The battle served as Ferguson’s tenth victory in a row as he took house his first championship within the UFC following a forwards and backwards battle with Lee.
“The Motown Phenom” confirmed up prepared to grab that title after he took Ferguson to the mat within the first spherical, moved into the mount and commenced raining down a barrage of punches and elbows. Sadly for Lee, he was unable to safe the end and that allowed Ferguson to return roaring again.
Following a takedown from Lee within the third spherical, Ferguson confirmed off his slick Brazilian jiu-jitsu by first going for an armbar earlier than transitioning into a phenomenal triangle choke that trapped Lee with no probability to flee. Lee was pressured to faucet out, which meant Ferguson might have fun as he now had UFC gold wrapped round his waist.
Going into the cardboard, fantasy gamers had positioned plenty of religion in Ferguson, with eighty five % choosing him to defeat Lee, which is strictly what he did on Saturday night time. As a result of it was additionally a title battle, the matchup between Ferguson and Lee additionally accounted for a further one hundred fifty factors for the gamers who appropriately predicted the primary occasion.
Within the co-essential occasion, Demetrious Johnson secured his place within the historical past books as he broke the all-time document for title defenses together with his spectacular submission end over Ray Borg. Johnson completed the struggle with an enormous suplex whereas concurrently transitioning into an armbar that pressured Borg to faucet out. With the win, Johnson surpasses Anderson Silva with eleven profitable defenses of the flyweight title.
Johnson was undoubtedly an awesome favourite going into the cardboard, with a whopping ninety four % choosing him to win. As soon as once more, as a result of it was a title battle, a further one hundred fifty factors have been handed out to the gamers who appropriately picked Johnson because the winner.
In a battle of newcomers, Mara Romero Borella acquired her UFC profession off to a very good begin with a fast submission end towards Kalinda Faria in a ladies’s flyweight battle. Borella was truly a slight underdog in accordance with fantasy gamers, with solely forty % choosing her to win, however she was very spectacular in her first look contained in the Octagon.
Maybe in probably the most surprising upset on the complete card, Cody Stamann obtained the nod over extremely touted prospect Tom Duquesnoy in a bantamweight showdown on the UFC 216 prelims. Stamann was solely chosen by 28 % of fantasy gamers with one other seventy one % appropriately predicting that he would win by choice. It was an enormous win for Stamann and in addition for the fantasy gamers who picked him going into UFC 216.
The string of underdog wins continued with Poliana Botelho choosing up a win over Pearl Gonzalez in a strawweight matchup. Botelho was chosen by solely 31 % of fantasy gamers however she additionally earned those that picked her a further forty factors as a result of it was her first time preventing within the UFC.
Talking of upset victories, John Moraga placed on some of the beautiful performances all night time as he flattened flyweight standout Magomed Bibulatov with a crushing first spherical knockout in an early prelim matchup. Moraga was picked by simply 39 % of fantasy gamers as he took out a prospect in Bibulatov, who was lengthy thought-about a prime menace to anybody within the flyweight rankings within the UFC.
Whereas the upsets have been definitely pouring in at UFC 216, Brad Tavares and Matt Schnell obtained the night time began off proper for the favorites as they each received wins within the early prelims. Tavares picked up a victory over Thales Leites with seventy two % of fantasy gamers choosing him whereas Schnell was capable of get his first UFC win over Marco Beltran with sixty three % of gamers choosing him going into the night time.
All advised, by the top of the night time – whereas additionally contemplating two attracts that happened at UFC 216 – 4 favorites got here away victorious whereas 4 underdogs additionally received the job carried out on Saturday night time in Las Vegas.