Matchup: Tim Sylvia (14-0-0) vs. Ricco Rodriguez (14-1-0)
Date: February 23, 2003
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Recap: Heavily favored UFC® heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez paid a dear price for trading punches with Tim Sylvia at UFC® 41, as a series of brutal right hands knocked him down and out at 3:09 of the first round. Rodriguez, barely champion for six months, did have a brief window of opportunity when he almost landed an armbar on 'The Maine-iac', but that window slammed shut when Sylvia was able to escape and then drop bombs on his foe.
Outcome: Sylvia by KO, Round 1