UFC 55: Fury

Three Fights Added

 October 7, 2005

Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, Connecticut



Line-up (not in fight order):

Fight 1 - Light Heavyweight Bout

Chael Sonnen vs. Renato Sobral


Fight 2 - Heavyweight Bout

Keigo Kunihara vs. Marcio Cruz


Fight 3 - Heavyweight Bout

Sean Gannon vs. Branden Lee Hinkle


Fight 4 - Middleweight Bout - Added

Dennis Hallman vs. Jorge Rivera


Fight 5 - Welterweight Bout - Added

Joe Riggs vs. Chris Lytle


Fight 6 - Light Heavyweight Bout - Added

Alessio Sakara vs. Ron Faircloth


Fight 7 - Light Heavyweight Bout

Forrest Griffin vs. ElvisThe King of Rock n RumbleSinosic


Fight 8 - Heavyweight Title Bout

Champ AndreiThe Pit BullArlovski vs. Paul The Headhunter Buentello







Las Vegas, NV -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization added three fights to UFC 55:

FURY live at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut Friday, October 7, 2005, also available live

on pay-per-view at 10 pm. ET/7 pm PT, on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu and

Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $34.95.


In a competitive middleweight matchup, JorgeEl ConquistadorRivera will take on DennisSuperman



Dennis Hallman (57-10-2) 5’9”/185 lbs. fighting out of Yelm, WA, is one of the most feared and experienced

fighters in MMA -- and the only man ever to defeat Matt Hughes twice. Hallman will be making his UFC

debut as a middleweight, previously fighting as a lightweight and welterweight. Jorge Rivera, (12-4-0) 6’1”/185

lbs. fighting out of Milford, MA, is a career middleweight fighter equipped with strong striking skills and a

punishing clinching game. He is looking for a victory over Hallman to position himself as a top contender for

the UFC belt.


UFC 55: FURY main event is a heavy-hitting UFC Heavyweight title fight between current UFC Champ

AndreiThe Pit BullArlovski and contender Paul The Headhunter Buentello. The event also features

a light heavyweight battle between Forrest Griffin, winner of The Ultimate Fighter™ 1 finale and ElvisThe

King of Rock n RumbleSinosic.


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

Tickemaster.com; any regional Ticketmaster Charge by Phone number; visiting any Ticketmaster outlet;

www.ufc.tv; or Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees.


Two more action-packed fights have been added to the line-up, the light heavyweight bout Alessio Sakara

vs. Ron Faircloth and welterweight bout Joe Riggs vs. Chris Lytle.


Joe Riggs vs. Chris Lytle Joe Riggs, (25-6-0) 6’0”/170 lbs. fighting out of Phoenix, AZ, won at UFC 49

(8/21/04) by submitting Joe Doerksen at 2:39 of the second round. He will make his debut as a

welterweight, coming down from both the heavyweight and middleweight class. Chris Lytle, (29-11-4)

5’11”/170 lbs. fighting out of Indianapolis, IN, is a veteran MMA fighter with more than forty fights on his

record. A pro boxer (13-1-1) with superb grappling skills, he is an extremely tough opponent yet to be

stopped in a fight.


Ron Faircloth vs. Alessio Sakara

Ron Faircloth, (25-10) 5’9”/205 lbs. fighting out of Stoughton, WI, is a seasoned fighter who trains under UFC

veteran Dave Strasser. He excels at the ground game and often submits his opponents on the mat. Alessio

Sakara, (13-3-10 KOs) 6’0”/205 lbs. fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is an Italian boxer with a recent IBF

junior world championship title. Training extensively in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he is now a well-

rounded, respected MMA fighter. Both fighters are new to the UFC and are looking to make a sensational

debut Oct. 7.


Note: Evan Tanner vs. David Loiseau is now the main event fight for Ultimate Fight Night live in Las Vegas

from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Monday, Oct. 3, 2005. Spike TV will telecast Ultimate Fight

Night live nationally starting at 9:00 pm ET/PT.


Bouts subject to change.



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Mohegan Sun

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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...)