UFC 70: Nations Collide was the second UFC event held in the United Kingdom, and the first in Manchester on Saturday, 21 April 2007. UFC 70 was also only the seventh UFC event held outside the United States, and the first since UFC 38. The card was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Setanta Sports.[3]

UFC 70: Nations Collide
The poster for UFC 70: Nations Collide.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
Date21 April 2007
VenueManchester Evening News Arena
CityManchester, United Kingdom
Attendance15,114 (12,708 paid)[1]
Total gate$2,628,472 (£1.3 million GBP)[2]
Event chronology
UFC 69: Shootout UFC 70: Nations Collide UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson

The televised card on Spike TV drew a 1.84 overall rating (2.8 million viewers), and at its highest point, UFC 70 drew 3.5 million viewers for the main event.[4]


2006 PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion, Mirko Cro Cop fought Heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga in the main event to determine the top contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship held by Randy Couture.[5]

The card also featured Michael Bisping fighting in England for the UFC for the first time against UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic and Andrei Arlovski taking on prize fighter and training partner of Mirko Cro Cop and future UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum, who was making his UFC debut.

Reports have indicated that the UFC was targeting this event for its debut on HBO, but negotiations with HBO were not completed in time for UFC 70. As a result, the card instead aired on Spike TV in North America at 9 pm EDT on a 6-hour tape delay.[6]

Lyoto Machida was originally scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin at this event, but Griffin became ill with a staph infection and could not compete on the card.[7]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def. Mirko Cro Cop KO (head kick) 1 4:51 [a]
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski def. Fabrício Werdum Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Michael Bisping def. Elvis Sinosic TKO (punches) 2 1:40
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida def. David Heath Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Assuerio Silva Decision (majority) (29–28, 29–28, 28–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Lightweight Terry Etim def. Matt Grice Submission (guillotine choke) 1 4:48
Lightweight Junior Assuncao def. David Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:55
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. Victor Valimaki TKO (punches) 1 1:44
Welterweight Jess Liaudin def. Dennis Siver Submission (armbar) 1 1:19 [b]
Welterweight Paul Taylor def. Edilberto de Oliveira TKO (head kick and punches) 3 0:37
  1. ^ UFC Heavyweight Championship title eliminator
  2. ^ This preliminary bout was aired on the broadcast after the Gonzaga-Cro Cop fight.

Bonus awardsEdit

The bonuses for this event were $30,000 each.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cro Dropped: Gonzaga Shocks Croat".
  2. ^ "UFC draws capacity crowd in Manchester". Virtual Manchester. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  3. ^ Whitehead, Lee (8 March 2007). "LONDON CALLING: UFC & CAGE RAGE LOCK HORNS". MMA Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
  4. ^ Alvarez, Bryan (24 April 2007). "UFC 70 rating". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  5. ^ Mass Republican (15 February 2007). "Fighter faces Ultimate Challenge". Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  6. ^ Trembow, Ivan (13 March 2007). "UFC 70 WILL AIR ON SPIKE TV WITH TAPE DELAY". MMA Weekly. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  7. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (15 March 2007). "David Heath to Replace Griffin against Machida at UFC 70". UFC.com. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007.

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