Completed Event

UFC 44: Undisputed

UFC 44
  • Friday 09.26.2003 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, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Eddie Bravo
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,127,985
  • Attendance: 10,400
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 94,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 9
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG
  • UFC: Facebook | Twitter | Wikipedia | Official Site | YouTube

Fight Card

Referees

  • John McCarthy
    Couture vs. Ortiz (9)Sylvia vs. McGee (7)Thomson vs. Strebendt (3)
  • Larry Landless
    Arlovski vs. Matyushenko (8)Rivera vs. Loiseau (6)
  • Sean Brockmole
    Franklin vs. Dewees (5)França vs. Uno (1)
  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Parisyan vs. Strasser (4)Diaz vs. Jackson (2)

UFC 44 Wiki Update Wiki

Emerging as the UFC's biggest, most popular, and most marketable superstar following his drubbing of Ken Shamrock in the main event of UFC 40, Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz again lead the Zuffa, LLC-owned UFC to impressive Pay Per View numbers at UFC 44, with total buys coming in at 94,000.


The main event of the evening pitted Ortiz against Randy Couture. Although Ortiz was the dominant champion, Couture's size, strength, wrestling ability, and upset domination of Chuck Liddell in his last fight lead many analysts to pick him in the fight. Twenty five minutes later, Couture had completely dominated Ortiz to take the title with a Unanimous Decision, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in two different weight classes. Couture also arguably emerged from the fight as the promotion's biggest star, taking that mantle and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” title belt in one fell swoop.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
Wiki Contributors:

  • MMA Junkie : Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri slated for UFC Fight Night 71
  • MMA Junkie : Michael Bisping's motivation? Even B.J. Penn looks to 'The Count' for inspiration
  • MMAFighting.com : Fightweets: Should Georges St-Pierre return, and if so, who should he fight?
  • Middle Easy : Video: Outweighed by 70 pounds Mackenzie Dern just beat Gabi Garcia at Abu Dhabi World Pro
  • MMA Junkie : ICYMI: Olivier Aubin-Mercier brings cookies to David Michaud at UFC 186 weigh-ins
  • MMA Junkie : ONE Championship 26 video highlights with a one-punch KO and slick submission
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Full Fight Flashback: Kyoji Horiguchi Demolishes Jon Delos Reyes
  • MMAFighting.com : Sarah Kaufman says her fight with Davis 'could potentially end Alexis' career'
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 186 fight time, TV schedule for Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
  • MMA Junkie : Heavyweights Antonio Silva and Soa Palelei booked for UFC 190 in Brazil
  • MMA Junkie : 'UFC 186 Embedded,' No. 3: The joys of cutting weight
  • MMAFighting.com : After starring on TUF 3, Kendall Grove and Michael Bisping still share bond
  • MMA Junkie : Lorenz Larkin says he's fighting Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 190 in Brazil
  • MMA Weekly : Demetrious Johnson Says He Could Take Out Floyd Mayweather in 15 Seconds (Video)
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 186 play-by-play and live results
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 186 predictions
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 186 discussion thread
  • MMA Junkie : Watch UFC 186's post-fight press conference on MMAjunkie
  • MMA Weekly : Bigfoot Silva vs. Soa Palelei Lands on UFC 190 Fight Card
  • MMA Weekly : Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza Post-Fight Press Conference Video Replay