|UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3|
The poster 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)|
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.
|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|
|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]|
- For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Couture announces his retirement after the loss.
- 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.
- This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Chuck Liddell: $250,000
Randy Couture: $225,000
Renato "Babalu" Sobral: $32,000
Frank Mir: $26,000
Paul Buentello: $22,000
Joe Riggs: $20,000
Mike Van Arsdale: $16,000
Keith Jardine: $10,000
Nick Diaz: $10,000
Alessio Sakara: $10,000
Brandon Vera: $10,000
Marcio Cruz: $8,000
Elvis Sinosic: $6,000
Jeff Monson: $6,000
Mike Whitehead: $5,000
Justin Eilers: $5,000
Branden Lee Hinkle: $4,000
Gilbert Aldana: $2,000
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $667,000
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