2005
2005 in the UFC.
UFC 56: Full Force
UFC 56: Full Force from November 19, 2005. At UFC 56: Full Force, The Ultimate Fighter season 2 coaches & UFC champions Matt Hughes and Rich “Ace” Franklin entered the Octagon to take on a pair of heavy-handed adversaries in Joe “Diesel” Riggs and Nate “The Rock” Quarry.
The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
TUF 2 Finale from November 5, 2005. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Finale saw two more winners crowned -- heavyweight and welterweight -- and a main event scrap you’ll never forget as TUF 1 winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez had a back-and-forth battle with Nick Diaz.
UFC 55: Fury
UFC 55: Fury from October 7, 2005. There was fireworks! At UFC 55: Fury, the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship was up for grabs in a fan-friendly, striker’s showdown between Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello. Also, Chael Sonnen’s debut.
UFC Fight Night: Loiseau vs Tanner
UFC Fight Night: Loiseau vs Tanner from October 3, 2005. At Ultimate Fight Night 2, the main event featured former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner taking on Canadian striker David “The Crow” Loiseau. Also in action, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Brandon Vera, and Spencer Fisher in their Octagon debuts.
UFC 54: Boiling Point
UFC 54: Boiling Point from August 20, 2005. After capturing the title and avenging a loss from Randy Couture, UFC light-heavyweight champ Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell made first title defense at UFC 54: Boiling Point against the only other fighter to best him inside the Octagon - Jeremy Horn.
UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs Salaverry
UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs Salaverry from August 6, 2005. The first installment of what would become a staple in the UFC catalogue, Ultimate Fight Night took over the cable airwaves to deliver the adrenaline pumping, Octagon action we know and love. Headlined by Nate “The Great” Marquardt facing Ivan Salaverry.
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters from June 4, 2005. UFC 53: Heavy Hitters saw two belt battles on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. First UFC middleweight champ Evan Tanner faced Rich Franklin. And, in the main event, UFC interim-heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski met Justin Eilers.
UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II
UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell 2 from April 16, 2005. The record setting UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2 saw The Ultimate Fighter coaches clash for the UFC light-heavyweight title as champ Randy Couture faced Chuck Liddell. In the co-main classic, UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes rematched Frank Trigg.
The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
TUF 1 Finale from April 9, 2005. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale was the UFC’s watershed moment as the first two winners of the reality show were crowned including the fight that set the world on fire as Stephan Bonnar went to war with Forrest Griffin.
UFC 51: Super Saturday
UFC 51: Super Saturday from February 5, 2005. At UFC 51: Super Saturday, the Octagon got a workout hosting a UFC middleweight championship bout for the vacant title, a UFC interim-heavyweight championship bout, and a superfight between Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort.
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