|UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 23, 2006|
|Attendance||12,604 (9,343 paid)|
|Total purse||$332,000 (disclosed only)|
UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 23, 2006. The event took place at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California and was broadcast live on pay-per-view (PPV) in the United States and Canada.
The event, originally subtitled "Hughes vs. St-Pierre," was scheduled to feature a UFC Welterweight Title match between champion Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre. Nevertheless, a groin injury—which was reported early in August, forced St-Pierre off the card. At first, St-Pierre sought a physiotherapist, hoping the injury would heal on its own during training; however, it was later announced that St-Pierre would indeed withdraw from his long-awaited title shot. Taking his place was former UFC Welterweight Champion, B.J. Penn, who defeated Hughes in a championship fight in 2004, and was beaten by St-Pierre at UFC 58. In fact, the Penn loss was Hughes' only defeat in his last twenty fights.
The Quad-City Times reported that Pat Miletich expressed outrage that the UFC had apparently scheduled this event alongside a bout he had forthcoming in the IFL, which caused him to miss cornering Hughes and Pulver, fighters whom he coaches, in their UFC matches.
- Griffin wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:50 of round one. The fight, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.
- Lightweight bout: Jorge Gurgel vs. Danny Abbadi
- Gurgel wins by split decision after three rounds. Judges scored the bout 29–28, 29–28 and 29–28. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.
- Sanchez wins by knockout due to a punch at :17 of round two. Sanchez accepted the fight on short notice, replacing Gabriel Gonzaga. The fight, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.
- Huerta wins by unanimous decision after three rounds. All three judges scored the bout 30–27. Dent came as a late replacement for Jason Reinhardt, who had pulled out of the card due to lingering medical concerns with his neck. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.
- Lauzon wins by knockout due to strikes at :47 of round one.
- Evans wins by knockout due to punches from the mounted position at 2:22 of round two.
- Guillard wins by TKO due to a body punch at 1:01 of round two.
- Swick wins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29–28.
- Hughes wins by TKO due to strikes at 3:53 of round three. Hughes retains the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- Fight of the Night: Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn and Roger Huerta vs. Jason Dent
- Knockout of the Night: Joe Lauzon
- Submission of the Night: Tyson Griffin
I'm not impressed by your performance
At the post-fight interview, after Penn left the cage, St-Pierre stepped into the ring to hype up his upcoming title bout against Hughes, stating that he was glad that Hughes won his fight, but that he was "not impressed by [Hughes'] performance".
According to both commentator Joe Rogan and Hughes' own autobiography, Hughes was unhappy with St-Pierre's statement. Hughes said that they "had words" off-camera shortly after, at which time St-Pierre apologized, saying he had misunderstood something Hughes had said on the microphone and did not mean to offend him.
The disclosed fighter payroll for UFC 63 was $332,000. Individual payouts are listed below. The numbers only include figures the UFC disclosed to the state athletic commission; pay-per-view buyrate bonuses, sponsorship fees, and other bonuses were not disclosed.
- Matt Hughes: $130,000
- BJ Penn: $50,000
- Jens Pulver: $30,000
- Rashad Evans: $24,000
- Mike Swick: $14,000
- Melvin Guillard: $10,000
- Jason Lambert: $9,000
- David Loiseau: $9,000
- Joe Lauzon: $6,000
- Gabe Ruediger: $3,000
- Tyson Griffin: $14,000
- Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
- Roger Huerta: $6,000
- Danny Abaddi: $5,000
- Eddie Sanchez: $4,000
- Jason Dent: $3,000
- Mario Neto: $3,000
- David Lee: $2,000
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- UFC 63 Results on Sherdog.com
- Official UFC Website
- Official UFC 63 PPV Site
- UFC 63 Fighter Salary Breakdown