Brock Lesnar. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar, successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title against interim champion Frank Mir on Saturday night at UFC 100: Making History.
Lesnar assumed the role of the heel before any punches were even thrown. Referee Herb Dean called both fighters to the middle for the pre-fight instructions and moments later Lesnar turned and stomped away, refusing to touch gloves with Mir.
Much of the bout was controlled by Lesnar as he used his superior wrestling skills and size to hold Mir on the canvas. While Mir attempted to work his guard, he was unsuccessful as Lesnar punished him at every opportunity.
Mir had a flash of brilliance in the second stanza when exchanging punches with Lesnar, Mir landed an excellent elbow and knee combo followed by an Urijah Faber-esque knee that saw Mir end up on his back. That spelled the end as Lesnar trapped Mir’s arm and attacked with a barrage of blows that left Mir bloodied and swollen as Herb Dean jumped in and called a halt to the action.
Following the bout, Lesnar got in a bloodied Mir’s face and said, “Talk all the shit you want now,” before flipping off the sold out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
During his post-fight interview Lesnar said, “Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass, I told him that a year ago. I pulled that son of a bitch out and beat him over the head with it.”
If that wasn’t enough, Lesnar went on to cut up the UFC’s largest sponsor, Bug Light, saying, “I’m going to go home tonight and I’m going to drink a Coors Light. That’s a Coors Light because Bud Light won’t pay me anything. I’m going to sit down with my friends and family and hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight.”
The post-fight antics left a sour taste in many people’s mouth including UFC president Dana White. According to reports, White pulled Lesnar aside following the bout and had a serious talk with him regarding the way he acted in the octagon following his victory.
In other action, UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre was successful in dispatching of Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.
The bout saw St. Pierre stick to an excellent game plan that included quick strikes followed by relentless takedowns that left the challenger helpless.
It took two and a half rounds before Alves was finally able to mount a bit of offense as he gained top position on St. Pierre. Alves attempted to work the strikes from the top but St. Pierre powered his way out and continued his string of dominance.
At the end of the fourth round, St. Pierre went to his corner and said, “I pulled my groin.” St. Pierre’s coach, Greg Jackson, responded in candid fashion saying, “I don’t care Georges. Hey, look at me; this is where champions are made. You hear me? Nothing matters now. Hit him with your groin. You got my mentality?”
Following the bout, the judges scored the action unanimous for St. Pierre 50-45, 50-45, and 50-44.
Finally, former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion Dan Henderson plowed through Michael Bisping to put a stamp on The Ultimate Fighter 9: U.K. vs. USA.
Both fighters exchanged punches throughout the first with Henderson constantly looking to stamp Bisping’s face with his big right hand. Bisping was rocked in the first stanza but fortunately survived and made it to the second round.
In round two, Henderson did more of the same before catching Bisping with a huge right hand that sent the British star unconscious to the canvas. Henderson quickly followed up by diving in with a huge punch to his already helpless opponent’s head.
Jon Fitch def. Paulo Thiago - Unanimous Decision
Brock Lesnar def. Frank Mir - KO Round 2 1:48
Georges St. Pierre def. Thiago Alves - Unanimous Decision
Dan Henderson def. Michael Bisping - KO Round 2 3:20
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Alan Belcher - Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mark Coleman def. Stephan Bonnar - Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller def. Mac Danzig - Unanimous Decision
Jon Jones def. Jake O’Brien - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2 2:43
Dong-Hyun Kim def. T.J. Grant - Unanimous Decision
Tom Lawlor def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 0:55
Matt Grice def. Shannon Gugerty - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 2:36
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