**This is the twelfth post in a lengthy series taken from my MMA blog. Be sure to check Fight Rankings for more in this series, which includes cumulative fight and fighter rankings from the first twelve UFC events.**
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is now at their eleventh event and the promotion is sticking with a proven formula: the tournament. For the second event in a row, the UFC has done away with individual bouts and Superfights in favor of the fan favorite eight man tournaments.
The tournament at UFC 11 will have at least one familiar name: Tank Abbott, who confirmed his participation during the UFC 10 broadcast. I can also confirm that Brian Johnston will be returning from an impressive showing at the UFC 10 tournament, while defending champion Mark Coleman will be back to claim a second consecutive tournament crown.
These aren't the only returning competitors, but you'll have to wait and see the other fighters participating in this, the tenth UFC tournament.
UFC 11: The Proving Ground – September 20, 1996
September 1996 - do you remember where you were? I was probably just sitting around, being pudgy, waiting for my allowance so I could go buy fatty foods from the gas station. But now I exercise and take care of my body, so go fuck yourself 12 year old me - I'm in charge now, I have self control! You don't tell me what to do anymore!
In September 1996, the UFC was in Augusta, Georgia with their newest mixed martial arts event. Augusta is famously home to both golf and misogyny, but tonight, golf will take a backseat. Early UFC events and misogyny coexisted quite comfortably, so misogyny will likely be in full effect tonight.
The opening video is hyping a potential tournament match between Mark Coleman and Tank Abbott, which I'm sure will have to take place beyond the opening round. This is the big money match for the evening as Coleman and Abbott have proven to be two of the most compelling fighters in the UFC to date.
Bruce Beck greets us by stating five UFC veterans will be slotted in the main bracket of the tournament along with three fighters making their UFC debuts. He throws to Jeff Blatnick who is interviewing UFC 10 champion Mark Coleman. Coleman says that we can expect more of the same from him tonight and he says that Tank doesn't have the skills to hang with him.
We then go to an interview with Tank Abbott conducted by the returning Don Wilson. Tank says he's here to do his job and that we'll have to wait and see what happens. Tank dismisses the term "pit fighting", which was originally used by the UFC to label his fighting style. Tank calls himself a street fighter and says he plans to use his power to defeat Mark Coleman.
But for Tank and Coleman to meet, they both have to win a pair of fights. Tank Abbott will be fighting the 2-1 Sam Adkins while Mark Coleman squares off against newcomer Julian Sanchez. Jerry Bohlander will also be making his return to the octagon against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabio Gurgel and Brian Johnston takes on Iranian Reza Nasri.
As always, the UFC fails to give the people what they want: footage of preliminary fights between below average fighters. Somehow, Scott Ferrozzo was relegated to the prelims after a pretty impressive UFC 8 performance against Jerry Bohlander. Ferrozzo managed to defeat Sam Fulton by TKO via referee stoppage, while Roberto Traven defeated Dave Berry in the same manner. Ferrozzo and Fulton will serve as alternates for the evening.
The UFC is still using CompuServe for all of their internet needs, promising another post-UFC chat. Beck also proposes the current poll question: would Mike Tyson win in the UFC? No, Iron Mike would spend pretty much all of his time on his back. Unless he fights Telia Tuli. In that case, Mike Tyson would win.
The first fight of the night features Mark Coleman and Julian Sanchez. The positives for Sanchez: he has two inches and fifty pounds on Coleman. The negatives? He is Julian Sanchez and he will be fighting Mark Coleman. Sanchez could have 250 pounds on Coleman and he still wouldn't win. Oh yeah, big spoiler here: the three hundred pound UFC newcomer loses to the U.S. Olympian. Like you didn't see that coming?
Julian Sanchez appears to have a fairly pitiful entourage, as he's accompanied to the octagon by some guy jogging behind him. Even then, I can't tell if he's with Sanchez or just trying to rush back to cageside for some other reason. According to Bruce Beck's translation, Sanchez says some flattering things about Mark Coleman in Spanish and apparently wants to try and take Mark Coleman down. Ugh, I really don't want to see this nice, stupid man get beaten down, but I can't just not watch the fight. You people remember that these are the sacrifices that I make for you.
Mark Coleman enters the cage with a much more impressive group with matching "Team Phoenix" t-shirts. Coleman is looking bigger than he did at UFC 10, and in his pre fight video, his neck looks absolutely massive. It's as if his neck was specifically created to look inhuman and impenetrable. Some people are just blessed with meaty ham-necks.
Hey, looks who's here to specifically piss me off! It's Ken Shamrock in a vest that he stole from Steve Austin's closet and bedazzled! No, actually, it's Rich Goins. I'll somewhat curb the Rich Goins hate, as I'm pleased to inform you all that this will be Goins' final event in the UFC.
We all knew this day had to come, mostly because I've yet to take my own life. But the UFC is moving in a new direction: a far, far less shitty direction. Part of that direction is getting rid of dead weight, and that means Rich Goins has to go. I'm not being mean, I'm just being honest. And a little mean. For now, let's go ahead and tolerate this schmuck one last time in the UFC.
Julian Sanchez is billed at 23 years old, but he looks closer to maybe 43 years old. I'm not trying to say there's some kind of age-shaving scandal in the early UFC, but my mother looks closer to 23 than this guy.
Onto the fight, where it appears that Sanchez's strategy is wave his hands at Coleman while shaking his head back and forth. Thank goodness Mike Goldberg isn't here to tell us how great Sanchez's head movement is. Coleman lands a very quick takedown on his bigger opponent. Coleman is throwing some heavy punches from side control, then locks in a head lock. Coleman really sinks it in and forces Sanchez to submit to this side choke. That took Coleman all of 44 seconds. Hey, do you still think Sanchez wants to go to the ground with Coleman?
Coleman certainly didn't expend a lot of energy in this fight and I'm thankful for that. I want to see a fresh Coleman later in the night, and I didn't want to see this poor Hispanic kid get destroyed by "The Hammer". I was expecting that fight to resemble a snuff film and I'm thankful that the fight was so short.
Something tells me that the UFC might have been a little short-handed in their graphics department 15 years ago. Regardless, the second semifinal match will feature Reza Nasri and Brian Johnston. Johnston, you will remember, put up a great fight against Don Frye at UFC 10. He seems like a potential obstacle on the road to a Tank Abbott/Mark Coleman finals contest.
Nasri says he's pretty good at all aspects of MMA, while Johnston is notably a boxer and kickboxer who plans on keeping this fight standing. Johnston gets a really nice hand from the crowd, which I'm sure has nothing to do with the fact that his opponent is from Iran. Even Bruce Beck calls this a battle of "USA versus Iran." What the fuck, did he suddenly turn into Gorilla Monsoon?
For Christ's sake, it's not like Nasri is wearing pointed shoes and yelling "IRAN NUMBER ONE". I'm not sure why I expect different from this Georgia crowd, but come on! Cheering against a fighter from another country just because he's from another country was cliche 20 years ago, let alone 15. I'm cheering for Reza Nasri in an attempt to combat xenophobia, one mixed martial artist at a time.
Jeff Blatnick thinks that this will be a very competitive match between these two fighters. Some heavily augmented ring girls circle the cage and this fight is under way!
Nasri is aggressive from the start and tries to shoot on Johnston, but gets a knee to the face for his trouble. Johnston clinches with Nasri and lands a really great takedown. It was hard to tell since "Big" John McCarthy was in the way, but it looked like a pretty violent arm sweep with Johnston ending up in side control. Johnston quickly moves to full mount and looks primed to end this fight. Johnston lands some headbutts and then starts throwing big, unanswered punches to his opponent's face. Nasri appears to go out for a bit and McCarthy stops this fight.
That was as violent a knockout as we've seen in the UFC, but Brian Johnston is pissed off. It seems that Big John tackled Johnston to keep him from doing any additional damage to Nasri and bloodied Johnston's nose in the process. Johnston briefly curses out McCarthy for this mishap, but fortunately, he still advances to the semifinals. If this is how mad he got after a win, I can't imagine how pissed he would have been if he lost this fight.
The third quarterfinal bout will be a big one with Tank Abbott fighting Sam Adkins. Fortunately, Adkins doesn't seem to be donning the same ugly tie-dyed trunks as he did at UFC 8. He says nothing notable in his pre fight interview, but it sounds like he combined the words "underestimate" and "me", creating the amalgam "underestime".
Tank makes his way to the cage and gets a big hand from the crowd. The arena is full of Tank signs, though the fan favorite is notably terse in his pre fight interview. Either way, these people are behind him.
The fight begins, and in a matter of a few seconds, Tank scores a takedown and pins Adkins against the cage fence. Tank is throwing some big left hands to Adkins' head as he tries his best to simultaneously defend and escape. This approach is absolutely not working and Adkins is subjected to the ground and pound of Tank Abbott. Abbott grabs onto the cage for leverage while he strikes his opponent, which appears to be an effective maneuver.
Tank is now pressing Adkins's head against the cage, shoving his left forearm into the throat of his opponent. Adkins' head is bent badly, but Jeff Blatnick doesn't think Adkins will be submitting to this hold. Adkins then promptly taps out, with Tank Abbott the winner via neck crank. Jeff Blatnick is doing a bad job with his predictions, even when they're made mid-fight. It takes Tank all of two minutes to submit his opponent and move on to the quarterfinals.
Holy shit, we've got a Tito Ortiz sighting. Look how young he looks! He's like a little baby with a massive head! Tito is only 21 at this event and won't make his UFC debut for another year or so, but it's pretty shocking to see him walking side by side with Tank Abbott. Ortiz actually trained with Tank for a while, though it sounds like their relationship dissolved fairly quickly. I'm no Tito Ortiz fan, but now I'm pretty pumped to see his early UFC fights.
The fourth and final quarterfinal match features Fabio Gurgel and Lion's Den product Jerry Bohlander. This seems like a pretty evenly matched fight, both fighters with submission skills and weighing in at 200 pounds. Bohlander has looked pretty good in the octagon previously, but Gurgel is a top BJJ practitioner and could be dangerous in the UFC.
Bohlander is accompanied to the cage by Frank Shamrock, and now I want to see Frank in the Octagon! This isn't fair, why aren't these cornermen fighting? Don't they know that Tito vs. Frank is going to be a really awesome fight? Apparently not.
Believe it or not, Rich Goins does his part in combating the rampant xenophobia by imploring the crowd to give Gurgel a "nice American welcome." Or maybe he's perpetuating the xenophobia since he knows that the typical American welcome consists of shitting on foreigners. Ugh, stupid Rich Goins.
This fight begins with Gurgel clinching with Bohlander and pushing him against the cage. Gurgel attempts a takedown, but Bohlander defends by grabbing onto the cage. Bohlander tries to land some strikes while also defending against the takedown attempts of Gurgel. Bohlander manages to gain control and scores a takedown of his own with the whizzer. Bohlander moves into Gurgel's guard and begins throwing shots to Gurgel's body.
Bohlander continues to grab the fence to maintain control while in guard, but is eventually forced from guard to a standing position. Bohlander throws a punch when standing and begins to throw kicks to Gurgel's legs, but Bohlander is wearing shoes which makes these kicks illegal. McCarthy warns Bohlander and allows Gurgel to get back to his feet. Blatnick claims that another warning from McCarthy will result in disqualification, but I won't believe that until I see it.
Gurgel and Bohlander trade punches and a cut opens up on Bohlander's forehead. Gurgel moves in to the clinch again, but Bohlander is more active with knees and body shots. Gurgel tries for yet another takedown and scores, despite Bohlander's attempt to grab the fence. Gurgel seems interested in moving past the guard and manages to advance to half guard with Bohlander against the fence. Despite all of this, Gurgel is doing very little striking. I'm sure he's looking for the submission, but he's not scoring any points in the process.
Gurgel manages to free his left leg and moves to full mount, but Bohlander lands a nice sweep to reverse into Gurgel's guard. Bohlander is being far more active from the top, throwing headbutts and punches that mostly appear to be grazing. Bohlander's body shots seem to be most effective, but Bohlander is throwing whatever strikes he can to stay active.
Oh great, we hear those loveable "USA!" chants from the Georgia crowd. Thank goodness these Georgians have the courage to root against an awful Brazilian. Do you think people from the state of Georgia go into a rage when they get confused with people from the country Georgia? Just a thought.
We're more than halfway through the fight and Bohlander has been in control for the majority. He hasn't done significant damage, but he's spent a lot of time on top of Gurgel while staying moderately active. Bohlander has really made friends with the cage here. He's been grabbing onto the fence at every opportunity, doing his best to maintain control over Gurgel. He even seems to have torn a portion of the bottom of the cage from the mat it was connected to - that's how vigorously he's been grabbing the fence.
Gurgel grabs a hold of Bohlander's head, but he has little luck controlling Bohlander's activity. Bohlander spends a lot of time throwing punches and headbutts with no end in sight. Bohlander gets a little high and Gurgel looks interested in an armbar or triangle as Bohlander stands up, but Bohlander shrugs that off and moves back into guard to the chagrin of the crowd. Gurgel makes an attempt to scramble away, but Bohlander maintains his position.
Bohlander is throwing some knees to the tailbone, though I'm sure Jerry wouldn't be disappointed if they landed near the groin. With 90 seconds remaining, Bohlander seems more interested in holding on to a likely decision victory. Gurgel does his best to sweep Bohlander and gain an advantageous position, but Bohlander is able to maintain his position. Bohlander rides out the guard until the fight ends at the fifteen minute mark. I don't see anyway that Gurgel won that fight, but we'll have to see what the judges think.
All three judges hold up their scorecards for the winner by unanimous decision, Jerry Bohlander. I think this was the best quarterfinal fight, but that's not saying a whole lot. Abbott, Johnston, and Coleman won shorter, dominant victories while Bohlander took a grinding decision from Fabio Gurgel. Gurgel appeared to be competitive early on, but this fight was over once Bohlander reversed Gurgel's attempt at full mount.
I'm really looking forward to this first semifinal fight, where Mark Coleman will be fighting Brian Johnston. This is the epitome of the striker vs. grappler battle, both men being very good in the respective disciplines. Johnston and Coleman both had very short opening fights, so I'm guessing that both of these fighters are very fresh.
Johnston is the taller fighter by three inches, though Coleman outweighs Johnston by 15 pounds and is absolutely massive at 6'1", 250 lbs. Thankfully, Johnston appears to have recovered from his bloody nose caused by Big John McCarthy. Coleman, however, is still suffering from whatever ailment that causes him to have a neck like a monster truck tire.
Both fighters are hesitant to start the fight, doing a lot of circling to begin. Johnston feints a few strikes, peppering in some damaging leg kicks in the process. Coleman is just biding his time until his first takedown attempt, which turns out to be successful. Coleman is in half guard with Johnston doing his best to hold Coleman down by his head and upper back. Coleman breaks free with some headbutts and begins to throw some left hands to Johnston's head. The shots land cleanly, prompting Johnston to roll to his stomach and tap out.
Coleman's shots looked big, but I'm a bit surprised that Johnston tapped out. He might have known that he had little chance of escaping and, rather than risk potential injury, Johnston figured that tapping out was best. The camera pans to Connie Coleman, mother of Mark Coleman, who seems beside herself. The poor woman is surely grateful that her son has advanced to the finals, though the prospect of fighting Tank Abbott might send Mrs. Coleman to her grave.
Prior to the semifinal fight between Tank Abbott and Jerry Bohlander, we're told that Jerry Bohlander has been replaced by alternate Scott Ferrozzo. Bohlander spent 15 minutes holding Fabio Gurgel down, so I can see where he might be a bit too exhausted to continue. Oddly enough, it was Jerry Bohlander who submitted Scott Ferrozzo at UFC 8, and now it's Ferrozzo replacing Bohlander at UFC 11.
We're shown clips of Ferrozzo's earlier fight against Sam Fulton which doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. Fulton appears to have taken time off from his day job of working at the carnival to fight in the UFC, so Ferrozzo's TKO victory seems slightly less impressive. Still, he had to win to get here and I won't hold that against him.
Prior to this next fight, Beck, Blatnick, and Wilson spend time discussing the next UFC event - Ultimate Ultimate 1996. Blatnick lists Frye, Abbott, Coleman, and Shamrock as potential tournament participants and this tournament sounds even better than the first Ultimate Ultimate. Appearances from Severn and Gracie would be welcomed, but I'm just going to keep my expectations low.
An update is also provided on the CompuServe poll, with 76% responding saying that Mike Tyson would be unsuccessful in the UFC. This is pretty surprising, especially considering how little people knew about MMA in 1996. I definitely agree with the votes and am quite glad to hear this.
After many minutes of stalling, it's time for the second semifinal fight between Tank Abbott vs. Scott Ferrozzo. Ferrozzo tears his shirt off like a fat Hulk Hogan, but he looks more like Andre the Giant. Tank makes his way to the cage, yet, all I can do is try to pick Tito Ortiz out from the group. 1996 Tito Ortiz is still so young and full of promise, I feel bad knowing that he'll just be a melon-headed fool in a mere 15 years.
Rich Goins reminds us all how much we know and love Tank Abbott during his introductions. Rich Goins, you don't tell me who I know and love. I don't love Tank Abbott, so stop trying to force this shit on me. JEEZ.
Whatever, it's fight time. Ferrozzo and Abbott approach and Abbott throws some heavy strikes before pushing Ferrozzo back against the cage. Ferrozzo breaks free and Abbott follows with a number of punches that miss. Tank gets in closer and lands some heavier shots, but Ferrozzo grabs tank and attempts to throw him to the mat. This allows Tank to take Ferrozzo's back a mere 45 seconds into the fight.
Ferrozzo is pressed face first against the cage and appears to be bleeding over his right eye. Tank is holding onto the fence to keep Ferrozzo from freeing himself. Tank is throwing so little from this position that Ferrozzo seems to be the more active fighter, strange from such a vulnerable position. He's throwing some elbows back at Tank and making an effort to escape, but Tank's pretty content leaning against Ferrozzo.
At one point, Ferrozzo exclaims "fuck you!", which seems to be aimed toward Tank. It's hard to tell what prompted this, but I'll go out on a limb and say that this was deserved. Don Frye is shown cageside, as he's apparently Ferrozzo's cornerman - I had no idea! I've yet to see anything in Ferrozzo's skillset that reminded me of Frye, so I'm not surprised that this is the first time I'm aware of this.
Back to the fight, Ferrozzo manages to turn around and face Tank. Ferrozzo follows-up with some big knees which allow him to move away from the cage and back to the center of the octagon. Tank throws some wild shots, but Ferrozzo gets the better of the exchange with some big uppercuts. Tank is backed against the cage and Ferrozzo lands some big knees to Tank's ample midsection. Unfortunately for Ferrozzo, Big John temporarily halts the fight to look at the cut over his eye.
The fight is restarted and Tank is swinging again, but Ferrozzo lands some shots of his own in the process. Tank backs Ferrozzo against the fence, but Ferrozzo is continuing to throw some painful looking knees to Abbott's stomach. Abbott grabs the fence, but Ferrozzo's knees break Abbott's grasp and actually lift Abbott off of the mat. We're five minutes into the fight and I'm giving the slight edge to Ferrozzo thus far.
Abbott is doing just about nothing to generate offense, with Ferrozzo throwing knees and body punches that appear to do damage. Jeff Blatnick is confused why Tank isn't being more active, forgetting that Tank has some pretty miserable cardio. Half way into the fight, Tank seems completely gassed, which Bruce Beck calls "patience". Ferrozzo isn't in much better shape, but he's been active enough while being held against the cage. Ferrozzo can't do a whole lot more than what he's been doing thus far.
Ferrozzo loudly calls Abbott a "pussy", but again, there's no way to tell what might have caused this. At one point, Abbott attempts to trip Ferrozzo to the mat to no avail. Tank also throws a handful of punches to Ferrozzo's head, but it's still Ferrozzo doing most of the work. Much like Jerry Bohlander did earlier, Tank has been using the fence as a significant aspect of his gameplan. With only 2:30 to go in the fight, John McCarthy finally sees fit to break the fighters apart and calls for a restart.
Ferrozzo seems quite pleased with this, even smiling at the restart. Tank lands maybe one clean shot, but Ferrozzo is throwing a couple of punches at a time and seems to be landing better than Abbott. To the surprise of nobody, Abbott pushes Ferrozzo against the fence once again and we're back to where we were before the restart. This crowd is chanting "pit bull" and seems to be favoring Scott Ferrozzo at this point.
With 30 seconds to go in regulation, Ferrozzo continues with knees and punches while Abbott holds the fence and stares into the crowd. Big John breaks the fighters at the 15 minute mark and these fighters prepare for overtime. Ferrozzo gestures to the crowd and receives a favorable reaction. This once Tank-partisan crowd is now cheering for an even fatter fighter.
Both fighters come out of the break swinging, but I think either fighter lands anything too solid. Tank slips in some clean shots, but again, he resorts to pushing Ferrozzo against the cage and grabbing the fence. Ferrozzo's cut seems to be bleeding worse than before, but there's really no good reason to check the cut with only a minute remaining. Big John thinks that it will do some good to restart the fighters with 15 seconds remaining, which just results in some sloppy punches being traded by Ferrozzo and Abbott. The fight comes to an end and Scott Ferrozzo may have scored an upset victory over Tank Abbott.
All three judges score this fight for the clear winner and the second finalist, Scott Ferrozzo. Ferrozzo dances around and seems pleased with the outcome of this fight. Jeff Blatnick interviews Scott Ferrozzo, who claims that he just "whooped" Tank Abbott. Ferrozzo seems awful full of himself but gives all of the credit to Don Frye, who happens to be wearing a snazzy outfit with his t-shirt tucked into a pair of black slacks.
Ferrozzo also sees his fight with Mark Coleman going the "same way" as his fight with Tank Abbott. I wonder if Scott Ferrozzo is confusing Mark Coleman with Emmanuel Yarborough? Does he expect Mark Coleman to get winded after 90 seconds and lean against Ferrozzo for the rest of the fight? Does Tank Abbott have Olympic-caliber wrestling? This Scott Ferrozzo is an awfully confident, whale-sized man.
Jeff Blatnick speculates whether or not Tank Abbott is a "falling star" after this loss, but I don't think anything has changed. Tank Abbott was, is, and will always be a windbag with awful cardio. He couldn't finish his opponent, got tired, and lost. Nothing has changed for Tank.
Bruce Beck takes some time to interview Don Frye prior to the finals of the UFC 11 tournament. Frye gives Scott Ferrozzo all of the credit for his victory, accepting none of the accolades for himself. Don Frye calls his loss to Mark Coleman "a bad night." Beck reveals that Coleman and Frye are on the same side of the bracket at the Ultimate Ultimate 1996, but Frye expects to come back and beat Coleman. Asked to send a message to Coleman, Don Frye looks at the camera and says "I'll be back, baby." Man, Don Frye is awesome.
Beck moves on to interview Ken Shamrock, who looks pretty greased up. Slicked back hair, gold chains, and ugly vest - this isn't a good look for anyone, let alone somebody who has to go out in public. Shamrock is disappointed in his last fight against Dan Severn, claiming that he should have been more aggressive in the fight. He says that the way to get back on track is to win the tournament at Ultimate Ultimate '96. Beck says that Shamrock and Tank will be on the same side of the bracket in the next tournament, so it's clear which matches the UFC is hoping for. Shamrock becomes visibly upset when discussing Tank, threatening to crush Abbott if he comes to the Ultimate Ultimate out of shape.
After significant stalling by the announcers, we have yet another change: Roberto Traven will be replacing Scott Ferrozzo in the finals. It seems that the very confident Ferrozzo cannot continue, so the second alternate will be bumped up to the finals. Clips of Traven's victory over Dave Berry are shown and it's not a particularly impressive performance. Traven got Berry to the ground and Berry had no clue how to defend himself, which describes so many of Royce Gracie's earlier fights.
Blatnick speculates that the cut over Ferrozzo's eye contributed to his decision to withdraw from the finals, though I think the 350 pounds is a more than contributing factor. I don't care who he has to face, but Mark Coleman is going to win. Coleman is shown backstage asking "what's the word?", since apparently he's been kept in the dark as well.
And now the word is out that Alberto Traven has broken his hand and will not be competing in the finals. While they try to sort out the finals situation, Blatnick and Wilson answer questions from the fans on CompuServe. There's not much to take away from this, except that Don Wilson is still threatening to fight in the UFC sometime in 1997. Bruce Beck also calls radio stations "D.J. stations".
Tank is interview by Jeff Blatnick and says that he was not prepared to fight a larger fighter. He's disappointed in his performance tonight, but doesn't care about having let his fans down. He says that he'll train with bigger fighters for the next UFC event, which I'm sure will solve all of Tank's issues.
It's now announced that Mark Coleman is the winner of this tournament by default, as no other fighter can continue into the finals. They're looking for an opponent for Mark Coleman to put on an exhibition fight, but that never comes to fruition. Coleman also says he'll be competing in wrestling while in the UFC and also says he's trying to get one of his training partners, Kevin Randleman, into the world of MMA.
To fill the time, the Tank Abbott/Scott Ferrozzo fight is shown one more time, so I'll go ahead and call it a night. For the first time ever in the UFC, the finals could not be completed due to a lack of healthy fighters. All the same, Mark Coleman would have won this tournament. There was no fighter in this tournament who could have competed with Coleman's wrestling, which is proving to be dominant in the UFC.
UFC 11 was not a particularly good event, given the below average fights and the lack of a final match. But now, we have the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 to look forward to. The UFC is looking for Shamrock, Abbott, Coleman, and Frye to be the semifinalists, but things don't always go as planned. What other UFC fighters will be participating in the second Ultimate Ultimate? Will this event live up to the expectations given the fighters involved?
Ultimate Ultimate 1996 will take place just a few months from UFC 11, but it looks to be one of the biggest UFC events to date. We will have to wait and see what the next event holds in store for the world of MMA.
Greatest Fights of UFC 11
- Mark Coleman vs. Brian Johnston
- Jerry Bohlander vs. Fabio Gurgel
- Brian Johnston vs. Reza Nasri
- Tank Abbott vs. Sam Adkins
- Mark Coleman vs. Julian Sanchez
- Scott Ferrozzo vs. Tank Abbott
Top Ten Fights Through UFC 11
- Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo - UFC 3
- Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn - UFC 4
- Royce Gracie vs. Keith Hackney - UFC 4
- Oleg Taktarov vs. Tank Abbott - UFC 6
- Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock - UFC 1
- Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn - UFC 6
- Marco Ruas vs. Paul Varelans - UFC 7
- Don Frye vs. Brian Johnston - UFC 10
- Ken Shamrock vs. Christophe Leininger - UFC 3
- Ken Shamrock vs. Patrick Smith - UFC 1
Greatest Fighters of UFC 11
- Mark Coleman (2-0)
- Scott Ferrozzo (2-0)
- Brian Johnston (1-1)
- Jerry Bohlander (1-0)
- Tank Abbott (1-1)
- Roberto Traven (1-0)
- Fabio Gurgel (0-1)
- Sam Fulton (0-1)
- Sam Adkins (0-1)
- Dave Berry (0-1)
- Reza Nasri (0-1)
- Julian Sanchez (0-1)
Top Ten Fighters Through UFC 11
- Royce Gracie (11-1-1)
- Dan Severn (9-2)
- Ken Shamrock (5-2-2)
- Mark Coleman (5-0)
- Oleg Taktarov (6-2-1)
- Don Frye (6-1)
- Marco Ruas (4-1)
- Patrick Smith (4-2)
- Gerard Gordeau (2-1)
- Gary Goodridge (3-3)