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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 Bouts: 8
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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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UFC 43 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Randy Couture   defeats   Chuck Liddell   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Event | Title Fight | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
#62 Greatest Fight of All Time
#28 Biggest Upset of All Time
#5 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
  2:39 Round 3 of 5, 12:39 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Kimo Leopoldo   defeats   David Abbott   via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:59 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Yves Edwards   defeats   Eddie Ruiz   via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Nelson Hamilton
Vitor Belfort   defeats   Marvin Eastman   via KO/TKO, Knees and Punches
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  1:07 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Vernon White   vs.   Ian Freeman   Ends in a Draw
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Frank Mir   defeats   Wes Sims   via Disqualificaton, Kicking a Downed Opponent
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  2:55 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Nelson Hamilton
Falaniko Vitale   defeats   Matt Lindland   via KO/TKO, Slam
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  1:56 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Pedro Rizzo   defeats   Tra Telligman   via KO/TKO, Cut
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  4:24 Round 2 of 3, 9:24 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts   Info
Ken Shamrock   vs.   Ian Freeman   Cancelled (Shamrock Knee Injury)
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
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