Anderson Silva extended his record reign as the UFC middleweight champion with a first-round knockout of Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The headliner got off to a slow start as Silva and Belfort circled for the better part of two minutes, but Belfort eventually opened the action with leg kicks and a brawl promptly followed.
After a brief takedown by Belfort, Silva returned to his feet, answered a Belfort combo with a knee, then exploded with a front kick to Belfort’s face that put “The Phenom” down.
Silva followed Belfort to the ground and finished the challenger with a pair of heavy punches that left no doubt who the better fighter was tonight.
Silva improves to 28-4 with the win and extends his UFC record for most consecutive wins (14) and title defenses (8), while Belfort falls to 19-9.
Forrest Griffin edged fellow former champ Rich Franklin by unanimous decision in UFC 126’s official co-main event, but Jon Jones stole the spotlight with a dominant win over fellow contender Ryan Bader to earn a surprise shot at light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The official UFC 126 results were:
- Champ Anderson Silva def. Vitor Belfort via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:25
UFC Middleweight Championship
- Forrest Griffin def. Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jon Jones def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 4:20
- Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Miguel Torres def. Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Donald Cerrone def. Paul Kelly via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:48
- Chad Mendes def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Demetrious Johnson def. Kid Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Paul Taylor def. Gabe Ruediger via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 1:42
- Kyle Kingsbury def. Ricardo Romero via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:21
- Mike Pierce def. Kenny Robertson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:29