UFC 57

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UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
A poster or logo for UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date February 4, 2006
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 11,000 (Paid: 10,301)[1]
Total gate $3,382,400
Buyrate 400,000[2]
Event chronology
Ultimate Fight Night 3 UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 UFC 58: USA vs Canada

UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 4, 2006. It was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, and broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.

Headlining the card was an anticipated rubber match between top UFC stars and former coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, widely touted and marketed as MMA's first major trilogy.

It was the UFC's largest grossing gate to date, $3.3 million,[1] in addition to an estimate of over 400,000 pay-per-view buys. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $667,000.[3]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell (c) def. Randy Couture KO (punches) 2 1:28 [a]
Heavyweight Brandon Vera def. Justin Eilers KO (head kick and knee) 1 1:25
Heavyweight Marcio Cruz def. Frank Mir TKO (punches and elbows) 1 4:10
Light Heavyweight Renato Sobral def. Mike Van Arsdale Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:21
Welterweight Joe Riggs def. Nick Diaz Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. Elvis Sinosic Decision (unanimous) (29–25, 29–26, 29–26) 3 5:00 [b]
Heavyweight Paul Buentello def. Gilbert Aldana TKO (punches) 2 2:27
Heavyweight Jeff Monson def. Branden Lee Hinkle Technical Submission (north-south choke) 1 4:35
Light Heavyweight Keith Jardine def. Mike Whitehead Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 [c]
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Couture announces his retirement after the loss.
  2. ^ Sakara got a point deduction for an illegal vertical elbow to the head of Elvis Sinosic. This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
  3. ^ This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.

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