UFC 11.5

The Ultimate Ultimate 2 (also referred to as "Ultimate Ultimate 1996" and "UFC 11.5") was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 7, 1996. The event took place at the Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and released on home video.


The card featured an eight man tournament with two alternate bouts, and was the UFC's second "Ultimate Ultimate" tournament, held to find the best of the winners and runners up from past UFC events. This event was the first to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on the mainstream network NBC to promote the event, a groundbreaking moment for the young sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC 10 and UFC 11 champion Mark Coleman was originally scheduled to compete in the tournament but was forced to withdraw from the event due to a virus.

The Ultimate Ultimate 1996 also marked the final appearance of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock before leaving the UFC to go to the World Wrestling Federation. Shamrock would not return to the UFC until 2002 at UFC 40.

The event would also be the last time Don Frye fought in the UFC, as he would also transition into pro wrestling, signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling.



Alternate bouts

* United States Mark Hall vs United States Felix Lee Mitchell

Hall wins by TKO at 1:45.

* United States Steve Nelmark vs United States Marcus Bossett

Nelmark wins by submission (choke) at 1:37.


* United StatesKen Shamrock vs United StatesBrian Johnston

Shamrock wins by submission (Forearm Choke) at 5:49. Shamrock was unable to continue in the tournament because of a broken hand he suffered after pinning Johnston up against the cage and unleashing a series of punches.

* United StatesDon Frye vs CanadaGary Goodridge

Frye wins by submission (fatigue) at 11:19.

* United StatesTank Abbott vs United StatesCal Worsham

Abbott wins by submission (strikes) at 2:51.

* United StatesKimo Leopoldo vs United StatesPaul Varelans

Kimo wins by TKO due to strikes at 9:08.


* United States Tank Abbott vs United States Steve Nelmark (alternate)

Abbott wins by KO at 1:05. Nelmark was an alternate for Ken Shamrock, who could not continue due to a broken hand.

* United States Don Frye vs United States Mark Hall (alternate)

Frye wins by submission (Achilles Hold) at 0:20. Hall was an alternate for Kimo Leopoldo, who could not continue due to dehydration.


* United StatesDon Frye vs United StatesTank Abbott

Frye wins Ultimate Ultimate 96 by submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:23.

Ultimate Ultimate 96 bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   Ken Shamrock    
 Brian Johnston    
     Tank Abbott    
     Steve Nelmark 1    
 Tank Abbott  
   Cal Worsham    
       Tank Abbott  
     Don Frye  
   Don Frye    
 Gary Goodridge    
     Don Frye  
     Mark Hall 2    
 Kimo Leopoldo  
   Paul Varelans    

1Ken Shamrock withdrew due to injury, and was replaced by alternate Steve Nelmark.

2Kimo Leopoldo withdrew due to fatigue, and was replaced by alternate Mark Hall.