UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee main card results

216 Ferguson

It’s been a long road to the top for former Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson, but Sunday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, “El Cucuy” finally struck gold, submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of their UFC 216 main event to win the interim UFC lightweight championship.

The win was Ferguson’s 10th in a row, and none was bigger, but as soon as he received his belt, he sent a message to the 155-pound champion, Conor McGregor.

“Defend or vacate,” said the new interim titleholder, who first had some business to take care of with “The Motown Phenom.”

Lee struck first with a left kick to the head and a right punch, but Ferguson was unmoved by the shots. A right hand moments later scored a flash knockdown of “El Cucuy,” but Ferguson returned the favor seconds later. Midway through the round, Lee got a takedown, but Ferguson scrambled and nearly caught his opponent before Lee got loose and settled into the top position. In the final minute, Lee got into the mount and he began unleashing elbows, and while Ferguson survived the round, it was not without a shot after the bell by Lee, who received a stern warning from referee Herb Dean.

Ferguson settled into the fight by round two, and he held the edge in a frame fought solely on the feet, with an elbow to the face being his most telling blow, as it brought blood from the nose of the Michigan native.

Lee got Ferguson to the mat to begin round three, but the Californian got up fairly quickly. Fatigue was setting in for Lee, and Ferguson sensed it as he stalked his opponent. Lee did find the energy for another takedown, but Ferguson nearly sunk in an armbar. Lee got loose, but he then found himself in a triangle choke with a little over a minute left. Seconds later, the fight was over, with Lee tapping out at 4:02 of the third round.

With the win, the 33-year-old Ferguson ups his record to 24-3. The 25-year-old Lee falls to 16-3.

216 Johnson

JOHNSON vs BORG

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson made history in the co-main event of UFC 216 Sunday, submitting Ray Borg in the fifth round at T-Mobile Arena to retain his crown for the 11th time, breaking his tie with Anderson Silva for most successful title defenses in UFC history.

It was another master class by Washington’s Johnson, the UFC’s first and only 125-pound champion and holder of the belt since September 2012.

Johnson peppered Borg with several leg kicks to open the fight, with a takedown following with 3:40 remaining. Borg got to his feet quickly and attempted his own takedown, but Johnson got free and scrambled his way into the top position on the mat. There, Johnson kept his eyes open for a submission attempt, and while nothing presented itself, the champion was able to secure the round.

Borg went on the attack to start the second stanza, and was able to close the distance and clinch with Johnson against the fence. With 90 seconds gone, Borg got the takedown. Johnson rose and Borg took his back, but the champion eluded trouble and put the challenger on the mat. After some good groundwork by Johnson, the two rose briefly before another takedown by “Mighty Mouse.”

Johnson put on a groundfighting clinic in the third, as he began to pull away with the fight. Borg was game throughout, but he had few answers for the champion.

Borg got a slam to open the fourth round, letting Johnson know that he wasn’t done yet. Johnson didn’t stay on his back long, though, and a subsequent elbow cut Borg as he moved back into the top position. With three minutes left, the two rose and clinched against the fence, and soon after, Johnson took Borg back to the mat twice, adding to his lead heading into the final frame.

It was more of the same in round five, and then in typical Johnson style, he pulled off something spectacular, as he picked Borg up and threw him down, and in the process grabbed the challenger’s arm. Borg tried to escape, but the armbar was too tight, and the challenger tapped out at 3:15 of the fifth and final round.

With the win, the 31-year-old Johnson improves to 27-2-1. The 24-year-old Borg falls to 11-3.

216 Werdum

WERDUM vs HARRIS

Walt Harris took a shot at UFC 216 Sunday, stepping up from a bout against Mark Godbeer to a matchup against former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum on a couple hours’ notice after an injury to Derrick Lewis took “The Black Beast” off the card. But Werdum was too much for Harris, winning by submission in just 65 seconds at T-Mobile Arena.

Werdum took Harris down in the opening minute, opting against a standup battle with the hard-hitting “Big Ticket.” Harris tried to scramble out of trouble, but as he did, Werdum took Harris’ back and then his arm, with the armbar forcing Harris to tap out at 1:05 of round one.

With the win, the No. 2-ranked Werdum moves to 22-7-1. Harris falls to 10-6.

216 Borella

BORELLA vs FARIA

The first Italian woman to compete in the UFC quickly became the first to get a win as well, as Mara Romero Borella submitted Brazil’s Kalindra Faria in the first round of their flyweight bout.

Borella got the bout to the mat immediately and went to work, getting into the mount position with relative ease. Faria tried to escape, but Borella wasn’t having it, and soon she had her opponent’s back and the rear naked choke, forcing a tap out at 2:54 of the opening round.

With the win, Ponte dell’Olio’s Borella improves to 12-4-1; Sao Paulo’s Faria falls to 18-6-1

216 Dariush

DARIUSH vs DUNHAM

Top 15 lightweights Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham delivered a quality three-rounder in the main card opener, battling hard for 15 minutes before a majority draw verdict was rendered when it was all over.

After the two fought on even terms early in the first round, Dariush (14-3-1) landed two elbows that rocked Dunham (18-6-1) and put him on the canvas. The follow-up attack from the Californian nearly ended the fight. But the durable Dunham was able to survive, even making it back to his feet in the final minute.

Dunham got a takedown in the first 30 seconds of round two, putting him back in the fight. Dariush worked for a submission off his back, and while he didn’t pull it off, he did find his way back to his feet. Dunham stayed locked on his foe against the fence for a spell before the two broke, and while striking, the Las Vegan stayed busy as Dariush appeared to tire.

In another compelling round, Dunham and Dariush went at it hard in the final frame, with Dunham surging ahead in the late stages of the bout, making it clear that the majority draw verdict of 28-28 twice and 29-28 Dariush was a just one.

Article Source: au.ufc.com By Thomas Gerbasi