UFC 121 Results & Live Play-by-Play

Oct 23, 2010
Sherdog.com will report from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., at approximately 7:20 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of UFC 121, which is headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez.

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Gilbert Yvel vs. Jon Madsen
Round 1
Boos showering the cage as the fighters circle for the first minute. The impatient crowd is soon rewarded with a double-leg takedown and sustained ground and pound from Madsen. Referee "Big" John McCarthy decides Yvel has had enough and steps in at 1:48 of the first round keeping Madsen's perfect ledger clean.

Dongi Yang vs. Chris Camozzi
Round 1
Yang lands a nice lowkick to Camozzi's lead right leg to open the action. Camozzi tries to answer with a kick of his own but Yang catches it and snags double underhooks and plants him to the mat. Yang lands a few decent hammerfists but Camozzi gets to his knees and turns into Yang and takes top position. Yang doesn't allow him to set up for long before getting back to his feet. Camozzi grabs Yang in the Thai clinch and lands some hard knees. Yang answers with a slew of lead left hooks and crosses. Yang lands a particularly hard left cross in the rounds closing seconds and cements the round on the Sherdog card 10-9.

Round 2
Yang rushes forward and cracks Camozzi with yet another left. He then drops down and picks his ankle and sinks him to the floor. He quickly moves to his back but flips over the top when he misses putting in his right hook. Camozzi gets to his feet but Yang is unrelenting and lands a two-piece combo followed by a knee. The pace is slowing considerably but Camozzi still has enough steam to land a hard knee to the body. Camozzi shoots a single and tries to run the pipe but Yang defends and cracks him with right hook at the 10 second warning. Sherdog.com scores the frame 10-9 for Yang.

Round 3
Camozzi comes alive in the third, he absorbs a solid left and answers with a knee-buckling left cross that wobbled Yang. Camozzi launches another barrage that draws blood from the mouth of the Korean. Yang is visibly winded. Yang answers back with another right hook. Yang takes the back clinch and Camozzi escapes after missing on a Kimura. The fighters trade blows -- Camozzi with knees and Yang with right hands -- up to the horn. Sherdog scores the period 10-9 for Camozzi.

The official scores are 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 giving Chris Camozzi the split-decision win.

Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Round 1
Stout lands a booming inside low kick to start off the fight. The clapping sound of the impact echoed in the arena. Taylor answers with a kick of his own but Stout is too fast for him early on. He lands a one-two that backs Taylor to the cage. Taylor begins to find his range with kicks to the body but Stout repeatedly lands a chopping right overhand as Taylor tries to back out. Taylor slips a four-punch combo and hammers Stout with a right hook. Taylor looks to be settling into the fight but Stout hits a double-leg right at the clapper. Sherdog scores the period 10-9 for Taylor.

Round 2
Stout goes back to the inside kicks to Taylor's lead leg to begin the second. Taylor answers with punches and Stout retaliates. This is turning into a bit of a slugfest. Stout throws a three punch combo followed by a digging left hook to the body. Taylor hits him back with a hard right. Stout catches a kick and drops Taylor with a right. The Brit is right back up and catches Stout with another right hand and Stout answers with a right to the body. Taylor misses a pair of weak takedown attempts and eats a weak knee. Taylor lands another flurry of punches and Stout again answers with a one-two as the round ends. Sherdog scores the period 10-9 for Taylor.

Round 3
Taylor opens the scoring in the final stanza with a three-punch combo and a kick to Stout's body. Taylor looks comfortable in the pocket and he keeps landing the better shots here in the third. Nice one-two with a low kick from Taylor. Stout puts Taylor down to a knee with a kick to his legs, Taylor is right back up. He is back on the attack and hammers Stout with a right hand. Stout lands a good left hook and misses on a takedown. Stout blasts him again with another left hook and Taylor's feeble takedown leaves him on the floor with Stout trying to punch at the final horn. Sherdog scores it 10-9 for Taylor.

The official scores read 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27, giving Stout a split decision win and the crowd reason to boo the judges for a second consecutive fight.

Michael Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts
Round 1
Roberts blasts Guymon with a hard low kick in the initial exchange. Guymon tries to walk him down but gets tripped up on his way in and Roberts attacks with a four-punch combo before locking on a guillotine. He transitions to the anaconda and rolls Guymon over to finish the submission. Guymon taps at 1:13 giving Roberts his second UFC win.

Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Round 1
Lawlor comes out aggressive immediately, using his jab and bullying Cote against the cage. Lawlor is peppering his knee into Cote's quad. Lawlor drops for a double and finishes it. Cote wraps up a closed guard. Lawlor stays busy from top position, and Cote is offering nothing in the way of a submission attempt. Lawlor passes to side control, but Cote manages to recover half guard. Lawlor is pressing the French Canadian up against the fence, and now he's looking for an arm triangle. He locks it up, but Cote rolls away from the pressure, giving up his back. Lawlor tries for the rear naked choke to end the round, but Cote shucks him off. After the round ends, video replay shows that Cote illegally used the fence to escape the arm triangle.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lawlor
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lawlor
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Lawlor

Round 2
After a short feeling out process to start the second frame, Lawlor again rushes forward, pressing his opponent against the fence. Cote is looking for an arm-in guillotine that eventually turns into a whizzer after the choke fails. Lawlor executes a takedown, and Cote is looking to hit a switch of his butt. Lawlor is having none of it, however, as he maintains top control from Cote's guard. Cote scrambles to his feet and tries for some uppercuts as he's in Lawlor's Thai plum, but Lawlor drops levels and finishes a double. Cote is looking for a kimura from half guard, but it's a futile attempt. After some repetitive ground and pound, referee John McCarthy stands the men up. Lawlor lands a nice counter right hook to end the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lawlor
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lawlor
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Lawlor

Round 3
Lawlor engages Cote briefly on the feet before executing a nice double leg. Lawlor passes to side control, again looking for an arm triangle. Cote recovers half guard. McCarthy repeatedly warns Lawlor about blows to the back of Cote's head. Lawlor passes to mount, but Cote recovers half guard before any damage is done. “The Filthy Mauler” is living up to his name, finding a home for his punches on the ground. Cote bucks his hips and nearly escapes to his feet, but Lawlor falls on top of him, recovering top position. Big John again stands the pair up. Lawlor again hits a double leg, passing immediately to half guard. Lawlor is in cruise control, and Cote has no answer for Lawlor's grappling superiority.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lawlor (30-27 Lawlor)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lawlor (30-27 Lawlor)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Lawlor (30-26 Lawlor)

Official scores: 30-27 across the board for Tom Lawlor, the winner by unanimous decision.

Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Round 1
The fighters touch gloves to start, and Jensen throws a one two. McGee counters with a nice straight right hand. Jensen drops McGee with a sharp left jab, but McGee springs right back up. Jensen clinches and executes a beautiful outside leg trip, passing to half guard. McGee is struggling to his feet, but Jensen lands several knees and punches on his way up. Both men are now back on their feet, and Jensen throws a hard high kick that McGee blocks. That looked painful. Jensen lands an overhand right. McGee answers back with a straight right, but he looks stiff on his feet. Jensen lands another hard right hand, but McGee is hanging in there. McGee ducks another deadly high kick from. McGee sneaks a straight right hand in between Jensen's guard, but Jensen is throwing with much more power.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Jensen
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jensen
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jensen

Round 2
The pair again touch gloves in round two. Both men trade leg kicks and wing punches from the outside. McGee lands a sharp right straight to the body. Jensen is looking a bit ragged now, and he's throwing a lot of power into his strikes. McGee lands a beautiful right hook that wobbles Jensen. Jensen tries for a takedown, but McGee throws him off. Jensen is breathing heavy now, and his nose is bloody. He almost executes an incredible throw, but McGee manages to keep his balance and recover. Both men are landing shots on their feet. McGee is just a hair quicker in this second round, but Jensen is still dangerous with his back to the fence. McGee lands a pretty overhand right. Jensen finds a home for his left hook and executes a body-lock takedown, landing in side control to end the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 McGee
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 McGee
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 McGee

Round 3
McGee looks like a totally different fighter now. He lands a sweet left hook and follows it up, picking Jensen up and slamming him near the fence. McGee passes to mount and is dropping some serious elbows now. Jensen attempts a hip escape, but McGee denies him. McGee is looking for an arm triangle, and Jensen taps to the choke at 1:21 of round three.

Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Round 1
Referee Jason Herzog officiates the first bout of the main card. The heavyweights touch gloves and Gonzaga takes the center as Schaub circles outside. Overhand right and leg kick land for Schaub, and Gonzaga connects with a hard low kick of his own. Schaub looking to establish his left jab, catches the leg of Gonzaga on a kick and hits the Brazilian with a hard right hand over the top. Quick one-twos from Schaub are keeping Gonzaga at bay, though they’re not all landing flush. Left high kick from Gonzaga is blocked, but he lands the follow-up right low kick. Gonzaga looking very tentative, finally comes inside with a combo and gets rocked by a counter from Schaub, who starts to tee off and drops Gonzaga in the final seconds of the round.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Schaub
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Schaub
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Schaub

Round 2
Gonzaga comes out lobbing outside low kicks at the left leg of Schaub, who’s still pumping his left jab into “Napao’s” face at will. A pair of lefts and right land for Schaub and send Gonzaga backward. Schaub ties up with Gonzaga and lands a few short-range uppercuts, misses on the exit knee. Gonzaga mounting little in the way of offense in the final minute as Schaub lands single shots.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Schaub
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Schaub
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Schaub

Round 3
Gonzaga shoots, but Schaub sprawls well and stays vertical. More left jabs from Schaub, who’s busily circling as Gonzaga remains an easy target in the center of the cage. Gonzaga lands a single leg kick, and then tries for a head kick, but it’s blocked. Inside thigh kick from Gonzaga appears to catch Schaub low, but “The Hybrid” waves it off. Schaub still looking fresh with 90 seconds left in the bout, but doesn’t seem to be looking for the kill. Gonzaga trying to come forward, but Schaub’s on his bike and keeping the Brazilian at range. Schaub shoots in the waning moments, Gonzaga sprawls, and nearly sinks in a rear-naked choke at the buzzer, but it’s too late.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10 (30-28 Schaub)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Schaub (30-27 Schaub)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Schaub (30-27 Schaub)

Official scores: 30-27 across the board for Brendan Schaub, the winner by unanimous decision.

Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Round 1
Right off the bat, Ortiz lands a left head kick to the jaw of a ducking Hamill. He tries another kick, which is caught by Hamill, and Ortiz is dragged down. The veteran pops back up to his feet, but he’s now sporting a small cut on the right side of his head. Again, Ortiz goes high with the left kick, then switches up with an inside leg kick. Ortiz comes forward with a one-two and lands the left, then follows up with a kick inside. Ortiz parlays a missed spinning back fist into a combination. Hamill keeping his hands low as Ortiz puts his left jab in his face. The buzzer sounds and Hamill tags Ortiz with a punch, just a second late. Ortiz sporting a cut or mouse under his right eye at the end of the round.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hamill
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Ortiz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Ortiz

Round 2
The men trade leg kicks, Hamill lands a right, and Ortiz counters with a left to the body. Head kick by Hamill, then a few to the legs. Ortiz goes low for a single-leg, which is easily shirked by Hamill. They clinch briefly and Tito lands a solid knee to the body. Hamill feints a right over the top, then digs one to Ortiz’s body, which Tito answers with one to Hamill’s ribs. Right hand from Ortiz has Hamill going backward, and Ortiz rushes him into the fence with a jump knee. They circle out and Hamill easily takes Ortiz down in the center of the cage. Hamill lands a few elbows working from Ortiz’s closed guard as the former champ throws his legs up, angling for a submission. A few short, hard left hands from “The Hammer,” and Ortiz rolls for a leg. Hamill extracts his appendage and passes to Ortiz’s left, and begins looking to isolate Tito’s arm for a crucifix. Ortiz puts Hamill back in half-guard as the round ends.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hamill
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hamill
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hamill

Round 3
Hamill opens the final round with a jab-uppercut combo. Ortiz lands a right, then a left round kick to the body. Hamill double-pumps his left jab into Ortiz’s face, and begins landing that punch with great frequency, another four or five times. Ortiz lands a slow-but-solid kick to the midsection, shoots in and is sprawled on by Hamill. Two minutes left and the fight looks to be up for grabs still. Ortiz swarms with a four-punch combo, and Hamill responds by plowing him into the mat. The wrestler works from half-guard, trying to pass to Ortiz’s right. With a minute left, Hamill starts to go wild with punches and elbows from the top. Ortiz tries to escape, but Hamill grabs a loose guillotine, and that’s where it ends.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hamill (30-27 Hamill)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hamill (29-28 Hamill)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hamill (29-28 Hamill)

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for Matt Hamill, winner by unanimous decision.

Paulo Thiago vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1
Jason Herzog back in the cage to referee this welterweight contest. Sanchez lobbing combinations at Thiago to open, but it’s Thiago stalking forward from the center of the cage. The Brazilian slips a punch and pops Sanchez with a left, prompting Sanchez to shoot. Thiago stuffs it and backs Sanchez into the fence, looking for a trip. Sanchez changes levels, can’t get Thiago down, and eats a knee from Paulo on the way back up. They disengage and Sanchez goes back to winging combos from out of range as Thiago wades in. Thiago gets double underhooks and trips Sanchez down, now working from Sanchez’s half-guard. Thiago tries to lock up a brabo choke from half-guard, can’t finish it, and Sanchez gets to his feet. Sanchez swinging wild combos at Thiago, backing him into the fence. Thiago snakes an arm around the neck of Sanchez as Diego goes for a leg, but both men relent and the round expires.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Thiago
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Thiago
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thiago

Round 2
Thiago sends Sanchez backward into the fence with a straight left, the swarms with a nice six-punch combo. In a scramble, Sanchez winds up in mount, but Thiago squeaks out and stuffs “The Nightmare” back to half-guard. Thiago looking to isolate Sanchez’s left arm, but Sanchez frees the limb. Thiago hits Sanchez in the back of the head with an elbow, and Sanchez looks to be hurt by it, but referee Herzog quickly restarts them. Thiago looks to have good position for a kimura, but Sanchez stands and gets free. He dives back into Thiago’s guard, but Thiago executes a tremendous elevator sweep to get to his feet. Sanchez lifts Thiago up and runs about 10 paces, screaming, before slamming Thiago to the mat. Sanchez pounding Thiago with punches against the fence as he tries to take the back of the Brazilian. He gets the desired position, but rides too high and slips off. Back on the feet, Thiago connects with a few solid punches just as time runs out.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sanchez
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sanchez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sanchez

Round 3
Thiago, sporting cuts under both eyes, comes out sucking wind and immediately looks to trip Sanchez down. Sanchez comes out on top, and works to pass to Thiago’s left. Again, Thiago tries the kimura on Sanchez’s right arm, and again Sanchez muscles free. Sanchez hops on a rolling Thiago’s back, locks up a body triangle and begins looking for a rear-naked choke. Now, Sanchez softens him up with some punches from back mount, and Thiago rolls to his side. Sanchez takes full mount on top, and Thiago gives up his back again. Sanchez falls off, Thiago stands and falls to his back, then catches a charging Sanchez with a hard upkick. Sanchez stays with it and into Thiago’s half-guard. Brief leglock attempt from Thiago, but it’s easily shaken by Sanchez. Thiago catches another Brabo choke in a scramble. Sanchez gets free and winds up on top with 30 seconds remaining, stacking Thiago up and teeing off with ground-and-pound to the final buzzer.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sanchez (29-28 Sanchez)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sanchez (29-28 Sanchez)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sanchez (29-28 Sanchez)

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 30-26 for the winner by unanimous decision, Diego Sanchez.

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Round 1
“Big” John McCarthy referees the evening’s co-main event. Shields wades in and immediately puts Kampmann’s back to the fence, and then drags the Dane down in the middle of the cage. Shields briefly passes to the side, but Kampmann does well to control Shields’ upper body and put the former Strikeforce champ back in half-guard. Shields flattens Kampmann out, extracts his left leg and hops into mount. Kampmann bucks loose and backs into the fence as Shields immediately looks for another takedown. Shields doggedly going after the leg of Kampmann, can’t find the takedown and resolves to clinching along the fence with over-unders. They break and Shields begins putting his left jab in Kampmann’s face, following up with inside leg kicks. Shields shoots, Kampmann sprawls well, and they resume striking. Shields ends the round looking for another takedown.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Shields
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Shields
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Shields

Round 2
Kampmann landing pattering combinations to open, then throws a leg kick which is checked. Shields changes levels and Kampmann sprawls. Shields tries to bully Kampmann against the cage, and Kampmann brings Shields to his knees with a hard knee. Kampmann snares what looks to be a tight guillotine, but Shields is unperturbed and presses forward. Kampmann pops back to his feet, lands some knees to the body from the Thai plum which cause Shields -- now bleeding from his nose -- to give an exasperated glance at the clock. Shields gets Kampmann down, while being warned by McCarthy not to grab his opponent’s shorts, and takes mount. Kampmann stuffs him back, Shields mounts again, and once more Kampmann bucks free. Back on the feet, they clinch against the cage and “Big John” restarts them. As the round ends, McCarthy warns Shields that he’ll deduct a point next time he grabs Kampmann’s trunks.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Kampmann
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kampmann
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kampmann

Round 3
Shields lobs a few kicks to the legs and body before shooting for a single-leg, which Kampmann stuffs with ease. They repeat the sequence twice more, and Shields winds up turtling as Kampmann lands elbows and knees to his side. Kampmann looks for a Brabo choke, but quickly releases it, opting to elbow the tired Shields on the ground. Kampmann tries the choke again and gets swept for his trouble. Shields passes to Kampmann’s left side and Kampmann rolls, giving up his back. Shields locks up a body triangle as Kampmann tries to stand. Shields trying to soften Kampmann up for the rear-naked choke to the final buzzer.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Shields (29-28 Shields)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-10 (28-28 Draw)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Shields (29-28 Shields)

Official scores:
29-28 Shields
29-28 Kampmann
30-27 Shields

Jake Shields takes the split decision in his UFC debut.

Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Round 1
Veteran ref Herb Dean oversees this heavyweight title bout. No touch of gloves as Lesnar rushes Velasquez immediately and ties up. The men trade knees and Velasquez lands a few punches before Lesnar drives him down. Cain quickly back to his feet and Lesnar presses him into the fence. Lesnar holding onto a high grip on both of Velasquez legs as Cain widens his base. Lesnar dumps him to the mat, and again Cain’s back up quickly. Velasquez shoots a single, and Lesnar turns over. Velasquez rides on the side, landing a group of solid punches to the head before Lesnar gets back up. The champion is stumbling and falling all over the cage, either injured or off-balance. Velasquez lands a knee to the body and Lesnar is definitely hurt this time. Cain pounces, hammering away at Lesnar from half-guard with punches and elbows. Still 90 seconds left in the round and Velasquez pounds away with his knee on Lesnar’s belly. Brock gets back to his feet briefly, his face now covered in blood, and Cain gets him back down. Lesnar turtles, Velasquez unloads with a few more hammerfists and Herb Dean steps in to wave it off. At 4:12 of the first round, Cain Velasquez is your new UFC heavyweight champion.
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