UFC 68: The Uprising – Columbus, Ohio –Nationwide Arena – March 3, 2007
Ohio broke the UFC attendance record with a crowd of 19,079 for UFC 68.
The pay-per-view took place as part of the annual Arnold Sports Festival.
Randy “The Natural” Couture returned from a year off to win the UFC heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia by unanimous decision.
Couture captured his third heavyweight championship to go with his two light heavyweight titles.
Former champions Rich Franklin (middleweight) and Matt Hughes (welterweight) also made successful returns to UFC action.
Franklin beat Jason McDonald when an eye injury forced McDonald’s corner to stop the fight. Hughes won a unanimous decision over Chris “Lights Out” Lytle.
Martin Kampmann used an arm triangle to beat Drew McFedries by submission at the 4:06 mark.
In the PPV opener, Jason Lambert knocked out Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the second round.
TUF 3 alumnus Matt “The Hammer” Hamill beat Rex Holman by TKO in four minutes on the pre-show.
Other preliminary results included Jon Fitch over Luigi Fiorvanti by submission to a rear naked choke in Round 2; Gleison Tibau won a unanimous decision over Jason Dent; and Jamie Varner beat Jason Gilliam in 94 seconds with a rear naked choke.