UFC 121

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UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
UFC 121 Poster.jpg
The poster 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] The event was notable for the post-fight confrontation between professional wrestler The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar following Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez.[8]


Main Card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez def. Brock Lesnar (c) TKO (punches) 1 4:12 [a]
Welterweight Jake Shields def. Martin Kampmann Decision (split) (28-29, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Diego Sanchez def. Paulo Thiago Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Matt Hamill def. Tito Ortiz Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Brendan Schaub def. Gabriel Gonzaga Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Televised)
Middleweight Court McGee def. Ryan Jensen Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 1:21
Middleweight Tom Lawlor def. Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Daniel Roberts def. Mike Guymon Submission (anaconda choke) 1 1:13
Lightweight Sam Stout def. Paul Taylor Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Chris Camozzi def. Dongi Yang Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Jon Madsen def. Gilbert Yvel TKO (punches) 1 1:48
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship
  2. ^ UFC Welterweight title eliminator only for Shields.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses.[9]

  • 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.[10]

  • 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


See also[edit]