Lesnar remains champ

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.

Living up to every ounce of hype prior to the bout, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar survived an early onslaught to submit challenger Shane Carwin in the second round with an arm triangle choke. In the opening period Carwin dropped Lesnar with a blasting uppercut and quickly pounced on the champion. For the next three minutes Carwin controlled from the top position and bloodied the champion. In the second round, Lesnar took the tired challenger to the mat and sunk in a tight arm-triangle. The tap came at 2:19.

In what could go down as one of the greatest finishes of the decade Chris “The Crippler” Leben submitted Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama via a tight triangle with only :20 seconds remaining in the fight. At the time of the submission, Leben was considerably behind in the fight.

Welterweight veteran Chris Lytle submitted Matt Brown with a perfectly executed armbar at 2:02 of the second round.

TUF 1 veteran Stephan Bonnar was victorious in a 205 lb. rematch against Krzysztof Soszynski stopping his opponent at 3:08 of the second round with a vicious knee TKO.

Lightweight George Sotiropoulos defeated Kurt “Batman” Pelligrino via unanimous decision. Judges’ scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28.

Heavyweight Brendan Schaub stopped Chris Tuchscherer with one powerful right cross just 1:07 into the first period. Ricardo Romero submitted former Kimbo Slice conqueror Seth Petruzelli with a slick armbar at 3:05 of the second round. Former TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove defeated Goran Reljic via split decision. Scorecards read 29-28 twice and 30-27 in favor of Grove. Middleweight standout Gerald Harris closed the show against Dave Branch with a powerful slam KO in the third and final round. The fight was waved off at 2:35. Daniel Roberts was awarded a split decision over Forrest Petz. Scorecards all read 29-28, twice in favor of Roberts. Heavyweight Jon Madsen won a unanimous decision over Karlos Vemola. All three scorecards read 30-27.

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