UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz

UFC 66 – Liddell vs. Ortiz

UFC 66 – Liddell vs. Ortiz

UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz

UFC 66

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UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 30, 2006 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 66′s main event was a championship fight with two of the UFC’s biggest light heavyweight stars, Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell defending his title against former champion Tito Ortiz. This fight was first announced by Ortiz at the UFC 63 weigh-ins on September 22, 2006.[4]

The co-main event saw Forrest Griffin take on “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine. The card also saw the return of former Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping’s first bout in the UFC since winning that season. During the event, it was made official that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic had signed a contract with the UFC, and would make his debut with the organization at UFC 67.[5]

The event was the UFC’s first show at MGM Grand Arena since UFC 56, and was nearly sold-out, producing the highest live gate revenue in North American mixed martial arts history,[1] extending the previous record at UFC 57 by over $2,000,000 (USD). At the time, it was estimated to be the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view success with just over 1 million buys.[6]

The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $767,000.[3]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell (c) def. Tito Ortiz TKO (punches) 3 3:59 [a]
Light Heavyweight Keith Jardine def. Forrest Griffin TKO (punches) 1 4:41
Middleweight Jason MacDonald def. Chris Leben Technical Submission (guillotine choke) 2 4:03
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski def. Marcio Cruz KO (punches) 1 3:15
Light Heavyweight Michael Bisping def. Eric Schafer TKO (punches) 1 4:24
Preliminary Card
Welterweight Thiago Alves def. Tony DeSouza KO (knee) 2 1:10 [b]
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def. Carmelo Marrero Submission (armbar) 1 3:22 [c]
Middleweight Yushin Okami def. Rory Singer Submission (punches) 3 4:03
Heavyweight Christian Wellisch def. Anthony Perosh Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–28) 3 5:00