UFC 37.5

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UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets
The poster for UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 22, 2002
VenueBellagio Hotel and Casino
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Event chronology
UFC 37: High Impact UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall

UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22, 2002.


The fight card was headlined by a bout between top contenders, returning 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
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]
  1. ^ Pierini injured his shoulder falling to the mat after a high kick from Edwards.

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  1. ^ a b 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.

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