UFC 53

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UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
A poster or logo for UFC 53: Heavy Hitters.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date June 4, 2005
Venue Boardwalk Hall
City Atlantic City, New Jersey
Attendance 12,000
Total gate $1,100,000
Buyrate 90,000
Event chronology
UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell UFC 53: Heavy Hitters UFC Ultimate Fight Night

UFC 53: Heavy Hitters was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 4, 2005, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.


This event was originally scheduled to take place at the Yokohama Arena in Japan with an Interim Heavyweight championship bout between Andrei Arlovski and Mirko Cro Cop serving as the main event. However the lack of sponsorship for the event forced the event to be moved to Atlantic City.[1]

Initially, former champion Ricco Rodriguez was slated to contend for the heavyweight championship, but withdrew from the bout, citing complications with his training camp.[2] Headlining the card opposite of interim heavyweight champion Arlovski, instead, was Miletich protégé Justin Eilers. Although there was some criticism directed at the UFC for giving Eilers a title shot after coming off a knockout loss to Paul Buentello at UFC 51, the UFC explained that Buentello was not medically cleared to fight when the main event was originally scheduled.

This was Forrest Griffin's first fight after winning The Ultimate Fighter show.


Preliminary card[edit]

  • Welterweight bout: Nick Diaz vs. Koji Oishi
Diaz wins by technical knockout (punches) at 1:24 of round one. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.
Loiseau wins by technical knockout (spinning back kick) at 2:04 of round two. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.
Quarry wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:37 of round one. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.

Main card[edit]

Buentello wins by submission (neck crank) at 4:10 of round one.
Parisyan wins by unanimous decision.
Griffin wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:18 of round one.
Franklin wins via TKO (doctor stoppage) 3:25 of round 4 to become the new Middleweight Champion.
Arlovski wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:10 of round one. It was realized that Eilers had injured his knee in the bout, prompting the referee to stop the fight as Eilers could not defend himself.[3]



  1. ^ http://www.headkicklegend.com/2010/11/9/1804270/ufcs-plan-to-invade-japan
  2. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=ki-ufcfiftythree052509
  3. ^ Josh Gross (June 6, 2005). "UFC 53 Injury Update: Eilers and Tanner". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2008-07-21.