“UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz” took place Saturday inside the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
Middleweight Mark Munoz and his vicious ground-and-pound attack managed to slice a cut above Chris Leben’s left eye during their 10-minute tussle. After the 2ndRound, Leben claimed he couldn’t see and the ringside doctor had no choice but to call the scrap.
Four of the five preliminary bouts went to the judges’ scorecards, so the night’s main card contestants wanted to make sure they didn’t burden the officials. All five featured fights ended before the final horns blared, four by way of submission.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Chris Cariaso Defeated Vaughan Lee via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Che Mills Defeated Chris Cope via TKO (Punches) at :40 in the 1stRound
Michihiro Omigawa Defeated Jason Young via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Philip De Fries Defeated Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Maguire Defeated Justin Edwards via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Terry Etim Defeated Edward Faaloloto via Submission (Guillotine) at :17 in the 1stRound
Anthony Perosh Defeated Cyrille Diabate via Submission (Guillotine) at 3:09 in the 2ndRound
Thiago Alves Defeated Papy Abedi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:32 in the 1stRound
Renan Barao Defeated Brad Pickett via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:09 in the 1stRound
Mark Munoz Defeated Chris Leben via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Eye) at 5:00 in the 2ndRound
Fight of the Night:
Brad Pickett and Renan Barao ($70,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Terry Etim ($70,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Che Mills ($70,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 10,823 fans packed the arena, garnering a record-setting $1.5 million live gate.
White claimed there are 40 millionaires (USD) in the UFC.
He was ecstatic about the performances the fighters put on in the Octagon’s long-awaited return to England.
White loves when fans bash on a card prior to showtime and the event turns out to be amazing.
Although Munoz requested a title fight against champ Anderson Silva, White took a ‘We’ll see’ approach. Me mentioned Michael Bisping a couple of times, as well as Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson.
He added that Carlos Condit has been offered a bout against Josh Koscheck on Super Bowl weekend.
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