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. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.
|UFC 36: Worlds Collide|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||March 22, 2002|
|Venue||MGM Grand Arena|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
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. However, Silva had signed a contract with PRIDE Fighting Championships.
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.
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.
|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|
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