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UFC 121 Fight Card: UFC 121 Fight Card Results
UFC 121 took place on October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and was be a Pay Per View televised event with Spike TV airing two preliminary fights at 9 pm ET. UFC 121 was headlined by Brock Lesnar facing #1 contender Cain Velasquez in the UFC Heavyweight title fight and the UFC 121 fight card results and recap are listed below. Also be sure to check out our UFC 121 predictions and check back for the official UFC 121 results including the Lesnar vs. Velasquez results here at ProFighting-fans.com.
Where Are They Now? UFC 121 Edition
Gabriel Gonzaga- In his 12 fights in the UFC, Gonzaga has proven that he is a skilled fighter with submission skills and knockout power. With that being said, Gonzaga has also proven that he can’t hang with the best in the division. He has lost to Carwin, Dos Santos, Couture, Werdum, and now Brendan Schaub, so Gonzaga’s role will likely be as a gatekeeper for up-and-comers in the division. I’d like to see him face off against dangerous kickboxer Pat Barry, whose 2-2 record inside the Octagon may have him skating on thin ice.
Brendan Schaub- After outstriking Gonzaga, Schaub called out Frank Mir, which I thought was an interesting move for Brendan. While Mir certainly has the same dangerous submission game that Gonzaga boasts, Mir has proven that, on occasion, he can box with the best of them. Mir The Boxer was the fighter that showed up against Minotauro Nogueira, and not the fighter that showed up against Lesnar in the rematch or Carwin. I’d like to see Schaub against Stefan Struve as a way to see which deserves a shot at the top names in the division.
Tito Ortiz- Tito swears he isn’t done fighting yet, but his performance the other night may have been the kiss of death. Tito hasn’t exactly been high on Dana White’s best friends list, so the boss may have something to say about Tito’s future. While Tito looked to be in great shape, his boxing was not up to the task and Hamill exploited him in other areas as well. If Tito says he isn’t finished, and we haven’t heard a definitive answer about Chuck Liddell, I’d love to see a 3 rd fight in the series between these two, on the condition that the loser hangs up the gloves for good.
Matt Hamill- Hamill has won 5 straight fights inside the Octagon (though his win over Jon Jones was hardly due to “The Hammer” and his overpowering abilities). After his decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, I think the UFC owes Jason Brilz after putting on an incredible fight and coming up on the short end of a controversial decision. I feel that both Brilz and Little Nog would be a nice measuring stick for Hamill in the division, and would make ranking the fighters a bit easier.
Paulo Thiago- After a tough loss to a motivated Diego Sanchez, Thiago is in a tough spot in the division. He has a knockout win over Josh Koscheck, but also has losses to Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann. I think Thiago vs. Dan Hardy would be a good match, but I am afraid that the UFC would be putting a lot on the line by risking one of their UK favorites. Hardy has lost 2 straight and a 3 rd loss may put the UK market in jeopardy. A more likely matchup may be Marcus Davis, who is in a similar predicament as Thiago, or possibly Jake Ellenberger, who is on the rise in the division.
Diego Sanchez- An upstart Diego Sanchez showed up to face Paulo Thiago and managed to erase some of the skepticism following his embarrassing loss to John Hathaway. While his status within the Welterweight division is in question, a good win against Dan Hardy or Nate Diaz would do a great deal to solidify himself in the division.
Martin Kampmann- After a tough loss to a tough opponent, Kampmann has shown that he has excellent skills, but often lacks what it takes to edge top-tier opponents. Shields’ takedowns and ground wrestling neutralized Kampmann’s Muay Thai skills and left the Dane with few options to win the fight. A match between Carlos Condit and Kampmann may solidify the hierarchy that follows names like St-Pierre, Koscheck, Fitch, and Shields.
Jake Shields- Rumor has it that Shields cut something in the area of 20 lbs on the day of weigh-ins to make the 170 lb limit. I am not sure what he was thinking, since this match was announced months ago, and the possible reward for winning the fight was a shot at the Welterweight Championship. At any rate, the judges felt that Shields did enough to defeat Martin Kampmann. I think that Shields needed to do more to earn a shot against the Champion, so I think he needs another fight at 170 to solidify himself in the division after an unconvincing victory. Perhaps Shields would be best suited for a match with the loser of the GSP-Koscheck fight, or a #1 Contender match with Jon Fitch, and anyway, another fight at 170 would give Jake more time to adjust to the weight cut before he is given a shot at the title.
Brock Lesnar- The terrifying Lesnar that defeated Frank Mir didn’t show up against Cain Velasquez, nor did the well-rounded Lesnar that absorbed damage and dealt it back against Shane Carwin. Lesnar’s career has seen some serious ups and downs, with the last 2 fights serving as notice that despite his size, he is not unbeatable. Lesnar is in an odd spot in his career, with most of the likely match-ups already locked into upcoming bouts. As a fight fan, I would like to see Brock take on the winner of the Roy Nelson-Shane Carwin match, though many sources indicate Lesnar may be taking on Frank Mir or Minotauro Nogueira. No matter the opponent, Lesnar’s next match will make or break his MMA career.
Cain Velasquez- Velasquez came into the fight weighing 30 lbs. less than Brock Lesnar, yet he managed to neutralize the size advantage with some quick, heavy hands and excellent movement. Lesnar was unable to knock Velasquez out, and when Lesnar scored a takedown, Cain was almost immediately back to his feet. Having a Mexican champion like Velasquez helps to secure the interest in the Latin population, which can only help the UFC in the coming days. It is no secret that the first challenger to Velasquez’s title will be dangerous Brazilian Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos presents a different skill set than Lesnar, and his boxing will be something that Cain will need to overcome if he wants to retain the title.
Fight Card for UFC 121 Fights:
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Pay Per View Televised UFC 121 Fight Card:
- Cain Velasquez defeats Brock Lesnar (c) by TKO (Punches) - Round 1 @ 4:12 - Velasquez becomes new UFC Heavyweight Champion
Jake Shields defeats Martin Kampmann by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Diego Sanchez defeats Paulo Thiago by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Hamill defeats Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Brendan Schaub defeats Gabriel Gonzaga by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Spike TV Televised UFC 121 Fights:
Court McGee defeats Ryan Jensen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) - Round 3 @ 1:21
Tom Lawlor defeats Patrick Cote by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Fight Card for More UFC 121 Fights:
Daniel Roberts defeats Mike Guymon via Submission (Anaconda Choke) - Round 1 @ 1:13
Sam Stout defeats Paul Taylor by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris Camozzi defeats Dongi Yang by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Madsen defeats Gilbert Yvel by TKO (Punches) - Round 1 @ 1:48
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