Neither faltered for a moment in the lead-up, both kickboxer Patrick Smith and BJJ blackbelt Royce Gracie tore through the tournament's competition to reach UFC 2’s finals. Would Gracie claim a second tournament or would Smith defeat the reigning champ?
In UFC 2’s semi-finals, both Patrick Smith and Johnny Rhodes entered the Octagon confident following one stoppage victory due to strikes and one via choke. There was much anticipation in the air as the two kickboxers proved they could fight anywhere.
As this dynamic grappling duo came off of highlight reel victories in their quarterfinals bouts, the much larger Remco Pardoel looked to test his judo against the UFC 1 champion Royce Gracie’s jiu-jitsu.
In the first quarter-finals bout of UFC 2, riding high on their Octagon victories earlier in the evening, which were both via guillotine choke kickboxer Patrick Smith targeted ninjutsu master Scott Morris.
After suffering an injury in his winning/only UFC performance, Frank Hamaker was replaced by mustachioed karate fighter Fred Ettish. On incredibly short notice, Ettish took to the Octagon to take on quarterfinalist kickboxer Johnny Rhodes.
Dutch judo player Remco Pardoel entered the Octagon to prove Muay Thai wasn’t the only martial art in Holland and who best to test himself against than vicious Thai striker Orlando Wiet. The result is one of the most devastating finishes in UFC history.
A battle of one hit wonders, Scott Morris and Sean Daugherty answered the UFC’s call to test themselves inside the ultimate proving grounds as the 18 year old Daugherty’s taekwondo took on Morris and his “ninja” skills.
By far the longest bout in UFC history at the time, Wing-Chun Kung Fu fighter David Levicki battled kickboxer Johnny Rhodes for an unprecedented 12+ minutes. Also, memorable for its unusual need for referee “Big” John McCarthy’s hands-on interference.