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UFC 39
  • Friday 09.27.2002 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
  • Location: Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Osborne
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Ryan Bennett
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 7,800
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 45,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
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UFC 39 was an event held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut that featured the Vacant Heavyweight Championship fight between former champion Randy Couture and Ricco Rodriguez. The title had been held by Josh Barnett after he finished Couture, but it was stripped from him following a positive steroid test.


In an upset, Rodriguez defeated Couture by TKO in the fifth and final round, one of the select few championship fights to ever end in the fifth round. The event also marked the UFC debut of future Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:54 PM ET
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UFC 39 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Ricco Rodriguez   defeats   Randy Couture   via Submission, Elbow
Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3:04 Round 5 of 5, 23:04 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Tim Sylvia   defeats   Wesley Correira   via KO/TKO, Corner Stoppage
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:43 Round 2 of 3, 6:43 Total Bout Page
Referee: Kipp Kollar
BJ Penn   defeats   Matt Serra   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Caol Uno   defeats   Din Thomas   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Gan McGee   defeats   Pedro Rizzo   via KO/TKO, Corner Stoppage
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  5:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Phil Baroni   defeats   Dave Menne   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
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  0:18 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Matt Lindland   defeats   Ivan Salaverry   via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Sean Sherk   defeats   Benji Radach   via KO/TKO, Cut
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  4:16 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
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