Randy Couture (Photo: 411mania.com)
UFC 28: High Stakes – Atlantic City, N.J. - Trump Taj Mahal – Nov. 17, 2000
Randy “The Natural” Couture recaptured the UFC heavyweight title, beating Kevin Randleman at UFC 28.
Couture had relinquished the title in 1998 during a contract dispute, but he used knees and punches to score a TKO late in Round 3 to repeat as champion.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral brought a 16-2 record into the UFC, and he immediately made a splash by defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith by unanimous decision.
Future heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski made a successful UFC debut by forcing Aaron Brink to tap out to an armbar in 55 seconds.
Josh Barnett, who also went on to win the UFC heavyweight title, won a super heavyweight bout over Gan McGee by TKO in Round 2.
Jens Pulver scored a lightning-quick knockout to open the PPV. He put away John Lewis in 15 seconds.
Chris “Lights Out” Lytle competed in the first of his 20 UFC fights. He lost a preliminary bout by unanimous decision to Ben Earwood.