UFC 126: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Finally, the fight fans have been waiting for a longtime is pushing through – Anderson Silva versus Vitor Belfort in the main card of UFC 126.
Thrice canceled for various reasons, the Silva-Belfort match is expected to be an explosive fight between two of the UFC’s most exciting fighters. Silva will be putting his middleweight crown on the line when he takes on the dangerous but sometimes inconsistent Belfort in the main event of the 11-card event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Silva is slightly tipped to add Belfort to his growing list of victims after coming off a scrappy submission victory over Chael Sonnen in UFC 117, a victory that extended his UFC winning streak to 12. However, Belfort, who has been aching to get it on with Silva in the octagon since January 2010, is no pushover, that is, if he can maintain the form he has shown in his last several fights. Belfort has not lost an MMA fight since 2007—a string of five fights, including a highlight-reel knockout victory over Rich Franklin in UFC 103.
The main supporting fight will feature Rich Franklin against Forest Griffin in a light-heavyweight bout. Rust could be the biggest problem for Griffin as he has not fought since escaping with a split-decision victory over Tito Ortiz in UFC 106 back in November 2009. Franklin, on the other hand, is fresh from a morale-boosting KO win against Chuck Liddell in June last year. This fight between two former UFC champions could go either way, with the better conditioned fighter likely to get away with a win.
Also fighting in the main supporting cards are Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha in a welterweight bout; Jon Jones and Ryan Bader in a light-heavyweight match; and Miguel Torres and Antonio Banuelos in a bantamweight fight.
UPDATE: UFC 126 RESULTS
* Welterweight bout: Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson
Pierce defeated Robertson via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of round 2.
* Light Heavyweight bout: Ricardo Romero vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Kingsbury defeated Romero via TKO (strikes) at 0:21 of round 1. This bout aired on Spike TV following the Mendes vs. Omigawa fight.
* Lightweight bout: Paul Taylor vs. Gabe Ruediger
Taylor defeated Ruediger via KO (strikes) at 1:42 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Silva vs. Belfort fight.
Preliminary card (Facebook Stream)
* Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson
Johnson defeated Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
* Featherweight bout: Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Mendes defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
* Lightweight bout: Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Cerrone defeated Kelly via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:48 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Taylor vs. Ruediger fight.
* Bantamweight bout: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Torres defeated Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
* Welterweight bout: Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Ellenberger defeated Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
* Light Heavyweight bout: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Jones defeated Bader via submission (Guillotine choke) at 4:20 of round 2.
* Light Heavyweight bout: Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Griffin defeated Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
* Middleweight Championship bout: Anderson Silva (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
Silva defeated Belfort via KO (front kick and punches) at 4:25 of round 1 to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.