Shane Carwin pushed Brock Lesnar harder than any fighter has to date but the champ came back to choke the challenger and unify the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Full results, bonuses, and a recap of our picks can be found below.
Brock Lesnar def. Shane Carwin by submission (arm triangle) at 2:19 of Round 2.
Chris Leben def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by submission (triangle) at 4:40 of Round 3.
Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown by submission (armbar) at 2:02 of Round 2.
Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski by TKO (strikes) at 3:08 of Round 2.
George Sotriopoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino by unanimous decision.
Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer by TKO (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1.
Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli by submission (armbar) at 3:05 of Round 2.
Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic by split decision.
Gerald Harris def. David Branch by KO (slam) at 2:35 of Round 3.
Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz by split decision.
Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola by unanimous decision.
(Lesnar unified the title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Props to Esther Lin / Fanhouse.)
It’s not uncommon for UFC President Dana White to hand out extra bonuses but it is a bit strange for there to be as many as six bonuses awarded after the fight. And according to White, more checks are in the mail. (http://mmajunkie.com/news/19806/after-action-packed-ufc-116-fight-card-more-bonus-checks-on-the-way.mma) UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, TUF veteran Stephan Bonnar, Krzysztof Soszynski, Gerald Harris, Chris Leben and Yoshihiro Akiyama each pocketed $75,000 bonuses for their performances on Saturday night.
Lesnar won “Submission of the Night” for finishing Shane Carwin, Harris took home “Knockout of the Night” for slamming Dave Branch into the land of wind and ghosts and Bonnar vs. Soszynski & Akiyama vs. Leben were both named “Fight of the Night.”
(Lytle is known for stand up brawls but his submission game is superlative. Props to Esther Lin / Fanhouse.)
FIGHT! is now 67-38 on the year.
Brock Lesnar (-140) vs. Shane Carwin (+110)
FIGHT! Pick: Carwin Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Yoshihiro Akiyama (-205) vs. Chris Leben (+165)
FIGHT! Pick: Leben Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Chris Lytle (-215) vs. Matt Brown (+175)
FIGHT! Pick: Lytle Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Stephan Bonnar (+190) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (-250)
FIGHT! Pick: Soszynski Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
George Sotiropoulos (-180) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (+150)
FIGHT! Pick: Pellegrino Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT