|UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 19, 2009|
|Venue||American Airlines Center|
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center. The event was broadcast on pay-per-view.
This was the first UFC event to air a portion of the preliminary card live and commercial-free during an hour long block on Spike. The Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal, Rick Story vs. Brian Foster, and the Jim Miller vs. Steve Lopez fights were shown on Spike.
The event was aired the same time Floyd Mayweather fought Juan Manuel Márquez. Maywather/Márquez drew a smaller crowd (13,116) but its gate was considerably higher at $6,811,300. It also sold more PPV buys (1,000,000).
To date, this PPV had the largest amount of fights broadcast by the UFC (13).
It was announced on July 20, 2009 that Rich Franklin would headline UFC 103 against Dan Henderson. It was then announced on July 31, 2009 that fans were not happy with the announced headliner of Henderson-Franklin 2 so they changed the main event to feature Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort. "Fans didn't like it, so we changed it," UFC President Dana White said.
|Main card (PPV)|
|Catchweight (195 lbs)||Vitor Belfort||def.||Rich Franklin||TKO (punches)||1||3:02|
|Heavyweight||Junior dos Santos||def.||Mirko Filipović||Verbal submission (punch/eye injury)||3||2:00|
|Welterweight||Paul Daley||def.||Martin Kampmann||TKO (punches)||1||2:31|
|Welterweight||Josh Koscheck||def.||Frank Trigg||TKO (punches)||1||1:25|
|Catchweight (159 lbs)||Tyson Griffin||def.||Hermes Franca||KO (punches)||2||3:24|
|Televised (Spike TV)|
|Lightweight||Efrain Escudero||def.||Cole Miller||TKO (punches)||1||3:36|
|Middleweight||Tomasz Drwal||def.||Drew McFedries||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||1:03|
|Lightweight||Jim Miller||def.||Steve Lopez||TKO (injury)||2||0:48||[a]|
|Lightweight||Nik Lentz||def.||Rafaello Oliveira||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00||[b]|
|Welterweight||Rick Story||def.||Brian Foster||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||1:09||[c]|
|Light Heavyweight||Eliot Marshall||def.||Jason Brilz||Decision (split) (28–30, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Vladimir Matyushenko||def.||Igor Pokrajac||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Rafael dos Anjos||def.||Rob Emerson||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00||[d]|
- This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Escudero vs. Miller fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Franklin vs. Belfort fight.
- This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the McFedries vs. Drwal fight. This bout also aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Oliveira vs. Lentz fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Kampmann vs. Daley fight.
Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Rick Story vs. Brian Foster
- Knockout of the Night: Vitor Belfort
- Submission of the Night: Rick Story
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