UFC 43 Meltdown

UFC 43 – Meltdown

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UFC 43 – Meltdown

UFC 43 Meltdown

UFC 43

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HISTORY

UFC 43: Meltdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 6, 2003, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.

Headlining the card was an Interim Light Heavyweight Championship match between future UFC Hall of Fame inductees Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.

Ken Shamrock was originally slated to face Ian Freeman at this event, but was forced from the card with a torn ACL. Vernon White would step in as his replacement.[1]

RESULTS SPOILER

Main Card
Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
Light HeavyweightRandy Couturedef.Chuck LiddellTKO (punches)32:39[a]
HeavyweightKimo Leopoldodef.David AbbottSubmission (arm-triangle choke)11:59
Light HeavyweightVitor Belfortdef.Marvin EastmanTKO (knees and punches)11:07
HeavyweightVernon Whitevs.Ian FreemanDraw (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–29)35:00
HeavyweightFrank Mirdef.Wes SimsDisqualification (kicking a downed opponent)12:55
Preliminary card
HeavyweightPedro Rizzodef.Tra TelligmanTKO (doctor stoppage)24:24
MiddleweightFalaniko Vitaledef.Matt LindlandTKO (slam)11:56
LightweightYves Edwardsdef.Eddie RuizDecision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)35:00
  1. For the Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Couture won via TKO (punches) at 2:39 of Round 3. Couture becomes the Interim Light Heavyweight Champion, and the first person to win a title in two different weight divisions (Couture was a two-time Heavyweight Champion).

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