UFC 121

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UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
A poster or logo for UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date October 23, 2010
Venue Honda Center
City Anaheim, California
Attendance 14,856[1]
Total gate $2,237,000[1]
Buyrate 1,050,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, United States.[3] The event was the fourth time the UFC has hosted at the Honda Center (formerly Arrowhead Pond) in Anaheim, California following UFC 59, UFC 63 and UFC 76 and the sixth event held in the Greater Los Angeles Area along with UFC 60 and UFC 104.


Just like UFC 111, UFC 115, and UFC 118, UFC 121 was shown in movie theaters around the United States by NCM Fathom.[4] UFC 121 featured the return of preliminary fights live on Spike TV.[5] UFC Primetime also returned to promote the Lesnar/Velasquez title fight.[6]

Jon Madsen was expected to face Todd Duffee, but Duffee was forced off the card with a lingering knee injury and replaced by Gilbert Yvel.[7]


Preliminary card[edit]

Madsen defeated Yvel via TKO (punches) at 1:48 of round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Lesnar vs. Velasquez fight.
Camozzi defeated Yang via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28).
Stout defeated Taylor via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27).
Roberts defeated Guymon via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:13 of round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the McGee vs. Jensen fight. This bout also aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Madsen vs. Yvel fight.

Preliminary card (televised)[edit]

Lawlor defeated Côté via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
McGee defeated Jensen via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:21 of round 3.

Main card[edit]

Schaub defeated Gonzaga via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Hamill defeated Ortiz via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27).
Sanchez defeated Thiago via unanimous decision (30–26, 29–28, 29–28).
Shields defeated Kampmann via split decision (28–29, 30–27, 29-28).
Velasquez defeated Lesnar via TKO (punches) at 4:12 in round 1 to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses.[8]

  • Fight of the Night: Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez
  • Submission of the Night: Daniel Roberts

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[9]

  • Cain Velasquez: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus) def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000
  • Jake Shields: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus) def. Martin Kampmann: $27,000
  • Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus) def. Paulo Thiago: $18,000
  • Matt Hamill: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus) def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000
  • Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
  • Court McGee: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Jensen: $10,000
  • Tom Lawlor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Patrick Cote: $21,000
  • Daniel Roberts: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Mike Guymon: $8,000
  • Sam Stout: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Paul Taylor: $16,000
  • Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Dong Yi Yang: $8,000
  • Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000

Entrance music[edit]

Fighter Artist Title Album
Brendan Schaub Eminem "Square Dance" Eminem Show
Brock Lesnar Metallica "Enter Sandman" {untitled}
Cain Velasquez Vicente Fernández "Los Mandados" A Pesar De Todo
Chris Camozzi Tech N9ne (feat. Three 6 Mafia) "Demons" K.O.D.
Court McGee Everlast "What It's Like" Whitey Ford Sings The Blues
Daniel Roberts Ennio Morricone "Death Rides A Horse" Death Rides A Horse OST
Diego Sanchez Roberto Griego "Arriba Nuevo México" ¡Arriba Nuevo México!
Dongi Yang Yolanda Be Cool (feat. DCUP) "We No Speak Americano" We No Speak Americano
Gabriel Gonzaga Danzig "Mother" {untitled}
Gilbert Yvel DJ Kool "Let Me Clear My Throat (Klassic Kool Original Version)" Let Me Clear My Throat
Jake Shields Rage Against the Machine "Renegades of Funk" Renegades
Jon Madsen Prong "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" Cleansing
Martin Kampmann Three 6 Mafia "It's a Fight" Rocky Balboa: The Best Of Rocky
Matt Hamill Queen "I Want It All" Miracle
Mike Guymon Aerosmith "Back In The Saddle" Rocks
Paul Taylor The Jam "Town Called Malice" The Gift
Paulo Thiago Mano Brown e Jorge Ben Jor – "Umbabarauma"  ???
Ryan Jensen The Offspring "Nitro (Youth Energy)" Smash
Sam Stout Eminem (feat. DMX & Obie Trice) "Go to Sleep" Cradle 2 The Grave
Tito Ortiz Eminem "Mosh" Encore