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Aug 5 · UFC 116 – Pics, Background Info and Fight Results

The following is pretty much a copy and paste of the wikipedia article on UFC 116

UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 3, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[4]


Shane Carwin, who won the interim heavyweight championship by defeating Frank Mir at UFC 111, faced current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The two were originally set to face each other at UFC 106 then UFC 108, before Carwin won the interim heavyweight championship, but Lesnar pulled out of the fight due to an illness that kept him from training.

Cheick Kongo was scheduled to face Roy Nelson,[5] but a back injury sidelined Kongo.[6] Nelson is expected to face Junior dos Santos at UFC 117.[7]

Alessio Sakara was set to fight Nate Marquardt,[8] but Sakara pulled out of the bout after the death of his father.[9]

Jacob Volkmann was scheduled to fight Paul Kelly as one of the preliminary fights, but Kelly reportedly had to pull out of the July 3 fight due to visa issues.[10] The bout will possibly be rescheduled for a later date.

Also, UFC newcomer Ricardo Romero was scheduled to fight Steve Cantwell after Cantwell’s recent medical ban ended. However, the fight was cancelled for unknown reasons[11] and Cantwell was replaced by UFC returnee Seth Petruzelli.[12]

On June 17, 2010, Julio Paulino withdrew from his fight against Daniel Roberts. Forrest Petz returned to the UFC and replaced Paulino.[13]

On June 22, 2010, Wanderlei Silva had to withdraw from his co-main event fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama due to three broken ribs and an injured right knee. Akiyama was then matched against Chris Leben. [14]

The bout between Kendall Grove and Goran Reljic was originally slated for the live prelims show on Spike TV. However, it was later demoted and replaced by Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero because of Grove’s criticism of the Spike TV network and The Ultimate Fighter television show.[15]

UFC President Dana White confirmed that the winner of the heavyweight title fight will defend the title against the undefeated Cain Velasquez.[16]


Preliminary card

Madsen defeated Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Roberts defeated Petz via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).

Harris defeated Branch via KO (slam) at 2:35 of round 3. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Schaub vs. Tuchscherer fight.

Grove defeated Reljic via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28). This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Lesnar vs. Carwin fight.

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

Romero defeated Petruzelli via submission (armbar) at 3:05 of round 2.

Schaub defeated Tuchscherer via TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of round 1.

Main card

Sotiropoulos defeated Pellegrino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Bonnar defeated Soszynski via TKO (strikes) at 3:08 of round 2.

Lytle defeated Brown via submission (straight armbar) at 2:02 of round 2.

Leben defeated Akiyama via submission (triangle choke) at 4:40 of round 3.

Lesnar defeated Carwin via submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:19 of round 2 to become the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Bonus awards

Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.[17]

  • Fight of the Night: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski and Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
  • Knockout of the Night: Gerald Harris
  • Submission of the Night: Brock Lesnar

Reported payout

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or “locker room” bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC’s traditional “fight night” bonuses.[18]

  • Brock Lesnar $400,000 (no win bonus) def. Shane Carwin ($40,000)
  • Chris Leben $86,000 ($43,000 win bonus) def. Yoshihiro Akiyama ($45,000)
  • Chris Lytle $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown ($10,000)
  • Stephan Bonnar $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Krzysztof Soszynski ($10,000)
  • George Sotiropoulos $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Kurt Pellegrino ($25,000)
  • Brendan Schaub $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Chris Tuchscherer ($12,000)
  • Ricardo Romero $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Seth Petruzelli ($10,000)
  • Kendall Grove $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Goran Reljic ($5,000)
  • Gerald Harris $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Dave Branch($6,000)
  • Daniel Roberts $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Forrest Petz ($6,000)
  • Jon Madsen $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Vemola ($8,000)

Entrance music

Fighter Artist Title Album
Brendan Schaub Eminem “Square Dance” The Eminem Show
Brock Lesnar Metallica Enter Sandman Metallica
Chris Leben Red Hot Chili Peppers Love Rollercoaster Beavis and Butt-head Do America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Chris Lytle P.O.D. Lights Out Testify
Chris Tuchscherer Skillet Monster Awake
George Sotiropoulos Black Sabbath Iron Man Paranoid
Karlos Vemola ??? ??? ???
Jon Madsen Prong “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” Cleansing
Krzysztof Soszynski The Presets My People Apocalypso
Kurt Pellegrino Eminem Not Afraid Recovery
Matt Brown Hank Williams, Jr. “I’d Love to Knock the Hell Out of You” Stormy
Shane Carwin Drowning Pool Bodies Sinner
Stephan Bonnar The Who Eminence Front It’s Hard
Yoshihiro Akiyama Andrea Bocelli (feat. Sarah Brightman) Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) Time to Say Goodbye



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  4. ^ “UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN”. May 4, 2010.
  5. ^ “ROY NELSON VS CHEICK KONGO AT UFC 116- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more”. Mma Weekly. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  6. ^ “Exclusive – Cheick Kongo: injured, no confirmation on Roy Nelson matchup nor UFC 116 return”. April 30, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ “Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos in the works for UFC 117 main card”. May 10, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  8. ^ “NATE MARQUARDT VS. ALESSIO SAKARA AT UFC 116- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more”. Mma Weekly. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  9. ^ Holland, Jesse. “Report: Alessio Sakara withdraws from UFC 116 fight with Nate Marquardt”. MMA Mania. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  10. ^ “Twitter / Jacob Volkmann: I will not be fighting July 3rd in Vegas because the stupid brit did not get his visa in time. I will kill him Aug 3rd.”. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  11. ^ “Ricardo Romero vs. Steve Cantwell In The Works For UFC 116″. June 3, 2010.
  12. ^ Marrocco, Steven (June 4, 2010). “Seth Petruzelli rejoins UFC, meets Ricardo Romero on UFC 116 preliminary card”. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  13. ^ Forrest Petz replaces injured Julio Paulino, meets Daniel Roberts at UFC 116
  14. ^ Wanderlei Silva Off UFC 116
  15. ^ Grove vs. Reljic demoted, Petruzelli vs. Romero promoted to UFC 116′s “UFC Prelims”
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  17. ^ “UFC 116 fighter bonuses: Six fighters each earn $75,000 awards”. 2010-07-04.
  18. ^ “UFC 116 fighters salaries: Brock Lesnar leads $923K payroll”. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
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