{{Infobox MMA event

| name = UFC 53: Heavy Hitters

| image =UFC53.jpg

| promotion = [[Ultimate Fighting Championship]]

| date = June 4, 2005

| venue = [[Boardwalk Hall]]

| city = [[Atlantic City, New Jersey|Atlantic City]], [[New Jersey]]

| attendance = 12,000

| gate = $1,100,000

| buyrate = 90,000

| previousevent = [[UFC 52|UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell]]

| followingevent = [[UFC Ultimate Fight Night]]


'''''UFC 53: Heavy Hitters''''' was a [[mixed martial arts]] event held by the [[Ultimate Fighting Championship]] on June 4, 2005, at the [[Boardwalk Hall]] in [[Atlantic City, New Jersey]]. The event was broadcast live on [[pay-per-view]] in the [[United States]], and later released on [[DVD]].


This event was originally scheduled to take place at the [[Yokohama Arena]] in Japan with an Interim Heavyweight championship bout between [[Andrei Arlovski]] and [[Mirko Cro Cop]] serving as the main event. However the lack of sponsorship for the event forced the event to be moved to Atlantic City.<ref></ref>

Initially, former champion [[Ricco Rodriguez]] was slated to contend for the heavyweight championship, but withdrew from the bout, citing complications with his training camp.<ref></ref>  Headlining the card opposite of interim heavyweight champion Arlovski, instead, was [[Miletich Fighting Systems|Miletich]] protégé [[Justin Eilers]]. Although there was some criticism directed at the UFC for giving Eilers a title shot after coming off a knockout loss to [[Paul Buentello]] at ''[[UFC 51]]'', the UFC explained that Buentello was not medically cleared to fight when the main event was originally scheduled.


This was [[Forrest Griffin]]'s first fight after winning [[The Ultimate Fighter]] show.


===Preliminary card===

*'''Welterweight bout: [[Nick Diaz]] vs. Koji Oishi'''

:Diaz wins by technical knockout (punches) at 1:24 of round one. The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.

*'''Middleweight bout: [[David Loiseau]] vs. [[Charles McCarthy (fighter)|Charles McCarthy]]'''

:Loiseau wins by technical knockout (spinning back kick) at 2:04 of round two.  The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.

*'''Middleweight bout: [[Nathan Quarry]] vs. [[Shonie Carter]]'''

:Quarry wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:37 of round one.  The bout, although preliminary, was aired on the broadcast.

===Main card===

*'''Heavyweight bout: [[Paul Buentello]] vs. [[Kevin Jordan (MMA fighter)|Kevin Jordan]]'''

:Buentello wins by submission (neck crank) at 4:10 of round one.

*'''Welterweight bout: [[Karo Parisyan]] vs. [[Matt Serra]]'''

:Parisyan wins by unanimous decision.

*'''Light Heavyweight bout: [[Forrest Griffin]] vs. Bill Mahood'''

:Griffin wins by submission ([[rear naked choke]]) at 2:18 of round one.

*'''[[List of UFC champions#Middleweight Championship|Middleweight Championship]] bout: [[Evan Tanner]] (c) vs. [[Rich Franklin]]'''

:Franklin wins via TKO (doctor stoppage) 3:25 of round 4 to become the new [[List of UFC Champions#Middleweight Championship|Middleweight Champion]].

*'''[[List of UFC champions#Heavyweight Championship|Interim Heavyweight Championship]] bout: [[Andrei Arlovski]] (ic)  vs. [[Justin Eilers]]'''

Arlovski wins by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:10 of round one. It was realized that Eilers had injured his knee in the bout, prompting the referee to stop the fight as Eilers could not defend himself.<ref>{{cite web

|author= Josh Gross


|title=UFC 53 Injury Update: Eilers and Tanner



|date= June 6, 2005}}</ref>


*[ UFC 53: Heavy Hitters Results on]

*[ "Ultimate Fighting Championship Cards"] on Wrestling Information Archives

== References ==


{{UFC Events}}


[[Category:Ultimate Fighting Championship events]]

[[Category:2005 in mixed martial arts]]

[[Category:Mixed martial arts in New Jersey]]

[[Category:Sports in Atlantic City, New Jersey]]

[[Category:2005 in New Jersey]]

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