UFC 12

UFC 12

UFC 12: Judgement Day
A poster or logo for UFC 12: Judgement Day.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date February 7, 1997
Venue Dothan Civic Center
City Dothan, Alabama
Attendance 3,100
Buyrate 122,000
Event chronology

Ultimate Ultimate 1996 UFC 12: Judgement Day UFC 13: Ultimate Force

UFC 12: Judgement Day was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 7, 1997 at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, Alabama. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

History

UFC 12 was the first UFC event to feature weight classes; heavyweights (200 lb and over) and lightweights (199 lb and under) battled in two separate mini tournaments, each consisting of two semifinal bouts and a finals match.

The event also featured a Superfight between Dan Severn and Mark Coleman. The fight would unify the UFC Superfight Championship with the UFC tournament championship and determine the first ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mark Coleman was a late substitution for Don Frye, who had earned the rematch with Severn after winning the Ultimate Ultimate 1996, but was unable to participate in UFC 12 because of injuries he had suffered in that previous event. Frye never returned to the UFC. "Judgement Day" also featured two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.

UFC 12 marked the first UFC appearance of Vitor Belfort, who won the heavyweight tournament and was only 19 years of age. UFC 12 also marked the first appearance of commentator Joe Rogan, who handled backstage interviews for the event and interviewed the winners of the main events.

After being removed from many pay per view carriers, and with mounting pressure from politicians such as Senator John McCain, the UFC had continuing troubles finding a venue, and a state, that would host UFC 12. It was first announced that UFC 12 would be held in New York, to which it was ultimately denied sanctioning rights. Next, it was announced that UFC 12 would be held in Oregon, which soon banned the event. Finally, the UFC returned to Alabama, where it appeared in the small city of Dothan, located about 200 miles southeast of Birmingham.

The UFC would continue to hold events exclusively in Southern US States (aside from occasional shows in Japan and Brazil) until 2001, when the UFC was sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.

UFC 12 Lightweight Results

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UFC 12 Heavyweight Results

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UFC 12 Lightweight Tournament Bracket

Semifinals Finals
               
 Jerry Bohlander SUB  
 Rainy Martinez 1:18  
     Jerry Bohlander SUB
   Nick Sanzo1 0:39
 Yoshiki Takahashi DEC
 Wallid Ismail 15:00  

1 Nick Sanzo replaced Yoshiki Takahashi who withdrew due to a broken hand.

UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Bracket

Semifinals Finals
               
 Scott Ferrozzo TKO  
 Jim Mullen 8:02  
     Scott Ferrozzo 0:43
   Vitor Belfort TKO
 Vitor Belfort TKO
 Tra Telligman 1:17  

See also

External links

  • UFC 12 results at Sherdog.com
  • UFC 12 fights reviews
  • Official UFC website
  • MMA Mental History UFC 12