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November 19, 2005 - Before a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin defends his title against hard-hitting The Ultimate Fighter season 1 veteran Nate Quarry. The originally scheduled Welterweight Championship between Champion Matt Hughes and challenger Joe Riggs was changed to a non-title bout due to Riggs' inability to make the required 170 pound weight limit. A total of eight fights.

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No Headliners but 4 Pre-Main Event Worthy Fights
20 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The event would have been better if it had been Karo Parisyan vs. Matt Hughes in the co-main event. With Parisyan out he was replaced by Joe "middle card fighter at best" Riggs, who was out of his element against Matt "Possibly the best fighter(or Randy Couture?)the UFC's ever seen" Hughes.

The main event was another slightly mismatched fight in Rich Franklin vs. Nate Quarry.

The mid-card fights made up for what the main event lacked with two future UFC champions Georges St.-Pierre vs. Sean Sherk & Jeremy Horn vs. Trevor Prangley.

There were several UFC newcomers in the early fights but no bad matches except for the Jordan Vs. Gonzaga snore fest which is worth sticking around for just for the ending.

Memorable moment - Rich Franklin knocking out Nate Quarry.

7 of 10 (No headliner but 4 quality fights)


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