UFC 43

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UFC 43: Meltdown
The poster for UFC 43: Meltdown.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 6, 2003
VenueThomas and Mack Center
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Total gate$645,140
Event chronology
UFC 42: Sudden Impact UFC 43: Meltdown UFC 44: Undisputed

UFC 43: Meltdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 6, 2003, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.


Headlining the card was an Interim Light Heavyweight Championship match between future UFC Hall of Fame inductees Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.

Ken Shamrock was originally slated to face Ian Freeman at this event, but was forced from the card with a torn ACL. Vernon White would step in as his replacement.[1]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Randy Couture def. Chuck Liddell TKO (punches) 3 2:39 [a]
Heavyweight Kimo Leopoldo def. Tank Abbott Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 1:59
Light Heavyweight Vitor Belfort def. Marvin Eastman TKO (knees and punches) 1 1:07
Heavyweight Vernon White vs. Ian Freeman Draw (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–29) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Frank Mir def. Wes Sims Disqualification (kicking a downed opponent) 1 2:55
Preliminary card
Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo def. Tra Telligman TKO (doctor stoppage) 2 4:24
Middleweight Falaniko Vitale def. Matt Lindland TKO (slam) 1 1:56
Lightweight Yves Edwards def. Eddie Ruiz Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Couture won via TKO (punches) at 2:39 of Round 3. Couture becomes the Interim Light Heavyweight Champion, and the first person to win a title in two different weight divisions (Couture was a two-time Heavyweight Champion).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shamrock out at UFC 43". BoxingScene.com. May 21, 2003. Retrieved July 24, 2011.

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