|UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 15, 2008|
|Venue||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Attendance||14,272 (10,845 paid)|
UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on November 15, 2008 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event featured the return of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture versus Brock Lesnar in a title bout.
- Brown defeated Thomas via submission (armbar) at 0:57 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Gonzaga vs. Hendricks fight.
- Bocek defeated Robinson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16 of round 3. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Gurgel vs. Riley fight.
- Stephens defeated dos Anjos via KO (punch) at :39 of round 3. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Hazelett vs. McCrory fight.
- Riley defeated Gurgel via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Lesnar fight.
- Maia defeated Quarry via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of round 1.
- Heavyweight bout: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks
- Gonzaga defeated Hendricks via KO (punches) at 1:01 of round 1.
- Hazelett defeated McCrory via submission (armbar) at 3:59 of round 1.
- Florian defeated Stevenson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:03 of round 1.
- Lesnar defeated Couture via TKO (punches) at 3:07 of round 2 to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Amir Sadollah withdrew from his fight against Nick Catone due to a leg infection. A replacement for Sadollah could not be found, therefore the middleweight bout was scrubbed from the card. A welterweight match between Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory, previously scheduled for the preliminary card, was moved to the main card.
Unlike most UFC fight cards, every bout was aired on the PPV broadcast due to the speed of the main card bouts.
Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Aaron Riley vs. Jorge Gurgel
- Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens
- Submission of the Night: Dustin Hazelett
The total payroll for the event was $1,118,000.
Brock Lesnar: $450,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. Randy Couture: $250,000
Kenny Florian: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus) def. Joe Stevenson: $35,000
Dustin Hazelett: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Tamdan McCrory: $10,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Josh Hendricks: $8,000
Demian Maia: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Quarry: $25,000
Aaron Riley: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
Jeremy Stephens: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Rafael dos Anjos: $4,000
Mark Bocek: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Alvin Robinson: $7,000
Matt Brown $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Thomas: $3,000
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