1996 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Flat races

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1996 in chronological order.

Before 1997, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was considered the only major MMA organization in the world and featured much fewer rules then are used in modern MMA.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 16 UFC 8: David vs. Goliath   Bayamón, Puerto Rico 13,000 160,000 UFC rule change, timed rounds were changed to two 10-minute rounds for first two rounds of the tournament and a single 15-minute round in the tournament final and superfights. Introduction of judges. First MMA event to draw criticism from politicians.
May 17 UFC 9: Motor City Madness   Detroit, Michigan, US 10,000 First UFC event not to feature a tournament, however it was not the last.
Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only, however this was not enforced.

Following this event the UFC was removed from airing events on numerous cable systems, including TCI cable.
July 12 UFC 10: The Tournament   Birmingham, Alabama, US 4,300 This event was originally going to be held at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
September 20 UFC 11: The Proving Ground   Augusta, Georgia, US 4,500
December 7 The Ultimate Ultimate 2 Ultimate Ultimate 1996
UFC 11.5
  Birmingham, Alabama, US 6,000
UFC rule change, introduction of "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

In promotion for this event, Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Following this event Ken Shamrock would leave the UFC until 2002. And marked the last UFC fight of Don Frye.




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