UFC Fight Night 121 Results: Live Updates, Highlights, and Reaction
Fabricio Werdum outpointed Marcin Tybura in the UFC Fight Night 121 main event to take another step towards reclaiming his heavyweight crown. Though Tybura offered some resistance, the affair was convincing and one-sided, putting the former champion back on the doorstep to the title. In the co-main event, Jessica-Rose Clark defeated Bec Rawlings in a closely contested bout. The promotional newcomer displayed a well-rounded skill set that makes her a new player in the burgeoning flyweight division. Scroll down from Bleacher Report's live play-by-play coverage of the entire card.
- December 2, 2017
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- November 19, 2017
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Fight Night 121 Main Card Results
Werdum Gets the Nod
- Invalid Date
- November 19, 2017
Tybura Scores a Moral Victory in Going the Distance
But the outcome was never much in doubt.
Fabricio Werdum Def. Marcin Tybura, Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura: Round 5
Tybura lands a pair of early punches that wobble Werdum slightly. Werdum weathers the shots and goes back on offense, but absorbs a glancing headkick and right hand. He comes back with a hard kick to the gut, then adds a knee to the face. A flurry from Werdum looks to have Tybura in trouble for a second, but he manages to extract himself from further damage until Werdum smacks him a couple more times in the final exchange of the bout.
Bleacher Report scores Round 5: 10-9 Tybura Bleacher Report scores the fight: 49-46 Werdum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura: Round 4
Tybura hits with a couple jabs early, but eats a heavy leg-kick and narrowly avoids a takedown. Instead he winds up against the fence, Werdum weighing on him. He manages to break free, but that just earns him a knee before he's taken down by Werdum, who moves quickly to half-guard and drops hammerfists. Werdum looks to mount, but settles for side-control, which he then loses when Tybura explodes back to his feet. Tybura shoots at the end of the round and ends up in a guillotine, which Werdum holds on a second or two past the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 4: 10-9 Werdum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura: Round 3
Both fighters land some leg-kicks and jabs early on. Werdum reach for a clinch and just misses with a knee. Tybura tries for a trip, but he stumbles on the attempt and scampers off, returning to crack the former champion with an uppercut. Werdum grabs some momentum back, pumping his jab and scoring with a knee to the ribs. He follows up with another pair of knees, which cause Tybura to cover up against the fence momentarily. Werdum seeks to capitalize with a takedown, but he's unable to complete it.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Werdum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura: Round 2
Kicks are once again the weapon of choice for Werdum to open the second frame. Tybura whips off some straight punches and mixes in some kicks of his own. He gets Werdum with a kick to the face as well, but the Brazilian absorbs it without incident. A flurry from Werdum pushes Tybura back, three punches finding the mark. He adds a left hands and an elbow, rallying for a nice finish to the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Werdum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura: Round 1
Both fighters look to establish range with leg-kicks early. Werdum looks to go high a couple times, but Tybura gets his guard up in time, though he lands a couple to the body. Tybura is looking to step up a left hook, but he's mostly coming up short with it. A shot from the Brazilian winds up with him taking the back while standing. When he finally works Tybura to his knees and looks to jump on top, Werdum slips off the back, allowing Tybura to escape.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Werdum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
Clark Is Announced the Winner
Jessica-Rose Clark Def. Bec Rawlings, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bec Rawlings vs. Jessica-Rose Clark: Round 3
Clark lands a leg-kick and Rawling sticks her with a hard jab. That sequences repeats, both women landing clean. Clark mixes in some punches that land to the head, but continues to utilize leg-kicks. Rawlings comes back with a heavy right hand that hurt Clark, but she's unable to follow up because Clark wraps her up in a bodylock. She looks to makes the best of the situation with a takedown, but she can't hold top-position long. After standing, Clark trips Rawlings to finish the fight on top.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Clark Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Clark
Bec Rawlings vs. Jessica-Rose Clark: Round 2
Rawlings is the aggressor to open the second round, but Clark moves laterally and counters effectively. Shifting tactics, Rawlings opts to tie her opponent up against the fence, but she's spun around by Clark and the women then separate. Clark punches her way back into the clinch, landing a hard knee then ripping Rawlings down to the mount. She looks to set up an arm-triangle, but lets it go to set up a hard elbow as she climb into mount.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Clark
Bec Rawlings vs. Jessica-Rose Clark: Round 1
The women exchange punches through the opening minute, when Rawlings catches a kicks and puts Clark onto her back. Rawlings is able to land a few punches from the guard, but Clark sweeps her to get on top. An armbar attempt from Rawlings looks dangerous for a moment, but Clark slips it and advances to half-guard. Clark opts to stand and allow Rawlings to follow her. A nice kick-punch combination comes from Clark, who adds another right hand a few seconds after the combination.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Clark
Bec Rawlings vs. Jessica-Rose Clark
Muhammad Gets the Nod
Muhammad Calls Out Colby Covington After the Bout
Belal Muhammad Def. Tim Means, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad: Round 3
Apologies, but just had a technical difficulty there, namely that the summary disappeared upon publication. In brief synopsis, Round 3 was another competitive round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Muhammad Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Muhammad
Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad: Round 2
Muhammad lands a pair of early punches, but those successes give way to a couple of crosses and a jab from Means. Muhammad shoots and succeeds on a takedown, but he's unable to keep his opponent grounded for long. Means sticks a stiff jab into his enemy's face, then adds a leg-kick and a knee. Muhammad looks for a takedown, but he's shut down, so settles a two-punch combination to close out the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Means
Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad: Round 1
The exchanges come early, as advertised, with Means landing a couple clean punches early. Muhammad rallies 30 seconds later for a clipping right hook, then adds another one moments later. Both fighters continue to land, Means finding the range with straight punches, Muhammad coming back with hooks. Muhammad ends the round strong with a few consecutive connections.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Muhammad
Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
The Previous Couple Fights Were a Bit Light on Action
The next matchup looks like a can't miss pairing.
Matthews Get the Razor-Thin Decision Win
Jake Matthews Def. Bojan Velickovic, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic: Round 3
A left hand lands for Velickovic, which Matthews answers with a takedown in the center of the cage. Velickovic rolls out and stands, then takes Matthews down to the mat. He moves to the back, but slips off the top, allowing Matthews to get back on top. The Aussie postures and the guard for a pair of hard punches. He then crawls to half-guard and works some short left hands. From there, he transitions to the back, but loses the position, winding back up in half-guard.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Matthews Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Velickovic
Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic: Round 2
Matthews attacks with a flurry, which Velickovic avoids and answers with a switch knee. Velickovic then grabs a guillotine when Matthews shoots, transitioning into mount before losing it. Matthews turns, forfeiting his back. The fighters battle for arm position, a battle Matthews eventually wins, enabling him to stand and score with a hard elbow, then a left hook moments later.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Velickovic
Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic: Round 1
Matthews closes the distance quickly, looking to take the action to the mat. He eventually completes the maneuver, but absorbs a handful of elbows in the process, and Velickovic pops up immediately. Matthes immediately goes straight back to his wrestling, and though it once again takes a long while, he does again complete the takedown. This time he manages to keep Velickovic floored for awhile, but he's unable to do much with the position before his opponent works up.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Velickovic
Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
Each Judge Gave Theodorou Every Round...
But still no one could agree what the score should be.
Theodorou Is Proclaimed the Winner
Elias Theodorou Def. Daniel Kelly, Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly: Round 3
The kicks from Theodorou are starting to draw winces from Kelly, who absorbs a right hand that makes him stumble back. He retaliates with a quick left and keeps the pressure on the much younger fighter. The Australian executes a trip and jumps on his opponent's back, looking for a choke. Theodorou remains calm and patiently escapes, keeping Kelly tied up against the fence after the fighters stand. Kelly eventually breaks free, but he continues to have trouble working past his counterpart's kicks.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Theodorou Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Theodorou
Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly: Round 2
More kicks early on from Theodorou, who is trying to keep Kelly from closing the distance. That plan goes awry when Kelly rushes him and executes a trip, but the Canadian manages to spring up quickly. Time is called when Theodorou catches Kelly with a low-blow. When we get back to it, Theodorou hits with a few more leg-kicks before Kelly fires back with a left hook. The process repeat, with Theodorou adding a kick up top that glances off the head.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Theodorou
Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly: Round 1
A few leg-kicks come from Theodorou in the early going. Kelly blitzes in with a flurry, but doesn't find the mark. Theodorou continues to utilize kicks heavily, frequently hitting to the legs and midsection. A clinch is initiated by Kelly, who uses the opportunity to work some dirty-boxing. Theodorou pushes on and resumes his kick-centric approach.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Theodorou
Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly
Volkanovski Gets His Hand Raised
Alexander Volkanovski Def. Shane Young, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Shane Young: Round 3
Young takes the center of the Octgan, knowing he's down on the card. Volkanovski quickly takes back the lost ground by running his opponent to the fence. He cracks Young with a pair of right hands, then completes a takedown, dropping punches from the guard and half-guard. Young eventually manages to work back up, but Volkanovski keeps on him, grinding him into the chain-links.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-8 Volkanovski Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-26 Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Shane Young: Round 2
Volkanovski punches his way into the clinch and looks for a takedown. Young does a good job defending and avoiding damage on the break, but it doesn't take long for Volkanovski to reattach himself. This time the Aussie completes the maneuver, but Young is back to his feet quickly. A hard right hook lands for Volkanovski, who then scoops Young up and puts him on the mat, then repeats the process after Young stands. The grounded fighter is able to scramble up before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Shane Young: Round 1
After the first minute passes without much in the way of action, Volkanovski makes a couple of attempts for a takedown, but he's not able to consolidate either. He doesn't manages to land a few short punches in close, then finally make good on the takedown about a minute later. Young scrambles up quickly, but he can't get any space from Volkanovski, whose swarming him against the cage.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Shane Young
It Was a Slow Fight...
But a highlight reel finish.
Ryan Benoit Def. Ashkan Mokhtarian, Knockout (Round 3, 2:38)
Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian: Round 3
Mokhtarian lands a couple left hands early in the round. A heavy low-kick comes back from Benoit, then a counter left hook after Mokhtarian looks for the answer. A big head-kick from Benoit sends Mokhtarian spilling to the canvas, head first. Benoit follows his wounded opponent, but the referee intervenes before much additional damage can be done.
Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian: Round 2
Mokhtarian continues to circle, Benoit remaining in the center of the cage. Benoit lands a leg-kick and a left hand that appears to hurt Mokhtarian, but the Aussie comes back with a hard right hand of his own. Moments later Mokhtarian lands a hard left hook, bringing the extended inertia to a temporary close. Benoit fires back, then sprints toward his opponent, chasing him down until he's sent back with a right hand. Benoit tackles Mokhtarian and lands a series of punches right at the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Benoit
Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian: Round 1
Mokhtarian spends nearly a full minute circling, then lands a big left hand when he finally closes the distance. He then looks for a takedown, but gives it up before scoring with another left. Benoit then looks to shoot, but he too comes up short. Mokhtarian gets back on his bike and circles the perimeter of the cage, darting in on occasion for a leg-kick. Benoit connects with a right hand and a combo at the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Mokhtarian
Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
Lentz Celebrates His Win
Lentz Calls Out a Camp, Not a Fighter After the Win
Brooks Came to the Organization with a Lot of Hype
But at 1-3, things have gone off the rails.
Nik Lentz Def. Will Brooks, Submission (Round 2, 2:05)
Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks: Round 2
Brooks rushes out, but stalls before attacking. Lentz hits him with a bodykick, leading to methodical trading over the next minute. Brooks ties up and presses Lentz to the chain-links, but Lentz quickly pushes off. Brooks is able to complete a takedown, but once again finds himself defending a guillotine. Lentz cranks, and rolls into the mount, drawing the tap from Brooks.
Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks: Round 1
A leg-kick from Brooks is answered with a right hand and a knee from Lentz. The fighters continue exchange over the next minute before Brooks completes a takedown. Lentz threatens with a guillotine from the guard, using it to scramble back to his feet. A right hand from Lentz is answers with a heavy left from Brooks. Lentz fires back, mixing in knees to the body and a right hand up top. He nearly adds a takedown, but Brooks fends it off.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Brooks
Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
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