UFC 30

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UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
The poster for UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 23, 2001
VenueMark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal
CityAtlantic City, New Jersey
Event chronology
UFC 29: Defense of the Belts UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk UFC 31: Locked and Loaded

UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 23, 2001.[1] UFC 30 was the first UFC event under the new ownership of Zuffa, LLC, and also the first UFC event since UFC 22 to see a home video release.[2]


The card was headlined by two Title Bouts, a Light Heavyweight Championship Bout between Tito Ortiz and Evan Tanner, and the first UFC Bantamweight Championship Bout between Jens Pulver and Caol Uno.[2] After this event, in UFC 31, Bantamweight was renamed "Lightweight" under the new Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, defined by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.[3] Bantamweight fighters would not again appear in the UFC until after the UFC-WEC merger in 2011. The event featured the first UFC appearances of Phil Baroni, Sean Sherk and Elvis Sinosic.

UFC 30 marked a major turning point for the UFC, as it was the first UFC event held by new owners Zuffa, LLC. Headed by Station Casinos owners Frank and Lorenzo Ferttita, and managed by Dana White, Zuffa acquired the UFC in January 2001[4] from former owners Semaphore Entertainment Group, who were on the brink of bankruptcy.[2][5]

One notable change instituted by Zuffa was allowing the championship bout fighters to choose their own entry music in lieu of the standard fare UFC theme song, but that change was not implemented at UFC 30.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Tito Ortiz (c) def. Evan Tanner KO (slam) 1 0:30 [a]
Bantamweight Jens Pulver def. Caol Uno Decision (unanimous) 5 5:00 [b]
Lightweight Fabiano Iha def. Phil Johns Submission (armbar) 1 2:05
Middleweight Elvis Sinosic def. Jeremy Horn Submission (triangle armbar) 1 2:59
Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo def. Josh Barnett KO (punches) 2 4:21
Heavyweight Bobby Hoffman vs. Mark Robinson No Contest (overturned) 1 3:27 [c]
Preliminary Card
Middleweight Phil Baroni def. Curtis Stout Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00
Lightweight Sean Sherk def. Tiki Ghosn Verbal Submission (dislocated shoulder) 2 4:47
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ For the UFC Lightweight Championship.
  3. ^ Originally a KO win for Hoffman; overturned after he tested positive for illegal substances.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/ufc-30-battle-on-the-boardwalk
  2. ^ a b c Doyle, Dave (May 2, 2009). "UFC 30: Dawn of a new era". Yahoo Sports.
  3. ^ "Mixed Martial arts Unified Rules of Conduct". New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  4. ^ Morris, Jessy (May 31, 2009). "UFC Timeline: Zuffa's Early Years". Bleacher Report.
  5. ^ Snowden, Jonathan (May 25, 2011). "Minus 100: On The Eve Of UFC 130, Looking Back At UFC 30". SBNation.com.

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