Matchup: Matt Hughes (38-4-0) vs. Frank Trigg (13-2-0)
Date: April 16, 2005
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Recap: Ever since Matt Hughes submitted Frank Trigg in 2003, the top contender plotted his revenge. After an inadvertent low blow stunned Hughes, Trigg pounced and almost choked the champion out, only to see Hughes recover, slam the challenger, and choke him out at the 4:05 mark of one of the most intense championship battles you will ever see in the OctagonTM.
Outcome: Hughes by submission, Round 1