Brock Lesnar retains his UFC belt
Congratulations to UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar for retaining his belt and withstanding a tough first round against challenger Shane Carwin at UFC 116 in Las Vegas on Saturday. Carwin won the first round by displaying a ground and pound unlike anything Lesnar had seen in his previous five fights.
After Carwin connected on an uppercut in the first round, Lesnar looked unsure of himself while trying to box with Carwin.
After the fight went to the ground, referee Josh Rosenthal kept a close eye on the jabs and elbows that landed on Lesnar.
I have seen many referees stop fights with far less punishment, but I think Rosenthal made the right decision to let the fight continue past the first round.
Going into the fight, I thought Lesnar had to take it to the ground and Carwin had to keep the fight on his feet. But, after seeing the fight, I have to wonder if Lesnar’s game plan was to have Carwin punch himself out, and he would eventually win the match in the later rounds.
Lesnar and Carwin showed some flaw in their MMA fighting game. Clearly, Lesnar has to work on his standup and Carwin his cardio.
After the fight, Lesnar said, “I just had to weather the storm. He’s got some heavy shots. I just had to hang back. I knew he was getting tired. Each shot was less dramatic than the other, and I thought, ‘I’ll just let him go.’”
This fight was voted the “Submission of the Night.” I clearly disagree. I think the Chris Leben and Yoshihiro Akiyama fight should have won.
The co-main event of Leben and Akiyama was the biggest slug fest of any of the fights on the card. Leben has a chin of steel and a heart to match.
On several occasions after being hit with a punch, you thought Leben was out on his feet. Leben persevered and won by submission with a triangle choke in the third round. This fight was named the “Fight of the Night”.
Other fight results:
Chris Lyte submitted Matt Brown
Stephan Bonnar won by a TKO (punches) over Krzysztof Soszynski
George Sotiropoulos won by unanimous decision over Kurt Pellegrino
Brendan Schaub won by a TKO (punches) over Chris Tuchscherer
Ricardo Romero won by submission over Seth Petruzelli
Kendall Grove won by a split decision over Goran Reljic
Gerald Harris won by KO (slam) over Dave Branch
Daniel Roberts won by split decision over Forrest Petz
Jon Madsen won by unanimous decision over Karlos Vemola
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