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UFC Fight Night 51 Recap: Andrei Arlovski Makes A Statement

ufc fight night 51

On a card filled with unranked fighters and airing entirely on UFC Fight Pass, Andrei Arlovski took advantage of the spotlight given to him Saturday night.

The former UFC heavyweight champion stormed through Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, avenging a 2010 loss and likely vaulting himself into the Top-10.

Arlovski earned a finish over Silva in Brazil, making up for a lackluster performance earlier this year when he returned to the UFC and defeated Brendan Schaub. “The Pitbull” lost via decision to Silva four years ago while both were part of the Strikeforce roster.

In the co-main event, Gleison Tibau scored his 30th career win when he earned a split decision over Piotr Hallmann.

Arlovski, Tibau, Hallmann and Godofredo Castro all earned bonus checks of $50,000 for their efforts. The attendance was announced at 8,822.

Check out complete results below:

Andrei Arlovski def. Antonio Silva via KO (strike) at 2:59 of Round 1

Gleison Tibau def. Piotr Hallmann via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Leonardo Santos def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Wendell Oliveira via TKO (strikes) at 1:20 of Round 1

Iuri Alcantara def. Russell Doane via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jessica Andrade def. Larissa Pacheco via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:33 of Round 1

Godofredo Casto def. Dashon Johnson via submission (mounted triangle armbar) at 4:29 of Round 1

George Sullivan def. Igor Araujo via KO (strike) at 2:31 of Round 2

Francisco Trinaldo def. Leandro Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sean Spencer def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rani Yahya def. Johnny Bedford via submission (kimura) at 2:04 of Round 2