- Saturday 07.03.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
- U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: 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 MMA Bouts: 11
Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts
Honors & Awards
Submission of the NightBrock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin | $75,000 bonus to Lesnar
Fight of the NightYoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben | $75,000 bonus to each fighter
Fight of the NightKrzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar II | $75,000 bonus to each fighter
Knockout of the NightDave Branch vs. Gerald Harris | $75,000 bonus to Harris
Lesnar vs. Carwin (11), Sotiropoulos vs. Pellegrino (7)
Akiyama vs. Leben (10), Schaub vs. Tuchscherer (6), Branch vs. Harris (3)
Brown vs. Lytle II (9), Petruzelli vs. Romero (5), Petz vs. Roberts (2)
Soszynski vs. Bonnar II (8), Grove vs. Reljić (4), Madsen vs. Vémola (1)
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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.
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.