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Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture II

Main Event | UFC Light Heavyweight Championship | 205 lbs

Chuck Liddell defeats Randy Couture via KO/TKO at 2:06 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
Mmaweekly large Randy "The Natural" Couture

Liddell
KO/TKO
Round 1

Chuck Liddell Randy Couture

"The Iceman" "The Natural"

15-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-6-0
Climbed to 16-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-7
+205 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -255 (Moderate Favorite)
Challenger   Title   Champion
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Luis Obispo, California   Fighting out of   Las Vegas, Nevada
35 years, 3 months, 2 days   Age at Fight   41 years, 9 months, 4 days
204.5 lbs (92.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs)
6'2" (188cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
76.5" (194cm)   Reach   75.0" (191cm)
The Pit   Gym   Xtreme Couture
UFC 52
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
  • Date: Saturday 04.16.2005
  • Referee: John McCarthy
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 8 of 8)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Liddell Total Disclosed Pay: $140,000
  • Couture Total Disclosed Pay: $150,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Couture
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Liddell vs. Couture II Wiki Update Wiki

Randy Couture pulled off an upset by defeating Chuck Liddell with a third-round stoppage in their UFC 43 bout from 2003. The rematch between the two champions was set up two years later following rival coaching positions on the inaugural season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Although some felt that Couture could again pull off the upset and grind Liddell out, The Iceman won the Light Heavyweight Championship in one of the best performances of his career.


“I’m going to be Light Heavyweight Champion,” Liddell said during the pre-fight lead-ins, to which Couture responded, “this fight’s going to end the same way it did last time.” Liddell, the challenger, entered the cage first. Rogan: “Phenomenal athlete, phenomenal competitor hell-bent on revenge.” Couture entered next. Rogan: “[Couture is] single-handedly redefining the age limits that we associate with combat sports and athletics.”


After a competitive stand-up affair for the first two minutes in which both fighters landed solid punches, Liddell caught Couture with an inadvertent eye poke, which prompted a halt to the action. A few seconds after the action resumed, Liddell caught Couture with a right hand to the chin while backpedaling against the cage. After he knocked Couture down, Liddell finished him off with punches at the 2:06 mark. The knockout of Couture marked the beginning of Liddell’s dominant light heavyweight title reign, which lasted from 2005 to 2007 and included knockout victories over Couture (in their third meeting), Jeremy Horn, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and Tito Ortiz.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:42 PM ET
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