Last night’s UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada saw a new interim lightweight champion crowned and history made.
In the headliner between top lightweight title contenders Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, we saw Ferguson utilize his well rounded attack that started with the effective use of his jab from on onset of the fight. While off his back, his control, and relentless submission attempts proved to much for his opponent as Lee succumbs to a triangle in the 3rd round.
Logically Ferguson would now hold the ticket to being the current Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor‘s next fight…but recent title bouts have not necessarily been based on the logical match-up based on rankings, so we will see what’s next.
In the co-main event, the previously scheduled headliner for UFC 215 between Bantamweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg ended in what most expected, with history being made. With the record of most consecutive title defenses at stake for Johnson, just as he had to 10 opponents prior, he methodically picked apart Borg throughout five rounds, pulling off what could be the frontrunner of submission of the year.
In a sequence that only the greatest of all time would attempt in a championship bout, Johnson was able to chain together a suplex to armbar transition and ultimately getting the tap after an resilient but ineffective attempt by the challenger to escape.
In a last minute hustle to find a replacement for Derrick Lewis, who was reportedly suffering from crippling back spasms, the promotion was able to find a savior. Walt Harris, who was slated to fight Mark Godbeer nearing the start of the main card, was promoted to face the opponent less former UFC heavyweight Champion, and mma submission royalty, Fabricio Werdum.
This was one of the biggest, last minute, life changing opportunities to present itself to a fighter, ever, and unfortunately Harris could not seize the moment. Werdum showed why he is regarded as having the most dangerous submission game in the history of the heavyweight division, winning in just over one minute of the very first round by armbar.
With only four decisions on the night, a total of six fights went to the scorecard as two bouts, Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham & Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata were ruled draws. The complete UFC 216 results, post fight award winners, and numbers at a glance are below >>>>
Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via submission (triangle choke) (R3, 4:02)
Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via submission (armbar) (R5, 3:15)
Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via submission (armbar) (R1, 1:05)
Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria via sub (RNC) (R1, 2:54)
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham ruled majority draw
Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata ruled draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via first-round KO (1:38)
Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)
Numbers at a glance –
Total fights: 11
Submissions: 4 by round #: 1st/2, 3rd/1, 5th/1
(T) Knock outs: 1 by round #: 1st/1,
Other: – 2 draws
Total Decision: 4 – 3 unanimous, 1 split
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, City Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Total gate: $677,999.50
Performance of the night: Johnson & Morga
Fight of the night: Vannata vs. Green
*Each winner is awarded a $50,ooo disclosed bonus
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