UFC 36: Worlds Collide was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 22, 2002.[2] The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.

UFC 36: Worlds Collide
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The poster for UFC 36: Worlds Collide.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 22, 2002
VenueMGM Grand Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Total gate$898,850[1]
Event chronology
UFC 35: Throwdown UFC 36: Worlds Collide UFC 37: High Impact


The card was headlined by two title bouts, a Heavyweight Championship bout between Randy Couture and Josh Barnett and a Welterweight title bout between Matt Hughes and Hayato Sakurai. UFC 36 marked the last UFC appearance of former 170 lb Champion Pat Miletich, and the last appearance of Pete Williams. Miletich decided to concentrate on training his fighters, including Matt Hughes who was now the UFC champion in Pat's preferred weight class.

Hughes was originally supposed to fight then-current Shooto welterweight champion, and future UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.[3] However, Silva had signed a contract with PRIDE Fighting Championships.[3]

Barnett defeated Couture via TKO (strikes) at 4:32 of the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion. Afterwards, Barnett was stripped of the title when he tested positive for steroids during a mandatory post-fight drug test.[4]

Nine past or future UFC champions competed on this card (including at least one in each bout), more than any other event in UFC history.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Josh Barnett def. Randy Couture (c) TKO (punches) 2 4:35 [a]
Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo def. Andrei Arlovski KO (punches) 3 1:45
Welterweight Matt Hughes (c) def. Hayato Sakurai TKO (punches) 4 3:01 [b]
Middleweight Matt Lindland def. Pat Miletich TKO (punches) 1 3:09
Light Heavyweight Evan Tanner def. Elvis Sinosic TKO (cut) 1 2:06
Heavyweight Frank Mir def. Pete Williams Submission (inside shoulder lock) 1 0:46
Lightweight Matt Serra def. Kelly Dullanty Submission (triangle choke) 1 2:58
Welterweight Sean Sherk def. Jutaro Nakao Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards Barnett would be stripped of the title when he tested positive for steroids during a mandatory post-fight drug test.
  2. ^ For the UFC Welterweight Championship.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "UFC 36: Worlds Collide". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  2. ^ "UFC 36 - WORLDS COLLIDE". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  3. ^ a b Critchfield, Tristen (2012-10-24). "SHERDOG'S TOP 10: MATCHES THAT WERE NEVER MADE". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  4. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2009-05-08). "UFC 36: Steroid controversy". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-29.

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