The UFC has a new heavyweight champion and he is former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, a man who has only four professional MMA fights during his career.
Lesnar was able to defeat Randy Couture on Saturday night via TKO in the second round. A right hand in the second round that landed square on the side of Randy Couture’s head that put the UFC Hall of Famer down on the mat. Lesnar took advantage of the opportunity and pounced on Couture as he went down, landing a rapid series of hammer fists that forced referee Mario Yamazaki to stop the fight just over midway through the second round.
Up until the right hand, the fight was competitive with Randy Couture landing some good shots in the standup game and even cut him, something that’s never happened to Lesnar in a fight before. Randy was also forcing Lesnar to fight off the cage much like the gameplan he employed against a bigger opponent in Gabriel Gonzaga. Even when Lesnar was able to get Couture to the mat, Couture was able to work his way back to his feet. The 45 year-old champion was a game opponent but in the end it turned out to be the size and the strength of Lesnar that put the champion down.
“Those are some big ass hamhocks comin’ at you, it hard to get out of the way of those,” Couture said to Joe Rogan during the post fight interview. When asked how he felt about the size difference, Couture stated that he felt comfortable with it coming in but that Lesnar was just enormous. “He’s a big sumbitch, that’s just all there is to it, ” Couture remarked to Rogan after the fight.
Brock Lesnar’s record goes to 3-1 and sometime next year he will fight the winner of Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira which takes place at UFC 92 this December.
In the co-main event of the evening, Kenny Florian made short work of Joe Stevenson, submitting him via rear naked choke in the first round. The fight never seemed in question for Florian even when Stevenson was able to take him down early. Florian was able to get back to his feet, clinch with Stevenson and take him down. From there Florian quickly worked to mount, take Stevenson’s back, and sink in a rear naked choke as Stevenson tried to get back to his feet.
Florian earned himself a guaranteed shot at the lightweight title with the victory and called out the current champion, B.J. Penn, in the post fight interview. Florian said that he respects Penn as a master of the game but now it’s time to “kill the master,” as Florian put it.
In other action on the card, Dustin Hazelett continued to look impressive at 170 lbs. by defeating Tamdan McCrory via reverse armbar in the first round. McCrory looked good out of the gates, landing a nice combination against Hazelett and putting him on his back with a takedown. Hazelett’s guard game proved to be too dangerous for McCrory, however, and the Kentucky native was able to work for an omoplata and turned it into a reverse armbar, most likely earning himself Submission of the Night.
Gabriel Gonzaga made very short work of Josh Hendricks, landing a straight right hand that dropped Hendricks to the mat early in the first round. Gonzaga pounced on Hendricks to end the fight, hitting him twice more before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
In the opening bout on the main card, Demia Maia continued to look like a force at middleweight, taking Nate Quarry to the mat early in the fight as a result of some really great work in the whizzer position. Maia was able to pass Quarry’s guard and move easily into the mount. From there he took Quarry’s back and it was only a matter of time until he sank in a rear naked choke to force Quarry to tap.
Below are the full results from tonight’s card:
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas via submission– 0:57, Round 2
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson via submission — 3:16, Round 3
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO –:39, Round 3
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry via submission– 2:13, Round 1
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks via TKO–1:01, Round 1
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory via submission 3:59, Round 1
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson via submission 4:03 Round 1
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture via TKO 3:07 Round 2