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UFC 61: Bitter Rivals

UFC 61
  • Saturday 07.08.2006
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Randy Couture
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Randy Couture
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $3,350,775
  • Attendance: 11,167 (Paid: 9,999)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 775,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 9
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts


  • Yves Lavigne
    França vs. Jordan Mir vs. Christison (6)Kongo vs. Aldana (2)
  • John McCarthy
    Sylvia vs. Arlovski III (9)Stevenson vs. Edwards (5)
  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Burkman vs. Neer (8)Fickett vs. Pellegrino (1)
  • Herb Dean
    Ortiz vs. Shamrock II (7)Monson vs. Perosh (3)

UFC 61 Wiki Update Wiki

Drawing a live gate of over $3 million and about 775,000 Pay Per View buys, UFC 61 represented a new benchmark for MMA’s mainstream success. Although the main event featured the rubber match between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, which Sylvia won, the real draw was the light heavyweight bout between TUF 3 coaches and rivals Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

It was also announced at this event that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell would take on Pride FC Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva later that year, but negotiations between the promotions soon feel apart and the fight did not occur until Pride folded the following year.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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