“UFC 112: Invincible” took place Saturday night at the Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately for the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, they hosted their second consecutive disappointing pay-per-view broadcast.
The UFC was expecting big things for their Middle East debut, but unfortunately the card’s headliners once again failed to deliver the spectacular performances fans have grown accustomed to.
Although he fought valiantly, BJ Penn appeared overwhelmed by Frankie Edgar’s speed. The Jersey Boy pulled off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history with a unanimous decision win to capture the lightweight crown.
Despite Edgar’s spectacular performance, it was middleweight king Anderson Silva that stole the headlines with his antics inside the Octagon.
For his third straight title defense, the best 185-pounder on the planet appeared more interested in showboating than elbowing. Silva taunted and teased Demian Maia throughout the 5Rounds more than he bumped and bruised him.
After calling Maia out in the opening rounds for not engaging, Silva spent the championship rounds circling the Octagon and refusing to throw. Not only did this enrage fans, who booed Silva for much of the final round, but UFC president Dana White went ballistic as he witnessed Silva’s sideshow act.
The outspoken promoter was so upset, he slammed the middleweight belt to the ground and stormed off backstage before the start of the 5thRound.
Silva took home a unanimous decision victory and apologized for his behavior after the disappointing contest, only to take it back during the post-fight press conference.
Jon Madsen Defeated Mostapha Al Turk via Unanimous Decision (29-28 – All Three Judges)
Paul Kelly Defeated Matt Veach via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:41 in the 2ndRound
DaMarques Johnson Defeated Brad Blackburn via TKO (Strikes) at 2:08 in the 3rdRound
Rick Story Defeated Nick Osipczak via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
John Gunderson (154) vs. Paul Taylor (155)*
Phil Davis Defeated Alexander Gustafsson via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 4:55 in the 1stRound
Mark Munoz Defeated Kendall Grove via TKO (Strikes) at 2:50 in the 2ndRound
Rafael dos Anjos Defeated Terry Etim via Submission (Armbar) at 4:30 in the 2ndRound
Matt Hughes Defeated Renzo Gracie via TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 in the 3rdRound
Frankie Edgar Defeated BJ Penn Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 49-46) (Edgar new UFC Lightweight Champion)
Anderson Silva Defeated Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision (Silva remains UFC Middleweight Champion)
* – The bout is a last-minute scratch because Taylor couldn’t receive medical clearance following weight cut.
Fight of the Night:
Mark Munoz & Kendall Grove ($75,000/each)
Knockout of the Night:
DaMarques Johnson ($75,000)
Submission of the Night:
Rafael dos Anjos ($75,000)
UFC President Dana White:
Dana is very upset. Confirms he left early because it was an embarrassment.
“I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”
“If you’re THAT talented, be Mike Tyson. Go in there and finish.”
“To end it the way that we did was an embarrassment for me, the UFC and the Fertittas.”
“I will, I don’t know how yet, but I will make this up to the fans.”
Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre:
“I don’t want to see GSP vs. Silva after tonight. Silva might be the first champion fighting on a prelim. I don’t want to see that [expletive].”
“I came here to punish him.”
“Unfortunately, not every fight turned out the way everyone would like. Demian disrespected me, not as a person, but as a fighter.”
“Basically, I’m not too sure what school Demian came from. I sent a message because he disrespected me morally by the things that he said. I’m a black belt, and would never say the things that he said.”
“I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology right now. Sometimes fights turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad.”
“My goal in the fight was to finish the fight if I had the opportunity to … I wanted to come in to make a point.”
“The way I feel is my mission was completed. I came in and dominated the fight.”