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UFC 39: The Warriors Return

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
  • Attendance: 7,800
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 45,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 8
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia
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Fight Card

Referees

  • John McCarthy
    Rodriguez vs. Couture (8)Penn vs. Serra (6)McGee vs. Rizzo (4)
  • Kipp Kollar
    Sylvia vs. Correira (7)
  • Larry Landless
    Uno vs. Thomas (5)Baroni vs. Menne (3)

UFC 39 Wiki Update Wiki

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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