UFC 14: Showdown
UFC 14: Showdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 27, 1997 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The event was seen live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on home video.
UFC 14 featured two separate tournaments, a heavyweight tournament for fighters over 200 lbs, and a middleweight tournament for fighters 199 lbs and under. Showdown was the first UFC event to require all fighters to wear padded gloves, weighing between four and six ounces.
The event featured a "Superfight" between Mark Coleman and Maurice Smith, as well as two alternate bouts in case of tournament injury. UFC 14 was also the first UFC appearance of champion kickboxer Maurice Smith and champion collegiate wrestler Mark Kerr, who was encouraged to try mixed martial arts competition by his friend and training partner Mark Coleman.