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UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors
The poster for UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 16, 1994
VenueExpo Square Pavilion
CityTulsa, Oklahoma
Event chronology
UFC 3: The American Dream UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors UFC 5: The Return of the Beast

UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on December 16, 1994, at the Expo Center Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event was seen live on pay-per-view, and later released on home video. [1][2]


As usual, virtually all martial artists of any significance were contacted by the promoters of the event. The other way they recruited was what later became known as the "Royce's challenge letters." Even Mike Tyson was "challenged" by Royce Gracie while in jail.[3]


UFC 4 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $64,000. The event also featured three alternate fights. All seven tournament fights were shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast, as well as the Jason Fairn vs. Guy Mezger alternate fight.

The tournament had no weight classes or weight limits. Each match had no time limit or rounds, therefore no judges were used for the night. The referee for the night was "Big" John McCarthy. Royce Gracie won the event by defeating Dan Severn with a triangle choke. The card also featured the notorious fight between Keith Hackney and Joe Son; Hackney won via submission after landing a series of unanswered strikes to the groin of Joe Son.

Play-by-play announcer Bruce Beck and color commentator Jeff Blatnick were paired together for the first time on the pay-per-view and became the regular commentary team on UFC broadcasts up to and including UFC 15. They were joined by regular contributor Jim Brown.


Weight class Method Round Time Notes
N/A Royce Gracie def. Dan Severn Submission (triangle choke) 15:49
N/A Royce Gracie def. Keith Hackney Submission (armbar) 5:32
N/A Dan Severn def. Marcus Bossett Submission (arm-triangle choke) 0:52 [a]
N/A Royce Gracie def. Ron van Clief Submission (rear-naked choke) 3:49
N/A Keith Hackney def. Joe Son Submission (blood choke) 2:44
N/A Steve Jennum def. Melton Bowen Submission (armbar) 4:47
N/A Dan Severn def. Anthony Macias Submission (rear-naked choke) 1:45
Alternate bouts
N/A Joe Charles def. Kevin Rosier Submission (armbar) 0:14
N/A Marcus Bossett def. Eldo Dias Xavier KO (strikes) 4:55
N/A Guy Mezger def. Jason Fairn TKO (corner stoppage) 2:13
  1. ^ Steve Jennum was forced to withdraw due to injury. He was replaced by Marcus Bossett.

UFC 4 bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Brazil Royce Gracie (BJJ) SUB
United States Ron van Clief (Karate) 3:59
Brazil Royce Gracie SUB
United States Keith Hackney 5:32
United States Keith Hackney (American Kenpo) SUB
United States Joe Son (Taekwondo) 2:44
Brazil Royce Gracie SUB
United States Dan Severn 15:49
United States Steve Jennum (Ninjitsu) SUB
United States Melton Bowen (Boxing) 4:47
United States Marcus Bossett (Karate) 1 0:52
United States Dan Severn SUB
United States Dan Severn (Wrestling) SUB
United States Anthony Macias (Muay Thai) 1:45

1Steve Jennum was forced to withdraw due to injury. He was replaced by Marcus Bossett.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MMA - Man Cave Flashback: UFC 4 - Revenge of the Warriors". 411mania.com. 1994-12-16. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  2. ^ "UFC 4 Review: Royce Gracie's Revenge and Dan Severn's Debut". Bleacher Report. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ Gracie, Royce (December 1994). "How's Mike Tyson for a Big Name?". Black Belt. 32 (12): 15.

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