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UFC 45: Revolution

UFC 45
  • Friday 11.21.2003 at 10:00 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, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Eddie Bravo
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 9,200
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: N/A | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
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If nothing else, the poor Pay Per View buy rate of UFC 45, which featured a main event pitting Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes against Frank Trigg, demonstrated that casual MMA fans at the time wanted to see the heavier weight classes. Light Heavyweight fighters such as Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, and Chuck Liddell had all impressed in previous Pay Per View efforts, and none were featured on the UFC 45 card.


Although Hughes basically dominated Trigg from start to finish, choking him out at the 3:54 mark of the first round, Trigg would turn to trash talk aplenty to hype up an eventual rematch, and kick start one of the biggest rivalries in the UFC at the time. UFC 45 also marked the creation of the UFC Hall of Fame, as the first two members were inducted during the live Pay Per View broadcast. The inductees were Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, who shared mid-event smiles and pleasantries in the Octagon where they had twice gone to war.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:58 PM ET
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UFC 45 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Matt Hughes   defeats   Frank Trigg   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Event | Title Fight | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
#50 Greatest Submission of All Time
  3:54 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Matt Lindland   defeats   Falaniko Vitale   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  4:23 Round 3 of 3, 14:23 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Wesley Correira   defeats   David Abbott   via KO/TKO, Cut
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  2:14 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Evan Tanner   defeats   Phil Baroni   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  4:42 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Robbie Lawler   defeats   Chris Lytle   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Pedro Rizzo   defeats   Ricco Rodriguez   via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
Keith Rockel   defeats   Chris Liguori   via Submission, Guillotine Choke
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  3:29 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Yves Edwards   defeats   Nick Agallar   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  2:14 Round 2 of 3, 7:14 Total Bout Page
Referee: Larry Landless
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