UFC 41 – Onslaught
UFC 41: Onslaught was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 28, 2003, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.
UFC 41 featured two championship bouts, a Heavyweight Championship Bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Tim Sylvia, and a Lightweight Championship Bout between BJ Penn and Caol Uno. The event also marked the return of Tank Abbott to the UFC. Ken Shamrock served as the color commentator for this card.
|Heavyweight||Tim Sylvia||def.||Ricco Rodriguez (c)||TKO (punches)||1||3:09||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Frank Mir||def.||David Abbott||Submission (toe hold)||1||0:46|
|Lightweight||B.J. Penn||vs.||Caol Uno||Draw (split) (48–46, 47–48, 48–48)||5||5:00||[b]|
|Middleweight||Matt Lindland||def.||Phil Baroni||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Vladimir Matyushenko||def.||Pedro Rizzo||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Din Thomas||def.||Matt Serra||Decision (split)||3||5:00||[c]|
|Heavyweight||Gan McGee||def.||Alexandre Dantas||TKO (punches)||1||4:49|
|Lightweight||Yves Edwards||def.||Rich Clementi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||4:07|
- For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
- For the UFC Lightweight Championship. Penn and Uno fought to a split draw after five rounds. Judges scored the bout 48–47 Uno, 48–46 Penn, and 48–48. This match was the final match of a 4-man tournament that took place over several cards to crown a new lightweight champion, the first round occurred on UFC 39. Without a definite outcome, the title remained vacant and eventually put the Lightweight division on hiatus. The Lightweight championship would be contested once again at UFC 64 and since then has become a permanent fixture in the UFC.
- Thomas wins by split decision. Originally, Matt Serra had won by majority decision. Further inspection revealed that Judge Doc Hamilton had transposed his scoring in the final round, accidentally giving Serra’s column the winning score of ten instead of its intended slot to Thomas. Setting a precedent for the sport, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board deemed the decision be reversed, and UFC president Dana White personally reported the change to Thomas and his team.