UFC 61

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UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
A poster or logo for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date July 8, 2006
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 11,167 (9,999 paid)
Total gate $3,350,775.15
Buyrate 775,000 [1]
Event chronology
Ultimate Fight Night 5 UFC 61: Bitter Rivals UFC Fight Night 6

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday, July 8, 2006. The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.


The main event was a Heavyweight Championship match between champion Tim Sylvia and former champion Andrei Arlovski. This was the third time these fighters had met, they had split the first two meetings. The co-main event was the highly anticipated rematch of TUF 3 coaches Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

It was announced during the event that Chuck Liddell would fight PRIDE star Wanderlei Silva in November if Liddell won his upcoming match against Renato "Babalu" Sobral at UFC 62. Negotiations between the UFC and PRIDE failed however and the Liddell-Silva fight never occurred in November 2006. The two would eventually meet in December 2007 at UFC 79.

The number of pay-per-view buys for UFC 61 in the United States was approximately 775,000, which set a new UFC buyrate record and generated gross PPV revenue of approximately $30,960,000. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $676,000. With a live gate at $3,350,775, it nearly eclipsed the all-time mark for UFC events set at UFC 57.


Preliminary card[edit]

Fickett wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:20 of round three. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.
Kongo wins by technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 4:13 of round one. This was a preliminary bout, and was not aired on the broadcast.
Monson defeated Perosh by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:43 of round one. This bout was not aired on the broadcast, although highlights were shown at the end.
Franca wins by submission (triangle choke) at :47 of round three. Franca was originally matched with Roger Huerta. However, Huerta withdrew from the card due to injury and was replaced by Joe Jordan. [2] The fight took place at a catchweight of 165 lb, instead of lightweight, as allowances were made for Jordan as a late replacement.[3] This bout was not aired on the broadcast, but it was highlighted as the submission of the night

Main card[edit]

Stevenson wins by technical knockout (doctor stoppage due to cuts) at the end of round two.
Burkman wins by unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 29–28, 30–27 and 29–28.
Mir wins by unanimous decision. The judges each scored the bout 29–28.
Ortiz wins by technical knockout (referee stoppage, due to strikes) at 1:18 of round one.
Sylvia wins by unanimous decision to retain his title. The judges scored the bout 48–47, 49–46 and 48–47.

Bonus awards[edit]


Tito Ortiz: $210,000

Tim Sylvia: $120,000

Ken Shamrock: $100,000

Andrei Arlovski: $90,000

Frank Mir: $56,000

Joe Stevenson: $24,000

Jeff Monson: $20,000

Drew Fickett: $12,000

Josh Burkman: $10,000

Hermes Franca: $8,000

Yves Edwards: $8,000

Josh Neer: $6,000

Cheick Kongo: $6,000

Dan Christison: $5,000

Joe Jordan: $4,000

Anthony Perosh: $3,000

Gilbert Aldana: $2,000

Kurt Pellegrino: $2,000

Total Fighter Payouts: $676,000


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Venga, Gleidson (2006-07-05). "Franca’s Return to the UFC Caps Solid 2006". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ "MMA Radio, Podcast, UFC, Beatdown, MMA Sunday School". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 


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