UFC 26 – Ultimate Field Of Dreams
UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 9, 2000 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The main card featured Welterweight Champion Pat Miletich defending his title against John Alessio, and Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman defending his title against Pedro Rizzo. The Heavyweight Championship bout was first scheduled to take place at UFC 24, but was rescheduled due to a backstage accident involving Kevin Randleman, who slipped and fell on the concrete floor, sustaining a concussion.
A bantamweight division was added at UFC 26 for fighters under 155 pounds; Jens Pulver defeated Joao Roque in the first ever UFC bantamweight bout. Lightweight was now 155-169.9 pounds, Middleweight 170-199.9 pounds, and Heavyweight 200+ pounds. This was the fourth event to feature now-regular referee, Mario Yamasaki in addition to “Big” John McCarthy.
Featured the second appearance of Matt Hughes in the UFC, who would go on to dominate the welterweight division. The event also marked the second UFC appearance of British fighter Ian Freeman, whose preliminary bout was shown on the live pay per view broadcast. This is the first event where Bruce Buffer, in his 18th appearance, coins the term “We are live” to begin the UFC card as well as saying, “The judges are ready, the fighters are ready, the great fans of (insert city) and the millions of fans around the world are ready…”.
Was the fourth straight UFC event to have never received a home video or DVD release in the United States, as the UFC’s parent company SEG was incurring financial difficulties, and would eventually sell the company to Zuffa just six months later. Zuffa eventually released UFC 26 on DVD as part of an anthology collection of UFC 21-30.
|Heavyweight||Kevin Randleman (c)||def.||Pedro Rizzo||Decision (unanimous)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Light Heavyweight||Tyrone Roberts||def.||David Dodd||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Pat Miletich (c)||def.||John Alessio||Submission (armbar)||2||1:43||[b]|
|Light Heavyweight||Amaury Bitetti||def.||Alex Andrade||Disqualification (kicking with shoes)||2||0:43||[c]|
|Welterweight||Matt Hughes||def.||Marcelo Aguiar||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||4:34|
|Lightweight||Jens Pulver||def.||Joao Roque||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Ian Freeman||def.||Nate Schroeder||Submission (punches)||2||2:13|
|Welterweight||Shonie Carter||def.||Adrian Serrano||Decision (unanimous)||2||5:00|
- Randleman defeated Rizzo to retain the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
- Miletich defeated Alessio to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- Iowa MMA rules banned kicking while wearing shoes. Andrade, wearing wrestling shoes, kicked Bitetti three times. Was deducted 2 points in the first round. Andrade was disqualified by referee Big John McCarthy.