UFC Brazil, originally billed as UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil and also known as 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 of the United States. 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 appearance of future PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.
UFC Brazil caused controversy due to the fact that the Brazilian flag was wrongly represented on the promotional material. The flag is composed of twenty-seven stars in the lower part of the blue circle and one lone star in the top half that symbolizes the city of Brasília.
Alternate bouts Edit
Palhares wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 9:00.
- Marscucci wins by TKO due to strikes at 10:27.
Main Card Edit
- Braga wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:28.
- Kosaka wins by unanimous decision at 15:00.
- Miletich wins by split decision at 21:00.
- Rizzo wins by KO at 8:07.
- Belfort wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 0:44.
- Shamrock wins by submission (strikes) at 7:41.