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UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar

UFC 91
  • Saturday 11.15.2008
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • 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): $4,815,675
  • Attendance: 14,272 (Paid: 10,845)
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 1,010,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 9
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

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  • Submission of the Night
    Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory   |   $60,000 bonus to Hazelett
  • Fight of the Night
    Aaron Riley vs. Jorge Gurgel   |   $60,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Knockout of the Night
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos   |   $60,000 bonus to Stephens
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Referees

  • Mario Yamasaki
    Lesnar vs. Couture (9)Riley vs. Gurgel (4)Bocek vs. Robinson (2)
  • Herb Dean
    Florian vs. Stevenson (8)Maia vs. Quarry (5)Brown vs. Thomas (1)
  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Hazelett vs. McCrory (7)Gonzaga vs. Hendricks (6)Stephens vs. dos Anjos (3)

UFC 91 Wiki Update Wiki

After going 1-1 in the UFC against Frank Mir and Heath Herring, WWE import Brock Lesnar received a title shot against Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture. The decision to grant Lesnar the title shot was controversial. Some felt it was premature and marketing driven. Others argued the relative lack of depth in the heavyweight division at the time left no clear-cut contenders to the belt.


The main event showed Lesnar was deserving of his chance. He bullied the much smaller Couture, before finishing him with strikes on the ground in the second round to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. The rest of the card was one of the best of the year, with all nine bouts shown on the Pay Per View broadcast.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:58 PM ET
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