UFC 5: The Return of the Beast 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.
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. Up to this point, Ken Shamrock's only defeat was to Royce Gracie in UFC 1.
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 'Big' John McCarthy. Dan Severn won the tournament by defeating Dave Beneteau with a keylock.
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. MMA Columnist Steve Cofield also noted that the Gracies left the UFC just as the talent level was beginning to increase. This is debatable, however, considering that many of the Gracies, including Royce, continued to fight in Japan against similar competition. 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.
- Dave Beneteau vs. Asbel Cancio
- Beneteau defeated Cancio via TKO (strikes) at 0:21.
- Guy Mezger vs. John Dowdy
- Mezger defeated Dowdy via TKO (strikes) at 2:02.
- Jon Hess vs. Andy Anderson
- Hess defeated Anderson via TKO (strikes) at 1:23.
- Medina defeated Cureton via TKO (strikes) at 2:55.
- Oleg Taktarov vs. Ernie Verdecia
- Taktarov defeated Verdecia via submission (choke) at 2:24.
- Dan Severn vs. Joe Charles
- Severn defeated Charles via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39.
- Dave Beneteau vs. Todd Medina
- Beneteau defeated Medina via TKO at 2:12. Beneteau replaced Jon Hess, who had broken his hand during his first match.
- Severn defeated Taktarov via TKO (cut) at 4:21.
- Severn defeated Beneteau via submission (keylock) at 3:00 to win the UFC 5 Tournament.
- Gracie and Shamrock fought to a draw after 36:06 because there were no judges. This was a new record length for a UFC fight.
UFC 5 bracket
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