UFC 116 took place earlier this evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event, Shane Carwin challenged Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title.
In the co-main event, Chris Leben stepped in on short notice to take on Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Chris Lytle took on Matt Brown in a welterweight match-up.
Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski met in a rematch from UFC 110.
George Sotiropoulos squared off against Kurt Pellegrino in a lightweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Brock Lesnar defeats Shane Carwin via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round Two
- Chris Leben defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
- Chris Lytle defeats Matt Brown via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
- Stephan Bonnar defeats Krzysztof Soszynski via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- George Sotiropoulos defeats Kurt Pellegrino via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Brendan Schaub defeats Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Ricardo Romero defeats Seth Petruzelli via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
- Gerald Harris defeats Dave Branch via Knockout (Slam) in Round Three
- Kendall Grove defeats Goran Reljic via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Daniel Roberts defeats Forrest Petz via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jon Madsen defeats Karlos Vemola via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap & Thoughts
Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli : Seth Petruzelli looked great early against Ricardo Romero. He came out strong picking Romero apart on the feet, but made the mistake of blowing out too much energy trying to finish him. Once the fight his the ground Romero was the stronger fighter, but Petruzelli did a good job fending off Romero’s submission attempts, and even dropped some Hulk-like double hammerfists on his grounded opponent. After working his way back to the feet late in the first, Petruzelli rocked Romero with a left hook, but the round ended before he could capitalize. Both men were exhausted in the second, but Romero dug deep, got Petruzelli to the ground, worked his way to mount, put him in a crucifix and finished him with an armbar.
Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer: Quick and easy win for Brendan Schaub. After a short feeling out period, Schaub knocked Tuchscherer off his feet with an overhand right to the temple. Schaub swarmed and lit Tuchscherer up with bombs until Herb Dean stopped it.
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos: George Sotiropolous is evolving into one heck of a fighter. For the first 14:55 George brought it to Kurt Pellegrino. I picked Sotiropolous because I thought he would have the edge on the ground but turns out he was better on the feet too. George landed clean all fight and even rocked Kurt a couple times. On the ground, Sotiropolous controlled the action even when he was on his back. It really wasn’t even close. Still, Kurt almost pulled off a miraculous comeback. In the last five seconds of the fight, Kurt landed a huge knee sending George to the mat. The horn sounded before he had time to finish it. Too little, too late.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski: Tonight was a chance at redemption for Stephan Bonnar, a chance to right the wrong done to him at UFC 110. Bonnar pulled it off, but it wasn’t pretty. It was a slugfest and Bonnar ate more shots than he landed. Krzysztof Soszynski opened up cuts under both of the Bonnar’s eyes, and by the time the first round was over, Bonnar’s face was a mess. Of course, this is Stephan Bonnar we’re talking about. You pretty much have to knock him unconscious to finish him and KSos failed to do it. Instead, Bonnar hung around and ended up landing a huge knee that all but knocked KSos out. Bonnar swarmed and rained down punches until Mario Yamasaki eventually called it giving Stephan Bonnar the justice he sought and a much needed win.
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle: We usually see Chris Lytle in slugfests, but tonight, he reminded everyone that he knows a little bit about the ground game too. Matt Brown put Lytle in trouble early holding him in a tight choke until Lytle’s head turned purple. Lytle looked screwed, but he stayed relaxed and eventually escaped the hold. Lytle proceeded to throw bombs on the feet but never connected with anything substantial. In the second, Lytle showed off his ground game, putting Brown in a reverse mounted triangle. From there, Lylte worked for the straight armbar and eventually got it. In a not so subtle hint to Dana White, Lylte called it “submission of the night” in the post-fight interview.
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben: What an insane fight between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Chris Leben. Akiyama took the first round rather convincingly. He used his judo to put Leben on his back and outgrappled him for most of the round. The action really picked up in the second when they started throwing leather. During one exchange in the middle of the round they had each other rocked at the same time. If they both didn’t have such strong chins, there’s no doubt that would have been the end of the fight, but somehow both managed to keep swinging. In the third, Leben himself on his back again, but this time it was Leben who was on the offensive. He threw strikes from his back the whole round and then out of nowhere he slaps a triangle on an exhausted Akiyama and taps him out with 23 seconds to go. It was crazy. Leben was pumped and proceeded to call Wanderlei Silva out. It would be a fun fight, but unfortunately Wand is going to be out for quite awhile. I bet he got fired up watching it though.
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin: We learned something new about Brock Lesnar tonight. He doesn’t like to be hit, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take a beating. Make no mistake, Shane Carwin destroyed Brock Lesnar in the first round. He drilled Lesnar with an uppercut that put Brock in survival mode. Carwin swarmed, put Brock on his back up against the cage and dropped bombs. It truly looked like the end of the fight, but the ref let it go and Brock miraculously hung on, becoming the only man to survive one of Shane Carwin’s vicious first round assaults. It was a great start for Shane Carwin, but he made a huge mistake. He punched himself out trying to finish Brock and had nothing left in the second. Moments after they answered the second bell, Lesnar took Shane down, got mount and and secured an arm triangle. A few moments later Brock found the leverage he needed, squeezed and forced Carwin to tap. Hell of a fight that definitely lived up to the hype.
Submission of the Night: Brock Lesnar
Knockout of the Night: Gerald Harris
Fight of the Night: Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama & Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $4,053,990