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UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 30, 2006 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada [1].

BackgroundEdit

UFC 66's main event was a championship fight with two of the UFC's biggest light heavyweight stars, Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell defending his title against former champion Tito Ortiz. This fight was first announced by Ortiz at the UFC 63 weigh-ins on September 22, 2006. [1]

The co-main event saw Forrest Griffin take on 'The Dean Of Mean' Keith Jardine and also saw the return of Andrei Arlovski and the debut of Michael Bisping. During the event, it was made official that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic had signed a contract with the UFC, and would make his debut with the organization at UFC 67.

The event was the UFC's first show at MGM Grand Arena since UFC 56, and was nearly sold-out, producing the highest live gate revenue in North American mixed martial arts history, [2] extending the previous record at UFC 57 by over $2,000,000 (USD). At the time, it was estimated to be the UFC's biggest pay-per-view success with just over 1 million buys.[3]

The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $767,000. [4]

ResultsEdit

Preliminary cardEdit

Wellisch wins by unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, and 29-27.
Okami wins by submission (strikes) at 4:03 of round three. Singer was a late replacement for David Terrell, who withdrew due to an elbow injury.[5]
Gonzaga wins by submission (armbar) at 3:22 of round one. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Liddell vs. Ortiz fight.
Alves wins by knockout at 1:10 of round two. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Griffin vs. Jardine fight.
After the fight Alves tested positive for spironolactone.[6] He was fined $5,500 by the NSAC and suspended for eight months. [2] Alves is the first fighter in Nevada to ever test positive for a diuretic.

Main cardEdit

Bisping wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:24 of round one.
Arlovski wins by knockout (strikes) at 3:15 of round one.
MacDonald wins by technical submission (referee stoppage) from a modified guillotine choke at 4:03 of round two.
Jardine wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:41 of round one.
Liddell wins by technical knockout (strikes) with a torn medial collateral ligament[7] at 3:57 of round three. Liddell retains the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

PursesEdit

UFC 66 Fighters' Salaries Template:Unreferenced section

  • Chuck Liddell: $250,000 ($250,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Tito Ortiz: $210,000 ($210,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Keith Jardine: $14,000 ($7,000 to fight; $7,000 win bonus)
  • Forrest Griffin: $16,000 ($16,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Jason MacDonald: $10,000 ($5,000 to fight; $5,000 win bonus)
  • Chris Leben: $7,000 ($7,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Andrei Arlovski: $145,000 ($90,000 to fight; $55,000 win bonus)
  • Marcio Cruz: $5,000 ($5,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Michael Bisping: $24,000 ($12,000 to fight; $12,000 win bonus)
  • Eric Schafer: $4,000 ($4,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Thiago Alves: $22,000 ($11,000 to fight; $11,000 win bonus)
  • Tony DeSouza: $7,000 ($7,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Gabriel Gonzaga: $18,000 ($9,000 to fight; $9,000 win bonus)
  • Carmelo Marrero: $5,000 ($5,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Yushin Okami: $16,000 ($8,000 to fight; $8,000 win bonus)
  • Rory Singer: $5,000 ($5,000 to fight; no win bonus)
  • Christian Wellisch: $6,000 ($3,000 to fight; $3,000 win bonus)
  • Anthony Perosh: $3,000 ($3,000 to fight; no win bonus)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Future looks 'Icy' for Ortiz – Boston Herald
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pressnotes
  3. UFC 66 To Make MMA History – Brawl Sports, with Steve Sievert
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named salaries
  5. GracieFighter Weekend – GracieFighter.com
  6. - IN-DEPTH: COMMISSION HEARINGS FOR RANDLEMAN, YVEL, ALVES, TOUGHILL, & CARVALHO - MMAWeekly
  7. New Year's Eve News Update... – Beatdown Radio Show on Sherdog.com

External linksEdit

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