UFC 56: Full Force

UFC Champs Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes Defend Titles Against

Nate Quarry and Karo Parisyan

Tickets on Sale Now!

November 19, 2005

 MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV ・The Ultimate Fighting Championshipョ (UFC) today announced UFC World Champions

Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes will take on contenders Nate Quarry and Karo Parisyan for back-to-back

title defense fights at UFC 56: FULL FORCE. The all-star lineup of fights will take place at the MGM Grand

Garden Arena Saturday, Nov. 19 and doors will open at 4:00pm.


UFC 56: FULL FORCE is also available live on pay-per-view at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT, on iN DEMAND,

DIRECTV, DISH Network and TVN for a suggested retail price of $34.95, and Bell ExpressVu and Viewer's

Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.


Tickets priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are

on sale now and are available through any MGM Grand box office outlet. Tickets also are sold at all Las

Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, Smith痴 Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May

stores and Ritmo Latino) and ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a

ajor credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at

www.mgmgrand.com, www.ufc.tv or www.ticketmaster.com.

Rich Franklin (20-1) from Cincinnati, OH is the UFC Middleweight Champion. He will square off against Nate

Quarry (14-1) fighting out of Gresham, OR, for his first title defense since capturing the belt from Evan

Tanner by doctor stoppage at UFC 53 in June 2005. Quarry, who trains with the highly respected Team

Quest fight club, is coming off a series of knockout victories including Pete Sell at Ultimate Fight Night

(8/6/05), Shonie Carter at UFC 53 (6/4/05) and Lodune Sincaid at The Ultimate Fighter: Season 1 finale



UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (39-4) hailing from Hillsboro, IL will square off against Karo

Parisyan (22-3) fighting out of North Hollywood, CA to make his second consecutive UFC title defense.

Hughes re-gained the welterweight crown at UFC 50 (10/22/04) in Atlantic City by stopping Georges St.

Pierre with an arm bar at 4:59 of the first round, and then defended his title at UFC 52 in Las Vegas

(4/16/05) against Frank Trigg, winning by a rear naked choke. Parisyan, a Judo stylist known for his

spectacular throws and submissions, is coming off four consecutive wins including a unanimous decision

against Chris Lytle at UFC 51 (2/5/05), a split decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 49 (8/21/04), and a

unanimous decision victory over Matt Serra at UFC 53 (6/04/05).


Also announced is a welterweight matchup between Georges St. Pierre (10-1) fighting out of Montreal,

Quebec, Canada and Sean Sherk (33-1-1) fighting out of Oak Grove, MN. St. Pierre, known for his versatility

and incredible athleticism, is pound-for-pound one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. Sherk has an

impressive 33-1-1 MMA record, including a current 12-bout winning streak, and is a strong fighter with top-

notch wrestling skills. Both fighters are looking for a victory to position themselves for a shot at the

welterweight crown.


Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes currently have starring roles as coaches in the hit reality series The Ultimate

Fighter・Season 2, airing Monday nights on Spike TV at 11:00pm ET/PT.


More fighters and bouts for UFC 56: FULL FORCE will be announced in the near future.


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The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special

events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-

the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights

between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar De La Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins and

George Foreman vs. Michael Moorer; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John,

Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy

Joel, Backstreet Boys, N' Sync, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The

MGM Grand Garden Arena is also home to the annual FOX Billboard Music Awards, the annual Andre

Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit and the VH1 Divas Las Vegas shows.



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