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UFC 50: The War of '04

UFC 50
  • Friday 10.22.2004 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Trump Taj Mahal
  • Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Frank Mir
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Kerri Kasem
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 9,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: N/A | TV Ratings: 9,000
  • Number of Bouts: 7
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UFC 50 Wiki Update Wiki

Although it was expected to be a successful Pay Per View endeavor, UFC 50, which featured a main event pitting former Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz against Canadian knockout artist Patrick Cote, was one of the poorest-performing events in company history, drawing just 40,000 buys.


In hindsight, UFC 50’s poor Pay Per View showing is astounding considering the drawing power some of the fighters on the card would carry in the near future, including names like Matt Hughes, Georges St-Pierre, Rich Franklin, and the aforementioned Ortiz.


Cote was a late replacement opponent for Lion's Den fighter Guy Mezger, who was forced out of the contest after being taken to the hospital due to stroke-like symptoms, and eventually forced out of professional fighting as a result. Cote’s late fill-in may have contributed to the dip in purchase numbers, yet Cote put on a game performance considering the short notice.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:57 PM ET
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UFC 50 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Tito Ortiz   defeats   Patrick Cote   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Rich Franklin   defeats   Jorge Rivera   via Submission, Armbar
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  4:28 Round 3 of 3, 14:28 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Matt Hughes   defeats   Georges St. Pierre   via Submission, Armbar
Co-Main Event | Title Fight | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
#36 Greatest Submission of All Time
  4:59 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Frank Trigg   defeats   Renato Verissimo   via KO/TKO, Elbows
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  2:11 Round 2 of 3, 7:11 Total Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Evan Tanner   defeats   Robbie Lawler   via Submission, Triangle Choke
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  2:22 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Ivan Salaverry   defeats   Tony Fryklund   via Submission, Body Lock
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  1:36 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Travis Lutter   defeats   Marvin Eastman   via KO/TKO, Punch
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  0:43 Round 2 of 3, 5:43 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts   Info
Guy Mezger   vs.   Tito Ortiz   Cancelled (Mezger Stroke Symptoms)
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Patrick Cote   vs.   Marvin Eastman   Cancelled (Cote Moved to Main Event)
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
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