UFC 65

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UFC 65: Bad Intentions
A poster or logo for UFC 65: Bad Intentions.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date November 18, 2006
Venue ARCO Arena
City Sacramento, California
Attendance 14,666 (12,362 paid)[1]
Total gate $2,138,020[2]
Buyrate 500,000[3]
Total purse $457,000 (disclosed)
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback Finale UFC 65: Bad Intentions UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs

UFC 65: Bad Intentions was a mixed martial arts competition held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 18, 2006 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California – the UFC’s first show at this venue. It was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada, and was later released on DVD.


The card featured the anticipated rematch between Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship – a fight originally scheduled for UFC 63. UFC 65 also featured a heavyweight title bout between Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia and Jeff Monson.

This event marked the last time to date that a UFC card with two non-interim title fights featured the lower weight class' title fight as the card's main event. The UFC has since decided that all cards with two title fights will always have the heavier weight class' title fight as the main event.[4]

UFC 65's original slated main event was a championship superfight with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell defending his title against PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva, a matchup UFC President Dana White announced during UFC 61 on July 8, 2006. Since then, the matchup appeared to have been postponed or cancelled because Tito Ortiz had been guaranteed a title shot at UFC 66, which was too close to UFC 65, as White stated in several interviews.[5]

The Hughes vs. St-Pierre main event was long awaited. It was first officially announced to happen at UFC 63 during the July 17, 2006 edition of the The Hot List on ESPNEWS. The fight was announced before, without a date, at a press conference in Toronto, Canada on April 7, 2006, and the matchup was alluded to—but not officially announced—during the PPV broadcast of UFC 58.[6]


Preliminary card[edit]

O'Brien wins by unanimous decision. All three judges score the bout 30–27.
Irvin wins by TKO (kick to the body and elbows) at 2:36 of round two. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Sakara vs. McFedries fight.
Hardonk wins by TKO (due to leg kick) at 3:15 of round one. Pendergarst was a late replacement for Brad Imes. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Hughes vs. St-Pierre fight.
Diaz wins by TKO (punches) at 2:27 of round two.

Main card[edit]

Stevenson wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:07 of round one.
McFedries wins by TKO (punches) at 4:07 of round one. McFedries was a late replacement for Wilson Gouveia.
Vera wins by TKO (knees & punches) at 1:09 of round one.
Sylvia retains the UFC Heavyweight Championship title and wins by unanimous decision after five rounds. The judges scores for the bout 50–45, 49–46, 49–46.
St-Pierre wins by TKO (head kick & punches) at 1:25 of round two to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion.

Bonus Awards[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=3235&zoneid=13
  2. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=3235&zoneid=13
  3. ^ http://www.wrestlingobserver.com
  4. ^ Hernandez, J. Yayo (2011-10-06). "Dana White Talks About Why Jose Aldo Isn’t The Main Event, Nick Diaz And Still Liking Lyoto Machida". CageJunkies.com. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  5. ^ Davidson, Neil (August 11, 2006). "UFC Backs Off Liddell vs. Silva Claims". Canadian Press. MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  6. ^ Canadian Press (2006-04-07). "FINALLY! RUSH GETS HIS SHOT AT THE TITLE!". TKO Major League MMA Website. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 

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