UFC 91

UFC 91

UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar
A poster or logo for UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date November 15, 2008
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Attendance 14,272 (10,845 paid)[1]
Total gate $4,815,675[2]
Buyrate 1,010,000[3]
Total purse $1,118,000
Event chronology

UFC 90: Silva vs. Côté UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar UFC: Fight for the Troops

UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on November 15, 2008 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4] The main event featured the return of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture versus Brock Lesnar in a title bout.


Preliminary card

Brown defeated Thomas via submission (armbar) at 0:57 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Gonzaga vs. Hendricks fight.
Bocek defeated Robinson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16 of round 3. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Gurgel vs. Riley fight.
Stephens defeated dos Anjos via KO (punch) at :39 of round 3. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Hazelett vs. McCrory fight.
Riley defeated Gurgel via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Lesnar fight.

Main card

Maia defeated Quarry via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of round 1.
Gonzaga defeated Hendricks via KO (punches) at 1:01 of round 1.
Hazelett defeated McCrory via submission (armbar) at 3:59 of round 1.
Florian defeated Stevenson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:03 of round 1.
Lesnar defeated Couture via TKO (punches) at 3:07 of round 2 to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.


Matthew Riddle was forced to withdraw from his bout with Ryan Thomas due to an injury.[5] Matt Brown was his replacement.[6]

Amir Sadollah withdrew from his fight against Nick Catone due to a leg infection. A replacement for Sadollah could not be found, therefore the middleweight bout was scrubbed from the card. A welterweight match between Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory, previously scheduled for the preliminary card, was moved to the main card.[7]

Unlike most UFC fight cards, every bout was aired on the PPV broadcast due to the speed of the main card bouts.

Bonus awards

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[8]


The total payroll for the event was $1,118,000.[9]

Brock Lesnar: $450,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. Randy Couture: $250,000

Kenny Florian: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus) def. Joe Stevenson: $35,000

Dustin Hazelett: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Tamdan McCrory: $10,000

Gabriel Gonzaga: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Josh Hendricks: $8,000

Demian Maia: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Quarry: $25,000

Aaron Riley: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Jorge Gurgel: $10,000

Jeremy Stephens: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Rafael dos Anjos: $4,000

Mark Bocek: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Alvin Robinson: $7,000

Matt Brown $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Thomas: $3,000


External links

  • UFC 91 Event Site
  • UFC 91 Fight Card