Ultimate Ultimate 1996, also referred to as The Ultimate Ultimate 2 and UFC 11.5, was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 7, 1996. The event took place at the Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and eventually released on home video.


The card featured an eight man tournament with two alternate bouts, and was the UFC's second "Ultimate Ultimate" tournament, the first being Ultimate Ultimate 1995, held to find the best of the winners and runners up from past UFC events. This event was the first to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on the mainstream network NBC to promote the event, a groundbreaking moment for the young sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC 10 and UFC 11 champion Mark Coleman was originally scheduled to compete in the tournament but was forced to withdraw from the event due to a virus.

The Ultimate Ultimate 1996 also marked the final appearance of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock before leaving the MMA world to go to the World Wrestling Federation. Shamrock would not return to the UFC until 2002 at UFC 40.

Results Edit

Alternate bouts Edit

Hall wins by TKO at 1:45.
Nelmark wins by submission (choke) at 1:37.

Quarterfinals Edit

Shamrock wins by submission (Forearm Choke) at 5:49. Shamrock was unable to continue in the tournament because of a broken hand he suffered after pinning Johnston up against the cage and unleashing a series of punches.
Frye wins by submission (fatigue) at 11:19.
Abbott wins by submission (strikes) at 2:51.
Kimo wins by TKO due to strikes at 9:08.

Semifinals Edit

Abbott wins by KO at 1:03. Nelmark was an alternate for Ken Shamrock, who could not continue due to a broken hand.
Frye wins by submission (Achilles Hold) at 0:20. Hall was an alternate for Kimo Leopoldo.

Finals Edit

Frye wins Ultimate Ultimate 96 by submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:22.

Tournament bracket Edit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   United States flag Ken Shamrock W  
 United States flag Brian Johnston L  
   'United States flag Tank Abbott' W  
   United States flag Steve Nelmark [1] L  
 United States flag Tank Abbott W
   United States flag Cal Worsham L  
     United States flag Tank Abbott L
   United States flag Don Frye C
   United States flag Don Frye W  
 Canada flag Gary Goodridge L  
   United States flag Don Frye W
   United States flag Mark Hall [2] L  
 United States flag Kimo Leopoldo W
   United States flag Paul Varelans L  

Notes and references Edit

  1. Ken Shamrock withdrew due to injury, and was replaced by alternate Steve Nelmark
  2. Kimo Leopoldo withdrew due to fatigue, and was replaced by alternate Mark Hall

External links Edit

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