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.
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.
Alternate bouts Edit
- Hall wins by TKO at 1:45.
- Nelmark wins by submission (choke) at 1:37.
- 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.
- 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.
- Frye wins Ultimate Ultimate 96 by submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:22.
Tournament bracket Edit
|' Tank Abbott'||W|
|Steve Nelmark ||L|
|Mark Hall ||L|