Monday, September 30, 2019

UFC 126: Spider vs. Phenom

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UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 5, 2011

Anderson Silva retained the UFC middleweight title for the eighth time, beating Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126.

Silva floored “The Phenom” with a front kick, and finished him off with a punch combination at the 3:25 mark.

Former champions collided in the co-main event, as Forrest Griffin won a unanimous decision over Rich “Ace” Franklin.

Jon "Bones" Jones moved into position for a light heavyweight title shot, beating Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke in the second round.

Jake Ellenberger won a strange split decision over Carlos Eduardo Rocha. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Ellenberger, but the other judge thought Rocha won every round.  

Miguel Torres kicked off the pay-per-view with a unanimous decision over Antonio Banuelos. Both fighters were debuting in UFC after the merger with their home promotion, WEC.

On the Spike TV pre-show, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone won his Octagon debut over Paul Kelly. Cerrone used a rear naked choke to win the fight in Round 2.

Chad “Money” Mendes also won his first UFC fight, beating Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson made his UFC debut on the Facebook stream, beating Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto by unanimous decision.

In the early prelims, Paul Taylor knocked out Gabe Reutiger with a head kick in the second round

Mike Pierce also scored a second-round knockout over undefeated UFC newcomer Kenny Robinson. Kyle Kingsbury only needed 21 seconds to beat Ricardo Romero by TKO.

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