UFC 82: Pride of a Champion was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event that took place on March 1, 2008, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.[2]

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
UFC 82 Official Promotional Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 1, 2008
VenueNationwide Arena
CityColumbus, Ohio
Total gate$2,200,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC 81: Breaking Point UFC 82: Pride of a Champion UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon


The main event was a UFC & Pride FC middleweight title unification match between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and PRIDE FC welterweight champion Dan Henderson.

A welterweight matchup between Jon Fitch and Akihiro Gono was originally scheduled, but Gono was forced to withdraw after suffering a hand injury in training.[3] Gono was replaced by Chris Wilson.[4] The Fitch/Gono match up was eventually rescheduled for UFC 94.

Diego Sanchez was originally scheduled to faced Roan Carneiro but an undisclosed illness forced out Carneiro.[5] David Bielkheden replaced Carneiro.

At the event, former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.[6]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Anderson Silva (UFC Champion) def. Dan Henderson (Pride Champion) Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:52 [a]
Heavyweight Heath Herring def. Cheick Kongo Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Chris Leben def. Alessio Sakara TKO (punches) 1 3:16
Middleweight Yushin Okami def. Evan Tanner KO (knee) 2 3:00
Welterweight Jon Fitch def. Chris Wilson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski def. Jake O'Brien TKO (punches) 2 4:17
Welterweight Josh Koscheck def. Dustin Hazelett TKO (head kick and punches) 2 1:24
Welterweight Diego Sanchez def. David Bielkheden Submission (strikes) 1 4:43
Welterweight Luigi Fioravanti def. Luke Cummo Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Jorge Gurgel def. John Halverson Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Unification of the UFC Middleweight & Pride Welterweight Championship belts.

Bonus awardsEdit

At the end of this event, $60,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Stupp, Dan (March 3, 2008). "UFC 82 Salaries: Paydays for Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Heath Herring, and More". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  2. ^ "Anderson Silva Vs. Dan Henderson". UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. UFC.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
  3. ^ Stupp, Dann (January 18, 2008). "Akihiro Gono: I'm out of UFC 82 with Hand Injury". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  4. ^ Savage, Greg (January 22, 2008). "Fitch to Face Chris Wilson at UFC 82". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  5. ^ "Diego Sanchez gets new UFC 82 opponent". January 23, 2008. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann (February 20, 2008). "Mark Coleman Set for UFC Hall of Fame Induction at UFC 82". MMAjunkie.com. MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  7. ^ Foster, Eric (March 2, 2008). "Silva, Henderson and Leben Earn "Fight Night" Bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2008-02-03.

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