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UFC 59: California Knows How To Party

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UFC 59: Reality Check – Anaheim, Calif. – Arrowhead Pond – April 15, 2006

UFC debuted in California with a successful return to Octagon by one of the state’s most famous fighters.

Ortiz came back from a 14-month layoff to win a split decision over Forrest Griffin in a back-and-forth battle.

Another California favorite, Nick Diaz, lost a unanimous decision to Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk. Evan Tanner beat Justin Levens with a triangle choke in 3:14.

In the main event, Tim Sylvia recaptured the UFC heavyweight title with a TKO win over Andrei Arlovski at the 2:43 mark.

Sylvia avenged a loss to Arlovski from one year earlier, and he bounced back from a knockdown to put Arlovski away with a right to the jaw.

Jeff “The Snowman” Monson continued to move up the heavyweight ranks by winning a split decision over Marcio Cruz.

Before the PPV went on the air, Karo Parisyan punched Nick Thompson into submission at the 4:44 mark.

In other preliminary bouts, Thiago Alves beat Derrick Noble by TKO in 2:54; Jason Lambert beat Terry Martin by TKO in Round 2; and David Terrell used a rear naked choke to beat Scott Smith in 3:08.

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