UFC 16

UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 13, 1998 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.


UFC 16 featured the first ever UFC Lightweight tournament (for fighters under 170lbs), as well as a Middleweight Championship bout, a Heavyweight and a Middleweight Superfight, and two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.

UFC 16 marked the first appearance of the influential fighter Pat Miletich, who would go on to create Miletich Fighting Systems.

The Middleweight Championship bout, was billed to be champion Frank Shamrock's biggest test, in Battlecade star, Igor Zinoviev. This wound up being the final match of Zinoviev's career, as he suffered a career-ending collarbone injury from Shamrock's victorious KO slam.

Lightweight tournament


Alternate Bouts

* United States Chris Brennan vs. United States Courtney Turner

Brennan wins by submission (armbar) at 1:20.

* United States Laverne Clark vs. United States Josh Stuart

Clark wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 1:15.

Lightweight Semifinals

* United States Mikey Burnett vs. Brazil Eugenio Tadeu

Burnett wins by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 9:46.

* United States Pat Miletich vs. United States Townsend Saunders

Miletich wins by split decision at 15:00.

Lightweight Finals

* United States Pat Miletich vs. United States Chris Brennan

Miletich wins the first UFC Lightweight Tournament by submission (choke) at 9:01. (Mikey Burnett withdrew from the tournament due to a broken finger and was replaced by Brennan.)

UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Bracket

  Semifinals Finals
 United States Pat Miletich  
 United States Townsend Saunders  
     United States Pat Miletich
   United States Chris Brennan
 United States Chris Brennan
 United States Courtney Turner  




* Middleweight Superfight: United States Jerry Bohlander vs. United States Kevin Jackson

Bohlander wins by submission (armbar) at 10:21.

* Japan Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. United States Kimo Leopoldo

Kosaka wins by unanimous decision at 15:00.

Middleweight Championship Bout

* United States Frank Shamrock (c) vs. Russia Igor Zinoviev

Shamrock wins by KO (slam) at 0:22.