UFC 112 is headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. challenger Demian Maian, while the event also includes lightweight title-holder BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar and Renzo Gracie vs. former welterweight champ Matt Hughes.
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UFC 112 LIVE RESULTS
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- Anderson Silva (c) def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision
UFC Middleweight Championship
- Frankie Edgar def. BJ Penn (c) via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 49-46)
UFC Lightweight Championship
- Matt Hughes def. Renzo Gracie via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:40
- Rafael dos Anjos def. Terry Etim via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:30
- Mark Munoz def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:50
- Phil Davis def. Alexander Gustafsson via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 1, 4:55
- Rick Story def. Nick Osipczak via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- DaMarques Johnson def. Brad Blackburn via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:08
- Paul Kelly def. Matt Veach via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:41
- Jon Madsen def. Mostapha Al Turk via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Note: A scheduled matchup between Paul Taylor and John Gunderson has been canceled due to “last-minute medical issues” with Taylor.
UFC 112 PLAY-BY-PLAY
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MARK MUNOZ VS. KENDALL GROVE
Round 1 – Munoz gets an early takedown but Grove fights back to his feet and tags Munoz with a big uppercut. Munoz presses forward for a takedown but Grove remains on his feet and connects with more punches. Munoz continues to try for a takedown but Grove shrugs them off and the fighters are restarted. Munoz is more tentative but tries for another takedown, and Grove unsuccessfully tries for an arm triangle. Munoz shoots and Groves locks on a guillotine, but Munoz escapes. Another guillotine attempt for Grove before the bell sounds.
Round 2 – Munoz tries for another takedown to start the second, but Grove catches him with punches. Munoz counters with a big punch of his own, but Grove sends Munoz to the ground with a knee and quickly looks for rear naked choke but Munoz escapes. Munoz gets on top of Grove and tees off with ground and pound, eventually earning the TKO stoppage.
Mark Munoz def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:50
RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VS. TERRY ETIM
Round 1 – Etim throws a head kick that is blocked, and Dos Anjos promptly shoots for a takedown, but Etim traps him in a guillotine. The choke is tight, but Dos Anjos slowly escapes and quickly passes to side control. Dos Anjos is warned for kneeing the spine, then immediately does it again and receives a warning and their stood up. Etim gets into the guard of Dos Anjos and postures up to drop some punches. Dos Anjos rolls for a kneebar but time runs out.
Round 2 – Etim opens up the second with leg kicks, then Dos Anjos returns kicks on his own. They clinch and Etim connects with a knee. Dos Anjos gets a takedown and passes to side control, then Etim gets back to half guard, but Dos Anjos quickly moves back to side control and grinds away with elbows. Dos Anjos softens Etim with punches and passes to mount, but Etim escapes back to half guard. Dos Anjos heads back to side control and drops more punches before going to north-south and workint for a choke. Dos Anjos grabs Etim’s arm and forces him to tap to an armbar.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Terry Etim via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:30
A replay of Phil Davis vs. Alexander Gustafsson is shown on the pay-per-view
RENZO GRACIE VS. MATT HUGHES
Round 1 – Hughes and Gracie touch gloves to start the fight. Both fighters tentative out of the gate before Hughes finally gets the action started with a body kick. Gracie moving forward with combinations that find their mark. Gracie presses forward again and Hughes ties him up. They briefly leave the clinch but Hughes grabs him again briefly before Renzo escapes. Leg kick by Hughes, then Renzo follows up with a combo and leg kick. Hughes closes in for the clinch but Renzo backs away. Gracie closes out the round with some kicks to the body before the horn sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Gracie 10-9.
Round 2 – Strong leg kicks by Hughes to start the second. Hughes clinches and throws a knee that catches Gracie low, but Renzo shrugs it off and the fight continues. Gracie moves forward with punches, then Hughes looks for a takedown but Gracie manages to stay on his feet. More powerful leg kicks by Hughes. Gracie occasionally presses forward with strikes, but Hughes is getting the better of the standup so far in this round. Renzo is throwing punches, but is unable to connect before Hughes gets another leg kick. Gracie shows a takedown, but Hughes remains on his feet and pushes Gracie away as the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Hughes 10-9, tying the fight on our card 19-19.
Round 3 – Hughes continues with leg kicks to begin the third while Gracie continues to throw punches that fail to find their mark. Hughes clips Gracie with a right, but backs away. Hughes closes in and ties him up in the clinch, first connecting with knees before hurting him with big punches. Hughes chops Gracie down with a leg kick, but allows him to stand. He drops him with another leg kick but returns to his feet. Gracie can barely stand and falls again but gets back up. With the round winding down, Hughes hurts Gracie with a combo and the referee steps in as he goes down.
Matt Hughes def. Renzo Gracie via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:40
BJ PENN (c) VS. FRANKIE EDGAR
UFC Lightweight Championship
Round 1 – Penn and Edgar circle to start the fight, with neither doing much until Edgar finally connects with some leg kicks, followed by a jab. Edgar moving well and remaining active, with Penn finally moving forward with a combination. Another solid leg kick by Edgar, who then closes distance but Penn connects with some punches and they separate. Edgar bouncing from side-to-side, but Penn connects with another combo then another. Edgar moves in with a combo with backs up. Penn throws Edgar in the closing seconds but he pops back up and the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the first for Penn 10-9.
Round 2 – Similar start to the second as Edgar continues to move while pressing forward with punches. Edgar shoots in for a takedown, but Penn tags him and he backs away. Lots of movement by Edgar while Penn largely sits back and looks to counter. Edgar keeps threatening the takedown, but quickly backs off. Penn starting to connect more frequently, while Edgar continues to move forward with occasional combos. Edgar briefly gets Penn down with a single leg, but Penn jumps right back up. Both connect with punches before the end of the frame. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Edgar 10-9, making it even on our card 19-19.
Round 3 – Edgar circling away, but Penn stalks and finds the mark with another solid combo. Edgar continues his strategy of moving in with quick combos, but few punches are actually connecting, though a nice left hook does sneak through. Edgar mixing in occasional body kicks, then shoots for a takedown but quickly gives up on it. Edgar shoots again and lands a solid kick as Penn packs away. More movement for Edgar and counter-punching for Penn as we finish the third. MMAFrenzy.com scores the third for Edgar 10-9, putting him up 29-28.
Round 4 – Just like the first three, the fourth starts with Edgar showing lots of movement and mixing it up with punches, while Penn stays back and counters. Edgar with a kick to the leg, but a head kick is blocked. Edgar continues to move but Penn is landing the bigger punches. Edgar moves forward with a knee to the body, and Penn connects with a punch as they separate. Body kick and punch by Penn late, before Edgar closes out the round with a combo. MMAFrenzy.com gives another close round to Penn 10-9, tying it up 38-38.
Round 5 – Edgar opens the final round with a big takedown, though Penn gets back to his feet quickly. Edgar continues to move well, while Penn counters before connecting with a solid leg kick. Edgar connects with a right, and follows it up with a left moments later. Penn stuffs a part of takedown tries, but Edgar fires back with another leg kick. Body punch by Penn with 30 seconds to go. Penn stops another takedown, but Edgar continues to move forward with punches. Penn connects late before Edgar looks for a final takedown but runs out of time. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Edgar 10-9, giving him a 48-47 decision but nearly every round could go either way, as could the decision.
Frankie Edgar def. BJ Penn (c) via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 49-46) to become the new UFC lightweight champion.
ANDERSON SILVA (c) VS. DEMIAN MAIA
UFC Middleweight Championship
Round 1 – Maia and Silva slowly circle to start the bout. Silva keeping his right arm out to keep Maia at a distance, then connects with a leg kick followed by a spinning back kick. Silva toys with Maia, dropping his hands and circling with odd movements. Silva drops Maia with a flying knee, but doesn’t follow him to the ground and instead stays standing and fires powerful kicks. MMAFrenzy.com scores the first for Silva 10-9.
Round 2 – Silva continues to play with Maia to begin the second, mocking him by dropping his hands while picking him apart with occasional strikes, including a powerful kick to the body. Maia goes to the canvas again and Silva looks to kick his hand before allowing him back up. Silva pushes Maia to the ground as he shoots for a takedown, but lets him get back up. Silva begs Maia to hit him, but Maia sticks with his gameplan and refuses to play into Silva’s game. Maia shoots again and Silva again shrugs it off and Maia returns to his feet. Silva connects with a leg kick and continues to taunt Maia to finish the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Silva 10-9, putting him up 20-18.
Round 3 – Maia connects early in the third, while Silva just stands back and takes whatever Maia wants to throw at him. Silva starts to circle again but neither fighter is offering much midway through the round. Maia closes in, but Silva avoids and picks away with punches. Maia falls to the canvas but Silva again refuses to follow, and Maia stands up. Maia continues to throw punches, but fails to connect, while Silva lands occasionally while continuing to play with Maia. MMAFrenzy.com scores the third for Silva 10-9, moving him up to 30-27.
Round 4 – More of the same to start the fourth, as Maia continues to look for an opening but Silva shuts him down at every turn while remaining tentative on his feet and throwing little in return. Crowd breaks into “Maia, Maia” chants as Silva has left few impressed with his showboating, no matter how dominant he’s been. Silva connects with a few punches and kicks in a round almost completely devoid of action. MMAFrenzy.com scores another round for Silva 10-9, and he’s now up 40-36.
Between round, Joe Rogan says UFC President Dana White spoke to Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, and looked “very angry”.
Round 5 – Maia’s left eye is almost completely closed from a likely broken nose, providing Silva yet another opening to secure a finish. Maia shoots for a takedown to start the final round and remains active on his feet, battering Silva with punches and a knee. Maia continues to connect after a brief break, even throwing punches that land from his feet. After returning to his feet, the fight settles back into its previous pace before Maia eventually gets a hold of Silva but is unable to get him to the ground. Maia continues to pressure but is just unable to find his mark. After another lull, the fight is halted and Silva is warned for refusing to fight. Neither fighter connects with anything significant before the final bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Maia 10-9, but Silva will easily get the nod in an extremely disappointing headliner.
Anderson Silva (c) def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision to retain the UFC middleweight title
Pictured: Anderson Silva and Demian Maia