In the middleweight tourney final, the 1992 US Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling Kevin Jackson riding high off his first Octagon win entered the cage to battle BJJ/karate fighter Tony Fryklund who won as an alternate and replaced Joe Moreira.
To kick of the middleweight tournament, highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt and judo blackbelt Joe Moreira marked his first return to the Octagons since UFC 8 to battle a former 2x European boxing champion hailing from Latvia, Yuri Vaulin.
In his Octagon debut, the 1992 US Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling Kevin Jackson was to square off with a striking specialist Todd Butler in the opening round of the UFC’s first middleweight tournament.
In the night’s main event, the newly crowned inaugural UFC Heavyweight champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman aimed to make his first title defense against a debuting decorated kickboxing champion and veteran of the Japanese MMA scene, Maurice Smith.
Israeli Krav Maga expert Moti Horenstein was dealt a rough hand in his Octagon debut against future UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, and it didn’t get better as at UFC 14 he took on debuting NCAA D1 National Champion wrestler Mark Kerr.