Big John McCarthy Fight-Worn, Signed Shirt UFC 12: Judgement DayGo Back
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UFC 12 was branded as Judgement Day and it was held at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, Alabama on February 7, 1997. It was the first UFC event to feature weight classes; heavyweights (200 lb and over) and lightweights (199 lb and under) battled in two separate mini tournaments, each consisting of two semifinal bouts and a finals match.
The event also featured a Superfight between Dan Severen and Mark Coleman. The fight would unify the UFC Superfight Championship with the UFC tournament championship and determine the first ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mark Coleman was a late substitution for Don Frye, who had earned the rematch with Severn after winning the Ultimate Ultimate 1996, but was unable to participate in UFC 12 because of previous injuries. He never returned to the UFC. There were also two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury.
UFC 12 marked the first UFC appearance of Vitor Belfort, who won the heavyweight tournament and was only 19 years of age. UFC 12 also marked the first appearance of commentator, Joe Rogan who handled backstage interviews for the event and interviewed the winners of the main events.
This black shirt was worn by referee Big John McCarthy in the octagon for several of the match-ups in UFC 12. 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 custom embroidery from the manufacturer, Body Alive. The front chest features the event details – UFC – Judgement Day embroidered in white. For authentication it was autographed on the front in silver paint pen by him with the inscription, “UFC 12 WORN – February 7, 1997.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team (Provenance Letter).