Randy Couture's fight with Chuck Liddell for the interim Light Heavyweight Title on June 6, 2003 would mark Couture's first foray into the Light Heavyweight division, and it was a success.
The interim title was created due to the fact that champion Tito Ortiz was taking too long to defend his title.
If you listen to some, they say that Tito was holding out for more money. Others say Tito was afraid to step into the cage with Liddell. Another theory was that Tito was reluctant to fight Liddell since the two were friends.
Liddell did not share the idea, and was more than willing to fight Ortiz.
Whatever the reason, Ortiz was out of the picture.
Liddell was the favorite in this bout, but he was beaten at his own game as Couture, known mostly as a wrestler, decided to stand and strike with "The Iceman."
After working strikes, he switched to his wrestling game and took Liddell down, ending the fight by TKO at 2:39 of round three.