Completed Event

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
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG
  • UFC: Facebook | Twitter | Wikipedia | Official Site | YouTube

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
Wiki Contributors:

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
  • MMAFighting.com : Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson full fight video
  • MMAFighting.com : Cain Velasquez to undergo knee surgery on Thursday
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 179 Embedded, Episode 1: 'He is a piece of [expletive]'
  • MMA Junkie : USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 21: Aldo-Mendes rematch has shuffle potential
  • MMAFighting.com : Fabricio Werdum: Mark Hunt is not easier than Cain Velasquez
  • MMA Weekly : Prabu Somainaidu Says Becoming Inaugural MIMMA 135-Pound Champion Changed His Life
  • MMA Weekly : Cain Velasquez Injured; Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt for Interim Title at UFC 180
  • MMAFighting.com : Cain Velasquez injured, Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt interim title fight headlines UFC 180
  • MMA Junkie : Cain Velasquez out, Mark Hunt-Fabricio Werdum set for interim title at UFC 180
  • Middle Easy : Cain Velasquez injured again, Werdum faces Mark Hunt at UFC 180 for interim title
  • MMA Weekly : Well, Conor McGregor Just Offered to Rest His Balls on Chad Mendes’ Forehead (Video)
  • MMA Junkie : Marloes Coenen hopes to usher in new Bellator women's era with rare knockout
  • MMA Junkie : Conor McGregor OK not waiting around for UFC title shot
  • MMA Weekly : Bellator 129 Fight Highlights Video: Paul Bradley Grinds Out a Win Over Josh Neer
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Rescinds Cung Le’s Suspension for Positive UFC Fight Night 48 HGH Test
  • Middle Easy : The UFC rescinds Cung Le's suspension for HGH
  • MMAFighting.com : Cung Le's suspension for elevated levels of HGH rescinded by UFC
  • MMA Junkie : UFC rescinds Cung Le's suspension, but fighter undecided on next step
  • MMAFighting.com : Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes have heated exchange on 'Beyond the Octagon'
  • MMA Junkie : Fabio Maldonado blames 'Pitbull' brothers' absence for loss to Stipe Miocic