UFC 59: Reality Check was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 15, 2006 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, and broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada.

UFC 59: Reality Check
The poster for UFC 59: Reality Check.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 15, 2006
VenueArrowhead Pond
CityAnaheim, California
Attendance13,814 (13,060 paid)[1]
Total gate$2,191,450
Event chronology
Ultimate Fight Night 4 UFC 59: Reality Check UFC 60: Hughes vs Gracie

This was the first UFC event held in California after the state's legalization of mixed martial arts contests. It was a sold-out show, and was one of the fastest sell outs in UFC history.

According to the California State Athletic Commission, there were 13,060 tickets sold, with a live gate of $2,191,450. The disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $539,000. [3]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Tim Sylvia def. Andrei Arlovski (c) TKO (punches) 1 2:43 [a]
Welterweight Sean Sherk def. Nick Diaz Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz def. Forrest Griffin Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 29–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Evan Tanner def. Justin Levens Submission (triangle choke) 1 3:14 [b]
Heavyweight Jeff Monson def. Marcio Cruz Decision (split) (30–27, 29–28, 28–29) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card
Welterweight Karo Parisyan def. Nick Thompson TKO (punches) 1 4:44
Middleweight David Terrell def. Scott Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 3:08
Light Heavyweight Jason Lambert def. Terry Martin TKO (punches) 2 2:37 [c]
Welterweight Thiago Alves def. Derrick Noble TKO (punches) 1 2:54 [d]
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Levens replaced Jeremy Horn, who dropped out due to a back injury sustained during training.
  3. ^ This was a preliminary fight that did not air on the pay-per-view broadcast.
  4. ^ This was a preliminary fight that did not air on the pay-per-view broadcast.

Bonus AwardsEdit

Reported PayoutEdit

Tito Ortiz: $200,000

Andrei Arlovski: $90,000

Tim Sylvia: $90,000

Evan Tanner: $40,000

Karo Parisyan: $16,000

Sean Sherk: $16,000

Forrest Griffin: $16,000

David Terrell: $12,000

Nick Diaz: $10,000

Jeff Monson: $10,000

Jason Lambert: $8,000

Thiago Alves: $8,000

Justin Levens: $5,000

Nick Thompson: $5,000

Marcio Cruz: $5,000

Derrick Noble: $3,000

Scott Smith: $3,000

Terry Martin: $2,000

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $539,000

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