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The poster for UFC 7.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 8, 1995
VenueMemorial Auditorium
CityBuffalo, New York
Event chronology
UFC 6: Clash of the Titans UFC 7 Ultimate Ultimate 1995

UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 8, 1995, at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 7 featured an eight-man tournament, a UFC Superfight Championship match between reigning UFC champion Ken Shamrock and UFC 6 tournament winner Oleg Taktarov, and three alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. Each match had no rounds, but a 20-minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30-minute time limit and, if necessary, a five-minute overtime.

Consistent with early UFC events, the time limit was not followed as the Superfight only featured a three-minute overtime, perhaps due to pay-per-view time constraints. Regardless of this, the show ran over its three-hour pay-per-view slot, cutting off some viewers from seeing the final match. The referee for the main card was 'Big' John McCarthy. Michael Buffer served as the guest ring announcer for the night.

Michael Buffer mistakenly announced that Buffalo Memorial Auditorium was the home of the Buffalo Bills. In fact, it was the home of the Buffalo Sabres.

Marco Ruas won the tournament by defeating Paul Varelans.

This was the first UFC event to be held in the state of New York. After the event, mixed martial arts were illegal in New York, which prohibited UFC or any other promotion from holding any further MMA events in the state; it would take two decades, and significant lobbying, to pass legislation allowing the sport. UFC would not hold another event in the state until UFC 205 in New York City 21 years later; the promotion later returned to Buffalo with UFC 210 in April 2017.


Superfight Championship
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
N/A Ken Shamrock (c) vs. Oleg Taktarov Draw 33:00 [a]
N/A Marco Ruas def. Paul Varelans TKO (strikes) 13:17
N/A Paul Varelans def. Mark Hall Submission (keylock) 1:04
N/A Marco Ruas def. Remco Pardoel Submission (position) 12:27
N/A Paul Varelans def. Gerry Harris Submission (elbows) 1:07
N/A Mark Hall def. Harold Howard Submission (strikes) 1:41
N/A Remco Pardoel def. Ryan Parker Submission (lapel choke) 3:05
N/A Marco Ruas def. Larry Cureton Submission (heel hook) 3:23
Alternate bouts
N/A Joel Sutton def. Geza Kalman TKO (cut) 0:48
N/A Onassis Parungao def. Francesco Maturi Submission (strikes) 5:26
N/A Scott Bessac def. David Hood Submission (guillotine choke) 0:31
  1. ^ Shamrock and Taktarov fought to a draw after 33:00 because there were no judges. Shamrock retains the UFC Superfight Championship.

UFC 7 bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
United States Paul Varelans (Wrestling) SUB
United States Gerry Harris (Kyokushin Karate) 1:07
United States Paul Varelans SUB
United States Mark Hall 1:04
United States Mark Hall (Jujutsu) SUB
Canada Harold Howard (Gōjū-ryū Karate) 1:41
United States Paul Varelans 13:17
Brazil Marco Ruas TKO
Netherlands Remco Pardoel (Jujutsu) SUB
United States Ryan Parker (Shotokan Karate) 3:05
Netherlands Remco Pardoel 12:27
Brazil Marco Ruas SUB
Brazil Marco Ruas (Luta Livre) SUB
United States Larry Cureton (Kickboxing) 3:23

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  1. ^ "The 'ALL-NEW' UFC and the new revisionism: a critique of 'LOVE TAPS' ESPN MAGAZINE article". Onzuka.com. 2002-02-15. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2011-08-24.