UFC 74

UFC 74

Infobox MMA event
name = UFC 74: Respect

promotion = Ultimate Fighting Championship
date = August 25, 2007
venue = Mandalay Bay Events Center
city = Las Vegas, Nevada
attendance = 11,118 (9,622 paid)cite web
url = http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sports/2007/aug/27/566657200.html
title = Russian champion may be next on Couture's fight card
last = Haney
first = Jeff
publisher = Las Vegas Sun
date = August 27, 2007
accessdate = 2007-08-29
gate = $3,307,000
buyrate = 485,000 [cite news
url =http://mmajunkie.com/2007/10/30/ufc-officials-rebut-randy-coutures-pay-claims/
first =Dann
last = Stupp
title=UFC Officials Rebut Randy Couture’s Pay Claims
previousevent =
followingevent =

"UFC 74: Respect" was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The event took place on August 25, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The main event was a UFC heavyweight championship bout which featured UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture defending his title against Gabriel Gonzaga, who knocked out Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović at "UFC 70" to become the number one contender.

Former UFC and TKO welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, in his first fight since losing his title to Matt Serra at "UFC 69", was matched up against "The Ultimate Fighter's" Josh Koscheck.

The card also featured former heavyweight champion Frank Mir against K-1 veteran Antoni Hardonk; "The Ultimate Fighter 3's" winner Kendall Grove; the UFC debut of PRIDE veteran Marcus Aurelio; "The Ultimate Fighter 2" welterweight winner Joe Stevenson; and former light heavyweight challenger Renato Sobral.


Preliminary card

*Lightweight bout: flagicon|Brazil Marcus Aurelio vs. flagicon|USA Clay Guida:Guida wins by split decision. Judges scored the bout 30-27 and 30-27 for Guida, and 29-28 for Aurelio. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.

*Middleweight bout: flagicon|Brazil Thales Leites vs. flagicon|USA Ryan Jensen:Leites wins by submission (armbar) at 3:47 of round one. This preliminary bout was aired on the broadcast. Leites was a late replacement for Jensen's original opponent, Travis Lutter, who withdrew from the card due to a neck injury.cite web
title=Thales Leites to Replace Travis Lutter at UFC 74
date=August 2, 2007
] .

*Heavyweight bout: flagicon|USA Frank Mir vs. flagicon|Netherlands Antoni Hardonk:Mir wins by submission (kimura) at 1:17 of round one. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.

*Light heavyweight bout: flagicon|Brazil Renato Sobral vs. flagicon|USA David Heath:Sobral wins by submission (anaconda choke) at 3:30 of round two. This preliminary bout was not aired on the broadcast.:Sobral was fined $25,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because he did not immediately follow referee's directions for releasing his chokehold after Heath tapped. [cite web
last = Ken
first = Pishna
url = http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=4767
date = 2007-09-24
accessdate = 2007-10-30
publisher = MMAWeekly.com
] Due to the controversial manner in which the bout was stopped, Sobral was subsequently released from his UFC contract. [cite web
last = Gross
first = Josh
url = http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=8797
date = 2007-08-30
accessdate = 2007-08-30
publisher = Sherdog
title = Babaloose: UFC Cuts Controversial Fighter

Main card

*Middleweight bout: flagicon|USA Kendall Grove vs. flagicon|Canada Patrick Côté:Côté wins by knockout due to punches at 4:45 of round one.

*Lightweight bout: flagicon|USA Joe Stevenson vs. flagicon|USA Kurt Pellegrino:Stevenson wins by unanimous decision with a broken nose. [cite web
last = Martin
first = Damon
url = http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=4593
date = 2007-08-28
accessdate = 2007-08-29
publisher = MMA Weekly
title = Stevenson confirms broken nose; not broken jaw
] Judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

*Lightweight bout: flagicon|USA Roger Huerta vs. flagicon|USA Alberto Crane:Huerta wins by TKO (strikes) at 1:50 of round three.

*Welterweight bout: flagicon|Canada Georges St. Pierre vs. flagicon|USA Josh Koscheck:St. Pierre wins by unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.

*Heavyweight championship bout: champion flagicon|USA Randy Couture vs. flagicon|Brazil Gabriel Gonzaga:Couture wins by technical knockout with a broken arm [cite web
last = Martin
first = Damon
url = http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=4592
date = 2007-08-28
accessdate = 2007-08-29
publisher = MMA Weekly
title = UFC champ Couture confirms broken arm
] at 1:37 of round three, retaining the heavyweight championship.

Bonus awards

At each UFC event, $40,000 is awarded to each of the fighters who receive one of these three awards.

*Fight of the Night: flagicon|USA Randy Couture vs. flagicon|Brazil Gabriel Gonzaga

*Submission of the Night: flagicon|Brazil Thales Leites

*Knockout of the Night: flagicon|Canada Patrick Côté


*Randy Couture: $250,000 [cite web
url = http://www.ivansblog.com/2007/07/mixed-martial-arts-fighter-salary.html
title = UFC 74 Fighter Salary Breakdown
last = Trembow
first = Ivan
publisher = MMA Weekly
format = Reprint
date = August 27, 2007
accessdate = 2007-09-05
*Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
*Georges St. Pierre: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
*Josh Koscheck: $10,000
*Roger Huerta: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
*Alberto Crane: $4,000
*Joe Stevenson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
*Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
*Patrick Coté: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
*Kendall Grove: $12,000
*Renato Sobral: $25,000 ($25,000 win bonus withheld by NSAC) [cite web
url = http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=ki-babalu082807
title = There should be no room for Babalu's antics
last = Iole
first = Kevin
publisher = Yahoo! Sports
date = August 28, 2007
accessdate = 2007-09-05
*David Heath: $6,000
*Frank Mir: $66,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
*Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
*Thales Leites: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
*Ryan Jensen: $4,000
*Clay Guida: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
*Marcus Aurelio: $30,000


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