UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 4, 2006. It was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, and broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States.

UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
The poster for UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 4, 2006
VenueMandalay Bay Events Center
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Attendance11,000 (Paid: 10,301)[1]
Total gate$3,382,400
Event chronology
Ultimate Fight Night 3 UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 UFC 58: USA vs Canada

Headlining the card was an anticipated rubber match between top UFC stars and former coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, widely touted and marketed as MMA's first major trilogy.

It was the UFC's largest grossing gate to date, $3.3 million,[1] in addition to an estimate of over 400,000 pay-per-view buys. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $667,000.[3]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell (c) def. Randy Couture KO (punches) 2 1:28 [a]
Heavyweight Brandon Vera def. Justin Eilers KO (head kick and knee) 1 1:25
Heavyweight Marcio Cruz def. Frank Mir TKO (punches and elbows) 1 4:10
Light Heavyweight Renato Sobral def. Mike Van Arsdale Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:21
Welterweight Joe Riggs def. Nick Diaz Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. Elvis Sinosic Decision (unanimous) (29–25, 29–26, 29–26) 3 5:00 [b]
Heavyweight Paul Buentello def. Gilbert Aldana TKO (punches) 2 2:27
Heavyweight Jeff Monson def. Branden Lee Hinkle Technical Submission (north-south choke) 1 4:35
Light Heavyweight Keith Jardine def. Mike Whitehead Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 [c]
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Couture announced his retirement after the loss.
  2. ^ Sakara got a point deduction for an illegal vertical elbow to the head of Elvis Sinosic. This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.
  3. ^ This match was a preliminary match and was not aired on the pay-per-view broadcast.

Reported payoutEdit

Chuck Liddell: $250,000

Randy Couture: $225,000

Renato "Babalu" Sobral: $32,000

Frank Mir: $26,000

Paul Buentello: $22,000

Joe Riggs: $20,000

Mike Van Arsdale: $16,000

Keith Jardine: $10,000

Nick Diaz: $10,000

Alessio Sakara: $10,000

Brandon Vera: $10,000

Marcio Cruz: $8,000

Elvis Sinosic: $6,000

Jeff Monson: $6,000

Mike Whitehead: $5,000

Justin Eilers: $5,000

Branden Lee Hinkle: $4,000

Gilbert Aldana: $2,000

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $667,000

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 17, 2006. Retrieved July 23, 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "UFC Establishes New Mark for PPV Buys in 2009 : MMAPayout.com: The Business of MMA". Mmapayout.com. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  3. ^ "Ivan's Blog--- Ivan Trembow's Self-Important, Random Rants on Mixed Martial Arts, Video Games, Pro Wrestling, Television, Politics, Sports, and High-Quality Wool Socks". Ivansblog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-17.

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