UFC 16 – Battle In The Bayou
UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 13, 1998 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.
UFC 16 featured the first ever UFC Lightweight tournament (for fighters under 170 lb), as well as a Middleweight Championship bout, a Heavyweight and a Middleweight Superfight, and two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.
UFC 16 marked the first appearance of the influential fighter Pat Miletich, who would go on to create Miletich Fighting Systems. Tank Abbott is a guest commentator for the Heavyweight Superfight.
The Middleweight Championship bout, was billed to be champion Frank Shamrock’s biggest test, in Battlecade star, Igor Zinoviev. This would end up being the final match of Zinoviev’s career, as he suffered a career-ending collarbone injury from Shamrock’s victorious KO slam.
Kimo Leopoldo returned to the UFC at UFC 16 and fought top Japanese fighter Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Kimo dominated the first portion of the fight but began to fatigue and eventually lost the fight by decision.
|Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Light Heavyweight||Frank Shamrock (c)||def.||Igor Zinoviev||KO (slam)||0:22||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||def.||Kimo Leopoldo||Unanimous decision||15:00|
|Light Heavyweight bout|
|Light Heavyweight||Jerry Bohlander||def.||Kevin Jackson||Technical submission (armbar)||10:21||[b]|
|Lightweight Tournament Finals|
|Lightweight||Pat Miletich||def.||Chris Brennan||Submission (shoulder choke)||9:01||[c]|
|Lightweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Lightweight||Mikey Burnett||def.||Eugenio Tadeu||TKO (punches)||9:46||[d]|
|Lightweight||Pat Miletich||def.||Townsend Saunders||Split decision||15:00|
|Lightweight Tournament Alternate bouts|
|Lightweight||Laverne Clark||def.||Josh Stuart||TKO (punches)||1:15|
|Lightweight||Chris Brennan||def.||Courtney Turner||Submission (armbar)||1:20|
- Shamrock defeated Zinoviev to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship.
- Jackson refused to tap, referee John McCarthy stopped the fight.
- Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Brennan.
- Burnett had to withdraw from the tournament due to a broken finger suffered during this bout.