UFC 08 – David vs. Goliath
UFC 08: David vs. Goliath was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 16, 1996, at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. It was the first and only UFC event in Puerto Rico to date, and was later released on home video.
UFC 08 featured an eight-man tournament, and a UFC Superfight Championship fight between reigning UFC champion Ken Shamrock and Kimo Leopoldo. The event also featured one alternate fight, which was not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. A 10-minute time limit was imposed for all matches in the tournament except Superfight and final (15 minutes).
The event’s matchups pitted larger fighters against smaller fighters, hence the term “David vs. Goliath”. Local promoter for the historical first and only professional mixed martial arts event was Richy Miranda-Cortese, whose company Sports & Entertainment Ltd had to take local Government officials to Federal Court in order to avoid cancellation of the event by the Government. Among those government officials was Governor Pedro Rosselló and Sports and Recreation Director Erick Labrador. The presentation of the event developed into a new boxing commission rules and regulations and Imposition of a banning Law that was later overturned after Miranda-Cortese fought it in court.
The tournament championship fight featured Don Frye against Gary Goodridge, with Frye taking the victory when Goodridge tapped out.
Just days before the show, the Puerto Rican government made a ruling banning the event. Two days before the card, Cablevision became the first major carrier, of what over the next few years would become nearly every major cable system in North America, to ban the show, stating it never expected to air UFC or similar type of programming ever again.
The event is also notable as being the first MMA event to draw criticism, including Michigan politician Calvin McCard’s on site protests at UFC 8. These protests would spark the nationwide movement against MMA in 1996, spearheaded by Arizona Senator John McCain, which would later temporarily push the sport in the United States underground in 1997.
|N/A||Ken Shamrock (c)||def.||Kimo Leopoldo||Submission (kneebar)||4:24||[a]|
|N/A||Don Frye||def.||Gary Goodridge||Submission (position)||2:14|
|N/A||Don Frye||def.||Sam Adkins||TKO (doctor stoppage)||0:48||[b]|
|N/A||Gary Goodridge||def.||Jerry Bohlander||TKO (punches)||5:31|
|N/A||Don Frye||def.||Thomas Ramirez||KO (punch)||0:08|
|N/A||Paul Varelans||def.||Joe Moreira||Unanimous Decision||10:00||[c]|
|N/A||Jerry Bohlander||def.||Scott Ferrozzo||Submission (guillotine choke)||9:03|
|N/A||Gary Goodridge||def.||Paul Herrera||KO (elbows)||0:13|
|N/A||Sam Adkins||def.||Keith Mielke||Submission (punches)||0:50|
- Shamrock defended the UFC Superfight Championship finally.
- Adkins replace Paul Varelans, who are injured in his Quarterfinal bout.
- Due to injuries sustained in this fight, Varelans was unable to continue in the tournament and was replaced by Sam Adkins.