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UFC 48: Payback

UFC 48
  • Saturday 06.19.2004
  • U.S. Broadcast:
  • 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: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $901,655
  • Attendance: 10,000 (Paid: 6,528)
  • TV Ratings:
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 8
  • Promotion Links:
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Referees

  • Steve Mazzagatti
    St. Pierre vs. Hieron Hughes vs. Verissimo (5)
  • John McCarthy
    Shamrock vs. Leopoldo II (8)Tanner vs. Baroni II (4)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Trigg vs. Hallman (7)Serra vs. Menjivar (3)
  • Herb Dean
    Mir vs. Sylvia (6)Prangley vs. Stout (2)

UFC 48 Wiki Update Wiki

While the UFC 47 main event grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell was the most lucrative Pay Per View match since the UFC 40 fight between Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, the UFC 48 main event between Shamrock and Kimo Leopoldo drew even more buys at 110,000.


In the main event of the evening, Shamrock defeated Leopoldo by kneeing him into submission in the clinch at the 1:23 mark of the first round. The event demonstrated the drawing power of the biggest names over the highest quality fighters, as neither Shamrock nor Leopoldo were still considered among the best light heavyweight fighters in the world. Shamrock, however, still managed to out-draw nearly every other fighter in the UFC in terms of North American fan interest.

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