Matchup: Randy Couture (8-3-0) vs. Pedro Rizzo (11-1-0)
Date: May 04, 2001
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Recap: In the first defense of his heavyweight title at UFC® 31, 37-year-old Randy Couture went to war for five bloody rounds with renowned Brazilian banger Pedro Rizzo, almost stopping his challenger in the first round. Rizzo survived though, coming back strong with brutal leg kicks and strikes that left many fans wondering who won the bout when it was over.
Outcome: Couture by Unanimous Decision