UFC 39 – The Warriors Return
UFC 39: The Warriors Return was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 27, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event was broadcast live on pay per view in the United States, and was the first UFC event to be released on DVD.
Headlining the event was a Heavyweight Title bout between Randy Couture and Ricco Rodriguez for the vacant title, which was stripped from Josh Barnett following a positive test for steroids.
The event marked the octagon debut of future UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. This fight saw Tim’s opponent, Correira, take several straight punches, knees and kicks to the head without ever falling before his corner eventually threw in the towel.
The Rodriguez/Couture fight is one of only ten fights in UFC history to end in the 5th round. The others are BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC 107, Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III at UFC 166, TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao at UFC 173, Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto at UFC 177, Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 57, Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186, Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 65 and Holly Holm vs. Misha Tate at UFC 196.
|Heavyweight||Ricco Rodriguez||def.||Randy Couture||Submission (elbow)||5||3:04||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Tim Sylvia||def.||Wesley Correira||TKO (corner stoppage)||2||1:43|
|Lightweight||B.J. Penn||def.||Matt Serra||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00||[b]|
|Lightweight||Caol Uno||def.||Din Thomas||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Gan McGee||def.||Pedro Rizzo||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||5:00||[c]|
|Middleweight||Phil Baroni||def.||Dave Menne||KO (punches)||1||0:18|
|Middleweight||Matt Lindland||def.||Ivan Salaverry||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Sean Sherk||def.||Benji Radach||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||4:16|
- For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
- This bout completes the first round of the lightweight tournament, and Penn advanced to the finals at UFC 41.
- Rizzo took a straight right hand to the nose with twelve seconds left in the First Round. After examining Rizzo’s nose between rounds, his corner decided to throw in the towel.