship bout was also contested on the undercard, the first lightweight title defence, with the winner to fight UFC 16 lightweight tournament winner Pat Miletich to unify the title. However, the linear inaugural title was disestablished on 25 March 1998 and the unification bout never took place.
|Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Middleweight||Frank Shamrock (c)||def.||Igor Zinoviev||KO (slam)||0:22||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||def.||Kimo Leopoldo||Unanimous decision||15:00|
|Light Heavyweight bout|
|Middleweight||Jerry Bohlander||def.||Kevin Jackson||Technical submission (armbar)||10:21||[b]|
|Lightweight Tournament Finals|
|Lightweight||Pat Miletich||def.||Chris Brennan||Submission (shoulder choke)||9:01||[c]|
|Lightweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Lightweight||Mikey Burnett||def.||Eugenio Tadeu||TKO (punches)||9:46||[d]|
|Lightweight||Pat Miletich||def.||Townsend Saunders||Split decision||15:00|
|Lightweight Tournament Alternate bouts|
|Lightweight||Laverne Clark||def.||Josh Stuart||TKO (punches)||1:15|
|Lightweight||Chris Brennan||def.||Courtney Turner||Submission (armbar)||1:20|
- Shamrock defeated Zinoviev to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship.
- Jackson refused to tap, referee John McCarthy stopped the fight.
- Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Brennan.
- Burnett had to withdraw from the tournament due to a broken finger suffered during this bout.
UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Bracket
1 Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Chris Brennan.