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UFC 53: Heavy Hitters

UFC 53
  • Saturday 06.04.2005 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Boardwalk Hall
  • Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,100,000
  • Attendance: 12,000
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 90,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
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UFC 53 Wiki Update Wiki

Featuring one of the weakest main events in UFC history, UFC 53 featured an Interim Heavyweight Championship bout between Andrei Arlovski and Justin Eilers. Not only was Eilers coming off of a knockout loss to Paul Buentello prior to being awarded the title shot, but the fight itself failed to live up to its own low expectations. Eilers was stopped after injuring his knee, leaving him unable to defend himself in the first round.


Also on the card was a UFC Middleweight Championship bout between Evan Tanner and Rich Franklin which resulted in one of the worst beatings in recent MMA history. After continuously punishing Tanner en route to the win, Franklin took the title and the coaching responsibilities for Season Two of the hit Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter, opposite Matt Hughes.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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UFC 53 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Andrei Arlovski   defeats   Justin Eilers   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  4:10 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Karo Parisyan   defeats   Matt Serra   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Rich Franklin   defeats   Evan Tanner   via KO/TKO, Doctor Stoppage
Co-Main Event | Title Fight | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
#26 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
  3:25 Round 4 of 5, 18:25 Total Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Forrest Griffin   defeats   Bill Mahood   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  2:18 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Paul Buentello   defeats   Kevin Jordan   via Submission, Guillotine Choke
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  4:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Nate Quarry   defeats   Shonie Carter   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  2:37 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
David Loiseau   defeats   Charles McCarthy   via KO/TKO, Spinning Back Kick
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  2:10 Round 2 of 3, 7:10 Total Bout Page
Referee: John McCarthy
Nick Diaz   defeats   Koji Oishi   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  1:24 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
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