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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Couture To Defend Light Heavyweight Title Against Belfort At Ufc 46: Super Natural, Jan. 31, In Las Vegas


From Zuffa/UFC:


COUTURE TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST BELFORT AT UFC 46: SUPER NATURAL, JAN. 31, IN LAS VEGAS

Live Event Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, November 15, at Mandalay Bay, Ticketmaster For Ultimate Fighting Championship Super Bowl Weekend Show


      LAS VEGAS, November 12, 2003….The hardest hits on Super Bowl weekend might not be heard in Houston, but in Las Vegas when new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture defends his title for the first time against Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 46: Super Natural, LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
      Live event tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, will go on sale at 10 a.m. PST, Saturday, November 15, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Ticket purchases are limited to eight per transaction and are subject to transaction fees. UFC 46: Super Natural will be available on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Couture (12-5-0 in mixed martial arts) of Portland, Ore., the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, has been unstoppable in the light heavyweight division since he dropped a weight class in June and defeated then number one contender Chuck Liddell by technical knockout to capture the interim championship at UFC 43: Meltdown in Las Vegas. He followed with an even more impressive defeat of Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision in five rounds to capture the light heavyweight crown outright at UFC 44: Undisputed September 21 at Mandalay Bay. Couture, 40, is the only fighter in the UFC’s 10-year history to capture championships in two different weight divisions.
      Belfort (11-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the world’s top-rated light heavyweight fighters. He is coming off a dominating performance at UFC 43: Meltdown where he defeated Marvin Eastman by technical knockout in just 1:10 of the first round. But, he and Couture have met before. Belfort’s mastery of jiu jutsu and his lightning quick hands established his reputation early on. He exploded on the scene in 1997 at just 19, dazzling fans and opponents alike with his furious hands and punching power. He won his first three fights with devastating punches, including a 53 second knockout of Tank Abbott. Then at UFC 15: Collision Course, October 17, 1997, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, he met Couture in a fight often regarded as one of the best in UFC history. After 8:17 of knees and punches, Couture won by knockout. Belfort says he has waited six years for a re-match and vows a different result this time. Couture counters that the light heavyweight division suits him well and says he won’t be giving up the belt any time soon. The remainder of the eight-fight card will be announced.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s premier mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its North American pay-per-view distribution on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazi, Main Event Television in Australia and Sky Network Television in New Zealand. Zuffa, LLC licenses its UFC video games for distribution on all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediactive and distribution of its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company.< BR>
     The UFC’s next LIVE pay-per-view event will be UFC 45: Revolution at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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