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UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin

UFC 116
  • Saturday 07.03.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Undercard: Spike TV
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $4,053,990
  • Attendance: 12,740 (Paid: 9,218)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 1,160,000 | TV Ratings: 1.3M (Spike Prelims)
  • Number of Bouts: 11
  • Event Pages: Sherdog | Wikipedia | The UG
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In one of the most successful events in UFC history, featuring one of its most anticipated title matchups, Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar returned from an extended layoff after a life-threatening bout with diverticulitis to defend his belt over 2010’s July 4th weekend. Lesnar’s foe was undefeated power puncher Shane Carwin, one of the few men in the division as big as Lesnar and a man whom no one had managed to escape the first round against. After Carwin quickly knocked Lesnar down and blasted at him against the cage for most of the first round, Lesnar dramatically rallied in the second to secure the win by Arm Triangle Choke submission.


The event was one of the highest-drawing shows in MMA history, coming close to the record set by 2009’s UFC 100 broadcast. It was also among the most praised by everyone from Dana White on down, featuring fantastic bouts in virtually every affair and an unusual number of late-stage finishes.

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UFC 116 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Brock Lesnar   defeats   Shane Carwin   via Submission, Arm-Triangle Choke
Main Event | Title Fight | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
Submission of the Night ($75,000 to Lesnar)
#33 Greatest Fight of All Time
#28 Greatest Submission of All Time
#6 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#4 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
#4 Greatest Comeback of All Time
  2:19 Round 2 of 5, 7:19 Total Bout Page
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Chris Leben   defeats   Yoshihiro Akiyama   via Submission, Triangle Choke
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Fight of the Night ($75,000 to both fighters)
#21 Greatest Fight of All Time
#54 Greatest Submission of All Time
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#3 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
#13 Greatest Comeback of All Time
  4:40 Round 3 of 3, 14:40 Total Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Chris Lytle   defeats   Matt Brown   via Submission, Straight Armbar
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
#51 Greatest Submission of All Time
#9 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
  2:02 Round 2 of 3, 7:02 Total Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Stephan Bonnar   defeats   Krzysztof Soszynski   via KO/TKO, Punches
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
Fight of the Night ($75,000 to both fighters)
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#20 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
  3:08 Round 2 of 3, 8:08 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
George Sotiropoulos   defeats   Kurt Pellegrino   via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Brendan Schaub   defeats   Chris Tuchscherer   via KO/TKO, Punches
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  1:07 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Ricardo Romero   defeats   Seth Petruzelli   via Submission, Straight Armbar
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  3:05 Round 2 of 3, 8:05 Total Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Kendall Grove   defeats   Goran Reljic   via Decision, Split
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Gerald Harris   defeats   Dave Branch   via KO/TKO, Slam
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Knockout of the Night ($75,000 to Harris)
#18 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
  2:35 Round 3 of 3, 12:35 Total Bout Page
Referee: Herb Dean
Daniel Roberts   defeats   Forrest Petz   via Decision, Split
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Jon Madsen   defeats   Karlos Vemola   via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts   Info
Wanderlei Silva   vs.   Yoshihiro Akiyama   Cancelled (Silva Knee/Rib Injury)
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Julio Paulino   vs.   Daniel Roberts   Cancelled (Paulino Injury)
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Jacob Volkmann   vs.   Paul Kelly   Fizzled
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page

Videos & Highlights

    Highlight  |  ESPN MMA Live UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin Post Fight Video Analysis report dead link

    ESPN's MMA Live crew runs its UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin fight video recap and post-event analysis, breaking down the fights in its weekly highlight segment.

  • Highlight  |  ESPN's MMA Live Video Preview of UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin report dead link

    ESPN's MMA Live discusses UFC 116 in its weekly MMA fight video and analysis show, previewing the upcoming matchup between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.

  • Highlight  |  UFC HL video of UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin report dead link

    Watch this short highlight video of the heavyweight UFC fight of Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin.

  • Video Blog  |  Dana White UFC 116 Video Blog report dead link

    Watch the official UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin video blog with UFC President Dana White.

  • Promo Video  |  UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin full video preview report dead link

    Watch the full video preview for UFC 116 and the heavyweight fight of Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin.

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