UFC 216: Tony Ferguson wins interim lightweight title, while Demetrious Johnson makes record with 11th straight title defense
UFC 216 was held on Saturday October 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event comprised eleven bouts with two championships featured on the card.
In the main event Tony Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee via the first-round submission. As a result he earned UFC interim lightweight title. The reigning champion in the division is Conor McGregor who took the belt last November in New York.
On the top of the main card Demetrious Johnson made history when he defeated Ray Borg via the fifth-round submission. Johnson became the first fighter in UFC with most title defenses of all time, at eleven.
Before the event, the fight card suffered a change when Derrick Lewis was forced to pull out from his heavyweight bout against Fabricio Werdum due to back pain. The latter remained on the card and defeated Walt Harris, who was previously expected to fight Mark Godbeer on the preliminary card. Godbeer did not compete at the event.
Also on the main card Mara Romera Borello defeated Kalindra Faria via the first-round submission in their women’s flyweight bout. The lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham ended in a majority draw. Complete results can be found below.
UFC 216 results
Main card on Pay-Per-View
Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via third-round submission (R3, 4:02, triangle choke)
Flyweight Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via fifth-round submission (R5, 3:15, armbar)
Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via first-round submission (R1, 1:05, armbar)
Women’s Flyweight Mara Romera Borello def. Kalindra Faria via first-round submission (R1, 2:54, RNC)
Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham ended in majority draw
Preliminary Card on FX
Bantamweight Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Lightweight Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green ended in draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Women’s Strawweight Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Flyweight Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass
Flyweight John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via first-round knockout (1:38)
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)