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UFC 31: Locked and Loaded was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 4, 2001. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
The poster for UFC 31: Locked and Loaded.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 4, 2001
VenueMark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal
CityAtlantic City, New Jersey
Event chronology
UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk UFC 31: Locked and Loaded UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands


The card was co-headlined by a Heavyweight title bout between Randy Couture and Pedro Rizzo, and a Welterweight Title Bout between Pat Miletich and Carlos Newton. The card featured the first appearance of former Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, and Kevin Randleman's first fight at 205.

UFC 31 again saw reformed weight classes, adopting the current standard under the new Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, set by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board a month earlier in April 2001.[1] Bantamweight was renamed Lightweight and raised from 150 to 155. Welterweights were now at 170, Middleweights at 185, and Light Heavyweights at 205.

Dana White has said on many occasions that this was one of the best fight cards ever mainly due to the main event and the bout between Matt Serra and Shonie Carter which involved the infamous backfist finish.

This event also saw the professional debut of future multi-divisional UFC Champion B.J. Penn.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Randy Couture (c) def. Pedro Rizzo Decision (unanimous) 5 5:00 [a]
Welterweight Carlos Newton def. Pat Miletich (c) Submission (bulldog choke) 3 2:50 [b]
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell def. Kevin Randleman KO (punches) 1 1:18
Welterweight Shonie Carter def. Matt Serra KO (spinning back fist) 3 4:51
Heavyweight Semmy Schilt def. Pete Williams TKO (kick to the body & punches) 2 1:26
Light Heavyweight Matt Lindland def. Ricardo Almeida Disqualification 3 4:21
Preliminary Card
Lightweight B.J. Penn def. Joey Gilbert TKO (punches) 1 4:58
Welterweight Tony DeSouza def. Steve Berger Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00

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  1. ^ "Mixed Martial arts Unified Rules of Conduct". New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-05.

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