UFC 56

Franklin and Hughes Title Defenses Lead Line-up

For UFC 56: Full Force Live in Las Vegas

Tickets on Sale Now for UFC Event at MGM Grand Garden Arena

November 19, 2005

 MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is bringing double the action and twice the

force into the Octagon™ when UFC Middleweight Champ Rich Franklin and UFC Welterweight Champ Matt

Hughes lead the line-up with title defenses for UFC 56: FULL FORCE at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

Saturday, November 19, 2005.


Tickets for UFC 56: FULL FORCE go on sale at 10 a.m. PT Monday, September 19, $400, $300, $200, $100

and $50, and are available through all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, www.mgmgrand.com,

www.ufc.tv and by telephone at 800-929-1111 or 702-891-7777. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction



Rich “Ace” Franklin (20-1-0) 6’1”/185 lbs. from Cincinnati, Ohio is the current UFC Middleweight Champ. He

will make his first title defense since capturing the belt from Evan Tanner by doctor stoppage at UFC 53 in

June 2005. Matt Hughes (39-4-0) 5’9”/170 lbs. from Hillsboro, Illinois is the current UFC Welterweight

Champ. His return to the Octagon™ ends much anticipation for MMA fans, following his submission by rear

naked choke of Frank Trigg at UFC 52 in April 2005.


Franklin and Hughes have gained popularity since their starring roles as coaches in the hit reality series The

Ultimate Fighter™ Season 2, airing Monday nights on Spike TV at 11:05 pm ET/PT.


The remaining fighters and bouts for UFC 56: FULL FORCE will be announced in the coming weeks.


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