2002
2002 in the UFC.
UFC 40: Vendetta
UFC 40: Vendetta from November 22, 2002. Without a doubt, the biggest event of its time and one of the greatest feuds in Octagon history! UFC 40: Vendetta witnessed the fists on face culmination between former UFC Superfight champion Ken Shamrock and UFC light-heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz.
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
UFC 39: The Warriors Return from September 27, 2002. At UFC 39: The Warriors Return, the UFC heavyweight championship was up for grabs as the seemingly unstoppable Ricco Rodriguez collided with the 2x former title-holder Randy Couture in a back and forth war that fight fans are sure to love.
UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall
UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall from July 13, 2002. Octagon in the UK! In its first trip across the pond, UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall was headlined by UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes putting his belt on the line against the BJJ ace he won it from - Carlos Newton. And, England’s own Ian Freeman in action.
UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets
UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets from June 22, 2002. UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets hosted a light-heavyweight title eliminator between two all-time Octagon greats Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. Also, Robbie Lawler and Steve Berger’s clash makes it to cable TV.
UFC 37: High Impact
UFC 37: High Impact from May 10, 2002. The “double tap”! At UFC 37: High Impact, the UFC middleweight championship on the line as Matt “The Law” Lindland challenged title-holder Murilo Bustamante in an unforgettable, has to be seen to be believed main event.
UFC 36: World Collide
UFC 36: World Collide from March 22, 2002. UFC 36: Worlds Collide was a star-studded event featuring 9 past or future UFC champions with at least one in each bout! As for current UFC title-holders on the card, welterweight champ Matt Hughes and heavyweight champ Randy Couture defended their belts!
UFC 35: Throwdown
UFC 35: Throwdown from January 11, 2002. An event oft mythologized for its backstage bowel issues, UFC 35: Throwdown was headlined by two titles fights as UFC middleweight champ Dave Menne tangled with Murilo Bustamante and UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver collided in a classic with BJ Penn.
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