|UFC 33: Victory in Vegas|
The poster for UFC 33: Victory in Vegas.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 28, 2001|
|Venue||Mandalay Bay Events Center|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
UFC 33: Victory in Vegas was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 28, 2001. The event was seen live on pay per view in the United States, and later released on home video.
The card was headlined by three title bouts, Tito Ortiz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko for the Light Heavyweight Title (Vitor Belfort was unable to fight due to arm injury while training), Dave Menne vs Gil Castillo for the new Middleweight Title and Jens Pulver vs Dennis Hallman for the Lightweight Title.
UFC 33 was the first mixed martial arts event sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which were first established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in April 2001.
UFC 33 is commonly pointed to as one of the worst in UFC history, failing to captivate the new pay-per-view audience due to the large number of decisions on the card – UFC 33 was in fact the first event where all main event fights went to a decision. The Ortiz-Matyushenko and Pulver-Hallman fights in particular have been judged the two most uneventful five-round title fights in UFC history, up to at least 2009, by some metrics. Additionally, the broadcast ran over and cut out early on many cable systems (in the middle of the Ortiz-Matyushenko fight). After this event, the UFC reduced the number of live fights to five and didn't schedule an event with 3 title fights for over 15 years.
During the post fight press conference for UFC 111, in response to questions about a perceived boring fight between Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy, UFC president Dana White commented that "UFC 33 is the only one I can remember where every fight sucked."
|Light Heavyweight||Tito Ortiz (c)||def.||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (unanimous) (50–43, 50–44, 50–44)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Lightweight||Jens Pulver (c)||def.||Dennis Hallman||Decision (unanimous) (49–47, 48–47, 48–47)||5||5:00||[b]|
|Middleweight||Dave Menne||def.||Gil Castillo||Decision (unanimous) (49–43, 49–44, 49–45)||5||5:00||[c]|
|Light Heavyweight||Chuck Liddell||def.||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Matt Serra||def.||Yves Edwards||Decision (majority) (30–26, 30–27, 29–29)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Jutaro Nakao||def.||Tony DeSouza||KO (punch)||2||0:15|
|Middleweight||Ricardo Almeida||def.||Eugene Jackson||Submission (triangle choke)||1||4:06|
|Lightweight||Din Thomas||def.||Fabiano Iha||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
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