UFC 53 Heavy Hitters

UFC 53 – Heavy Hitters

  • UFC 53 – Heavy Hitters

    UFC 53 Heavy Hitters

    UFC 53

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    UFC 53: Heavy Hitters was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 4, 2005, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.

    This event was originally scheduled to take place at the Yokohama Arena in Japan with an Interim Heavyweight Championship bout between Andrei Arlovski and Mirko Filipović serving as the main event. However the lack of sponsorship for the event forced the event to be moved to Atlantic City.[1]

    Initially, former champion Ricco Rodriguez was slated to contend for the Heavyweight Championship, but withdrew from the bout, citing complications with his training camp.[2] Headlining the card opposite of Interim Heavyweight Champion Arlovski, instead, was Miletich protégé Justin Eilers. Although there was some criticism directed at the UFC for giving Eilers a title shot after coming off a knockout loss to Paul Buentello at UFC 51, the UFC explained that Buentello was not medically cleared to fight when the main event was originally scheduled.

    This was Forrest Griffin’s first fight after winning The Ultimate Fighter show.

    Results SPOILER

    Main Card
    Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
    HeavyweightAndrei Arlovski (ic)def.Justin EilersTKO (punches)14:10[a]
    WelterweightKaro Parisyandef.Matt SerraDecision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)35:00
    MiddleweightRich Franklindef.Evan Tanner (c)TKO (doctor stoppage)43:25[b]
    Light HeavyweightForrest Griffindef.Bill MahoodSubmission (rear-naked choke)12:18
    HeavyweightPaul Buentellodef.Kevin JordanSubmission (guillotine choke)14:00
    Preliminary card
    MiddleweightNate Quarrydef.Shonie CarterTKO (punches)12:37[c]
    MiddleweightDavid Loiseaudef.Charles McCarthyTKO (spinning back kick and flying knee)22:10[d]
    WelterweightNick Diazdef.Koji OishiKO (punches)11:24[e]

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