“UFC 126: Silva Vs. Belfort” Results

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Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts by Mark Wayne of FightLine.com. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.

PRELIMINARY CARD
Mike Pierce defeated Kenny Robertson via TKO at 0:29 of Round 2.

Kyle Kingsbury defeated Ricardo Romero via TKO at 0:21 of Round 1.

Paul Taylor defeated Gabe Ruediger via KO at 1:42 of Round 2.

PRELIMINARY CARD (FACEBOOK)

Demetrious Johnson defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

PRELIMINARY CARD (SPIKE TV)

Chad Mendes defeated Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Donald Cerrone defeated Paul Kelly via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:48 of Round 2.

MAIN CARD

Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos

Round 1: Torres skeeps his left hand outstretched as a probe, his reach advantage is apparrent. He lands with a nice flicking jab. Banuelos misses on two combinations. Torres using his reach well, keeping Banuelos at bay with a measured attack. Double hab scores for Torres. Banuelos missing on the return. Torres showing a brilliant jab so far tonight. Torres feinting, looking to confuse Banuelos, who barely misses with two power shots. Banuelos misses a turning side kick. The round closes as Torres lands a jab.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Round 2: Banuelos with a pair of low inside kicks. Torres goes high with a kick that is partially blocked. Banuelos barely misses on another nice right counter. Torreswith a one-two and a low kick that hits Banuelos where it hurts. They restart quickly. Torres pecking away with the jab, keeping his hand low and his shoulder high. He misses with a jumping front kick. Rogan comments on the lack of excitement in the fight, the crowd boos. They trade punches in the pocket briefly. Very little action as the round goes on, Torres just keeping his distance and making Banuelos miss with a stiff jab. Torres lands a one-two as Banuelos tries to move in; Banuelos’ nose is bloodied. Torres dancing around, landing the jab more frequently. They trade at the end of the round and they both land nicely.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Round 3: Banuelos looking more urgent in this round, swarming Torres at the offset. Torres has regained his distance and goes back to periodically landing one-twos as the crowd boos. Torres with a nice combination, followed a bit later by a blocked high kick. More of the same with 2:30 to go, Banuelos missing and Torres landing mostly at will. Rogan points out that Banuelos hasn’t gone for a takedown at this point, neither has Torres. Torres jabbing away while Banuelos swings and misses. Banuelos tries a spinning back kick that misses. Banuelos going for broke with ten seconds left and Torres backs against the cage. The bell sounds.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Miguel Torres defeated Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Rocha makes his way to the cage to “Ice, Ice Baby.” Interesting choice, but it seems to be pumping him up. Kim Winslow will oversee this bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves and Ellenberger takes the center of the cage. He goes for a takedown, which Rocha reverses immediately, pressing Ellenberger to the fence. Ellenberger with a knee and then a takedown which he finishes in side control. Rocha gets to his feet and whiffs on a flying knee. He gets Ellenberger down though and gets into side control, swiftly transitioning to north-south and back to side control on the opposite side. Rocha smothering Ellenberger as he tries to defend from his back. Rocha transitioning from back to full mount, showing beautiful jiu-jitsu. Rocha is warned for headbutting. Ellenberger gets to his feet! Rocha misses a high kick. Ellenberger hits Rocha with a knee after he fails on a takedown. Rocha misses another takedown but grabs an arm and throws Ellenberger to the mat before the bell sounds.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Rocha

Round 2: Ellenberger comes in with big knees to start. Ellenberger gets Rocha turtled, and lands some shots before Rocha gets to his feet. Rocha tries for a wheel kick that misses. The action has slowed a bit. Rocha scores with a pair of kicks. Both men miss partially on right hands. Ellenberger landing with jabs occasionally. Rocha misses another high kick. Rocha tries a flying knee that barely misses as Ellenberger moves in. The crowd is silent. Ellenberger misses on a big right. Ellenberger lands a takedown with fifteen seconds to go. Rocha throws a leg up.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 3: That round was very close, could be argued as a draw. The two begin the third with the same measured pace as the seconds. Rocha lands a pair of leg kicks. Ellenberger moves in swinging, drags Rocha to the ground, but backs off. Rocha with another wheel kick that is blocked. Rocha lands an inside leg kick. Ellenberger connects on a big punch. Very few significant strikes have landed this round, much like the last. Ellenberger misses on a takedown. Rocha lands a head kick and is then shoved to the mat. Ellenberger lets him up, is bleeding under the left eye. Ellenberger lands a takedown with a little over thierty left. Ellenberger standing over Rocha, looking to land ground and pound.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Close fight, last two rounds possibly draws, but go to Ellenberger for the takedowns and for landing a few more solid shots. Rocha’s cornerman lifts him up and runs him around the cage.

Jake Ellenberger defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision(27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader

Jonny “Bones” walks out to the cage to “God Gave Me Style” by Fifty Cent. He slaps himself in the body after taking a few deep breaths. Herb Dean will officiate this bout. No eye contact in the center, but they touch gloves.

Round 1: They touch gloves again. Bader moves in quick with two big shots. Jones halfway attempts a flying knee, then lands a takedown. Bader tries for a guillotine but Jones avoids, moving to side control, then north-south. Jones looking for a north-south choke here. Jones in side control, with Bader against the cage. Bader gets to his feet. Bader misses ona few shots, Jones lands a straight to the body. Jones with a high kick. Jones deftly avoids a takedown and keeps Bader pinned to the ground. Jones sneaks in an elbow, then jumps over Bader’s head as he attempts to get up, taking his back, forcing him back to the mat and landing with more elbows. Jones with elbows to the body. Jones landing with a few big punches to end things.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 2: Great first round for Jones. They touch gloves again to start it. Jones with a stiff left hook, easily avoids a one-two from Bader. Jones misses on a jumping head kick, but lands with a leg kick follow up. Jones misses on a jumping elbow and Bader hits him on his way in; Jones shows no ill-effect. Bader lunges forward and lands with a jab. Bader whiffs on a big punch. Jones with a nice jab-leg kick combo. Bader avoids a takedown from the clinch. Jones with another leg kick. Jones slightly mirroring Anderson Silva’s style. He avoids a takedown. Jones with a nice kick, then they hit the mat with Jones on top in half guard. Jones looking for a choke as the round winds down, Bader taps.

Jon Jones defeated Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine) 4:20 of Round 2.

Jon Jones says this is his time. Joe Rogan springs it on him that Rashad Evans has blown out his knee and that he is wanted to step in on his behalf in his scheduled title fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones falls to his knees and accepts. Light heavyweight champion “Shogun” Rua enters the cage and expresses his respect for Jones.

Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin

“Ace” looking calm and collected on his way to the cage. Forrest looks to be in the zone, pumped up. Steve Mazzagatti is the third man in the cage for this fight.

Round 1: They touch gloves and start circling. Griffin with a high kick that glances off Franklin’s head. Griffin gets Franklin to the mat, Franklin doing well at keeping Forrest in guard. Griffin trying to advance his position, occasionaly landing with good ground and pound. Griffin increasing the frequency of his ground and pound, he’s landing consistently now. Griffin able to land some solid shots, Franklin doing his best to control posture. Griffin feeding Franklin elbows as the round draws to a close.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 2: Griffin lands a nice inside leg kick, Franklin swinging hard trying to counter. Griffin tags Franklin on his way in. Franklin with a body kick. Griffin with another inside leg kick. Griffin catches a kick and pulls Franklin to the ground, looking to take his back. Griffin firing away with one hook in. Franklin gets to his feet but Griffin drags him back down. Franklin up again, and Griffin pushes him away. Franklin with a straight left, Griffin sees his high kick blocked. A right hand lands for Griffin and another kick up top. Griffin wobbles Franklin with a left hand but regains composure wuickly. Griffin with a nice body kick, Franklin with one of his own. Another body kick from Franklin. They trade punches at the bell.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 3: Griffin’s size advantage over Franklin is evident, but Franklin is doing better at utilizing his speed to land strikes. He scores with a nice body kick. Franklin clinching with Forrest, Griffin briefly gets him down before they separate. Griffin’s pace has slowed a bit and Franklin is showing more urgency. Rogan thinks something is wrong with Franklin’s left arm as he is not throwing much of anything with it. Neither man able to land too many significant strikes this round. Griffin gets a takedown with a little over a minute to go. Franklin gets to his feet and then gets Griffin down. They scramble and Griffin reverses it, before Franklin gets back to his feet. They clinch against the cage and end the round swinging.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-10

Forrest Griffin defeated Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Griffin admits to feeling rusty in the fight.

Anderson Silva (c) vs. Vitor Belfort (UFC Middleweight Championship)

Belfort shouting, smiling and bouncing on his way to the cage. Silva’s son accompanying him during the walk out, “The Spider” looks relaxed as ever. Steven Segal greets him by the cage. Seriously. Mario Yamasaki will oversee this bout for the UFC middleweight championship. Silva initiates a bow in the center of the cage.

Buckle up kids.

Round 1: The crowd chants, “Vitor” immediately. Things start measured, with both men looking poised to attack. The crowd gets restless early, but the two stay feeling each other out. Silva feinting, Belfort with a glancing low kick. Silva dropping his hands as they continue circling. Silva jiving with his hands. Belfort lunges in with a one-two that comes close to landing. Belfort gets Silva goes down after he misses a head kick but “The Spider” scrambles to his feet. They start trading and Silva avoids Belfort’s attack. Silva lands with a front kick to the face that knocks Belfort out, the follow up ground and pound seals it. Yamasaki steps in to stop it. Wow.

Silva immediately goes to Belfort on the ground to check on him, they embrace and Silva helps him to his feet.

Anderson Silva defeated Vitor Belfort via KO at 3:25 of Round 1.

Silva and Belfort embrace again, exchanging words in Portuguese. Silva very gracious in victory, extending profuse thanks and imploring the crowd to respect Belfort.

Belfort pledges to return. Says he came to fight because that’s what the UFC is about.

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