UFC 81: Breaking Point was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held on February 2, 2008, by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

UFC 81: Breaking Point
UFC 81 Official Promotional Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 81: Breaking Point.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 2, 2008
VenueMandalay Bay Events Center
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Attendance10,583 (7,167 paid)
Total gate$2,437,890
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman UFC 81: Breaking Point UFC 82: Pride of a Champion


The main event featured Tim Sylvia and Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira for the UFC Interim World Heavyweight Championship. UFC Heavyweight champion Randy Couture declined a championship fight with Nogueira,[2] which resulted in the creation of the interim title.

This event also saw the UFC debut of WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.[3]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia Submission (guillotine choke) 3 1:28 [a]
Heavyweight Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar Submission (kneebar) 1 1:30 [b]
Middleweight Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn Submission (guillotine choke) 2 1:37
Middleweight Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:08
Lightweight Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Welterweight Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley KO (punches) 1 0:33
Middleweight Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Tim Boetsch def. David Heath TKO (slam and punches) 1 4:52
Lightweight Rob Emerson def. Keita Nakamura Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Lesnar had 1 point taken away in round 1 for strikes to the back of the head.

Bonus awardsEdit

At the end of this event, $60,000 was awarded to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Report: UFC 81 Registers 650,000 PPV "Buys"". 18 February 2008.
  2. ^ Morgan, Adam (December 4, 2007). "Randy Couture Turns Down Title Defense Against Minotauro Nogueira". Five Ounces of Pain. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  3. ^ "Super Bowl Showdown set between Lesnar and Mir". ufc.com. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  4. ^ Stupp, Dan (February 3, 2008). "Nogueira, Sylvia, Lytle and Mir Earn $60,000 UFC 81 "Fight Night" Bonuses". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02.

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