FORMER UFC® HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
TO BATTLE MARCIO CRUZ AT UFC 57: LIDDELL vs. COUTURE 3
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2006
Also Announced: Mike Van Arsdale vs. Renato Sobral;
Joe Riggs vs. Nick Diaz and Justin Eilers vs. Brandon Vera
Las Vegas, NV – After more than a year, former UFC® Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will return to the Octagon™ to battle Brazil’s Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz at UFC 57: LIDDELL vs. COUTURE 3 at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas Saturday, February 4, 2006.
UFC 57: LIDDELL vs. COUTURE 3, which sold out in less than five weeks, is also available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.
The fight will be Mir’s first since a motorcycle accident sidelined him in September 2004. He had just captured the UFC heavyweight crown from Tim Sylvia at UFC 48. Now, with his leg rehabilitated, Mir has his sights set on regaining the title now held by Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski. But standing in the way is Marcio Cruz, a six-time world champion of Jiu-Jitsu and eight-time Pan-American Champion of Jiu-Jitsu.
Cruz (1-0) made a successful foray into mixed martial arts at UFC 55 by submitting Keigo Kunihara (rear naked choke) at 1:02 of the second round. The 6’3″/246 lbs. Brazilian also has his eye on Arlovski, and wants to defeat Mir to prove he is a heavyweight contender.
Also announced on the card is a light heavyweight matchup between Mike Van Arsdale and Renato “Babalu” Sobral; Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Nick Diaz and Justin Eilers vs. Brandon “The Truth” Vera.
Van Arsdale (10-2) 6’2″/205 lbs., fighting out of San Jose, CA, is a fierce competitor. A champion freestyle wrestler, he’s considered by many of his peers as one of the best athletes ever to compete in the Octagon. He sharpened his mixed martial arts skills under UFC veteran “Crazy” Bob Cook, and is looking for a win against Sobral to remain a contender in the light heavyweight division. Sobral (26-5-0) 6’1″/205 lbs., fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world. The mega-talented Brazilian has won his last nine fights in a row, including a one-night tournament where he defeated Trevor Prangley, Jeremy Horn and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He is focused and is ready to take another step toward a shot at the UFC World Light Heavyweight title.
Joe Riggs (26-7) 6’0″/170 lbs., fighting out of Phoenix, is a heavy-handed striker who can deal out punishment standing or on the ground. A former heavyweight, he is known for his strength and ability to deliver a massive amount of damage in a short time. He accepted a fight, with very short notice, at UFC 56 against UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. Although he was submitted by Hughes, Riggs feels he’s learned from the