UFC 14: Showdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 27, 1997 in Birmingham, Alabama. The event was seen live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 14 featured two separate tournaments: a heavyweight tournament for fighters 200 lbs or more, and a middleweight tournament for fighters under 200 lbs. The event also featured a Heavyweight Championship "Superfight" between Mark Coleman and Maurice Smith, as well as two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.

Showdown was the first UFC event to require all fighters to wear padded gloves, weighing between four and six ounces.[1] It was also the first UFC appearance of champion kickboxer Maurice Smith and champion collegiate wrestler Mark Kerr, who had been encouraged to try mixed martial arts competition in the UFC by his friend and training partner Mark Coleman.

Middleweight tournamentEdit

Middleweight alternate boutEdit

Fryklund wins by submission (choke) at 1:35. After the stoppage, Fyrklund hit Chappell with a late blow and stepped on him while walking away, prompting a severe reprimand by both cageside referees. Fryklund apologized for his behavior.

Middleweight semifinalsEdit

Moreira wins by unanimous decision after a 12 minute regulation period and a 3-minute overtime. Moreira was not allowed to continue in the tournament, due to failing his post-fight medical exam (concussion).
Jackson wins by submission (tapout due to strikes) at 1:28.

Middleweight finalsEdit

Jackson wins the UFC 14 Middleweight Tournament by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:44. Fryklund replaced Moreira, who was medically not permitted to continue.

UFC 14 Middleweight tournament bracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
   United States flag Kevin Jackson W  
 United States flag Todd Butler L  
   United States flag Kevin Jackson C
   United States flag Anthony Fryklund L
 Brazil flag Joe Moreira W
   Latvia flag Yuri Vaulin L  

Heavyweight TournamentEdit

Heavyweight alternate boutEdit

Hunter wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 2:30.

Heavyweight semifinalsEdit

Kerr wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 2:23.
Bobish wins by submission (forearm choke) at 2:11.

Heavyweight finalsEdit

Kerr wins the UFC 14 Heavyweight Tournament by submission (chin to the eye) at 1:38.

UFC 14 heavyweight tournament bracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
   United States flag Mark Kerr W  
 Israel flag Moti Horenstein L  
   United States flag Mark Kerr C
   United States flag Dan Bobish L
 United States flag Dan Bobish W
   United States flag Brian Johnston L  

UFC Heavyweight Title matchEdit

Smith wins a unanimous decision after a 15 minute regulation period and two 3-minute overtimes to win the UFC Heavyweight Title. Coleman won several takedowns during the first half of the fight, but became severely winded and unable to pursue further takedowns, leading Smith to dominate the latter portion of the fight.


  1. "The UFC - 1996 Through 2000", retrieved from, URL accessed March 21, 2010

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