UFC 53: Heavy Hitters


The Ultimate Fighter 2 Coach Named


June 4, 2005

Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, New Jersey



UFC Official Fight Card & Weigh-ins for UFC 53: Heavy Hitters (weight in parentheses):

Interim Heavyweight Championship

Andrei Arlovski (241) vs. Justin Eilers (228)

Middleweight Championship

Evan Tanner (186) vs. Rich Franklin (185)

Welterweight Bout

Matt Serra (170) vs. Karo Parisyan (170)


Welterweight Bout

Nick Diaz (171) vs. Koji Oishi (162)


Middleweight Bout

David Louiseau (185) vs. Charles McCarthy (186)


Middleweight Bouts

Nathan Quarry (185) vs. Shonie Carter (182)


Light Heavyweight Bout

Forrest Griffin (204) vs. Bill Mahood (204)


Heavyweight Bout

Paul Buentello (250) vs. Kevin Jordan (228)






UFC Announces Coaches For Second Season of The Ultimate Fighter™


Hughes, Winner Of June 4 Tanner-Franklin Fight To Star In Hit Reality Series On Spike TV


Las Vegas, NV--UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes has been selected to be one of the coaches for

the second season of Spike TV’s hit reality series The Ultimate Fighter™, while the second coaching spot

will be decided Saturday inside the Octagon™ at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters, UFC President Dana White

announced today.


Not only will the middleweight belt be on the line between Evan Tanner and Rich Franklin at UFC 53, but

the winner will also become the coach opposite Hughes on The Ultimate Fighter.


“Matt Hughes is a great champion of the UFC and will be an outstanding coach on The Ultimate Fighter,”

said White, who also is featured on the series. “There’s even more at stake now in the Tanner-Franklin fight.

I’m excited to find out who will emerge as the new middleweight champion and as our second coach on the



The Ultimate Fighter’s second season is scheduled to tape this summer in Las Vegas and will premiere on

August 22, 2005 on Spike TV.


Find out who will be the coach by ordering the pay-per-view on Saturday at 10 p.m. EDT, on iN DEMAND,

DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of



Season No. 1 (13 weeks) of The Ultimate Fighter™ averaged a 1.7 household rating (1.5 million) with a 2.0

(1,015,000) among males 18-49 a 2.4 (604,000) in M18-34 and an average audience of 2.1 million viewers.

The coaches for the first season were light heavyweights Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell. Forrest

Griffin (light heavyweight) and Diego Sanchez (middleweight) were The Ultimate Fighter champions for the

premiere season and each received a six-figure deal with the UFC® organization. Stephan Bonnar was

also awarded a contract after his epic battle in the Finals versus Griffin. The audience peaked during the

Bonnar/Griffin fight with 3.3 million viewers. Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III,

Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White of Zuffa, LLC are the show’s executive producers.


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association and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and

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internationally throughout the world, including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and

Bravo in the United Kingdom.


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