“UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II” took place Saturday inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The most anticipated rematch in mixed martial arts history headlined the show. Middleweight king Anderson Silva defended his throne against Chael Sonnen in the night’s featured attraction.
Former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Rafaello Oliveira Defeated Yoislandy Izquierdo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Oliveira is relentless with his takedown attempts. He finally plants Izquierdo on the canvas. Oliveira advances to side control and tries an Americana, but nothing comes of it. Izquierdo scrambles to his feet. Izquierdo tags him with a straight left. Oliveira, 10-9.
2ndRound: Izquierdo is coming with a diversified barrage to start the middle stanza. He’s a tad careless with his attack and Oliveira puts him on his back. Oliveira moves to side control and goes for another Americana. Although he’s in top position, Oliveira is bleeding from his forehead. Time is called to check his cut. Game on, and they resume in the same position. Oliveira is simply smothering him on the floor. Oliveira, 10-9.
3rdRound: Izquierdo’s strikes don’t have the same zip as they did in the last round. Oliveira immediately leads him to the canvas and has four minutes to work. Third verse, same as the first (and second). Oliveira transitions to a mounted crucifix and is dropping short elbows. Oliveira, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.
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Shane Roller Defeated John Alessio Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Roller lands an overhand right, left hook combo to the grill. Alessio takes a thunderous kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Roller misses on a single-leg takedown attempt. Alessio charges forward with a one-two combo. He follows up with a left hook. Alessio has him clinched against the fence. The lightweights exchange leather in the pocket and Alessio drops him just before the horn blares. Alessio, 10-9.
2ndRound: Roller connects on a leg kick and Alessio counters with a vicious body shot. Roller drops for a guillotine choke, but his opponent gets free. He picks Alessio up and slams him to the mat. Roller takes his back and locks in a body triangle with a minute remaining. Alessio is eating some serious shots. Roller, 10-9.
3rdRound: Alessio comes out like a house on fire and clocks him with numerous punches. Roller marches ahead and lands a double-leg takedown. He has four minutes to work. Alessio got to his feet for a moment, but gets taken right back down. Roller transitions to his back and is giving him the business. He tries a rear-naked choke. Roller, 10-9, and rallies to take the scrap, 29-28.
Constantinos Philippou Defeated Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 39-28)
1stRound: After feeling each other out for two minutes, much to the crowd’s dismay, Fukuda drags his opponent to the ground with a single-leg takedown. Philippou gets back up. Philippou scores with some punches. He follows up with a head kick. Philippou, 10-9.
2ndRound: Philippou thwarts a takedown attempt. Fukuda has him clinched against the cage. The Japanese fighter lands some punches as they separate. The crowd is growing restless. Philippou eats him with a one-two combo. Philippou, 10-9.
3rdRound: Not too much action to start the final frame. Philippou connects on a flurry. Crowd rains down boos. Fukuda lands a big body kick, but Philippou takes a finger to the eye at the same time. Time is called. Philippou is in serious pain. Game on. Philippou is pissed and is going for the kill. Philippou, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeated Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Tibau looks considerably larger than his opponent. Nurmagomedov has him clinched against the fence, but can’t secure a takedown. The referee separates them due to inactivity. Nurmagomedov is working hard to a takedown to no avail. Close round to score. Tibau, 10-9.
2ndRound: Tibau clobbers him with a straight left. Nurmagomedov forges ahead, though still can’t land a takedown. The Brazilian now takes Nurmagomedov down for a brief moment. Nurmagomedov has him pressed against the cage, but isn’t doing anything. Nurmagomedov tags him with a one-two just before the horn sounds. Nurmagomedov, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tibau catches a kick and trips him to the mat for a split second. Not too much action in this round, in this fight for that matter. Nurmagomedov clips him with a right hand. This bout is up for grabs… This is going to be close and controversial. Nurmagomedov, 10-9, and may have taken it, 29-28.
Melvin Guillard Defeated Fabricio Camoes Defeated via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Camoes takes him down for a brief moment. Guillard is much more cautious with his attack compared to past fights. He surprisingly decides to put Camoes on his back. Guillard unloads some ground-and-pound. Camoes reverses with a minute to go. The third-degree jiu jitsu ace advances to full guard and lands some shots. Guillard gets free and ends the round in top position. Great back-and-forth action. Close round to score. Guillard, 10-9.
2ndRound: Camoes catches a kick and is working hard for a single-leg takedown. Guillard gets tripped for a brief moment. The crowd starts booing due to inactivity. Camoes plants his opponent on his butt. Guillard scrambles free and takes his back. He’s giving him the business from behind. Guillard dropping big hammer fists. Another close one. Guillard, 10-9.
3rdRound: There’s no definitive winner, yet neither is fighting with a sense of urgency. Not much action from either lightweight. Camoes continues to shoot to no avail. Camoes drops for a knee bar, but runs out of time. It was clear Guillard fought not to lose. This could be interesting. I got Guillard, 10-9, and he wins, 30-37.
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Mike Easton Defeated Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Solid exchange by both bantamweights. Easton connects on a head kick. Heavy shots unleashed from each, but nothing devastating has landed. The crowd is a tad impatient this evening, as they once again greet the athletes with boos when the stanza ends. Easton, 10-9.
2ndRound: A sparring session has broken out and the ticket payers are not too pleased. The most exciting news of the night thus far, LeBron James has taken his talents inside the MGM Grand… Easton, 10-9.
3rdRound: Easton connects on a right hook to the body. Based off this performance, it’s shocking to think Menjivar was in the running to face Urijah Faber for the interim 135-pound crown. Easton secures a takedown and has half the frame to work. Menjivar gets to his feet. Easton, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Chad Mendes Defeated Cody McKenzie via TKO (Punches) at :31 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Mendes catches a kick and clocks him with a vicious body shot. McKenzie immediately folds over and Mendes gives him the business on the mat. Game. Set. Match, Mendes.
Demian Maia Defeated Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Injury) at :47 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Maia immediately gets a hold of Kim and jumps on his back. The Brazilian slams him to the ground and lands in full mount. Maia unloads some punches, but the fight was called before then. It appeared Kim may have broken a rib on the takedown.
Cung Le Defeated Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Le throws him to the mat for a moment, but lets Cote back up. The middleweights exchange body kicks. Cote charges ahead and eats a punch to the back of the head for his troubles. No warning from referee Josh Rosenthal. Le is doing a good job of keeping his opponent at bay with his kicks. Le, 10-9.
2ndRound: Le lands a spinning wheel kick. Cote answers with a flurry, his first points of the tango. Both fighters are cut – Le by his left eye and Cote on the top of his head. Le tags him with a left hook. Le connects on a spinning kick to the midsection. Cote tags him with a one-two combination. Le clobbers him with a right punch-knee combo. Cote is landing solid body shots in the clinch. Tight round to score. Cote, 10-9.
3rdRound: This scrap is up for grabs, at least on my unofficial card. Cote has him clinched against the cage. The Canadian clocks Le with a spinning back fist as they separate. Le appears much more winded of the two. Le throws him to the ground for a split second. Cote tries to return the favor, but gets denied. Le lands some punches to the dome and scores a takedown. That may have won him the contest. Le, 10-9, and takes the scrap, 29-28.
Forrest Griffin Defeated Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Griffin is very generous with his kicking attack in the outset, allowing Ortiz to catch one and take him down. Vintage ground-and-pound from Ortiz. Griffin scrambles free. Griffin lands some punches. Ortiz counters with a head kick. Ortiz goes for a long shot and gets denied. Griffin is the more active fighter. Ortiz gets a last-second takedown. That was a tight one to score. Ortiz, 10-9.
2ndRound: Ortiz looks winded. However, he drops Griffin with a right hand and pounces. Griffin gets to his feet and is swinging for his life. It appears Griffin has recovered, as he has Ortiz clinched against the fence. They are standing in the pocket and exchanging. Griffin lands a left hook. These guys are moving in slo-mo. Ortiz tries another last-second takedown, but eats some hammer fists to the body for his troubles. Griffin, 10-9.
3rdRound: Griffin connects on an uppercut. He’s tenacious with his assault. Ortiz floors him with a right hand, but is too tired to finish. Griffin gets back up for a brief second, though Ortiz takes him down. Griffin momentarily tried a kimura off his back. He fights his way to his feet and has Ortiz clinched against the cage. Ortiz is completely gassed. Ortiz likely did enough to win, 10-9, and ends his career with a W, 29-28.
Griffin bolts to the locker room before the scores are read. UFC president Dana White chases after him and makes him come back.
Anderson Silva Defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO (Punches) at 1:55 in the 2ndRound (Silva retains UFC middleweight title)
1stRound: Yves Lavigne is the third man inside the Octagon. No touch of gloves after introduction. Sonnen plants him on his back within seconds. The challenger is active with his attack, but Silva is doing a good job with avoiding damage. Silva is holding him tight in his half-guard and is trying to get it stood up. Sonnen drops a right bomb. Sonnen advances to full mount with a minute remaining. Sonnen, 10-9.
2ndRound: Sonnen immediately goes for another takedown and has Silva clinched against the fence. Sonnen attempts an arrant spinning back fist and falls to the ground. Silva throws a knee to the body – it looked like it was an illegal shot to Sonnen’s head, but it wasn’t. He’s giving him the business. That’s all she wrote.
Silva shakes hands with Sonnen and asks for Brazilians to show him respect. He invites Sonnen to Brazil for a BBQ. #MediumRare