UFC 52

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UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell
A poster or logo for UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date April 16, 2005
Venue MGM Grand Arena
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 14,562 (Paid: 12,643)
Total gate $2,575,450
Buyrate 280,000[1]
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell UFC 53: Heavy Hitters

UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 16, 2005, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada, and later released on DVD.

History[edit]

Headlining the card were the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell. At the time, it was the highest-grossing UFC event ever at the live gate, with $2,575,450 in ticket sales.[2] Dan "The Beast" Severn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this event.

The total fighter payroll for UFC 52 was $519,500.[3]

The rematch bout between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg for the Welterweight Title is current President of the UFC, Dana White's favorite match of not just UFC fights, but all MMA and boxing fights in general.

Results[edit]

Preliminary card[edit]

Van Arsdale wins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29–28 for Van Arsdale.
Doerksen wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of round three. Doerksen entered the card as a late replacement for Lee Murray, who pulled out due to travel complications. [3]
Salaverry wins by submission (triangle choke) at 2:42 of round one.

Main card[edit]

St-Pierre wins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30–27 for St. Pierre. This fight was originally scheduled for UFC 48, but Miller was tending to legal problems at the time. [4]
Lindland wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:13 of round two.
Sobral wins by submission (armbar) at 0:24 of round two.
Hughes wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:05 of round one to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Liddell wins by KO (punches) at 2:06 of round one. Liddell becomes the new UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

Fighter Payouts[edit]

Randy Couture: $150,000 ($150,000 to fight; win bonus would have been $75,000)

Chuck Liddell: $140,000 ($70,000 to fight; $70,000 to win)

Matt Hughes: $110,000 ($55,000 to fight; $55,000 to win)

Matt Lindland: $20,000 ($10,000 to fight; $10,000 to win)

Renato "Babalu" Sobral: $20,000 ($10,000 to fight; $10,000 to win)

Georges St-Pierre: $18,000 ($9,000 to fight; $9,000 to win)

Frank Trigg: $14,000

Patrick Cote: $10,000

Mike Van Arsdale: $10,000 ($5,000 to fight; $5,000 to win)

Ivan Salaverry: $8,000 ($4,000 to fight; $4,000 to win)

Joe Riggs: $4,000

Travis Lutter: $4,000

Joe Doerksen: $4,000 ($2,000 to fight; $2,000 to win)

Travis Wiuff: $3,000

John Marsh: $2,500

Jason Miller: $2,000

Total Fighter Payouts: $519,500

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