Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin are set for a main event showdown at UFC 116 to unify the UFC heavyweight title. It is one of the biggest fights in the history of the heavyweight division. Chris Leben steps into UFC 116 just two weeks removed from his last payday to fill an injured Wanderlei Silva’s gloves against Yoshihiro Akiyama.
MMAWeekly.com is live in Las Vegas to bring you all of the action round-by-round and bell-to-bell. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET with the main event kicking off at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
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UFC 116 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
SHANE CARWIN VS. BROCK LESNAR
R1 – Carwin clips Lesnar, but Lesnar shoots. Carwin escapes it and stays on his feet and they again start the stand-up. Carwin lands a big uppercut, rocking Lesnar and follows with a flurry. Carwin drives a knee to Lesnar’s chin and sends him down, unleashing a fury of punches. He continues, relentlessly punching away. Somehow Lesnar survives to two-minutes in. Carwin stands up and continues dropping down bombs. Carwin relents briefly then picks it up again, driving down forearms and punches. Lesnar covers up momentarily and then pushes Carwin off and eventually scrambles back to his feet. Carwin appears to be tired from the fury he unleashed. Lesnar is pressing him to the cage, but unable to mount any offense. Still, he survives the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Carwin
R2 – Carwin lands a big right hand early, but Lesnar stays up and shoots the takedown, putting Carwin on his back. Lesnar is in half guard, slowly getting his ground and pound game started. Lesnar passes to mount, and then drops off to an arm triangle. Carwin appears calm and relaxed, but Lesnar maintains the hold and submits Shane Carwin.
Brock Lesnar def. Shane Carwin by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 2:19, R2
YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA VS. CHRIS LEBEN
R1 – Akiyama catches a kick and sends Leben down, but he pops right back up. Leben starts to work on Akiyama’s legs with kicks, landing several, but then takes a kick to the groin and there’s a break in the action for him to recover. They touch gloves and continue, Leben landing a right leg kick and Akiyama a right punch. They clinch, Leben lands a knee to the body, but Akiyama uses his judo to throw him to the mat. Leben tries to find and armbar, but Akiyama defends and starts grounding and pounding. Leben goes for the armbar again, but Akiyama gets out, spins around and starts searching for an armbar of his own. Leben escapes, putting Akiyama into his half guard. Leben escapes and gets back to his feet, but Akiyama presses him to the cage. They separate and Leben lands a kick and straight left before Akiyama scores another Judo throw.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Akiyama
R2 – Leben counters Akiyama’s straight right with a straight left then lands a solid combination. Akiyama lands a spinning backfist, but Leben scores with a straight left and then a superman punch. Akiyama fires back with a straight right. Leben lands several straight lefts that hurt Akiyama, but the Japanese fighter fires back and rocks Leben with a combination. Unbelievable, both men pressing with punches, then Akiyama lands another Judo takedown and begins working from Leben’s full guard. Leben bacs up to the cage, Akiyama all the while punching. Akiyama continues punching as Leben rises to his feet, back to the cage. Leben goes for a front choke and moves to a guillotine, but Akiyama escapes. Leben moves in and eats a brutal right hand, but keeps coming, rocking Akiyama. Both man swinging away, neither can put the other away as the round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Akiyama
R3 – They continue firing away at each other. Leben looks to be a little fresher than Akiyama and lands a head kick to prove it. He throws an outside leg kick, but Akiyama catches it and puts Leben on his back, again landing in full guard. Akiyama goes for a neck crank, but Leben is punching the sides of his head with both hands and the same time then goes for an armbar. Akiyama patiently works his arm out and moves to half guard and then to full mount. Leben tries to reverse, but Akiyama maintains top position. Leben is punching up from his back, but Akiyama is doing the same from the top, neither with much authority behind them. Leben regains his full guard and starts punching and driving elbows to the top of Akiyama’s head. Leben stays busy punching and elbowing, and out of nowhere, locks on a triangle choke. Akiyama has no choice but to tap.
Chris Leben def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:40, R3
CHRIS LYTLE VS. MATT BROWN
R1 – Lytle starts swinging right away, to nobody’s surprise. Brown is being a little more tactical, clinching to stop Lytle’s attack. Lytle presses him to the cage and starts working in short punches, while Brown tries to attack with knees to the body. Brown lands a head kick on separation, but it wasn’t full on. Lytle rushes in and presses him back against the fence, again using his short punches to the body and head before Brown takes him down. Lytle goes for an Omo Plata, but Brown escapes. They scramble and Brown locks on a d’arce choke, but Lytle is staying calm, trying to stay awake. Lytle hangs on long enough and escapes. They go back to their feet, Lytle landing strong punches; Brown landing kicks. Brown clips Lytle with a stiff jab that puts him on his backside just before the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Brown
R2 – Both men fire punches to start the round. Neither gains the immediate advantage, but Lytle lands an uppercut that rocks Brown and then locks on a guillotine choke. Lytle lands on top of Brown in full mount, but lets go of the guillotine to transition to a reverse triangle from the top, also with an armbar locked on Brown’s right arm.
Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown by Submission (Armbar) at 2:02, R2
KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI VS. STEPHAN BONNAR
R1 – Soszynski comes out gunning punches, backing Bonnar up briefly. Soszynski starts working the legs with kicks, but Bonnar catches one and puts him on his back. Bonnar stands in Soszynski’s full guard, but gets tied up. Soszynski gets and armbar and rolls, loses it, and then stands up and unleashes a flurry of punches as Bonnar stands. They clinch on the fence, Bonnar bleeding from around his right eye or just below it. Bonnar switches position and lands a striking combination that ends on a knee to the body before they separate. Bonnar goes for a spinning back kick, misses, and then Soszynski rushes him with punches before Bonnar clinches and lands a few elbows and a combination of punches. Good kick to the body followed by a right hand by Bonnar. They clinch and on separation, Soszynski rocks Bonnar with a right hand then follows with a flurry that staggers Bonnar. Somehow Bonnar digs deep and fires back, landing a couple knees to the body.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Soszynski
R2 – They pick up right where they left off, firing bombs at each other with Soszynski getting the better of the exchange before Bonnar clinches. Bonnar scores with knees to the body and then lands a punch combination that stuns Soszynski. Soszynski clips Bonnar with a punch and then clinches, but Bonnar lands the knee to the chin and unloads a right hand, rocking Soszynski. They clinch and Bonnar scores the takedown, driving elbows to the ribs from side control on the ground. Soszynski gets back to his feet, but Bonnar drops him with a brutal knee, follows him down and unleashes a flurry of punches before taking his back. Bonnar keeps the punches going, Soszynski covers up, and Yamasaki stops the fight.
Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski by TKO (Strikes) at 3:08, R2
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS VS. KURT PELLEGRINO
R1 – Neither fighter committing early, but little more than a minute in and Sotiropoulos rocks Pellegrino with punches, follows him to the mat, but can’t find a submission. Pellegrino finds his way back to his feet. They hit the mat again, but are quickly back up, Pellegrino landing a hard right hand, but Sotiropoulos lands a knee to the chin. Sotiropoulos looks comfortable on his feet, so Pellegrino takes him to the mat. Sotiropoulos locks Pellegrino up briefly with his legs to stop any ground and pound. Pellegrino stands and eats and upkick before dropping back into Sotiropoulos’ guard.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos
R2 – Good left hook by Pellegrino. He jumps in with a punch, misses, and Sotiropoulos snags a leg and takes him down, working from half guard. Pellegrino briefly gains his full guard back, but Sotiropoulos passes and moves to a half mount and starts dropping down heavy elbows and punches. Sotiropoulos drives some vicious elbows into the temple of Pellegrino. Pellegrino scrambles, but gets put right back into side control. Pellegrino escapes and this time gets back to his feet, but is pressed up against the fence. They separate for a brief exchange before the bell sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos
R3 – Sotiropoulos doing a good job utilizing his jab and head movement, keeping Pellegrino completely out of rhythm. Nearly two minutes in and Sotiropoulos rocks Pellegrino with a combination of punches. Pellegrino takes him to the mat, landing in full guard, but Sotiropoulos is staying very active off his back, using lots of movement and latching onto Pellegrino’s arms to slow his offense. Sotiropoulos locks his legs around Pellegrino’s head, tying him up, and starts punching Pellegrino to the face. Pellegrino stands up and slips out, both main regaining their feet. They clinch, Pellegrino’s back to the fence, trading knees. Pellegrino separates and unleashes a punch combination, a knee to the face, followed by more punches that drop Sotiropoulos, but can’t finish before the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pellegrino, but the fight 29-28 for Sotiropoulos
George Sotiropoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
BRENDAN SCHAUB VS. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER
R1 – Tuchscherer shoots early, but Schaub fends him off. Tuchscherer moves in again and Schaub drops him with an overhand right, follows him to the mat, and finishes him off with a flurry of punches.
Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R3
SETH PETRUZELLI VS. RICARDO ROMERO
R1 – Petruzelli comes out firing right hands. Romero shoots for a double-leg takedown, but Petruzelli sprawls out and stuffs it. He then starts firing right hands, wobbling Romero, who ties him up briefly to stop the onslaught. Petruzelli again drives in firing punches, hurting Romero, but stops his own momentum when he fires off a kick and slips to the ground. He pops right back up and they start trading punches, Petruzelli getting the better of the exchanges. Petruzelli misses with a spinning back kick and gets taken to the mat midway through the round. Petruzelli escapes into Romero’s full guard and starts ground and pounding him. Romero reverses position and quickly passes to full mount, dangerously close to a head and arm triangle. He doesn’t get it, switch briefly to an American. Petruzelli defends, but Romero continues to control position, nearly locking on an armbar. Petruzelli escapes to his feet and rocks Romero with punches and a double-axe handle strikes from standing.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Petruzelli.
R2 – Romero comes out firing the left hand, but eats a knee to the chin. He goes down briefly, but gets right back up, still wobbly. He shoots, but Petruzelli sprawls and then takes Romero’s back, trying to latch on to an armbar. He extends it, belly down, but turns and loses the hold. Romero starts ground and pounding from Petruzelli’s full guard. Petruzelli starts firing elbows from his back, then moves to a triangle attempt, but Romero passes to side control and starts working for an Americana. Romero stretches the arm out, Petruzelli screams and immediately starts tapping out.
Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli by Submission (Armbar) at 3:05, R2
KENDALL GROVE VS. GORAN RELJIC
R1 – Grove lands a couple right hands about a minute into the fight, but not much action outside of that as both fighters try to find their range. Reljic manages to land a couple kicks to the body midway through the round. Both fighters start to heat things up, trading strikes. Reljic shoots the single-leg and takes Grove to the mat, landing in his full guard. Reljic stands and tries to drop down punches, but eats and upkick from Grove, who then pops right up to his feet. Grove clinches, trying to start his knee attack, but Reljic does a good job locking him up against the fence.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Grove
R2 – Reljic comes out firing, but Grove immediately takes him down. Reljic starts working for an armbar, then Kimura, but Grove escapes. Reljic stands up; Grove on his back. Reljic drops back down into Grove’s guard, but Grove drives elbows into the top of his head and fires off punches to the sides of his head, while Reljic is relegated to defense from top position in the guard. After about a minute and a half of this, referee Mario Yamasaki stands them up.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Grove
R3 – Grove chases Reljic down, but can’t land much damage. Reljic shoots the takedown, but Grove sprawls out and keeps it standing. Grove lands a good inside leg kick and then follows with a solid right hand. Reljic moves in and Grove lands a guillotine choke, using it to drive a knee to the chin. They separate and Grove goes back to the inside leg kick midway through the round. Reljic fires off an inside kick and then goes for the single leg takedown. Grove defends and lands a couple knees as Reljic drives him across the cage and up against the fence. Reljic battles for a time, then manages to turn and take Grove to the mat, landing in half guard. Reljic passes to side control, but can’t mount much offense before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Grove
Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28), R3
GERALD HARRIS VS. DAVE BRANCH
R1 – Branch lands the first significant action of the fight, driving a knee to Harris’ chin as Harris shot in, but it wasn’t enough to do much damage. Harris comes back with a good left-right combination a few moments later. Harris is swinging for the fences, but unable to land the big shot. He bull rushes Branch, who stumbles to the mat, but gets right back up. Harris swarms again, in a flurry of punches, and drops down to try and take Branch down, but Branch defends well, sprawling with his back to the cage. Branch lands a couple elbows to the side of the head, but Harris scoops him up and slams him to the mat.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Harris
R2 – Branch throws a head kick, it’s blocked but on target. Harris retorts by taking him to the mat. Harris lands a couple powerful right hands from Branch’s full guard. Branch scoots out and gets back to his feet, immediately clinching and pressing Roberts to the cage. Harris reverses and takes Branch back down to the mat. Branch escapes and gets back to his feet again, just missing a big right hand from Harris on the way up.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Harris
R3 – Branch lands some good hard shots to start off round three. Harris manages to take him down briefly, but Branch gets right back up. They clinch, Branch pressing Harris to the cage. Referee Herb Dean breaks them because Branch is holding on to the cage. Branch immediately fires off a jumping knee to the chin. Harris comes back by picking Branch up and slamming him to the mat, knocking him out in the process. Fight over!
Gerald Harris def. David Branch by KO (Slam) at 2:35, R3
DANIEL ROBERTS VS. FORREST PETZ
R1 – Not much early dominance, but Roberts scores the takedown about midway through the round. Petz does a good job defending and they’re quickly back to the center of the Octagon. Roberts again scores the takedown with Petz up against the cage. Roberts starts working from side control with a choke. Petz turns to defend and Roberts takes his back, trying to work in the rear naked choke, but Petz defends to the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Roberts
R2 – Not much action early, but Petz lands a solid right hand when Roberts shoots and manages to defend the takedown, which he couldn’t seem to do in round one. Roberts tries again, grabbing a single leg, and this time manages the takedown and starts ground and pounding. Petz tries to escape, but again Roberts takes his back and starts working for the rear naked choke. Petz finally reverses position, taking Roberts’ back. As they stand up, Petz wobbles Roberts with a couple hard shots, and then follows with a knee to the body and another right hand. Roberts, in desperation, drops down and takes Petz down again, stopping his offense. Petz gets out and up, this time taking Roberts down. Roberts tries for a guillotine, but can’t lock it down before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Petz
R3 – Petz is trying to push his striking game, but is being wary of Roberts’ takedowns. Petz picks away at Roberts with leg kicks and keeps coming close with the straight right, but can’t find a home for it. Roberts lands a weak kick to the body, but eats a hard left punch for his efforts. Roberts works hard and lands a single leg takedown, immediately starting to work his ground and pound from half guard. Roberts passes to full mount with about 30 seconds left in the round. Petz tries to lock him down, chest-to-chest, and the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Roberts
Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
JON MADSEN VS. KARLOS VEMOLA
R1 – Sorry folks. Coming in late on the first round due to some technical difficulties. Will pick it up with round two.
R2 – In between rounds, Madsen was trying to put his contact back in his eye. Not sure he got it in before he had to start up for the round.
Madsen chases Vemola down and puts him on the mat, starting up where he left off in round one, ground and pounding him. They finally get back up to their feet, but Madsen clinches and presses Vemola to the cage. They move back to the center of Octagon for a brief exchange before Madsen again clinches and presses Vemola to the cage, driving a few knees to the body.
R3 – Vemola lands a leg kick, but misses with a wide right hook. Madsen is again quick to put Vemola on his back, easily scoring the takedown. Right away he starts up with his ground and pound. Vemola is trying to find a way out, but Madsen moves to side control and is just smothering him. Madsen moves to north-south position, but still isn’t mounting much offense other than to control position and gets stood up. Vemola immediately goes for a standing guillotine, but can’t lock it down. Madsen again puts him on his back, but is almost immediately stood back up due to lack of action. Vemola lands a few short uppercuts before the bell, but can’t do enough before the bell.
Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
UFC 116 RESULTS:
MAIN BOUTS (On Pay-Per-View):
-Brock Lesnar def. Shane Carwin by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 2:19, R2
-Chris Leben def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:40, R3
-Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown by Submission (Armbar) at 2:02, R2
-Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski by TKO (Strikes) at 3:08, R2
-George Sotiropoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
PRELIMINARY BOUTS (On Spike TV):
-Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R3
-Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli by Submission (Armbar) at 3:05, R2
PRELIMINARY BOUTS (Non-Televised):
-Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Gerald Harris def. David Branch by KO (Slam) at 2:35, R3
-Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3