The biggest fight card of the year took place Saturday night inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. UFC 121 featured the highly anticipated heavyweight title scrap between Cain Velasquez and champion Brock Lesnar.
Jon Madsen Defeated Gilbert Yvel via TKO (Punches) at 1:48 in the 1stRound
Chris Camozzi Defeated Dongi Yang via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Sam Stout Defeated Paul Taylor by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Daniel Roberts Defeated Mike Guymon via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 1:13 in the 1stRound
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Tom Lawlor Defeated Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Court McGee Defeated Ryan Jensen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:21 in the 3rdRound
Brendan Schaub Defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Hamill Defeated Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Diego Sanchez Defeated Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Shields Defeated Martin Kampmann via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Cain Velasquez Defeated Brock Lesnar via TKO at 4:12 in the 1stRound (Velasquez becomes NEW UFC Heavyweight Champion)
Fight of the Night:
Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago ($70,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Daniel Roberts ($70,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Cain Velasquez ($70,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 14,856 fans packed the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, garnering the company a cool $2.15 million at the gate.
White claimed that while watching the monitors Octagon-side, he thought he saw Brock Lesnar verbally submit to the Cain Velasquez. When the new king finally showed up to the presser, he said he didn’t hear anything of that nature.
Velasquez said he executed his gameplan to absolute perfection. He gave special props to Olympic wrestler and Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier for their countless single-leg takedown sessions.
Brock Lesnar did not attend the post-fight press conference.
Former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields admitted the weight cut drastically affected his performance in his Octagon debut. Shields took a controversial split decision over Martin Kampmann in a welterweight affair.
Tito Ortiz on retirement: “Not even close to the end of my career. I need to get back to wrestling. I need to get back to my roots. The last few years, I’ve been through a lot, but I’m not a quitter. I’m healthy. I’m going to continue on. It sucks to lose, but I’m a person who will suck it up and continue on.”
Although Diego Sanchez appeared to recapture his mojo, he wasn’t sure if he’d remain in the welterweight division. White said he loves him at that weight class, however Mr. YES gets final say.