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Big John McCarthy Fight-Worn, Signed Shirt UFC 9 Motor City MadnessGo Back
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UFC 9: Motor City Madness was a mixed martial arts event held by the UFC on May 17, 1996, at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
In the UFC 9 main even, it was the highly anticipated rematch between reigning UFC Superfight Champion Ken Shamrock and number one contender Dan Severen, who had fought one year earlier at UFC 6 for the UFC Superfight Championship, with Shamrock reigning victorious.
The special rules included no closed fisted strikes to the head and no headbutts – a rule that referee John McCarthy attempted to enforce, but with little success. Before the show, fighters were warned not to use closed fisted strikes under penalty of arrest. Although many fights that night included closed fisted striking, no fighters were arrested. Due in part to this special rule, the Superfight between Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock is widely considered one of the worst MMA fights of all time, with the fighters circling each other for nearly 20 minutes with little or no contact.
This black shirt was worn by referee Big John McCarthy in the octagon for several of the match-ups in UFC 9. It come’s directly from Big John’s private collection. The manufacturer tagging in the collar shows it is Body Alive [XL] – the verso also has a custom design from Body Alive and WHO’S THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIGHTER?”. The front chest features the event details – UFC IX embroidered in white and Body Alive logo in black. For authentication it was autographed on the front in silver paint pen by him with the inscription, “UFC 9 WORN – May 17, 1996.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team Provenance Letter