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Big John McCarthy Fight-Worn, Signed Shirt 1996 Ultimate Ultimate 2
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UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 2 was a MMA event held by the UFC on Deceber 7, 1996 at the Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The card featured an eight man tournament with two alternate bouts, and was the UFC’s second “Ultimate Ultimate” tournament, held to find the best of the winners and runners up from past UFC events. This event was the first to introduce the “no grabbing of the fence” rule.
Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on the mainstream network NBC to promote the event, a groundbreaking moment for the young sport of MMA.
The event would also be the last time Don Frye fought in the UFC, as he would also transition into pro wrestling, signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Mark Hall, who Frye defeated in the semifinals, would later claim that Don Frye and manager Robert DePersia came into his dressing room during the tournament and convinced him to throw the two fighters’ upcoming semi-final match.
Referee John McCarthey later wrote in his autobiography Let’s Get It On!: This black shirt was worn by referee Big John McCarthy in the octagon for several of the match-ups in the UFC’s Ultimate Ultimate 2 (aka UFC 11.5). It come’s directly from Big John’s private collection. The manufacturer tagging in the collar shows it is Body Alive [XXL] – the verso also has a custom design from Body Alive. The front chest features the event details – Tournament of Champions – Ultimate 1996 Ultimate Fighting Championship and Body Alive logo embroidered in white. For authentication it was autographed on the front in silver paint pen by him with the inscription, “U.U. 96 WORN – December 7, 1996.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team Provenance Letter