U-Japan's debut event in 1996, fashioned after the UFC, pitted inexperienced Japanese fighters against well-established UFC stars, resulting in one-sided matches and leaving the Japanese audience disheartened. The event featured victories by Hawaiian Kimo Leopoldo, American wrestlers Dan Severn and Don Frye, and wallid Ismail, which ultimately led to the disappointment of Japanese fans and the event's failure to have a second edition.

By the Numbers
  • 7,000 attendees at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo
  • Kimo Leopoldo defeated Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow in 2:15
State of Play
  • U-Japan's badly matched fights led to one-sided results
  • The event's disappointing outcomes contributed to its failure to have a second edition
Bottom Line

The poorly matched fights at U-Japan's debut event resulted in disappointing one-sided victories, ultimately leading to the event's failure to produce a second edition and leaving Japanese fans disappointed.