|UFC 24: First Defense|
The poster for UFC 24: First Defense.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||March 10, 2000|
|Venue||Lake Charles Civic Center|
|City||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
The event featured the first UFC appearances of Ian Freeman, future UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne and Shonie Carter. UFC 24 also featured the first televised appearance of Jens Pulver, who had fought in an untelevised preliminary bout at UFC 22.
The name "First Defense" refers to a scheduled Heavyweight Title Bout between Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo, which did not happen due to injury. While warming up backstage during the event, Randleman slipped on the concrete floor and hit his head, knocking himself out completely. Randleman was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was revived, and diagnosed with a concussion. As the incident happened during the broadcast, fans in attendance and viewers watching on pay per view were not notified until the end of the show. The bout was rescheduled and took place at UFC 26.
|Heavyweight||Tedd Williams||def.||Steve Judson||TKO (punches)||1||3:23|
|Middleweight||Lance Gibson||def.||Jermaine Andre||KO (knee)||3||3:35|
|Lightweight||Dave Menne||def.||Fabiano Iha||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Bob Cook||def.||Tiki Ghosn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||1:29|
|Lightweight||Jens Pulver||def.||David Velasquez||TKO (punches)||2||2:41|
|Heavyweight||Scott Adams||def.||Ian Freeman||Submission (achilles lock)||1||3:09|
|Lightweight||Shonie Carter||def.||Brad Gumm||Decision (unanimous)||2||5:00|