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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
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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
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UFC 44 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Randy Couture   defeats   Tito Ortiz   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Event | Title Fight | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
#68 Biggest Upset of All Time
#19 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
  5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Andrei Arlovski   defeats   Vladimir Matyushenko   via KO/TKO, Punch
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:59 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Tim Sylvia   defeats   Gan McGee   via KO/TKO, Punches
Co-Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:54 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Jorge Rivera   defeats   David Loiseau   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Rich Franklin   defeats   Edwin Dewees   via KO/TKO, Punches and Knees
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3:35 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Sean Brockmole
Karo Parisyan   defeats   Dave Strasser   via Submission, Kimura
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3:52 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Josh Thomson   defeats   Gerald Strebendt   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  2:45 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Nick Diaz   defeats   Jeremy Jackson   via Submission, Armbar
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  2:04 Round 3 of 3, 12:04 Total Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Hermes Franca   defeats   Caol Uno   via KO/TKO, Punch
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  2:46 Round 2 of 3, 7:46 Total Bout Page
Referee: Sean Brockmole
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