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UFC 43: Meltdown

UFC 43
  • Friday 06.06.2003 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Thomas and Mack Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Eddie Bravo
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $645,140
  • Attendance: 9,800
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 49,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 8
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG

Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts


  • John McCarthy
    Couture vs. Liddell I (8)Belfort vs. Eastman (5)Vitale vs. Lindland (2)
  • Larry Landless
    Leopoldo vs. Abbott (7)White vs. Freeman (4)Rizzo vs. Telligman (1)
  • Nelson Hamilton
    Edwards vs. Ruiz (6)Mir vs. Sims I (3)

UFC 43 Wiki Update Wiki

In what was a slight improvement over the dismal Pay Per View performance of UFC 42, UFC 43, which drew approximately 49,000 buys, featured an Interim Light Heavyweight Championship bout between former Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and future Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell.

Although it was just another fight at the time, the bout between Couture and Liddell would be their first in what became one of the highest-grossing rivalries in MMA history. Although there was no bad blood between the two, Couture's second-round TKO victory was considered an upset, one that Liddell would avenge in the rematch two years later.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
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