was a UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 4, 2006. It was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, and broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.
Headlining the card was an anticipated
rubber match between top UFC stars and former coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, widely touted and marketed as MMA's first major trilogy.
It was the UFC's largest grossing gate to date, $3.3 million,
in addition to an estimate of over 400,000 pay-per-view buys. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $667,000. [3 ] [4 ]
Results [ edit ]
Preliminary card [ edit ]
Jardine wins by a unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Monson wins by technical submission (referee stoppage) with a North/South choke in the first round at 4:35. This match was a preliminary match, but was aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Buentello wins by technical knockout in the second round at 2:27. This match was a preliminary match, but was aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Sakara wins by unanimous decision (29–25, 29–26, 29–26). Sakara got a point deduction for an illegal vertical elbow to the head of Elvis Sinosic. This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Main card [ edit ]
Riggs wins by unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Sobral wins by submission (rear naked choke) in the first round at 2:19.
Cruz wins by technical knockout in the first round at 4:10.
Vera wins by knockout in the first round at 1:22.
Liddell wins by KO in the second round at 1:28. Couture announces his retirement after the loss.
Fighter Payouts [ edit ]
Chuck Liddell: $250,000
Randy Couture: $225,000
Renato "Babalu" Sobral: $32,000
Frank Mir: $26,000
Paul Buentello: $22,000
Joe Riggs: $20,000
Mike Van Arsdale: $16,000
Keith Jardine: $10,000
Nick Diaz: $10,000
Alessio Sakara: $10,000
Brandon Vera: $10,000
Marcio Cruz: $8,000
Elvis Sinosic: $6,000
Jeff Monson: $6,000
Mike Whitehead: $5,000
Justin Eilers: $5,000
Branden Lee Hinkle: $4,000
Gilbert Aldana: $2,000
Total Fighter Payouts: $667,000
Sources [ edit ]
"Liddell’s KO Outshone Only by Couture’s Retirement" by Josh Gross, Sherdog, February 5, 2006, retrieved February 19, 2006
Mixed martial arts show results, Mandalay Bay, February 4, 2006 (PDF), Nevada State Athletic Commission, retrieved February 23, 2006
Top MMA Gates, Nevada State Athletic Commission, retrieved February 19, 2006
UFC PPV Buys Explode in 2006
UFC Fighter Salaries for 2006 (includes fighter salaries for UFC 57)