UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event was held September 8, 2007, at The O2 in London, United Kingdom.[2]

UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion
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The poster for UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 8, 2007
VenueThe O2 Arena
CityLondon, United Kingdom
Total gate$2.7 million[1]
Event chronology
UFC 74: Respect UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs. Florian


The event was the fourth event held by the UFC in United Kingdom, following UFC 38 in London, UFC 70 in Manchester, and UFC 72 in Belfast.

The event aired on Setanta Sports 1 in the United Kingdom, TV4 Sport in Sweden,[3] PPV1 in Ireland, and presented via tape delay on Spike TV for North American audiences.[4]

The main event was a title unification match between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson and PRIDE Fighting Championships' 83 kg and 93 kg champion, Dan Henderson. There were some discussion on whether the title fight would be for both the UFC and PRIDE titles or just the UFC title. UFC president Dana White had remarked on July 2, 2007,

"No. What we’re doing with that thing is we’re respecting both (the UFC and PRIDE) titles. The UFC title is the UFC champion and we’re respecting Dan as the PRIDE champion. Quinton will walk out with his belt if Dan wins and vice versa."[5]

He had since changed that stance, and on July 10, 2007 stated:

"It will absolutely be a unification bout. We have to respect Henderson's titles. He knocked out Wanderlei Silva and had the 185-pound championship. When he fights "Rampage", they both have belts. Why should Dan Henderson get the UFC title if "Rampage" can't get the PRIDE titles? It makes one of them the undisputed guy."[6]

By October 2007, Pride Worldwide LLC, sister company to UFC promoters Zuffa, would abandon plans to continue PRIDE as an active promotion.

British Light Heavyweight Michael Bisping, who won The Ultimate Fighter 3 contest in 2006, fought Team Punishment's Matt Hamill, who rivaled Bisping during the taping of The Ultimate Fighter 3. Also featured was a heavyweight bout between PRIDE and K-1 veteran Mirko Cro Cop and French Muay Thai kickboxer Cheick Kongo.

Anthony Johnson was scheduled to face Jess Liaudin, but was forced to pull out due to a shoulder injury.[7]

At the time, UFC 75 had achieved the highest recorded ratings for any mixed martial arts broadcast in North America, drawing a total of 4.7 million viewers (5.93 million at its peak) and beating out the previous record held by the UFC's Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter.[8] The mark would later be beaten by CBS's EliteXC: Primetime.


Main card (Spike TV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Quinton Jackson def. Dan Henderson Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 49–46, 49–46) 5 5:00 [a]
Light Heavyweight Michael Bisping def. Matt Hamill Decision (split) (29–28, 27–30, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Mirko Cro Cop Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Marcus Davis def. Paul Taylor Submission (armbar) 1 4:14
Light Heavyweight Houston Alexander def. Alessio Sakara KO (knee and punches) 1 1:01
Preliminary card
Lightweight Gleison Tibau def. Terry Etim Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva def. Tomasz Drwal TKO (punches) 2 4:23
Lightweight Dennis Siver def. Naoyuki Kotani KO (punch) 2 2:04
Welterweight Jess Liaudin def. Anthony Torres TKO (punches) 1 4:10 [b]
  1. ^ Unification bout. Jackson was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Henderson was the Pride Middleweight Champion.
  2. ^ This bout aired on the broadcast after the Kongo-Cro Cop fight.

Bonus awardsEdit

After the event's conclusion, the UFC awarded $40,000 to each of the fighters who receive one of these three awards.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Iole, Kevin (9 September 2007). "Questionable verdict". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  2. ^ CNN staff (17 July 2007). "UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion on Spike TV!". CNN. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  3. ^ Johansson, Mikael (3 September 2007). "Ultimate fighting är större än boxning". TV4 (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 5 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  4. ^ Sievert, Steve (16 July 2007). "Spike TV to broadcast UFC 75 for free". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  5. ^ Arias, Carlos (2 July 2007). "UFC president Dana White: Meet the Press". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  6. ^ Hockensmith, Ryan (10 July 2007). "White not worried about the competition". ESPN. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  7. ^ Staff (3 August 2007). "UFC 75: Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres (not Anthony Johnson)". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ Umstead, R. Thomas (11 September 2007). "Spike, UFC Set MMA Ratings Record". Variety. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d Stupp, Dann (11 September 2007). "Marcus Davis Scores $80,000 in UFC 75 Bonuses, Possibly Fighting in January". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2009.

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