Robbie Lawler Injured; Phil Baroni To Fight Pete Sell



February 5, 2005

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Las Vegas Nevada


Tickets Now On Sale At Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas


Las Vegas….Ultimate Fighting Championship® fan favorite Robbie Lawler (8-3-0 in mixed martial arts) from

Davenport, Iowa, has sustained an elbow injury in training and Phil Baroni (6-4-0) from Las Vegas, Nev., will

fight Pete Sell (5-0-0) from Bayshore, N.Y., in a middleweight bout at UFC 51: Super Saturday, February 5,

at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Sell, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist, will make his UFC debut against Baroni on the nine-fight card that will

feature two title fights and the long-awaited meeting of top contending light heavyweights Tito Ortiz and

Vitor Belfort.

Tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are on sale at the Mandalay Bay box office (877-632-7400) in Las

Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, and on the internet at and To order tickets by telephone, call 877-632-7400 or 702-632-7580. Ticket purchases

are subject to transaction fees.


UFC 51: Super Saturday will be available LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish

Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.


In scheduled title fights, Tim Sylvia (19-1-0) from Davenport, Iowa, the former UFC heavyweight champ, will

meet Andre Arlovski (8-3-0) from Minsk, Belarus, for the “interim” crown. Sylvia lost the title to Frank Mir at

UFC 48: Payback. Then Mir was injured in a motorcycle accident and cannot fight, so Sylvia and Arlovski

will battle for the interim title until Mir returns to action.

Sensational newcomer David Terrell (5-1-0) from Santa Rosa, Calif., will meet veteran Evan Tanner (32-4-

0) from Gresham, Ore., for the middleweight crown.


In the main event, Ortiz (12-4-0) from Huntington Beach, Calif., will finally meet Belfort (12-4-0) to determine

which fighter stays on track to eventually meet Light Heavyweight Champ Randy Couture. Ortiz-Belfort was

supposed to happen three years ago at UFC 33: Victory In Vegas, but Belfort sustained a serious injury to

his right elbow two weeks before the fight.


The Ultimate Fighter™ airs on Spike TV in January
On TV this Jan. 17 watch for the premiere of UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. The 13-

episode series, which airs Monday nights at 11 p.m., is hosted by top recording artist Willa Ford. The show

will follow 16 athletes as they train, workout and live together. The final four fighters will meet in

championship matches in a middleweight division and a light-heavyweight division to determine who will win

UFC contracts – LIVE on Spike TV.


- News release from the UFC website with some editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)


card subject to change