UFC 16

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UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou
The poster for UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 13, 1998
VenuePontchartrain Center
CityKenner, Louisiana
Event chronology
UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou UFC 17: Redemption

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.[1][2]


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.

UFC 16 marked the first appearance of the influential fighter Pat Miletich, who would go on to create Miletich Fighting Systems. Tank Abbott is a guest commentator for the Heavyweight Superfight.

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,[3] 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[4] and the unification bout never took place.


Light Heavyweight Championship
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Frank Shamrock (c) def. Igor Zinoviev KO (slam) 0:22 [a]
Heavyweight bout
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
  1. ^ Shamrock defeated Zinoviev to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Jackson refused to tap, referee John McCarthy stopped the fight.
  3. ^ Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Brennan.
  4. ^ Burnett had to withdraw from the tournament due to a broken finger suffered during this bout.[5]

UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Mikey Burnett TKO
Eugenio Tadeu 9:46
Pat Miletich SUB
Chris Brennan1 9:02
Pat Miletich DEC
Townsend Saunders 15:00

1 Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Chris Brennan.

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