UFC 22: Only One Can Be Champion
Sept. 24, 1999 – Lake Charles (La.) Civic Center
Frank Shamrock walked away from the UFC and his light heavyweight title after a scintillating title defense over Tito Ortiz.
The brash, young Ortiz battled Shamrock into the fourth round before succumbing to punches late in the fourth round.
Shamrock later vacated the title, citing a lack of competition. He finished his career by posting a 4-3 record in Strikeforce, K-1, WEC and EliteXC.
In 2015, Ortiz told MMA Fighting that he turned down a chance to even the score with Shamrock.
UFC 22 also saw the Octagon debut of future welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Entering UFC with an 8-1 record, Hughes won a unanimous decision over Valeri Ignatov.
Chuck Liddell, another UFC legend in the making, improved his Octagon record to 2-1 with a TKO win over Paul Jones at the 3:53 mark.
Brad Kohler knocked out Steve Judson in a heavyweight fight. Judson needed oxygen after the fight and left on a stretcher.
Jeremy Horn scored his third straight UFC win in a row by submitting Jason Godsey with an armbar in 2:08.
Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver made his UFC debut against Alfonso Acarez. Pulver won by unanimous decision, but the result was later changed to a draw.
Other results included John Lewis over Lowell Anderson as a result of a Round 3 corner stoppage; and Tim Lajcik fighting to a draw with Ron “H2O” Waterman.