UFC 81

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UFC 81: Breaking Point
A poster or logo for UFC 81: Breaking Point.
Information
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.

Background[edit]

The main event featured Tim Sylvia and Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira for the UFC Interim World Heavyweight Championship. UFC Heavyweight champion Randy Couture declined a championship fight with Nogueira,[1] which resulted in 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]

Results[edit]

Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia Submission (guillotine choke) 3 1:28 [a]
Heavyweight Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar Submission (kneebar) 1 1:30
Middleweight Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn Submission (guillotine choke) 2 1:37
Middleweight Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:08
Lightweight Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Welterweight Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley KO (punches) 1 0:33 [b]
Light Heavyweight Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Tim Boetsch def. David Heath TKO (throw & punches) 1 4:52 [c]
Lightweight Rob Emerson def. Keita Nakamura Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00 [d]
  1. ^ For the vacant UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Sylvia vs. Nogueira fight.
  3. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Marquardt vs. Horn fight.
  4. ^ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Lytle vs. Bradley fight.


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]

References[edit]

  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. 

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