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UFC 51: Super Saturday

UFC 51
  • Saturday 02.05.2005 at 10:00 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: Kerri Kasem
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,493,000
  • Attendance: 11,072 (Paid: 9,268)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 105,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 9
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UFC 51 Wiki Update Wiki

Bouncing back from the dismal Pay Per View performance of UFC 50, UFC 51, which featured a light heavyweight superfight between former champion Tito Ortiz and Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort, delivered much stronger television buys, drawing approximately 105,000 purchases.


In the main event, Ortiz defeated Belfort in a tough but unexciting fight. The undercard featured the first Middleweight Championship fight since 2002, as Evan Tanner upset vaunted newcomer David Terrell for the title. The championship had been vacant since former champion Murilo Bustamante signed with Pride FC after defending the title against Matt Lindland.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
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UFC 51 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Tito Ortiz   defeats   Vitor Belfort   via Decision, Split
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Pete Sell   defeats   Phil Baroni   via Submission, Guillotine Choke
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  4:19 Round 3 of 3, 14:19 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Andrei Arlovski   defeats   Tim Sylvia   via Submission, Achilles Lock
Co-Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
#57 Greatest Submission of All Time
  0:47 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Evan Tanner   defeats   David Terrell   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Title Fight | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
#29 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
  4:35 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Paul Buentello   defeats   Justin Eilers   via KO/TKO, Punch
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3:34 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Mike Kyle   defeats   James Irvin   via KO/TKO, Punch
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:55 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
David Loiseau   defeats   Gideon Ray   via KO/TKO, Doctor Stoppage
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  5:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Karo Parisyan   defeats   Chris Lytle   via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Nick Diaz   defeats   Drew Fickett   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  4:40 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
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