UFC Brazil

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UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil
The poster for UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateOctober 16, 1998
VenueGinásio da Portuguesa
CitySao Paulo, Brazil
Event chronology
UFC 17: Redemption UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil UFC 18: The Road To The Heavyweight Title

UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil (also known as UFC Ultimate Brazil or UFC 17.5) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in São Paulo, Brazil on October 16, 1998. The event was seen on pay-per-view in the United States and Brazil, and was later released on home video.


Ultimate Brazil was the first appearance of the UFC in Brazil, and the third UFC event to take place outside the US. Ultimate Brazil marked the first UFC event (other than UFC 9) to not utilize the tournament format which, aside from UFC 23, was abandoned completely in following events. The event featured the first ever UFC Lightweight Championship fight, as well as a Middleweight Championship fight.

Ultimate Brazil was part one of what the UFC called "The Road To The Heavyweight Title" (not to be confused with the event of the same name), a tournament of sorts, spanning four events, to crown the new UFC Heavyweight Champion following Randy Couture's relinquishing of the belt.

UFC Brazil marked the first appearance of Pedro Rizzo, who would go on to become a top UFC heavyweight contender. The event also featured the first UFC appearance of future PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Frank Shamrock (c) def. John Lober Submission (punches) 7:40 [a]
Lightweight Pat Miletich def. Mikey Burnett Split decision 21:00 [b]
Middleweight Vitor Belfort def. Wanderlei Silva TKO (punches) 0:44
Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo def. Tank Abbott KO (punch) 8:07
Heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. Pete Williams Decision 15:00
Middleweight Ebenezer Fontes Braga def. Jeremy Horn Submission (guillotine choke) 3:27
Alternate Bouts
Lightweight Cesar Marscucci def. Paulo Santos TKO 10:27
Middleweight Tulio Palhares def. Adriano Santos TKO 9:00
  1. ^ Shamrock defeated Lober to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Miletich defeated Burnett to become the inaugural UFC Welterweight Champion.

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