Ferguson Submits Lee, Johnson Makes History

 

UFC 216 featured two title fights with high stakes, and each bout delivered a stunning submission finish.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson weathered the early storm from Kevin Lee to submit the ‘Motown Phenom’ in the third round with a triangle choke.

Lee had success in the first round, mounting Ferguson and raining down hard shots before the bell ended the onslaught. But the 24-year-old began to fade in the following two rounds, and in the third he found himself resting in Ferguson’s guard and finding himself in a tight triangle.

Ferguson is now the interim lightweight champion, and he made sure to let Conor McGregor know what fight he wants next:

In the co-main event, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson put on yet another masterclass performance. For five rounds he dominated Ray Borg, and in the final frame he put the icing on the cake of a history-making performance. Johnson threw Borg to the mat and simultaneously locked onto an armbar, forcing the already-beaten Borg to tap after valiantly attempting to get out of the submission.

With this victory, Johnson has secured his 11th consecutive title defense as flyweight champion. That breaks the record previously held by Anderson Silva, furthering Johnson’s claim as the potential greatest mixed-martial-artist of all time.

UFC 216 results

Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via submission (triangle, Rd 3)

Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via submission (armbar, Rd 5)

Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via submission (armbar, Rd 1)

Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria via submission (rear-naked choke, Rd 1)

Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham ends in a majority draw

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