UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez was a mixed martial arts event held in Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2010. The event, the fourth UFC event staged at Anaheim's Honda Center, featured 11 bouts and was headlined by Cain Velasquez' first-round victory over Brock Lesnar to claim the UFC heavyweight title. Other bouts on the main card included Jake Shields' split-decision win over Martin Kampmann, and Diego Sanchez' victory over Paulo Thiago in another welterweight bout.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez (heavyweight championship bout)
Velasquez captures the UFC heavyweight title after the referee stops the fight around the 4:00 mark of the first round, as Lesnar fails in his attempt to become the first heavyweight champion in UFC history to defend his title three times. The Mexican recovered from a early takedown to batter Lesnar with punches. A huge knee from Velasquez midway through the round led to more damage, before Herb Dean stepped in to end the bout, which improved Cain's record to 9-0.
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann (welterweight bout)
Shields is awarded the victory by split decision in a tight call, winning in his UFC debut after spending the last three years with Strikeforce and EliteXC. Looking for takedowns throughout the match, Shields looked gassed midway through as Kampmann was able to put combinations together. But Shields took a close third round to defeat the Dane, who had put together two straight wins over Jacob Volkmann and Paulo Thiago.
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago (welterweight bout)
In a contender for Fight of the Night, Sanchez earns a victory by unanimous decision to avoid the first three-fight losing streak of his career. After a busy first two rounds with action standing and on the mat, Sanchez takes control in the final period to win over Thiago, who suffers yet another loss by decision.
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill (light heavyweight bout)
Hamill takes a unanimous decision victory over Ortiz, the former light heavyweight champion who was a coach on season three of The Ultimate Fighter and helped train Hamill following the show. With both fighters standing for most of the bout, Hamill lands enough to win on each judge's card, meaning that Ortiz' last victory in the UFC was a defeat of Ken Shamrock in October of 2006.
Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (heavyweight bout)
Coming off of two quick knockout wins in his previous fights, Schaub wins via unanimous decision over Gonzaga. After dropping Gonzaga late in the first round, Schaub takes charge in the latter periods, landing shots throughout on Gonzaga, who lasts past the first round for the first time in six bouts..
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Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen (middleweight bout)
Stepping into the Octagon for the first time since winning season 11 of the Ultimate Fighter, McGee wins after Jensen taps out at 1:21 of the third round. After a fairly even first two rounds, McGee is able to take down his oponnent and secure a choke to take the victory by submission.
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor (middleweight bout)
In a match between two fighters who had each lost their past two fights, Lawlor takes the unanimous decision with superior grappling skills, taking Cote down in each round and utilizing some ground-and-pound to cruise to victory.
Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts (welterweight bout)
Roberts earns his second UFC win when Guymon taps out at 1:13 of the first round. After an initial barrage of punches, Roberts locks on a guillotine and transitions into an anaconda to get the victory by submission.
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor (lightweight bout)
The bout between two exciting fighters -- who had each won Fight of the Night awards in the past -- does not disappoint and goes the distance. Each fighter is able to land blows during the battle, with the split decision going to Stout in another judges' result met disapprovingly by those in attendance.
Chris Camozzi vs. Dong Yi Yang (middleweight bout)
Camozzi earns a split-decision victory, coming alive during an active third round to defeat Yang in his opponent's UFC debut, although the verdict is booed by the crowd.
Jon Madsen vs. Gilbert Yvel (heavyweight bout)
Madsen, one of Brock Lesnar's training partners, stays unbeaten in his pro career when the referee stops the fight at 1:48 of the first round. Madsen uses a double-leg takedown and ground-and-pound to subdue Yvel, who has lost each of his 3 UFC bouts.
The Honda Center is a multipurpose indoor arena in Anaheim, Calif. that serves as the home of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond at Anaheim, the arena opened in 1993 and has hosted numerous sporting events and big-name concert acts. UFC 121 will be the fourth UFC event to be held at the Honda Center.
Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum Architects designed the Honda Center, which was built between 1991 and 1993. Final construction costs totaled $123 million for the arena, which is owned by the city of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC. Arrowhead Water was the initial corporate name sponsor for the arena, before Honda acquired the naming rights in 2006.
The Honda Center can seat over 17,000 people for hockey and basketball games, while other seating configurations for the arena range from an 8,400-seat amphitheater to 18,000-plus capacity for other types of events.
A Barry Manilow concert was the first event held at the Honda Center, which is also home to the John Wooden Classic, having hosted the in-season college basketball event since 1994. Over the years, the Harlem Globetrotters and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus have appeared at the arena, while Madonna, U2 and Elton John have been among the musical acts performing at the Honda Center. The Anaheim arena was the site of NCAA's "Frozen Four" ice hockey championship in 1999, and also played host to the NCAA men's basketball West regionals in 1998, 2001 and 2003.
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