UFC 51

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UFC 51: Super Saturday
A poster or logo for UFC 51: Super Saturday.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date February 5, 2005
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 11,072 (Paid: 9,268)[1]
Total gate $1,493,000
Buyrate 105,000
Event chronology
UFC 50: The War of '04 UFC 51: Super Saturday The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale

UFC 51: Super Saturday was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 5, 2005 (Super Bowl weekend) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada, and later released on DVD.


Loretta Hunt, news editor for Sherdog.com, reports, "I know for a fact the UFC was considering a female bout between Erica Montoya and the late Shelby Walker a few years ago."[2] About this planned but never realized fight, "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. asked Shelby Walker, "It has been rumored that you may fight Erika Montoya at UFC 51, is there any truth to those rumors?" Walker replied, "Yeah there is truth to those rumors, it has been talked about a lot and when I asked Dana White if he was going to put us on the show he said possibly, so that is where it stands right now. I haven’t heard anything more from this but my biggest dream would be to fight in the UFC."[3]

The event was also to be held in Japan, but UFC President Dana White moved it back to Las Vegas. Headlining the card were fan favorites Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort.

This was the last UFC event to feature a non-title matchup as the main event instead of an also-scheduled title fight on the same card. All future UFC events with title matches featured one as the main event.

The total fighter payroll for the event was $456,000.[4]


Preliminary card[edit]

Diaz wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:37 of round one.
Parisyan wins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30–27.
Loiseau wins by technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round one.
Kyle wins by knockout (punches) at 1:55 of round one. Although preliminary, this bout aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.

Main card[edit]

Buentello wins by knockout (punches) at 3:31 of round one.
Sell wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:16 of round three.
Tanner wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:35 of round one. Tanner becomes the UFC Middleweight champion filling the vacant title, and the first Middleweight champion since 2002.
Arlovski wins by submission (achilles lock) at :47 of round one. Arlovski becomes the Interim Heavyweight champion. The title is an interim championship due to the UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir, being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and not able to defend the title against No. 1 contender, Andrei Arlovski.
Ortiz wins by split decision. The judges scored the bout 29–28, 29–28, and 28–29.

Fighter Payouts[edit]

Tito Ortiz def. Vitor Belfort

  • Ortiz – $175,000 ($ 125,000 to fight; $50,000 to win)
  • Belfort – $100,000

Pete Sell def. Phil Baroni

  • Sell – $4,000 ($2,000 to fight; $2,000 to win)
  • Baroni – $10,000

Andrei Arlovski def. Tim Sylvia

  • Arlovski – $30,000 ($12,000 to fight; $18,000 to win)
  • Sylvia – $40,000

Evan Tanner def. David Terrell

  • Tanner – $38,000 ($18,000 to fight; $20,000 to win)
  • Terrell – $6,000

Paul Buentello def. Justin Eilers

  • Buentello – $8,000 ($4,000 to fight; $4,000 to win)
  • Eilers – $5,000

Mike Kyle def. James Irvin

  • Kyle – $6,000 ($3,000 to fight, $3,000 to win)
  • Irvin – $3,000

David Loiseau def. Gideon Ray

  • Loiseau – $4,000 ($2,000 to fight; $2,000 to win)
  • Ray – $2,000

Karo Parisyan def. Chris Lytle

  • Parisyan – $8,000 ($4,000 to fight; $4,000 to win)
  • Lytle – $4,000

Nick Diaz def. Drew Fickett

  • Diaz – $11,000 ($6,000 to fight; $5,000 to win)
  • Fickett – $2,000

Total Fighter Payroll: $456,000


  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/MMAgates.htm
  2. ^ Sherdog.com Staff, "-15340 The Doggy Bag: Readers Write, We Respond", Sherdog.com (November 30, 2008).
  3. ^ "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr, "Shelby Walker: Not just another pretty face", DogHouseBoxing.com (January 21, 2005).
  4. ^ [1]