UFC 5: The Return of the Beast was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 7, 1995, at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 5 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The event also featured the first ever UFC Superfight, as well as two alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. The fights had to end by knockout or submission; therefore no judges were used.

UFC 5 also introduced the first 'Superfight', which was the first non-tournament singles match in UFC history. The Superfight match was the main attraction, and the winner of this fight would become the reigning UFC Champion. It consisted of rivals Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock facing off in the most anticipated match in UFC history to that date.

UFC 5 was the first UFC event to feature any kind of time limits since UFC 1. A 20 minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30 minute time limit. The Superfight overran to 31 minutes before incorporating an on the spot decision to extend the fight by a further five minutes. As there was still no winner, the match was declared a draw. The referee for the night was 'Big' John McCarthy. Dan Severn won the tournament by defeating Dave Beneteau with a keylock.

This UFC event was the last with the involvement of Rorion Gracie, ostensibly because the introduction of new rules had diluted Gracie's (and his family's) vision for the UFC and vale tudo fighting. Gracie and his partner Art Davie later sold WOW Promotions, co-promoters of the event, to WOW's partner, Semaphore Entertainment Group. Royce Gracie also ended his involvement following Rorion's departure.



Alternate bouts

* Canada Dave Beneteau vs United States Asbel Cancio

Beneteau wins by TKO at 0:21.

* United States Guy Mezger vs United States John Dowdy

Mezger wins by TKO at 2:02.


* United States Jon Hess vs United States Andy Anderson

Hess wins by TKO at 1:23.

* United States Todd Medina vs United States Larry Cureton

Medina wins by forearm choke at 2:55.

* Russia Oleg Taktarov vs United States Ernie Verdecia

Taktarov wins by submission (choke) at 2:24.

* United States Dan Severn vs United States Joe Charles

Severn wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39.


* Canada Dave Beneteau vs United States Todd Medina

Beneteau wins by TKO at 2:12. Beneteau replaced Jon Hess who had broken his hand during his first match.

* United States Dan Severn vs Russia Oleg Taktarov

Severn wins by TKO (cut) at 4:21.


* Superfight Championship bout: Brazil Royce Gracie vs. United States Ken Shamrock

The bout was declared a draw after 36:06 because there were no judges. This was a new record length for a UFC fight.


* United States Dan Severn vs Canada Dave Beneteau

Severn wins by submission (keylock) at 3:00 to win the UFC 5 tournament.

UFC 5 bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
   Jon Hess W  
 Andy Anderson  
     Dave Beneteau1 W  
     Todd Medina  
 Todd Medina W
   Larry Cureton  
       Dave Beneteau
     Dan Severn C
   Oleg Taktarov W  
 Ernest Vendecia  
     Oleg Taktarov
     Dan Severn W  
 Dan Severn W
   Joe Charles  

1Jon Hess was fined $2,000 for fouls committed in his fight. He withdrew with a hand injury, and was replaced by Dave Beneteau.

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