Ken Shamrock (Photo: wwe.com)
UFC 61: Bitter Rivals – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – July 8, 2006
Ken Shamrock’s grudge match against Tito Ortiz set a new pay-per-view record at UFC 61.
Ortiz and Shamrock had exchanged heated words as the coaches for Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter.
In the Octagon, Ortiz used a series of forearms to beat Shamrock by TKO in 78 seconds. Shamrock lost to Ortiz for the second time, but he felt the fight was stopped too early.
The two rivals would meet again later in the year.
UFC was getting hot on PPV and at the box office, as UFC 61 set new records with 775,000 pay-per-view buys and $3.3 million in ticket sales.
Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia retained his UFC heavyweight title by defeating Andrei Arlovski in the rubber match of their three-fight series. Sylvia prevailed by unanimous decision.
TUF 2 alumnus Josh Burkman improved to 3-1 in the UFC by defeating Josh “The Dentist” Neer by unanimous decision.
Joe Stevenson dropped to the lightweight division and defeated “The Master of Thug-Jitsu” Yves Edwards when the doctor stopped the fight after Round 2.
Frank Mir moved up the heavyweight ranks with a UD over Dan Christison.
Jeff “The Snowman” Monson and Cheick Kongo also scored wins in the heavyweight division. In preliminary fights, Monson beat Anthony Perosh by TKO in 2:42, and Kongo beat Gilbert Aldana when the doctor stopped the fight at the 4:13 mark.
Other prelim results included Drew Fickett over Kurt Pellegrino with a rear naked choke in Round 3 and Hermes Franca over Joe Jordan with a triangle choke in Round 3.