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Rich Franklin And Matt Hughes Defend Titles Against Nate Quarry and Joe Riggs Saturday, Nov. 19 at MGM Grand.

Parisyan Out, Riggs In For Hughes

Due to a leg injury, Karo Parisyan has had to pull out of his title fight against UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes at UFC 56: FULL FORCE Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Parisyan’s physician has stated he will recover from the injury, but not in time to compete against Hughes. Stepping up for a shot at the title is Joe “Diesel” Riggs, a former heavyweight, who in dropping down to welterweight has gained speed and conditioning, but has kept much of that heavyweight power. Riggs (26-6-0) 6’0″/170 lbs., fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz., just defeated Chris Lytle at UFC 55: FURY (10/7/05) by TKO at 2:00 of the second round, becoming the first man ever to finish the veteran fighter. Riggs is excited about his upcoming opportunity and is ready to battle Hughes for the welterweight crown.

UFC 56 Full Force Fight Card:

Middleweight Championship

Rich Franklin vs Nate Quarry


Middleweight Championship



6′ 2 ”

185 Lbs.

Age: 31

From: Cincinnati, Ohio

MMA Record: 20-1-0

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Rich Franklin won the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 53 in June 2005 with a 4th-round TKO over Evan Tanner. He served as one of the coaches on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. In his 21 career fights, Franklin has never once gone to a decision.



6′ 0 ”

185 Lbs.

Age: 33

From: Gresham, Oregon

MMA Record: 14-1-0

Nate Quarry was one of the favorites to win the first season of The Ultimate Fighter until a training injury knocked him out of the competition before he had a chance to fight. Nate has since fought on three UFC under cards and won all three fights by knockout.

Welterweight Championship

Matt Hughes vs Joe “Diesel” Riggs

Welterweight Bout

Georges St. Pierre vs Sean Sherk

Heavyweight Bout

Kevin Jordan vs Gabriel Gonzaga

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a test of pure gladiator fighting skills. The fight occurs inside an octagon that is 32 feet across. The fighters are contained by a 5 foot link fence. Most participants have martial arts training in some discipline, however, this is by no means a requirement. It has a no holds barred philosophy although some rules have been added recently.

Although there can be a lot of blood, fights usually end with joint locks or choke holds and it is generally the more skilled opponent that wins. Size is an advantage, but skill in ending the fights with a finishing move (choke out, joint locks, etc.) are the best.

UFC56 Full Force Betting Results
Match winner Looser Method Time Round
1 Nick Thompson Keith Wisniewski Unanimous 5:00 3 Decision
2 Thiago Alves Ansar Chalangov TKO (Punches) 2:25 1
3 Sam Hoger Jeff Newton Submission (RearNaked Choke) 2:05 2
4 Jeremy Horn Trevor Prangley Unanimous 5:00 3 Decision
5 Georges St.Pierre Sean Sherk TKO (Strikes) 2:53 2
6 Matt Hughes Joe Riggs Submission (Kimura) 3:28 1
7 Gabriel Gonzaga Kevin Jordan KO (Punch) 4:39 3
8 Rich Franklin Nathan Quarry KO (Punch) 2:34 1

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