UFC 81

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UFC 81: Breaking Point
A poster or logo for UFC 81: Breaking Point.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date February 2, 2008
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 10,583 (7,167 paid)
Total gate $2,437,890
Buyrate 600,000
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman UFC 81: Breaking Point UFC 82: Pride of a Champion

UFC 81: Breaking Point was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held on February 2, 2008 by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

The event featured Tim Sylvia and Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira for UFC's Interim World Heavyweight Championship. UFC Heavyweight champion Randy Couture declined a championship fight with Nogueira,[1] which caused the creation of the interim title.

This event also saw the UFC debut of current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.[2]


Preliminary card[edit]

Emerson defeated Nakamura via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 30–27). This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Lytle vs. Bradley fight.
Boetsch defeated Heath via TKO (throw & punches) at 4:52 of Round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Marquardt vs. Horn fight.
Eastman defeated Martin via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).
Lytle defeated Bradley via KO (punches) at 0:33 of Round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Sylvia vs. Nogueira fight.

Main card[edit]

Griffin defeated Tibau via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Almeida defeated Yundt via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of round 1.
Marquardt defeated Horn via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:37 of Round 2.
Mir defeated Lesnar via submission (kneebar) at 1:30 of round 1.
Nogueira defeated Sylvia via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:28 of Round 3 to become the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Bonus awards[edit]

At the end of this event, $60,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[3]

Reported payout[edit]

The individual payouts are listed below. Payout amounts includes the payment amounts for show and win, but do not include sponsor payments, fees, taxes, or special award bonuses.[4]

  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Tim Sylvia: $100,000
  • Frank Mir: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Brock Lesnar: $250,000
  • Nate Marquardt: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus) def. Jeremy Horn: $25,000
  • Ricardo Almeida: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Rob Yundt: $5,000
  • Tyson Griffin: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Gleison Tibau: $11,000
  • Chris Lytle: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Bradley: $4,000
  • Tim Boetsch: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. David Heath: $6,000
  • Marvin Eastman: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Terry Martin: $12,000
  • Rob Emerson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Keita Nakamura: $5,000


  1. ^ Morgan, Adam (December 4, 2007). "Randy Couture Turns Down Title Defense Against Minotauro Nogueira". Five Ounces of Pain. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Super Bowl Showdown set between Lesnar and Mir". ufc.com. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  3. ^ Stupp, Dan (February 3, 2008). "Nogueira, Sylvia, Lytle and Mir Earn $60,000 UFC 81 “Fight Night” Bonuses". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  4. ^ "FIGHTER SALARY BREAKDOWN FOR UFC 79". ufcdaily.com. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 

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