“UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” took place Saturday night inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Super Bowl XLV’s opening act featured a middleweight title scrap between defending champ Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
After sizing each other up for the better part of the 1stRound, Silva landed a vicious front-kick that instantly dropped Belfort. MMA’s deadliest assassin quickly went in for the kill and dropped a couple of bombs before their championship affair was stopped.
Mike Pierce Defeated Kenny Roberts via TKO (Strikes) at :29 in the 2ndRound
Kyle Kingsbury Defeated Ricardo Romero via TKO (Strikes) at :21 in the 1stRound
Paul Taylor Defeated Gabe Ruediger via KO (Head Kick) at 1:42 in the 2ndRound
Demetrious Johnson Defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad Mendes Defeated Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Donald Cerrone Defeated Paul Kelly via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:48 in the 2ndRound
Miguel Torres Defeated Antonio Banuelos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Jones Defeated Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:20 in the 2ndRound
Forrest Griffin Defeated Rich Franklin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Anderson Silva Defeated Vitor Belfort via KO (Strikes) at 3:25 in the 1stRound (Silva Retains UFC Middleweight Title)
Fight of the Night:
Donald Cerrone and Paul Kelly ($75,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Jon Jones ($75,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Anderson Silva ($75,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 10,893 fans packed the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night, garnering the company a cool $3.6 million at the gate.
White once again reiterated that if welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre beats Jake Shields at UFC 129, he will be Silva’s next opponent.
Silva claimed the middleweight division was his home and didn’t intend on bouncing to the light heavyweight class once GSP arrives.
Belfort came to the presser late, but greeted Silva on his way in. It appears the former amigos have settled their differences.
Jones remained humble in victory and appreciated the opportunity to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his 205-pound crown.
Per Jones, coach Greg Jackson requested “Bones” take some time away from the gym so his body recover. Jones was down for the R&R, but said he will be up to his YouTube-scouting ways ASAP.