The card was headlined by two Championship Bouts, Randy Couture faced Pedro Rizzo for the Heavyweight Title, and Matt Hughes faced Carlos Newton for the Welterweight Title. UFC 34 marked the first appearance of future Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. The broadcast had technical issues, as the commentators could barely be heard, consistently being drowned out by the crowd and ring noise.. However, it was clearly heard Matt Hughes telling his corner several times that he "was out", after winning the fight by TKO. This conforms to Carlos Newtons' assertion that he believed Hughes was "out", thus collapsing and leading to Newtons head colliding with the canvas.