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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 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 WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.[2]


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 (ankle lock 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 (slam and 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]


  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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