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UFC 8: Shamrock vs. Leopoldo
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The poster for UFC 8: Shamrock vs. Leopoldo.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 16, 1996
VenueRuben Rodriguez Coliseum
CityBayamón, Puerto Rico
Event chronology
Ultimate Ultimate 1995 UFC 8: Shamrock vs. Leopoldo UFC 9: Motor City Madness

UFC 8: David vs. Goliath was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 16, 1996, at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. It is the only UFC event held in Puerto Rico[2] and was later released on home video.


UFC 8 was the first UFC event located outside of the Continental United States. It featured an eight-man tournament, and a UFC Superfight Championship fight between reigning UFC champion Ken Shamrock and Kimo Leopoldo. The event also featured one alternate fight, which was not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. A 10-minute time limit was imposed for all matches in the tournament except Superfight and final (15 minutes).

The event's matchups pitted larger fighters against smaller fighters, hence the term "David vs. Goliath". Local promoter for the historical first and only professional mixed martial arts event was Richy Miranda-Cortese, whose company Sports & Entertainment Ltd had to take local Government officials to Federal Court in order to avoid cancellation of the event by the Government. Among those government officials was Governor Pedro Rosselló and Sports and Recreation Director Erick Labrador. The presentation of the event developed into a new boxing commission rules and regulations and Imposition of a banning Law that was later overturned after Miranda-Cortese fought it in court.

The tournament championship fight featured Don Frye against Gary Goodridge, with Frye taking the victory when Goodridge tapped out.

Just days before the show, the Puerto Rican government made a ruling banning the event. Two days before the card, Cablevision became the first major carrier, of what over the next few years would become nearly every major cable system in North America, to ban the show, stating it never expected to air UFC or similar type of programming ever again.[2] The event is also notable as being the first MMA event to draw criticism, including Michigan politician Calvin McCard’s on site protests at UFC 8. These protests would spark the nationwide movement against MMA in 1996, spearheaded by Arizona Senator John McCain, which would later temporarily push the sport in the United States underground in 1997.[3]


Superfight Championship
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
N/A Ken Shamrock (c) def. Kimo Leopoldo Submission (kneebar) 4:24 [a]
N/A Don Frye def. Gary Goodridge Submission (position) 2:14
N/A Don Frye def. Sam Adkins TKO (doctor stoppage) 0:48 [b]
N/A Gary Goodridge def. Jerry Bohlander TKO (punches) 5:31
N/A Don Frye def. Thomas Ramirez KO (punch) 0:08
N/A Paul Varelans def. Joe Moreira Unanimous Decision 10:00 [c]
N/A Jerry Bohlander def. Scott Ferrozzo Submission (guillotine choke) 9:03
N/A Gary Goodridge def. Paul Herrera KO (elbows) 0:13
Alternate bouts
N/A Sam Adkins def. Keith Mielke Submission (punches) 0:50
  1. ^ Shamrock defended the UFC Superfight Championship.
  2. ^ Adkins replaced Paul Varelans, who was injured in his Quarterfinal bout.
  3. ^ Due to injuries sustained in this fight, Varelans was unable to continue in the tournament and was replaced by Sam Adkins.

UFC 8 bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
United States Don Frye (Wrestling) KO
Puerto Rico Thomas Ramirez (Baguazhang) 0:08
United States Don Frye TKO
United States Sam Adkins (Boxing) * 0:48
United States Paul Varelans (Wrestling) DEC
Brazil Joe Moreira (BJJ) 10:00
United States Don Frye SUB
Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge 2:14
United States Jerry Bohlander (Shootfighting) SUB
United States Scott Ferrozzo (Wrestling) 9:03
United States Jerry Bohlander 5:31
Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge TKO
Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge (Kuk Sool Won) KO
United States Paul Herrera (Wrestling) 0:13
  • Due to injury sustained in this fight, Varelans was unable to continue in the tournament and was replaced by Sam Adkins.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors - Dedicated to Hawaii-Specific Martial Arts News & Rumors
  2. ^ a b c Meltzer, Dave (2009-04-09). "UFC 8: No small Frye". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  3. ^ Walter, Jr., Donald F. (2008-12-12). "Mixed Martial Arts: Ultimate Sport, or Ultimately Illegal? Part 3". grapplearts.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.

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