UFC 68

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UFC 68: The Uprising
UFC 68 poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 68: The Uprising.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 3, 2007
VenueNationwide Arena
CityColumbus, Ohio
Attendance19,049 (17,358 paid)
Total gate$3,014,000[1]
Total purse$697,000 (disclosed)[1]
Event chronology
UFC 67: All or Nothing UFC 68: The Uprising UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs Guillard

UFC 68: The Uprising was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 3, 2007 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.


UFC 68 was the first UFC event held in the state of Ohio, and coincided with the 2007 Arnold Sports Festival. The sold-out event produced the highest verifiable live attendance to date for a mixed martial arts event in North America with 19,079 spectators.[3] At the time it was the largest attendance for a MMA event in the United States.

In the main event, UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia was set to defend his title against Randy Couture, who was coming out of a 12-month retirement. Couture, a former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, hadn't fought as a heavyweight since UFC 39 in 2002.

Also featured at UFC 68 were the return bouts of former champions Matt Hughes at welterweight and Rich Franklin at middleweight.[4]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia (c) Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 50–45) 5 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Martin Kampmann def. Drew McFedries Submission (arm-triangle) 1 4:06
Middleweight Rich Franklin def. Jason MacDonald TKO (corner stoppage) 2 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Matt Hughes def. Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Jason Lambert def. Renato Sobral KO (punch) 2 3:36
Preliminary card
Light Heavyweight Matt Hamill def. Rex Holman TKO (punches) 1 4:00
Welterweight Jon Fitch def. Luigi Fioravanti Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:05
Lightweight Gleison Tibau def. Jason Dent Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Jamie Varner def. Jason Gilliam Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 1:34
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Excessive damage to MacDonald's right eye prompted his corner to signal for the end of the bout.

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  1. ^ a b "Official UFC 68 Salaries ..." MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  2. ^ Stupp, Dann (2007-10-30). "UFC Officials Rebut Randy Couture's Pay Claims". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  3. ^ Trembow, Ivan (2007-06-08). "K-1 DYNAMITE ATTENDANCE BREAKDOWN". MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-08.
  4. ^ "UFC Coming to Ohio with a Vengeance". UFC.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-03-04.

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