UFC 61 Bitter Rivals

UFC 61 – Bitter Rivals

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UFC 61 – Bitter Rivals

UFC 61 Bitter Rivals

UFC 61

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HISTORY

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday, July 8, 2006. The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.

The main event was a Heavyweight Championship match between champion Tim Sylvia and former champion Andrei Arlovski. This was the third time these fighters had met, they had split the first two meetings. The co-main event was the highly anticipated rematch of TUF 3 coaches Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

It was announced during the event that Chuck Liddell would fight PRIDE star Wanderlei Silva in November if Liddell won his upcoming match against Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 62. Negotiations between the UFC and PRIDE failed however and the Liddell-Silva fight never occurred in November 2006. The two would eventually meet in December 2007 at UFC 79.

The number of pay-per-view buys for UFC 61 in the United States was approximately 775,000, which set a new UFC buyrate record and generated gross PPV revenue of approximately $30,960,000. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $676,000. With a live gate at $3,350,775, it nearly eclipsed the all-time mark for UFC events set at UFC 57.

Results: SPOILER

Main Card
Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
HeavyweightTim Sylvia (c)def.Andrei ArlovskiDecision (unanimous) (48–47, 49–46, 48–47)55:00[a]
WelterweightJosh Burkmandef.Josh NeerDecision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)35:00
Light HeavyweightTito Ortizdef.Ken ShamrockTKO (elbows)11:18
HeavyweightFrank Mirdef.Dan ChristisonDecision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)35:00
LightweightJoe Stevensondef.Yves EdwardsTKO (doctor stoppage)25:00
Preliminary Card
Catchweight (165 lb)Hermes Françadef.Joe JordanSubmission (triangle choke)30:47[b]
HeavyweightJeff Monsondef.Anthony PeroshTKO (punches)12:42
HeavyweightCheick Kongodef.Gilbert AldanaTKO (doctor stoppage)14:13
WelterweightDrew Fickettdef.Kurt PellegrinoSubmission (rear-naked choke)31:20

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