UFC 76

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UFC 76: Knockout
A poster or logo for UFC 76: Knockout.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date September 22, 2007
Venue Honda Center
City Anaheim, California
Attendance 13,770 (11,817 paid)
Total gate $1,985,000
Buyrate 475,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs Florian UFC 76: Knockout UFC 77: Hostile Territory

UFC 76: Knockout was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event took place on September 22, 2007 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ironically, although the event was advertised with the subtitle, Knockout, the entire card produced no knockouts whatsoever.

Background[edit]

The main event was anticipated to be Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva, a long-awaited match between the two popular former champions of the UFC and PRIDE, respectively; however, the main event featured a fight between former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and The Ultimate Fighter 2 alum Keith Jardine, with both fighters returning from knockout losses at UFC 71.

Also appearing on the card was 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion and future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua, who made his Octagon debut against TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin.

Welterweight Diego Sanchez returned after his decision loss at UFC 69 to Josh Koscheck when he faced Jon Fitch, a training partner of Koscheck and a former Purdue University wrestler who was in the midst of a thirteen-fight win streak.

A scheduled bout between light heavyweights Jason Lambert and Wilson Gouveia was removed from the card after Gouveia suffered a severely broken nose during training. A replacement for Gouveia was not found.[2]

The card left with eight bouts instead of nine, the UFC scheduled a fight between Rich Clementi and Anthony Johnson to fill out the remainder of the card.[3]

None of the preliminary bouts made it to the PPV due to the length of all the main card bouts.

Results[edit]

Preliminary card[edit]

Wiman defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Wellisch defeated Junk via submission (heel hook) at 3:19 of round 1.
Stephens defeated Saraiva via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Clementi defeated Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:05 of round 2.

Main card[edit]

Griffin defeated Tavares via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Machida defeated Nakamura via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). After the fight, Nakamura failed a drug test, testing positive for marijuana.[4]
Fitch defeated Sanchez via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 29–28).
Griffin defeated Rua via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:45 of round 3.
Jardine defeated Liddell via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).

Bonus awards[edit]

$40,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards:

  • Knockout of the Night: None

Purses[edit]

[7] As reported by the California State Athletic Commission

  • Does not include any side bonuses or bonuses for submission and fight of the night honors. Only the show and win money that the CSAC reports:

Chuck Liddell: $500,000

Mauricio Rua: $150,000

Lyoto Machida: $50,000

Forrest Griffin: $45,000

Jon Fitch: $44,000

Tyson Griffin: $24,000

Rich Clementi: $24,000

Diego Sanchez: $22,000

Kazuhiro Nakamura: $20,000

Matt Wiman: $16,000

Keith Jardine: $14,000

Christian Wellisch: $14,000

Thiago Tavares: $9,000

Jeremy Stephens: $6,000

Anthony Johnson: $5,000

Michihiro Omigawa: $5,000

Scott Junk: $4,000

Diego Saravia: $3,000

Total: $954,000

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