UFC 3: The American Dream (1994)

TV Special  -  Sport
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 111 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 38 titles
created 23 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 19 Sep 2012
 
a list of 376 titles
created 26 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 51 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
UFC
a list of 3 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: UFC 3: The American Dream (1994– )

UFC 3: The American Dream (1994– ) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of UFC 3: The American Dream.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

UFC VI: Clash of the Titans (TV Special 1996)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Mark Lucas
Stars: David Abbott, Bruce Beck, Dave Beneteau
UFC VII: Brawl in Buffalo (TV Special 1995)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Mark Lucas
Stars: David Abbott, Bruce Beck, Michael Buffer
UFC 5: The Return of the Beast (TV Special 1995)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Andy Anderson, Bruce Beck
UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors (TV Special 1994)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick, Marcus Bossett
UFC 1: The Beginning (TV Special 1993)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Mark Lucas
Stars: Royce Gracie, Joao Alberto Barreto, Alan Brakup
UFC 2: No Way Out (TV Special 1994)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Royce Gracie, Jim Brown, Sean Daugherty
UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 1995 (TV Special 1995)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Bruce Beck, Dave Beneteau
UFC 8: David vs. Goliath (TV Special 1996)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Sam Adkins, Bruce Beck
UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 1996 (TV Special 1996)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick
UFC 10: The Tournament (TV Special 1996)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Sam Adkins, Bruce Beck
UFC 17: Redemption (TV Special 1998)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Jeff Blatnick, Bruce Buffer
UFC 11: The Proving Ground (TV Special 1996)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: David Abbott, Sam Adkins, Bruce Beck
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself - Fight Commentator
Rich Goins ...
Himself - Announcer
Keith Hackney ...
Himself
Harold Howard ...
Himself
Steve Jennum ...
Himself
Brian Kilmeade ...
Himself
Christophe Leninger ...
Himself
...
Himself
'Big' John McCarthy ...
Himself - Referee
Felix Mitchell ...
Himself
Roland Payne ...
Himself
Ben Perry ...
Himself - Fight Commentator
Ken Shamrock ...
Himself
A.J. Verel ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv special

Genres:

Sport

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 August 1994 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by UFC 39: The Warriors Return (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enter Kimo...
14 April 2010 | by (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

This is the event that basically forced the UFC promoters to rethink about the tournament format. After the success of the two prior events, SEG brought back defending champion, Royce Gracie, and King of Pancrase, Ken Shamrock. Now, these two fighters had fought before in the first UFC, Gracie becoming the victor, and Shamrock had become such a huge star in Japan that the promotion had to bring him back, not to mention that Gracie in UFC-2 had virtually no competition. They decided to put both fighters on opposite side of the bracket thinking that they might make it to the finals and have that so awaited rematch as a main event. Unfortunately for the SEG, in the world of MMA everything is unpredictable.

The first match looks like it came out of a comic book. You had Keith Hackney, a 200 pound, 5'11 fighter, fighting a gigantic Sumo wrestler by the name, Emmanuel Yarborough, who was literally three time bigger than Hackney. Now, you might think the sumo fighter had the edge because of his size, think again, Hackney managed to knock down the giant and forced the ref to stop the fight. But this came to a heavy price for Hackney, because of the blows to the head he gave Yarborough, he broke his hand and could not continue.

Second fight, Shamrock defeated Judoka, Christopher Leninger. The third fight, Harold Howard, defeated Roland Payne by KO. Howard was quite a character. If you ever see UFC-3 on DVD, you will see a video of Howard breaking a sand bag with his bare fists and saying catchy phrases. Back then, the UFC gave promotional videos before every fight to the fighters and their styles.

The fourth fight and perhaps the best fight in UFC history up until that moment, was the fight between Gracie and Kimo. This was an amazing fight and for the first time we see Gracie pushed to the limit. Kimo looked like a villain from a Van Damme movie. Kimo, had the pony tail, the colorful tattoos and an imposing body that would make a lesser man think twice about entering the octagon, not to mention his WWF entrance and his evil looking manager, Joe Son. This fight was so intense that it felt like Gracie fought forever. Gracie managed to defeat Kimo with an arm-bar, but unfortunately, Gracie couldn't continue to the second round because exhaustion, therefore forfeiting his title. In the semi's Shamrock scored another victory against an alternate, but Shamrock also couldn't continue and Howard didn't have an opponent for the second round.

Now here is when it gets really interesting. For the finals, UFC brought Steve Jennum to fight Howard as replacement for Shamrock. Jennum was fresh and did not had to fight in the tournament to get to the finals. Jennum defeated Howard when he mounted him and rained pushes, Howard taped out.

I have spoken to many old school UFC fans, like myself, and I hear people say that Jennum is not the real champion of that event, that Jennum was lucky to fight only one fight to win, and I agree to this, but Jennum saw the opportunity and took it. I believe that Jennum was a great fighter, whether he would have defeated Gracie of Shamrock or whomever, there is no doubt that he did the job and he passed to be the UFC-3 champion.

Although it was obvious that changes had to be made, it took several years for the UFC to evolve. I really think this event is one of the most important events in UFC history and one of the most controversial and entertaining.

If you haven't seen it, I strongly recommend you do.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss UFC 3: The American Dream (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page