UFC 216 Results: Live Updates, Highlights, and Reaction
UFC 216 is officially in the books. Demetrious Johnson claimed the record for most title defenses by a UFC champion, setting a new mark at 11. He did it in style too, with a submission-of-the-year candidate armbar in the fifth round of his bout with Ray Borg. Tony Ferguson was the other big winner of UFC 216. He defeated Kevin Lee to capture the interim title at 155 pounds, setting himself up for a potential showdown with Conor McGregor. Another notable feature of the card was its two draws, a rare occurrence in the sport.
- October 8, 2017
UFC 216 Quick Results
UFC 216 Main Card on PPV
Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee, submission (Round 3, 4:02) Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg, submission (Round 5, 3:15) Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris, submission (Round 1, 1:05) Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria, submission (Round 1, 2:58) Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham, majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-28)
Prelims on FX
Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green, split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28) Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov, knockout (Round 1, 1:38) Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- via Alex Ballentine
UFC 216 Results: Tony Ferguson Wins Lightweight Title Via Submission
Ferguson After the Victory
- Invalid Date
- October 8, 2017
The New Interim Champ Celebrated in a Way Befitting His Fighting Style
The Commentators Were Speculating for the Fight
Lee entered the cage with staph visible on his chest.
Tony Ferguson Def. Kevin Lee, Submission (Round 3, 4:02)
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee: Round 3
Lee scoops Ferguson up and plants him on the mat, landing in the guard. This time though, Lee isn't able to do much with the position before Ferguson shoos him off. Lee tries to recapture top-position, but this time Ferguson sprawls to prevent it. Lee tries again a minute later and this time completes the takedown. Ferguson grabs for an armbar, and loses it after looking to have Lee in severe danger. Ferguson looks for a triangle next, locking the hold in place. Lee tries to fight free, but Ferguson keeps control of the submission, finishing the fight when Lee taps.
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee: Round 2
A right hand lands for Ferguson early on, and he follows it up with a kick. Lee kicks back a couple of times, landing hard to the legs and ribs. A solid one-two comes back from Ferguson, who is starting to find his range with straight punches. He mixes in a stepping elbow before Lee answers with a left hand and bodykick. Lee tries to secure a takedown near the end of the round, but Ferguson fends it off and lands a kick.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Ferguson
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee: Round 1
Lee is able to land a high-kick early, then puts a hard right hand behind it. Ferguson kicks his opponent's leg out in retaliation. Lee comes right back with a right hand, but runs straight into a right from Ferguson that sends him to his knees. Lee pops up immediately and looks lucid. He confirms his recovery with a takedown, but has to defend an omaplata attempt from Ferguson. He eventually works free and manages to mount Ferguson. He drops punches and elbows from there, but Ferguson survives, then eats another punch from Lee that comes a few seconds after the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Lee
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Twitter Is Abuzz After That Incredible Finish
That Submission Was Special
Demetrious Johnson Def. Ray Borg, Submission (Round 5, 3:15)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: Round 5
Johnson quickly dumps Borg to the ground, but the challenger fights his way up. Johnson is not amused with the progression of events, so effortlessly places Borg back on the mat, then mounts. He's not able to hold that position for long, however. Johnson then executes a suplex, but lets Borg go in midair, while transitioning to the side and locking up an armbar the moment Borg hits the mat. Borg fights desperately, but eventually capitulates.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: Round 4
Borg rushes out for a quick takedown, but Johnson is up just as quickly. And, just quickly, completes a takedown of his own. After beating Borg up for awhile on the ground, Johnson connects with a big knee to the ribs as his opponent stands. The flyweight champ then takes the action back to the canvas, operating from side-control. The round ends there, with Johnson looking to set up an armbar.
Bleacher Report scores Round 4: 10-9 Johnson
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: Round 3
Borg catches a kick and looks to capitalize with a takedown, but Johnson prevents it. Instead, Johnson reveres and once again establishing himself on top, advancing to side-control. Borg puts him back to half-guard, but that doesn't keep Johnson from pecking at him with pitter-patter work. The fighters continue to battle for position, which culminates in Johnson getting the mount, then taking the back. Borg gets free and looks for a guillotine at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Johnson
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: Round 2
Borg closes the distance and forces a clinch against the cage. The champion reverses, then Borg reverses back before changing levels and completing a takedown. When Johnson stands Borg jumps on his back, but the champion shakes free and gets on top of Borg after dumping him to the mat. Borg is able to work up, but Johnson punishes him the entire way with punches and knees. He then makes the effort for naught by taking Borg right back to the ground.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Johnson
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: Round 1
Johnson tests the distance with some inside leg-kicks early. Johnson continues to tally kicks, adding one to the gut before a spontaneous scramble nearly allows Johnson to take Borg's back. Instead, Borg stands, absorbs another kick, then comes up short on a takedown attempt. Johnson winds up on top, in his opponent's half-guard, laying down a nice elbow. The champ then looks to set up some submissions, but Borg is able to defend each step of the way.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-8 Johnson
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Werdum Wasn't Playing Around
Fabricio Werdum Def. Walt Harris, Submission (Round 1, 1:05)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Walt Harris: Round 1
Werdum takes 30 seconds before grabbing a single-leg takedown, then another 10 to move to the mount. Harris scrambles, giving up his back. He nearly escapes, but Werdum moves from the neck to the arm, latching on an armbar. Harris quickly taps.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Walt Harris
Walt Harris Is Stepping in for Derrick Lewis Opposite Fabricio Werdum Next
The New Flyweight Division Has a New Fighter Worth Keeping an Eye on
Borella Celebrates the Win
Mara Romero Borella Def. Kalindra Faria, Submission (Round 1, 2:54)
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria: Round 1
Borella wastes no time in securing a takedown. She advances to half-guard, then straight into mount. She operates methodically, eventually sliding to the back, sinking in a choke and squeezing until Faria taps out.
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
The Fighters React to the Decision
A Rarity Tonight
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham, Majority Draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-28)
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham: Round 3
The fighters trade kicks in the early going, Dunham following his with a one-two, then a vicious left hook. Dariush answers with a pair of quick punches, but he finds himself on the defensive after Dunham pressures him over to the chain-links. A hard leg-kick from Dariush wobbles Dunham, but it doesn't deter him from pushing forward for a counter. A couple solid connections score for Dariush, but Dunham keeps coming forward. The fight concludes with a knee from Dariush.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Dunham Bleacher Report scores the fight: 28-28 Draw
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham: Round 2
Both fighters land hard punches right out of the chute, but Dunham finds an advantage with a takedown. Dariush looks to set up an omaplata. He loses it, but the threat enables him to stand up and connects with a heavy couple of leg-kicks. After Dunham looks for another takedown, Dariush pushes him over to the fence. Dunham breaks free, but eats a leg-kick for his effort.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Dunham
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham: Round 1
Dariush claims the center of the Octagon, keeping Dunham on the outside. When Dariush lands a kick Evans looks to catch it and get a takedown, but he's unable to complete the maneuver. A hard, looping left hook lands for Dariush, who follows up with an elbow near the fence. Evans half falls, half lunges for a takedown, allowing Dariush to hammer away at him on the mat. When Evans climbs to his knees, Dariush blasts his midsection with a couple of knees. Eventually Dunham works back to his feet, living to see another round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-8 Dariush
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
- via Steven Rondina
UFC 216: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions
Stamann Earns the Nod
Cody Stamann Def. Tom Duquesnoy, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann: Round 3
Both fighters open cautiously, perhaps aware the scorecards probably have them tied heading into the final frame. They trade kicks after a nice Stamann right hand. Stamann lands again, tagging Duquesnoy with a pair of punches, then adding a knee moments later. Duquesnoy has offered little offense in Round 3, though he ends the fight in top-position after Stamann slips.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Stamann Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Stamann
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann: Round 2
An overhand right lands for Stamann, but a headkick comes back from Duquesnoy. The Frenchman follows up with a straight right and a kick to the ribs. Stamann answers with a takedown, landing in the guard. Duquesnoy looks to set up a triangle, but he's quickly shut down. Duquesnoy's next effort is to stand, and he's able to do it, but Stamann takes him back down about 30 seconds later. Stamann is able to land a punch here and there, but mostly controls his foe for the final minute.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Stamann
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann: Round 1
The first minute passes without much action, but Stamann hits a takedown soon after. Duquesnoy stands and cracks Stamann with an elbow. Duquesnoy blitzes and hurts Stamann with a flurry of punches. Stamann weathers it and takes his opponent to the mat. Duquesnoy works his way back up, but an eye-poke causes a timeout. When we resume, Duquesnoy lands a left hook and a kick to the ribs.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Duquesnoy
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Everyone Who Watched Could Do with Another Three Rounds of That
Those Guys Earned Some Bonus Money
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green, Split Draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green: Round 3
Vannata looks to pick up where he left off, attacking with a nice level-changing combination straight out of the gate. When Green offers return fire Vannata tries to take him down, but the effort is rebuffed. Green takes him to the fence and works short shots. After breaking of, both men land right hands, but Vannata follows his up with several additional shots. He hurts Green with a right hand, but his subsequent takedown attempt falters. Green finishes the round with a big combination that has Vannata all kinds of rattled as time expires.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Green Bleacher Report scores the fight: 28-27 Vannata
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green: Round 2
Green hits with a hard left hand to open the middle round. Vannata quickly answers with a right hand and a leg-kick. Green reels off a series of jabs, mixing in some lead hooks as well. He then presses Vannata to the cage, working him with short punches, but is victimized by a beautiful throw from Vannata. Green is able to stand quickly, but Vannata takes him down again. He nearly establishes back-mound, but Green spins free. Back up, a big right hand scores for Vannata. He follows up with a barrage of punches that land to the head and body.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Vannata
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green: Round 1
Vannata lands a nice right hand to score the first significant strike of the match. He adds a leg-kick before the men exchange straight punches the connect simultaneously. Vannata lands a bodyshot then goes up top. Green goes down and Vannata pounces for the finish. As Green gets back to his knees, Vannata hits him square with an illegal knee. The referee immediately intervenes and takes a point away. Green looks to take control of the fight with a takedown, but finds himself fighting a guillotine choke. He fights out and breaks free, back to the center of the cage. Vannata scores a takedown at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 9-8 Vannata
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green
After a Pair of Lackluster Bouts...
The next pairing promises to increase some heart rates.
Praise for the Judges There
Failed takedowns have been known to beat strikes on some scorecards, but this time the judges valued Botelho's elbows over Gonzalez's advantageous position.
Poliana Botelho Def. Pearl Gonzalez, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho: Round 3
Gonzalez scores with some leg-kicks, but eat ones back then absorbs a heavy right hand to the face. Gonzalez is able to move Botelho back to the fence, once again penning her in as she has done for the majority of the bout. It's just more the same there; no progress on the shot and elbows and knees from Botelho. Referee intervening gives the fan a reprieve from the clinch, but Gonzalez forces it back to the cage, drawing a collective groan from the audience. Botelho lets loose in the final moments of the match, ending the round with a takedown.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Botelho Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Botelho
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho: Round 2
After 30 seconds of the women circling in striking distance, Gonzalez runs Botelho back to the fence. As before, Botelho whacks away at the size of her opponent's head with her elbow. She adds in a couple of knees before resuming her elbowing attack. Eventually the referee intervenes, allowing Botelho to connect with a body-kick. Gonzalez comes back with a jab, then takes Botelho back to the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Botelho
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho: Round 1
Gonzalez opens aggressively, moving forward behind a trio of hard leg-kicks to press Botelho against the fence. Botelho defends against the pressure and begins working Gonzalez with elbows. When the action stalls the referee breaks the fighters apart, but Gonzalez quickly moves her opponent back to the fence. Botelho reverses this time, and the fight devolves into a battle for position. When Gonzalez commits to the takedown Botelho goes back to the elbow, reeling off several before time expires.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Botelho