UFC 56

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UFC 56: Full Force
A poster or logo for UFC 56: Full Force.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date November 19, 2005
Venue MGM Grand Arena
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 12,000 (Paid: 9,995)[1]
Total gate $1,986,000
Buyrate 200,000
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Finale UFC 56: Full Force Ultimate Fight Night 3

UFC 56: Full Force was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 19, 2005. It was held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.


Headlining the card were the two coaches from The Ultimate Fighter 2, Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes, scheduled to defend their middleweight and welterweight titles, respectively. This event marked the first time that an Ultimate Fighter contestant, season one's Nate Quarry, would compete for a UFC championship. Two highlight reel knockouts including the devastating knockout of Nate Quarry were performed during UFC 56.

UFC 56 drew a live gate of $1,986,600, with 9,995 tickets sold. [2] The total fighter payroll for the event was $294,000. [3]


Preliminary card[edit]

Thompson wins by unanimous decision. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.
Alves wins by technical knockout due to strikes at 2:22 of round one. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Sam Hoger vs. Jeff Newton
Hoger wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:00 of round two. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.

Main card[edit]

Horn wins by unanimous decision. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
St-Pierre wins by technical knockout due to strikes at 2:51 of round two.
Gonzaga wins by knockout at 4:37 of round three.
UFC Welterweight Champion, Hughes wins by submission (kimura) at 3:28 of round one. Riggs was brought in as a replacement for Karo Parisyan, who suffered an injury in his training leading up to the bout. Although originally scheduled as a championship match, Riggs could not make the required weight at 170 lb and the bout was changed to a non-title welterweight match.
Franklin defeated Quarry via KO (punch) 2:32 of round 1 to retain Middleweight Championship.

Fighter Payouts[edit]

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

Jeremy Horn: $50,000 ($25,000 to fight; $25,000 to win)

Georges St-Pierre: $35,000 ($16,000 to fight; $19,000 to win)

Rich Franklin: $26,000 ($13,000 to fight; $13,000 to win)

Joe Riggs: $12,000 (Note that Riggs was fined 10% of this amount for failing to make weight)

Nate Quarry: $10,000

Sean Sherk: $10,000

Sam Hoger: $10,000 ($5,000 to fight; $5,000 to win)

Trevor Prangley: $6,000

Gabriel Gonzaga: $6,000 ($3,000 to fight; $3,000 to win)

Nick Thompson: $6,000 ($3,000 to fight; $3,000 to win)

Thiago Alves: $4,000 ($2,000 to fight; $2,000 to win)

Kevin Jordan: $3,000

Jeff Newton: $2,000

Ansar Chalangov: $2,000

Keith Wisniewski: $2,000

Total Fighter Payouts: $294,000 (average of $18,375 per fighter)