UFC 121 Results: Winners and Losers from Saturday's Fights

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2010

UFC 121 Results: Winners and Losers from Saturday's Fights

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    UFC 121 took place this past Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

    In the main event was none other than Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

    The night had its less-than-stellar fights and fights that would leave MMA fans speechless.

    Here are the winners and losers of UFC 121.

UFC 121 Loser: Gilbert Yvel Falls with Three Straight Losses

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    Pride and K-1 veteran Gilbert Yvel lost for the third straight time in the Octagon when he met Jon Madsen.

    Madsen immediately took the fight to the floor and grounded and pounded Yvel until the ref stopped the fight early into round one.

    With Yvel's third straight loss, I see it hard for the UFC to continue keeping him around.

UFC 121 Winner: Court McGee Scores All Important First UFC Win

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    After winning season 11 of the "Ultimate Fighter," Court McGee was able to get his first UFC win.

    It wasn't easy, as Ryan Jensen dominated McGee in the first round, but McGee weathered the storm and took Jensen into deep waters.

    McGee not only got the win, but showed tenacity and the ability to overcome adversity in the Octagon.

UFC 121 Loser: Ryan Jensen Goes to 2-5 in the UFC

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    After looking strong in the first round, Ryan Jensen faded as the fight wore on.

    Court McGee's trainer John Hackleman called it dead right when he mentioned Jensen would tire out.

    In the third round, Jensen would suffer his fifth submission loss inside the Octagon.

UFC 121 Winner: Tom Lawlor Scores Big Win over Patrick Cote

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    Last night Tom Lawlor bested former middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote and earned himself a unanimous decision victory.

    Earlier, Lawlor said how he would win but would have to fight boring, and he certainly wasn't kidding.

    Lawlor took down Cote over and over again but didn't look the most exciting.

UFC 121 Loser: Gabriel Gonzaga Looked Sluggish in Loss to Brendan Schaub

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    Gabriel Gonzaga dropped his fifth fight after losing to former "Ultimate Fighter" season 10 runner-up Brendan Schaub.

    It isn't even that Schaub defeated Gonzaga; it appeared that Gonzaga wasn't able to pull the trigger at all in this fight.

    Gonzaga appeared lost at times and was incredibly stagnant.

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if Gonzaga was released from the UFC following the loss.

UFC 121 Winner: Matt Hamill Beats Tito Ortiz with Tito's Own Game

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    Matt Hamill won the highest profile fight in his UFC career after defeating former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision.  

    After losing the first round, Hamill got the better of the striking and outwrestled Tito Ortiz and gave him a dose of his own medicine.

    As for Ortiz, he now has three straight losses in the Octagon.

UFC 121 Loser: Jake Shields Gets Title Shot with Unimpressive Win

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    Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields made his Octagon debut against the tough Martin Kampmann and didn't look impressive with the split-decision win.

    Shields ate a huge knee in the second round and Kampmann dominated the first half of the third round.

    At 170 pounds, Shields' recent weight loss looked like it hindered him tremendously, as Shields looked physically spent.

UFC 121 Winner: Diego Sanchez Gets Back on Track by Defeating Paulo Thiago

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    Diego Sanchez came off back-to-back losses to former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and John Hathaway and looked impressive at UFC 121.

    Paulo Thiago managed to win round one, but Sanchez blitzed Thiago as often as possible and never stopped coming forward.

    Sanchez would dominate the third round over a more tired Thiago, and threw punches in full mount to win a unanimous decision victory.

UFC 121 Loser: The UFC Loses Its Most Marketable Champion

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    Brock Lesnar brought a massive amount of attention to the UFC as their heavyweight champion.

    Now with Cain Velasquez as UFC champion, I expect the heavyweight title fights without Brock will lead to a significant drop in viewers.

    There is no doubt that Brock brought in many casual fans, but hopefully the UFC can market Velasquez enough to at least get the majority of those same viewers.

UFC 121 Winner: Technique Triumphs over Strength and Size

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    Courtesy of Jae C. Hong with Associated Press
    Courtesy of Jae C. Hong with Associated Press

    Last night at UFC 121, the technique of Cain Velasquez was enough to overcome the size and strength of Brock Lesnar.

    Lesnar tried to blitz Velasquez early and come forward hard, but Lesnar seemed to fade.

    Velasquez surprised many when he was able to take Lesnar down.

    The technique of Velasquez dominated Lesnar and it was on this night that Velasquez would become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.