UFC 103

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UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
A poster or logo for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date September 19, 2009
Venue American Airlines Center
City Dallas, Texas
Attendance 17,428[1]
Total gate $2,400,000[1]
Buyrate 375,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center.[3] The event was broadcast on pay-per-view.


This was the first UFC event to air a portion of the preliminary card live and commercial-free during an hour long block on Spike.[4] The Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal, Rick Story vs. Brian Foster, and the Jim Miller vs. Steve Lopez fights were shown on Spike.

As a part of the UFC/ESPN UK regionalization strategy the bout of Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster was to air on ESPN (UK) prior to Daley replacing Swick against Kampmann.[5]

The event was aired the same time Floyd Mayweather fought Juan Manuel Márquez. Maywather/Márquez drew a smaller crowd (13,116) but its gate was considerably higher at $6,811,300. It also sold more PPV buys (1,000,000).

To date, this PPV had the largest amount of fights broadcast by the UFC (13).

It was announced on July 20, 2009 that Rich Franklin would headline UFC 103 against Dan Henderson.[6] It was then announced on July 31, 2009 that fans were not happy with the announced headliner of Henderson-Franklin 2 so they changed the main event to feature Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort. "Fans didn't like it, so we changed it," UFC President Dana White said.[7]

A previously announced bout featuring Steve Steinbeiss[8] was moved to UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard.[9] A previously announced bout featuring Aaron Simpson[8] was moved to UFC 102.[10]

A knee injury forced Matt Wiman out of a bout with Rafael dos Anjos on July 23.[11] Rob Emerson filled in.[12]

A knee injury forced Thiago Tavares out of his bout with Jim Miller on August 20.[13] Tavares was replaced by UFC newcomer Steve Lopez.[14]

A back injury forced Dan Lauzon out of his bout with Rafaello Oliveira[15] and he was replaced by Nik Lentz.[16]

An injury forced Mike Swick out of his bout with Martin Kampmann and Paul Daley moved up from the undercard to face Kampmann.[17]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight (195 lbs) Vitor Belfort def. Rich Franklin KO (punches) 1 3:02
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos def. Mirko Filipović TKO (eye injury) 3 2:00
Welterweight Paul Daley def. Martin Kampmann TKO (punches) 1 2:31
Welterweight Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg TKO (punches) 1 1:25
Catchweight (159 lbs) Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca KO (punches) 2 3:26
Televised (Spike TV)
Lightweight Efrain Escudero def. Cole Miller TKO (punches) 1 3:36
Middleweight Tomasz Drwal def. Drew McFedries Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:03
Preliminary card
Lightweight Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez TKO (shoulder injury) 2 0:48
Lightweight Nik Lentz def. Rafaello Oliveira Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Rick Story def. Brian Foster Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 1:09
Light Heavyweight Eliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz Decision (split) (27–30, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Rafael dos Anjos def. Rob Emerson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.[18]

  • Fight of the Night: Rick Story vs. Brian Foster
  • Knockout of the Night: Vitor Belfort
  • Submission of the Night: Rick Story

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UFC 103 in Dallas a sellout with 17,428 attendees, $2.4 million estimate gate". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://mmapayout.com/2009/12/ufc-establishes-new-mark-for-ppv-buys-in-2009/
  3. ^ "UFC 103". Ufc.com. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "SPIKE TV TO TELECAST LIVE UNDERCARD BOUTS FOR THE FIRST TIME". Ufc.com. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  5. ^ Cofield, Steve (August 31, 2009). "UFC/ESPN regionalize U.K. broadcasts: Daley fight a special feature at UFC 103. – Cagewriter – MMA – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Henderson-Franklin II to Headline UFC 103". Ufc.com. July 31, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/15689/rich-franklin-vs-vitor-belfort-not-dan-henderson-announced-as-new-ufc-103-main-event.mma
  8. ^ a b "Aaron Simpson and Steve Steinbeiss Added to UFC 103". MMAFrenzy.com. Retrieved May 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ "STEINBEISS VS. JENSEN SET FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 19". Mma Weekly. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Aaron Simpson vs. Ed Herman middleweight bout slotted for UFC Fight Night 19". Mma Junkie. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Matt Wiman vs. Rafael dos Anjos Booked for UFC 103". MMAFrenzy.com. January 2, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  12. ^ Morgan, John. "Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ Morgan, John. "Thiago Tavares suffers knee injury, forced to withdraw from UFC 103 bout with Jim Miller". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  14. ^ Morgan, John. "Jim Miller to face UFC newcomer Steve Lopez on UFC 103 preliminary card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Dan Lauzon Out of UFC 103 Fight Against Rafaello Oliveira With Back Injury". MMAFrenzy.com. January 2, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Nik Lentz Replaces Dan Lauzon, Fights Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103". MMAFrenzy.com. January 2, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  17. ^ Gilbert, Mark (September 4, 2009). "Mike Swick injured, out of UFC 103, Paul Daley will face Martin Kampmann instead | The Sun |Sport|UFC". The Sun. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  18. ^ "UFC 103 fighter bonuses: Vitor Belfort, Rick Story, Brian Foster earn $65K awards". MMAjunkie. Retrieved September 20, 2009.