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With Vegas still reeling from the horror of last weeks mass murder it needed something to start bringing things back to normal. Enter the UFC. Vegas is the major home to combat sports and there was a question early on if the UFC should even hold 216 here and now. But according to DANA WHITE there was no question about it. However 24 hours before 216 saw somethings shake up. 1st during early weigh-ins it was possible due to a massive weight cut for KEVIN LEE it could lose its main event. After the card Dana insisted he’s not interested in adding just 2 more weight classes that all fighters agree would be beneficial to them. Instead he said; “at the performance institute we teach these guys for free how to do things right, so there’s no excuse to fail”. It lost the NIK LENTZ – WILL BROOKS fight due to Nik having severe diabetic issues and being taken to the hospital. Just 3 hours before the card started it lost the DERRICK LEWIS – FABRICIO WERDUM fight when Derrick back issues popped up and he physically was unable to even get out of bed himself. The UFC then called off the MARK GODBEER – WALT HARRIS fight and rescheduled it as WERDUM vs HARRIS. Mark said he didn’t mind and would have done the same thing had they asked him. Then some least likely things happened…. there were 2 draws. 4 of 5 main card fights ended via submission; 4 of 6 on the under card ended in decisions. All prop bets that coulda made someone rich. Hey, guess anything CAN happen in Vegas.

It was a huge step up for WALT going against one of the best heavyweight submission artists in  WERDUM; especially after training for a striker like Godbeer. Fabricio got a quick takedown and in a scramble locks in an armbar that Harris taps to just 65 seconds into the fight. KALINDRA FARIA was supposed to have her UFC debut vs ANDREA LEE; but she got popped by USADA. Instead her debut would be against another UFC newbie MARA ROMERO BORELLA. Both women were also on 3 fight winning streaks. They came out fast and Borella got a takedown. Getting into top position Mara was landing shots then slid into side control and gained Faria’s back. She put her into a body triangle and locked in a RNC at 2:54 of round 1. It was Mara’s 5th 1st round finish.

BENEIL DARIUSH did damage on EVAN DUNHAM during their 1st round. But pretty much after that it was all Evan. However; going to the scorecards it was ruled a majority draw. CODY STAMANN   cooled off the hot prospect TOM DUQUESNOY; winning by split decision. “GROVY” LANDO VANNATA not only had a point deducted for a knee to a downed fighter; but he’d finish the fight all busted open. But he and BOBBY GREEN spent the majority of 3 rounds acting like rock em sock em robots. PEARL GONZALEZ really couldn’t do much against POLIANA BOTELHO; who was making her UFC debut. Poliana’s takedown defense proved too much to handle as she walked away with a unanimous decision. MATT SCHNELL  beat MARCO BELTRAN  also by unanimous decision.  JOHN MORAGA KO’d MAGOMED BIBULATOV with a stinging left hand that gave him his 1st career loss. BRAD TAVARES beat THALES LEITES via unanimous decision.



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