Maurice Smith fights Marco Ruas at UFC 21
UFC 21: Return of the Champions – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Five Seasons Events Center – July 16, 1999
Maurice Smith overcame “The King of the Streets” Marco Ruas in the main event of UFC 21.
Smith, a former UFC heavyweight champion, battled Ruas for five minutes before Ruas had to retire due to a knee injury.
Despite the lackluster finish, UFC 21 was a significant show because it saw the debut of the 10-point must system in the scoring.
The Iowa fans cheered favorite son Pat Miletich to a successful defense of his UFC lightweight title. Miletich stopped Andre Pederneiras in the second-round by TKO due to excessive cuts.