The Octagon returns to Brazil for the first time since 1998 and UFC has brought past, present, and future Brazilian stars with them looking to impress their home country. Coming to us from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil it was “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami”.
The show was headlined by the greatest middleweight in MMA history and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against the last man to officially defeat him, Japanese sensation Yuhsin Okami. However, history would not repeat itself this time around, as “The Spider” picked Okami apart throughout the duration of their fight and put him away with strikes in the second round.
In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champions collided as the ultra-popular Forrest Griffin battled the dangerous Mauricio Rua in a rematch of their 2007 contest. Again, a different result from their original encounter unfolded in the arena with Rua pounding Griffin out in the opening frame.
Also on the card is MMA heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira made a solid return to the ring after more than a year on the sidelines with a variety of injuries. “Minotauro” not only beat the surging Brendan Schaub but knocked him out though few predicted the fight would end in such a manner.
Read below for a more-detailed breakdown of all the night’s action:
Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via Split Decision
Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via Unanimous Decision
Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via Unanimous Decision
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via Unanimous Decision
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Round One: Slow start on the feet until they traded right hands and Palhares pulled guard. Palhares went for an armlock but Miller escaped and got back to his feet. Palhares rocked Miller with a front kick to the jaw and then got a big takedown but Miller reversed things and ended up on top before getting up again. Miller using a nice jab on the feet while Palhares is throwing everything with power, especially the overhand right. Palhares dropped Miller with a head kick and pounded on him with punches. Referee Herb Dean told Miller fight back, which Palhares took as a stoppage. Palhares celebrated, but the ref told him the fight wasn’t stopped. So the fight resumed and Miller dropped Palhares with a right hand and tried to finish but Palhares survived, got up, and took down Miller to end the round. An absolutely crazy final 30 seconds of the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Palhares.
Round Two: Miller takes an eye poke early and winces but Palhares moves forward. Miller fires back with punches as Palhares knees him in the clinch. Palhares gets a takedown, shrugs off a couple of triangle attempts, and pounds away on Miller. Palhares grabbed the fence a couple of times as Miller was trying to take him down but a point was not taken away. Palhares stood in the guard of Miller and pounded away as Miller tried to cover and survive. Miller is cut badly on his left eye and it’s swelling up. Palhares ended the round on top, landing some short punches. All Palhares in round two. 5OZ scores the round 10-8 for Palhares.
Round Three: Slow start on the round but Miller is putting together some good one-two combos and keeping Palhares out of range. Miller picking a very tired Palhares a part but he’s not really turning it up like he needs to. Palhares still looking for the overhand right but it has nothing behind it, even when it connects. Just a very slow striking round where neither man really turned it up as they were both gassed out. Miller landed the more effective punches though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Miller but the fight 29-27 for Palhares.
Result: Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Round One: Tavares scored with a takedown about 30 seconds into the round and controlled him for a long period of time but didn’t do much damage. Fisher kept trying to wall walk up but Tavares kept pulling the hips out to keep him down. Finally the ref stood them up with just over two minutes remaining. Tavares scored with another takedown and this time around did more more damage on top with short punches. Tavares briefly had the back of Fisher but Fisher got up and ended up pressed against the cage as the round ended. Good round in terms of control for Tavares. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
Round Two: Tavares opened with another takedown and continued the onslaught of short punches from the top position. Tavares got the back of Fisher as Fisher tried to get up, flattened him out, and pounded away. Fisher covered well but was taking a flurry of punches and the ref stepped in to stop the fight. Fisher wasn’t happy with the stoppage. He wasn’t getting hurt too bad but he also wasn’t getting out of that position.
Result: Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO Round 2 (Punches)
Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Round One: Nedkov waning forward with his right hand while Cane trying to pick his shots and throw straight punches while moving away. Cane slips throwing a head kick but he got up and moved away. Nedkov still looking for the home run right hand but Cane now avoiding it and countering with the straight left. The nose of Nedkov is busted. Nedkov caught Cane with a right followed by a left that rocked him. Cane tried to run away but Nedkov caught him and pounded on him until the ref finally stepped in to stop it. The crowd immediately went silent.
Result: Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Round One: An early clinch but Schaub was out quickly. Schaub won a quick exchange before Nogueira went for another takedown. Schaub stuffed that one as well though and punched Nogueira with short uppercuts. They traded right hands before Schaub stuffed another takedown. Schaub using a good jab and having success with the right uppercut. Nogueira caught Schaub with a one-two that rocked Schaub and then swarmed on him with a flurry. Schaub went face first and was out as the ref stopped it. CROWD GOES CRAZY!
Result: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza
Round One: Pearson moving forward early but Barboza moving well and countering. Barboza struggling to get anything going offensively due to Pearson’s pressure but Pearson not really landing anything clean. Pearson having succes with a lead left hook. Barboza landed a big spinning back kick, which has been his best strike of the fight. Barboza seems to be having trouble with the pressure of Pearson, who is landing the cleaner punches and even countering when Barboza throws. Pearson tried for a late round takedown but Barboza stuffed it. Pretty close round but Pearson’s aggression and cleaner striking gives him the nod. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round Two: Barboza landed a good body kick followed by a quick right that dropped Pearson, but the Brit recovered quickly and was right back up. Barboza now finding his range with his strikes but he’s allowing Pearson to recover. Pearson now recovered and firing back with some good combinations. Pearson continues to find a home for the lead left hook. Pearson is winning most of the exchanges. Barboza having success with the right hand but not landing it often enough. Barboza not throwing many leg kicks. Close round that could go either way. Barboza landed the bigger punch, but Pearson landed more volume. A slight edge to Barboza though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Barboza.
Round Three: Pearson continues to move forward aggressively, tagging him with the lead left hook. Barboza continues to struggle in getting off first and he’s allowing Pearson to really control the pace of the fight. Barboza partially caught Pearson with a flying knee but Pearson shook it off. Pearson keeps going for takedowns but Barboza easily sprawling. Pearson continues to win the exchanges and be the aggressor. Barboza landed a big left hook that cut Pearson but Pearson came right back with a quick flurry. Pearson moving forward as the round ends. Another close round but Pearson landed the better punches in my view. Fight could go either way though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pearson and the fight 29-28 for Pearson.
Result: Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via Split Decision
Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Round One: Rua charging forward early and missing. Rua landed a good uppercut followed by a knee. Griffin working the kicks early but Rua checking. Rua dropped Griffin coming in, got on top, and pounded Griffin out with hammerfists before the ref jumped in. Crowd goes crazy, although not quite as loud as when Nog won.
Result: Mauricio Rua def. Forrest Griffin via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Round One: Slow start to the bout with Silva moving a lot to throw off Okami. Okami got inside, put Silva against the cage, and landed some short uppercuts. Okami doing a nice job controlling Silva against the cage. Silva landing some good knees to the body. They finally break. Silva working his jab now. Silva landed a head kick as the round ended but couldn’t capitalize as the bell sounded. Not much happening in the round but an edge to Silva based on damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Silva.
Round Two: Silva really opening up to start this round, putting combos together. Okami sticking the jab out. Silva dropped Okami with a right and then allowed Okami to get up. Silva has his hands down, moving his head, and countering when Okami throws. Silva dropped Okami with another right, got on top of Okami, picked his punches, and finished Okami with a variety of strikes. Best fighter in the world.
Result: Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
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