Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) with UFC 216: "Ferguson vs. Lee,” which pops off from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 216 will be headlined by the lightweight interim title fight between top-ranked contenders Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, while flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his 125-pound strap on the line against Ray Borg in the five-round pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 216 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 216 QUICK RESULTS:
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee — Ferguson def. Lee by submission (triangle choke) at 4:02 of Round Three
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg — Johnson def. Borg by submission (armbar) at 3:15 of Round Five
Walt Harris vs. Fabricio Werdum — Werdum def. Harris by submission (armbar) at 1:05 of Round One
Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria — Borella def. Faria by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:54 of Round One
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham — Majority draw (29-28, 28-28 x2)
Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann — Stamann def. Duquesnoy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata —- Split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez — Botelho def. Gonzalez by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell — Schnell def. Beltran by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga -- Moraga def. Bibulatov by KO (punch) at 1:38 of Round One
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares — Tavares def. Leites by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)
UFC 216 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Round 1: Head kick from Lee early on. Leg kick by Ferguson. Hard 1-2 by Lee. Another inside low kick from Ferguson trips Lee up, then he walks into a right hand. One minute in. Ferguson skips in with a body kick. Stiff jab. Ferguson gets poked in the eye, then drops Lee with a left hook. Two minutes in. Leg kick from Ferguson met by a left hand. Right hand by Lee, who hits a takedown. Ferguson nearly sweeps, then gets mission control. Two minutes to go.
Ferguson tries an omoplata, Lee goes to side control. Hard knees to the bottom from Lee before Tony regains guard. North-south now after avoiding an armbar threat. Side control. One minute to go. Full mount for Lee, dropping big punches and elbows. Ferguson escapes before the bell. Lee lands a strike after the bell. 10-9 Lee.
Round 2: Ferguson fires a right cross. Head kick lands for Ferguson. Front kick to the body. Left hook buzzes Lee and they trade jabs. Lee right hand and leg kick. One minute in. Snap kick and right hand. Lee with a heavy body kick. Ferguson sidesteps a shot. Lee body kick lands. Jab. Ferguson shifting stance, looking to step in behind power shots two minutes in. Ferguson lands a corkscrew uppercut, eats a left hook. Right hand exchange. Two minutes to go.
Lee body kick. Hard counter right. Up-elbow draws a nod from Lee. Ferguson left hand. Right hand and head kick attempt by Lee. Ferguson lands a left hook. Ferguson working behind his jab. One minute to go. Body kick exchange, Lee’s was harder. Lee shoots, stuffed with the whizzer. Ferguson continues to march forward, lands a hard right hand before the bell. 10-9 Ferguson.
Round 3: Ferguson lands a body kick and a leg kick, prompting a shot. Lee lifts him and slams him into butterfly guard. One minute in. Ferguson with his feet on Lee’s hips, kicks him away and stands. Jab exchange. Ferguson whiffs on an uppercut and denies a takedown. Ferguson marching forward, lands a hard left hook. Body kick. Two minutes in. Head kick from Lee just misses. Another takedown from Lee. Ferguson firing elbows and locks up an armbar. Lee manages to step over and survive, only for the elbows to continue piling up. Two minutes to go.
Ferguson locks up a triangle. This one’s in deep. He pulls down on Lee’s head and draws the tap.
Final result: Ferguson def. Lee by submission (triangle choke)
125 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Round 1: Johnson firing inside low kicks to start the fight. Head kick blocked, right straight is not. One minute in. Borg with a right uppercut, eats a body kick. Another body kick and he drags Borg to his rear as Johnson bonks his head. Borg scrambles up. Another hard body kick by Johnson and Borg shoots. Johnson stuffs it and patiently waits for Borg to release his ankle. Borg keeps driving two minutes in. Johnson stuffs it again and again looks for the back. Borg surrenders half guard. Two minutes to go.
Hammerfists from Johnson, denies an attempt to stand. Hard elbow. Johnson pinning down Borg’s right arm as he targets the left. One minute to go. Johnson passes to side control and looks for the Kimura. Johnson nearly takes mount, Borg regains guard. I’m calling that 10-8 Johnson for sheer dominance.
Round 2: Borg hops in with a knee and shoots, tying up on the fence. Knees from Johnson. Johnson reverses, knees the thigh as Borg tries to cinch up a guillotine a minute in. Johnson breaks his grip. Borg shoots again and gets Johnson to his butt. Johnson stands, dragged back down. He scrambles up and Borg takes his back, only for Johnson to spin and take guard. Two minutes in.Johnson threatening the arm triangle, loses it as he works from half guard. Good punches from Johnson in a pseudo-crucifix. He looks for an arm and Borg gets to his knees. Two minutes to go.
Johnson keeping control. Nice knees to the body as Borg works his way up. Borg puts him on the fence, eats more knees. Johnson takes him down, moving to side control to avoid a guillotine attempt. Borg goes to his knees and Johnson grabs the front headlock before spinning towards the back. Knee to the body from Johnson on a seated Borg, whom he pops with shoulder strikes. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3: Boy kick and and a hard right hand form Johnson. Borg catches a body kick and tries to take Johnson down. Johnson still defending with ease and scrambles into the front headlock. He takes side control a minute in. Johnson looking for the crucifix as he goes to work with short punches. Borg regains half guard and Johnson slams home hard knees to the body. Two minutes in. Elbows from Johnson. Borg tries to regain guard, does so after firing some missed upkicks. Elbow from Johnson. Two minutes to go.
Back to side control for Johnson, then the mount when Borg tries to bridge. Now he takes the back and goes to work with punches. Borg scrambles to his rear, Johnson takes side control. Great scramble and Johnson bangs the body before Borg tries a guillotine. 10-8 Johnson.
Round 4: Borg marches forward and shoots, slamming Johnson to the mat. Butterfly guard for Johnson. Borg goes to half guard, eats a knee when Johnson scrambles up. Johnson landing punches against the cage and Borg surrenders half guard a minute in. Punches and elbows by Johnson. Side control two minutes in. Borg gets to his feet, eats a hard knee to the head and one to the body. Another knee downstairs. Johnson moves to the rear waistlock and kicks Borg in the head. Two minutes to go.
Hard takedown by Johnson slams Borg’s head into the mat and puts Johnson in side control. Knee-on-belly for Johnson briefly. One minute to go. Borg scrambles to his feet, Johnson puts his back on the cage and slams his noggin to the mat again. Johnson tries to set up an armbar before the bell. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 5: Johnson with another takedown right away. Side control for Johnson. Elbow and punches landing. One minute in. Hard knee to the body. Borg looking for a single-leg, can’t get it. He eats a body kick, looks for the back and again can’t get it. Takedown for Johnson into side control. Full mount for Johnson, then the back. Granby roll from Borg and Johnson blasts him with another knee to the body two minutes in. Johnson just wrangles him back to the mat and lands more knees. Borg gets to his feet, only for Johnson to fling him to the mat and lock up an armbar in mid-air. Johnson cranks viciously and Borg, despite a monstrous effort, taps out.
Final result: Johnson def. Borg by submission (armbar)
265 lbs.: Walt Harris vs. Fabricio Werdum
Round 1: Werdum ducks for a single-leg, gets Harris to the mat, and sets up in half guard. Full mount. Harris tries to scramble, gives up his back, and Werdum transitions to a fight-finishing armbar in the blink of an eye.
Final result: Werdum def. Harris by submission (armbar)
125 lbs.: Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
Round 1: Borella hits a takedown within fifteen seconds, landing in half guard. Borella looking to pass, does so into mount. Borella gets her away from the fence and starts landing short blows. She’s not posturing up, just staying tight. Borella briefly pins an arm and lands a right hand. Faria gives up the back. Borella looking for the choke, worms her forearm under Faria’s chin and gets the tap.
Final result: Borella def. Faria by submission (rear naked choke)
155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
Round 1: Dariush moving forward, they trade near the fence. 1-2 lands for Dunham. Dariush fires a leg kick and Dunham ties up. Overhand left by Dariush after they separate. 1-2 by Dunham. Dariush finding the mark with his left hand. Check hook and overhand left from Dariush back Dunham off. Dunham ties up after eating a body kick, takes a pair of big elbows that have him looking for a low single. Dariush thumping away as he looks for the back. Dariush riding well, lands a pair of big left hands. Elbow again and Dunham looks for a leg. This is nasty ground-and-pound from Dariush. Dunham trying to stand on the cage. Two minutes to go.
Hard knees to the body from Dariush and a Browne elbows when Dunham tries to scramble up. Another leglock attempt from Dunham easily avoided. Deep half guard from Dunham, elbows from Dariush with a minute to go. Another elbow before Dunham works his way to his feet. 10-8 Dariush, although he looks a bit winded.
Round 2: They come out slugging. Leg kick from Dariush. Dunham grabs a bodylock when Dariush jumps in and scores a takedown into guard. Dariush looking for a gogo/omoplata a minute in. Dunham pulls his arm free and Dariush scrambles up, only for Dunham to grab a rear waistlock. Knee from Dariush as Dunham plugs the body. They separate. Leg kick by Dariush. Two minutes to go.
Another leg kick trips Dunham up. 1-2 lands for Dunham. Dariush with a hard left cross and a leg kick, which Dunham catches for a single-leg attempt. Dariush puts him on the fence. They separate with a minute to go. Leg kick from Dariush, Dunham hauls him to the fence again. 10-9 Dunham.
Round 3: Dunham sending out punches early. Counter right hook lands for Dariush. Big counter left by Dunham when Dariush get a little lazy coming in. One minute in. Big left hand by Dunham in combination. Dunham’s combinations are flowing. Dariush with a heavy left hand as they exchange. Dunham shoots and takes him to the fence. Two minutes in. They separate and Dariush’s overhand left goes high. Right hook by Dunham in combination. Dariush with a good leg kick but he’s losing these exchanges with two minutes to go.
More low kicks by Dariush. Dunham shoots, lands a good knee and eats one in return. Back to the center. Left hand from Dariush as Dunham exits, then again. Both men landing with a minute to go. 1-2 by Dunham. Leg kick from Dariush countered with a left hand. Dunham going to work, waving Dariush on. Dariush tries a jumping knee. Dariush lands a knee before the bell. 10-9 Dunham.
Final result: Majority draw
135 lbs.: Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Round 1: Spinning back kick from Stamann to start out. Jabs from Duquesnoy. Leg kick lands a minute in. Stamann scores a takedown on the cage, fires a head kick when Duquesnoy stands. Counter right by Stamann, eats a teep. Body kick from Duquesnoy. Leg kick lands two minutes in. Both land body kicks. Glancing right by the Frenchman. Good right by Stamann. Big right hand and elbows by Duquesnoy, who sprawls on a shot and spears Stamann with a straight left. Stamann takes him down for it. Two minutes to go.
Butterfly hooks for Duquesnoy. He makes it to his feet. Stamann catches a finger in the eye. Combination by Duquesnoy. One minute to go. Straight left from Duquesnoy, good left by Stamann in return. Leg kick from Stamann. Duquesnoy cracks him with a left hook, eats a body shot, lands one in return. Spinning back kick by Stamann, head kick by Duquesnoy. 10-9 Duquesnoy.
Round 2: Teep by Stamann after an overhand. Duquesnoy in pursuit. Head kick and uppercut by Duquesnoy. Good lead right from Stamann. Leg kick lands. One minute in. Right hand lands for Stamann. Duquesnoy still pressing forward, lands a hard overhand right and eats a knee inside. Duquesnoy right hand backs Stamann off and they trade in the center. Two minutes in. Stamann hits a takedown, fights off a triangle attempt. Stamann doing work from guard with two minutes to go.
Duquesnoy goes for a weep, makes it to his feet but eats strikes on the way there. Elbow by Duquesnoy in the clinch. Stamann landing as Duquesnoy comes in. Another takedown by Stamann. One minute to go. Half guard for Stamann, landing good punches. Nice shots. 10-9 Stamann.
Round 3: Leg kick from Stamann. Side kick. Duquesnoy still pressing forward. Stamann backs him to the fence. Duquesnoy lands a head kick a minute in. Good shifting left hook by Stamann near the fence. Not as much volume from Duquesnoy. Stamann with a head kick two minutes in. Elbow from Duquesnoy, left hook by Stamann. Right hand by Duquesnoy. Two minutes to go.
Both land right hands. Good knee by Stamann inside. One minute to go. Low kick and 1-2 by Stamann. Duquesnoy is losing this round and doing nothing to change that. Stamann slips on a spinning back kick and Duquesnoy lets him up. 10-9 Stamann.
Final result: Stamann def. Duquesnoy by split decision
155 lbs.: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
Round 1: Body kick from Green as Vannata advances. Lead right hand lands for Vannata. They tie up, Green with a little right hand on the exit. One minute in. Leg kicks from Vannata. Green hauls him to the fence, lands a knee to the body . Head kick from Vannata on the break. Straight left by Green. Hard right hands by Vannata and he drops Green hard. Vannata pounds away before firing an illegal knee as Green tries to stand. Herb Dean takes a point. Green looks okay and they resume. Spinning back kick from Vannata. Green shoots into a guillotine, which Vannata uses to sweep. Vannata clamps down as Green stands. Two minutes to go.
Vannata releases it when it’s not there, eats lefts from Green inside. Vannata spins out of a single-leg. Right hands from Vannata inside. Leg kick with a minute to go. Green lands a knee in the clinch. Another leg kick from Vannata. Well-timed takedown by Vannata, who frees his arm from Green’s whizzer. 9-9 with the point deduction.
Round 2: Good 1-2-3 from Green connects. Counter right lands for Vannata. Another pair of leg kicks. Green with a southpaw 1-2 and oblique kicks. Left hook upstairs. One minute in, another straight left by Green. They trade right hands. Green landing punches, takes another leg kick. 3-2 from Vannata, body shot. Good right hand inside by Green, who eats another leg kick. Two minutes in. Vannata combination. Both landing in the center. They clinch and Green puts him on the fence. Dirty boxing by Green, but Vannata slings him to the mat. Green stands right back up. Right hand from Vannata, who hits a granby roll and looks for the back. Ninety seconds to go.
Green landing punches in the clinch. Vannata blasts him with a right hand soon after and goes to work with punches. Low-high combo. Great punches b Vannata. One minute to go. Green lands some hard knees to the body. Nice exchanges. Another leg kick by Vannata. Good left hook upstairs, Green responds with a stiff jab. 10-9 Green.
Round 3: Vannata rips to the body, coming out aggressively. Green looking to keep him at bay with punches. Left hook from Green, leg kick by Vannata. Overhand right connects for Vannata, who eats jabs. One minute in. Big right hand by Green. Vannata tries a blast double, stuffed. Counter right from Vannata. Both land their power hands. Green puts him on the fence two minutes in. Body shot and right hand by Vannata, stiff jabs by Green, who puts him on the cage. Good counter right from Green, elbow by Vannata. Teeps to the body from Vannata. Both land hard right hands. Two minutes to go.
Both men landing quality shots. Big uppercut by Green. Good exchanges. Good right hands by Vannata, who nearly hits a takedown. Good scramble with a minute to go. Uppercut and right cross by Vannata. Green puts him on the cage. Right by Green on the exit. Big shots by both men. Green SMASHES Vannata with heavy punches at the bell. 10-9 Green.
Final result: Split draw
115 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez
Round 1: Gonzalez on the front foot early. Low kicks landing for her, as does a right hand before she ties up on the fence. Knees to the thigh from Gonzalez a minute in. Botelho with some heavy Browne elbows as she defends. More elbows piling up two minutes in. Knees to the body from Gonzalez. Ref separates them with two minutes or so to go.
Good right hand by Botelho as Gonzalez ties up again. Botelho grabs double underhooks and reverses. Gonzalez reverses in turn. One minute to go, Botelho reverses again. Gonzalez reverses and more elbows land. Gonzalez struggling for the takedown, can’t get it. 10-9 Botelho on damage.
Round 2: Front kick from Botelho. Gonzalez shoots and takes her back to the cage. More elbows by Botelho. One minute in. Botelho defending the takedown well thus far. Gonzalez still driving as Botelho swats away with elbows. Two minutes in. Botelho gets an underhook, lands knees. More elbows. Two minutes to go.
Gonzalez just standing there failing to take Botelho down and eating strikes. Ref separates them. Teep from the Brazilian as Gonzalez kicks at her legs. Botelho tries a spinning back kick. One minute to go. Jab exchange. Leg kick from Botelho. Botelho whiffs on a pair of right hands and Gonzalez puts her on the fence again. 10-9 Botelho.
Round 3: Gonzalez going back to the leg kicks, which Botelho is not defending. Botelho lands a leg kick and a booming right hand when Gonzalez shoots again. Knee and elbows. One minute in. Gonzalez totally unable to get the takedown and landing almost nothing while she tries. Knees to the thigh by Gonzalez. More elbows by Botelho. Two minutes in. Crowd’s pissed. Ref finally breaks them up with two minutes to go.
Gonzalez just wades back into the clinch and puts her back on the cage. Knees from Botelho. One minute to go. Elbows and punches from Botelho. Ref separates them. Spinning back kick attempt from Botelho, then a head kick attempt. Gonzalez shoots again, eats a knee. Botelho takes her down before the bell. 10-9 Botelho.
Final result: Botelho def. Gonzalez by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
Round 1: Beltran with a hard right hand early. Very slow start to the fight, neither man really committing to anything. Two minutes in. Leg kick from Schnell. Uppercut slips through Betran’s guard. Two minutes to go.
Beltran lands a front kick and Schnell responds with a flurry. Schnell with a counter 1-2 after eating a low kick. One minute to go. Both whipping leg kicks at each other. Schnell looks for a left hook in combination, lands a right cross inside. Schnell catches a body kick, lands a left hand before releasing it. 10-9 Schnell.
Round 2: Leg kick from Beltran connects. Low leg kick by Schnell inside. One minute in. Beltran picks at Schnell’s knee, eats a combo. Two minutes in. More kicking by both men. Good counters from Schnell. Beltran with a jumping knee to the body. Two minutes to go.
Schnell with a leg kick as Beltran retreats. Beltran right hand just blocked. One minute to go. Good exchange in the center, Schnell with a right hand on the exit. 10-9 Schnell.
Round 3: Schnell grabs double underhooks and puts Beltran on the fence. They separate. Beltran leg kick. Beltran looks for a head kick, no dice. One minute in. Beltran tries an overhand right to trip, still no dice. Left hook connects. He eats a low blow, takes a few seconds to recover. Two minutes in. Beltran’s right eye is jacked. He’s looking a bit more aggressive and they trade in the center. Two minutes to go.
Schnell looking a bit more hesitant. Leg kick from Beltran. Schnell right hand. Beltran steps in for a body kick twice and eats counters twice. 45 seconds to go. Both men land punches. Beltran shoots into a guillotine, pops out before the bell. 10-9 Beltran.
Final result: Schnell def. Beltran by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
Round 1: Leg kicks from Moraga open the fight. Bibulatov finally catches one and shoots, can’t keep him down. Hook kick from Bibulatov glances off, right hand lands for Moraga. Big right from Bibulatov in return a minute in. Leg kick connects, this one to the thigh. Overhand right by Moraga, then a MASSIVE left hook flattens “Chaborz.” The second-biggest underdog on the card has pulled a phenomenal upset.
Final result: Moraga def. Bibulatov by KO (punch)
185 lbs.: Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Round 1: Tavares jab, Leites leg kick to start. Leites still targeting the front leg. Leites doing well with his kicks thus far, Tavares lands one in turn. One minute in. Counter right from Leites. 1-2 connects. Fairly even exchanges, favoring Leites as he advances. Left hook rattles Leites as I type that. Tavares on the attack, lands a big right hand when Leites tries to fire back and the Brazilian shoots. He takes Tavares to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Ref separates them when the takedown isn’t there. Low kick from Leites after Tavares lands his jab. Leites shoots once again with a minute ago, gets him to the fence once again. Ref breaks them up once again. They trade big shots and Tavares has Leites retreating with a right hand and follow-up knee. 10-9 Tavares.
Round 2: Back to trading kicks. Good low kick by Tavares, targeting the lower part of the leg. Another hard right by Tavares inside and his jab continues to work. One minute in. Solid leg kicks by Leites during a big of a lull. Two minutes in. Tavares jabs piling up. Leg kick exchange, then Tavares brings it to the body. Leites nearly hits an outside trip, Tavares defends and pops back to his feet. Two minutes to go.
Tavares reverses position and denies and avoids an attempt to pull guard. Leg kick spins Leites around, he answers in kind. One minute to go. They trade leg kicks, Tavares fires a right hand after eating one. 3-2-3 from Leites connects clean. Body kick. 10-9 Tavares.
Round 3: Good exchanges to start the round until Leites takes him to the fence. Tavares reverses a minute in and separates. Counter hook lands for him. Back to trading punches, jabs and right hands from Tavares. Jab knocks Leites’ mouthpiece out and Tavares jumps on him when Leites turns to pick it back up. Tavares hobbles Leites with another leg kick when they resume. Leites still plodding after him, eats a right hand. Another right inside by Tavares and Leites is a bloody mess. First leg kick knockdown of the fight. He drops again not long after. Ninety seconds to go.
Leites first a double-leg, again unsuccessful. Another desperate shot and he tries to pull guard. Tavares standing over him, goes for a flurry before the bell. 10-8 Tavares.
Final result: Tavares def. Leites by unanimous decision