Royce Gracie (Photo: tmz.com)
UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie – Los Angeles – Staples Center – May 27, 2006
Royce Gracie returned to the Octagon for the first time in 11 years at UFC 60.
Gracie, who won three of the first four UFC tournaments, battled welterweight champion Matt Hughes in a non-title bout at a catchweight of 175 pounds.
The present beat the past, as Hughes prevailed by TKO at the 4:39 mark.
The nostalgia trip was a big hit, as UFC broke its pay-per-view record with 620,000 buys.
Dean Lister made a successful UFC debut, beating Alessio Sakara in 2:20. Lister entered the Octagon with a 7-4 record in PRIDE and King of the Cage.
TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez improved his record to 15-0 with a unanimous decision win over John Alessio.
The pay-per-view began with Mike Swick over Joe Riggs, followed by Brandon Vera defeating Assuerio Silva. Both fights ended with a guillotine choke in the third minute.
In the top preliminary fight, Jeremy Horn beat Chael Sonnen by submission to an armbar in Round 2. It was Horn’s third win over Sonnen.
Spencer Fisher knocked out Matt Wiman with a flying knee in Round 2.