UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture returns to the octagon from a 15-month layoff to take on challenger Brock Lesnar in tonight’s headlining bout. Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks, Nate Quarry vs. Demian Maia, and Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory will also be featured on the nine-bout card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
- Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture (c) via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 3:07
UFC heavyweight championship
- Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 4:03
- Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory via submission (armbar) — Round 1, 3:12
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:01
- Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 2:13
- Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (strikes) — Round 3, 0:39
- Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 3:16
- Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas via submission (armbar) — Round 2, 0:57
BROCK LESNAR VS. RANDY COUTURE (C)
ROUND 1 – They touch gloves and we’re underway. They clinch and Lesnar works knees. Couture presses Lesnar against the cage. More knees by Lesnar. “Randy! Randy!” chants fill the arena. Lesnar now presses Couture against the fence and works more knees. Couture catches Lesnar with a right as they break from the clinch. Couture changing levels. Lesnar shoots for a takedown but Randy defends well and remains on his feet. Lesnar scoop Couture up and drops him to the canvas. Couture ties him up on the ground but Lesnar mounts him. Couture attempts to return to his feet and takes Lesnar’s back, but he’s shaken off and Lesnar puts him on his back again. Lesnar again works from half guard as Couture tries to prevent him from punching, but he breaks free momentarily and connects with punches. Couture works back to his feet and press Lesnar against the fence, looking to wear down his much-larger opponent. Lesnar is warned for grabbing the fence as Couture looks to put him on the ground, but the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Lesnar.
ROUND 2 – Jab by Lesnar to open the second. Couture misses with an uppercut and Lesnar hurts him with an elbow but Couture clinches and recovers. Knees by Couture. Big knee by Lesnar is answered by Couture, cutting Lesnar above his eye. Hook by Lesnar as Couture just misses. Both fighters connect. Couture again closes the distance and presses Lesnar against the fence then works for a takedown. Short punches by Lesnar from the clinch. Knees by both fighters as they separate. Lesnar drops Couture with a punch to the temple. Couture does his best to survive a barrage of punches by Lesnar but it’s too much and the referee is forced to step in, declaring Brock Lesnar the new UFC heavyweight champion.
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 3:07
KENNY FLORIAN VS. JOE STEVENSON
ROUND 1 – Kick by Florian opens the action. Stevenson stalks Florian, who mixes it up with strikes and good footwork. Stevenson starts to connect with punches and Florian back peddles into the fence and Stevenson clinches. Stevenson picks Florian up and looks to slam him to the canvas but Florian is warned for grabbing the fence to lighten the blow. Back on their feet Florian connect with a head kick but Stevenson presses forward with punches. Takedown by Florian into half guard. Florian stands up then returns to the ground and immediately mounts Stevenson. Florian throws punches Stevenson give up his back. Florian sinks in the rear naked choke and Stevenson is forced to submit.
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 4:03
DUSTIN HAZELETT VS. TAMDAN MCCRORY
ROUND 1 – Combination by McCrory opens the fight. Hazelett counters with kicks that knock McCrory to the canvas, but he scrambles back to his feet. Leg kicks by McCrory. Big right hand by Hazelett but McCrory recovers and fires back with more leg kicks. Hazelett gets McCrory to the canvas and works for an omoplata then an armbar. McCrory survives briefly but Hazelett again locks on an armbar and forces McCrory to tap out.
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory via submission (armbar) — Round 1, 3:12
GABRIEL GONZAGA VS. JOSH HENDRICKS
ROUND 1 – Hendricks closes and Hendricks tags him with a right followed up by a hard body shot. Knees to the body by Gonzaga. Gonzaga drops Hendricks with a right and finishes him off with two more big rights on the ground.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:01
DEMIAN MAIA VS. NATE QUARRY
ROUND 1 – They touch gloves and Damian Maia immediately shoots, then pulls guard. Maia sweeps to the top and immediately passed to full mount. Quarry gives up his back and Maia locks in a body triangle then works for the rear naked choke. Maia throws punches to weaken Quarry then slips his arm under Quarry’s chin and immediately forces him to tap.
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 2:13
AARON RILEY VS. JORGE GURGEL
ROUND 1 – Gurgel lands a hard kick to the body to open the fight. Riley fires back but an accidental low blow by Gurgel halts the bout. They quickly resume and exchange strikes with Gurgel getting the better of the series. A head kick by Gurgel connects and dazes Riley. They continue to exchange punches. Gurgel opens up a cut on Riley’s nose. Another combination by Gurgel is punctuated by a kick to the body. Riley counters but Gurgel closes out the round with another head kick. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Gurgel.
ROUND 2 – The round picks up where the opening round left off and Gurgel and Riley continue to exchange punches and kicks for the opening half of the round. Gurgel trips to the canvas but Riley declines to follow and Gurgel returns to his feet. Left hook by Riley connects on Gurgel’s chin. Head kick attempts by Gurgel are blocked. Both fighters connect late before Gurgel trips Riley to the canvas in the final seconds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Riley.
ROUND 3 – Riley and Gurgel again unload punches to open the final round. Gurgel landing with punches and Riley with kicks. Riley staggers Gurgel with a kick and follows it up with punches, but Gurgel survives and returns fire. Knees to the body by Riley from a Thai clinch. Gurgel slips to the canvas and Riley drops punches on him from the top. They continue to exchange to close out the fight. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Riley.
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
JEREMY STEPHENS VS. RAFAEL DOS ANJOS
ROUND 1 – Dos Anjos opens up with solid striking, but Stephens stuffs an attempted takedown. Dos Anjos pins Stephens against the fence then tosses him to the canvas. Stephens does a good job keeping him contained in his guard, eventually trying a guillotine from the bottom but it’s unsuccessful. Dos Anjos passes to side control then on to full mount but Stephens reverses. Dos Anjos locks in an omoplata but Stephens escapes before the end of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos.
ROUND 2 – A tense opening to the second as dos Anjos looks for an opening, eventually slamming Stephens to the canvas. Dos Anjos escapes from a crucifix attempt and takes Stephens back before looking for a rear naked choke. He’s too aggressive, however, and Stephens escapes into his guard. Stephens pours on strikes from the top before the bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Stephens.
ROUND 3 – Stephens drops dos Anjos with an uppercut in the opening seconds then follows him to the ground before unleashing a barrage of punches that force referee Steve Mazzagatti to intervene.
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (strikes) — Round 3, 0:39
MARK BOCEK VS. ALVIN ROBINSON
ROUND 1 – They exchange briefly then clinch. Wizzer by Robinson is unsuccessful and falls to the canvas with Bocek in his guard. Bocek passes to side control. Robinson escapes from the bottom and gets back to his feet. Flying triangle attempt by Robinson misses and he’s bac on the ground. Bocek again gets into side contol and works elbows. Robinson escapes then pulls guard but Bocek is quickly back into side control. D’Arce attempt by Bocek just before the bell but he runs out of time. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Bocek.
ROUND 2 – Bocek and Robinson trade punches with Robinson seemingly getting the better of the exchange, but Bocek gets him back on the ground and works from his guard. He passes first to side control then gets full mount and secures a guillotine but Robinson escapes. D’Arce attempt by Bocek is also escaped as Robinson tries to scramble away but Bocek again claims Mount. Bocek takes his back and works for a rear naked choke but Robinson defends then scrambles into Bocek’s guard. Robinson escapes an omoplata attempt by Bocek before the bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Bocek.
ROUND 3 – Bocek has his opponent against the cage early, but Robinson looks for a standing guillotine. Bocek slams him to the canvas and escapes before moving into side control then mount. Ground and pound from the top by Bocek forces Robinson to give up his back. Bocek secures a body triangle and locks in a rear naked choke to force Robinson to tap.
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 3:16
MATT BROWN VS. RYAN THOMAS
ROUND 1 – Thomas works kicks early then secures a takedown and passes to side control. They scramble and Thomas looks for full mount but Brown evades and returns to his feet. They briefly clinch then Thomas scores another takedown. Brown gets up and they again clich before Thomas gets another takedown. Brown secures an armbar and Thomas attempts to slam out of it. Brown holds tight but Thomas eventually escapes. Brown again returns to his feet and Thomas looks for another takedown but Brown gets a guillotine and pulls guard. Thomas escapes before the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Thomas.
ROUND 2 – Brown and Thomas exchange punches to open the frame, then Thomas gets another takedown. Brown again secures and armbar on the ground and Thomas tries to slam his way out of it but he’s unsuccessful and is forced to tap.
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas via submission (armbar) — Round 2, 0:57