UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 14, 2000 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3
The poster for UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 14, 2000
VenueYoyogi National Gymnasium
CityTokyo, Japan
Event chronology
UFC 24: First Defense UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3 UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams


The event was the third UFC event to be held in Japan.

UFC 25 was headlined by a fight between Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, held to determine the new Light Heavyweight Champion following Frank Shamrock's retirement from the UFC.

The Octagon announcer was local Sanshiro Matuyama instead of the regular Bruce Buffer.

The event featured the first UFC appearance of future UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante, as well as future PRIDE fighter Ikuhisa Minowa.

This event also contained an interview with John Perretti, the UFC matchmaker at the time.

UFC 25 was initially seen live on pay-per-view. Spike published a DVD release of UFC 25 exclusively in Japan, with a wider video release occurring after UFC was purchased by Zuffa years later as part of a DVD collection covering events initially unreleased by SEG Sports due to their financial difficulties leading to the sale.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz def. Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) 5 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Murilo Bustamante def. Yoji Anjo Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 0:31
Middleweight Sanae Kikuta def. Eugene Jackson Submission (armbar) 1 4:38
Heavyweight Ron Waterman def. Satoshi Honma Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card
Middleweight Ikuhisa Minowa def. Joe Slick TKO (referee stoppage due to cut) 3 2:02
Lightweight LaVerne Clark def. Koji Oishi Decision (majority) 3 5:00

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