UFC 5: The Return of the Beast, commonly referred to as UFC 5, was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 7, 1995, at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video, both VHS and, eventually, DVD.


UFC 5 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The event also featured the first ever UFC Superfight, as well as two alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. The fights had to end by knockout or submission; therefore no judges were used.

UFC 5 also introduced the first 'Superfight', which was the first non-tournament singles match in UFC history. The Superfight match was the main attraction, and the winner of this fight would become the reigning UFC Champion. It consisted of rivals Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock facing off in the most anticipated match in UFC history to that date.

UFC 5 was the first UFC event to feature any kind of time limits since UFC 1. A 20 minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30 minute time limit. The Superfight overran to 31 minutes before incorporating an on the spot decision to extend the fight by a further five minutes. As there was still no winner, the match was declared a draw. The referee for the night was John McCarthy. Dan Severn won the tournament by defeating Dave Beneteau with a keylock.

UFC 5 VHS case

VHS artwork for UFC 5

This UFC event was the last with the involvement of Rorion Gracie, ostensibly because the introduction of new rules had diluted Gracie's (and his family's) vision for the UFC and vale tudo fighting. Gracie and his partner Art Davie later sold WOW Promotions, co-promoters of the event, to WOW's partner, Semaphore Entertainment Group. Royce Gracie also ended his involvement following Rorion's departure.


Alternate boutsEdit

Beneteau wins by TKO at 0:21.
Mezger wins by TKO at 2:02.


Hess wins by TKO at 1:23.
Medina wins by forearm choke at 2:55.
Taktarov wins by submission (choke) at 2:24.
Severn wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39.


Beneteau wins by TKO at 2:12. Beneteau replaced Jon Hess who had broken his hand during his first match.
Severn wins by TKO (cut) at 4:21.


The bout was declared a draw after 36:06 because there were no judges. This was a new record length for a UFC fight.


Severn wins by submission (keylock) at 3:00 to win the UFC 5 tournament.

UFC 5 bracketEdit

UFC 5 Superfight belt

The championship belt that was created for the winner of the UFC 5 Superfight. The belt, however, was never awarded due to that fight being declared a draw.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
   United States flag Jon Hess W  
 United States flag Andy Anderson  
   Canada flag Dave Beneteau[1] W  
   United States flag Todd Medina  
 United States flag Todd Medina W
   United States flag Larry Cureton  
     Canada flag Dave Beneteau
   United States flag Dan Severn C
   Russia flag Oleg Taktarov W  
 United States flag Ernest Vendecia  
   Russia flag Oleg Taktarov
   United States flag Dan Severn W  
 United States flag Dan Severn W
   United States flag Joe Charles  

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Jon Hess was fined $2,000 for fouls committed in his fight. He withdrew with a hand injury, and was replaced by Dave Beneteau.

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