The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale
A poster or logo for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date April 9, 2005
Venue Cox Pavilion
City Paradise, Nevada
Event chronology

UFC 51: Super Saturday The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on April 9, 2005.[1] Featured were the finals from The Ultimate Fighter 1 in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.

Even though the main attraction of the event was Rich Franklin vs the UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock the spotlight was stolen by the incredible bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. Hailed as one of the greatest fights in MMA history by many, Forrest and Stephan produced a 3 round stand up war that went the distance. Although Forrest Griffin would take the decision both men were given UFC contracts for their amazing performance.

Originally, Tito Ortiz was offered to fight Ken Shamrock in a rematch at this event. However, Ortiz left the UFC shortly after UFC 51 due to contract disputes.

Results

Preliminary card

Karalexis wins by TKO (strikes) at 1:40 of the first round.
Swick wins by KO (strikes) at :20 of the first round.
Quarry wins by TKO at 3:17 of the first round.
Koscheck wins by KO at 4:21 of the first round.
Leben wins by TKO at 1:35 of the first round.
Hoger wins by unanimous decision.

Main card

Sanchez wins by TKO at 2:46 of the first round, to become the first Middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
Griffin wins by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) in what is described as one of the best fights in the history of the UFC. He wins the first Ultimate Fighter Championship in the Light Heavyweight division, but Dana White grants Bonnar a UFC contract as well after his performance (see Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar).
Franklin wins by TKO at 2:42 of the first round.

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