Big John McCarthy Fight-Worn (Twice), Signed Shirt – Used in UFC 5: The Return of the Beast & UFC 7: The Brawl in BuffaloGo Back
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UFC 5: The Return of the Beast was a MMA event held by the UFC at Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 7, 1995. UFC 5 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The event also featured the first ever UFC Superfight, as well as two alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast.The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. The fights had to end by knockout or submission; therefore no judges were used.
The Superfight match was the main attraction, and the winner of this fight would become the reigning UFC Champion. It consisted of rivals Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock facing off in the most anticipated match in UFC history to that date. Up to this point, Ken Shamrock’s only defeat in the UFC was to Royce Gracie in UFC 1.
UFC 5 was the first UFC event to feature any kind of time limits since UFC 1. A 20-minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30-minute time limit. The Superfight overran to 31 minutes before incorporating an on-the-spot decision to extend the fight by a further five minutes. As there was still no winner, the match was declared a draw. The referee for the night was ‘Big’ John McCarthy. Dan Severn won the tournament by defeating Dave Beneteau with a keylock.
UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo was a MMA event held by the UFC on September 8, 1995, at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York on September 8, 1995. It featured an eight-man tournament, a UFC Superfight Championship match between reigning UFC champion Ken Shamrock and UFC 6 tournament winner Oleg Taktarov, and three alternate fights, which were not shown on the live pay-per-view broadcast. The tournament had no weight classes, or weight limits. Each match had no rounds, but a 20-minute time limit was imposed for the quarterfinal and semi-final round matches in the tournament. The finals of the tournament and the Superfight had a 30-minute time limit and, if necessary, a five-minute overtime.
Consistent with early UFC events, the time limit was not followed as the Superfight only featured a three-minute overtime, perhaps due to pay-per-view time constraints. Regardless of this, the show ran over its three-hour pay-per-view slot, cutting off some viewers from seeing the final match. The referee for the main card was ‘Big’ John McCarthy.
This black shirt was worn by referee Big John McCarthy in both UFC 5 and UFC 7 for several of the match-ups. The shirt originally had a V embroidered on the front chest and the II was added (VII) for UFC 7. 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. For authentication it was autographed on the front in silver paint pen by him with the inscription, “WORN TWICE – UFC 5 April 7, 1995 & UFC 7 Sept. 8, 1995.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team Provenance Letter