UFC 216 broadcast live on pay-per-view Saturday night from Las Vegas, Nevada, with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET.
UFC 216 Main Event
Interim lightweight championship: Tony Ferguson (23-3) def. Kevin Lee (16-3) by submission
Lee found Ferguson’s chin with a nasty right, and Ferguson responded by hurting lee with a vicious counter. Lee shot and took Ferguson down, but Ferguson trapped his arm and had favorable position from the ground. A poke earlier in the first opened a gash on Ferguson’s eye. Lee took mount and pounded away on Ferguson with less than 30 seconds remaining in the round. He got high mount, but Ferguson barely survived the round. Lee landed a strike after the round ended, but did not take a point away.
Ferguson connected on stiff jabs, while Lee focused on kicking away at Ferguson’s ribcage. Ferguson stuffed a takedown attempt and the two settled into their rhythm. Lee attempted a takedown yet again, but Ferguson scrambled out. Ferguson landed a blow after the bell as well on this one, but just narrowly.
Borg came out with an explosive takedown to open the third, but Ferguson escaped. A clearly gassed Lee retreated as Ferguson walked him backwards toward the cage. Lee got the takedown, Ferguson had the armbar and Lee stepped over to escape into guard. Lee couldn’t escape and Ferguson finished him with the triangle choke.
Ferguson’s last loss came in May 2012 in a decision loss to Michael Johnson. Coming into Saturday’s night fight, Ferguson had rattled off nine consecutive wins, with his latest against former champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Lee had five straight wins, with the last three consecutive by submission heading into his main event fight.
We’ll see what Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has to say about this one.
UFC 216 Main Card
Flyweight championship: Demetrious Johnson (27-2) def. Ray Borg (11-3) by submission
Johnson spent most of the first round on top of Borg, effortlessly transitioning and seeking submission attempt one after another.
Borg pressured Johnson early, pushing him back into the cage, faked a flying knee and wrapped him up. Johnson got out of a guillotine choke, then dumped Borg off of his back on a second choke attempt midway through the round.
Johnson continued his dominant ground dismantling of Borg. He worked flawless side control before mounting Borg and taking his back. Borg fought out and had control of Johnson before the end of the round.
Borg landed a physical takedown to start the fourth, but again it was all Johnson, who quickly took control and cut his challenger with a nasty elbow.
Johnson continued his dominant round with a nasty takedown where Borg’s head bounced off the mat.
Borg yet again came out flying to open the round, but Johnson took him down effortlessly. He made one of the most seamless transitions in UFC history to end the bout with a suplex turned into an armbar for the finish.
Johnson’s last loss came in 2011 against Dominick Cruz, by decision. He drew Ian McCall in 2012 and hasn’t looked back, winning 12 consecutive fights as one of the most dominant fighters in UFC history.
Johnson came into the fight tied for the all-time record for title defenses.
After losing his UFC debut, Borg has shown an ability to fight gritty bouts, with five of his seven contests going to a decision. He came into Saturday night’s contest on a two-fight win streak.
Heavyweight division: Fabricio Werdum (22-7) Walt Harris (10-6)
Werdum got the early takedown and went straight to mount, took his back, then transitioned into the armbar and ended it within the first minute.
Harris took a day-of fight against Werdum after Derrick Lewis pulled out of the card due to a back injury.
Werdum came into UFC 216 looking to get back on track after an up-and-down recent tenure. He lost a decision bout to Alistair Overeem in July, won a decision fight against Travis Browne in September 2016 and was knocked out against Stipe Miocic in May 2016.
Harris was impressive to start 2017, with his last two fights ending in TKO and KO, respectively in June and January.
Flyweight division: Mara Romero Borella (14-4) def. Kalindra Faria (18-6-1) by submission
Borella took down Faria early in the bout, stretchered her out, took her back and choked out the favorite in her UFC debut. It was her fifth first-round finish.
Lightweight division: Evan Dunham (18-6-1) vs. Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) ends in majority draw
Dariush cut off the Octagon, landing a couple of left hands, a swift uppercut and some leg kicks. He hurt Dunham with nasty elbows against the cage before taking his back and pounding away. Dunham escaped momentarily, but Dariush maintained top position and continued with brutal elbows. Somehow, Dunham escaped from the ground and got to his feet before the end of the round.
Dariush may have burned himself out trying to finish Dunham in the first round. Dunham registered a takedown early in the round and really put in work attacking his opponent as he tried to even the cards heading into the final round.
Dunham opened the final round with a heavy head kick. He mixed it up with head and body shots, changing levels with fluidity. Dariush tore away at Dunham’s leg, but Dunham fought like he knew he had ground to make up with an aggressive find round.