Here are the quick results from last night’s great UFC 81: BREAKING POINT event, according to UFC.com:
Interim Heavyweight Championship — Tim Sylvia Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Wins by Submission (Choke) at 1:28 in the 3rd round by guillotine choke.
Frank Mir Vs. Brock Lesnar
Frank Mir Wins by Submission (Leg Lock) at 1:30 in the 1st round by ankle lock.
Jeremy Horn Vs. Nate Marquardt
Nate Marquardt Wins by Submission (Choke) at 1:37 in the 2nd round by guillotine choke.
Rob Yundt Vs. Ricardo Almeida
Ricardo Almeida Wins by Submission (Choke) at 1:08 in the 1st round by guillotine choke.
Gleison Tibau Vs. Tyson Griffin
Tyson Griffin Wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 in the 3rd round.
Chris Lytle Vs. Kyle Bradley
Chris Lytle Wins by Knock Out at 0:33 in the 1st round.
Marvin Eastman Vs. Terry Martin
Marvin Eastman Wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 in the 3rd round.
David Heath Vs. Tim Boetsch
Tim Boetsch Wins by Technical Knock Out at 4:52 in the 1st round.
Keita Nakamura Vs. Rob Emerson
Rob Emerson Wins by Split Decision at 5:00 in the 3rd round.
I thought it was a great show, top-to-bottom (the only match to not make it to PPV was Eastman/Martin), as did everyone at the packed bar at which I watched it. Lesnar was over huge at the bar (and booed vigorously live), and impressed in his loss. With more training and discipline, he’s going to be a force, and simply got caught in a leg lock to end what was basically him pounding Mir, who realized Brock’s arms were simply too thick for his armbar, and capitalized on the former NCAA and WWE champ’s inexperience in the octagon by getting the tapout win. Lesnar seemed to have impressed the live crowd, as well, who gave him some nice cheers after his bout.
Celebs in the audience included Barry Bonds, The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle (TNA Wrestling was filming him there), John Bradshaw Layfield (and his wife, neither which got on camera), Criss Angel (I didn’t see him on camera either) and several UFC stars.
The main event was the most interesting Silvia match I’ve seen (aside from the Couture upset around a year ago), but at the end of the night, it was all about the submissions. Congrats on Minotauro becoming the first man to have held both the Pride and UFC World Heavyweight Titles in his career.
For the AP story on the event, click here.