Completed MMA Event

UFC 88: Breakthrough

UFC 88
  • Saturday 09.06.2008
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Philips Arena
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $2,600,000
  • Attendance: 14,736
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 480,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 9
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

  • Knockout of the Night
    Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans   |   $60,000 bonus to Evans
  • Fight of the Night
    Thiago Tavares vs. Kurt Pellegrino   |   $60,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Jason MacDonald vs. Jason Lambert   |   $60,000 bonus to MacDonald


  • Herb Dean
    Liddell vs. Evans (9)Henderson vs. Palhares (7)Boetsch vs. Patt (3)Carneiro vs. Chonan II (1)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Franklin vs. Hamill (8)Kampmann vs. Marquardt (6)Kim vs. Brown (5)
  • Yves Lavigne
    Tavares vs. Pellegrino (4)MacDonald vs. Lambert (2)


UFC 88 Wiki

After a main event fight with Shogun Rua fell through in June of 2008, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell looked to continue the momentum of his December victory over Wanderlei Silva by taking on TUF 2 winner Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 88.

Unfortunately for Liddell and his fans, the crushing knockout Evans delivered dashed Liddell’s title hopes and had many fans, media, and even UFC President Dana White, tentatively calling for “The Iceman’s” retirement. It remains one of the UFC’s all-time greatest knockouts.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:55 PM ET
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