UFC 42

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UFC 42: Sudden Impact
A poster or logo for UFC 42: Sudden Impact.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date April 25, 2003
Venue American Airlines Arena
City Miami, Florida
Attendance 6,700
Buyrate 35,000
Event chronology
UFC 41: Onslaught UFC 42: Sudden Impact UFC 43: Meltdown

UFC 42: Sudden Impact was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 25, 2003, at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.


UFC 42 was the first UFC event to take place in Florida. Headlining the event was a Welterweight Title bout between Matt Hughes and Sean Sherk. UFC 42 also marked the first UFC appearance of future Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.

Joe Rogan provided the lead commentary for this event and was joined by colour commentator Phil Baroni with further analysis by Eddie Bravo.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Matt Hughes (c) def. Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 48–47, 48–45) 5 5:00 [a]
Welterweight Pete Spratt def. Robbie Lawler Submission (injury) 2 2:28
Welterweight Dave Strasser def. Romie Aram Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Wesley Correira def. Sean Alvarez TKO (knees and punches) 2 1:46
Light Heavyweight Rich Franklin def. Evan Tanner TKO (punches) 1 2:40
Lightweight Duane Ludwig def. Genki Sudo Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Lightweight Hermes Franca def. Rich Crunkilton Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight David Loiseau def. Mark Weir KO (punches) 1 3:55

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