Ultimate Fighting Championship® Announces

Three More Bouts For UFC 55


 October 7, 2005

Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, Connecticut



Las Vegas -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced spectacular

heavyweight and light heavyweight matchups for UFC 55: FURY live at the Mohegan Sun Arena in

Uncasville, Connecticut Friday, October 7, 2005. UFC 55: FURY will also be available LIVE on pay-per-view

at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu and Viewer’s

Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $34.95.


UFC 55: FURY main event is a heavy-hitting UFC World heavyweight title fight between current UFC champ

Andrei The Pit Bull Arlovski and top contender Paul The Headhunter Buentello, and a light

heavyweight matchup between Forrest Griffin, winner of The Ultimate Fighter™ Season 1 finale and Elvis

The King of Rock n Rumble Sinosic.

Three more action-packed bouts have been added to the card including two heavyweight bouts between

Sean The Cannon Gannon and “The Iron LionBranden Lee Hinkle and Keigo Kunihara against

Marcio Pe de Pano Cruz, as well as a light heavyweight fight between Chael Sonnen and Renato

Babalu Sobral.


Tickets for UFC 55: FURY are on sale now, priced at $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, and available through

www.ufc.tv, Tickemaster.com; any regional Ticketmaster Charge by Phone number; visiting any

Ticketmaster outlet; or Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees.


Heavyweight Bout: Sean Gannon vs. Branden Lee Hinkle

Sean Gannon (1-0) 6’3”/265 lbs., fighting out of Boston, Mass. will square off against Branden Lee Hinkle

(12-6) 6’2”/235 lbs. in a highly-anticipated heavyweight match. Gannon, a strong striker with a great chin, is

a six-time Golden Gloves Champion, a Northeast Regional Boxing Champion, a Massachusetts State

Heavyweight Judo Champion (Black Belt Division) and a NAGA World Grappling Champion. Hinkle, fighting

out of Weirton, WV possesses heavy punching power and is known for grounding and pounding his

opponents. He is a NCAA DIV II national wrestling champ and a US national freestyle All-American.


Heavyweight Bout: Keigo Kunihara vs. Marcio Cruz

Keigo Kunihara (3-1-0) 6’0”/235 lbs., fighting out of Orlando, FL, will meet Marcio Cruz (0-0-0) 6’4”/246 lbs.

fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in another action-packed heavyweight bout. Both fighters are making

their UFC debut with plans to score a swift victory. Kunihara is an excellent grappler and is a National Judo

Champion. Cruz, a six-time world champion of Jiu-Jitsu and an eight-time Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu champion,

is very comfortable on the ground and possesses excellent submission skills.


Light Heavyweight Bout: Chael Sonnen vs Renato Sobral

Chael Sonnen (15-6-1) 6’1”/205 lbs. fighting out of Milwaukie, OR will be making his UFC debut against

Renato Sobral (25-5-0) 6’1”/205 lbs. fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sonnen, an excellent wrestler with

explosive speed, is a two-time University National Wrestling Champion, a NCAA All-American and a US

Olympic Team Alternate. Sobral combines wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai into one highly effective

package. One of the top light heavyweights in the world, Sobral is coming off a victory against Travis Wiuff

at UFC 52 (4/16/05) with an armbar :24 into the second round.


For more UFC action, The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 airs Mondays at 11:05 pm ET/PT on Spike TV.


Bouts subject to change.


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Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular

entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres

along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New

York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and

waterfront of Mystic Places.


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