The road to UFC 146 may have featured a few twists and turns but fans finally arrived at the all-heavyweight PPV earlier tonight featuring a successful headlining title-defense from Junior dos Santos (14-1) who put his belt on the line against former champion Frank Mir (16-5) and came out with his hand raised thanks to his superiority in the stand-up department. Mir had a takedown stuffed early and never tried to take it to the ground again, absorbing damage in the first frame and getting put away in the second. Dos Santos has won nine straight inside the Octagon while Mir had a three-fight run snapped including his gruesome submission of the Brazilian’s friend/mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Filling the card’s co-headlining spot was a bout between Cain Velasquez (9-1) and Antonio Silva (16-3). Both men were coming off losing performances but possess elite skill-sets as evident in past victories over the likes of Nogueira, Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, and Brock Lesnar. In the end the fight was all Velasquez who got an early takedown and pummeled Silva from above, earning a TKO stoppage in the opening round and also leaving the canvas painted crimson thanks to a well-placed elbow strike on the Brazilian’s face.
Read below for a full rundown of outcomes:
Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via Unanimous Decision
Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann via Submission Round 1 (Armbar-Triangle Choke)
Dan Hardy def. Duane Ludwig via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
C.B. Dollaway def. Jason Miller via Unanimous Decision
Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao via Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson via Submission Round 1 (Round 1)
Stipe Miocic def. Shane del Rosario via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Silva via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Junior dos Santos def. Frank Mir via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)