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UFC 81: Breaking Point

UFC 81
  • Saturday 02.02.2008
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • 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): $2,437,890
  • Attendance: 10,583 (Paid: 7,167)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 650,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 9
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Fight of the Night
    Tim Sylvia vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira   |   $60,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar I   |   $60,000 bonus to Mir
  • Knockout of the Night
    Chris Lytle vs. Kyle Bradley   |   $60,000 bonus to Lytle
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  • Herb Dean
    Yundt vs. Almeida Sylvia vs. Nogueira (9)Heath vs. Boetsch (3)
  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Mir vs. Lesnar I (8)Tibau vs. Griffin (5)Nakamura vs. Emerson (1)
  • Yves Lavigne
    Horn vs. Marquardt (7)Lytle vs. Bradley (4)Eastman vs. Martin (2)

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UFC 81 Wiki Update Wiki

After the dismal Pay Per View effort of UFC 80 to kick off 2008, the UFC bounced back big with UFC 81, which featured an Interim Heavyweight Championship fight between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and the much-hyped UFC debut of WWE import Brock Lesnar, drawing 600,000 buys.

Nogueira, in typical Nogueira fashion, came back after losing the first two rounds to submit Tim Sylvia in the third with a Guillotine Choke, while Lesnar—although he started out strong—succumbed to a Heel Hook courtesy of Frank Mir in the first round. The title fight between Sylvia and Nogueira was put together because Randy Couture—the Heavyweight Champion—would not defend his title against Nogueira, as he was in the midst of a contract dispute with the UFC.

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