UFC 57

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UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
A poster or logo for UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date February 4, 2006
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 11,000 (Paid: 10,301)[1]
Total gate $3,382,400
Buyrate 400,000[2]
Event chronology
Ultimate Fight Night 3 UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 UFC 58: USA vs Canada

UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 was a 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,[3] in addition to an estimate of over 400,000 pay-per-view buys. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $667,000.[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

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