“UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” took place Saturday night inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The extravaganza featured a middleweight title bout between champ Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. A light heavyweight affair between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin served as the card’s co-main event.
Here are the official results from tonight’s action:
Yves Jabouin Defeated Ian Loveland via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: The crowd ERUPTS as the first fight starts. Fast and furious pace to start the scrap, but not much landing for either. Loveland secures a takedown in center of cage. Time is called to check the tape on Loveland’s left glove. The action continues on the feet even though Loveland was active on the ground. Jabouin rocks him with a big right and pounces with a flying knee. Tough round to score, Jabouin 10-9.
2ndRound: Loveland immediately takes him down, but Jabouin reverses and is now on top. Jabouin connects on a spinning back kick, and another one that lands below the belt. The fight resumes. Jabouin tags him with a spinning back fist. Jabouin hits him in the stomach and gets a takedown as the horn sounds. Jabouin, 10-9.
3rdRound: The final stanza is similar to the 1stRound, not much landing for either. Jabouin gets his takedown stuffed, as does Loveland. Half the round left and the fight is up for grabs. Jabouin gets a leg kick and follows up with a side kick and another spinning back kick. Jabouin almost secures a takdown. Anticlimactic end to a relatively exciting contest. Jabouin, 10-9, 30-27 on our cards.
Yuri Alcantara Defeated Felipe Arantes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Alcantara comes out firing, landing some shots in the clinch. Arantes counters with a spinning back kick. Alcantara hits him with a kick to the body and takes him down. Alcantara tags him with a left elbow and cuts his opponent over his right eye while in the half-guard. They get stood up. Alcantara, 10-9.
2ndRound: Alcantara secures a takedown a minute into the round and advances to side control shortly after. He now transitions to full mount. They get stood up. Arantes finally scores with a knee to the midsection, but he gets taken down for his efforts. Alcantara, 10-9.
3rdRound: Arantes tries a head kick, but Alcantara catches it and gets him down and takes his back. Arantes quickly reverses. They get stood up and Alcantara instantly plants him on his back. Interesting decisions by referee Mario Yamasaki to stand these guys up on multiple occasions, despite their activity on the canvas. Arantes, 10-9, but Alcantara takes it 29-28 on our cards.
Erick Silva Defeated Luis Ramos via TKO (Strikes) at :40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Silva drops him with a vicious right and pounces. He unleashes numerous shots on the ground. It’s over. Ramos made it seem like he was ok to continue, but referee Herb Dean had already stepped in. A lot of hype surrounding Silva and he lived up to it tonight.
Raphael Assuncao Defeated Johnny Eduardo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Eduardo eats a one-two combo after landing a leg kick. Assuncao completes a single-leg takedown. Assuncao connects on a couple of elbows on the ground. They get stood up. Assuncao, 10-9.
2ndRound: Neither fighter secured a solid takedown, but there were good transitions on the ground. Eduardo finding a home for his leg kicks. Assuncao catches him with a straight right. Close round to score with a minute left. Assuncao gets him down and takes his back, but not enough time for a rear-naked. Assuncao, 10-9.
3rdRound: Not too much action in the final round. Eduardo tries for a leg lock, but nothing comes of it. Assuncao, 10-9 and takes the fight 30-27.
Paulo Thiago Defeated David Mitchell via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Thiago tags him with a leg kick and gets a takedown. He immediately moves to side control. They are back standing. Thiago scores with a spinning back kick. Thiago takes his back and slams him to the canvas. He’s working from side control again. Thiago, 10-9.
2ndRound: Thiago takes him down and quickly advances to side control. He lets him back up. Thiago gets him down but allows him back up again. Thiago plants him on the mat again and lands in side control. Mitchell gets warned for elbows to the back of the head. Thiago, 10-9.
3rdRound: Thiago starting to turn up the heat, but nothing too damaging lands. As I write that, he connects on a big left and right hook combo. Mitchell gets put on his back again. Thiago tags him with three straight punches to the face. Thiago takes his back and almost had a rear-naked as the horn blares. Thiago, 10-9, 30-27.
Rousimar Palhares Defeated Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)
1stRound: Miller takes him down and Palhares instantly goes for an omoplata. Miller escapes and they are back standing. Palhares drops him with a front kick to the face, but Miller recovers and ends up in top position. Palhares floors Miller with a head kick and pounces. He unleashes countless bombs and Palhares stops the fight HIMSELF and starts celebrating – he climbed on the cage and everything. The fight was never called by referee Herb Dean. The scrap resumes and Miller drops Palhares with a right as the round ends. What was Palhares thinking??? Palhares, 10-9.
2ndRound: Palhares picks Miller up and slams him to the mat. Miller attempts a triangle choke, but nothing comes of hit. Palhares is unloading big shots on Miller. The Brazilian has been warned multiple times to not grab the fence for leverage, but he’s still doing it. No point deducted yet. Most exciting scrap of the night thus far. Palhares is simply nailing Miller on the ground. Miller’s left eye is bloodied and battered. Palhares, 10-9.
3rdRound: Oddly, Miller appears more fresh than Palhares. Simply a kickboxing session to end the fight, and neither has landed anything significant. Palhares, 10-9, 30-27 sweep.
Thiago Tavares Defeated Spencer Fisher via TKO (Strikes) at 2:51 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Tavares gets a takedown just moments into the fight. Not much activity, so the fight gets stood up. Not the most thrilling contest to watch, especially what took place between Palhares and Miller. Tavares, 10-9.
2ndRound: Tavares takes the veteran down immediately and jumps on his back. He’s unloading bombs and the fight is called.
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Stanislav Nedkov Defeated Luiz Cane via TKO (Strikes) at 4:13 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Nedkov pushing forward and landing a couple shots, but nothing too devastating. Nedkov tags him with an overhand right. Nedkov misses with another overhand right attempt and Cane punishes him. Nedkov stuns him with a left-right combo and pounces. He’s laying the lumber and the fight is called.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Defeated Brendan Schaub via TKO (Strikes) at 3:09 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Schaub connects on an uppercut in the clinch and looks sharp on his feet early on. Nogueira goes for a takedown, but gets fended off. Big Nog lands a nice one-two combo, but Schaub counters with another uppercut. Nogueira stuns him with another one-two combo and drops Schaub. He goes in for the kill. Game. Set. Match, Nogueira. It was as though Schaub didn’t respect his hands because he didn’t try to block any punches.
Edson Barboza Defeated Ross Pearson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Pearson tags him with a body shot and Barboza counters with a right. Barboza lands a spinning back kick. Pearson stuns him with a left hook. Exciting kickboxing battle in the first five minutes. Solid body shot by Pearson. Tough to score, Pearson 10-9.
2ndRound: Barboza caught a kick and floors him with a right. Pearson survives, although is still dazed. Pearson dives in for a shot, but gets stuffed. Barboza scores on another spinning back kick. Pearson has been pushing the pace for much of the fight. Another tough stanza to score. Barboza, 10-9 because he dropped him early.
3rdRound: Pearson continues to take the center of the cage. Barboza just misses with a flying knee. Pearson charges forward and hits him with a left, but can’t get the takedown. A large bulge is forming above Pearson’s left eye. One minute to go and the fight is up for grabs. Barboza gets him with a one-two combo and cuts the Brit. That brief flurry may have won him the round and fight. Barboza, 10-9.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Defeated Forrest Griffin via KO (Strikes) at 1:53 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Shogun looking sharp with his standup early and tags him with a right. Griffin is dazed and drops to the canvas. Shogun smells blood and pounces. It’s a wrap. The fight should have been ruled as a TKO, but KO is the final verdict.
Anderson Silva Defeated Yushin Okami via TKO (Strikes) at 2:04 in the 2ndRound (Silva retains UFC Middleweight Title)
1stRound: Not much action in the first three minutes. Silva switching between southpaw and regular stance. Okami has him tied up against the cage, trying to get his dirty boxing on. Okami lets him free and Silva tags him with several unanswered left jabs. Silva kicks him in the head as the horn sounds, likely winning him the round. Silva, 10-9
2ndRound: Silva bringing the heat to start the round. He drops Okami with a flash right and lets him back up. Silva drops his hands trying to goad his opponent into a shootout. Silva floors Okami again with a right and attacks this time. It’s over.