UFC 20

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UFC 20: Battle for the Gold
The poster for UFC 20: Battle for the Gold.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 7, 1999
VenueBoutwell Auditorium
CityBirmingham, Alabama
Event chronology
UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns UFC 20: Battle for the Gold UFC 21: Return of the Champions

UFC 20: Battle for the Gold was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 7, 1999 at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 20 was the final event of what the UFC called "The Road to the Heavyweight Title", a tournament of sorts spanning four events, held to determine the Heavyweight Champion after Randy Couture vacated the title (due to contract disputes with the UFC). Bas Rutten defeated Kevin Randleman to become the new Heavyweight Champion in a controversial split decision.

Referees for the event were Mario Yamasaki (first time for UFC pay-per-view) and John McCarthy.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Bas Rutten def. Kevin Randleman Decision (split) 21:00 [a]
Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo def. Tra Telligman KO (punch) 4:30
Heavyweight Pete Williams def. Travis Fulton Submission (armlock) 6:28
Middleweight Wanderlei Silva def. Tony Petarra KO (knee) 2:53
Lightweight Marcelo Mello def. Dave Roberts TKO (punches) 1:23
Lightweight LaVerne Clark def. Fabiano Iha TKO (doctor stoppage) 1:33
Preliminary Card
Heavyweight Ron Waterman def. Chris Condo TKO (punches) 0:28
  1. ^ Rutten defeated Randleman to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.

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