UFC 216 Results: A UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Is Crowned & Does Demetrious Johnson Make UFC History?

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Main Card (10pm EST., Pay-Per-View)

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#2 Tony Ferguson def. #7 Kevin Lee by submission via triangle choke (4:02, R3) to win the UFC Interim Lightweight Title

Demetrious Johnson def. #3 Ray Borg by submission via arm bar (3:15, R5) to retain the UFC Flyweight Title

#2 Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris by submission via arm bar (1:05, R1)

#12 Beneil Dariush fights #14 Evan Dunham to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria by submission via rear naked choke (2:54, R1)

Preliminary Card (8pm EST., FX)

Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Bobby Green fought Lando Vannata to a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)

Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (7pm EST., UFC Fight Pass)

#11 John Moraga def. #15 Magomed Bibulatov by KO via strikes (1:38, R1)

Brad Tavares def. #13 Thales Leites by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)


Round By Round Recap

#13 Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

Round One: The round begins with Leites attacking Tavares with some leg kicks, Tavares tries catching Leites with a few jabs. Tavares starts catching Leites with some leg kicks of his own, Leites catches a swinging Tavares with a counter right. The fighters start exchanging a plethora of kicks, Tavares stuns a clinching Leites with a counter left hook followed by a right. Leites grabs Tavares and he holds him up against the cage wall, Tavares attacks Leites with a few knee strikes. The referee decides the separate the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Tavares jabbing away at Leites. Leites again grabs Tavares and he puts him up against the cage wall, Tavares rocks Leites with a right followed by a flying knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round Two: The round begins with Leites attacking Tavares with some leg kicks, Tavares catches a swinging Leites with a counter right. Tavares starts peppering Leites with a series of jabs, Tavares also cracks Leites with some leg kicks of his own. Tavares and Leites exchange a few kicks to the midsection, Leites scores a takedown and Tavares gets right back up. Leites grabs Tavares and he holds him against the cage wall, Tavares shoves Leites to the ground before separating from him. Leites catches a swinging Tavares with a counter left uppercut, Tavares catches a kicking Leites with a counter right. Leites responds by nailing Tavares with a left hook, Tavares jabs away at Leites as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tavares (Overall Score: 20-18 for Tavares)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters just swinging wildly at each other, Leites grabs Tavares and he holds him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Leites catches Tavares with a few rights, Leites charges forward and swings away at Tavares. Tavares starts jabbing away at Leites to keep him at a distance, Tavares starts wobbling Leites with more leg kicks. Tavares then cracks a swinging Leites with a counter right hook, Tavares follows that up with an overhand right on Leites. Tavares then drops Leites with a leg kick and he allows him to get up, Tavares again drops Leites with leg kicks and he allows him to get up again. Leites grabs Tavares and he holds him against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Tavares nailing a falling Leites with a right as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tavares (Final Score: 30-27 for Tavares)

Official Result: Brad Tavares def. #13 Thales Leites by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

#11 John Moraga vs. #15 Magomed Bibulatov

Round One: The round begins with Moraga attacking Bibulatov with some leg kicks, Bibulatov scores a takedown and Moraga gets right back up. Bibulatov comes forward and he cracks Moraga with a right, Bibulatov starts nailing Moraga with leg kicks of his own. Moraga rocks Bibulatov with an overhand right, Moraga then drops Bibulatov with a left hook and he pounces on him with a few strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #11 John Moraga def. #15 Magomed Bibulatov by KO via strikes (1:38, R1)

Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

Round One: The round begins with Schnell attacking Beltran with some leg kicks, Schnell starts popping Beltran with striking combinations. Beltran then catches Schnell with a front kick to the face, Beltran catches a swinging Schnell with a counter left. Schnell nails a kicking Beltran with a two punch combination, Beltran lands another front kick before Schnell nails him with a multiple punch combination. Schnell follows that up by catching Beltran with a two punch combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Schnell

Round Two: The round begins with Beltran attempting a variety of kicks against Schnell, Beltran comes forward and he swings away at Schnell. Schnell backs up Beltran after attempting a straight right, Beltran starts cracking Schnell with some leg kicks. Schnell continues attacking a kicking Beltran with counter punches, Beltran attempts a flying knee strike against Schnell. Beltran catches Schnell with a kick to the midsection, Schnell continues attacking Beltran with punching combinations. Schnell backs up Beltran with a multiple punch combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Schnell (Overall Score: 20-18 for Schnell)

Round Three: The round begins with Schnell nailing a kicking Beltran with a punching combination, Beltran goes back to attacking Schnell with leg kicks. Schnell briefly put Beltran against the cage wall while looking for a takedown, Schnell accidentally kicks Beltran low and the fight was halted, the fight resumes with Beltran attempting a high kick against Schnell. Beltran catches Schnell with an overhand right before kicking away at him, Beltran then catches Schnell with a left hook. Schnell catches Beltran with a guillotine choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Beltran (Final Score: 29-28 for Schnell)

Official Result: Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho

Round One: The round begins with Gonzalez attacking Botelho with some leg kicks, Gonzalez charges forward and she holds Botelho against the cage wall. Gonzalez starts attacking Botelho with knee strikes to the thighs, Botelho attacks Gonzalez with a few elbow strikes. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Gonzalez again putting Botelho against the cage wall. Gonzalez goes back to attacking Botelho with knee strikes, the fighters continue spinning and battling for position along the cage wall. Botelho lands a few more elbow strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gonzalez

Round Two: The round begins with Botelho nailing Gonzalez with a front kick to the midsection, Botelho follows up by landing a front kick to the face of Gonzalez. Gonzalez grabs Botelho and she holds her against the cage wall, Gonzalez attacks Botelho with a few strikes while in the clinch. Botelho starts nailing Gonzalez with a few knee strikes and elbow strikes, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Botelho catching Gonzalez with a front kick to the midsection, Botelho also starts catching Gonzalez with some leg kicks. Gonzalez grabs Botelho and she holds her against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gonzalez (Overall Score: 20-18 for Gonzalez)

Round Three: The round begins with Gonzalez attacking Botelho with some leg kicks, Gonzalez looks for a takedown as Botelho clocks her with rights and knee strikes. Gonzalez grabs Botelho and she holds her against the cage wall, the fighters exchange some knee strikes while in the clinch. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Gonzalez holding Botelho against the cage wall. Botelho attacks Gonzalez with a lot of strikes while in the clinch, the referee again separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Botelho nailing Gonzalez with a series of kicks, Botelho scores a takedown as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Botelho (Final Score: 29-28 for Gonzalez)

Official Result: Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green

Round One: The round begins with Green jabbing away at Vannata, Vannata comes forward and he nails Green with a few rights. Vannata starts attacking Green with some leg kicks, Green comes forward and he nails Vannata with some lefts. Green holds Vannata against the cage wall while landing a few strikes, Vannata drops Green with a foursome of rights and he pounces on him with a plethora of strikes. Vannata nails Green with an illegal knee strike and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with the referee taking a point from Vannata. The action resumes with Vannata going for a sinning kick against Green, Vannata catches Green in a guillotine choke from out of nowhere and Green escapes after a long struggle. The fighters clinch and they exchange some strikes, the fighters separate and Vannata attacks Green with more leg kicks. Vannata scores a takedown on Green as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 9-9 for Vannata

Round Two: The round begins with Green peppering Vannata with some jabs, Green also catches Vannata with a left hook. Vannata comes forward and he nails Green with punching combinations, Green continues nailing Vannata with lefts. Vannata goes back to attacking Green with some leg kicks, Vannata and Green exchange some striking combinations. Green grabs Vannata and he holds him against the cage wall, Vannata scores a takedown and Green gets right back up. Vannata scores another takedown on Green and he gets back control, Green scrambles at the right time to get the fight standing again. Vannata cracks a swinging Green with a counter right. Vannata charges forward and he assaults Green with a punching combination, Green recovers to nail Vannata with a few knee strikes. Green jabs away at Vannata as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Vannata (Overall Score: 19-18 for Vannata)

Round Three: The round begins with Vannata attempting a spinning back fist against Green, Green comes forward nailing Vannata with a punching combination. Vannata then cracks a kicking Green with a counter right hook, Green keeps Vannata at a distance by throwing jabs. Green holds Vannata against the cage wall while landing strikes, the fighters separate and Vannata lands a punching combo of his own on Green. The fighters just continue getting into striking exchanges, Vannata starts mixing in some kicks in his attack against Green. Vannata scores a takedown and Green gets right back to his feet, Vannata comes forward to catch Green with a few rights. Green rocks Vannata with a multiple punch combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Green (Final Score: 28-28 for Draw)

Official Result: Bobby Green fought Lando Vannata to a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)

Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann

Round One: The round begins with Stamann attempting a spinning head kick against Duquesnoy, Duquesnoy starts attacking Stamann with some leg kicks. Stamann looks for a takedown before nailing Duquesnoy with a few strikes, the fighters exchange a few kicks to the midsection. Duquesnoy then cracks Stamann with a short right hook, Duquesnoy cracks Stamann with a punching combo followed by a standing elbow strike. Duquesnoy then cracks Stamann with a straight left, Stamann scores a takedown on Duquesnoy and he gets the open guard. Duquesnoy scrambles back to his feet before eating a knee strike, Duquesnoy accidentally pokes Stamann in the eye and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with Duquesnoy nailing Stamann with another left, Duquesnoy comes forward and swings away at Stamann as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Duquesnoy

Round Two: The round begins with Stamann attacking Duquesnoy with a few front kicks, Duquesnoy rocks Stamann with a head kick. Stamann starts catching Duquesnoy with a few leg kicks, Stamann continues throwing at an incoming Duquesnoy. Duquesnoy backs up a striking Stamann with a counter right, Stamann scores a takedown on Duquesnoy and he gets the full guard. Stamann starts attacking Duquesnoy with some ground and pound, Duquesnoy scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. Stamann scores another takedown on Duquesnoy and he gets the open guard, Stamann attacks Duquesnoy with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Stamann (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Stamann taking a few swings against Duquesnoy, Duquesnoy then cracks Stamann with a high kick. Stamann also catches Duquesnoy with a series of leg kicks, Duquesnoy catches Stamann with a kick to the midsection. Stamann then cracks Duquesnoy with a few high kicks and a left hook, Duquesnoy follows Stamann around the Octagon and he throws little. Stamann backs up Duquesnoy after attempting a right cross, Duquesnoy scores a takedown on Stamann as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Stamann (Final Score: 29-28 for Stamann)

Official Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

#12 Beneil Dariush vs. #14 Evan Dunham

Round One: The round begins with Dunham cracking Dariush with a two punch combination, Dariush and Dunham just start swinging wildly at each other. Dariush cracks a swinging Dunham with a counter left hook, Dariush nails a swinging Dunham with another counter left. Dariush drops Dunham with a pair of elbow strikes to the head, Dariush gets back control on Dunham while landing more strikes. Dariush postures up and he destroys Dunham with some more strikes, Dariush nails the midsection of a kneeling Dunham with a few knee strikes. Dariush settles in the half guard while assaulting Dunham with more strikes, Dunham scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dariush

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters just swinging away at each other, Dunham scores a takedown on Dariush and he gets the open guard. Dariush looks for a shoulder lock and Dunham escapes to get the fight standing, Dunham grabs Dariush and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Dariush nails Dunham with leg kicks, Dunham goes back to going for the takedown against Dariush. Dariush goes back to attacking Dunham with some leg kicks, Dunham holds Dariush against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dunham (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Dunham attacking Dariush with a high kick, Dunham comes forward and just swings away at Dariush. Dunham cracks a swinging Dariush with a counter left hook, Dariush wins a brief striking exchange against Dunham. Dunham grabs Dariush and he holds him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Dariush goes back to attacking Dunham with leg kicks. The fighters clinch and they exchange a few knee strikes, Dariush then pops a swinging Dunham with a counter left. Dunham comes forward and he swings away at Dariush as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dunham (Final Score: 29-28 for Dunham)

Official Result: #12 Beneil Dariush fights #14 Evan Dunham to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Kalindra Faria vs. Mara Romero Borella

Round One: The round begins with Borella scoring a takedown on Faria and she gets the half guard, Borella transitions to the full mount against Faria. Borella starts attacking Faria with some ground and pound, Borella transitions to back control on Faria. Borella locks in the rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria by submission via rear naked choke (2:54, R1)

#2 Fabricio Werdum vs. Walt Harris

Round One: The round begins with Werdum attacking Harris with a high kick, Werdum scores a takedown on Harris and he gets the half guard. Werdum transitions to the full mount against Harris, Werdum rolls for the arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: #2 Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris by submission via arm bar (1:05, R1)

UFC Flyweight Title Fight: Demetrious Johnson (Champion) vs. #3 Ray Borg

Round One: The round begins with Johnson attacking Borg with some leg kicks, Johnson also attacks Borg with a high kick. Johnson then cracks Borg with a kick to the midsection, Johnson drags Borg to the ground and he gets back control. Borg scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again, Borg goes for the takedown and Johnson blocks it. Johnson gets Borg to the ground again and he gets back control, Johnson transitions to the half guard while landing a few strikes. Johnson transitions to side control against Borg, Borg gets Johnson in his full guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round Two: The round begins with Johnson attacking Borg with some leg kicks, Borg grabs Johnson and he holds him against the cage wall. The fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch, Borg scores a takedown and Johnson gets right back up. Borg drags Johnson back to the ground and Johnson gets back up, Johnson scores a takedown on Borg and he gets the half guard. Johnson starts attacking Borg with some ground and pound, Johnson transitions to back control against Borg. Borg scrambles to his feet while eating some knee strikes, Johnson scores another takedown on Borg and he gets side control. Johnson attacks Borg with strikes before posturing up as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Johnson (Overall Score: 20-18 for Johnson)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging a few kicks, Borg grabs Johnson and he holds him against the cage wall. Johnson scrambles and he gets side control when the fight hits the ground, Johnson transitions to the half guard on Borg while landing knee strikes. Borg eventually traps Johnson in his full guard while eating more strikes, Johnson regains the side control position against Borg. Johnson gains the full mount and then back control on Borg, Johnson scrambles to get the side control position against Borg. Johnson gets up and he scores a takedown on Borg as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Johnson (Overall Score: 30-27 for Johnson)

Round Four: The round begins with Borg scoring a takedown on Johnson and he gets the open guard, Johnson scrambles to his feet and he nails Borg with a knee strike. Johnson gets Borg down before assaulting him with ground and pound, Johnson settles in the half guard of Borg before gaining side control. Borg scrambles to his feet and Johnson attacks him with knee strikes, Johnson scores another takedown on Borg and he gets side control. Borg scrambles to his feet and he clinches with Johnson, Johnson scores another takedown on Borg and he gets side control as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Johnson (Overall Score: 40-36 for Johnson)

Round Five: The round begins with Johnson scoring a takedown on Borg and he gets side control, Johnson transitions to the half guard against Borg. Johnson also attacks a downed Borg with a few knee strikes, Borg scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing. Johnson scores another takedown on Borg and he gets side control, Johnson transitions to the full mount and then back control on Borg. Borg scrambles at Johnson nails him with a knee strike, Borg gets up with Johnson still holding onto him. Johnson catches Borg in a flying arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Demetrious Johnson def. #3 Ray Borg by submission via arm bar (3:15, R5) to retain the UFC Flyweight Title

UFC Interim Lightweight Title Decision Fight: #2 Tony Ferguson vs. #7 Kevin Lee

Round One: The round begins with Lee nailing Ferguson with a head kick, Lee then cracks Ferguson with a straight right. Ferguson starts attacking Lee with some leg kicks, Lee comes forward and swings away at Ferguson with little landing. Ferguson drops a charging Lee with a right after eating a head kick, Lee then catches a swinging Ferguson with a counter right hook. Lee scores a takedown on Ferguson and he gets the full guard, Ferguson goes for an omaplata and Lee escapes to get side control. Ferguson eventually forces lee back into the full guard position, Lee starts attacking Ferguson with ground and pound. Lee regains the side control position against Ferguson, Lee then transitions to the full mount position against Ferguson. Lee attacks Ferguson with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Lee

Round Two: The round begins with Ferguson nailing Lee with an overhand right, Ferguson and Lee start exchanging some kicks. Ferguson and Lee also take turns popping the other with jabs, Ferguson nails Lee with a front kick to the midsection. Lee nails Ferguson with a few kicks to the midsection as well, Ferguson then nails an incoming Lee with a left uppercut. Lee again kicks a swinging Ferguson right in the midsection, Ferguson starts attacking Lee with some leg kicks. Lee continuously catches Ferguson with kicks to the midsection, Ferguson swings away at Lee as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Lee (Overall Score: 20-18 for Lee)

Round Three: The round begins with Lee scoring a takedown on Ferguson and he gets the full guard, Lee starts attacking Ferguson with some ground and pound. Ferguson is able to create space and get the fight standing again, Lee starts attacking Ferguson with a plethora of kicks. Ferguson comes forward and he swings away at Lee, Lee scores another takedown on Ferguson and he gets the full guard. Ferguson rolls for the arm bar and Lee escapes to maintain top position, Ferguson tries attacking Lee with strikes while on his back. Ferguson catches Lee in a triangle choke from out of nowhere and a tap out follows.

Official Result: #2 Tony Ferguson def. #7 Kevin Lee by submission via triangle choke (4:02, R3) to win the UFC Interim Lightweight Title

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