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UFC 97: Redemption

UFC 97
  • Saturday 04.18.2009 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Bell Centre
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $4,850,000
  • Attendance: 21,451
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 650,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 12
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG

Fight Card

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Fight of the Night
    Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman   |   $70,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Knockout of the Night
    Chuck Liddell vs. Maurício Rua   |   $70,000 bonus to Rua
  • Submission of the Night
    Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann   |   $70,000 bonus to Soszynski
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Referees

  • Yves Lavigne
    Silva vs. Leites (12)Kongo vs. Hardonk (8)Magalhães vs. Marshall (1)
  • Dan Miragliotta
    Stout vs. Wiman (11)Soszynski vs. Stann (9)Bielkheden vs. Bocek (3)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Liddell vs. Rua (10)Cané vs. Cantwell (7)MacDonald vs. Quarry (5)
  • Philippe Chartier
    Kang vs. Foupa-Pokam (6)Herman vs. Loiseau (4)Chonan vs. Grant (2)

UFC 97 Wiki Update Wiki

In one of the most ironically titled events of the year, UFC 97 featured Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defending his title against Thales Leites after a disappointing and universally panned performance against Patrick Cote the previous fall. In the co-main event, former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell returned to action against Mauricio Rua after a vicious knockout loss to Rashad Evans.


Although UFC 97 broke the official UFC attendance record set the previous year by UFC 83, which was also held in Montreal, it was a disappointment, with Liddell getting knocked out in his fourth loss in five fights and Silva dancing his way to a Unanimous Decision victory that had fans in attendance booing him heavily.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Video Blog  |  Chuck Liddell UFC 97 video blog report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Chuck Liddell prior to his UFC 97 fight with Shogun Rua.

  • Promo Video  |  UFC 97: Silva vs. Leites Preview Video report dead link

    Watch the full preview video for UFC 97: Redemption, featuring Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites.

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