Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UFC 51: Tito Ortiz vs. Vitor Belfort on Super Saturday

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UFC 51: Super Saturday – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 5, 2005

Tito Ortiz won a razor-thin decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51, the second annual Super Saturday show.

The judges scored the bout 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of Ortiz, who won his second straight pay-per-view main event.

The Ortiz-Belfort fight was a big hit, drawing 105,000 PPV buys and nearly $1.5 million at the gate.

Andrei Arlovski captured the UFC interim heavyweight title, defeating Tim Sylvia in 47 seconds with an Achilles lock. Frank Mir, the heavyweight champ, was sidelined after a motorcycle accident.

Evan Tanner won the UFC middleweight title, which had been vacant since 2002, when champ Murilo Bustamante defected to PRIDE Fighting Championships. Tanner beat Dave Terrell by TKO in 4:35 to win the title.

In another middleweight fight, Pete Sell beat Phil Baroni with a guillotine choke with 41 seconds left in the fight.

Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello knocked out Justin Eilers at the 3:34 mark to make a successful UFC debut.

Mike Kyle knocked out James Irvin at the 1:55 mark in a preliminary bout that aired on the PPV.

In the other prelim fights, Nick Diaz beat Drew Fickett by TKO; Karo Parisyan beat Chris Lytle by unanimous decision; and David Loiseau beat Gideon Ray when the doctor stopped the fight after the first round.

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