Completed Event

UFC 33: Victory in Vegas

UFC 33
  • Friday 09.28.2001 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Osborne, Elvis Sinosic
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Ryan Bennett
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $816,660
  • Attendance: 9,500
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 75,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG
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UFC 33 Wiki Update Wiki

Panned by fans for ages, UFC 33 represents quite possibly the worst Pay Per View effort of the promotion since its inception in 1993. Most of the fights on the card were boring, uneventful decisions that failed to captivate its new Pay Per View audience, and all three title fights on the card ran for their entirety, leading many viewers to experience broadcast blackouts during the Ortiz vs. Matyushenko Light Heavyweight Championship fight once the Pay Per View time slot had expired.


Following UFC 33, which was the first UFC event to be sanctioned under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the promotion refused to schedule any more than five fights for the main card of a Pay Per View. In 2010, responding to criticism of the five-round fight between Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy, UFC President Dana White said, "UFC 33 is the only one I can remember where every fight sucked."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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UFC 33 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Dave Menne   defeats   Gil Castillo   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Title Fight | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Tito Ortiz   defeats   Vladimir Matyushenko   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Event | Title Fight | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jens Pulver   defeats   Dennis Hallman   via Decision, Unanimous
Co-Main Event | Title Fight | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Chuck Liddell   defeats   Murilo Bustamante   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Matt Serra   defeats   Yves Edwards   via Decision, Majority
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Jutaro Nakao   defeats   Tony DeSouza   via KO/TKO, Punch
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  0:15 Round 2 of 3, 5:15 Total Bout Page
Ricardo Almeida   defeats   Eugene Jackson   via Submission, Triangle Choke
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  4:06 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Din Thomas   defeats   Fabiano Iha   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
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