Big John McCarthy Fight-Worn, Signed Shirt UFC 17 Redemption
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UFC 17: Redemption was a mixed martial arts event held by the UFC on May 15, 1998 at the Mobile Civic Center, in Mobile, Alabama. The event featured a four-man Middleweight Tournament, three Heavyweigth Superfights, an alternate bout in case of tournament injury, and a Heavyweight exhibition” bout. A Middleweight Championship bout between Frank Shamrock and Jeremy Horn was also taped for broadcast on a later pay-per-view.
UFC 17 was the last UFC event (aside from UFC 23), to feature the “tournament” style format. It featured the first appearance of both Dan Henderson and Carlos Newton, as well as the first MMA fight for Chuck Liddell. The title Redemption refers to Mark Coleman’s return after losing the UFC Heavyweight Title to Maurice Smith at UFC 14. Coleman was originally slated to face then UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, who had to withdraw due to an injury. Lion’s Den fighter Pete Williams would step in as a last-minute replacement to face Coleman. He took several hard shots from Williams, and was eventually knocked out by a devastating head kick Williams delivered to the face.
This black shirt was worn by referee Big John McCarthy in the octagon for several of the match-ups in UFC 17. 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 – UFC and Body Alive logo – REDEMPTION embroidered in white. For authentication it was autographed on the front in silver paint pen by him with the inscription, “UFC 17 WORN – May 15, 1998.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team Provenance Letter