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UFC 116 Liveblog: The Big Boys are Gonna Try to Rip Each Other’s Heads Off

(Silly Sable, you don’t step in between two giant beasts who are about to rumble)

Here we are with yet another liveblog. Although I don’t agree that Lesnar-Carwin is "the biggest fight in UFC history, I’m pumped to see which one of these behemoths knocks the other one the eff out.

Let’s cut the chit chat and get this party started.

Unaired Preliminary bouts:

Kendall Grove def. Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3

Broadcasted preliminary bouts (SPIKE TV): 

Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero
Round 1
Romero is backing up as Petruzelli moves forward winging punches. Petruzelli stuffs a takedown and lands with a 1-2 combination, backing Romero back into the fence, landing a handful of punches that seem to stun Romero. Petruzelli lands a high kick, but slips. Romero winces, but shakes it off. Romero gets dropped by a straight right and coaxes Seth into his guard where he begins a ground and pound assault. Romero sweeps and ends up in mount. From the mount, Romero transitions into an Americana. He quickly relinquishes the hold in favor of an armbar attempt, but Petruzelli works out and gets back to his feet, where he pounds away with double axe-handle strikes to the side of Romero’s head. Then, Petruzelli inexplicably gives up the dominant position and gives Romero his back. The round ends with Petruzelli avoiding a rear naked choke attempt.

Round 2
Romero misses with the left and is caught with a knee flush to the chinand is dropped. Petruzelli sprawls to stuff the shot and then takes Romero’s back, working for the armbar but Romero muscles out. Romero takes the opportunity to punish Petruzelli from Seth’s guard. Petruzelli throws some ineffective elbows and transitions to a triangle attempt, but Romero passes to side control and starts working for another Americana, bt this time it’s deep. Petruzelli screams out in pain and taps. It looks like his arm may be damaged.

Romero def. Seth Petruzelli by submission (Americana) 3:05 R2

Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Round 1

This bout could be one that could perhaps foreshadow what will happen between their training partners later tonight.

Lesnar’s training partner, Tuchscherer is the first to strike, but Carwin’s teammate is having none of his takedown attempt. Schaub pushes him back and  lands an overhand right when Tuchscherer moves forward. Tuchscherer drops to the mat. Schaub pounces on him and finishes him off with a barrage of punches.

Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer by TKO (strikes) 1:07 R3

George Sotiropoulos vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Round 1

Action is moving slowly to begin.  Sotiropoulos finally connects with Pellegrino’s chin, dropping the American to the mat, but is unable to secure a sub.  Pellegrino works free and gets back to his feet.  Sotiropoulos takes him down again, but both men stand up.  Pellegrino lands a right hook, and Sotiropoulos connects with a knee.  Now Pellegrino takes Sotiropoulos, but the Aussie is able to hold him at bay with his legs.  Pellegrino gets back to his feet and gets dropped back into Sotiropoulos’ guard with an upkick.  

Round 2
Pellegrino connects first with a left, but his follow-up right misses, but Sotiropoulos takes him down with a single, and works into half guard.  Pellegrino moves him back into full guard, but Sotiropoulos nearly in mount begins a ground-and-pound assault, landing with elbows to the side of Pellegrino’s head.  Pellegrino tries to tie him up into guard, but Sotiropoulos moves back into side control.  Pellegrino finally shrimps back and regains his feet, but Sotiropoulos pins him to the cage.  Seconds before the bell rings, they exchange, but nothing of note lands.

Round 3
Sotiropoulos seems the fresher of the two men, keeping Pellegrino at the end of his punches.  He rocks Pellegrino with a crisp combo, but Kurt takes him down, ending up in George’s full guard.  Sotiropoulos’ trying to snag an arm, and doing so stifles Pellegrino’s assault from the top.  Utilizing high guard, Sotiropoulos tries for a triangle, but Pellegrino is too high, so George uses the position to land more punches.  Pellegrino postures up and regains his feet, as does Sotiropoulos.  From the clinch, Pellegrino breaks away, lands a 1-2 punch combination, followed by a flush knee to Sotirpoulos’ face, and connects with two more shots for good measure on the way down, as Sotiropoulos sprawls to the canvas, stunned, but is saved by the bell.

George Sotiropoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino by unanimous decision (30-27. 30-27. 29-28) R3

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Round 1
Bonnar comes out throwing Soszynski lands with a leg kick and Bonnar returns the favour.  When Krzysztof  tries for another leg kick, Stephan lands a striaght right, and takes him immediately down.  Bonnar posts up with Soszynski against the fence.  Krystof uses high guard to roll into Stephan mounting him, but both men stand up.  Krzysztof  pushes Stephan into the fence and maintains control of his left wrist, and Stephan has a right underhook. Bonnar lands with a knee in the clinch.  K-Sos continues to employ leg kicks. Bonnar misses with a spinning back kick, and Krzys takes his back, standing.  Bonnar pulls away and runs a la Chris Horodecki , but K-Sos can’t catch him before he turns around.  Bonnar is the aggressor, lands a combination and a body kick and K-Sos clinches to take away his distance, landing a knee before they break.  He follows up with a handful of punches, Bonnar is hurt agains the fence, winging punches of his own.  They clinch and Bonnar throws a pair of knees to Krzystof’s thighs, and misses with a high kick as he pushes away and the horn sounds to end the round.

Round 2
Bonnar opens by doubling up on the jab, and K-Sos returns a combo.  Bonnar clinches and lands a pair of knees and a left-right that stuns the Canadian.  The Polish Experiment catches the American Psycho, but doesn’t follow-up, clinching to close the gap.  Bonnar connects with  a knee and a right hand that stumbles Krzysztof.  Again they clinch. Bonnar takes the fight to the ground and softens Soszynski with elbows to his liver, but Krzysztof gets back to his feet, only to be dropped again by a knee and at least two dozen shots by Bonnar who has his hooks in, and is looking to finish. Unrelenting, Bonnar punches until Mario Yamasaki steps in to rescue Soszynski.

Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski by TKO (strikes) 3:08 R2

Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown
Round 1

Brown tries for a front kick, and Lytle lands a right.  Again, Brown trows a teep and Lytle looks for a home for his right hook, but neither fighter lands anything damaging.  They clinch, and Brown trips Lytle, but Lytle pops right back up, and again they clinch.  Brown spins him around and lands a knee to the body, grabs the shorts temporarily and lands a left high kick to Lytle’s temple.  Brown with a left underhook and wrist control ragdolls Lytle into the fence and takes him down, landing in Lytle’s guard.  Lytle works for a gogoplata and switches to an omaplata.  Brown postures out as Lytle attempts to get back to his feet.  Lytle pushes him into the cage and works from a guillotine to a darce choke, but can’t finish it as Lytle pops out. They decide to stand for a while, Brown landing high and low kicks, and Lytle trying his hands.  Brown trips Lytle again and follows him to the canvas, but Lytle snags an arm and works for a kimura as the round ends.

Round 2
Lytle presses the action and comes out swinging but misses Brown’s exposed chin.  Both fighters are throwing now.  Lytle takes Brown down this time and ends up in mount, working a one arm guillotine, but failing that, jumps to side control and an inverted triangle with the arm in.  Brown with his arm tied up can do nothing to defend as Lytle extends his right arm in a straight armbar, eliciting a quick tap.

Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown by submission (armbar) 2:02 R2


Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Round 1

Leben throws a kick, but Akiyama drops him on his back after he catches it.  Leben scrambles and gets back to his feet before Sexyama can inflict any damage.  Neither fighter is the aggressor.  Leben lands a leg kick and Akiyama is testing his range with loose jabs.  Leben lands a body kick, followed by an inside leg kick, and Akiyama checks his cup with a kick, eliciting him a few moments to recover from Herb Dean.  Back to the action, Leben throws a lazy jab and Akiyama connects with the straight right.  Spinning backfist misses Leben, but Akiyama clinches and hip tosses the American to his back.  Leben tries for an armbar, but Akiyama postures up and lands with hammer fists. Leben repeats the armbar attempt.  Akiyama is no stranger to submissions, and pulls out. Mimicking Lytle’s inverted side triangle with the arm in, he works Leben’s arm but can’t step over into the armbar, as Leben anticipates his next move.  Controlling Leben’s head, Akiyama works to free his leg in half guard, and is looking to mount, but Leben regains his feet.  Pulling out of a headlock, Leben is pressed against the cage, but Akiyama backs away, choosing to stand.  When a handful of short punches connect with his face, Akiyama thinks better of the decision, and trips Leben back onto his back as the round ends.

Round 2
Leben grazes Akiyama’s face with a left leg kick and slips, but Akiyama lets him back up.  Akiyama lands this time with the spinning back fist, but takes a left from Leben in return.  Leben clips Akiyama’s temple, but the Japanese fighter shrugs it off and keeps moving forward.  Leben lands an upercut, and Akiyama seems hurt, but recovers and catches The Cat Smasher, stunning him, and backing him up.  We’ve got a fight now.  Both men are trading, but Akiyama cuts the exchange short with another takedown, attempting to land shots from Leben’s guard, he finally connects with a handful of punches, but Leben is again able to use the cage to get back to his feet.  Leben tries for a guillotine, but Akiyama pushes away, and when Leben steps in to engage he is met with a right hook and answers with a left to Akiyama’s jaw.  They close the round out swinging away, but neither man’s chin gives out.

Round 3
Both fighters pick up where they left off, throwing leather at each other’s faces.  Suprisingly Leben seems to have more of a gas tank, despite having fought two weeks ago.  He lands a head kick and an outside leg kick, but Akiyama grabs it and throws Leben on his back on the canvas.  Working inside Leben’s full guard, he grabs Leben’s neck but abandons an neck crank when Leben punishes his head with punches while attempting an armbar.  Akiyama slips out and works into mount.  Leben tries to sweep, but Akiyama rides out the maneouver.  Leben is staying more active, throwing punches from the bottom while Akiyama tries the same from the top.  Moving back to full guard, Leben throws a handful of punches and elbows that connect with the top of Akiyama’s head.  As Akiyama pulls back to move out of range, Leben wraps a leg around the back of his neck and shoulder and locks a triangle.  Akiyama has space, and Leben’s ankle isn’t locked….. OH MY GOD, HE TAPS!!  LEBEN WINS!!

Chris Leben def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by submission (triangle choke) 4:40 R3

Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Round 1

Nearly a minute passes before any shots land, as both men feel each other out on their feet.  Carwin bum rushes Lesner and connects with an uppercut, which drops the bigger man to the canvas, and relentlessly punishes the champion, alternating punches and elbows.  Cawin gets back to his feet to put more leverage into his shots, and methodically drops bombs on Lesner’s face.  Lesner’s eyes are almost swollen shut now.  Lesner’s in survival mode, and relies on his wrestling to get back to his feet, as both men clinch, and the round ends with Carwin looking like he’s blown his gas tank. 

Round 2
Both men give each other a high five, but it’s Lesner who makes the first move, only to be stopped abruptly with a right hand.  Lesner steps underneath and finishes the shot, getting Carwin on his back in the process.  Smothering Carwin in side control, Lesner transitions to mount and locks on a side choke.  Adjusting his position, Lesner squeezes and rolls, stretching out Carwin’s arm as the man on the bottom grimaces.  Seconds later, Carwin taps. 

Brock Lesner def. Shane Carwin by submission (arm-triangle choke) 2:19 R2

Wow. What a night of fights. I’m a bit surprised by how the Leben-Akiyama and Lesnar-Carwin fights ended, but this is MMA. It’s not like Brock is James Toney.

Be sure to catch the post-fight presser at 1:00am ET.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend, Potato Nation.

Stay safe. You never know when a gorilla-like man with a phallic tattoo is going to jump out of nowhere and choke you out.

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KarmaAteMyCat- July 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

No No , I don't care about your comments. Not that I dont care for them. bit of a difference.
fatbellyfrank- July 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm
@aussiefanboy3900, that would be my airfare, and I'm brinin over $20 for us to drink. If you actually shouted me an airfare, I would bring lots more money. I promise.
fatbellyfrank- July 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm
@ Karmaatemycat @ FBF You can post anything you want you are right sir, it doesn't mean we care though does it? Lesnar won.
Exactly right? and if we had a Starbucks in Cairns I'd try one of those vanilla drinks you rave about, but we've only got Gloria Jean's.
Am I the hater here, ? or is the point to me that you dont care for my comments?
If i"m the hater, I'll respond and put my opinion forward, if its just you dont care for my comments, yea, beauty, not much I can do about that one
KarmaAteMyCat- July 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

You can post anything you want you are right sir, it doesn't mean we care though does it? Lesnar won. So several things get to continue

1) The hate you all have for him because he told you all to fuck yourselves oh so long ago, because He is a heel and doesn't care what you honestly think.

2) He gets to continue and evolve as a fighter because that's what its all about in MMA for the fighters, learning from our mistakes and becoming a better fighter, As a fan I enjoy seeing this part of what not happen.

3) He gets to keep that handy dandy Unified heavy weight championship belt. I guess that interm belt was Invisable and did poof after all?!

Now the facts are the facts, you hate what you don't understand. You judged the big giant book by it's cover and you got shat on for those efforts of yours. Now I find it Mildly Ironic how the people who dangle off Fedor's Russian Sack and cry that none of us wanna cheer him on. Well I suppose to shoes on the other foot now eh? Thats cool I love being a fan of Brocks almost as much as I love Vanilla Starbucks, Hate it all you want.
Sakuraba3900- July 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm
So whos airfare am I paying for? Goddamn Aussie has got some fuckin hands on him. It just pains me to see him fight hes so ugly and awkward looking. That being said you may all call me AussieFanBoy3900

as far as all the other fights go I was on the money

I made a cool 200 bucks off of it and Ballkick can suck it eazy for questing my picks
rite leg ospitahl- July 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

in case u check this again. way to just load a comment with nothing but cuss words. i never said u couldnt post i just made fun of u for doing it on every one. i understand that u couldn't come up with anything creative to say so it would be loaded with fucks offs and what not. thanks for telling me that i ruined ur day/ night whatever time u guys are in over there. i mean really cum gargaling, worthless, ? are u sure u dont wanna insult my mom? grow up
axhed- July 4, 2010 at 7:16 am
"even my gf who never watches mma thought the fight should have been stopped"

ha ha ha. all you guys saying carwin got robbed sound just like that: a girlfriend who never watches mma.
ComaPlata- July 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

Fucken nice shit hot damnit motherfucken great fucken post.
IronFistOak- July 4, 2010 at 3:14 am
Also, when the UFC clock strikes 4:30 of the 2nd round, above said clock a man will pop out in the audience and wave at you frantically to get you attention. No stuff, for realzies, check it out. Above the UFC clock at 4:30 of the 2nd round in Lesnar -vs- Carwin. Its me, I'm waving at you. Yes, you Brotato.
IronFistOak- July 4, 2010 at 3:12 am
I saw this "double tap" also as i was just rewatching the fight before i read your post. It does look very much like that but as far as i can tell it seem like he is going to stop Carwins arm from punching him. His first attempt is thrown back at him and his second attempt he hold his arm back. Both times he had his hands wide open and it was so fast due to the first being propelled by Carwins punch that it did very well look like a quick double tap.
MMAINMYBLOOD- July 4, 2010 at 2:30 am
rite leg ospitahl I agree with you but if lesnar actually learns submissions he can be dangerous.. I am surprised if carwin was out of shape we prolly hear about a staph infection hes in Jacksons camp... they dont have fighters out of shape there.. honestly ... oh oh and Im not shiting you maybe its cuz I was hoping to see this but I swear to god I saw lesnar tap to strikes when carwin was devastating him in the gnp watch the replay its the part were carwin has him agains the fence carwin lands two or three really good ones.. and it looks like Brock taps... please someone watch it and tell me if they saw it>>>
IronFistOak- July 4, 2010 at 2:27 am
Look, look it here...I hate Brock Lesnar just as much as you guys do.
He is a giant pink ass hole of a Pokemon character with prison grade phallic tats. Sadly though, after all the shit we have talked...and all he has done on this night...we have no choice but to give him his due respect. I'm gonna finish this bottle and hope I erase the fleeting drunken memory of that thought with haste.
fatbellyfrank- July 4, 2010 at 1:56 am
@rite leg ospital go fuck yourself you cocksucken piece of shit, I'll post what I like when I fucken like and you can jam it up yer ass fuckwit, stick to watching repeats of Cyborg/ Cuddles and get fucked, worthless piece of cum gargling shit, your a dribbling fuckwit so fuck off.
Fucking wanker, I hate cunts like you, worthless fucken oxygen thieves.
Fucken softcock, fuck off
Almost North- July 4, 2010 at 1:30 am
Shiiiit. This thread is like the player haters ball. I gotta go change the water in Bucknasty's momma's dish.
Arastmaus- July 4, 2010 at 12:01 am
Suck it, cage po-hate-o. You "purists" can talk all the smack you want, but Brock is the real deal, and he's here to stay.

Also, it's good to see that even the writers on this site are making fun of Brock's tattoo like a bunch of 8 year olds now too. *rolls eyes*
Walrus- July 3, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Unentertaing live-blog

I miss Ben Fowlkes
LetMeStickItInYourRua- July 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm
So what about Anderson Silva getting a title shot after two fucking fights? Shut up! Lesnar won fair and square. If Carwin would have done his job right he would have won. He was throwing baby punches and then one big one. I find it funny that no matter how much Brock improves or how badly he beats someone's ass you all still bitch that he somehow got away with something illegal. Quit your whining. He won. It isn't gonna change and Brock made Carwin look like a joke. ENOUGH SAID!
joshuan29- July 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Respect Lesnar. That was FUCKINAWESOME!!!
mmafan- July 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Ballkick you and everyone else knew carwin had the advantage with the stand up. That shouldn't suprise anyone tbh. Brocks stand up needs a lot of work but thats ok he will get better. Carwin should have let the ref stand brock up so he could finish him. Carwin did get some clean shots with the GNP but he didnt get that many. Brock was covering up and blocking many of the punches. I guess when it comes down to it, people will say the fight needed to be stopped if they were carwin fans and others will say it didnt need to be stopped for brocks fans. But after watching the replay of the fight true mma fans will see what was the right call.
ComaPlata- July 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

It taste's like 2 servings of UFC 37.5
rite leg ospitahl- July 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm
hey coma!.... how does that taste? damn i hate brock! but like i said at least hes more humble.... and here u go publicly, u were right brock won blah blah whatever.
ComaPlata- July 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm
"How are you gonna celebrate this win Brock? Will it be different than the last one?"

Brock - "I'm gonna go home, watch Direct TV, Drink a Bud Light and ride my Harley Davidson"

I love it.
rite leg ospitahl- July 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm
@ fbf
if u read the comment its not like i said they should have a four way battle royale and see who wins. i said it needed to be stopped bout that bad. sounds like somebody is swinging from that big cock knife of brock's. i say this all the time brock leasnar has had everything given to him in the world of mma and has to earn it afterwards. i will say he is doing it now but the truth of the matter is he was getting beat. now shane carwin had poor conditioning and that is why he lost the fight period. not brock is freakishly good. i have one sided views anyway i hate that big redneck country bumpkim bag of dicks but by god if he doesnt keep winning fights. and besides franks wasted lard deposits who made u god of mma anyway? "i post on every article that means im the calm sensible voice of reason and know all there is." have a nice big glass of shut the hell up with that humble pie fucktard
mt59801- July 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm
rite leg

Maybe tomorrow when they hand down the medical reports/suspensions we'll find out how much damage carwin dished out in round one. I'll freely admit that I'm a huge lesnar hater. Hopefully carwin steps up his cardio training and comes back and gets a win. I think his performance will make a lot people take notice. Overall this was a sweet fucking card. 'night brotatos
rite leg ospitahl- July 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm
i admit i wish it would have been stopped much more than it should have been stopped. he wasnt out but he sure wasnt doing much either. if anything maybe shanes carwin will better himself and start a little better conditioning. im just old school and hate the cross over mma guys. i mean he gets 400,000 to show up and hes five fights in, u know..... damn i hate that guy.