|UFC 35: Throwdown|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||January 11, 2002|
|Venue||Mohegan Sun Arena|
UFC 35: Throwdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on January 11, 2002. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.
UFC 35 featured two title bouts, Jens Pulver faced BJ Penn for the Lightweight Title and Murilo Bustamante faced Dave Menne for the Middleweight Title. This was the first UFC event to be headlined by a Lightweight bout.
Despite a number of fighters suffering from such symptoms as diarrhea, dehydration, hallucinations, and vomiting, the event proceeded as planned. Most people attributed the illness to a hotel restaurant, ironically named "The Octagon". Kevin Randleman admitted to defecating inside his fight shorts during his bout with Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Dave Menne was drinking Pepto Bismol until his walk to the cage. Eugene Jackson also fought (and won) with a fever.
Shonie Carter was originally scheduled to face Gil Castillo at this event, but was pulled due to outside contractual obligations with another promotion. Chris Brennan stepped in as his replacement.
Shortly after this event, Jens Pulver would leave UFC due to a contract dispute.
|Lightweight||Jens Pulver (c)||def.||B.J. Penn||Decision (majority) (48–45, 47–47, 48–47)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Ricco Rodriguez||def.||Jeff Monson||TKO (punches)||3||3:00|
|Middleweight||Murilo Bustamante||def.||Dave Menne (c)||TKO (punches)||2||0:44||[b]|
|Light Heavyweight||Chuck Liddell||def.||Amar Suloev||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Andrei Semenov||def.||Ricardo Almeida||TKO (punches)||2||2:01|
|Light Heavyweight||Kevin Randleman||def.||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–25)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Gil Castillo||def.||Chris Brennan||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Eugene Jackson||def.||Keith Rockel||Submission (guillotine choke)||2||3:46|