UFC 20 Battle for the Gold

UFC 20 – Battle for the Gold

  • UFC 20 – Battle for the Gold

    UFC 20 - Battle for the Gold

    UFC 20

    part 1



    UFC 20: Battle for the Gold was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 7, 1999 at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

    UFC 20 was the final event of what the UFC called “The Road to the Heavyweight Title”, a tournament of sorts spanning four events, held to determine the Heavyweight Champion after Randy Couture vacated the title (due to contract disputes with the UFC). Bas Rutten defeated Kevin Randleman to become the new Heavyweight Champion in a controversial split decision.

    Referees for the event were Mario Yamasaki (first time for UFC pay-per-view) and John McCarthy.


    Main Card
    Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
    HeavyweightBas Ruttendef.Kevin RandlemanDecision (split)21:00[a]
    HeavyweightPedro Rizzodef.Tra TelligmanKO (punch)4:30
    HeavyweightPete Williamsdef.Travis FultonSubmission (armlock)6:28
    Light HeavyweightWanderlei Silvadef.Tony PetarraKO (knee)2:53
    LightweightMarcelo Mellodef.Dave RobertsTKO (punches)1:23
    LightweightLaVerne Clarkdef.Fabiano IhaTKO (doctor stoppage)1:33
    Preliminary Card
    HeavyweightRon Watermandef.Chris CondoTKO (punches)0:28
    1. Rutten defeated Randleman to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.

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