UFC 116 ‘Lesnar vs. Carwin’ Results, Wrap-Up, Bonuses & Live Gate

UFC 116 PosterUFC 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.

Bonuses $75,000

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
Attendance: 12,740

  • emt32

    well fights over and ive seen it all going to go find a bridge and walk off of it congrats to lesnar nice arm triangle still not a fan and cain is my last hope

  • danny trejo

    i think should have been stopped in the first, I see any other ref pretty much stopping it. I know Carwin will be back, maybe a fight against big Nog would get him back

  • http://youtube.com/wherewhenwhat MizasterJ

    Brock got the hell beat outta him. Hes a lucky man right now. He should feel a little humbled but he prob doesnt. He damn near lost that fight, the ref could have called it. . Shane made the mistake of not backing off, forcing Lesnar to stand, instead he wasted his energy in a grapple lock. In a rematch, it would probably go the same way.

    Thats about as close to seeing Lesnar get beat as we will get for a long time.

  • Jay K

    GREAT non-stoppage of the fight, Brock was hurt and in trouble, but his arms were always up and never went limp. It was a very exciting fight overall, im happy brock won, and i believe that Lesnar or Carwin would probably beat Fedor.

  • Big D

    Lesnar will rule the Heavyweight Division for a long time…until the Carwin rematch! Congrats Lesnar.

  • Donnie Corrick

    BULLSHIT! Sorry, just had to get that out. Anyways, the fights tonight were absolutely amazing! I love the fact that they gave out 2 fights of the night…BUT what about giving out 2 submissions of the night?! How can you justify Lesnar’s arm triangle winning that? Chris Lytle deserves that. Thats alot of money that should be in Chris Lytle’s pocket, not Lesnar’s!

    • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

      Agreed. Lytle’s submission was badass.

  • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

    Akiyama was 20 seconds away from possibly winning. All judges had it even going into the third. Would have been interesting decision, would they have favored Akiyama being on top or Chris Leben wailing on him from the bottom?

    Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben Scorecard

  • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

    Two judges gave Shane Carwin the first round 10-8. That’s how I would have scored it. Case could be made for 10-7 as well depending on how you think a fight should be scored.

    Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin scorecard

  • sam Snee, better recognize

    wow. what a night of fights. what is there to look forward to now?

  • Donnie Corrick

    Thats funny, we were discussing during the fight that it should be a 10-8 round, and if it were boxing, would be a 10-7. Glad to see it actually turned out to be 10-8. Maybe theres some hope left for the judging in MMA… Also, sweet win for Lesnar. Eventhough I was behind Carwin the whole time, and I dont think for a single second that Brock Lesnar should have won the “submission of the night/kiss Lesnar’s ass” bonus, it was awesome to see Lesnar evolve the way he has, both on the ground and more importantly, as a human being. I think his near death experience has shown him alot and opened his eyes a little more to life. Maybe we’ll see a more humble champion like he says. If this is true, he will be a respectable champion. Hey Brock, this Bud’s for you (lol).

  • Miguel Pereira

    I cannot believe that Akiyama and Carwin let the wins sleep away like that…good job from Leben and Lesnar, really good job. Lesnar prove yesterday that he really has what it takes, not only he take the beating as he keep the cool to then finish him quickly.
    Sharwin just punch himself out but Akiyama I think at a point was too confident, in the end of round one or two (maybe one) he turns to the corner and kind of ask them if it was time to finish Leben…well at least it was the interpretation I made from his gesture, from there on it was just down the hill!
    The rest of the fights were also all very good.

  • sandman

    What the hell was judge Trowbridge watching when calling the first round 10-9?!? Should be banned from ever judging again…

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