Press Release

Also Announced: Georges St. Pierre vs Sean Sherk

Tickets Now on Sale

Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 18, 2005) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (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’s 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 major 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 “Ace” Franklin (20-1-0) 6’1″/185 lbs. from Cincinnati, OH is the UFC Middleweight Champion. He will square off against Nate “Rock” Quarry (14-1) 6’0″/185 lbs., 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 (4/9/05).

UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (39-4-0) 5’9″/170 lbs., hailing from Hillsboro, IL will square off against Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (22-3-0) 5’10″/170 lbs., 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 spectacular 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 (10-1-0) 5’10″/170 lbs. fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Sean Sherk (33-1-1) 5’6″/170 lbs. 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.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® fight programs feature six live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.tv.

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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.