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UFC 31: Locked and Loaded

UFC 31

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  • John McCarthy
    Couture vs. Rizzo I (8)Newton vs. Miletich (7)Liddell vs. Randleman (6)Schilt vs. Williams (4)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Carter vs. Serra (5)Lindland vs. Almeida (3)
  • Mason White
    Penn vs. Gilbert (2)

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In the second UFC event to be promoted by new owners Zuffa, LLC, UFC 31 marked the first time that the promotion utilized the current standard of weight classes, renaming the Bantamweight division the Lightweight division and introducing a Welterweight division at 170lbs. The two featured fights of the evening saw Carlos Newton steal the Welterweight Championship from title holder Pat Miletich, and Randy Couture defend his Heavyweight Championship against Brazilian striking sensation Pedro Rizzo. The five-round war between Couture and Rizzo is remembered by Couture as one of the toughest fights of his career. UFC 31 also featured the promotional debuts of future Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn, and future Welterweight Champion Matt Serra.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:58 PM ET
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UFC 31 again saw reformed weight classes, adopting the current standard. Bantamweight was renamed Lightweight and raised from 150 to 155. Welterweights were now at 170, Middleweights at 185, and Light Heavyweights at 205.

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