UFC 71 – Liddell vs. Jackson
UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event took place on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event was the rematch between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. At the time of the event, Jackson was the only fighter to have an unavenged victory over Liddell, which occurred at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 by TKO.
The UFC announced during the broadcast of the card that the winner of the Jackson vs. Liddell bout will face PRIDE 93 kg and 83 kg Champion Dan Henderson.
Mainstream sports media, especially ESPN, began extensive coverage of the UFC on this event. ESPN broadcast live the weigh-ins and post-fight coverage for UFC 71 on ESPNEWS.
Alan Belcher replaced Eric Schafer for his fight against Sean Salmon due to an injury.
|Main card (PPV)|
|Light Heavyweight||Quinton Jackson||def.||Chuck Liddell (c)||KO (punches)||1||1:53||[a]|
|Welterweight||Karo Parisyan||def.||Josh Burkman||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Terry Martin||def.||Ivan Salaverry||TKO (slam and punches)||1||2:04|
|Light Heavyweight||Houston Alexander||def.||Keith Jardine||KO (punches and knees)||1||0:48|
|Middleweight||Kalib Starnes||def.||Chris Leben||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Thiago Silva||def.||James Irvin||TKO (knee injury)||1||1:06|
|Light Heavyweight||Alan Belcher||def.||Sean Salmon||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||0:53|
|Lightweight||Din Thomas||def.||Jeremy Stephens||Submission (armbar)||2||2:44||[b]|
|Light Heavyweight||Wilson Gouveia||def.||Carmelo Marrero||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||3:06|