|UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets|
The poster for UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||June 22, 2002|
|Venue||Bellagio Hotel and Casino|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
The fight card was headlined by a bout between top contenders Vitor Belfort and Chuck Liddell. UFC 37.5 was the first UFC event to feature Joe Rogan as a color commentator but he would leave again to host Fear Factor, and return at UFC 40. Joe made several UFC appearances prior to UFC 37.5 as the behind-the-scenes interviewer starting at UFC 12.
UFC 37.5 was a last-minute event specifically held to promote the UFC on Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period, where the "best fight" of the night was to air during the BDSSP's "All Star Summer" celebration in June 2002. The fight aired was Steve Berger vs Robbie Lawler, which has the distinction of being the first mixed martial arts (MMA) fight to be aired on US cable television.
The event featured only six fights, which is a much smaller card than others under the UFC banner at the time, and was the first event since UFC Japan not to be broadcast live on pay-per-view. The event was later broadcast on pay-per-view in its entirety. The number 37.5 was used because UFC 38 had already been announced and marketed in England, where the UFC was making their debut just three weeks later.
|Light Heavyweight||Chuck Liddell||def.||Vitor Belfort||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Benji Radach||def.||Nick Serra||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Pete Spratt||def.||Zach Light||Submission (armbar)||1||2:25|
|Welterweight||Robbie Lawler||def.||Steve Berger||TKO (punches)||2||0:27|
|Middleweight||Tony Fryklund||def.||Rodrigo Ruas||TKO (punches)||2||3:34|
|Lightweight||Yves Edwards||def.||Joao Marcos Pierini||TKO (injury)||1||1:19||[a]|
- Pierini injured his shoulder falling to the mat after a high kick from Edwards.
- Hernandez, Sergio (Aug 28, 2011). "History in the Making: Before UFC on Fox, there was UFC 37.5 and Robbie Lawler". Retrieved 26 September 2018.