UFC 65 “Bad Intentions” Title Bouts Officially Announced

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Press Release:

UFC 65: Bad Intentions in Sacramento on Nov. 18

LIVE FROM ARCO ARENA

UFC PRESENTS TWO CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

HUGHES vs. ST. PIERRE 2

SYLVIA vs. MONSON

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UFC 65: BAD INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 2006

Tickets on Sale Sunday, October 15 at 12Noon PT

Las Vegas, NV — Seven weeks from now, the over 17,000-seat ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. will be a sight to see when UFC fans from all around the world pack the house to watch UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia face “The Snowman” Jeff Monson and UFC World Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes take on No. 1 Contender Georges St. Pierre in their long-awaited rematch at the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization’s UFC 65: BAD INTENTIONS Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.

Tickets for UFC 65: BAD INTENTIONS will go on sale priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50 Sunday, October 15 at 12 Noon PT. The fastest and most convenient way to purchase tickets is by visiting the Ticketmaster Web site at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at (916) 649-TIXS, (530) 528-TIXS and (209) 551-TIXS. Tickets are also available at the ARCO Arena Box Office, which is open Monday thru Saturday from 10am to 6pm at all Sacramento-area Ticketmaster locations and at www.ufc.com.

A special Internet ticket presale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers October 10 starting at 10am PT and ending October 14 at 7pm PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through ufc.com. There will also be a special auction for Octagon-side seating available only through Ticketmaster.com starting October 15 at 12 Noon and ending October 27 at 4pm.

“I’m pleased to bring the most exciting live combat sport in the world — the UFC — to ARCO Arena and to give fans two great championship title fights in one night,” said UFC President Dana White. “The Tim Sylvia and Jeff Monson fight is going to be incredible, and the main event rematch between Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre has to be one of the most anticipated mixed martial arts fights ever. I’m looking forward to Nov. 18 and to finally holding a UFC event in Sacramento.”

Hughes and St. Pierre were originally set to fight each other at UFC 63 (9/23/06). Both fighters were deep in their training when the UFC announced that St. Pierre had pulled a groin muscle. He recuperated, but not in time to prepare for the fight. Instead, BJ “The Prodigy” Penn stepped up to the challenge, giving Hughes the opportunity to avenge his most recent loss against the former champion. After two incredible rounds of MMA, Hughes stopped Penn in the third round, retaining his welterweight crown and evening the score between the two. Not one to wait, Hughes is all set to get back in the Octagon at UFC 65 and give fans the fight they were promised at UFC 63.

“I think this will be a great fight and that fans will appreciate this rematch,” said Hughes. “I’m already in shape and I’m definitely ready for St. Pierre.”

“I’ve been waiting for this fight against Matt Hughes for a long time,” said St. Pierre. “I want that belt so bad — I want to become the champion.”

Hughes and St. Pierre last fought October 22, 2004 at UFC 50: THE WAR OF `04 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the time, St. Pierre had a perfect record. But Hughes ended up giving St. Pierre his first career loss, forcing him to tapout at the end of the first round. Since that day, Hughes has maintained the welterweight crown, and St. Pierre has aggressively fought to put himself back in line for the title, defeating former champion BJ Penn, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes defeated Frank Trigg, Joe Riggs, the legendary Royce Gracie and most recently former champion BJ Penn.

Sylvia and Monson will also engage in a championship title fight at UFC 65.

Sylvia (24-2-0), fighting out of Davenport, Iowa, is the UFC heavyweight champion. He first stormed into the UFC defeating “Cabbage” Correira in his first fight and knocking out Ricco Rodriguez in his second fight to become the champion. Following his knock out of Gan McGee to defend the title, Sylvia relinquished his belt when the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended his license after he tested positive for an anabolic agent. He then fought Frank Mir for the vacant title at UFC 48 and suffered multiple breaks in his arm from a Mir armbar. After recovering, he returned at UFC 51 fighting Arlovski only to suffer another setback as he was forced to tap out in the first round due to an Achilles lock. At UFC 54 he returned to his winning ways with a devastating head kick knockout over Tra Telligman, followed by a unanimous decision victory over Assuerio Silva at Ultimate Fight Night Jan. 16, 2006. Sylvia faced UFC World Heavyweight Champion Arlovski again at UFC 59 and defeated him by a devastating first round knockout. He followed that up with another win, a decision, over Arlovski at UFC 61 (7/8/06). Now he’s ready to make his third title defense, this time against the devastating challenger Jeff Monson.

Monson (24-5), fighting out of Olympia, Wash., is a world champion submission grappler who trains with the American Top Team. Monson is most well known for his strength and his wrestling skills. Lately, he has become a threat standing as well as on the ground, as he showed in his first round KO over Anthony Perosh at UFC 61 (7/8/06). Previously, at UFC 57 (2/4/06) Monson submitted Branden Lee Hinkle with a north/south choke in the first round. He also defeated jiu-jitsu champion Marcio Cruz by split-decision. Monson feels he is ready for a title shot and is eager to face Sylvia on Nov. 18.

The remaining bouts for UFC 65: BAD INTENTIONS will be announced in the near future.

*All bouts subject to change

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

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