UFC 35: Throwdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on January 11, 2002. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

UFC 35: Throwdown
The poster for UFC 35: Throwdown.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 11, 2002
VenueMohegan Sun Arena
CityUncasville, Connecticut
Event chronology
UFC 34: High Voltage UFC 35: Throwdown UFC 36: Worlds Collide


UFC 35 featured two title bouts, Jens Pulver faced BJ Penn for the Lightweight Title and Murilo Bustamante faced Dave Menne for the Middleweight Title. This was the first UFC event to be headlined by a Lightweight bout.

According to a December 2008 Sherdog interview with Pat Miletich, the event was plagued by a flu-like illness that spread throughout the fighters, trainers, and production staff.[1]

Despite a number of fighters suffering from such symptoms as diarrhea, dehydration, hallucinations, and vomiting, the event proceeded as planned. Most people attributed the illness to a hotel restaurant named "The Octagon". Kevin Randleman admitted to defecating inside his fight shorts during his bout with Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Dave Menne was drinking Pepto Bismol until his walk to the cage. Eugene Jackson also fought (and won) with a fever.[2]

Shonie Carter was originally scheduled to face Gil Castillo at this event, but was pulled due to outside contractual obligations with another promotion. Chris Brennan stepped in as his replacement.[3]

Shortly after this event, Jens Pulver would leave UFC due to a contract dispute.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Jens Pulver (c) def. B.J. Penn Decision (majority) (48–45, 47–47, 48–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Heavyweight Ricco Rodriguez def. Jeff Monson TKO (punches) 3 3:00
Middleweight Murilo Bustamante def. Dave Menne (c) TKO (punches) 2 0:44 [b]
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell def. Amar Suloev Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Andrei Semenov def. Ricardo Almeida TKO (punches) 2 2:01
Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Kevin Randleman def. Renato Sobral Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–25) 3 5:00
Welterweight Gil Castillo def. Chris Brennan Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Eugene Jackson def. Keith Rockel Submission (guillotine choke) 2 3:46

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 12 "Questions for Pat Miletich"
  2. ^ Encarnacao, Jack (December 8, 2008). "12 Questions for Pat Miletich: The UFC 35 Sickness". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ Hedges, Josh (December 20, 2001). "UFC 35 Card Complete!". Full Contact Fighter. Retrieved July 25, 2011.

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