UFC 39

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UFC 39: The Warriors Return
The poster for UFC 39: The Warriors Return.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 27, 2002
VenueMohegan Sun Arena
CityUncasville, Connecticut
Event chronology
UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall UFC 39: The Warriors Return UFC 40: Vendetta

UFC 39: The Warriors Return was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 27, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event was broadcast live on pay per view in the United States, and was the first UFC event to be released on DVD.


Headlining the event was a Heavyweight Title bout between Randy Couture and Ricco Rodriguez for the vacant title, which was stripped from Josh Barnett following a positive test for steroids.

The event marked the octagon debut of future UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. This fight saw Sylvia's opponent, Wesley Correira, take several straight punches, knees, and kicks to the head without ever falling before his corner eventually threw in the towel.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Ricco Rodriguez def. Randy Couture Submission (elbow) 5 3:04 [a]
Heavyweight Tim Sylvia def. Wesley Correira TKO (corner stoppage) 2 1:43
Lightweight B.J. Penn def. Matt Serra Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [b]
Lightweight Caol Uno def. Din Thomas Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Gan McGee def. Pedro Rizzo TKO (corner stoppage) 1 5:00 [c]
Middleweight Phil Baroni def. Dave Menne KO (punches) 1 0:18
Preliminary card
Middleweight Matt Lindland def. Ivan Salaverry Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Welterweight Sean Sherk def. Benji Radach TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 4:16
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout completes the first round of the lightweight tournament, Uno and Penn advanced to the finals at UFC 41.
  3. ^ Rizzo took a straight right hand to the nose with twelve seconds left in the First Round. After examining Rizzo's nose between rounds, his corner decided to throw in the towel.
  Semifinals Finals (UFC 41)
Caol Uno  
Din Thomas  
    Caol Uno
  BJ Penn
BJ Penn
Matt Serra  

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